Making big changes to a rental property isn’t usually possible, but that doesn’t mean you can’t inject your unique personality into the space. The Brisbane home of talented ceramicist Nicolette Johnson (who won the Handcrafted category in our Design Awards last year!) and web designer Tom Dawson is proof of just that.
Nicolette and Tom moved into this Queenslander cottage four and a half years ago. After years of apartment living (you can see our feature on their prior home here!), the couple were seeking more space for Nicolette to expand her ceramics business, which back then was only in its infancy. This home not only afforded the pair more space, but a more tranquil setting among the Bardon treetops. ‘Cockatoos, king parrots and lorikeets visit often,’ says Nicolette. ‘We also have the occasional python sighting, which is always a thrill.’
In her own art practice, Nicolette loves working with a brown palette, but has become somewhat of a colour convert in this home. ‘I have strived to introduce more bright tones into our space using things like art and textiles,’ she says. ‘Although admittedly my heart still belongs to brown!’
Every space contains a treasure trove of mostly vintage items, plus some chain store finds, and plenty of art by local makers. ‘I love anything vintage and enjoy mixing pieces from different places and eras, and getting everything to converse nicely,’ says Nicolette. A particular highlight is the stunning artwork ‘Australian Bee Eater’ by Katie Nalgood, that Nicolette and Tom purchased from our Different Sorta Colour exhibition with Spinifex Hill Studio earlier this year, which has pride of place at the head of the dining table! (Thanks so much guys!)
While there’s something to marvel at in every room of this house, the styling is very purposeful and considered, in order to avoid a ‘cluttered’ feeling. ‘The rooms aren’t huge, so orienting furniture to suit the needs of the room while also allowing for flow has been tricky!’ Nicolette says. ‘It’s really comfortable as it is now, so I think we managed it in the end.’
Without so much as picking up a paintbrush, Nicolette and Tom have successfully created a sophisticated home that distinctly captures who they are.
Nicolette’s next show of exquisite ceramics opens at Sophie Gannon Gallery on November 4th!