25 April, 2023
“I knew it was right as soon as I walked up the insanely steep driveway,”
Tara first dreamed up Provider House during the 2021 pandemic lockdown when she flew back and forth to Brisbane to care for her unwell mother. She searched for houses online and found an old, run-down wooden cabin without power or water.
The idea behind the house is to experience all the home goods Provider sells in real life – everything from kitchen knives and frypans to bath salts and ceramics. They are all found around the house and available to purchase through our online store.
Tara believes that by offering visitors the opportunity to experience the beauty and functionality of Japanese designs in a real-life setting, she can help them gain a deeper appreciation for the products and the culture they represent.
“I wanted to create a space where people can experience both form and function and then take it home."
The Japanese homewares we source are more than just utensils – they represent a way of life through craftsmanship and design.
Provider House is designed to be a tranquil retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Visitors can relax in the spacious living areas, prepare meals in the fully equipped kitchen, and soak in the ryokan-inspired cedar bathtub surrounded by Japanese design, books, artwork and antique furniture for an authentic experience.
"Everything from the furniture to the kitchenware has been carefully selected to create a space that is both functional and beautiful."
Similarly to Tara's approach with Provider Store, Provider House is built to bring to life the relationships and collaborations she has made with craftspeople throughout her travels and work.
Tara brought on a Sydney-based architecture studio, Trias, to design the house's main rooms and collaborated with Tokyo brand, At-Aroma, to create an exclusive Provider House scent – made in Japan and inspired by deep forest, running water and fresh air.
She also worked with the designer behind Ace Hotel Kyoto’s robes, Daitoushingu, to create Provider House robes, Shinto Towel to create forest green towels that blend into the Australian bushland surroundings and ceramic artist Milly Dent who hand built the basins in-house.
"Each product at Provider House has a story and a history, and that makes it all the more special. By collaborating with craftspeople, we can create products that will be cherished for years to come."
The Provider House will be open to visitors in May 2023 and reservations can be made through Airbnb.
With its unique blend of Japanese-inspired design and Tasmanian charm, the Provider House is the perfect destination for those seeking a relaxing and authentic holiday experience – without the overseas price tag.