What better way for #houseperv to celebrate Mother’s Day than at the home of Peta Purcell, one of the creators behind the wonderful new, local fashion label, Mother + Joey. Yeps, beautifully designed and Australian made clothes for mammas and their kids!
Setting up house in the countryside was always on the cards for Hunter-born and bred couple, Peta and Anthony. Between them they have owned six Land Rovers, including driving one while living in the heart of Sydney. “There is something about them being so raw and mechanical that we love. I remember one year being the only female to win a trophy at the Land Rover Show for our restored Series II,” Peta said.
After studying and working in Newcastle, the couple moved to Sydney to gain experience and start their careers in the big smoke. But it was their honeymoon in Tasmania that sparked a catalyst for change and they decided to move back to the Hunter Valley and settle at historic Morpeth. After working in the finance industry, Anthony returned to uni and studied geology while Peta worked in marketing and PR in the tourism and higher education industries.
They quickly fell in love with the charming town, located on the banks of the Hunter River. “We used to walk past this beautiful home every day and dream about owning something like this. When it actually became ours, we couldn’t have been happier!” Pete said.
Bringing up three girls under five keeps things interesting and the house has proven to be extremely family-friendly. Situated on a large, flat double block it’s very practical. Because the home was already established,not too much work was needed to the interiors with just a coat of paint required. It’s outside, in the now beautiful garden area, where most of the effort took place.
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Is it true you built the cubby house yourselves one Christmas Eve?
Yes! The cubby was made from scratch as a present for our daughter Polly. We built it from original wood panels left over from the Lord Mayor’s stable house. We stayed up late on Christmas Eve using spotlights to finish the roof while the rest of town was enjoying some festive cheer. It was kind of like The Block – we almost killed each other, haha!
Morpeth is such a beautiful and historic town. What do you love the most?
Being part of a village community is fantastic. The kids have some great friends and everyone looks out for each other and works together.
Where do you love to shop for your home?
We don’t really shop too much at commercial stores. Our house is full of old collectables gathered from various antique stores we find on road trips, or inherited from family country homes. We love all things that last, such as our big over-the- top tan lounge and all of the kids’ wooden toys. I think that’s why the mother + joey label is such an extension of my character – things that are timeless with a classic feel to them always appeal to me.