Australian Homes

Sally Campbell

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 21st March 2012

Sally Campbell‘s Sydney home.  Photographs - Felix Forest, styling / production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Dining room. Painting above mantle by Cressida Campbell (Sally’s siste). All photographs – Felix Forest, stlying / production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Details in the dining room and hallway – Beach Scene painting on bookshelf by Peter McGregor.  All Photographs - Felix Forest, styling / production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Today’s stunning Sydney home is one I’ve been chasing for quite some time – the creative couple who live here, Sally Campbell and her husband Greg will certainly attest to that!   I must shamefully admit I’ve been badgering them (not relentlessly, mind you – off and on!) for almost 2 years… but this busy pair spend so much of their year travelling due to Sally’s incredible business, and so it wasn’t until last month that the opportunity finally presented itself to shoot their beautiful home.  Wowsers!  Luckily, it was totally worth the wait!

As I am sure many of you know, Sally is an amazing textile designer responsible for the most vibrant, beautiful quilts and soft furnishings, created under the name Sally Campbell Handmade Textiles.  In fact Sally was one of the very first people I ever interviewed on this site.  I’ve admired her work for a very long time, especially because like me, Sally is an escapee of the film industry!  (ha ha just kidding, kind of).  After 25 years working as a set and costume designer, Sally’s passion for beautiful textiles eventually inspired her to produce her own collection of soft furnishings – she launched her business in 2005, and hasn’t looked back.

Sally and Greg have lived in their beautiful and rather massive Victorian home in Sydney’s Randwick for 10 years.   The best way I can think to describe their very special home, is to say that it somehow has that luscious-but-lived-in feel, normally reserved for the homes of fictional film characters!  It’s unpretentious and ‘real’, even though it’s grand and busy and a little overwhelming!  Since being here they’ve updated only small sections – the bathrooms, pantry and laundry have been re-worked, and Sally has created a beautiful lush courtyard garden at the rear of the home, which spills glossy foliage across every window and doorway.  It is SO heavenly.

Of course the home has very impressive bones; generous rooms, high ceilings and Victorian fixtures, such as the marble fireplaces in almost every room – one of Sally’s favourite features.  But the real specialness here is in the eclectic details, and the stories this space tells about Sally and Greg and their creative friends and family.  Sally and Greg travel to India every year,  and as you can see, their home is filled with souvenirs from their travels.  Sally’s sister Cressida Campbell is a BRILLIANT (and very famous!) artist – her work is dotted around the house, and in turn, this eclectic home has been the subject of many of her incredible paintings.  (TRULY amazing work you must check it out!). Amongst her many treasures, Sally says Cressida’s paintings are her favourite possessions.

Massive thanks to Sally and Greg for generously sharing their home with us today!  If you love Sally’s home you will most certainly love her beautiful work – do check out her brand new website, blog and online store to see some of her pieces, and shots of her amazing travels in India.  I am especially in love with her new Frenchie-style lightweight cotton towels… you know the ones.  So posh.  Love love.  (Sally are those solid red/blue stripe ones in stock yet!? Keep me posted!).

Dining room – Ochre abstract paintings by by Warli indigenous tribe from India.  All Photographs - Felix Forest, styling / production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Living room.  Painting on left by Cressida Campbell.  All Photographs - Felix Forest, styling / production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Dining room dresser.  All Photographs - Felix Forest, styling / production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Kitchen with view to garden.  All Photographs - Felix Forest, styling / production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

View to courtyard from kitchen.  All Photographs - Felix Forest, styling / production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Upstairs hallway to master bedroom.  All Photographs - Felix Forest, styling / production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Master bedroom – Antique kantha hanging above bed, throw and cushion on bed. (Similar here).  All Photographs - Felix Forest, styling / production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Mantle in master bedroom.  All Photographs - Felix Forest, styling / production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Bathroom – print by Gary Shead, beautiful lightweight cotton towel by Sally Campbell Textiles.   All Photographs - Felix Forest, styling / production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Downstairs bathroom.  CUTE vintage mirror!  All Photographs - Felix Forest, styling / production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

View across hallway to guest bedroom – all bed dressings by Sally Campbell.   All Photographs - Felix Forest, styling / production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Painting in hallway bCressida Campbell. All Photographs - Felix Forest, styling / production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Hallway view to garden… sooo pretty.  All Photographs - Felix Forest, styling / production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Balcony seat (vintage fabric cushion available here from Sally Campbell).  All Photographs - Felix Forest, styling / production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Patio downstairs with daybed – Sally Campbell cushions piled up!   All Photographs - Felix Forest, styling / production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Sally Campbell Handmade Textiles HQ!  All Photographs - Felix Forest, styling / production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Sally Campbell Handmade Textiles details.  All Photographs - Felix Forest, styling / production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Exterior street frontage.  All Photographs - Felix Forest, styling / production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 21st March 2012

32 comments

  • Barbara Fisher 3 years ago

    Cutest bathroom mirror!

