Australian Homes

Tara Pearce and Family

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 16th May 2012

The Kyneton home of photographer Tara Pearce and family.  All photos – Lucy Feagins, styling assistant – Marni Kornhauser

Tara’s workspace

Details from Tara’s workspace / master bedroom

Dramatic dining room!   Photos – Lucy Feagins, styling assistant – Marni Kornhauser

For a teeny tiny country town, I have to say, Kyneton is totally punching above it’s weight in the interior design departament.  Today we have another beautiful home to share, again belonging to a clever local creative who made the decision to move to Victoria’s Macedon Ranges region in search of a tree change, a slightly more relaxed way of life, and a proper family-sized home for her family!

Tara Pearce moved to Kyneton from Yarraville in Melbourne four years ago with husband Taras, and kids Yorke (daughter – now 11 yrs) and Mak (son, now 6 yrs).   They’re now joined by crazy pups Buzz and Boris (because really, you can’t be living in the country without some animals running about).

After moving in, Tara says the first addition to their new home was the construction of a half pipe skate ramp in the backyard.  Nice to know they’ve got their priorities sorted!  I think this fact alone says so much about Tara and Taras – their busy family home is super stylish but relaxed and unfussy, and it’s clear this is a space created for family and for fun first and foremost!  In addition to the all important skate ramp(!!), Tara says there was also a lot of painting to be done inside and out, and they also installed bi-fold doors and a timber deck at the rear of the home to link the loungeroom to their generous new backgarden.

Favourite aspects of the home for Tara include the indoor / outdoor living space, and the fireplace – ‘in winter it is the centre of our home’ she says.  She also loves the amazing views of the beautiful trees surrounding the property, and of course the half pipe in the yard – ‘hours of entertainment for the kids and Taras!’

Tara also has lots of reasons to love her newfound hometown. ‘We have some of the top places to eat, great coffee, creative local folk and most importantly it’s a much slower pace – it’s a peaceful lifestyle’.

The move here has also kicked off a new career opportunity for Tara – after quitting her desk job, Tara was inspired to pursue her love of photography, and she now works on a variety of photographic projects both in town and in the country. She is particularly awesome at photographing kids and weddings!  Do take a moment to check out her website and peruse her beautiful shots!  (For weddings Tara shoots with her pal Erin Neale under the name Erin + Tara).

Massive thanks to Tara and family for sharing their beautiful home with us today..!   If you love Tara and Taras’ style I am thinking you will love their side project – The Vintage Yard Sale.  Previously the pair ran a sweet retail shop in Kyneton, but the shop nows lives exclusively online, and is full of beautiful vintage / industrial finds…!  Well worth a visit!

Dining room – LOVE those dramatic deep inky blue-almost-black walls, and mismatched chairs.  The 50’s industrial factory fan is a favourite find for Tara – ‘very handy in Kyneton’s extreme summer’ she says!  The 1879 Victorian Board Room dining table was a steal for $100(!!) – saved from a local farmers bonfire pile!

Dining room

Dining room details

Kitchen details

Kitchen looking through to loungeroom

Breakfast bench

Loungeroom opening out to rear deck. ‘&’ cushion by Aunty Cookie!

YELLOW details in the loungeroom… wall decoration made by Tara – it’s just pieces of butchers paper, woven through a circle of chicken wire, spraypainted yellow!  Do not ask me how.  Amazing.

Loungeroom.  Sweet two-legged leaning side table designed and handcrafted in Kyneton by Tara and Chris Roberts.  Blue screenprint top right by Tara, based on vintage signage.

Master bedroom. Bedside lamp Taras made from a log found in the countryside. Simple beautiful perfect.

Taras’ extensive shirt collection!

Another view of loungeroom – ‘&’ cushion by Aunty Cookie

View from living room / deck across garden to cubby house

I think basically having a half pipe in your backyard is the best ever advertisement for moving to regional Victoria – these guys really should be in those commercials.

