As we step inside this federation beauty
I’m instantly in awe of the size and scale of their home. From the street it looks like an average sized weatherboard home but once inside the grand
hallway, which cuts a path down the centre of the home, complete with ornate archways, gives a hint of grandeur and what lies beyond.
On my left is the dining room, where a brushed aluminium table sits surrounded by duck egg blue chairs – Lauren brought this table when she was living
in the UK and couldn’t bear to part with it on her return to Australia so she organised to get it air-freighted home. Above it hangs a colourful James
Drinkwater artwork which the couple commissioned for their engagement and opposite is some photographic artworks from local artist Aaron Kinnane. These
large pieces of art embody this couple’s life story together, their travels and their free flowing, natural style.
Speaking of the James Drinkwater artwork in the dining room, Todd recounts the story of meeting with James prior to picking up the piece, where James asked
the couple to meet him up the top of Merewether on Hickson Street. Todd and Lauren were intrigued by what James had in mind. When they got there James
led them down a bush track through Glenrock until they came to an opening in the bush and the most amazing view over Burwood Beach. Here James exclaimed,
“See that’s it, that’s the view!” Todd and Lauren were blown away, they could then understand the abstract shapes in the painting, the blue of the
ocean, the browns of the tree bark, the earthy tones of the rocks. It was just magical.
With no interior design experience and
no professional help, Lauren and Todd have made this Hamilton house into a stylish, comfortable, indie-boho sanctuary. Their eye for detail and for
filling the house with items they love has resulted in a beautiful on-trend home.
“It’s our dream family home…we bought it for a family, for that next chapter of our lives,” Lauren explains, with only weeks to go until the arrival
of their first baby.
The heart of the home is the Hamptons style kitchen at the rear which looks out over their backyard, with their two energetic staffies, Frankie and Mac,
running circles around each other. Although the kitchen is brand new, it is sympathetic to the style of the home and works perfectly with the stained
glass green and pink accented windows as its backdrop. From these windows I spy their outdoor setting an old ships window that has been repurposed
into an outdoor table with recycled steel chairs.
Upstairs is the baby’s room, master bedroom and bathroom. My heart melts when I see the kid-sized drum kit in the corner of the baby’s room – this is wishful
thinking on Todd's behalf, who is a drummer himself and hopes that his soon to arrive daughter will share his love. Only time will tell on that one
Another element that makes this home unique is the collection of worldly treasures and knick knacks that Lauren and Todd have collected over their years
of travel – with baskets from South Africa, bowls from South East Asia in the kitchen and pots in the garden from Indonesia – each piece a memory jogger
of their international adventures.
Now that they have settled in Newcastle and created their perfect family home, what are their favourite hangouts in Hamilton?
“We go to Three Bean every morning for a coffee, we just love the staff there and their consistent awesome coffee. Besides that we enjoy the occasional
lunch at Fortunate Son, oh and a late night walk down to MacLean’s Bookstore to pick up a new book,” who are open late on Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Overall this home is simply beautiful, its a mixture of modern, indie, boho styles in the bones of a federation home. It’s grand, but cosy and homely;
stylish yet comfortable and kid friendly.