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Lumière Lodge: A Couple’s Thoughtfully Hued Antique Cottage Down Under

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Lumière Lodge: A Couple’s Thoughtfully Hued Antique Cottage Down Under

April 28, 2021

Spotted recently during an afternoon of armchair travel: Lumière Lodge, a remodeled 1890s Victorian in the foothills of West Hobart, Tasmania. Since the winter of 2019, the house has been available as a rental for “creative content studio bookings”—photo shoots, workshops, and the like.

What I love in particular is the pretty saturation of each room, with interiors ranging from bird’s egg blue to forest green to a surprising paler-than-pale pink, with effects both soothing and hopeful.

And the backstory, revealed over email, all the way from Tasmania. Lumière Lodge is the home of a young couple, Kerran and Sam Langley, she a nurse in forensic mental health, he a cartographer and “keen bushwalker.” Says Kerran over email, where it’s Saturday morning in Australia and Friday night where I am:

“Sam and I fell in love with its old-world charm and the little cottage garden and loved that it hadn’t been renovated fully so we could shape it for ourselves. This was our first and our only home. Sam also proposed to me here.

“We have spent many years shaping the spaces with the help of family and skilled tradesmen and have gained many practical skills. It was a tiring task—we are still recuperating and it is still evolving. It has been a wonderful and worthwhile experience.”

Join us for a peek inside this thoughtfully redone cottage.

Photography by Marnie Hawson, courtesy of Lumière Lodge.

The cottage exterior—with gingerbread Victorian charm intact. &#8
Above: The cottage exterior—with gingerbread Victorian charm intact. “In winter when the leaves have fallen you can see a glimpse of the ocean,” the couple notes on Instagram.
Inside is an eclectic mix of textures and antiques, found twigs and oil paintings. Here, a traditional Nectre Baker&#8
Above: Inside is an eclectic mix of textures and antiques, found twigs and oil paintings. Here, a traditional Nectre Baker’s Oven burns while a stuffed bird looks on.
Each room is painted in a hue by Porter&#8
Above: Each room is painted in a hue by Porter’s PaintsBlue Spruce in the living room and kitchen.
The English-style kitchen is fitted with Neff appliances and a farmhouse sink that overlooks the cottage garden.
Above: The English-style kitchen is fitted with Neff appliances and a farmhouse sink that overlooks the cottage garden.
Light from the garden pours into the kitchen.
Above: Light from the garden pours into the kitchen.
The dining nook is fitted with built-in banquettes and mossy velvet cushions.
Above: The dining nook is fitted with built-in banquettes and mossy velvet cushions.
Walls in the snug are painted in Guerrilla by Porter&#8
Above: Walls in the snug are painted in Guerrilla by Porter’s Paints, with oil paintings suspended from the picture rails and logs filling the original fireplace.
Above: Collected foliage and dried blooms—much of it collected on Sam’s walks—fill every room.
Into the efficient and tidy utility room.
Above: Into the efficient and tidy utility room.
The postage stamp-sized room is fitted with peg rails and custom cabinetry painted in deep Green Velvet by Porter&#8
Above: The postage stamp-sized room is fitted with peg rails and custom cabinetry painted in deep Green Velvet by Porter’s Paints.
A hallway, done over in a soft palette.
Above: A hallway, done over in a soft palette.
A soothing bath features original floorboards—and a stained-glass window.
Above: A soothing bath features original floorboards—and a stained-glass window.
An original fireplace and bath-side perch for candles add to the charm.
Above: An original fireplace and bath-side perch for candles add to the charm.
One of the cottage&#8
Above: One of the cottage’s bedrooms in shades of the palest lavender. We particularly like the peg rails and vintage-style sconces.
A bath in deep blue.
Above: A bath in deep blue.
The couple on the front porch of their home.
Above: The couple on the front porch of their home.

For more information, head to Lumière Lodge or follow them on Instagram @lumierelodge.

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