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We love telling stories! We write - and sometimes photograph - the At Home feature for TasWeekend magazine, published every Saturday in The Mercury, as well as travel, history, food and wine and book reviews for a range of Australian publications. Looking for a writer? Get in touch.


Culture: A STREET ART TOUR OF HOBART
Words: Dale Campisi / Picture: @tschelovek_graffiti.
Looking for vibrant street art in one of Australia’s oldest cities? You’ll need to venture beyond the historic waterfront and into the city’s little-used laneways to find the work of talented locals – and a few well-known interlopers, too. / Read more


At Home: INDUSTRIAL CHIC WITH ALL THE COMFORTS OF HOME
Words: Dale Campisi / Pictures: Brady Michaels
Having previously converted a warehouse in central Hobart, Peter Booth has now done the same in Launceston, this time with a 1930s red brick warehouse, which was a former painter’s workshop. / Read more


At Home / HOME IS WHERE THE ART IS

Words: Dale Campisi / Pictures: Brady Michaels
Potter and printmaker Bronwyn Theobald’s 1870s house in Geeveston, south of Hobart, has proved the perfect place to prepare for the artist’s current exhibition of work inspired by history. / Read more


At Home / NEW LIFE FOR VINTAGE HOUSE
Words: Dale Campisi / Pictures: Luke Bowden
When arts and tourism marketer Andrew Ross was looking for his first home in 1994, New Town was the frontier of Hobart gentrification. Hobart was much more affordable than Sydney even then. / Read more


At Home / DREAM TURNS TO REALTY FOR DOWNTON FAMILY
Words: Dale Campisi / Pictures: Sam Rosewarne
Hobart real estate agent Nat Downton loves the northern suburb of Moonah so much she’s spent her entire life there. / Read more

At Home / NEW TUNE BEING PLAYED AT HISTORIC RIVERSDALE 
Words: Dale Campisi / Pictures: Brady Michaels

The drive from Hobart to Ange Boxall and Mike Travalia’s home “Riversdale” on the East Coast is pure Tassie magic. Historic Riversdale mill and homestead is located at the glade outside Swansea. It was built in the 1830s by a convict known as Old Bull for eminent settler George Meredith, but these days it’s home to singer-songwriter Ange and designer Mike. / Read more

At Home / FAMILY'S FREEDOM TO BE CREATIVE
Words & pictures: Brady Michaels
Artist Dane Chisholm shares a home with teacher Ella Prins and their four children Miles, 11, Felix, 9, August, 5, and Banjo, 3, at Beaumaris on Tasmania’s scenic East Coast. A visit to their four-bedroom home overlooking the Tasman Sea suggests this family has perfected the art of creative family living far from the hustle and bustle of their former life in the city. / Read more


At Home / DRAWING ON THE PAST TO CREATE A HOME
Words: Dale Campisi / Pictures: Chris Kidd
My life informs my art, says Gawler-based artist Jessie Pangas. Trained as an anthropologist, Jessie says she began pursuing art to process the transient life she led from age five to 31, when she returned to the house where she was born. / Read more


At Home: THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS
Words: Brady Michaels / Pictures: Sam Rosewarne
Hobart-based textile printer and maker Halyna Zalotockyj is a self-confessed ‘obsessive’ collector of beautiful things that appeal to her culturally-diverse tastes, including Japanese and European art and design. As I wander through her home, I’m reminded of the famous Rodgers and Hammerstein lyrics, “these are a few of my favourite things”. Except in this case, Halyna has many more than just a few. / Read more

Lifestyle / BACK TO BASICS
Words: Dale Campisi / Pictures: Brady Michaels
What’s it like to live without power and wifi for a month? Just 50km out of Hobart, Dale Campisi finds himself thrown back to the days of open-fire cooking and drovers’ showers. / Read more


