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I'm probably the only person in Melbourne, who would willingly move from the sea (St Kilda) to the trees (Warrandyte).   Yes that's right.  Earlier this year I packed up my family's home of twenty years and directed the removalists up to Warrandyte. I've become used to the bewildered response when I tell people about my tree change...but I'm just as happy as a little piggy in poo.

I searched for two years to find just the right home and eventually opted for position, position, position.  I have a little plot of land in a secluded area of Warrandyte where the Yarra River runs at the bottom of the garden. (That's me by my "water feature" on the right.) The area running down to the river is inhabited by a big old grey kangaroo and birds. Oh the birds!! The day I moved in, the very moment I opened my new back door, three kookaburras celebrated my arrival from the big spotted gum beside my deck.  Thirty sulphur crested cockatoos perform an intensely noisy display every evening at dusk....I view it from my deck... it's better than the tellie.  

I've named the place "isiiad".   An acronym for I Saw It In A Dream, because I did see it in a dream, long before I bought it. In the dream I saw a place amoung the gum trees in Warrandyte where I could follow my creative spirit and make my very own sanctuary.

My daughter has named the street leading up to isiiad "Warrandyte's answer to the Great Ocean Road"- as the view of the river is spectacular!

I tell people I bought the place, not the house.  The house is ordinary.  I tell people that you can always rearrange a house but you can't put the Yarra at the bottom of the garden. So the work of turning an ordinary house into a sanctuary is in full swing!!  There's furniture to buy, an ensuite to renovate, windows to alter, quotes to be chased, and a garden to fill with natives and love. I've spent the last few months shopping, planning, choosing and being inspired by my new surroundings.

Note on my new surroundings.  In addition to it's natural beauty, Warrandyte is home to painters, sculptors and potters.  Heide is close by to remind us of people like Mirka Mora, Joy Hester and of course the visionary Sunday Reed.  Montsalvat (ten minutes away) continues to charm the crowds and to host musicians and artists in its quirky buildings. Those of you already familiar with the Yarra Valley, will understand the inspirations to be had there. As if wine, food and sweeping views is not enough, perched up on the hill of a vineyard in the Yarra Valley is TarraWarra Museum of  Art.  It  is one of those places every Melbournian should see before they die...but get in early, since one visit will have you recording regular visits into your diary forever more.  All around this big ticket item are the studios of local artists, where works of exceptional quality can be found. 

I hope to share my finds, my inspirations, my new hood- in short whatever floats my boat, with you, dear readers, via this blog. You can watch the progress of isiiad's refurbishment. Check out the shops and artisans whose wares have found a resting place at isiiad.  View the work of creative people. See the world of arts and design, both here and in other places and sneak a peek into the homes of other renovation tragics like myself.

 

Enjoy!

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Artists

List of artists, work in progress. More…

Jeanette Dyke

Jeanette Dyke Photograph courtesy of Jeanette Dyke© Rarely do I find a silversmith, whose work is as exquisite as Jeanette Dykes. The travelling salt and pepper shaker (above) is… More…

Steampunk

Steampunk You could be excused for thinking these pics were taken on the set of a movie about the life and times of Jules Verne. In fact they were taken at an event called… More…

Susan Reddrop cont...

Susan Reddrop cont... (Front) Theses photos came in today from Susan Reddrop. Another great piece. Here's a commentary in her own words... "called 'Table Ornament for… More…

Lyndal Walker

Lyndal Walker How audacious of me to take a photo of a photographic artist. I cant help myself though. As you see, Lyndal Walker, photographer and latest Artist in Residence at… More…

Victor Greenaway

Victor Greenaway "The passage that most caught my attention in Tim Jacob's introduction to the 2005 book celebrating the ceramic works of Victor Greenaway concerned that moment of… More…

Deborah Halpern- Angel maker

Deborah Halpern- Angel Maker Deborah Halpern's 'Angel' now stands by the Yarra River at Birrarung Mar, next to the Ian Potter Gallery. I'm old enough to remember her first home,… More…

Interior Designers

Interior Designers - work in progress. More…

Mud Glass Metal

Mud Glass Metal Four local studios ply their wares in the last stop on my Healesville shop crawl, Mud Glass Metal. As the name implies, ceramics, glassware and jewellery are on… More…

"Lascelles"

"Lascelles" I've been wanting to feature homes and interiors since I started Isiiad. I'm so happy that Helen and Wayne Lascelles' house at Panton Hill is the first. It's a… More…

Indigenous Artists

Indigenous Artists Peter Waples-Crowe I knew I'd love this work as soon as I saw the invitation to the opening of Colour Theory at the Manningham Gallery. It's raw, edgy, with an… More…

Symbols of Loss and Recovery

Symbols of Loss and Recovery I had such an adventure finding Leanne Mooney's studio last Friday. It's out on a dirt track at Christmas Hills, across a creek and through the bush.… More…

The Tree Project

The Tree Project It's a rare day that I'm not reminded of the 2009 Black Saturday fires in some way. Whether it's blackened tree trunks that still punctuate the landscape, or… More…

Farewell Matcham

Farewell Matcham. Today is a sad day for Montsalvat. Friends and family of Matcham Skipper will gather to give him a fond farewell at 3pm today. Matcham passed away last week at… More…

ACME et al

ACME et al You might have noticed that over the last few weeks I've turned my attention to the Yarra Valley. I am having so much fun there. The Archibald, Not the Archies and now… More…

The Robins

The Robins Ahhh Warrandyte you've done it again! Just when I was thinking to include more houses on Isiiad (particularly after the experience of Lascelles), I saw an ad for the… More…

Moon's a Balloon

Moon's a Balloon I'm a bit distracted today. My little choir is performing at the Arts Centre....tonight.....in front of 350 people! Now I know I haven't told you about my choir… More…

Akira Takizawa

Akira Takizawa I'm interested in what happens when two very talented creative people partner up. It's definitely a case of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. I'm… More…

An Isiiad Merry Christmas

An Isiiad Merry Christmas Isiiad wishes you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you to all of my thousands upon thousands of readers for your emails, comments… More…

The Artist's Lounge

The Artist's Lounge Detail of painting by Ember Fairbairn-Ramsay © The Artist's Lounge is a great combination of gallery, art supplies and place for artists to hang out and… More…

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