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Tuesday 1 August 2023

An artistic sliver of Japan just outside Hobart

Take a Sydney style guru, a Hobart suburb and some Asian inspiration and you have a new place to stay in Tasmania: Provider House.

The Japanese-inspired cabin is the brainchild of Tara Bennett, who runs Provider Store in Sydney's hip Surry Hills district. 

She has created a tranquil space in Lenah Valley - just outside of Hobart - to showcase some of the goods she sells in her store. 

Lenah Valley is 15 minutes from Hobart’s CBD and Provider House takes its inspiration from Japanese design and native Australian bush, offering guests the opportunity to experience the beauty and functionality of Japanese home wares in an Australian setting.

Bennett first thought of Provider House in 2021 during the pandemic lockdown, when she was flying back and forth to Brisbane to care for her mother who was unwell. 

She started searching houses online and came across an old, run-down wooden cabin with no water or power. 

“I knew it was right as soon as I walked up the crazy steep driveway,” she said. 

“The Japanese homewares we source are more than just utensils; they represent a way of life through craftsmanship and design," she said. 

"I wanted to create a space where people can experience both form and function then take it home with them.”

Provider House is designed to be a tranquil retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

It has a fully equipped kitchen and a ryokan-inspired cedar bathtub. The living areas feature Japanese-design, books, artwork and antique furniture. 

Think three bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, Japanese ceramics and artworks, a "zen garden" and sunken fire pit - and across the road from Provider House you will find the trails to New Town Falls.

Bennett used Sydney-based architecture studio, Trias to design the main rooms of the house 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 with the Australian bushland surroundings and ceramacist Milly Dent ,who hand-built the basins in the house.

"Each product at Provider House has a story and a history, and that makes it all the more special," she said. "By collaborating with artisans, we are able to create products that will be cherished for years to come."

The Provider House is now open and reservations can be made through Airbnb. I will report back once I have stayed there. Hopefully sooner rather than later.  

For more info visit the Provider Store website at

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