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Like his wildly evocative paintings,
Robert Juniper's home exudes the
kind of flair and detail that leaves
guests dumbfounded. How, they
marvel, with such a modest space -- such a
comparatively tiny canvas -- were he and his
wife Patricia able to include so many points
of interest? e simple answer is by coupling
a creative eye with a design that optimises
their leafy Darlington surrounds.
But, like any work of art, it's a product
of thought and time, incorporating many
different layers to create an effect that's
intriguing and suitably refined.
" e house is constantly evolving," says
Patricia, better known as Trish. "Whenever
we get a new piece, which is quite often,
I find myself completely rearranging the
room to make it all fit together. Poor Bobby
doesn't know where his chair is half the
time! But it's not just the interiors that are
always changing; structurally, the house has
been a constant work in progress, with new
rooms and aspects added over many years."
Robert, who was named a State Living
Treasure for his contribution to the arts,
designed the original wing of the home
when his first marriage ended in the 70s.
Wanting to stay close to his children, he
built the simple A-frame structure a short
walk from the family home.
"It was very much a bachelor's pad back
then," says Bob, as he's less formally known.
"Just a bedroom in the loft and a main area
below where I could work, eat and entertain.
at's all I really needed."
e space has a warm, organic feel with
grey slate flooring, exposed jarrah beams
and a giant open fireplace. It's adorned with
art and antiquities from throughout the
world, and features some of Bob's distinctive
sculptural works, including an elaborate
Most arresting, though, is his jigsaw-like
window, which fills the area with beautiful
natural light while incorporating the bush
surrounds. Every pane of glass in the
window is the same shape and size.
e A-frame, which Bob and Trish
laughingly call "the east wing", has
entertained artists such as Barry Humphries
and English guitarist John Williams. It's an
intimate space, ideal for small gatherings.
e ground-floor bathroom is another
point of interest, featuring an open shower
made of salvaged rock, as well as one
TOP The music room doors were built by Bob using windows from
an old pub in Fremantle. The space is filled with artworks from Bob's
collection, including Japanese and Indonesian pieces (the model
boat is from Lomboc), plus work of his own. The chest Trish found
in an antiques store on travels and the rug is from Jenny Jones Rugs.
ABOVE The entrance is mostly Bob's paintings and sculptures.
The helmets were purchased at a fundraiser for the Mundaring Fire
Brigade. OPPOSITE The corridor is full of work that spans 18th-
century Japanese prints and contemporary Australian paintings.
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