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29 THE LAUNDRY EDIT
30 BETTER IN BLACK
Brave and transformative, there's something magic about a black interior. We step into three homes that have embraced the dark side.
10 BATHROOM NEWS 13 17
PRODUCT TRENDS ARTIST PROFILE
Expressive, intuitive and optimistic, Jen Sievers’ latest collection captures the dreamy feeling of wanderlust.
We’re showcasing 10 stunning laundry ideas to inspire your own laundry renovation.
38 BLACK ACCENTS 41
These four home owners ditched city life for a tree change, embracing regional destinations and greener pastures.
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Read about how Alana Langan (pictured) and her family traded city living for a home in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges, from page 54.
EDITOR’S LETTER More and more Aussies are packing up and ditching busy major cities in favour of regional destinations. Last year, a Regional Australia Institute (RAI) report found that in Queensland the largest growth of inland migration was in Noosa at 49 percent, closely followed by Queensland’s Southern Downs at 44 percent. Our ‘Tree Change’ edition focuses on that trend, as we meet four homeowners who made the switch to greener pastures. Making a tree change is something that I and my partner have also considered lately. Do we sell up our seaside location for a quieter life in the Sunshine Coast hinterland? Or perhaps try out Toowoomba, which I liken to a mini-Melbourne (the food scene is really taking off there!). I’m not sure what’s in store this year; all I know is that the idea of buying a home in the country complete with a few farm animals and a big ol’ veggie patch is mighty tempting. If a move is off the cards, perhaps an interior change will do the trick. In this edition we look at stunning laundry ideas and explore spaces that embrace the dark side – sleek interiors where bold black is used to great effect.
ARCHITECTURE + INTERIOR DESIGN WHITING ARCHITECTS STYLING ALANA LANGAN / PHOTOGRAPHY ANNETTE O’BRIEN
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From subdued denim tones to cobalt jolts, we adore blue in all its hues.
BLANKET ‘Dancing Shapes’ denim woven throw blanket $139 clrclr.com / PENDANT LIGHT HAY ‘Bonbon’ pendant lamp (large) $1,740 hayshop.com.au / ART The Poster Club ‘Blue Stripe at Concord’ print from $104.50 lifeinteriors.com.au / PHONE CASE ‘Oceania’ by Jasmine Dowling phone case $55 thedairy.com / VASE Eun Ceramics ‘Femme’ vase hoop in cobalt $200 gingerfinch.com.au / MIRROR Bone inlay large curved mirror in grey stripe $800 fentonandfenton.com.au / RUG Halcyon Lake ‘Nobsa’ rug in blue/mint small (130 x 214cm) $2,795 halcyonlake.com / CHAIR GlobeWest ‘Cove’ occasional chair $1,930 globewest.com.au / MUG Jones & Co ‘Happy’ mug in blue $36 jonesandco.com.au / CUSHION Città ‘Alba’ cushion cover $74.90 cittadesign.com 14
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ARTIST PROFILE Side table and throw from Soren Liv; vase from Good Thing; rug from Mulberi; curtains from James Dunlop; bed linen from A&C Homestore.
Headboard and bedside table from Soren Liv; , rug from Mulberi; bed linen from A&C Homestore; water glass and vase from Monmouth Glass Studio; flowers from Isadia.
Rug from Mulberi; vase on left from Good Thing; side board from Soren Liv; glass vase and vessel from Monmouth Glass Studio.
Expressive, intuitive and optimistic, Jen Sievers’ latest collection captures the dreamy feeling of wanderlust. WORDS NICHOLA DAVIES / STYLING SAM VAN KAN PHOTOGRAPHY SAMANTHA DONALDSON
Jen Sievers’ latest collection, Chasing Awe, is an anthology of love letters to the places she visited while on a two-week road trip with her family around the South Island of New Zealand. “I was blown away; the beauty is indescribable and so diverse. I was moved to tears more than once,” says Jen, who took many reference photos on the trip. “I was itching to get back and paint what I’d seen and felt.” Jen paints in acrylics – often adding water to create her dreamy, translucent washes – and occasionally integrates detail with oil sticks. She then applies layers over these with thick, flat pastels that she custom mixes, enjoying the contrast of the flat and translucent layers. The feelings of awe and wonder Jen felt while viewing the South Island scenery made an impact on her work, prompting her to lean into what she describes as a more natural style of painting –
one that pays respect to the wild energy of the landscape and the soft beauty of its curves.
Chasing Awe captures well-known locales such as Milford Sound and Aoraki, as well as lesser-known places, with sheer white layers, textural washes and strong lines that illustrate the movement of native vegetation. Its palette is grounded in the earth, with splashes of playfulness and Jen’s signature fluorescent coral peeking through. “My style is expressive, semi-abstract and infused with joy. I love to play in the area between figurative and abstract, giving viewers a form to hold onto while letting them feel the emotion behind the work,” says Jen. “Chasing Awe is the truest expression of my creative soul so far. It feels like an extension of myself.”
unning St LAUNDRY DESIGNER MATT JAMES / BUILD MJ HARRIS GROUP / PHOTOGRAPHY JOEL NOON
We’re showcasing 10 stunning laundry ideas to inspire your own laundry renovation.
