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The house is not heavily furnished, with key decorative pieces,
including a Santa Fe-ranch-style fabric in a cream and rust pattern
on the sofas and a reclaimed timber coffee table with metal cast
wheels. The master bedroom features a dressing table with pig-skin
parchment veneer and a bedhead upholstered in textured linen.
The dining table is a beautiful, rustic pine piece bought in North
Fremantle 15 years ago. “A dining table sets the stage for every
gathering of friends and family. In a country house, the larger the
better for an overflow of informal guests,” Dominique says.
When naming their favourite room, mother and daughter are in
sync – the main bedroom. “It’s the most beautiful place to wake
up in,” Jan says. “To look out and see the mist on the river and
kangaroos bounding around is very special.” Dominique agrees.
“The sun comes through on the east side and the forest and the herb
garden are on the right. It’s a lovely room to spend time reading in.”
The two are also partial to the steam cooker in the kitchen and the
shower in the master bathroom, which is encased in glass. “I love it,
it really does feel like you’re showering outdoors,” Jan says. She has
no qualms about the lack of window coverings, admitting with
a laugh that, “only Dominique was caught out once, by Bill next
door who looks after the cows”.
Michael and Jan are thrilled with the home. “We just love it. It’s so
very open, with so much light. It’s very quiet and peaceful – you can
really sleep in down here,” says Jan. And, for Dominique, the house
which she deems as “true escapism” – is the perfect place to escape
to when she needs to work on new designs. “You don’t get mobile
phone reception in the house, so when you’re there you can switch
off and have a clear head. You never want to leave.” I
A hammock under a leafy canopy offers a great spot
to relax. RIGHT Outdoor table with wheels, floral
cushion and birdcage, all Empire Dunsborough.
Dominique shares her style secrets
The key to a farmhouse feel? Comfort and furniture
that is inviting – think Shabby Chic sofas you can sink
into that aren’t overtaken by decorative cushions.
What pieces would you bring in? Typical farm-style
equipment, which is rustic and was once functional;
large water vessels on stands (ours is from Ottoman
Empire, Perth); reclaimed plank tables, distressed
furniture and coat stands in organic timber shapes.
Key materials in this house? Stone and glass. We
used a combination of different natural stones for
warmth and depth. Stone will retain heat in winter and is
softer on the feet. The glass provides a feeling of space
and natural light, and opens up the house to the views
of river, island, natural forest and plains.
Any palette tips? Draw the colours from the natural
environment. I recommend tones of brown, burnt
orange/rust and natural aged timbers. Strong primary
colours, such as red, greens and blues can be introduced
in the bedrooms. P ick one colour for the bedroom and
mix with crisp white in varied patterned fabrics, such as
stripes and floral for the clean, ‘Shabby Chic’ look.
CONTACTS Dominique Tiller dominiquetiller.com Empire
Dunsborough (08) 9759 1060, worldofempire.com Ottoman
Empire (08) 9335 3856, ottomanempire.com.au.
Dominique. Keeping internal walls to a minimum in the new section
also meant most of the budget could be put into the finishes, she
adds. The “long footprint” of the design and the use of key materials
stone and glass – served to maximise the warm northern light and
the stunning views of the river, bushland, islands and plains.
One of the key features of the floorplan was the division between
the original house, which became the ‘g uest wing’ – four bedrooms,
bathroom, laundry and TV/activity room, which had its brickwork
walls raised to meet the new roof – and the new section, made up of
the open living quarters and master bedroom/bathroom.
“We put a Donnybrook sandstone blade dividing wall between
the two areas, so you can effectively close off the guest wing,”
Dominique says. This minimises heating and cooling costs and
creates a sense of intimacy when there are few people in the house.
“It’s the perfect area to entertain in, whether you have a couple of
friends or a lot of family over,” adds Jan.
The farmhouse feel is a departure from what the Tillers are used
to. Dominique wanted something different to her parents’ other
home, an older-style place with lots of antiques. This is “cleaner”,
with layers of natural stones and light timbers, she says.
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