Emma Sadie Thomson is Adelaide’s go-to plant expert and stylist. She’s lent her green thumb to the interiors of the city’s best venues, and sells her indoor plants, pots and hangers at her studio and shop, Ensemble, which she runs with designer-makers Anny Duff (Good Studios) and Beccy Bromilow (BB Shoemaker). Naturally, there’s an abundance of greenery at her home – inside and out. Thomson and her partner Jasper Button (Commune of Buttons winemaker and part-owner of The Summertown Aristologist), live in Basket Range – a lush, tiny pocket of the Adelaide Hills internationally renowned for the inordinate number of natural winemakers who live there.
The house is surrounded by trees, bushland and grapevines, with “greenery views from every window”, says Thomson. The Commune of Buttons label is named after the family’s 60-acre property – an actual former commune – that has three houses on it. Button’s parents and his winemaker sister Sophie live in the other two. And another family member has just moved in – Thomson and Button’s three-month-old baby girl, Frances – spurring them to renovate for the new arrival.
Name: Emma Thomson
Lives: Sandstone cottage, Basket Range, Adelaide Hills
Since: March 2018
With who: Jasper Button, Frances Button, Angus (the dog)
Have you made any changes since you moved in?
When we found out we were having a baby we decided to paint the whole house and get the floorboards re-polished. We also renovated the kitchen, but kept the overall design the same. The bathroom and laundry was an add-on to the house originally, and needed re-doing. This is all new but we kept the footprint the same.
Kitchen/living: this really is the heart of the house and where we spend the most time. It has beautiful windows overlooking the vineyards and lovely light.
Favourite item in the house?
Ladderax – Jasper already had the ladders and I found the shelves on Ebay. Plus, all of the beautiful pottery from our travels to Japan that are on the shelves.
Favourite homewares stores?
Ensemble: this is the retail arm of a shared co-working space with myself, Beccy (BB Shoemaker) and Anny (Good Studios) – we have lovely homewares, ceramics, textiles and handcrafted items from local and interstate designers who all share a similar ethos to ours. I also love Koskela
“Home Visit” is a Broadsheet series exploring homes across Australia.