Tara Dennis takes you on a tour of her homewares store
tara joined BHG TV over 12 years ago, finding it easy to fit in. “Everyone is so passionate about what they do, and when we’re together it’s amazing what we can achieve,” she says.
IN THE BEGINNING
A love for interior design evolved naturally for Tara Dennis, as her parents were keen renovators. She and her brothers grew up stripping wallpaper and watching them build, paint and work on the garden. “I thought all families were like this,” she says. Years later when she worked in London, aged 17, she took classes in paint finishes and became a dab hand at rag-rolling and marbling (yep, it was the ’80s!). In fact, she ended up working for a global paint company, which eventually led to working in TV.
LIFE AND STYLE
Tara’s new love is her homewares shop in Wahroonga, Sydney. “I never planned to be a shopkeeper!” she says. “It’s one of those things you think as a kid: ‘that’d be fun’. It’s actually the hardest thing I’ve ever done but also the most enjoyable.” Tara always had an itch to make things and, seeing gaps in the market, started to design her own line. The stylish displays in her shop clearly demonstrate one of Tara’s talents – creating gorgeous vignettes. And, never one to underestimate the value of accessories, she’ll tell you the secret to tying together a room is through the use of artwork, cushions and flowers. Visit taradennisstore.com
1, 3 Tara and husband Martyn have been together for 23 years and live with son Harry. Her daughter, Avalon, lives overseas and is the shop’s communications manager.2 She loves using pops of amber and gold to highlight neutrals and black accents.4 The close-knit communityof Wahroonga is close to Tara’s heart and she’s developed some special relationships there.5 Packed shelves prove the power of cushions, says Tara!