The Room Illuminated

Room 68 – June’s living room (Melbourne, Australia)

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“It is the evocative sense of peace that I feel in this space which is important to me.”

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A portrait of June’s best friend from her college days in Rhodesia. It was painted by June’s then husband in the lounge of their Tudor home in England.

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“I love this room because I didn’t go out and buy anything new for it. Every piece in it has a story.”

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“The African sculpture is from Benin. It is carved out of two pieces of wood and was used in animism rites to make sacrifices to aid fertility. I brought it with me from Africa. I am reliably informed it is 300 years old. Australian customs took great care fumigating it before I could bring it home.”

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The old man is a piece of ceramic crafted by my son when he was in year 10. My son, Keir then went on to become a ceramist and now owns Angus and Celeste with his partner Asha .

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My old Lincolnshire Rocker is my favourite. I found it in a second hand shop in Abbotts Langley in England 33 years ago. It cost me £5. I had just left Zimbabwe via South Africa. It was the first truly English ‘thing’ I bought.

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Logo q and a final1. What’s the room and who uses it?
This room is an open plan living space that encompasses a kitchen, lounge and dining room. Coming from a large 5 bedroom, two lounge, family room/ meals area home, the challenge was to condense everything that was meaningful to me into this space. I use it. I live on my own.
2. What do you do (or did you do) for a crust?
I am now supposed to be retired. I was for 33 years a management development and communication consultant. I had my own business and worked throughout the Asia Pacific. Now, I work when I choose to as an executive coach and learning facilitator.
3. What goes on in the room?
Life and reflection goes on in the room. I am happily single. The room is not filled with children or a partner and his bike. It is a conversation hub mainly for me and friends. It is where I can have my book club. It is somewhere I can read, relax, meditate and from where I can review and conduct my life. I can walk around naked, do the ironing or cook up a storm. My mother used to say I was a Welsh Witch.
4. Favourite piece in the room and why?
That’s really difficult to decide, because I have lived in four different countries and visited many others and everything has a story. Perhaps the lounge part of the room and my old Lincolnshire Rocker is my favourite. I found it in a second hand shop in Abbotts Langley in England 33 years ago. It cost me £5. I had just left Zimbabwe via South Africa. It was the first truly English ‘thing’ I bought. The seat was cracked even then and the rockers were worn. It has obviously seen life – like me. I love sitting in it, in the sun when the light streams through the window. That sounds so clichéd.
5. Anything on your wish list that you would love to add to the space?
I may have to get a new lounge suite some time – but no I am quite content the way it is. It reflects who I am, my life and my interests.
6. What do other people say when they see your room for the first time?
When my friends first saw it they said,”This is so you. It is timeless and ordered.”
7. Why do you love this room?
I love this room because I didn’t go out and buy anything new for it, except the dining table. Every piece in it has a story. It allows me to bring the outside in. It doesn’t hold any bad memories. It is private. See… no curtains.
8. What’s one lovely memory you have whilst being in the room?
When I sit in this room – with the rocking chair and the portrait of my best friend from my college days, it reminds me of the wonderful, almost Dickensian Christmases, and the time I spent living in a farm house (built in 1628) in England. It was a different lounge room, same furniture; it was a different era, less complicated and very rural.
But I don’t tend to dwell on memories of the past. It is the evocative sense of peace that I feel in this space which is important to me.

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3 thoughts on “Room 68 – June’s living room (Melbourne, Australia)

  1. Your home is beautiful, June. A bright, happy place yet retaining a sense of peace. Also loved the views from the windows. It looks a wonderful place to have started a new chapter in your life. May the memories created in your new environment all be happy ones.

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  2. June MacDonald. on said:

    Well done Kate, you did a good job and made me feel relaxed.

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