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Julia Busuttil Nishimura’s Relaxed Melbourne Family Home

At Home With Sheridan

Our food columnist Julia Busuttil Nishimura has long been dreaming of a home suited to both her job and young family, and she finally found it in Fitzroy North!

This home has everything Julia and her husband, Norihiko Nishimura, were looking for: a large open-plan living area, proximity to parks, and a modern kitchen that does justice to her incredible cooking! 

Join us for a closer look at the calming space filled with timeless furniture, colourful linen from Sheridan, and Julia’s impressive ceramics collection. This is how you style a rental property!

25th February, 2022

Sheridan Levitt Flat Sheet (used as bedcover on top of bed). Sheridan Levitt Pillowcase Pair, Sheridan Supersoft Lyocell Linen Sheet Set in peach nectar. Photo – Eve Wilson. Styling – Lucy Feagins and Annie Portelli

Sheridan Levitt Flat Sheet (used as bedcover on top of bed). Sheridan Levitt Pillowcase Pair. Sheridan Supersoft Lyocell Linen Sheet Set in peach nectar. Photo – Eve Wilson. Styling – Lucy Feagins and Annie Portelli

Sheridan Abbotson Linen European Pillowcase. Sheridan Aurelia Cushion in honeycomb. Sheridan Levitt Flat Sheet (used as bedcover on top of bed). Photo – Eve Wilson. Styling – Lucy Feagins and Annie Portelli

Sheridan Levitt Flat Sheet (used as bedcover on top of bed). Sheridan Levitt Pillowcase Pair. Sheridan Supersoft Lyocell Linen Sheet Set in peach nectar.  Photo – Eve Wilson. Styling – Lucy Feagins and Annie Portelli

Sheridan Levitt Flat Sheet (used as bedcover on top of bed), Sheridan Levitt Pillowcase Pair. Sheridan Supersoft Lyocell Linen Sheet Set in peach nectar and honey. Photo – Eve Wilson. Styling – Lucy Feagins and Annie Portelli

Sheridan Levitt Flat Sheet. Photo – Eve Wilson. Styling – Lucy Feagins and Annie Portelli

Sheridan Abbotson Linen European Pillowcase (left), with Sheridan Aurelia Cushion in honeycomb (right). Photo – Eve Wilson. Styling – Lucy Feagins and Annie Portelli

Julia wears Aje dress. Dining table from Grandfather’s Axe. Sheridan Cashmere Candle. Photo – Eve Wilson. Styling – Lucy Feagins and Annie Portelli

Dining table from Grandfather’s Axe. Sheridan Cashmere Candle. Photo – Eve Wilson. Styling – Lucy Feagins and Annie Portelli

Julia is always on the hunt for interesting homewares. Photo – Eve Wilson. Styling – Lucy Feagins and Annie Portelli

Kitchen details. Photo – Eve Wilson. Styling – Lucy Feagins and Annie Portelli

Dining table from Grandfather’s Axe in front of the impressive ceramics cabinet! Sheridan Cashmere Candle. Photo – Eve Wilson. Styling – Lucy Feagins and Annie Portelli

Sheridan Cashmere Candle. Handcrafted small ceramic vase by Tantri Mustika. Photo – Eve Wilson. Styling – Lucy Feagins and Annie Portelli

Lucy Feagins
Friday 25th February 2022

‘One of the biggest considerations when sourcing things for our home is longevity. We always purchase things that can take a lot of wear and tear and will age nicely’  – Julia Busuttil Nishimura.

As someone who works from home with two young children, cook and author Julia Busuttil Nishimura knew exactly what she wanted in a home. Her family’s previous rental property was gorgeous but not quite fit for purpose, so Julia and her husband, tennis coach Norihiko Nishimura, went in search of slightly more room to move. 

‘I was craving more space where I felt like my work wouldn’t take over the whole house,’ Julia explains. ‘[Our previous] two-bedroom house was so charming, but it also had quite separate living areas, which made it tricky to do things like cook dinner and watch the kids. We always felt quite far away from them.’ 

The family’s new home in Fitzroy North addresses these problems and more, featuring a large living domain and modern kitchen, with plenty of nearby parks for Haruki (6) and Yukito (2) to explore. 

‘Now we have beautiful open-plan living, plus our own little retreat upstairs where I can write from, as well two outdoor spaces,’ says Julia. ‘The kitchen is really big and has great work benches which is so important… Being able to cook in the kitchen and see the boys playing in the backyard or hanging out in the lounge room is one of our favourite parts.’ 

The home is minimal and modern – ideally suited to Julia and Norihiko’s preference for neutral tones contrasted with pops of colour through art and soft furnishings. The couple’s existing dining table from Grandfather’s Axe, mismatched Danish chairs, and linen sofa all fit seamlessly into the space, as though they’ve always been there. 

Enhancing the home’s character is Julia’s ceramic collection that’s always being added to for styling new recipes. These pieces are all special, but not precious, with practicality always at front of mind. ‘One of the biggest considerations when sourcing things for our home is longevity and suitability with the kids,’ Julia says. ‘We always purchase things that can take a lot of wear and tear and will age nicely’. 

Overall, what Julia and Norihiko love most about this home is its relaxed feel, which has improved both their work and family lives. As Julia notes, ‘A calming space is really important, and I feel it’s such a relaxing space to be in. Because I work from home, it’s important that it feels really good to be in.’ 

Shop Sheridan’s latest collection, Harmony of Contrasts, at Sheridan Boutiques, sheridan.com.au, David Jones and Myer.

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