images by Luisa Brimble
It's with great excitement that we tour through the home of Traci and Phil. I've been a fan of these two and their super stylish digs for years and it was so terribly exciting to meet the dynamic duo and their delicious boy Van in person. Their renovated minors cottage is filled with light, colour and love. A combination of polished concrete and white washed floorboards provide the perfect palette for layers of print and vibrant hues along with treasured keepsakes and vintage finds. As an added bonus, their house is currently listed for Auction, so you too can take a walk through! For detail and dates on Open Houses please get in touch with Traci at traci.devlin (at) gmail (dot) com.
Who lives here?
Phil, my Coopers drinking, beard wearing, tool toting super plumberwho (annoyingly but conveniently!) is really very good at anything heturns his hand to....I mean he basically rebuilt this whole house! Ourcheeky baby boy Van who's 5 months old and me a current stay at homemum but come early 2015 I'll be back working as an Executive Assistantin the architecture field. We also have two fur babies, Halo a crazyBoston Terrier and Frankie a very hungry Frenchie x Pug.
What is your style ethos?
More is more! I really don't discriminate or buy into a certain style.Whether it's vintage, rustic, handmade, country or modern - I don'tmind. What's most important is that it means something to me. Thatwhen I see it I get that 'must have' feeling...... you know the onethat leaves you thinking about it days after so you know you just HAVEto have it?! I believe that if you just buy things you love that theywill somehow all work together. Oh and colour, I love colour.
Who/what inspires your style?
I think Instagram is magic for inspiration and to help findindependent sellers with beautiful, unusual products. I'm also asucker for Real Living, Inside Out, Apartment Therapy and of coursevarious blogs, in particular The Beetle Shack, BabyMac, Honey and Fizzand A Beautiful Mess.
Where is your favourite place to sit?
We often find ourselves on the front steps in the late afternoon,shooting the breeze with neighbours, quite possibly with an icy coldCoopers in hand.
How does the layout of your home affect the way you live/function within it?
Our living area is open plan with our home made dining table smackbang between the lounge, kitchen and back deck. So we tend to spendthe majority of our time there, especially when entertaining. It justseems to be the place people gravitate to.
What are your future plans/dreams for your house?
After years of discussion we have decided to take the plunge and moveto the NSW South Coast. So I'm currently house hunting for another oldhome to inject life into. While it'll be really sad to say goodbye tothis house, which we always thought would be our forever home, I'mexcited at the prospect of doing it again but on a much larger scale.Bring on the shopping and decorating!
Any tips for someone who might like to emulate your style (places to
shop, key items colours etc)?
I have collected little knick knacks throughout the years, some boughtwhilst traveling and others sentimental items from family members andthen I find that they look best sitting alongside other items ofsimilar colour. They don't have to be the same style or even have thesame use - colour will unite them. So now I find that I have littlecollections throughout my home. Even my bookcase is colourcoordinated! Also when we renovated it was really important to me to have a simplepalette of grey and white, with the addition of mixed finishes likeexposed brick, polished concrete, timber paneled walls. We thenbrought this to life with lots of colour and art.
What makes a house a home?
A cosy house filled with family, love, laughter and pets. There isnothing I love more than someone telling me that my home feels cosy,and how comfortable they feel here. It's that indescribable feelingthat hits you as soon as you walk in the front door.Resource guide
image 2: Lounge Room
bambi print//teem collective
bambi lamp//urban outfitters
image 3: Lounge Room
custom deer head//etsy
terrarium//moss & bone
cushions//ikea, freedom, lark
image 4: Dining Room
clock//mitchell rd auctions
artwork//custom painting by Clare Hampshire
cushions//ikea, freedom, salvation jane
image 5: Dining Room
image 6: Dining Room
coloured book stand//tree of life
red pendant lights//coledale markets
image 7: Dining Room
artwork//prints found on venice beach
image 9: Kitchen
small blue saucepan//garage sale
image 10: Kitchen
image 11: Bathroom
glass deer jewellery container//etsy
image 12: Bedroom 1
anchor cushion and spotty pillowslip//nowhere creek
mexican blanket//venice beach
image 13: Bedroom 1
image 14: Bedroom 1
image 15, 16 & 17 : Bedroom 2
fox print//dale hessey
holga//the lomography shop
linen//real living for target
image 18: Bedroom 2
chest of drawers//gumtree
chinese statues//wedding gift
image 19: Bedroom
bag//loblee photography and bags
image 20, 21 & 23 : Van's Room
baby rocker motorbike//too cool for school
blanket//made by others
sheet//ivie baby shop
mobile//down that little lane
change table//second hand
onesie//mini & maximus
image 24: Van's Room
image 26: Master Bed / Loft
mexican blanket//little tienda
image 27: Master Bed
linen//real living for target, bed bath & table
image 28: Master Bed / Loft
chair and dresser//nanna
cushion//black & spiro
foo dogs//black & spiro
image 29: Master Bed / Loft
image 30: Ensuite
hey sexy print//blacklist studio
image 31: Yard