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WHITE & TIMBER Interior designer Matt James, who designed this laundry for M.J. Harris Group, says the simplicity of white and timber is increasingly popular. “This combination is timeless and very versatile, which is perfect for a laundry space,” says Matt. “Timber-and-white palettes allow the designer to take the space in any architectural direction. Bohemian, modern, minimalist or coastal styles can easily be achieved with a timber-and-white palette.”
For a laundry that packs a punch, look to cementbased tiles in bold patterns. From there, use your tile selection as a base to choose accent colours for cabinetry, as has been done in the laundry pictured on this page.
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INTERIOR DESIGNER KARA MILLER INTERIORS / PHOTOGRAPHY BRANTLEY PHOTOGRAPHY
Florida-based interior designer Kara Miller made the Caribbean blue-coloured tiles the hero of this freshlooking space. “I chose these tiles because of the great character and style they imbue,” says Kara. “We all have to get the laundry done, so why not make that space extra special?”
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“It was important to include the timber in the hanging rod to add warmth and reference the timber detailing in the joinery.” - LYDIA MASKIELL
A custom-made hanging rod crafted from Tasmanian oak dowel was an important feature in this laundry (pictured above and right) designed by Lydia Maskiell. Lydia says the ideal height to hang a rail is 900mm above the benchtop to allow for shirts to hang without creasing the ends. “This height also allows the user to comfortably reach to the bottom of the overhead open shelf. With the laundry becoming a more considered space factoring in a multitude of functions, a hanging rod close by to an ironing board or ironing space is ideal. This particular house is near a beach, and a hanging rod positioned over a sink is perfect for hanging wet bathers.”
INTERIOR DESIGN LYDIA MASKIELL INTERIORS / JOINERY JOINERYDOTCOM / PHOTOGRAPHY JOE GREY
“Get the best washing machine and dryer you can afford,” that’s the advice from interior designer Alison Lewis who designed the laundry pictured right. “Good ones are a God-send and they are pretty clever too these days.” “These Samsung washer and dryers even have artificial intelligence, and will send you a text when your load is finished. No more ‘bugger, I forgot about the washing’ moments again,” laughs Alison. This AI-enabled Samsung washing machine even has an ‘Air Wash’ mode – it can refresh your clothes between washes by deodorising so they smell fresh. Unpleasant odours are removed using super-hot air and without using water, detergent or other chemicals. How smart is that?
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In their laundry (pictured below), Jessica and Rob Loughlin wanted to create a chic and relaxed vibe. As the founders of Loughlin Furniture, Jessica and Rob specialise in making custom timber furniture and vanities, so it’s no surprise that the couple opted to work with timber and other natural materials in their own home. “We started with our oak and rattan cabinetry and built the palette from there,” says Jessica. “I love the honest nature of these two materials; it feels, looks and even smells like real materials, which adds a quality and authentic feel to the whole space. Both materials will take on a patina with age, which I love.”
“I love the honest nature of these two materials... Both will take on a patina with age, which I love.” – JESSICA LOUGHLIN
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LOCATION FARMHOUSE ON OXLEY / PHOTOGRAPHY THE PALM CO
6 FARMHOUSE FLAVOUR Holiday home Farm House on Oxley has achieved an industrial, rustic look in the laundry with the use of recycled materials and vintage pieces. “The timber shelf was actually a painter’s trestle and the benchtop is made from galvanised sheeting,” says owner Sherinah Peck. “I also chose a butler’s sink in keeping with the farmhouse theme.” Not only are the materials built to last, Sherinah says they were cost-effective too. “This gorgeous space didn’t cost a fortune. I think my laundry cost about $3,000 in materials.” adore home
When space is tight in a laundry, one idea is to stack the appliances, like in the laundries pictured opposite and below (both designed by Issy & H Creative).
INTERIOR DESIGN ISSY & H CREATIVE / PHOTOGRAPHY TEALILY
If you’re thinking of doing this, designer Joanne Yeomans suggests sticking to the same brands for both washer and dryer. In the laundry below, she used Fisher & Paykel appliances. “Their recommended stacking kit secures the appliances in place and also incorporates a slide-out shelf, which doubles as additional bench space when required,” says Joanne.
HIDDEN UNDER STAIRCASE
Interior designer Joanne Yeomans of Issy & H Creative converted a toy cupboard located under the staircase into a compact laundry complete with stacked appliances and plenty of cabinetry. “We managed to incorporate everything the family needs into a tighter space: stacked washer/ dryer, overhead storage, sink and pull-out laundry drawer. Under the other end of the staircase are custom drawers for towel storage,” Joanne explains. “Not an inch of space was wasted.”
