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Home is Where the Heart (& Art) is

Art Lovers | 17 January 2018

Written by Anna Itkonen

Home is where the heart is for Doug Bavinton and Yvette Walker . The couple embarked on a journey to create their dream home when they moved an old Queenslander to their block in the beautiful Tallebudgera Valley. The original house was complimented with a modern extension and the project caught the eye of Grand Designs Australia.


“Initially we were living in a shed, while we explored options on how to build,” Doug said. “In the end we fell in love with a 100-year old Queenslander that we moved 130 kilometers in three pieces before adding a modern extension. The build was finished early 2017 but we are still working and finalising the interior and its nuances.”

Life in the shed

Art plays an important role in their home. Doug is a Visual Art teacher and Yvette an Interior Design enthusiast.  “We always knew we wanted to finish our home with beautiful art. And Yvette has a keen interest and a great eye for all things design and art,” Doug explained. “The art in our house is an eclectic mixture of old and new, of art with very personal stories and meaning and art that simply marries the feel of the room with the colours that please and intrigue us.”

Yvette is the one with the main drive for styling and design vision in the house. Her taste is diverse and she effortlessly combines the colours and elements of the artwork with the styling, mood and character of the home. Yvette has combined old photos from Doug’s side of the family in their original frames with pieces brought from their travels.


The work of Amica Whincop hangs proudly in the kitchen/living area

The house also features original art by Australian artists. “The online gallery Art Lovers Australia provided plenty of inspiration and made it easy to find new art for our home. We were introduced to a whole new collection of art works including Amica Whincop‘s abstract, organic forms and Shani White‘s gorgeous bird paintings, art that we fell in love with” Yvette said.

In addition to the artworks hanging on the walls, there is a whole other collection in storage. “We do not have enough walls for all our art,” Doug stated. “But we do get to change the collection on display a lot.” And what a wonderful place that is to be in, to change the art on your walls according to the mood.


Black & Blue – Shani White

Grand Designs Australia featuring Doug and Yvette’s house (aka Black Chook Estate) in Tallebudgera Valley is currently showing on the Lifestyle Channel.

Read and see more about their episode..

If you would like some help selecting art for your beautiful home,

visit the Art Lovers Australia online gallery.

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