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Kristine of Townmouse

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 30th March 2011

The sewing room of all sewing rooms belongs to Kristine Lempriere of Townmouse!

Sewing room details – including pieces from the sweet Townmouse children’s clothing range

This is I think the speediest home tour turnaround yet!  I photographed it yesterday – and here it is today!  (bit of a last minute content shuffle ya know).  ANYWAY.  How delectably pretty is the Malvern home of Kristine Lempriere and family!?  Kristine lives here with husband Will and four kids – Max, Tom, Henri and sweet toddler Adelaide.  It’s the kind of classic Victorian home that Melbourne is so famous for… beautiful high ceilings, elegant cornice detailing in every corner, and views to beautiful green garden foliage from almost every room.  It’s big enough for all six of them (just!), but it’s not overly grand or precious or fussy.  The Lempriere family home is just welcoming and understated and practical and truly beautiful.

But this isn’t just home to a busy family of six – it’s also home to Kristine’s wonderful children’s clothing business, Townmouse!  From a light-filled room in the very centre of the house (where a dining room would once have been), Kristine has set up what I can confidently say is the sewing room of all sewing rooms!  (Jenny Butler was with me also yesterday and would support this claim!).  It is here that Kristine designs the patterns for her irresistably cute clothing range… grabbing a child from the TV room every now and then to try out and tweak her new designs!  It’s such a beautiful room to work from, filled with pretty details, vintage haberdashery and Liberty fabrics!  And I must say it is so lovely to see a home business granted the largest and most beautiful room in the house, rather than the bungalow out the back!

Huge thanks to Kristine for having us yesterday!  It always takes much longer than I remember to photograph a house and she was super patient – and gave us chocolate cake. :) OH and she also let me borrow her 50mm Canon camera lens!  Amazing!  (I need one so bad).  From now on I expect all homes I photograph to supply my photographic equipment. ha ha!

If you love Kristine’s beautiful home, chances are you’ll also adore her sweet clothing range – do pop over to her website and blog to learn more!

Family room in warm neutral tones

Classic dining area with a view to the backyard, and how about those beautiful white tulips!

Kitchen details – white on white and neutral accents… beautiful.  Embroidered hand towel by Kristine.

Beautiful pink tones in the master bedroom

Pink bedhead!  Love!  And Adelaide’s sweet bassinet, with the prettiest pillow embroidered by Kristine.

Details from the formal sitting room at the front of the house

Formal sitting room.  Love the unexpectedly bold rug!

Stunning classic details in Will’s study – Jenny and I both fell for the antique leather trunk, picked up in Argentina!

More sewing room details

The youngest boys’ bedroom

2nd kid’s bedroom

kid’s bedroom details

Hallway details

Front garden

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 30th March 2011

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