At home with Sisters’ Maria Angelico

Maria Angelico at home. Photo: Michael Rayner

Maria Angelico at home. Photo: Michael Rayner

As the star of Channel Ten’s new prime-time drama series, Sisters, life is about to get a whole lot busier for Maria Angelico. And, she says, the busier she gets, the more she appreciates the sanctuary of her home in Rosanna.

Since moving into their 1940s double-brick home 18 months ago, Maria and her partner John have turned the rental property into an eclectic escape.

“We’re really into interiors and building a home, so it’s been fun,” says Maria. “It’s an old house, but there’s just something about it. There’s a lot of light and beautiful floorboards, so it was easy to fill with our things and bring to life.”

With lush indoor plants, funky furniture and a bounty of books, the couple have curated a space where they feel comfortable to create.

“I’m not someone who goes for a particular theme, but I love vintage and mid-century furniture – and I love things that are quite natural and comfortable,” Maria says. “It’s so peaceful, I I can spread my scripts out here and sit.”

The former inner-city dweller says Rosanna offers the best of both worlds. It’s close to the city but far enough away to disconnect – plus it offers great views of the Dandenongs. “It’s really lush, really green and really quiet.”

Sisters

The Melbourne WebFest award. Photo: Michael Rayner

The Melbourne WebFest award. Photo: Michael Rayner

Writing award

I wrote a web series a couple of years ago called Movement, which got some funding from Screen Australia and won the 2016 Spotlight on Melbourne WebFest award. I’m so proud of it, because it was the first award I’ve won for writing.

Maria's pottery wheel. Photo: Michael Rayner

Maria’s pottery wheel. Photo: Michael Rayner

Pottery wheel

I started pottery years ago, on a manual-peddled wheel out in the country, and became a bit obsessed. I got this wheel for Christmas last year. I love that my hands get dirty and I can’t use my phone. I have to just sit there and be with the pottery. I’ve made a lot of things in my kitchen with the pottery wheel.

Peta the shepherd. Photo: Michael Rayner

Peta the shepherd. Photo: Michael Rayner

Peta, Australian shepherd

Peta was born last February. We thought she was a boy, so my partner said, ‘this will be my mate Peter, and he will come with me everywhere’. When we took her home and realised she was a girl, she became Peta. She’s a beautiful, affectionate and sweet little thing.

The mystery print. Photo: Michael Rayner

The mystery print. Photo: Michael Rayner

Print

My parents were both performers, and did different types of cabaret. The man in front of my parents is Henry Maas, a really good friend of my mother’s. He gave me and my sisters this drawing years ago. I believe it’s an ink drawing by a local artist, signed Janette – but we don’t know who Janette is.

The pasta maker is popular. Photo: Michael Rayner

The pasta maker is popular. Photo: Michael Rayner

Pasta maker

I love cooking for people and entertaining friends and family. Making pasta is so beautiful, because you get to do it from scratch. I love having people over and cooking together. We leave the pasta maker on the table because we have pasta almost every night – we just love it.

The sisters' favourite lamp. Photo: Michael Rayner

The sisters’ favourite lamp. Photo: Michael Rayner

Sea shell lamp

I’ve had it for about eight years, and it’s been in this spot since I moved in. My mum was a chronic beachcomber, and obsessed with shells. I love it because I’m such a beach baby, and it has such a nice, warm glow. My sisters and I fight over it, but it’s mine for now.

More to come. Photo: Michael Rayner

Maria and Jon have a soft spot for this palm. Photo: Michael Rayner

Indoor plant

My partner and I are big lovers of indoor plants, and love the idea of bringing the outside indoors. This palm one of my favourite plants because it does feel like outdoors when I stand under it. It brings life into the space, and it kind of looks like it’s dancing around.

 

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