DESIGNER NAOMI MCLEAN / BUILD MJ HARRIS GROUP / PHOTOGRAPHY JOEL NOON
“The design brief for this formerly impractical laundry was to enhance the functionality and appearance,” says interior designer Naomi McLean of M.J. Harris Group. “When improving the functionality of a laundry – especially that of a young family – more storage, workable bench space and a handy hanging rail are all important features to consider,” says Naomi. “In this instance, we were fortunate to have an extra 600mm of unused space in the neighbouring room. We used this space for some floor-toceiling cabinetry, giving our clients the linen cupboard of their dreams.”
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Interior Designer Naomi McLean at M.J. Harris Group focused on bringing warmth into this space (pictured above). “After comparing multiple colours and materials, I felt ‘Sepia Oak’ by Polytec was the perfect choice. This particular melamine has linear embossed woodgrain details that imitate the look and feel of real timber, making it a great cost-effective alternative to solid wood,” says Naomi.
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IKEA ‘Purrpingla’ laundry bag in beige $29 ikea.com.au
“When working with dark timber, I like to pare down the other features in the room to create a focal point. By introducing lighter components into the space, you are ensuring the room feels balanced rather than heavy and confined, which is a common issue when working with dark colours,” Naomi explains. “In this space, I paired the dark timber with white cabinetry, and retained the existing full lite external door, allowing natural light to flood the room and brighten the space.”
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Skagerak ‘Georg’ rack in oak (small) $209 designstuff.com.au Città ‘Rakei’ tall bamboo basket $239 and laundry bag $59.90 cittadesign.com
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RENOVATION TIPS & TRICKS
BRAVE AND TRANSFORMATIVE, THERE'S SOMETHING MAGIC ABOUT A BLACK INTERIOR. WE STEP INTO THREE HOMES THAT HAVE EMBRACED THE DARK SIDE. WORDS CASEY HUTTON
BUILDING DESIGN FRANK MACCHIA / INTERIOR DESIGNER CLO STUDIOS / BUILD ROBILLIARD BUILDING / PHOTOGRAPHY CAITLIN MILLS
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FRAMING N ATU R E Positioned on an idyllic corner block flanked by Noosa National Park, with views to the sea through pandanus palms and eucalypts, this dark home cocoons its occupants as it frames the scenery beyond its walls. “When you look through a viewfinder of a camera, all you see is the image,” says interior designer Katrina Mair of CLO Studios, explaining that the concept of shooting through a camera lens was central to the design, in which the landscape is given a starring role. “This is why it works so well. The view takes your focus, the black disappears, and you feel embraced by the sounds, textures and views of the canopies along the ridge.” The interior walls, ceilings and external features are crafted from blackbutt, stained with WOCA oil in ‘Anthracite’, and finished with wax. CLO Studios founder and creative director Chloe Tozer says that incorporating texture prevents black rooms from appearing flat: “Light reflects off surfaces, bouncing shadows, and transforming a space into a lively, warm room that encapsulates you.” Chloe also recommends sticking to earthy tones if you’re looking to blur the lines between indoor and outdoor living. “In Queensland, we are lucky to live most of our lives with doors and windows open, feeling the humidity and warmth of the sun,” she says – so opt for hardwearing natural fibres that have been tried and tested in nature.
BUILDING DESIGN FRANK MACCHIA / INTERIOR DESIGNER CLO STUDIOS / BUILD ROBILLIARD BUILDING / PHOTOGRAPHY CAITLIN MILLS adore home
BETTER IN BLACK
STRIKING BALANCE Black kitchens are enduringly popular owing to their versatility. Depending on design choices, they can be contemporary or traditional, and they’re capable of creating an atmosphere of drama and luxury. “Bring depth and texture to your black kitchen,” advises design manager Olivia Cirocco of GIA Bathrooms & Kitchens. “This might be through adding a profile or texture to your joinery doors instead of flat panels, or through other selections, such as gloss handmade tiles or different colours in your benchtop.” Colour balance is also crucial, says Olivia. In this kitchen by GIA, flat black joinery anchors the busyness of ceiling-high terrazzo. Timber floors and cabinets introduce warmth to the room, and playful pops of teal keep the look edgy. “Fingerprintless technology is definitely worth the investment for a dark kitchen,” says Olivia. She also cautions that the paint finish on 2PAC cupboards can chip, so using a black board underneath will make wear and tear less obvious. “This is also a good idea if you want matching black internals, otherwise you’ll have to spray both sides of your door.” 34
PHOTOGRAPHY MARTINA GEMMOLA / INTERIOR DESIGN GIA BATHROOMS AND KITCHENS
INTERIOR DESIGN 13 INTERIORS / PHOTOGRAPHY CLAIRE MCFERRAN, GATHERING LIGHT
BETTER IN BLACK
M I XI N G T E XTU R E S A study area cloaked in black was a bold choice for the entryway of this Perth home. “It was really important that we had a mix of textures in this space to create interest, given we had so much black,” explains designer Kelly Donougher of 13 Interiors. The client wanted to elevate the space beyond a typical home office but still needed it to be functional. A sleek shelving unit is the focal point, displaying ceramics, books, and pops of green. Storage is hidden behind charcoal Glosswood timber panels and black Polytec Woodmatt cabinetry, while Nero Marquina porcelain cladding with subtle veining introduces a luxurious, reflective surface in the desk nook.
