my scandinavian home: A pared-back Australian home in neutrals

A pared-back Australian home in neutrals

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

These lovely images of lifestyle blogger Stella Gaffney's home popped into my mail box yesterday. Stella lives with husband Michael and their two (very cute) children on Australia's Central Coast (looks like a very nice part of the world, I must say!). The home has a lovely view over the water and an abundance of natural northern light.  As a result the home has been kept pared-back with lime washed floors, white walls and natural materials to allow the view to steal the show.
Let's take a peek...








Home-owner: Stella Gaffney. Photographer: Maree Homer.  Published first in homesplusmag.

I'd love to be sitting on that terrace right now - how about you?! Is there anything in particular about this home that stands out to you?

Quick note on two items which caught my eye - the cross cushion is from Aura by Tracy Ellis and the colourful wooden pegs can be found here.

More inspiration from Stella's home on Instagram here

Other wonderful Australian homes include a retro beach house, a space decorated in dark greys and a relaxed boho home in the country.

Having posted about Autumn / Winter 2015 and a little festive inspiration this morning I'm so curious to know what it must be like to celebrate Christmas in the summer? I've only ever spent it in England and Sweden where it's cold and in the latter place, white! - I'd love to hear how your Christmas day (or 'Eve' - which is the day they celebrate it in Scandinavia) looks?!

Have a lovely day!


15 comments:

  1. All of the spaces seem so serene. Note to self: declutter, declutter, declutter!

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  2. I live in Australia away from my Hungarian homeland and snowy Christmas. Here it feels like we are living on a different planet and we are just chill at home and thinking of others who celebrate Christmas.
    Sorry, the truth is not so fabulous (for me), we can't really celebrate.

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  3. I love the sofa. Do you know where it's from?

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  4. I am an Australian and have enjoyed Christmas on both sides of the equator. We grow up with the same Christmas movies/books/greeting cards depicting snowy weather, reindeer and candlelit windows but it never seemed odd until I experienced the 'real' thing. Christmas in the cold is much nicer and feels so much more appropriate. Christmas in Australia is still about gathering together, we have that in common. There are gifts and carols and bad jokes in the Christmas crackers but the menu is fresh seafood, salads and pavlova. My family has taken to replacing a pine tree with a big gum tree or eucalyptus branch and adorning it very simply. Instead of a walk in the cold weather or cocoa by the fire after the big meal, we play cricket in the backyard or jump in the pool to cool off. It is much more like a Midsummer celebration. Certainly different but still nice.

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    1. Thanks for this description - it does sound different but great in it's own way! Niki

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  5. I think most Australians can identify with Kate's description. Well said!

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  6. Northern light in Australia is full sunlight. Since Australia is below the equator the sun and heat comes from the north. So not sure if this is artist's light downunder.

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    1. You are absolutely right, I didn't think of this at all, thank you for pointing this out, I'll update the post.

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  7. Australian Christmas is the best (although I have never had Christmas anywhere else haha)
    There is nothing like sharing a big fruit platter with your whole family while melting in 40°C heat. A water fight is a sure thing too. You should definatelty experience it one day! And I will trade you my beachy Christmas Eve and Boxing Day for a white Christmas

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    1. Sounds like great fun!! Let's do a swap one day :)

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  8. Australian Christmas is the best (although I have never had Christmas anywhere else haha)
    There is nothing like sharing a big fruit platter with your whole family while melting in 40°C heat. A water fight is a sure thing too. You should definatelty experience it one day! And I will trade you my beachy Christmas Eve and Boxing Day for a white Christmas

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  9. I grew up having winter in the northern hemisphere, but have spent the past two Christmas holidays here in Madagascar. As someone who adores crisp falls and snowy winters, it is rather anticlimatic to be ringing in the New Year in short sleeves! I can't wait to return to the north!

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  10. I miss the cold Christmas anyway, when you can play in the snow and rest with the family at your warn house next to a pine tree. It's more familiar for me and brings good memories back. I can feel it more in Australia at Christmas in July (which is not so popular, but still celebrates the winter) especially in Victoria.

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  11. Christmas in Australia for me every year is trying to figure out the weather first - do we go to the Aunty's house and sit in the pool if it's stinking hot, or have a late afternoon celebration in the cool breeze, outside under the stars. Christmas here usually involves people sitting around outside, drinking, eating, swimming and relaxing. It's all pretty casual with lots of seafood, BBQ, salads, light sweets and champagne!

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