I was born in England and raised in Australia from the age of three, but all I ever really remember was growing up in Central Victoria. 

Surrounded by creative people, great role models and kind and loving parents with wonderful ethics, for this I am eternally grateful. 

Remembering back, when I left the country town I grew up in to experience the big city lights, all I ever tried to do, no matter where I lived, was to create a little bit of home.

So I hung flowing curtains, tried to keep a piece of ‘handmade’ close by at all times and created my own space.  I have always done this, I don’t remember a time when I didn’t do this, I don’t know any different….it’s just me.

After many years living in the city I felt a real pull to return to the country…..now moving forward quite a few years, that is after travelling overseas and doing all those things you do when you’re young and silly….I returned back to the country.This is where, just like fate, I meet my best friend and now husband.  A short time later we move to Tasmania with two dogs and a miss-match of two lives thrown together. 

Having lived in Tasmania now for 15 years we feel definitely we have found where we want to be.

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The Black Hen started off as a little shop at the top of the hill on the main street of Deloraine, 5 years on it has grown into a bigger space where we’ve had all sorts of fun playing around.

The Black Hen is ever evolving and so we have made the decision to close the shopfront and create a beautiful online store.  With future plans of building a vintage style shed on our property where I will spend my days packing and wrapping beautiful homewares and posting them across the world with my new assistant Biscuit the cat.

X Julie

Country Style Magazine/Home Life story on The Black Hen