First of all, our home is featured in this ace new Frankie mag/book called Spaces, along with our shop. I was so excited when the Frankie girls approached me about this as I love EVERYTHING that they do. My friend Rohan Anderson came over for the afternon and took some of his inspired photos, including one of me and Harry, which made it into the book! Yay!
There are so many inspiring creative spaces in this book, you will love it! We are expecting copies in our shop this week, you can reserve your copy here.
Second pieces of home news... we are moving! A few months ago we bought a little house that we are now ready to move into, and we will be opening up our current Daylesford home to visitors, starting in December for the school holidays. We love our home, and it is a lovely, happy place that has been featured in some fantastic magazines and design blogs, but the reality is that it is a little big for us, now that we've moved our business into its own space down the road.
The Lark House is set up to welcome up to 8 guests at a time, and is perfect for family get-togethers, girly weekends or craft-alongs. There are four bedrooms, two bathrooms, two living areas and a garden retreat. The house is furnished (of course) with lots of Larkish vintage and thrifted materials, yet it is also moden and well-equipped, having been a working family home for the past few years. It has Austar TV, dvds, iPod dock and lots of books, magazines and games to entertain. And a hamper of local produce when you arrive. Dogs are welcome (we love dogs!), and it's very family friendly too.
The house is one of the oldest in Daylesford (an hour and a bit from Melbourne and just an hour from Melbourne airport), built in the 1860s, and it has a beautiful verandah and a large garden. Best of all, it is in the centre of town, just one block from the main street, and within minutes of leaving the house you can be perusing through junk shops, sipping a coffee, dipping in a spa or shopping at Lark! Just a little further away are horse riding lessons, lakeside walks, bush trails, bric a brac markets, pretty country towns to explore and lots of award-winning local food.
At the moment we are finishing off the conversion of the house, getting it ready to welcome the first visitors, but it will soon be available to book through Daylesford Getaways. We're already taking bookings for the Christmas holidays, so please get in touch with me direct if you would like to book for December 2010/January 2011 (through the Lark contact form here).
We're also open to house swaps in Australia or overseas!
You can also read about our house on The Design Files and Apartment Therapy, and it has featured in Australian Country Style and the Herald-Sun.
The layout of the house makes it perfect for bringing along your whole family, as one of the bedrooms has its own living space with a wood fire and ensuite that grandparents will love - and of course they can maybe babysit while you and your partner sample one of Daylesford's famous restaurants! Or get some of your girlfriends together for a weekend of pampering and shopping - all of the bedrooms can be set up with either singles or king/double beds.
I'm a little sad at leaving behind our home, but at least it will still be there and we can move back one day if we need to. On the bright side, our new house is a blank canvas, an ugly duckling 1950s house that I can't wait to make pretty! I'll tell you more about it soon.