Thursday, December 23, 2010

Our 13th Anniversary....Shabby Vintage Junk Style at The Red Brick Barn (Part 1)....!

Hello Everyone....!

I hope this post finds you well & as SANE as you can be given the proximity to the 'Big Fellas' visit....!!  I thought I'd take this opportunity to share a special place I discovered recently....Now there are a LOT of pics so you may want to grab a glass of wine & relax a spell....As ALWAYS, make sure you click on them to make them bigger because I don't want you to miss any of the AWESOME detail....!

Mr SVJ & I celebrated our 13th Anniversary on Tuesday at The Red Brick Barn located a PLEASANT 90 minute drive from where we live in Melbourne.  Situated in the tiny township of Chewton a few clicks this side of Castlemaine in Victorias historic goldfield region, this DIVINE SANCTUARY is a collaborative effort of two VERY like minded souls, Daniel Burgermeister and Glenny Eastwood who bought the property 10 years ago.  They initially purchased the property for the adjoining cottage across the other side of the garden however, when they'd finally finished renovating the dilapidated structure they were ready for a project of a different kind & The Red Brick Barn was 'born'.  You can read all about them in this months edition of Australia Coast To Coast COUNTY STYLE....!

I'm giving this place 10 out of 10 for every imaginable category....From style & design to it's ECO qualities & everything in between this place ROCKS ticking all the boxes....!!!  Everything & I mean EVERYTHING is provided for you....You will want for NOTHING....!!

I seriously urge you to have a look for yourself....Mr SVJ & I will be checking our schedule over the Chrissy break & once we know for sure when we can sneak away again for two days we'll be making our next booking....!!

Isn't she BEAUTIFUL...Looking at her you wouldn't think this building was JUST 3 years old....Reclaimed red bricks were used throughout....!  I have a SOFT spot for old red brick California Bungalows so this place had me at 'Red Brick....'....!
Vintage hardware has been used on all the doors & windows....
BEAUTIFUL old door to greet the weary visitor....
GORGEOUS urn vignette sitting quietly on the paved entry....
BEAUTIFUL fragrant lavender wafts gently in the breeze....
*** sigh *** ....There is just 'something' about old red bricks that make my heart SING....!
Notice the salvaged windows & railway sleeper (above the door)....!

*** NB: The next few pics were taken with Mr SVJ's camera using a wide angle lens so there's a bit of distortion....Hence the curve to the doorways etc....! ***
This is the old door that leads to the living area from the front mud room....
LOVED this AWESOME chair just inside the front door....!
This is the view from the back of the mudroom looking back at the front door....
And this pic was taken from the front door....
This is the downstairs loo off the mudroom....ADORED the sweet cabinet above....!
The vintage green tiles & cast iron basin made me SMILE OUT LOUD every time I looked at them....!!
Now we've walked through to the living area & we're looking back towards the litchen....
And this is looking across to the kitchen from the lounge area....
The colours throughout are just SENSATIONAL....The creamy yellow legs on this BEAUTIFUL farmhouse table paired with the grey metal chairs was TO DIE FOR & don't you LOVE the floppy pink roses from the garden thoughtully placed by Daniel who was there to greet us when we arrived....!
Looking towards the lounge area from the kitchen....
So many BEAUTIFUL pieces in this shot....Don't forget to click for a BETTER look....!
Anyone who's read my blog for a while knows I LOVE these metal flowers....Mr SVJ counted them on our arrival and AGAIN as we we're leaving....BUGGER....hahahahahaha....!
How ORIGINAL is this Christmas Tree idea....Just ADORABLE....!
PERFECTION in EVERY direction....!
Each piece has been carefully chosen for both it's asthetic appeal & purpose....Everything you see is functional....!!
And last but by no means least FOR TONIGHT is the view from the left side of the lounge area looking across to the right wall....

I'll be back with the upstairs & outside after Christmas so PLEASE pop back....You're gonna FLIP when you see the claw foot bath & shower outside on the deck complete with hot & cold water....And Mr SVJ & I can GUARANTEE that is ONE pleasure you will WANT to share with that special someone....  :o) !!!

Be sure to have a look at the links 'above' & visit Daniel & Glenny as well as the article to read all about this MAGICAL place....If you do make a booking, please mention that you read about them here....!!

Cheers for now,
Tamarah :o)


  1. Wow, the Barn truly is gorgeous! Congratulations on your wonderful anniversary :) Hope you do enjoy another gorgeous getaway soon :) Tamara x

  2. Congrats on your anniversary! Thanks for sharing these pictures .. if I ever get to your neck of the woods, I'll know where to stay!

  3. Congratulations on your anniversary! Looks like a romantic place to celebrate. Looking forward to more pictures.
    Merry Christmas,

  4. absolutely charming!
    have a wonderful christmas tamarah!

  5. Dear Tamarah! It's been a while. Congratulations on your anniversary!! Hope you had a great time in that beautiful and romantic place that you celebrated your important day. Pictures are sensational! That blue dresser or cabinet is to die for. I love it. Looks like Tolix chairs. I could have couple of those for sure.

    I wish you a Merry Christmas !!!

    and cheers from Finland!!!


  6. Three words...Fab U Lous!
    Merry Christmas to you and yours from me and mine!

  7. What a divine time!
    I am loving the quilt on the single bed... and the tolix chairs and 'butter' table... Lucky you!
    THANKS so much for my gorgeous giveaway stash found magnificently wrapped on my doorstep this afternoon. My decorations are so gorgeous I am not sure how you let them go. Thank you so much, my christmas will always be more special!

    Merry Christmas - keep loving each other for 13 and 13 more!

  8. Congrats!!! Everything is fantastic!! So lovely and enchanting. Thank you for sharing. Happy Holidays!

  9. Happy anniversary!
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  10. Love the 'Hello There' chair Tamorah. I can imagine it with a deep booming dark brown voice which would probably scare the living daylights out of me if it actually spoke when I sat on it :) Happy 13th wedding anniversary, Christmas and New Year. Love Molly xx

  11. Oops dodge-y spelling, I meant Tamarah x

  12. Oh that is SO chuffy, (I don't know what chuffy means but it sounds like somethin' you might utter...).
    Congrats on the anniversary. May you and Mr SVJ have the merriest Christmas EVER!

  13. That is my kind of place! It really is perfection in every direction.
    Thanks for sharing. I love seeing houses from all over the world.

    Merry Christmas!

  14. Happy Anniversary, I wish you many more years of celebrating. That's looks like an awesome place to celebrate. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas too!!

  15. what a wonderful place full of wonderful things. Thank you for sharing it with us.


  16. Congrats to you and the Mr. What a beautiful spot. The lavender, the stained glass window, those fab dining chairs. I don't know what I would try to sneak home first :)
    Merry Christmas dear...and and very prosperous 2011 !

  17. Sigh! Absolutely beautiful Tamarah!!!!

  18. Tamarah, lovely chatting to you at the market this morning. I found your blog & will now probably spend a large amount of time just meandering through your FABULOUS blog & other wonderful vintage blogs. You really have inspired me.... XX Daphne - Tangerine Vintage