A tale of pachyderms and patterns

A  SEARCH for this home in Dianella’s Railton Street uncovered a story about two circus elephants escaping the Tasmanian town of Railton in the 1950s.

It was such a big event for the small forestry town that it’s etched in its history, and a couple of large, colourful murals.

When something was needed to attract tourists 40 years later a parade of topiary tuskers sprouted on lawns, along with a full-sized train and a man on a horse.

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You won’t find any elephants at this three-bedroom home, but with its vibrantly colourful tiles, and white arches there is a touch of India, and a retro quirkiness to match Tassie’s charming little topiary town.

Large burnt orange sunflower tiles blossom in the entry spreading past the ‘70s retro, raw-brick planter box, under the arches in the dining/lounge area and around to the kitchen.

Raw brick walls have been painted white, and floor-to-ceiling windows in the lounge ensure plenty of natural light.

The recently renovated all-white kitchen has a splash of bright yellow sunflowers in tiles on two walls, including in a brick-arched area over the stove.

These bouquets of sunshine are sure to lift the chef’s spirits on the cloudiest of days, as will a sweep of bench tops and a elephantine pantry.

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The main bedroom has sliding glass doors to the rear garden, along with a walk-in-robe–and an orange and yellow themed ensuite.

The ensuite’s white walls are alive with swatches of colour, and the vendors attention to detail included matching orange taps, and shower head, in the vanity and shower.

And in the second bathroom, with its bold, and beautiful, blue and white, including a royal blue bath, and taps.

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While the front garden of this duplex home is manicured the rear is a clean palette awaiting a creative hand to transform it.

There’s certainly space for a parade of verdant pachyderms.

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by JENNY D’ANGER

1/12 Railton Place, Dianella
from $465,000
Mervyn Missell 0404 889 325
Acton Mt Lawley 9272 2488

926 Ikandu Kitchens 10x3

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