Having grown up around her late grandmother, trailblazing cookbook author Margaret Fulton, it stands to reason that a love of good food would rub off on Louise Keats. Having grown up around her late grandmother, trailblazing cookbook author Margaret Fulton, it stands to reason that a love of good food would rub off on Louise Keats. In fact, Louise, who has established herself as a foodie in her own right, now has other family members competing for the title of ‘best cook in the family with her mother, Suzanne Gibbs, and sister Kate Gibbs following in the footsteps of their much-loved matriarch.
“Plus, my husband is an exceptional cook, so when we all get together and prepare our favorite dishes, with the children and dogs chasing each other around the house and pinching the best bits from our creations, that feels most like home to me,” says Louise. Home is actually a beautiful modern farmhouse in the Southern Highlands of NSW, built by scratch for the young family. We bought the farm about seven years ago and lived in an apartment in our stables while we were building our house,” she says “We wanted our children to have a strong connection with nature and plenty of space to roam and ride horses so, after spending weekends in the Highlands, we made the full-time tree change when our son was five and our daughter was a newborn.”
A pool and greenhouse are on the to-do list.
AT HOME WITH LOUISE KEATS
Who: Cookbook author and TV presenter Louise Keats. Where: A modern farmhouse with husband John and their children Harry, 11, and Charlotte, 6. Favorite thing: I’ve recently upgraded to the LG French Door fridge, and it has quickly become my most loved kitchen appliance. Inspiration: It’s an eclectic mix of family heirlooms and treasures I’ve gathered along the way. Home is: My family all gathered in our kitchen cooking up a weekend meal.
LOUISE KEATS’ FAVOURITE THINGS
This was made by a local craftsman at Reid Brothers Furniture, and I love everything about it … except that my six-year-old loves to climb it. ‘Get down, Charlotte’.
In the past year, we have welcomed our straight-haired cavoodle into our home. He is just the most loved pup I’ve ever owned.
Charlotte’s Windsor chair
This was the chair I used to eat dinner in as a little girl, and to see my own daughter sit in it now is lovely. I can remember being lifted up into it and exactly how it felt under my legs.
Jean Bellette painting
This is another much-loved treasure from my grandma’s home. I believe it was painted in the 1960s when artist Jean Bellette was living in Majorca, and I just adore it.
This fireplace is my favorite place in the cooler months. It was built by a local stonemason using stone from our paddocks, so it was a labor of love.
This was a Christmas gift from my husband over 10 years ago. It’s a very special handmade Western saddle that he had sent over from Texas.
When I was a little girl, my grandma lived just a few doors down from my family. I spent hours in her home, staring at her treasures, including these antique Chinese carved horses.
We do at least half of our weekend cooking here using red gum or ironbark to create the most delicious wood-fired meals, not just pizzas but also slow-cooked meats and vegetables. Published initially as Margaret Fulton’s granddaughter Louise Keats shares her rural home life.