This home is not just vintage in style, its history is evident even as you first walk through the door. The entry is part of an extension, the large porch was used to create new bedrooms and space. Adding extra walls without renovating the existing ones, left Sarah’s home with windows in the lounge room that peer into the two new bedrooms. The entry is home to classic Victorian chair, placed on a cow hide rug and an arrangement of carefully painted sheep skulls, one of Sarah’s many hobbies. This opening space causes you to pause as you walk in, it welcomes you into a home unlike any other. At first take it is yellow and wild and different, but once you’ve adjusted it becomes incredibly calming. “When we first saw [this house] I just thought ‘oh yes! Now my vintage furniture will finally match.’” ‘We’ is Sarah’s family; husband Fergus and two kids under five who can’t quite reach the high doorknobs, so use the interior windows to call “Mum! Open the door!”
My favourite room in Sarah’s home is an old bedroom that she converted into a dressing room. “My kids can share a room,” she laughed and guided me into a closet that looks like the most stylish Vinnies you’ve ever seen… “Most of my clothes aren’t new,” I’ve seen Sarah wear a 60’s flare jumpsuit, and faux fur trimmed jackets, sporting vintage style from any and every period of fashion. She pulled out pilgrim style checked dress, “I made this one.” She’s one of those creative people who excels at all thing’s art and beauty. “I can’t knit,” Sarah exclaims this as if to hid away her obvious creative talent. Living without a TV means she spends her evenings sewing on the porch, and I suspect would pick up knitting in seconds if she tried. Sitting in her yellow home, styled to perfection in a way I could never imagine, I can’t help but think about my dream home from when I was six. Although somehow, I don’t think my hot pink tree house would look quite as good as Sarah’s vintage, yellow home.