Laid-back family life in the Australian countryside

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Jessica Tremp and Michael Madden have only lived in their home for a few short months, but they have quickly settled into the rhythm of quiet country living, along with their son, Syd and dog, Soda. Located in the Macedon Ranges of Australia, they love cooking at home, whether it be lingering over pancakes on weekend mornings or cooking Italian dishes for the neighbors. Their approach to decorating is equally laid-back, as they have filled the airy, white washed space with Mid-Century furniture, paintings by Jessica’s father and a growing collection of handmade ceramics. Though many meaningful objects fill their home, nothing seems too precious and in fact, the space is markedly kid friendly. Even two-year-old Syd helped decorate his playful, polka dotted bedroom. Jessica is a photographer, spending her days capturing people tying the knot and during the quieter months shooting more personal work, as she describes: creating images for the things she can’t always find words for. Thank you Jessica, Michael, Syd and Soda and special thanks to Tara Pearce for the stunning photos! Shannon

Image above: “The kitchen is probably where we spend the most time,” Jessica says. “It’s always beautifully sunny with big glass doors that lead outside. Though I’m not normally a huge fan of marble, we opted for a round marble tulip table as there was already a lot of wood going on in the house/room. It’s a replica of a timeless Mid-Century design by Saarinen. The Farstrup chairs are one of my favourite pieces of furniture and fit perfectly around the table. I love plants and there’s definitely a growing number of these in our home.”

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Image above: “We wanted Syd’s room to feel really happy and bright. The colored spots are an afternoon project he helped with. The little beehive lamp is a lucky garage sale score and that is Michael’s old scouts’ blanket hanging over the cot.”

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Image above: “I have a bit of a thing for chairs and many of them are moved about the rooms as time goes on. This falcon chair I bought for Michael as a housewarming gift. He loves a comfortable chair to read in. The painting above it was created by my Dad and is very dear to me. We had the record bench seat custom made by friends of ours. The large photograph is one of mine and the statue of the three ladies (one headless) is another favourite vintage find. I call them the windy ladies and they have moved with me to a few homes now.”

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Image above: “I love the wavy glass in the cabinet we keep in our kitchen. The little vintage painting reminds me of Switzerland.”

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Image above: “The old Bertoia wire chair I bought myself a few years ago after visiting it for weeks until I had the money to buy it. I love it to bits. The painting we bought in Spain and the bark painting was a spur-of-the-moment, one-dollar garage sale item from an old lady in a farmhouse. I wasn’t even sure about it at the beginning but it keeps growing and¬†growing on me and I couldn’t part with it now. The Macedon Ranges can get chilly, so we will light a fire most evenings in winter.”

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Image above: “Turquoises and mustards will find themselves quite accidentally repeated throughout our home.”

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Image above: “I do wish we had more dishwashing space, but I’m very lucky that Michael usually takes care of them. The kettle is always on the stove. We drink tea like water in this household.”

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Image above: “Our hallway is always filled with the sound of running feet and that makes me so happy. The painting I found in an estate sale in New Orleans.”

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Image above: “Guest bedroom. I’m loving natural linens and it is hard work keeping a bookshelf tidy. Mostly we pass on books, but these are a collection of favorites.”

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Image above: “Guest bedroom. We found the sideboard on the side of the road and couldn’t believe our luck! The taxidermy hare I simply couldn’t not buy. I’m not a huge fan of all taxidermy, but he was so beautifully made and seems to have such narrative that I couldn’t resist him. The old Italian chair and spaghetti light I bought off my friend Tara who took this picture.”

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Image above: “A detail from a picture wall in the guest room. A drawing of Zurich by my Dad, an old tinplate photograph, Michael’s parents’ family photo and my Mum as a young lady in the army and a bird skull found in Tasmania. There never seems to be enough wall space in a house for my liking.”

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Image above: “Still not sure what to do about a closet. We’ve put in a hanging, open wardrobe space for now. One of Michael’s many guitars.”