At Home / WELL CONNECTED AND FLEXIBLE DESIGN
Words: Dale Campisi /Pictures: Sam Rosewarne
“This is where we’re stopping,” says architect Yvette Breytenbach when we arrive at the home she designed with her husband James Morrison. Halfway up Porter Hill in salubrious Sandy Bay, Yvette and James enjoy easterly views across the River Derwent as well as bushy vistas of Cartwright Reserve in an energy-efficient home built of natural, often recycled materials. / Read more


Profile / THE SECRET INGREDIENT
Words: Dale Campisi / Pictures: Brady Michaels

Chloe Proud runs two of the hottest food brands in Hobart. She shares the key to her success in this competitive field. / Read more


Profile / ACTIVISM THROUGH ART
Words: Dale Campisi / Pictures: Brady Michaels
Tasmanians know Josh Pringle’s work well, even if they don’t know his name. His "Keep Tassie Wild" artwork can be seen on car bumpers, jackets, t-shirts and walls around Hobart and beyond, and his distinctive style is in demand. / Read more


At Home / ART OF NOSTALGIA IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD
Words: Dale Campisi / Pictures: Luke Bowden
One of arts consultant Kylie Eastley’s favourite places at her Glenorchy home is the seat under the big tree in her front yard. “It’s the largest tree in the street,” Kylie says. “It’s a wonderful spot to relax, do a bit of gardening on a hot day or chat to the neighbours.” / Read more


At Home / PAYING HOMAGE TO THE PAST. 
Words: Dale Campisi / Pictures: Alastair Bett
Graham Green is among a handful of people still working in Tasmania who can turn a piece of eucalypt into a shingle roof using only hand tools. “I feel a bit of a responsibility for keeping the craft alive,” he says, but notes that it will probably end with him. / Read more


At Home / BRINGING SUSTAINABILITY INTO THE FOLD
Words: Dale Campisi / Pictures: Mathew Farrell
Maya McDonell is always looking for opportunities. “It’s good to have your feelers out for what’s going on,” she says, and that’s exactly how the paper sculptor ended up opening the cafe Sweet Sassafras on Elizabeth St in North Hobart. / Read more


At Home / LIVING LIFE THROUGH A LENS
Words: Dale Campisi / Pictures: Mathew Farrell
When photographer Ilona Schneider moved to Blackmans Bay five years ago, she says she was a little scared of suburbia. “I had always lived in the city or out of the city. Never in between,” she says. / Read more


At Home / GRACE KEEPS MOVING WITH THE GRAIN
Words: Dale Campisi / Pictures: Mathew Farrell
Former Melburnian Grace Reidsimmons ended up in Tasmania because she thought it was the wildest place in Australia. Now a whittler, she came to Tassie as a kayaker, and though she didn’t intend to stay, she now calls South Hobart home.  Read more


At Home / ENGLISH COUPLE FIND PARADISE ON EAST COAST
Words: Dale Campisi / Pictures: Brady Michaels

Bicheno couple Arabella Edge, a writer, and Nick Gaze, an artist, both hail from London, but they met in Byron Bay on the far north coast of NSW. / Read more


At Home / MAKING A HOME ON SOLID FOUNDATIONS
Words: Dale Campisi / Pictures: Alastair Bett
Rebecca Kissling’s Commandant’s Cottage at Oatlands is a gem of colonial architecture and part of the town’s historic military precinct. It is also one of the oldest buildings in the town. The cottage has been significantly extended and renovated over the years, but its half-metre-thick sandstone walls remain. / Read more


At Home / ESPRESSO IN THE SLOW LANE
Words: Dale Campisi / Pictures: Brady Michaels
Scamander in the North East is well-known for its wide sandy beaches, ocean breaks and the diverse flora and fauna of the lagoon and forest reserve around the Scamander River. Central to its appeal is its sense of remoteness, but thanks to the creative entrepreneurship of 20-somethings Sean Bradley and Caitlin Sherrey-Dadd, that doesn’t mean you have to go without a decent coffee. / Read more


