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You still have time to decorate and the perfect place in Windsor for cheery decorations is The Home Store

Address:189-197 George Street
Phone: 02 4577 7747
Hours: Open daily

At the corner of Fitzgerald and George streets just beyond The Mall, The Home Store of Windsor is the 'everything' store. It is an 'Emporium of Riches'!

You could wander for days in room after room chock-a-block from floor to ceiling with ... well, everything! Think kitchen, think home accessories. Think weddings and parties!

      

Think invitations, stationery and table decorations. Need dress-up costumes? Need arts and crafts items for school holidays? If you can't find an item, call on the staff. They seem to know every nook and cranny and the location of those everyday items.

Back in ancient 2014, we received an enquiry through our website from a reader residing on the Central Coast. She couldn't recall the name of a shop in Windsor where she had made a purchase. She wanted a duplicate of the item she had purchased. Calling upon the wisdom of our Windsor friends, within minutes, we knew, and from many sources - the name and location: The Home Store on George Street.

Proprietor Tass Karozis tells us that many locals still refer to the store by its name from many years ago, The Base. Typical of country towns - the former name and its reputation is fused in local memory.

 

 11 November - 22 January 2017, at home Modern Australian Design

   Michael Wee Photography

 

Architecture, design and opportunity are wrapped tightly in the history of Windsor -- in the years of Lachlan and Elizabeth Macquarie. The two brought to this continent the artistic sensibilities of 1800 England. 

 

In Windsor alone, an Anglecian church, a courthouse, a government house, a wharf, a public accommodation for gentlemen (today a pub) -- all public works -- were designed by a former convict turned architect. To bring some semblence of governing, buildings were necessary and design as seen by English colonials of the 1800 would provide a 'sense of home'. 

 

An unusual 'sense of home' opened in the exhibition, at home, Modern Australian Design in Old Government House (Parramatta) reminding us once again of the Macquarie influence while offering us a new and contemporary lens. The juxtaposition of contemporary Australian materials, patterns and purpose-built in contrast to colonial (late Georgian) furniture and purpose-built design of Old Government House is unpredictable, delightful and thought provoking simultaneously. And, displaying the work of today’s Australian artists in the setting of a cultural icon of Australia’s history lends just a touch of shock value.

 

  Michael Wee Photography

 

From David Clark, former editor of Vogue Living and curator of the exhibition, ‘Some of the objects in AT HOME relate directly to the colonial collection in their design, use and materials. Some are ambiguous – that at first glance might fit neatly into the permanent collections but on closer inspection are modern in form or technique . . . others can only be products of the machine and digital ages and that directly contract with the aesthetic history of the interior.’

 

at home opened 11 November and continues through 22 January 2017, (10am – 4pm daily). We suggest you make a day of it and enjoy a morning/afternoon tea or a leisurely lunch under the shade of the long-vine verandah at Lachlan’s (restaurant) on the grounds. Lachlan’s is casual, yet the white linens offer just a touch of panache in fitting with iconic Old Government House setting.

 

  Lachlan's vine-covered verandah

 

Blue Mountains artist, Joan Ross.  First, a caveat . . . we (unfortunately) were neither acquainted with her artistic work nor her lens and viewpoint of our cultural world. The work is unusual, challenging, often overflowing into humour. Yet, through our viewer’s eyes, we are thrown into a state of confusion with her art which addresses the injustices of colonialism. Sadness and humour intertwine – evoking an unusual emotion.

 

Dr. Jacqueline Miller (feminist art critic) writes: Her material also includes what we likewise disavow in our personal lives — intense everyday neuroses like possessiveness, jealousy, and insecurity — and in our cultural identity as Australians — profound ambivalence towards the legacy of colonialism.

 

Hanging upon the wall of Governor and Mrs. Macquarie’s bedroom, a portrait of Lady Elizabeth is titled: Her life was never the same without him (2006) The Artist’s statement: With the portrait of Lady Macquarie I play with the possible emotions and projections abounding around history retelling.  She goes on to observe that fiction is often wrapped into the telling and that ‘history may as well be made up’.


A second Ross work, this time hanging in Governor Macquarie’s office, is created by a laundry marker on lino. . again, the Artist reminds us through the title of the absurdity of the situation it represents. The day a white man gave a black man (his) land (2006). 

 

   Michael Wee Photography

Works, large and small fill the rooms of Old Government House (Parramatta). A beautiful Advent Candelabra (2007) nickel and rare earth magnets by Charles Wilson sits perfectly in place upon the dining table. The Cage Pendant Light (2015) wrought iron and plaster by Anna Charlesworth found in the nursery struck our fancy. It is over-scaled for this room but would delight a child.

 

   Michael Wee Photography

 

The broached Colonial Tall Boy, again by Charles Wilson sits perfectly at ease in the historic setting, elegant, traditional and crafted of Blackwood with a French polish finish. Surprises along the way make the exhibition fun – Moon Table (2016) by Louise Olsen is crafted of resin. With its multiple legs connected to the tabletop, it forms a singular piece of resin. We can only imagine the challenge with its construction and its colour?  Seaweed Malachite. This is a delightful work. 

 

At the top of the stairs, gorgeous textiles, wall papers and unique interior fabrics by several artists fill a small room and are stunning. Sharyn Storrier Lyneham’s unique interior fabrics are digitally printed. Hanging from above eye-level, the movement of long swaths of fabric is at once warm and alternately cool – depending upon the pattern and weave.

We have highlighted only a few of this unusual exhibition. To give you a broader sampling, see this recent blog post with fantastic photos by Michael Wee.  at home design exhibition

We would love to hear from you with your favourite selections. Art, design and music are so personal -- we don't own the corner on taste or interest!