The Lovely Home of Lark

August 3, 2010

I really like all of the decorating ideas that can be found in the charming cottage of shop owner and designer Allison Jones who lives in the countryside near Melbourne, Australia. Allison owns the Lark shop, are you familiar with it? You may remember Lark because I shared a special tour of her store in Daylesford when it first opened. Let’s examine some of her clever decorating ideas for a moment, shall we? Do you have time? I hope so… there are many to examine!

The Lovely Home of Lark

Storage lockers in a bold color as storage for a dining room.

“I live in a pretty country town in the forest near Melbourne, Australia, with Paul and our kids. Besides mum & dad duties and trying to patch up our old cottage, we also run Lark, a craft and design company I started four years ago whilst living in the UK, which is where I grew up. I am obsessive about vintage design and illustration – 1930s advertising, old shops, vintage children’s books, travel posters, 1950s fabrics, Ladybird books, old postcards and greeting cards, vintage wallpapers, and I have lots of little collections.”

The Lovely Home of Lark

A vintage poster adds color over a fireplace, and a few daffodils in old bottles (sans labels) adds color and interest to this display.

The Lovely Home of Lark

Vintage wallpaper applied to the wall in a patchwork style, some crochet doilies hung on the wall, an old school chart on the wall with a giant number leaning against the wall, a fireplace in the kid’s room with his name displayed above…

The Lovely Home of Lark

Something as simple as old rolls of wallpaper stored in a wooden crate can add so much charm to a corner. It’s a great idea to keep the things that inspire you and your creative ideas out in the open so you use them more frequently.

The Lovely Home of Lark

Shelving in a boy’s room with a sweet faux leather suitcase on top, retro tea cups and saucers displayed on a cabinet, an old needlepoint of a windmill coupled with books on European art and design give this corner an old world feel, a bunch of framed scraps of old wallpaper — perhaps these would look pretty on your wall?

The Lovely Home of Lark

Red stools give this kitchen some heat against the cool blue walls, the old black typewriter with spicy coral and fresh green is bold and works together nicely, grandmother’s quilt works on the seat of a cozy chair for afternoons reading your favorite book, a grouping of art centered above a sideboard.

You can really see that Allison’s home closely reflects her personality and interests. It’s a beautiful thing to behold — homes that feel genuine and mirror the people living there. It’s the greatest feeling to not only get your home to the point to where it looks and feels like you, but also to live in a space that is so personal as much as this one. Home is the one place where you can really let your spirit and creative passion go free so why not decorate with passion and authenticity?

(Photography: Rohan Anderson.)


  • Reply Laura (youngDCliving) August 3, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    This house is so beautiful, it almost looks like it belongs in a different era. Vintage prints and posters can add so much character to a room–but can also be bought for really cheap. Allposters.com is my favorite source!

  • Reply Linz August 3, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    ooh la la! ok…that box…with the rolled up wallpapers… incredible idea (that i’m going to steal as soon as i find a box that cool). thanks for re-introducing us to Lark!

  • Reply moose & bird August 3, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    It’s so lovely to see an Australian house featured. I love Allison’s home and would love to visit her shop one day. xo

  • Reply Jen smith August 3, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Its simply chic!!! I love it…


  • Reply Desha August 3, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    I love Lark’s home, sweet and charming. A place to sit and have tea. Love the old rolls of wallpaper, too.

  • Reply Diane August 3, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    Allison has such a lovely home! I’m fairly new to Melbourne and have been meaning to visit Daylesford (and Lark), so thank you for the inspiration I need!

  • Reply Blair August 4, 2010 at 2:04 am

    I simply adore this post, all the pictures are sooo inspiring! I plan to redecorate my bedroom soon, I will surely take on some of this fantastic ideas.

  • Reply Lynn August 4, 2010 at 4:01 am

    This is beautiful with a wonderful freshness thank you for the link
    Hugs Lynn xxxx

  • Reply tasha roe August 4, 2010 at 7:36 am

    what a lovely home! so sweet and charming. :)
    what home wouldn’t be complete with out a Mary Blair poster over the mantle?! its darling!!

  • Reply Julie August 4, 2010 at 8:49 am

    I really like the collection of potholders above the table. However, I think I would find the poster of the woman staring rather unnerving after a while.

  • Reply caro August 4, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Oh, wow, what a beautiful home. I really love her style. I like the idea, to put old wallpapers into frames. Pretty good. And the old typrewriter is so stylish. Thank you for sharing these beautiful pics and for your shopping tip – Lark.

  • Reply Stephanie Ryan August 4, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    I love the different strips of wallpaper! What a great idea. I also love all of the mixed textures and patterns. great post.

  • Reply Leigha August 11, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Oh, Holly – you are always giving me reasons to thank you! For example: I am completely taken with the vintage cigar print over the green lockers. After a few ‘sourcing’ clicks, I bought the poster for a whopping four dollars and ninety-eight cents. Ah, my walls will now have their very own gorgeousness.
    So, thank you!

  • Reply Josephine August 16, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Love Allison’s Blog and her online shop Lark. All the nostalgic touches are perfect.

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