At Home / PERFECTING THE ART OF RECYCLING
Words: Dale Campisi / Pictures: Alastair Bett
As a handpainted shingle proclaims, John Cordwell’s home and gallery at Oatlands is composed of 65-per-cent recycled materials. It’s an incredible achievement because almost every detail – in timber, concrete, stone and steel – is John’s own handiwork, right down to the hand-forged coach lights out front. Read more


At Home / MAKING A NEW HOME WITH STYLE
Words: Dale Campisi / Pictures: Sam Rosewarne
Camille Antoine grew up in the French port city of Marseille. “France is not all beautiful little villages with accordion music playing in the background,” she says. Read more


At Home / HIPSTER DIGS BEHIND THE 'FLANELETTE CURTAIN'
Words: Dale Campisi / Pictures: Sam Rosewarne
Perched behind mature hedges on a corner block in Lenah Valley, Jay and Brooke Braslin’s home was built in the days when trams used to trundle down Augusta Rd. / Read more


At Home / THE ART OF THE MATTER
Words: Dale Campisi / Pictures: Sam Rosewarne
Sonia Penny’s art gallery, with its eyecatching white neon ring sign in Liverpool St, Hobart, is intriguing. Penny Contemporary represents an eclectic mix of local, national and international artists. As it turns out, the home Sonia shares with her architect husband Tim is just as interesting. / Read more


At Home / FAMILY LEAVES A GENTLE IMPRESSION
Words: Dale Campisi / Pictures: Luke Bowden
IN the 1990s it seemed everyone was moving to Queensland. But now, increasingly, mainlanders are moving to our island state. Former Sunshine state residents Steph and Darren Phillips and their kids Bijou, 9, Remy, 6, and Ines, 3, are among those who have recently relocated to Hobart, settling on the outskirts of Kingston. / Read more


At Home / CORINDA HOTELIERS REVEL IN THE AREA'S HERITAGE
Words: Dale Campisi / Pictures: Sam Rosewarne 
Hobart's Glebe has a residential population of fewer than 1000, but what it lacks in locals it makes up for in  personality — and visitors. Dominated by colourful multi-storey timber houses — some four-storeys high — the name Glebe is a clue to  its provenance. / Read more


At Home / ART IMITATES LIFE IN THIS QUIRKY HOME
Words: Dale Campisi / Pictures: Chris Kidd
Passers-by may know Nicole Robson’s house for its outdoor set; a fake “room” in the frontyard that is regularly furnished in vintage style, inhabited by models and photographed for Nicole’s domestic-themed shoots. / Read more


At Home / COUPLE GROW THEIR OWN GREEN RETREAT
Words: Brady Michaels / Pictures: Nikki Davis-Jones
Lynette Lister and Stephen Donnelly are fond of their cosy Allens Rivulet country home, which began life as a shed two decades ago, but it is the garden they really love and have focused on since moving in five years ago. / Read more


At Home / RETRO ABODE WITH ROOM TO GROW
Words: Dale Campisi / Pictures: Mathew Farrell
David Ball and David Horn’s heritage-listed, three-bedroom 1912 house was built as a doctor’s residence for the Electrolytic Zinc Company. The blobby, stucco render is similar to the houses on the southern side of Lutana — trademarks of former zinc works staff residences and a reminder that Lutana was built on the back of zinc. / Read more


At Home / OWN TIME HITS RIGHT NOTE FOR DANICA
Words: Brady Michaels / Pictures: Richard Jupe
Danica Pitt is a confessed word nerd and music lover who has turned her passions for reading books and playing music into a career that includes teaching piano and working at the recently opened Poet bookstore and tea atelier in Hobart. / Read more


At Home / A HOME FOR FAMILY AND THE FAITHFUL
Words: Brady Michaels / Pictures: Luke Bowden
Rector Victor Shaw and his wife Claire’s Battery Point home is old, grand and excellently located, but the same could be said of many houses in Hobart’s most exclusive suburb. / Read more