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Claudia Miranda x Bed Threads ‘Going With You’ print $80 bedthreads.com.au
Barnaby Lane ‘Sofia’ rattan dining chair $690 lifeinteriors.com.au
RJ Living ‘Vault’ rattan bar cabinet in black/natural $2,899 rjliving.com.au
Sophisticated and timeless, black accents in the home contrast beautifully with white, rattan and timber.
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These four homeowners ditched city life for a tree change, embracing regional destinations and greener pastures.
Flexible work has allowed Sydneysider Millie Cooper and her partner Izzy Walsh to embrace rural living in an elegant homestead a stone’s throw from the sea. PHOTOGRAPHY LOUISE ROCHE, VILLA STYLING WORDS CASEY HUTTON
During the 2020 lockdown, Millie Cooper and Izzy Walsh based themselves in a rental just south of Byron Bay. While working remotely (Millie as a freelance graphic and web designer and Izzy for a Sydney media agency) they began looking at property in their lunch breaks. The 1920s Queenslander they fell in love with rests on a swathe of green countryside in the hamlet of Newrybar – a sleepy spot down the road from bustling Bangalow and close to Byron Bay. The location, they say, is unbeatable. “You have gorgeous views and no neighbours in sight, all on a private road, yet you’re only seven minutes from the beach,” Izzy explains. “Newrybar is a quaint little village, but it also has Harvest, one of the most popular restaurants in the area,” Millie adds. “Harvest also has a beautiful bakery, deli, shopping and produce store, so we have everything that we need a three-minute drive away.” Millie and Izzy were immediately won over by the home’s original features and its sweeping views across the hinterland to Lennox Head. They envisaged some updates – principally to the landscaping around the house – but were
otherwise intent on gracefully preserving the historic home. Upgrades included replacing all the decking and cladding on the exterior and adding a kitchen to the studio area, as well as widening the stairs to the front door.
P O O L “The pool was built by the previous owners however we have added a deck, a retaining wall and a grassy verge to allow for a hinterland infinity view,” says Millie. Sun loungers from Freedom; umbrella and basket from MCM House; cushions from Eadie Lifestyle.
Inside, they opted for a muted natural palette, weathered timbers, comfortable furnishings and plenty of foliage. “There is nothing better than coming into someone’s house and feeling instantly ‘at home’. We wanted to create an inviting, warm, homely feel,” Izzy reflects. The styling is restrained and considered, yet relaxed – the couple describe it as “modern coastal country”. “We stick to neutral colours and tones so it’s not overwhelming, and we choose pieces that blend seamlessly rather than clash.” Major earthworks were undertaken to level the areas adjacent to the house, making the site more usable. They built retaining walls, added new level garden beds (Millie’s mum Sally lovingly established the gardens and had a hand in some of the decision making with the interior styling), paved new pathways with beautiful recycled bricks, and laid a luxuriant carpet of Sir Walter Buffalo turf.
C H A R M I N G Q U E E N S L A N D E R “We always wanted to keep the traditional Queenslander look and feel,” says Millie. “When we bought the property, the stairs to the front door were rotting and quite narrow; they just didn’t feel right for the house. So, by widening the stairs, we feel that the house now makes a statement about who ‘she’ is!”
Custom French doors and windows from Teal Windows; all door hardware from TradCo.
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G I R L S ’ B A T H R O O M Mirrors from D I N I N G Chairs from
IKEA; sinks from Concrete Nation; tapware La Maison; table from and bathtub from Harry Harry Home. Barbara’s Storehouse; rug from Bayliss; plates from Ecology; bag from Aztec House; throw from Country Road; vase from Hope & May; foliage from The Flower Bar Co.
E N T R Y Chest of drawers from Stone Pony; lamp from Village; mirror from IKEA; black vase from Bodhi Living; art by Isobel Walsh; foliage from The Flower Bar Co.
L I V I N G R O O M Sofa from Molmic; armchair from Beachwood; lamp from Provincial Home Living; cushions and throw from Eadie Lifestyle; coffee table from ur place; rug from Hope & May; illustration by Elli Byrne; foliage from The Flower Bar Co.
G U E S T B E D R O O M Artwork by Isobel Walsh; pillows and throw from Eadie Lifestyle; lamp from MCM House.
M A I N B E D R O O M Side table from McMullin & Co.; lamp from Village; plate from Luther and Co.; fresh hydrangeas from The Flower Bar Co.
