Australian Homes

Charlotte Bell

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 20th April 2011

The Hobart home of Charlotte Bell and family.  A battered leather armchair just looks AWESOME in any and every situation, no?  Incredible detailed pen drawings above by Hobart-based artist Matt Coyle.  All photos by Catherine Miller.

Loungeroom details.  Love the bright white walls and contrast deep charcoal detailing.  Photos by Catherine Miller.

OK I have to be upfront and say I take very little credit for today’s beautiful Tassie home story!  You see, when you’re in MELBOURNE, it is kind of tricky to source gorgeous homes in another state where you don’t really know anybody… and it’s harder still to photograph one once you’ve found it!  :)  LUCKILY The Design Files has made some very well-connected and super generous friends in the past couple of years… and so after a few friendly emails it didn’t take long to find today’s gorgeous Tassie home!   In the end it came down to the ever fabulous Megan Morton, who put me in touch with Hobart-based food and interiors stylist Charlotte Bell, who kindly offered her own beautiful West Hobart home for a TDF feature!

BUT a tip-off would be nothing without a girl-on-the-ground to photograph this story for us – which is where Catherine Miller of Little Glowing Lights comes in!  Ever since we featured Catherine’s own home in January I have been admiring the beautiful photos she posts on her blog and Flickr… she seemed the perfect choice.  LUCKILY Catherine accepted the challenge, and we are super thrilled with the results!  GO TEAM!

Charlotte Bell is a Hobart girl through and through – having spent her childhood years in this very neighbourhood (West Hobart).   She was drawn back to the area when she found this grand but dilapidated Victorian home for sale around 4 years ago.  It was an incredible blank canvas – but also a BIG undertaking!  At the time of sale, the house was a Salvation Army refuge, in need of a lot of love.  Charlotte and family took on the challenge with gusto.  The ‘chapel’ (?!) was turned into a kitchen from scratch, an office became a bathroom, a internal hall way was turned into an external access, and the building was re-plumbed and re-wired throughout.   The result is a home with all the great ‘bones’ you’d expect in a Victorian house – high ceilings, generous rooms and architrave detailing – balanced by a definite contemporary edge.  I love the industrial details – seriously cannot get enough of those fabulous subway brick tiles at the moment (so versatile, so affordable!).

Sadly after four years here, it’s already time to move on!  As you may notice from the somewhat minimal furnishing, this home is actually currently on the market – you can view the real estate listing here!  OH MAN it always seems like JUST when you finish a home it is time to move!  Aggh. So exhausting.  Charlotte is now on the hunt for a simple home for herself and twins Otto and Bruno (7 yrs) – ‘something humble, with a garden’ she says.  We have our fingers crossed for you Charlotte!

Huge thanks to Charlotte and family for sharing their home at such a chaotic time!  Wishing them all the best of luck with the sale (and if you know someone house-hunting in Hobart at the moment, do send them the link!)

Industrial details in the kitchen

Kitchen details.  Always love a dining table with assorted chairs!

Minimal Master bedroom!

Love the clean, country feel of these rooms.

Beautiful bay window in the front room (Looks familiar!)

LOVING that solid marble (?) sink / vanity?  And really you cannot go wrong with the subway tiles.

Bathroom details

Nice gumboots! (A must in Tassie I guess!?)

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 20th April 2011


  • DJL 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing this house, Lucy!
    The pen drawings above the battered leather chair are by a very talented Tasmanian artist Matt Coyle:

  • Paula 6 years ago

    Love it! Such a lovely sense of control and balance. Argh! Maybe she could come do a little styling for us….three houses of furniture from three generations of a family into one home always has its sensitiviites.

  • Lucy 6 years ago

    DJL – thanks for the tip-off re: Matt Coyle, have added that to the caption! x

  • Monique Germon 6 years ago

    Yum Charlotte you did it! What a job, what a reno – congratulations love and as always bravo to Lucy x

  • Jessamy 6 years ago

    Oh wow! Amazing work, very inspiring for renovating Victorians. My partner might be moved from Melbourne to Tassie for work… I love Melbourne, but now I want him to be moved if I get to enjoy looking at houses like this!

  • Sarah 6 years ago

    Dream home! I wish i had the cashola to buy it!

  • Kylie 6 years ago

    one of my favourites…so far

  • mariana 6 years ago

    such a gorgeous and lived in home.
    subway tiles.. marble vanity.. big industrial kitchen!
    love everything about this home.
    great teamwork girls!!

  • Joanne Thies 6 years ago

    I am swooning here. What a simple abode with little treasures. Hobart is such a special place. Horrah for Matt!

  • Madeleine 6 years ago

    Wow, are they up for a house swap?! I’d trade mainland for tassie any day.
    Lucy, I’ve put up a post detailing our trip to Hobart on my blog if anyones’ keen for more:

    We arrived back yesterday and I’m already keen to return. Looking forward to the rest of your Tassie highlights.

    xo Maddi

    p.s I’d be most keen to see where David Walsh resides, your next Tassie house tour perhaps?!

  • Madeleine 6 years ago

    apologies the above link lead to the flickr pics, here’s the post:

  • Alison 6 years ago

    loving your Tasmanian spotlight this week
    great home

  • Josephine 6 years ago

    What a great space. Love Hobart and it’s always great to see the great old ladies there featured. xx

  • Margie 6 years ago

    got to love a dark floor!!

  • design elements 6 years ago

    wonderful space, authentic….

  • roomsalive 6 years ago

    An excellent space. The choices in flooring, countertops, tiles, and furnishing give the whole house has such a lived-in feeling – great design!

  • x.alexander 5 years ago

    Hi I was wondering if anyone knows where to purchase those subway style tiles (I’m based in Melbourne) – any help would be much appreciated ! Beautiful place !

  • Dooley Le Cappellaine 3 years ago

    Wonderful interior design, just right.
    Can you tell me the color green you chose for the free standing cupboard ?

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