At Home / PICTURE PERFECT AMID THE RENOVATIONS
Words: Brady Michaels / Pictures: Richard Jupe
Renovations are afoot in the 1950s weatherboard home of illustrator Alyssa Bermudez and IT manager Sam Murray in picturesque Lenah Valley. Read more

History / A TOUR OF MELBOURNE'S ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY
A look at the history behind some of the buildings on the Melbourne Central block including architectural gems with interesting stories to tell about the area’s religious, cultural and industrial heritage. / Read more

At Home / LUTHIER PHILIP SMITH ENJOYS PULLING THE STRINGS
Philip Smith has a long-held passion for making music and finely crafted string instruments. From his workshop in Hobart, the accomplished luthier and double bassist makes traditional and baroque-style violins, violas, cellos and double basses by hand, as well as the bows that make them sing. / Read more

Food / SOWING THE SEEDS OF SUCCESS
Harriet Fitzgerald’s greenhouse at South Arm comes to life in September as she gears up for the busy planting season. “We’ve got 30 different varieties of tomatoes at the moment – that’s 2500 individual seedlings,” Fitzgerald says of her indoor field of green seedlings. / Read More

At Home / RENOVATION AN UPHILL BATTLE
Halfway up the hill where West Hobart meets Mt Stuart is architect Bek Verrier and builder Jules McMahon’s Middle of Hill House. / Read more

Design / LOOK THE GOODS WITH LOCAL TASMANIAN PRODUCTS
Designs that emphasise Tasmanian roots can be key to helping our locally made products stand out in crowded markets. / Read more

At Home / FAMILY LIFE IS SIMPLY BLOSSOMING
Amid the hustle, bustle and abundant blooms, Kate assures me that her home in Lenah Valley is almost the opposite of her floristry business on Macquarie St in the Hobart CBD: simple, quiet and sparsely decorated with flowers. / Read more

Food / IT'S ONLY NATURAL AT HOBART'S EUMARRAH STORE 
It's fair to assume the health and wellbeing of quite a few Tasmanians has been improved by the existence of this self-serve, nutritionally focused and ethically sourced bulk food business. / Read more

History / THE STORIES BEHIND MELBOURNE'S STREETS
Melbourne’s street names reveal some rad stories. With more than 250 streets and lanes on the Hoddle Grid, there are lots stories to uncover—so let’s focus on the blocks of Melbourne Central. / Read more

At Home / A PERFECTLY PRACTICAL ABODE
Architect Cath Hall, husband Ken Kingston and their three children — Olivia, 15, Louis, 13, and Erin, 9 — live in what appears at first sight to be a typical three-bedroom suburban home on Hobart’s Eastern Shore. / Read more

Food / FLAVOUR DOWN TO A FINE ART
THE arrival of upmarket grill Landscape at the Henry Jones Art Hotel follows the recent addition of Peacock and Jones, a tapas-style wine bar, and the closure of Henry’s, the hotel’s former flagship restaurant. / Read More

Food / FORMER MONA CHEF PHILIPPE LEBAN OFFERS POINT OF DIFFERENCE
Philippe Leban, the former executive chef of MONA’s The Source restaurant has opened a tiny place of his own in historic Battery Point. / Read more

Travel / VOGUE LIVING: NINE THINGS TO DO IN MELBOURNE THIS WEEKEND
Dale Campisi shares his favourite places to eat, drink and shop. / Read more

Travel / COOL IDEAS FOR TASSIE WINTER
From exploring the great outdoors to chilling out with as little fuss as possible, here are some of the best ways to make the most of the year’s coldest months. / Read more

Travel / THE DARK MOFO FESTIVAL HEATS UP
Audi and the Dark Mofo festival heats up a winter’s night in Hobart. / Read more