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An Enchanting, Rustic Rental In The Macedon Ranges

Homes

Every so often a home comes along that’s so lived-in and character-filled, we can’t believe it’s a rental property!

Lisa Hodge has been the lucky tenant of this property in Macedon, Victoria, since early 2019, after moving here from Melbourne six years ago.

A clinical naturopath and herbalist, Lisa now splits her work between Gisborne and North Melbourne, before retreating to this enchanting home with her children every day.

12th February, 2020

Lisa Hodge’s home has been styled with many op-shop and secondhand finds. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Painting by Fiona Kostidis. Marble coffee table purchased from CCSS. Vintage clock and pottery and sofa. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Clinical naturopath and herbalist, Lisa Hodge. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Milo the whippet enjoying a seat on the lounge! Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Framed photograph and limestone sculpture by Jessica Tremp. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli.

The beautiful dining space. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Wonderful green accents feature throughout this home. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli.

 Old wharf posts in the kitchen. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Marble coffee table purchased from CCSS. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Indoor plants add to the greenery. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Heated concrete floor are a lovely modern touch! Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli.

A quiet workspace. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli.

In Bed bed linen, Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Artwork by Sonny Dalimore. Sofa purchased from CCSS. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli.

This isn’t the first home Lisa has rented in Macedon, having lived in the area for six years after making the tree change from Melbourne. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli.

The handcrafted nature of this home means there’s several quirks throughout, but that’s all part of its charm. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli.

‘I also love that it feels like you’re in the bush, but it’s walking distance to town’ says Lisa. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Lucy Feagins
Wednesday 12th February 2020

‘My home and my garden are essential to creative expression. Some weekends I find it hard to leave.’ – Lisa Hodge

Finding a great rental property is like searching for a needle in a haystack, especially in regional areas where supply is limited. The best houses are usually sourced via word of mouth, which is exactly how Lisa Hodge came across this property early last year.

Lisa lives here with her children Jirra, 8, and Maisie, 6. According to Lisa, the family were particularly drawn to the property’s ‘rustic vibe, timber tones, use of recycled materials (old wharf posts), concrete heated floors, the blend of indoor-outdoor living spaces, the natural light, the garden design with the birch forest and olive grove, the rosemary hedge’… the list goes on! ‘I also love that it feels like you’re in the bush, but it’s walking distance to town and to the local cafe (Mr Macedon), restaurant (Ida Red), and train station,’ says Lisa. 

Being a rental, Lisa’s knowledge of her home’s history is based entirely on hearsay, but rumour has it the land was once owned by an artist who lived next door. The artist subdivided the block, selling half to her lover, who built the house Lisa now calls home. ‘That’s why there’s no back fence. There’s a good balance of privacy and access to the next door property,’ she says. 

The handcrafted nature of this home means there are several quirks and unfinished elements throughout, but that’s all part of its charm. Lisa has styled the space with an eclectic mix of mid-century and ‘80s furniture finds. ‘I try to make an effort to be a conscious consumer, shop less, [buy] locally and secondhand. This means that I am constantly on the hunt for cool, high-quality things. The hunt is part of the fun!’ 

This isn’t the first home Lisa has rented in Macedon, having lived in the area for six years after making the tree change from Melbourne. ‘The country lifestyle was more alluring with a young family. We were dreaming about fresh air, clean water and a garden to grow medicinal herbs and veggies,’ she says. Lisa now splits her work between nearby Gisborne and North Melbourne. ‘I have to say, it’s just bliss driving home to the hills after a day in Melbourne,’ she says. ‘Once I reach the Macedon Ranges, there’s an instant feeling of calm. My home and my garden are essential to creative expression. Some weekends I find it hard to leave.’

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