The resident of this dreamy beachside cottage is artist, stylist and online retailer Lisa Madigan – plus one husband and two devoted dalmatians (Oberon & Mia)! Four years ago Lisa discovered this perfect little cottage in Kangaroo Valley on the South Coast of NSW, and completely fell in love. She was SO taken with this special place, she turned her life upside-down to acquire it, and moved from Sydney just to live here. The cottage was in need of some serious TLC so the pair took to it straight away – scrubbing the beautiful original wide floorboards, painting all the walls white, renovating the kitchen – even pouring their own concrete for the bench tops! After an exhausting first day moving in they were woken up by their new in-house wombat, not too happy to have had his residence taken over!
The cottage was built in the 1880’s, and was originally home to The Kangaroo Valley Times – for this reason Lisa refers to the place affectionately as her ‘little paper house’. Recently she held a ‘cottage exhibition’ of her artworks in the house – WOW how special! (And brave!) Although I must say if I had been there I would probably find myself constantly distracted from the work, admiring the details of the home and snooping through all Lisa’s beautiful trinkets! If you missed out on the cottage exhibition, you can still catch the show, entitled ‘Salted Grace’, at Sydney’s Global Gallery in Paddington from the 10th – 21st November.
Lisa is currently working towards her 10th solo exhibition, ‘Aphrodisia’, to be held in February next year. Then she has a dream to exhibit in New York sometime over the next 24 months. I have no doubt she’ll get there! Lisa also has a blog and e-store – do pay her a little online visit – there are such gorgeous things to see and even more shots of her beautiful home!
All shots you see here are are taken and styled by Lisa – picture perfect! Thanks so much Lisa for sharing your beautiful home with us!