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GLENFERNIE FARM Set on five acres, this 100-year-old Queenslander is located near Newrybar (a short drive from Byron Bay) and surrounded by rolling hills.
M A I N B E D R O O M The beautiful bay windows are one of Millie and Izzy’s favourite features in the home. Teal Windows installed by Sivbuild; artwork by Elli Byrne; cushions and throw from Eadie Lifestyle; bench seat from The Beach Furniture; linen from Salt Living.
HOME TOUR G U E S T S U I T E L I V I N G “We describe our style as modern country with a coastal element,” explains Izzy. “I love neutral tones like beige, white and olive, as well as rustic textures. I’m inspired by the relaxed Byron Bay vibe.”
Armchair from Freedom; lamp from Provincial Home Living; cushions from Eadie Lifestyle; coffee table from Eureka Street Furniture; rug from IKEA.
The existing pool area was also cleverly updated. A deck was added for poolside lounging and building a retaining wall and grassy verge allowed for an enviable infinity view out across the hills. “It was a process that I had to manage with seven different trades involved,” says Millie. “Coordinating that during a wet season was a nightmare, but we got there and we just love it!”
Glenfernie Farm includes a self-contained guest suite (pictured this spread), with a new kitchen and a deck overlooking the pool. Book via Airbnb.
Their favourite design decision is the characterful recycled bricks that were sourced from Sydney and used extensively for the garden walkways. “They were worth the effort and every cent,” says Izzy. “They’re the thing that gets commented on the most.”
At Christmas last year, Millie’s dad gifted them the ‘Glenfernie’ nameplate from her childhood home in Sydney, and it’s mounted at the front door. The pair are quick to point out that they are novices when it comes to country living; they’re busy learning about everything from rearing cattle to maintaining septic tanks and sowing pasture seeds. Glenfernie Farm is tiny by country standards, says Millie, “but we can easily amuse ourselves and pursue our pastoral passions in bucolic bliss on five acres without getting into too much trouble”. With a steady stream of visitors and everything their new hinterland neighbourhood offers in terms of lifestyle, Millie says they don’t crave city living at all. “We have to pinch ourselves that we get to live in such a beautiful part of the world.”
GUEST SUITE KITCHEN/ D I N I N G Artwork by Cat Gerke; tiles
from Surface Society; kitchen cabinetry by Sanctuary Kitchens; tap from ABI Interiors; hardware from TradCo; table from Eureka Street Furniture; chairs from GlobeWest.
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Artwork by Isobel Walsh; lamp and side table from MCM House; vase from Hope & May; cushions and throw from Eadie Lifestyle; linen from I Love Linen; bench seat from Stone Pony.
STYLE COLOUR PALETTE
Get this modern country home’s style with classic neutrals and rustic elements.
LAMP MCM House ‘Pelleni’ lamp $390 mcmhouse.com / TILES Perini ‘Meca’ tile in snow $135m2 perini.com.au / SHEET SET I Love Linen Cocoa stripe sheet set in queen size from $395 ilovelinen.com.au / ART ‘Don’t Be Such A Sour Puss’ canvas art print by Cat Gerke from $499 catgerkecreative.com / SIDE TABLE MCM House ‘Judd’ side table $290 mcmhouse.com CUSHIONS Eadie Lifestyle ‘Luca’ linen cushion in khaki $99.95 and ‘Rockpool’ cushion (50x50cm) $99.95 eadielifestyle.com.au / ARMCHAIR Freedom ‘Palm Springs’ armchair $849 freedom.com.au / UMBRELLA MCM House ‘Malfy’ umbrella in sandstone $890 mcmhouse.com / SIDEBOARD Elm eight drawer sideboard $2,425 stonepony.com.au / RUG IKEA ‘Lohals’ rug $179 ikea.com.au 52
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Alana Langan, an interior stylist and the co-founder of Ivy Muse, traded city living for vistas of trees at this renovated 1970s house in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges. ARCHITECTURE + INTERIOR DESIGN WHITING ARCHITECTS STYLING ALANA LANGAN / PHOTOGRAPHY ANNETTE O’BRIEN WORDS CASEY HUTTON
C U S T O M C A B I N E T The custom-made cabinet was tiled in ‘Kayo Square’ tiles from Nagoya Mosaic-Tile Co (available through Academy Tiles) and tiled by Trowel. Leather pulls on tiled cabinet from MadeMeasure; Muuto ‘Grain’ pendant lights from Finnish Design Shop; String shelves from Great Dane Furniture; all planters from Ivy Muse; cream vase on bench from Dinosaur Designs; vintage plate framed by FRAMING TO A T.
“We bagged the brick walls throughout and painted them white, which lifted and brightened the home.” - ALANA LANGAN
K I T C H E N The kitchen was designed by Whiting Architects and built by Grandview Kitchens. Tap from Astra Walker; tiles from Academy Tiles; cabinetry painted in Porter’s Paints ‘Gully Green’; leather handles from MadeMeasure; all appliances by Fisher & Paykel; ‘Lorde White’ marble benchtop from CDK Stone; art by Stacey Rees from Modern Times framed by FRAMING TO A T.
