Sheridan Buscombe welcomed Your Home into her family's Warrnambool abode, to share what she and husband Jimmi love about their mid-century masterpiece.
How did you come to live here? Five years ago I discovered this home was for sale. We weren't seriously looking, but I found the house often coming to mind - I even woke up a few times in the middle of the night having dreamt about it. A friend who had recently returned from staying with her cousin Annalisa Capurro (mid-century design aficionado and owner of Sydney's Jack House) visited, and upon seeing this house immediately said "Buy it!". From there Jimmi and I decided to take a deep dive and make an offer. Here we are all these years later, loving every day we spend here as a family with our eight-year-old daughter.
What do you love about this house? The home was built in 1959 and features many classic modernist design principles, such as modesty of scale, significant consideration to site and nature, honesty of materiality, perfect north-facing orientation with huge windows and deep eaves, and a strong inside/ outside connection. We have a huge garden with many tall native trees. Due to the property's elevation and our big beautiful windows, we feel as if we're living in a treehouse, which makes our home feel extremely peaceful. We also love living so close to the beach; the sea breeze after a hot day cooling the house, falling asleep to the sound of the ocean, and the running and walking tracks we can easily access with our dog, Cadence.
How would you describe your style? I see the style of our home as a mid-century, modernist, Australian beach house. More important than style though, we want people to feel good here. Before you even enter our home you are greeted with a sunny yellow front door and a doormat that says "Yay it's you!" Our intention is that our home feels happy, fun and easygoing.
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What are the various ways you use your home? Jimmi's art studio is located on the property and I see my coaching and mediation clients from my tranquil home-based work space. When not working, we love to cook up a storm and open our home to the people we love, regularly sharing meals here or hosting parties. Jimmi has recently joined a band and so we often have Sunday band rehearsals here. We are even hoping to hold a few gigs in our garden during summer.
What are your favourite things? We love supporting local artisans and makers and also hang a lot of Jimmi's original works in our home. Our latest art purchase is a painting by Warrnambool's Jackson McLaren - the colours and patterns complement our home so beautifully, but moreso remind us of Jackson's gentle and humble nature. We always have music playing in our home and soon after we bought the house. I'm also quite the magpie, so simple things such as feathers, an abandoned nest or a heart shaped stone found on the beach all become little treasures for our home.
Where do you love to shop locally for your home? Warrnambool has fantastic op-shops and markets. The F-Project Gallery shop has a great range of art and craft. I love to pop into Ink and Feathers and Relax and Entertain has a huge range of contemporary homewares. We also love to fill our home with plants and native flowers, which we often get from Coopers Flowers at the Fresh Market, or collect from our own garden.
What are your current home/style inspirations? We draw daily inspiration from the natural beauty of this region and from websites such as Modernist Australia and Atomic Ranch.