In the art world, Lauren Freestone needs no introduction. The contemporary Aboriginal artist is a household name in the homes of art lovers all across the country.
For those of you who adore Freestone’s earthy, contemporary and engaging works that are inspired by “the beauty of country, my family and our history”, get ready to fall just as in love with her Newcastle home that is as charming and captivating as her artwork.
Freestone and her partner transformed the three-bedroom, one-bathroom home from an eclectic 70’s-style home featuring velvet pinstripe wallpaper and vibrant yellow walls, into modern, airy and warm family home.
Located on the fringe of a nature reserve full of bushland and wildlife, this home captures the magic of our beautiful country in more ways than one. Scroll on to take the tour.
How many years have you lived in this home?
What do you love about the neighbourhood you live in?
"I LOVE HAVING MY HOME STUDIO — IT IS MY LITTLE RETREAT AND IT'S SO NICE TO LISTEN TO THE BIRDS OR THE RAIN WHEN I’M IN THERE PAINTING. IT’S SOMETHING I ALWAYS WANTED.”
How would you describe the style of the home?
"It was definitely an eclectic 70’s style home when we moved in — a bold mix of wallpapers featuring velvet pinstripes, bright yellow, and shiny silver and black circles in another. There were chandeliers and pendants in every room, and lots of dark timber cabinetry. We basically just stripped it all back, painted the walls white and replaced the carpet with timber-look flooring. Now it feels more like a relaxed, casual and coastal home."
You’ve just recently started renovated, what’s the biggest renovating lesson you’ve learned to date?
"I think to live in the house before you decide to do anything is some good advice I was given. And stick to a budget — only borrow what you are comfortable with."
"APART FROM MY PAINT AND TOOLS, MY STUDIO ESSENTIALS ARE COFFEE AND MUSIC."
What was the last thing you purchased for your home?
What are your studio essentials?
How would you describe your style of art?
“I LOVE PLAYING WITH TEXTURES AND ADDING ANOTHER DIMENSION TO MY WORK, IT’S DEFINITELY A MORE CONTEMPORARY STYLE. MY ART IS MOSTLY INSPIRED BY THE BEAUTY OF COUNTRY, MY FAMILY AND OUR HISTORY."
Explore the Lauren Freestone print collection in store and online now.
Photography by Teresa Brincat.