Nestled into a lush sloping block in Upwey, Victoria, this house seems to breathe with the landscape. In every room, potted plants turn their leaves gently to the light, and broad panes of glass frame views of trees. “Whenever anyone visits us, they comment on how soothing the house feels,” says Alana Langan, cofounder of botanical wares studio Ivy Muse. She and her partner Stuart and their two young children moved here from Melbourne four years ago and have fallen in love with the area’s forest trails, cafes and close-knit community. “Life happens at a slower pace out here but definitely still has a lot to offer.” When they bought the split-level ’70s brick home, they decided on a biophilic design approach, aiming to deepen its connection to nature on multiple sensory levels. “We’re big on sensory experience in our family!” says Alana, explaining that it was vital for their home to incorporate “textures, materials, forms, scents and scenes found in nature”.
They engaged Whiting Architects to design within the home’s existing footprint and enrich its relationship to the outdoors. Then, Alana and Stuart worked with a builder and completed a lot of the renovations themselves over a two-year period. Liberating the home from its wall-to-wall brown carpet and dark brick interior transformed its atmosphere. “We bagged the brick walls throughout and painted them white, which lifted and brightened the home,” says Alana. “We kept the original pine floorboards and limewashed them where possible.” A hulking timber bar was removed from the dining area, where a round table (designed by Alana and custom made by Kin Design) provides an unfussy and intimate space to eat. The cottagey kitchen was completely overhauled; a stone-topped island now sits between timber panelled joinery (strikingly painted in ‘Gully Green’ by Porter’s Paints) and white-tiled cabinets on the opposite wall. > adore home
D I N I N G Alana designed the dining table and had it custom made by Kin Design, and also designed the cabinetry, which was built by Grandview Kitchens. Vintage ‘J39’ chairs from Grandfather’s Axe; ‘Disk’ pendant light by tossB from Hub Furniture; ceramics on table from Ivy Muse.
W I N D O W S E A T “We spend so much time here,” Alana says of the window seat – her favourite spot in the house. Window supplied by All Weather Windows; window seat painted in Dulux ‘Monument’; Darø ‘Gisario’ black wall lights from Design Nation; green cushion from Jardan; bean bag from Koskela; cork stool from Vitra.
L I V I N G R O O M Rug, green cushion, coffee table and sofa from Jardan; Objekto ‘Paulistano’ lounge chair from Hub Furniture; pots and planters from Ivy Muse; ‘Lampe de Marseille’ wall light from Nemo Lighting; vintage photograph on sideboard framed by FRAMING TO A T; white vase on coffee table by Melinda Wallis.
All walls, ceilings painted Dulux ‘Lexicon’ quarter
at a glance DESCRIPTION
A recently renovated home, originally built in 1977 and set on 0.52 hectares in Victoria’s Dandenong Ranges.
B I O P H I L I C A P P R O A C H Alana and Stuart took a biophilic approach to reworking the home, deepening their connection to nature on multiple sensory levels. “For instance, we love to smell the gum trees, hear their leaves rustling in the wind, see them through the window, and touch natural materials throughout the house. Biophilic design is most effective in a space when you take a layered approach,” Alana explains. “Whenever anyone visits us, they comment on how soothing the house feels. We love it.”
B E D R O O M Wardrobe from HKliving; linen from CULTIVER; ‘Caravaggio Read’ wall lights from Cult; vintage art print framed by FRAMING TO A T; Papaya ‘Sondu Iringa’ basket from Ivy Muse; bedhead wall painted in Dulux ‘Linseed’.
Upstairs in the main bedroom, devil’s ivy cascades towards the bed from a built-in planter atop a partition wall. Adding a four-metre sliding door to the balcony and internal glass doors in the ensuite have given the space a treehouse feel. “It’s awesome,” Alana says. “We wake up to the treetops and birds every morning all around us.”
E N S U I T E ‘Kayo Square’ and ‘Kayo Border’ wall tiles from Nagoya MosaicTile Co (available through Academy Tiles); ‘Neues Grey’ floor tiles from Fibonacci Stone; Jasper Morrison ‘Mini Glo Ball’ wall light from Finnish Design Shop; ceramics and handwash from Ivy Muse; leather pulls from MadeMeasure; tapware from Par Taps; shower rail set from Harvey Norman; Kado ‘Lux Petite’ bath from Reece.
