Describing Charlie & Jack’s owner Kristy Robertshaw as a green thumb just doesn’t seem enough.
Especially when you see how dedicated the Victor Harbor resident is to greenery and all things plant related.
When she’s not keeping her homewares store stocked with the latest trends, you can find her sitting back in her own home jungle and running thriving Facebook group ‘Crazy Indoor Plant People Australia’ (C.I. P. P. A).
When it comes to plant lovers, you would be hard pressed not to find Kristy’s passion anything other than infectious.
Owner of Charlie and Jack in Victor Harbor.
In my store I name all the plants and write ridiculous stories about them on social media.
I’VE LIVED IN MY HOME FOR …
MY HOME IS A …
Haven to completely relax with my family in our little jungle.
I LIVE WITH …
My husband David, Son Jackson (18), daughter Charlie (15), mum-in-law Christine, Juno our Rhodesian ridgeback, and our cat Audrey.
I LOVE MY HOME BECAUSE …
It’s light and bright and is so close to the beach and the centre of town.
BUT I STILL NEED TO …
We can’t wait to build our own home … we have some crazy indoor plant spaces planned.
MY DECORATING STYLE IS …
Mid-century furniture, art, ceramics and of course loads of greenery.
A piece of artwork from our lovely friend Tom Murray-White.
I COLLECT …
Plants, art and ceramics. I love indigenous art and have a few special pieces from my visits to Indulkana in the APY Lands (Iwantja Arts). We are also very lucky to have some amazingly talented artist friends and it makes me so happy to have their work around me every day. Ceramics too are part of the obsession, planters, bowls, plates, cups. You name it, I love it!
FAVOURITE PART OF YOUR HOME
The lounge and dining area. It has the best light and is full of plants.
IN MY GARDEN I HAVE …
Natives. We have so many indoor plants, we need something hardy outside that will thrive, attract birds, look beautiful, and take care of themselves! We also have some lovely fruit trees, herbs and a chicken annihilated veggie patch.
WHEN I GET HOME AT NIGHT …
My business is on our property so it’s a quick transition into my Uggies, then onto the couch, normally with my laptop to make sure I’m on top of everything in my business and on my Facebook group Crazy Indoor Plant People Australia (shout out to my moderators Mel and Avalon).
AT WEEKENDS I LIKE TO …
Sunday is my only day off and normally involves caring for our plants and taking a drive to explore our beautiful surroundings.
MY FIRST CAR WAS …
A silver Corolla Hatchback called Shaz.
I LIKE TO LISTEN TO …
A huge mix of music depending on my mood. From current songs to David Bowie, Stevie Wonder, Johnny Cash, Aretha Franklin and Hilltop Hoods.
AT THE MOMENT I AM READING …
I’d like to think I have the four books on my bedside table on the go, but the truth is I just fall asleep next to them instead! I try and listen to audio books when I’m plant shopping on a Monday and if I’m in my potting shed.
Ohhhh, that’s so hard! Stand By Me was my favourite for a very long time, I loved the French movie The Intouchables but there are so many more.
CLEAN FREAK OR MESSY BESSIE?
I used to be a complete clean freak when I was home when the kids were young, but I relaxed over time into a Clean Bessie.
ON MY WISH LIST IS …
To take my family back to the APY Lands and Central Australia (as soon as possible).
WHEN I’M HOME I LIKE TO COOK …
Ummm nothing, ha-ha! My amazing husband cooks delicious food every night! I cooked a zucchini slice this morning, but this is definitely a rarity.
FAV CAFE/RESTAURANT/ BAR
De Groots Coffee Co in Port Elliot and David’s Home Diner (my husband).
WHEN I WAS A CHILD, I WANTED TO BE …
FAVOURITE CHILDHOOD MEMORY
Family road trips. Still love them.
IF I COULD CHANGE CAREER NOW I WOULD BE …
Exactly where I am now! I changed career two years ago and I absolutely love what I do.
FAVOURITE SA HOLIDAY SPOT OR ACTIVITY
We love camping. Deep Creek is one of our favourites, along with the Flinders Ranges. We are also lucky enough to live in Victor Harbor, so we have the perfect holiday spot every day.
DREAM HOLIDAY DESTINATION
Brazil, completely plant and architecture related.
FAVOURITE SPORTS TEAM
Go the Hawks!
SOMETHING YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS?
Finish the bed and breakfast we are renovating, build a house, holiday more and continue to grow my business and expand in a positive way.
MY NEIGHBOURS ARE …
Legends (Especially you Bern and Trev).
I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT …
Insulin (ha! I’m a type 1 diabetic).
IF I COULD AFFORD IT I WOULD LIVE …
In the house we designed and built.
HOME MEANS …