Q Simone, tell us a bit about yourself …..
A My name’s Simone Linehan and I’m an artist.
Q How long have you lived in Adelaide?
A My whole life! Born and raised in Adelaide – sounds a tad boring but it really is a lovely spot. I adore my family and gorgeous partner who all live here, so it’s home for me too.
Q What do you enjoy most about living in Adelaide?
A The Adelaide Hills. We moved up to Belair when I was 12 and I have never been able to leave. It’s just so beautiful, calming and tranquil. The trees and having nature around me brings me so much joy.
Q How would you describe your Adelaide business?
A I have a few arms to what I do. In my teaching I promote relaxation and expression and individuality. I never use a cookie-cutter approach. I work with each client to ensure they are feeling supported and brave on their art journey. In my arts practice I am thrilled to have recently taken up an artist’s residency at Fleurieu Arthouse. Come and say hi when you’re next in McLaren Vale.
Q What are your favourite Adelaide places to eat?
A Stamps Restaurant in Mitcham and Seafire On The Marina at Glenelg.
Q What are your favourite Adelaide places to drink and what is your favourite South Australian drink?
A I love our McLaren Vale wineries. I’m quite partial to a Paxton’s Organic Red.
Q What are your favourite Adelaide shops for furniture and homewares?
A I love a second hand shop for furniture. My ex-husband and I started one 17 years ago – Sarage Gale – but with small children and a graphic design business it was the wrong time and we didn’t keep it very long. I still love anything with history. I also adore Scandi style furniture and anything with a Mid Century look. I did love Matt Blatt too.
Q What books are you currently reading?
A Far too many! My night stand is full. Here are a few….. The Barefoot Investor, Steal Like An Artist, Brene Brown’s Dare To Lead and Women Who Run With The Wolves.
Q What’s on your current playlist?
A That’s a minefield too! I have incredibly diverse taste and it depends on my mood. Rufus Du Sol is always a top fave, but anything from RyX to Sofi Tukker to Aurora. I adore live music and (when we can) my partner and I frequent live music venues.
Q Which travel destinations are ones you’d recommend?
A Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and Flinders Ranges are my favourites.
Q What are your favourite things to do in Adelaide and South Australia?
A Bushwalking, wineries, camping, long drives.
Q Anything else you’d like to share with the OLIO community of authentic home lovers?
A Being an artist, I’m always encouraging people to buy and support local artists. South Australia has a massively diverse arts culture with some brilliant artworks available at very reasonable prices. Supporting our local industry will keep it alive. And….. never be afraid to use colour!
Simone Linehan is one of the fabulous people we visit on some of our OLIO Tours.