27 September 2012

A Cottage in Woodside

Every now and then, you pass by the kind of cottage which evokes a deep sigh, causing you to daydream about the simply beautiful life that must surely  be happening inside such a home. Stone cottages like this line nearly every road in the lovely Adelaide Hills, where Morgan Allender and her partner Justin Hermes call home, in the town of Woodside. 

My partner and I have often driven through this charming town, as well as stopped for coffee and gone antiquing. I wouldn't be surprised if we've passed by this exquisite cottage. I always wonder about such places. Now I'm happy to have the pleasure of seeing inside one, and find it is indeed as charming inside as out.

Morgan is a painter, and her works are often inspired by this lovely home and its garden. Her partner, Justin, is a furniture maker, and he has filled their home with his gorgeously crafted pieces. The cottage was in need of a good amount of repair when the couple bought it. They've replaced timber floors, repaired windows, and spruced up the garden. Together, along with the help of their talented and generous friends, they have transformed the cottage into a delightful home. 

To me, the rooms look as if they have been slowly and lovingly formed, with each element adding something unique. To think that the couple had only bought the cottage two years before these photos were taken seems incredible. I wish them many years of happy dwelling.

You can see Morgan's paintings here on her website, and find Justin's furniture at Oak & Elm Furniture & Object. Morgan also designs floral arrangements for The Bluebell Society, a commission-only floristry business.

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