Our Home Life Series is a weekly sneak peek into the homes and lives of Australia's most creative and inspiring people.
This week on the Home Life Series, we’re stepping inside Hannah Gordon’s tonal Emerald home. Growing up amongst a family full of architects and living and breathing design as the Director & General Manager of Robert Gordon Pottery, it's no surprise Hannah's newly built family home stands out from the crowd. With natural finishes, warm accents and minimalistic interiors, this contemporary family home is a breathe of fresh air. Step inside!
1. Hi Hannah! We’ve absolutely loved working so collaboratively with your family for the Kip&Co ceramics range. Can you tell us a little about the history of RG and what roles you, Bobby and Kate now have in the business?
Mum (Barbara Gordon) and Dad (Robert Gordon) started the business in 1979. Dad’s mother, the renowned Australian potter June Dyson, set up her studios in 1945. As third generation potters you could say we have clay in our veins. As directors we all have a common goal in mind to produce the best pottery in Australia and look after our amazing team of staff.
2. Thank you for letting us in your beautiful home. Can you tell us who lives here and how long you’ve been here?
Thank you, it was such a pleasure having you all. I loved the colour and vibrancy you bought to our home. We have been in the home for almost three years. Husband Matt and two children Stevie 9 yrs and Joe 5.
3. You recently finished the build, can you tell us a little bit about that process. Did you use an architect? What was your brief to them? What hot tips you have for people who might be at the start of this process?
As a family we are lucky to have two architects my brother Bobby and my sister-in-law Rowena Henry of Gordon and Henry Architecture and Interiors. The home was built by our neighbours from Granted constructions. My advice would be to plan as much as you can. Start a book and fill it with ideas and resources. When you are working and juggling life taking on a new build is a big task and its horrible when you have to rush decisions.
4. How would you describe your interiors style?
I love simple, natural almost industrial finishes. I think they take the hard knocks of everyday and wear well. As I have got older, I have enjoyed much more colour. I think the kids bought that into my life.
5. What is your favourite space in the house?
My favourite space would be the open lounge and dining with the views of Peppis Paddock in Emerald.
6. There’s some beautiful family history in here - we love the family and the photographs of your family from the 80s. What’s your favourite object here and what’s its history?
I love family photos. My favourite would be the photograph of my mum, my sister Kate and myself from 1979 in June Dysons (my grandmother) garden. It's just the best – the three girls, all dressed in mums hand-made dresses.
7. Anything else you’d like to share?
It's super lovely to connect again with the three women from Kip&Co, who are just doing such an incredible job.