No matter where she might be traveling to, photographer and prop stylist Kara Rosenlund is guaranteed to find something to bring back home. She is usually traveling in her caravan, Frankie, and her last trip was rather isolating in a remote desert, but yet she managed to find sun-bleached animal bones to bring home with her – a small reminder of the stark desert. Kara knows that while those types of souvenirs might not be everyone’s cup of tea, she personally finds a lot of inspiration in nature. “Mother Nature is absolutely the best designer, decorator and stylist,” Kara says. Kara and her husband, Tim, settled in this Queensland, Australia cottage in 2010 after a short stint living away from Australia in London. And when they came back to the continent, they knew they wanted an un-renovated little cottage that they could make their own. They used lots and lots of white so that Kara’s treasures can take center stage without feeling cluttered or crowded. -Amy
Photography by Kara Rosenlund
Image above: “Being an old 1890s weatherboard cottage, I wanted to stay true to the way of life and the authenticity of the original home; both through small sensitive renovations and also with decorating the house,” Kara says. “This style of ‘workers cottage’ was very popular in Queensland around the turn of the 20th century and still proves today to be such clever design in terms of energy efficiency. There is one main hallway with three bedrooms running off the thoroughfare to catch the cool breezes, high ceilings for the hot air to rise (it gets very hot in Queensland) and generous verandas on both the front and the back of the house for outdoor living – we never close our windows and have our doors open all year round. (The horse print is available on my site.)
Image above: “My favorite thing to cook is traditional, slow-cooked dishes with European influences, like osso buco with polenta or a cassoulet; hearty home dishes. My favourite thing to do is to start a slow dish in the late afternoon, open a bottle of wine and watch the afternoon light turn into the evening with friends in the kitchen.”
See more of this Australian home after the jump!