View back to house

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 16th May 2012


  • Barbara Fisher 4 years ago

    So we clearly have to visit Kyneton next time we make it to Victoria! How many amazing people with beautiful homes live there?? I’ve decided it’s the Byron Bay of the South – the place where all creative types seem to head to live their dream life. Sounds amazing!

  • Barbara Fisher 4 years ago

    Oh, and Tara’s home is amazing too. Love those inky walls!

  • Donna 4 years ago

    Love all the vintage details and the breakfast bench. Great home. x

  • Rebecca Dean 4 years ago

    looks amazing beautiful home tara – love the colours

  • Harriet 4 years ago

    Ah, Kyneton is one of my favourite towns in Vic! What a happy ome.

  • Sammy 4 years ago

    Stunning house. I love the colourful details. What a beautiful workspace.

  • Luke 4 years ago

    Love this house….. Especially love the dark walls in the dining room.

  • mariana 4 years ago

    beautiful, colourful, warm and inviting.
    love your home tara and taras.
    a fab eclectic collection of vintage goodness!
    … and how i love kyneton.

  • Kath W 4 years ago

    Lovely home. You’ve turned a fairly plain house into one full of atmosphere and life. Particularly like the natural light in the back, and your breakfast bench.

  • handmaderomance 4 years ago

    what a gorgeous home. love the cubby house!

  • shannon 4 years ago

    im scrolling through thinking ‘ ooohhhh what a great house’ and i see my own cushions!! win for shazza!!

  • emmy & mouse 4 years ago

    Gorgeous house and style – I love the casual, playful items (and dark dining walls!). Just proves you don’t need to spend a fortune on new things, instead I believe its more personal not to. Thank you for sharing :)

  • Hamish 4 years ago

    Looks fantastic! Love the skateboards everywhere

  • Melissa 4 years ago

    Wow you two, the photos have bought the house to life in a different way, looks even better in person, well done!

  • Miss Polly 4 years ago

    Yes you do all so clearly have to visit us all in Kyneton, especially the Macedon Ranges and Heathcote wineries. So many fabulous treasures to uncover. I have bought so much fabulous furniture from Tara. Keep an eye on ebay and facebook as they go VERY QUICKLY!.
    LOVE your house Tara….great to see the pics. Let me know if you ever put the ship painting for sale. paula x

  • Mandy 4 years ago

    Wow, amazing house. I grew in a near by town called Lancefield, and went to school in Kyneton with Tara! It must be the fresh country air that helps with creativity! I will be making a trip to Kyneton very soon, just to see how its grown, changed and how the houses have been renovated.

  • E-Gene 4 years ago

    Any house that has a half pipe in their backyard is a winner!

  • Courtney 4 years ago

    Beautiful! I dream about having such a clean and simple bedroom. The log is such a perfect touch. And you have to love a neatly organized shirt collection!

  • librarygirl 4 years ago

    love the dining room – the combination of furniture and dark walls are the stand out parts of the house for me.

  • Jessie 4 years ago

    This is only making me want to move to the country even more than I already do. Gorgeous!

  • look see 4 years ago

    That half pipe in the backyard is the coolest! :)

  • bet 4 years ago

    Great Dining chairs very sixtys, love the shirts

  • Fleur 4 years ago

    What a beautifully decorated home! I would love to know what the flooring is in the Master bedroom?

  • Tara 4 years ago

    Thanks guys for all your lovely comments. Living in the country is the best ever!

    Fleur the flooring in the my bedroom/workspace is yellow tongue board painted with grey enamel flooring paint. x

  • bianca 4 years ago

    This house has so many lovely little details and wonderful chairs!! LOve the owl.

  • Jed. 10 4 years ago

    The half pipe is the best wish I had it in my backyard:)

  • Sarah 4 years ago

    Love the house, great wardrobe, drawers and a pull down blind. I’m looking for an old house that won’t have built ins and that’s such a great idea, thanks for the inspiration.

  • Louise 4 years ago

    my son would love the skateboard ramp. and love the colour co-ordinated mens shirts…need to show my hubby.

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