  • Scarlet Jones 3 years ago

    What a beautiful home, so nice to see all her lovely things gathered over time. Her quilts are gorgeous particularly liked the circle one.

  • Penny (Oh My Green) 3 years ago

    Gorgeous! I especially love the courtyard and balcony!

  • Sara 3 years ago

    ohhhh- I love the blue glass panel above the door. Wonderful Idea!

  • Beattie 3 years ago

    Beautiful.
    I love the green touches everywhere.

  • Giselle 3 years ago

    Yay, a home tour! Haven’t been a fan of the fashion and food posts. Loving this one, especially the textiles, and the art.. well all of it. Awesome.

  • Kath 3 years ago

    The mirror, the mirror…

  • michelle 3 years ago

    There is such a richness to old textiles – they are powerful things. I so love this house, and been a fan of cressida campbell’s artworks for a long time. Both sisters seem to share a love of pattern and natural colour. Would so love to learn about their childhood!

  • Alana 3 years ago

    What an absolutely stunning and cosy home! Absolutely love the colours and fabrics.

  • Anna Spiro 3 years ago

    I have died and gone to heaven! AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SINGLE WAY!
    xx
    Anna

  • daniela 3 years ago

    absolutely beautiful! pity there weren’t more photos! :)) very inspirational..

  • Ray Garrod 3 years ago

    Just beautiful. So look forward to every Wednesday .

  • urbanviti 3 years ago

    It has a bohemian/colonial feel to it

  • Diane 3 years ago

    What a beautiful home. I love all of the greenery, and that bathroom mirror!

  • Spots and Stripes 3 years ago

    A great mix – love the bentwood chairs in the dining room.

  • Spots and Stripes 3 years ago

    A great mix – loving the bentwood chairs.

  • Beautiful eclectic mix, I love the bright blues and a gorgeous art collection.

  • bumbleathome.blogspot.com 3 years ago

    So great to see a house that is the ‘real deal’ their own style and creativity,genuinely bohemian and comfortable it was a visual feast,thanks.

  • Alison S 3 years ago

    When I was younger (so much younger than today) I wanted to be Nell Campbell. Then I discovered Cressida and her gorgeous art and home. And now I want to be Sally!!! D-I-V-I-N-E. Sigh.

  • Gaz 3 years ago

    nicest home yet

  • Rosie 3 years ago

    Have just returned from lusting after an identical mirror in Hobart. Kent & Kent Antiques.

  • margie 3 years ago

    So lovely to put a home to the face I saw at Life Instyle… wonderful.

  • Hi, what a Gorgeous place, thanks for sharing!! Have a great day!!

  • shalini 3 years ago

    Fantastic textiles. Love all of them. The home has a wonderful lived in feel….yet so contemporary too.

  • Mrs Sutton 3 years ago

    Gorgeous home! So comfortable and vibrant. You can tell that it’s a well loved and happy place to live, yet it still manages to be fabulously stylish – a wonderful combination. That courtyard is to die for!

  • Pamela 3 years ago

    What a fabulous home! Thank you so much for including this on your site. Have always enjoyed Cressida Campbell’s art work but didn’t know there was such a talented family of them. Adore the sailing boat mirror and also the wonderful statue of an angel on the coffee table in the living room. Is it pottery or carved wood? From India or where? Just love it.

  • Letitia Linke 3 years ago

    Beautiful, lived in and homely. xx

  • Donna 3 years ago

    Catching up on the last few TDF homes! What a gorgeous house & home. The lounge and living room look to have such a great, cosy vibe – as does the downstairs patio area. Lovely.xx

  • Miss Frangipani 2 years ago

    This house makes my heart beat faster every single time I see it and I come back here often to soak in all the details. Love!

  • I love the bathroom mirror in a shape of sail boat! Where did they get that mirror? I also am attracted to the exterior street frontage. That place looks inviting. Overall, Sally and Greg have a beautiful home.

  • THANKS FOR THE LOVELY COMMENTS! I AM GLAD YOU LIKE THE POST ASWELL! MORE TO COME!

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