Elizabeth Barnett, Blake Byron-Smith and Family

Homes

Today we visit the home of someone who should need no introduction!

This beautiful country property belongs to our friend and collaborator, artist , who relocated to Macedon in regional Victoria around 18 months ago with her partner 
Blake Byron-Smith (a photographer and digital content producer ) and their two kids Archer (3½ yrs) and 
Beatrice (1 ½).

 

12th April, 2017

Elizabeth’s artwork (top left) beside photograph by Paul Philipson, Goya print that belonged to Lizzie’s Granny and art by: , , , , , Elizabeth Barnett, , Nick Huggins, , , as well as an Indian embroidery. Photo – . Production by Lucy Feagins / Btslive.

Elizabeth’s farmhouse kitchen, picture-perfect with fresh homegrown apples in the basket! Cabinetry details and island table by and stools from Gumtree. Photo – . Production by Lucy Feagins / Btslive.

The kitchen with cabinetry by . Photo – . Production by Lucy Feagins / Btslive.

Lizzie’s Gran’s dresser with lots of ceramics that either belonged to Gran or have been collected from local Ausrtalian makers. The blue shelves are originally from the South Melbourne primary school and bought from a second-hand store in Kyneton. Photo – . Production by Lucy Feagins / Btslive.

A kitchen shelf with lots of (tea pot, planter, jug and oil burner, arrow stirer, vase and vase, cross stitch from Flinders market. Photo – . Production by Lucy Feagins / Btslive.

Table designed by (), TDF Goods. X Elizabeth Barnett vase, and painting on the left. Indian woven wire pendant light, rug from Kabinett in Kyneton. Chairs from Modern Times. Photo – . Production by Lucy Feagins / Btslive.

The bathroom looks out to the veggie garden and down to the paddocks. Second-hand cane chair from Gumtree. Photo – . Production by Lucy Feagins / Btslive.

photograph, chair made by Blake at in Kyneton, sideboard form the in Castlemaine. Print by and the painting was a gift from Elizabeth’s Grandfather and was painted by , a music composer and friend of her grandparents . Photo – . Production by Lucy Feagins / Btslive.

The piano is Blake’s great grandfather’s, Ercol coffee table from Daylesford Mill Market and trivets from Champ Co. Photo – . Production by Lucy Feagins / Btslive.

Artworks (left to right) , , , , and . On the dresser, artwork and basket made by Ruth Woods. Photo – . Production by Lucy Feagins / Btslive.

Painting by the window is by Lizzie’s Grandma Patricia. Old farmhouse table from a second-hand store in Trentham and fur from Abode Living. Photo – . Production by Lucy Feagins / Btslive.

Artworks on paper by Lizzie. Photo – . Production by Lucy Feagins / Btslive.

Paintings framed and works-in-progress in the studio. Plant hanger by . Photo – . Production by Lucy Feagins / Btslive.

Elizabeth in her home studio. Photo – . Production by Lucy Feagins / Btslive.

The farmhouse teal door. It’s thought to be the same teal colour in which the original door was painted. The amazing sewing table is an op shop find. Photo – . Production by Lucy Feagins / Btslive.

Master bedroom featuring bed from Southwood Trading, TDF Goods. X Elizabeth Barnett cushion, and quilt made by Lizzie. Curtains from the Curtain Exchange Malvern and painting near the bedside by . Photo – . Production by Lucy Feagins / Btslive.

The doll is by by Caitlan Johnstone (A Maker’s Burrow). The other animals were gifts from family and friends. The bookcase is from the Mill in Castlemaine. Photo – . Production by Lucy Feagins / Btslive.

The dresser and chair belonged to Lizzie’s godmother Amanda, textile works and painting on dresser by Lizzie, and the dress belonged to her when she was little. The cushion on the chair is a gift from artist and friend . Photo – . Production by Lucy Feagins / Btslive.

Beatrice’s room featuring artwork by , bunting by Caitlan Johnstone () and knitted birds are made by Lizzie. Photo – . Production by Lucy Feagins / Btslive.

In Archer’s room, artworks (left to right) , Lizzie, , moon phase bunting by Caitlan Johnstone (A Maker’s Burrow) who also made the doll on the right of the bed.. The quilt is made by Lizzie’s Mum and is based on Marc Martin’s book ‘The River’ as requested by Archer. Photo – . Production by Lucy Feagins / Btslive.

Jemimah Puddle Chook admired a TDF Goods. X Elizabeth Barnett table cloth. Photo – . Production by Lucy Feagins / Btslive.

Chairs from Mill in Daylesford and swing from Etsy. Photo – . Production by Lucy Feagins / Btslive.

The beautiful leaf surrounds of the farmhouse. Photo – . Production by Lucy Feagins / Btslive.

When she’s not painting and parenting, Elizabeth is alpaca herding (sort of). Photo – . Production by Lucy Feagins / Btslive.

The deck where the family spends many-a-day hanging out. ‘We have lots of meals at that table,’ mentions Elizabeth. Photo – . Production by Lucy Feagins / Btslive.

Lucy Feagins
Wednesday 12th April 2017

With city property prices sky-rocketing, and Victoria’s state government announcing a doubling of the First Home Owner Grant in regional Victoria (effective July 1st), a ‘tree change’ has never seemed so enticing.

Such incentives are probably mildly irritating for those who’ve already made the move (!) but perhaps  and her partner Blake Byron-Smith can take comfort in knowing they got in early – and snapped up one of the most beautiful farmhouses in the Macedon ranges!

Lizzie and Blake have been here just 18 months, having relocated from inner city Melbourne in late 2015. They’ve taken no time to settle in, creating a beautiful family home here with kids Archer (3½ yrs) and Beatrice (1 ½).

The home itself was one of the original farmhouses of the area, first owned by the town doctor. As is often the case in country towns, the property came with a few entertaining (though somewhat unsubstantiated) stories! ‘The owners two before us bred and ran miniature horses here’ Lizzie recounts. ‘Legend has it that the horses used to roam about the house!’

After the miniature horse farm moved on (!), the home was lovingly renovated by the next owners Holly and . Aaron is a custom furniture maker, and made all the beautiful cabinetry and fixtures in the house. ‘My favourite piece he made is the island bench that we congregate around for breakfast and dinner’ says Lizzie. ‘It is the true heart of the home.’

Though they fortunately inherited a home that required very little improvement, Lizzie and Blake have, of course, added a few of their own touches. With the help of Lizzie’s Godmother and Mum, they’ve hung all new (second-hand) curtains, and new timber screen doors, made by a friend, Tommy Norton (who also makes guitars!). They’ve also been adding to the garden, veggie patch and orchard – and adopted a family of alpacas who now live in the back paddock!

Inside, Lizzie and Blake’s home is a treasure trove of handcrafted heirlooms, and paintings by Lizzie and creative friends. One favourite piece is a small painting of gumtrees by Lizzie’s Grandma Patricia, which hangs beside Lizzie’s own paintings in her home studio.

Moving from inner city Melbourne to Macedon was a leap of faith for Lizzie and Blake, but they haven’t looked back.

‘I adore our house’ says Lizzie. ‘It has such an inviting and warm feeling to it. It begs for friends to be invited over, and to enjoy long lunches on the deck while the kids play in the garden. I love looking out at all the beautiful vistas from the giant windows in the house. The garden rolling down into paddocks takes my breath away every day. I really feel connected to the landscape here.’

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