Shelley and Tom Banders straight away fell in really like with this 1890s farmhouse in Strzelecki, Victoria (about 130km south-east of Melbourne), with its 10-foot ceilings and charming heritage specifics.
The pair were being drawn to the South Gippsland area immediately after viewing famed foodie Tamsin Carvin of Tamsin’s Desk (fortuitously, Tom now works together with Tamsin at The Borough Dept. Shop in Korumburra). Following seeing the home on-line, they went to check out, and had been promptly awestruck. They wax lyrical, ‘We are surrounded by purely natural winemakers, micro dairies, single-origin cheesemakers and other area of interest artisans, producers and growers… Having said that, obtaining house is potentially the finest part, we have proven about 70 lineal metres of veggie beds, and planted a stone fruit orchard and a citrus grove. We are in the course of action of making ready a berry cane enclosure and planning a coop for our long run chickens and ducks.’
Immediately after building the go from Melbourne, the pair established out to carry this farmstead into a present-day period, when nonetheless protecting the honesty and practicality of the standard farmhouse. The dwelling maintains the original footprint, with just one bed room transformed into an open up-shelf larder (a nation household aspiration!).
The walls were being all whitewashed in Dulux White Polar, and the carpet stripped again to expose wonderful Baltic pine floorboards. Shelley highlights the New Zealand pure wool carpet mounted in the bedrooms out of requirement (chilly winters!) but ‘also to generate a delicate, aspiration-like high quality to the resting spaces’
This delicate, comfy vibe carries throughout the dwelling, making a excellent retreat for the two self-explained ‘home bodies.’ Shelley clarifies, ‘We often test to produce an casual, welcoming area that radiates heat and comfort and ease.’ The inside finishes, objects and elements below have been picked for toughness and features . ‘Our typically preloved household furniture lets us to chill out if we’ve gotten filthy in the veggie patch. Daily life is far too quick to fear about these things!’ Shelley states.
For anybody studying along and dreaming of a regional escape, Shelley will make an impassioned scenario for getting the leap. She enthuses ‘Just go for it! We have never felt so grounded, related and glad, ending our day with a glass of area wine, a bit of dust beneath our nails and a belly whole of true foods. What are you waiting for?’