As effortlessly as it layers natural and manmade elements, this home also blends old and new in a stylistic ecosystem that’s diverse yet unified. While the interior references its ’70s roots in many ways (the split-level floor plan, the tiled joinery and deep green paint in the kitchen, and an eclectic collection of ceramics, artworks and plants) it simultaneously anchors itself in a light-filled, clean-lined contemporary aesthetic. “We love layering,” says Alana, “and will continue to add pieces over time.” In the lounge, a window seat is the most hotly contested spot in the house, offering a restful vantage point from which to ponder an everchanging view. “Living amongst mountain ash trees, we really feel the changes as the months pass by. I never used to love winter, but now, as the mist rolls in, we hunker down by the fire or jump in the steaming outdoor spa,” Alana muses. “The hills are so beautiful any time of the year.”
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STYLE COLOUR PALETTE
TO STEAL Get Alana’s ’70s eclectic style with a whole lot of greenery and warming timber tones.
HAND TOWEL Loom ecru stripe hand towel $45 loomtowels.com / HANDLE MadeMeasure wrapped leather slimline 01 (392mm) black matt + saddle tan leather $168 mademeasure.com / PENDANT LIGHT Tossb ‘Disk’ pendant light P.O.A hubfurniture.com.au / ART ‘Fools Gold’ by Stacey Rees art print medium framed in Tasmanian Oak $485 moderntimes.com.au / TILES Nagoya Mosaic-Tile Co ‘Kayoborder’ tile (19 x 144mm) P.O.A academytiles.com.au / CHAIR Børge Mogensen ‘J39’ dining chair in oak $1,850 greatdanefurniture.com / VASE Ella Reweti tapered vase in Blue Gum $165 ivymuse.com.au / POT Kinto plant pot 192 in beige $78 ivymuse.com.au / SIDE TABLE ArtissIn side table in green $137.95 smithnjones.com.au / LOUNGER Urban Road vanilla cream bean bag lounger $239 urbanroad.com.au / RUG Dari camel rug $8,200 jardan.com.au adore home
PAST LIFE Hannah and Jono James fell in love with this endearing 1920s bungalow, moving from Sydney to Wollongong to embark on a renovation that tenderly honours the home’s history. PHOTOGRAPHY THE PALM CO / WORDS CASEY HUTTON
HOME TOUR D I N I N G “There used to be a single back door here and a row of
windows,” explains Hannah. “We replaced them with French doors, which lead out to the back patio. This has made a huge difference to the whole house, and we have such a great view of the backyard.” The table was a Facebook Marketplace find, which Hannah painted in ‘Popcorn’ by Porter’s Paints. Chairs from Beachwood Designs; pendant light from Zest Lighting; round mirror from West Elm; chest of drawers from Adairs.
B A C K P A T I O (pictured opposite) Outdoor chairs and sofa from Freedom. The exterior is painted in Dulux ‘Dieskau’ half strength with Dulux ‘White on White’ trims.
at a glance DESCRIPTION
A 1920s home in Wollongong, lovingly restored and renovated by a young family.
memories of the home and its previous owners, who used to run the general store and post office.
E N T R Y Mirrors from Middle of
Nowhere; chest of drawers from Adairs; vase by Anissa Kermiche.
C H A R M I N G F E AT U R E S
“Standout features would have to be the leadlight windows, the ornate ceilings, and the double-door entry into the foyer,” says Hannah. The original floorboards were restored by sanding them back and finishing with a natural stain.
In 2019, Hannah James began looking for rundown properties to renovate in the Sydney area. After eight months of fruitless hunting, on a whim she typed “South Coast, NSW” into a real estate search. “That’s obviously a huge area,” she laughs, “but up popped this house.” The characterful 1920s dwelling had been beautifully preserved. “It had so much charm and such great bones,” says Hannah. It was a serendipitous find; Jono had grown up in Wollongong and had visions of one day returning to live on the South Coast, while Hannah had long dreamt of renovating an old home. They bought the house in February 2020, “when COVID was just a virus happening overseas”, intending to commute to Sydney for work, but within weeks things changed radically. “I was told to start working from home the day we moved down here, and have done so ever since,” explains Hannah. Despite its age, the house isn’t heritage listed. Hannah took the unusual step of canvassing the community via a Wollongong Facebook group to research its history. She was inundated with responses from locals with warm
Intent on honouring the home’s past life and quality craftsmanship, the couple chose to work within its existing footprint but modify the floorplan. Removing an original fireplace increased the size of the kitchen and main bathroom, and they reconfigured the laundry to incorporate a second bathroom. They also maximised sunlight, adding three Velux skylights, as well as French doors that can be thrown open to the back patio. Outside, a slate front path was replaced with recycled bricks laid in herringbone formation, and new walled beds adjoining the facade have been planted with cottage garden foliage. A pergola at the back visually extends the home’s living space and frames views of mature trees beyond. “I love Australian homes that combine the perfect balance of coast and country, especially in older houses,” muses Hannah. Counting European travel and old films amongst her inspirations, she approached this renovation nostalgically, while adapting the home’s functionality for modern living. Original leadlight windows, light fittings and ornate ceilings remain, but Hannah went further to preserve traces of the home’s past. “I collaborated with our builder, Chris Shepherd from North East Building Group, on how to keep certain features of the house,”
“ D O N ’ T R U S H I F YO U D O N ’ T H AV E TO. I T C A N B E T E M P T I N G TO M O V E I N A N D S TA R T M A K I N G C H A N G E S R I G H T A W AY, B U T L I V I N G I N T H E H O U S E G I V ES YO U A R E A L F E E L FO R T H E S PAC ES A N D H O W T H E Y C A N B E B E S T U S E D .”
