Chunky Custard/cabaret singer Becky Blake, who is performing at the Adelaide Fringe, shows us some of her home favourites.
Cabaret singer with my new show, Girl Power Collective, premiering at the Adelaide Fringe next month. I have also been in the show band, Chunky Custard, with my husband, Ian, for
18 years and have recently become a celebrant!
Winning a Fringe award for my solo cabaret show, Confessions of a Piano Chick, travelling around Australia and internationally with Chunky Custard. My recent stints on cruise ships have also been a great experience.
I’VE LIVED IN MY HOME FOR …
Just over two years. We bought here on a whim, after living right next to the city for the past
I LIVE WITH …
My husband, Ian, my daughters Chelsea, nearly 12, and Ashley, 8, and our naughty rescue cat, Sooty McSootface.
MY HOME IS …
A mid-’90s brick home, but built in ‘80s style, perched on a cliff with 180 degrees of spectacular sea views. It was terribly unloved when we moved in; very beige and brown and boxy. We’ve replaced over 100sqm of horrible brown slate, knocked out four walls, added sliding doors and windows to the deck, which we have extended and created a master suite with sea views because the original master suite faced the road.
I LOVE MY HOME BECAUSE …
You can’t go past the wonderful views and there are usually seals and dolphins right out front. We have renovated it over the past two years, transforming it into something uniquely “us”. I also love that it’s right on the Coastal Trail, and we run the path to Hallett Cove or Seacliff regularly.
BUT I STILL NEED TO …
Paint and decorate the exterior so it matches what we’ve done inside and the girls’ ensuite
needs an upgrade. Ian’s office/mancave will be a mammoth task!
MY DECORATING STYLE IS …
Essentially coastal luxe; we’ve teamed luxe fixtures with fresh white and decorated with grey and blush pink hues in different textures to match the sunsets. But because we’ve collected lovely pieces from our travels, it’s more eclectic than that. I love how almost every piece has a story.
MY FIRST CAR WAS …
A total lemon. A Toyota Corona that had meltdowns at every corner.
I LIKE TO LISTEN TO …
An eclectic mix of ‘90s female singer/songwriters, funk and chill out sessions. Definitely not
We had two high bar tables made from recycled timber and my brother made powdercoated
steel legs for them. The tables are the focal part of our living area and are so versatile; we use them as a buffet, bar and table.
I COLLECT …
Dolls from around the world. I’ve visited around 40 countries and have a doll from every one of them, plus some that friends have brought back for me from their travels. Some of them are very unique, like the one from Egypt that’s made from a rolled up face washer.
The living room because I love sitting at the piano and looking to the sea for inspiration. I’m also very fond of our new ensuite; there’s a lovely view from the bathtub!
● Our art wall. Ash does advanced art lessons with Little Picassos weekly, so much of the art on display is hers, but Chelsea has also completed some lovely pieces and definitely has her stamp. I think it’s important for kids to display their art and I’m constantly curating the wall.
● Wilhelmina the silver whale, given to us by our builder, Ray Bartolo, for our 20th wedding anniversary. The week after Wilhelmina came to stay, we spotted our first whale out the front of the house.
● Our extended deck, named in honour of my grandmother. It’s the best place to relax with
a glass of wine and watch the sunset or a lightning storm blow in.
I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT …
My beautiful family … or my piano.
WHEN I GET HOME AT NIGHT, I …
Get into my ugg boots, grab a glass of wine and debrief with my family.
AT WEEKENDS I LIKE TO …
I mostly work weekends, but when we get a night off, it’s either a pyjama party with the girls
or having friends around for a meal.
NEW BUILD INSPIRATION FROM DECHELLIS
SA `BLOCKHEADS’ PUT BAROSSA VALLEY HOME ON THE MARKET
CLEAN FREAK OR MESSY BESSIE
I’m not obsessive, but I like things neat and tidy and we need to have everything organised
to be able to do everything it is that we do. The other members of the family are terribly messy though; I wish I could ban hair ties, guitar picks, Shopkins and shoes from the house; it’s a never-ending job!
WHEN I’M HOME I LIKE TO COOK …
Healthy salads; Thai, Moroccan and our latest favourite is Japanese-style rice bowls.
There’s nothing around here, which is both great and not. We do miss that about living near the city. Our deck has become our pop-up bar over summer; we are always entertaining.
IN MY GARDEN I HAVE …
Lots of agaves. I have planted some coastal natives, so I hope they will thrive. Plants up here get wind burnt a lot and need to survive salty conditions.
ON MY WISHLIST IS …
An infinity pool, jutting out off the cliff … when we win the lottery!
WHEN I WAS A CHILD I WANTED TO BE …
A brain surgeon or a journalist.
DREAM HOLIDAY DESTINATION
I’ve travelled to so many places, but Morocco and Cuba are two that still elude me.
SOMETHING YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE
BY THE AGE OF 50?
I am really happy doing exactly what I am doing, exactly where I am doing it and hope to be doing the same when I turn 50. I am excited about officiating my first wedding ceremonies in a few months’ time; one is a registry-style ceremony from our deck, which will be amazing.
IF I COULD AFFORD IT I WOULD LIVE …
Exactly where I am, but also have homes in Koh Samui, Thailand; Montreux, Switzerland and the southern coast of Turkey!
HOME MEANS …
A sanctuary and haven, in which I can create beautiful music and share with family and friends.
Becky performs in her show Girl Power Collective on March 9 at the Marion Cultural Centre. She will also perform with her band Chunky Custard on March 1 at the Arkaba.
Tickets at adelaidefringe.com.au