Home' Scoop Homes and Art : Insite 25 Winter 2010 Contents of Bob's stained glass windows with an
Bob's studio offers multiple places in
which to work (he's currently creating
stained glass windows for the new Bunbury
cathedral). Perched on a hilltop 100 metres
down the property, the stone-brick structure
was built on and around a rock formation,
which has been integrated into the interior.
"I wanted to bring the rock into the studio
by creating a grotto, so we made a wall with
half of the rock and had a stonemason build
seats and mantelpieces around it," he says.
An old Chinese wagon wheel has been
reinvented as a table, and two miner's beds
from the Goldfields (where Bob has travelled
often) make striking colonial-style benches.
Some years after the studio was built in
1981, Bob realised he needed some shelter
to the walk there from the A-frame, so he
recruited three itinerant builders to help
construct a corridor. e peak-roofed path
leads from a tropical-style gazebo that was
inspired by a trip to Santa Barbara, and is
intersected by an elegant music room.
"Many people don't know this, but Bob's
actually an amazing singer -- a fantastic
baritone," says Trish. e room is perfect
for entertaining, she adds, and they've had
several weddings there, including their own.
e spacious, light-filled room is full
of Bob's wonderfully detailed landscape
paintings, and pieces he and Trish have
acquired over the years. A Sidney Nolan
banner of a horse's backside grabs the
attention, used to advertise his retrospective
exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW in 2008.
Two arched jarrah doors open from the
music room to a decked area and pond
where many of Bob's sculptures have pride
Discover Bob and Trish's style secrets.
What is most important to you in home design?
Bob: Function and aesthetics. I strive to make a home
a pleasant environment to live in and look at, and the
function is up to the lady in house, my wife Tricia.
Do you have a favourite store for homewares?
Trish: Empire, it has just such wonderful, organic-type
furniture. It is chic without being ostentatious. We get
our rugs and carpets from Jenny Jones Rugs (see
below). They're all hand-knotted and handmade.
Any tips on living with art? Trish: I am surrounded by
such beauty, by the most magnificent 'wallpaper' [their
art collection], which I can -- and do -- change around
often. I would advise to choose images you love and
don't ask, 'What does it mean?'. Buy it and enjoy it.
How do you entertain? Trish: Casually and often...
We've found six is a good number of guests. A lot of
our get-togethers are 'take a plate and sit at a barstool'
a airs. Entertaining at a table isn't for us because
people can get left out. We have friends, such as John
Olsen and Tom Gleghorn, over for dinner, and Rolf
Harris and his wife Alwen always visit when in town.
Favourite room and why? Trish: The Studio... the
atmosphere and views of the city in the distance are
wonderful, we have Classic FM on the radio and we
both love to paint. On a clear day, with Bob's
telescope, you can see Rottnest Island.
STOCKISTS Jenny Jones Rugs (08) 9286 1200,
jennyjonesrugs.com Robert Juniper via Greenhill Galleries
(08) 9383 4433, greenhillgalleries.com.
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