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Image above: “Our bedroom. We found the painting in a skip along with the one in the guest bedroom. We call them the ‘sad man’ paintings. They were done in 1970 and I would love to tell the artist that they have found a loving home.”

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Image above: “Some of Syd’s books. Old blinky wooden Koala found in a vintage store and headless doll/mannequin from a market. Michael thinks he’s creepy but I love him. The heavy old silver Snoopy moneybox used to be mine as a little girl and the Noddy egg cup used to be Michael’s.”

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Image above: “Our bathroom with the growing number of rubber sharks.”

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Source List

1. Saarinen Replica Marble Table, Farstrup Chairs from Grandfather’s Axe, IKEA wooden Benchtop, everything else vintage/thrifted/found through travels.

2. Rug by Armadillo & Co., Cockatoo lamp by Heico, everything else vintage/thrifted

3. Falcon Chair and lamp from Angelucci, photograph by Jessica Tremp, painting by Oskar Tremp, Record Bench Seat by Pop & Scott

4. Painted plant pot by Pop & Scott, vintage Remington mixer

5. Bertoia chair from the Junk Company, Melbourne, coffee table by Pop & Scott

6. All vintage/thrifted

7. Chasseur kettle, vintage Junghans Electora kitchen clock

  1. Susan Blakemore says:

    Hell0; I love your laid back life style and you home. Especially love you claw foot tub and the way your house is decorated. It just make me feel of the life style I long for.

  2. Gabi H. says:

    I’ve looked at this several times already today because I love it so much. What a beautiful home and collection of treasures.

  3. Katrin says:

    Beautiful! A new favorite. LOVE all the art.

  4. Absolutely love the art…And the tub! Kitchen is very cool.

  5. Casey says:

    Lovely. Simply lovely.

  6. Thank you so much everyone xo

  7. shana martin says:

    your michael is right…the headless kid is creepy.
    i do love your windy women sculpture. keep those!

  8. Tara says:

    Sometimes you see a space that is very real but also refined, lived-in and beautiful. This home is definitely one of those spaces. Lovely.

  9. Eideann says:

    I LOVE THIS HOUSE!! The vintage light fittings and little book shelves all over the house are great. I grew up in Gisborne, it was bloody freezing!

  10. Marga says:

    Wonderful! I really liked the combination of old pieces of furniture and paintings with the freshness of some colour elements!
    Greetings from Barcelona! :D

  11. Simply beautiful and Really love it. Happy to read this kind of blog.

  12. Bex Jenkins says:

    A beautiful home. Love the light and your many gorgeous things.

  13. Lexy Garrow says:

    I love your kitchen! Wha type of hanging light fixture is that? The subtle blue tint is beautiful!

  14. Nancy D. says:

    I would absolutely love to live here. It is elegant, ethereal and a beautiful reflection of the people who live in this home. Even though I don’t know you I love your style aesthetic which is wonderful to me.

  15. georgia says:

    This is refreshingly unpretentious…lovely.

  16. Betty says:

    Beautiful! I’m always looking for the perfect white wall paint. Do you remember the color/brand? Thanks!

  17. Thirza says:

    I love the dots on the wall in the nursery. What kind of paper and glue did you use for that?

  18. Sarah P says:

    Tell me about that spotty wall in your boy’s room. I’m loving it!

  19. Kate says:

    So lovely, artistic and effortless

  20. Thank you so much everyone, how lovely to read such lovely and kind comments. I’m so sorry I don’t remember the white paint name, but the dots was quite simply a mixture of painted and coloured thick paper and blue tac. The circles are easy to cut once you have one round example by tracing an upside down glass/mug on the paper.

  21. Lucky Syd growing up in a cool home like this. I love your style!

  22. annton says:

    delicately chosen art pieces, the light, the airy atmosphere to it; this peek gives me an especially homey feeling.

  23. A breath of fresh air. Beautiful home.


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