I know we’ve been hanging around Freo a bit lately, but it seems to be the common habitat of interesting and creative folk!!
This week we bring you the gorgeous little Nth Freo home of Sarah Templeman and Will Eyres. Many of you will remember Sarah as the face behind one of Perth’s first modern antique stores…’Pheasant Home’, and later the accessories emporium ‘Templeman Shepherd’ in Swanbourne. That alone, should give you the ‘heads-up’ on an impressive collection of quirky vintage pieces and enviable antiques. Whilst we were busy snooping around her house, Sarah kept reappearing with more hidden treasures like, fox-fur clutches, sequinned head pieces, satin slippers, and retro music posters. Somehow, all these amazing pieces, from different genres and varying styles, all sit side-by-side in perfect harmony. This is due, in part, to her well-honed styling skills and her artistic eye. Sarah studied Fine Art at UWA then later trained in London as a Visual Merchandiser.
‘Rock and Roll’ poster purchased from a quirky shop in Perth’s CBD in the early 90′s. Vintage Kantha throw and cushions form ‘Canary Home’.
Sarah has an incredible collection of vintage jackets, boots, and bags, like this amazing white fox clutch….always a good conversation starter!!
Sarah’s artwork has been exhibited at Gadfly Gallery in Dalkeith, and she is often commissioned for private works, you can see more of Sarah’s beautiful charcoals here.
Sarah and Will have been in their North Fremantle house for 7 years now, and in that time it has under gone a few changes. As Sarah says, “…it was the house that no one wanted, completely derelict and unloved.” It is now an enviable ‘urban-cool’ pad, retaining all its original character but now smarting a fresh white interior, with a clever pocket-sized kitchen and more than one hot tap! It’s a great example of living with just what you need, and nothing more! Although compact, the space feels larger, due to the abundance of natural light and high ceilings. It is a perfect example of how creative people always seem to have beautiful homes, regardless of size, budget or location.
If she’s not drawing she’s cutting fabrics and creating accessories, another one of her passions! Dotted all around the house are pieces from her label ‘Cecille’.
The outdoor space is where all the family action takes place! The biggest surprise in this little cottage is the sprawling back yard, and the original timber and brick shed that opens out to the lawn. Sarah and Will have great plans for this quaint lean-to, with its intact fireplace and outdoor loo! It is so refreshing to hear their ideas about how best to enhance its’ rustic features, rather than knocking it down. For now it’s the perfect shelter for the kids to build cubbies and set up picnics. The cool Vintage Canvas Army TeePee is from ‘Canary Home’.
A sneak peek at one of Sarah’s fabulous ‘Cecille’ rings, keep an eye out for more of Sarah’s creations in the near future!!
A favourite weekend haunt for Sarah and Will is ‘Harvest’, where they can take the kids for a relaxed breakfast in the leafy courtyard. Sarah’s favourite aspect of living here is…”I love this street…it’s full of interesting characters and clever entrepreneurs. Next door we have the wonderful aroma from the local coffee brewers, we have ‘Mrs Browns’ for a cheeky wine and ‘Flipside’ for awesome burgers. Then of course there’s Leighton beach just down the road.”
Today we bring you the first of many Perth homes, that we will be snooping through this year. Our mission…to share with you talented and inspiring ideas that create fascinating homes and studios.
Nothing is more appealing than a period home rescued from ruin, and brought to life with polished boards, crisp white walls, and an architecturally designed extension at the rear. Jen has always had a penchant for the vintage and discarded, and she makes all her ‘bargain finds’ shine alongside coveted designer pieces. In the study, a 6-arm Jielde floor lamp (from Canary Home) takes pride of place, atop the colourful handwoven Turkish rug. I remember visiting the family when they were camped out in the front two rooms, a make-shift kitchen on the verandah, and ‘Doug’ the pug ferociously guarding his front steps! Since then the brown brick, Greco-Roman pillars, and 1970′s wrought iron have all gone, and once again the original beauty is shining through. If you love what you see then you’re in luck…it is currently on the market, as Jen and her family have to head back to Melbourne for work. You can find more details and inspection times at www.markbrophy.com.au. or www.domain.com.au
The rear extension boasts a fabulous raised deck, that over-looks the beautifully landscaped garden by Ace McNeilly of ‘Ace’s Tree and Garden Services’. The iconic yellow Butterfly chair supplied by Canary Home stylists.
Jen’s ‘best $20 ever-spent cane swivelling chairs’ are the perfect place for a cup of tea and street watching. All Vinatge kantha quilts, throws, and canvas cushions and pouf supplied by Canary Home.
Firstly…welcome back to our blog after an extended Summer break with our families. Ursula hooked up the camper-trailer and drove east across the Nullabor to beautiful Streaky Bay in SA, camping on the beach and eating fresh crab and oysters. Whilst Kate escaped to the south for Xmas in Yallingup, then across the state to the remote Bremer Bay, worth the effort for the incredible beaches!! Many of you have kept in touch via Facebook and Instagram (new link coming..) and are aware, that our absence from this little space, was due to a last minute dash to the Art and Craft Expo in India. We decided it was time for Canary to spread it’s wings and seek out some new and fascinating products to bring back to Perth. We walked the streets and markets of Dehli, asked the locals for tips on textiles, braved the traffic in our tin can on wheels, navigated the crossing of 6 lane mayhem to get from one market to another, trawled the stalls at the fair, and always made it back to the hotel for 6pm Happy Hour!!
We have returned brimming with inspiration, and suitcases bursting at the seams. A colourful container is on it’s way, full of unique and exciting goodies…so stayed tuned for our next Canary Home Pop-Up! In the meantime, we will continue to bring you beautiful pieces from the other side of the world and things dug up from local sources….we know how much you all love your Danish breadboards and button hooks!! So don’t worry the re-order has now been re-ordered (yet again…) and won’t be far away.
Please feel free to contact us for private viewings of our range, as we now supply unique pieces to Interior Designers and Architects looking for something different and inspiring.