Just back from a week in Tasmania – where some of the earliest settlements exist in Australia – and there are some beautiful Georgian buildings.

The soft greens on the shutters and door perfectly complement the warm honey gold of the sandstone.  Using two shades of green highlights the beautiful arched panels in the door.

Georgian house in Richmond, tasmania

Architecture at this time was based on strong symmetry and classical proportions – still so pleasing to the eye.  I love these huge windows…

Sandstone house in Richmond, Tasmania

It could almost be a village out of Jane Austen (this is Richmond, just outside Hobart).  I was also taken with the huge stands of Lavender in bloom, perfuming the air.

Tasmanian lavender

Also in abundance were sea shells.  For anyone wanting the beach-chic look in their home, this is the place to come and beachcomb.  I wept to see piles of shells like sand-dunes – all for the taking.  Lord knows how much we have all paid for bags of shells in smart city boutiques…  I restrained myself to a few select pieces (much to ‘the man’s’ relief).

Sea Shells beach chic interiors Tasmania

All in all it was a fabulous week.