Australian Homes

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


  • BIRCHseed 6 years ago

    i am in total & utter love with this home ~ ‘GORGE’ous!

  • Esz 6 years ago

    MAJOR sewing room envy! All that space and organisation. Want!

  • Barbara Fisher 6 years ago

    Such a beautiful home. Very grown up! I one day imagine I might have a home as put together and welcoming as Kristine’s.

  • Jessamy 6 years ago

    A beautiful home, love the hand embroidered touches.

  • WDF 6 years ago

    Great Melbourne classic Lucy – do I also recognise my Ikea sofas in the dining room – probably not, in any case better ironed covers than mine in darkest Sussex!

  • Ann 6 years ago

    A beautiful home and a lovely blogger too… Kristine has impeccable taste and a wonderful writing style. Ann x

  • cleamoureuse 6 years ago

    WOW – beautiful home – original yet classic – perfect! Love the rugs and curtains!

  • Jen 6 years ago

    Love the details of the quilts and furnishings of the children’s bedrooms. So thoughtful which makes it all the more beautiful.

    And I agree with Esz! The organisation of the sewing room is amazing!!!

  • Margo Carlon 6 years ago

    Love that sewing room, certainly puts mine to shame.
    Cheers Margo.

  • dls 6 years ago

    Love everything about this house, esp. the sewing room! Thanks for sharing your home!

  • kirrily 6 years ago

    Lovely home. Especially love the zebra rug! Any idea where it came from?

  • Allison Taylor 6 years ago

    Love the colour matched reels, kinda looks like an artpiece in itself. Beautiful home, wonderful melding of old and new.

  • Gaz 6 years ago

    nice mix of old and new. like the aboriginal art and the turkish rug in the hallway.

  • This is stunning, I love every bit – Melbourne homes are so lovely, great history and the high ceilings are gorgeous.

  • Poppy 6 years ago

    Lovely home. Does anyone know where I can get a rug like the one in the hallway (in Melbourne)?

  • Linnea 6 years ago

    Very pretty!

  • Siobhan Rogers 6 years ago

    I love the thread!!! I need it all :)

  • Kristine 6 years ago

    The zebra rug came from Behruz in Malvern Rd, Malvern. The hallway rug came from Allpress Antiques in Malvern Rd, Malvern (although Jamie Allpress was selling it for a client so he’s unlikely to have another one similar). I would try “Loom” in Prahran, which was featured on “The Design Files” a few weeks ago.

  • heather 6 years ago

    what a totally beautiful and stunning house. I love the mixture of old and new and the subtle but clever use of organised colour in your studio… really inspiring.
    thank you.

  • brad 6 years ago

    gorgeous home, thanks for sharing. love the kids rooms.

  • Tam 6 years ago

    Ooooh-aahhh, that sewing room makes me want to take up sewing!

  • Diane 6 years ago

    Such a lovely home! The threads displayed like that in boxes… oh my!

  • david miller 6 years ago

    Wow! My wife is always talking about taking up sewing – her mother was very skilled at it. I have forwarded her a link to this blog she will insist we do a sewing room in our home in Finland. What a lovely home you have and what exquisite taste!

  • Camilla 6 years ago

    That Settee looks very much like a piece by Greg Stirling, I can’t imagine who else would have made it but my dad! yay!!! Beautiful house

  • New Kitchens Sydney 3 years ago

    Great post . It takes me almost half an hour to read the whole post. Definitely this one of the informative and useful post to me. Thanks for the share.

  • kathy 3 years ago

    what an amazing home…. a model of perfection, warmth and inspiration…..

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