Polly Provincial had the pleasure of first meeting John two years ago when he was residing most elegantly in a generously endowed heritage home near Ballarat’s Lake Wendouree. It struck us immediately as a gentleman’s estate, oozing ambience from every perfectly manicured room, complete with classical music wafting through the house. While the building he inhabited was, in fact, an arts and crafts bungalow of an austere and by-gone era, it exuded a deeply sophisticated other-worldliness, thanks to John’s careful caress.
The thing that impressed us most about John is that everything he does is created on the shadow of a shoe-string budget, yet somehow expresses a mystique and majesty that so many people pay a fortune trying to achieve. Filled with a rustic yet surprisingly delicate mix of found objects, vintage bric-o-brac and his own masterful creations, John’s homes become inhabitable museums emanating a warmth and complexity that is second-to-none.
In our next post we'll bring you a selection of images from John’s new place, still in Ballarat, and an interview in which John shares his inspirations and motivations for attention to detail. We'll virtually take you straight into this scene below, sit you down and offer you some insights into the styling influences of John Wrigglesworth.