Photographed by moi, Emily Beetleshack
Gosh this Family Home Project series has been a pleasure. I've been so excited to hit the 'publish' button on this little number. Welcome to the home of Claudia, Levi and darling Eve. Possibly the most beautiful home I've ever had the privilege of entering. If I had half the style of Claudia, I'd be one stylish woman.
A home filled with bespoke treasures, hand made furniture and the most intriguing sense of calm.
Enjoy it! I suspect you'll be using the 'Pin It' button more than once!!
Who lives here? (names, occupations, ages of children)
Levi (business owner), Claudia (full time mummy + food stylist) & Eve Indigo (almost 2 year old).
What is your style ethos?
I’m drawn to functional, creative spaces. I love white walls, woven materials, wood and a lot of greenery. It’s what suits this house, and I’ve committed to it. I think it’s important to know what style you like, but also make sure it suits the type of house you’re living in.
Also, everything needs to serve a purpose. We use a lot of open shelving, and it’s for convenience more than anything else. I also want to make sure our home is child friendly with a lot of play space for Eve, there’s not really anything on display that she’s not allowed to touch. It’s her to domain as much as ours.
Who/what inspires your style?
The 70’s bohemian era, natural textures and country style living.
Where is your favourite place to sit?
On our deck on a summer evening. We love entertaining, so nothing beats good friends, yummy food, great music and small people running around creating havoc.
How does the layout of your home affect the way you live/function within it?
We don’t have a large home, so our life flows around the kitchen and the living area. I spend a lot of time in the kitchen, and from my sink I can usually spot where Eve is at all times – very convenient!
Eve’s bedroom currently comes off our loft style master bedroom. It works for us at the moment because we really like to keep her close by.
What are your future plans/dreams for your house?
We’ve done quite a bit of renovating, but there is a lot still to do! I can’t wait to tackle the bathroom, and we’ll be adding some extra bedrooms and a rumpus room. At the moment, we’re focusing on landscaping our back yard in order to expand our veggie gardens and turn it into a farm as much as possible!
I’m thankful to have a husband who does most of the work himself. He’s also working on some custom furniture (including a dining table, hurrah!).
The work is endless, but it feels so rewarding. I love seeing it all take shape.
Any tips for someone who might like to emulate your style (places to shop, key items colours etc)?
I find a lot of my styling props from OP Shops and I like to put them on display in the kitchen. A house becomes alive with some indoor greens and it’s also great for purifying your air. We use recycled timber as much as we can (our kitchen bench tops were made from Levi’s grandfather’s old barn) and we don’t have a lot of fancy furniture. Jute rugs are also brilliant with little children.
What makes a house a home?
When it feels like it’s a reflection of the family who lives there. I hope it’s inviting and a place where people want to spend some time. We love coming home to our humble little space.