Lifestyle and interiors photographs by Kara Rosenlund, portraits of Kara Rosenlund by Clare Lancaster.
Above left: The 1972 A-frame sits within the surrounding treetops. It was important to me to find a raffia umbrella for the deck. It sets a playful tone for the exteriors of the house / Above right: The latticed outdoor shower. One of my favourite things is the shell art mirror in the shape of Australia.
Above left: The lounge room is the heart of the house, filled with second hand finds. A sensitive addition to the house was transforming the original fixed panel glass window into a pivot door to allow nature in / Above right: Sorting through my collection of seashells over the years. They make such a visual delight when displayed enmass. I have them available here.
Above left: The original 70s crazy-pave slate is a welcome sight when you first enter the house/ Above right: I love open fires and have one inside. My father and I built this fireplace together
Above left: Carrying my favourite print, Australian Summer into my house to position on my mantle / Above right: A selection of shells and books fills my coffee table
Above left: Shadowplay reflecting the bush outside onto the glass and view into the lounge room / Above right: A collection of natural objects and ceramic forms. While photographing on location in Cairns I came across this pair of old shark jaws in the marketplace.
Above left: ‘Australian Summer’ photographic print in extra large is a reminder of the landscape just outside / Above right: A glimpse into the living room from the entry. On a Saturday morning I love nothing more than to rearrange things around the house. I move framed works around for variety.
Above left: I don’t bring groceries over from the mainland with me, I like to support the local shopkeepers on the island and use my Highland Bilums bags to carry the neccessities/ Above right: I’ve decorated the house with collections of my own photographic works and pieces from artists and ceramicists who I admire. I love the form of this black moon jar.
Above left: The goanna etching was a gift I gave my husband to celebrate our first Christmas in the house. It sits on the woven cane tallboy, another second hand find / Above right: I wanted the bedrooms to be dark and layered, an escape from the harsh Australian midday sun.
Above left: The bedheads are custom made; I colour matched the fabric from a tone of a sea shell. The grasscloth wallpaper gives the rooms a sense of depth and texture. I also have a framed piece of mine called ‘Seashell Still Life’ which sits on the bedside adding dimension to this little nook / Above right: I take off my watch and put on my handmade shell necklace when I arrive.
Above left: Some of my island essentials – my woven market basket and straw sun hat. I collect old cane gypsy tables for the bedrooms to add another layer of texture and height / Above right: The afternoon sun filters through the matchstick blinds in the guest bedroom. A pandanus print I created called ‘Weekend’ casually leans on the beside table bringing a sense of the outdoors in the room.
Above left: Pandanus are found in the tropics and I love collecting the fruit and using it as decoration around the house. When I want to add another layer in the house I will go for a drive and look out for pandanus bearing fruit. I always keep a pair of long handled secateurs in the back of Dusty our old Landrover for collecting them / Above right: A basket filled with pineapples and coconuts. The orange berries were found on a shrub by the roadside.
Above: The atmosphere of most weekends over on the island.
Above left: At golden hour I excitedly await the special moment when the sun gives out its last efforts before it sets. It pours intense golden light into the lounge room for only a few minutes / Above right: Shadow play on the lounge room wall. This 70s woven cane lamp base sits perfectly with the hessian coolie lampshade. This is my favourite shape of lampshade.
Above left: The view I see in the afternoon from the deck, just before the sun dissappears, looking out to where the bush meets the beach. The large tree out the front becomes a hive of excitement as the birds find their homes for the night within the branches./ Above right: Afternoons are spent barefoot on the deck, wearing my favourite loose, light cotton sundress, under my ‘Endless Summer Umbrella‘.
Above left: Sitting on the deck watching the warmth of the day disappear / Above right: Self portrait in the shadows.
Above left: Reflections of the landscape outside / Above right: Lighting beeswax candles on dusk to get ready for a long night by the fire on the deck.
Above left: Getting the outdoor fire going on the deck / Above right: Sitting by the fire and watching the flames dance and listening to music.