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KITCHEN The couple doubled the size of the kitchen and main bathroom by removing the original fireplace from the kitchen. Bar stools from Matt Blatt; pendant lights from Temple and Webster; tap from ABI Interiors; sink from Abey; kitchen cabinetry from Sydney Kitchens & Bathrooms.
she explains. Where walls were removed, they left exposed beams in order to retain the beautiful cornices. Similarly, in the gaps beneath demolished walls, new floorboards were laid perpendicular to existing ones, marking the past perimeters of rooms. “I felt like this was part of the story of the home,” says Hannah. “I didn’t want things to be too perfect.”
kitchen/dining area. Instead, they added French doors between the spaces, preserving the living room’s ornate ceiling and its working fireplace. The room retains an air of formality. “We have the option to close it off and make it more cosy,” Hannah points out. “We also added a study nook next to the fireplace, and we can close the doors while we’re working.”
Shaker cabinetry, brushed brass and a butler’s sink give the kitchen a country farmhouse feel, while an oversized island and a wine fridge (a last-minute addition after a measurement mishap!) modernise the space. Two original windows – removed from the back of the house – were repurposed into a barn door dividing the kitchen and laundry. “This is definitely a favourite feature of ours,” says Hannah.
New memories have been made in the revitalised home. Hannah and Jono welcomed their baby Spencer mid-renovation, and her sister chose the garden as her wedding venue. “They shared their first dance on this spot,” says Hannah, gesturing to the patio and pergola strung romantically with festoon lights. “It was such an honour to host.”
The couple rethought their initial instinct to knock down a wall between the living room and
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M A I N B E D R O O M “In the bedrooms we replaced the old carpet with Bremworth wool carpet and painted all of the walls in Dulux ‘Natural White’ and half strength ‘Natural White’ for the trims,” says Hannah.
Uniqwa Collections bed from Village; bedside tables from The Beach Furniture; lamps from Beacon; curtains from DIY Blinds; pendant light from Ivory & Deene; linen from Sheridan; cushions from Amara Home.
at a glance DESCRIPTION A renovated and extended home on a 291sqm lot in Balmain, Sydney.
B A T H R O O M “The room is only 1800mm wide, but I think the design choices here have made it feel so spacious. For example, the vertically stacked subway tiles and the skylight make the space feel bigger,” says Hannah.
Basin, tapware and vanity from ABI Interiors; towels from Saardé; wall and floor tiles from Corrimal Ceramic Tiles; bathtub from Caroma. adore home
STYLE Complement a heritage-style home with classic pieces designed to stand the test of time.
KNOB ABI Interiors ‘Elsa’ cabinetry knob in brushed brass $19.90 abiinteriors.com.au / MIRROR Middle of Nowhere ‘Bjorn’ oval mirror in brass $276 lifeinteriors.com.au / VASE Adairs ‘Shakira’ white vase $29.99 adairs.com.au / DRAWERS Home Republic ‘Anjuna’ chest of drawers $899.99 adairs.com.au / CUSHIONS L&M Home ‘Echo’ natural cushion $99 and ‘Burton’ seagrass cushion $108 lmhome.com.au / FAUX FOLIAGE Muse budding wattle stem $9.95 each pillowtalk.com.au / LAMP ‘Camilla’ table lamp $169 beaconlighting.com.au BED Uniqwa Collections ‘Strand’ four poster bed $3,359 uniqwacollections.com.au / BOWL Robert Gordon ‘Natural Poet’s Dream’ bowl $49.95 robertgordonaustralia.com / BAR STOOL Life Interiors ‘Olsen’ bar stool $295 lifeinteriors.com.au 76
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A stone’s throw from some of Tasmania’s most pristine beaches and coastal reserves, this Hawley Beach holiday home is a comfortable and elegant house for all seasons.
BUILD DAVIES CONSTRUCTION / PHOTOGRAPHY JOE GREY / WORDS NICHOLA DAVIES
ARCHITECTURE S. GROUP / INTERIOR DESIGN LYDIA MASKIELL INTERIORS
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“As soon as we arrive, weʼre able to relax and enjoy the serenity of the natural environment, the sounds of the ocean and the peace and quiet!” - KIM & STEVE
KITCHEN Joinery by joinerydotcom; cabinetry in Polytec ‘Ultra White’ Venette and Polytec ‘Calcutta Black’ thermolaminate; island painted in Dulux ‘Sutherland’; Viccarbe ‘Last Minute’ barstools from Hub Furniture; Rubn Lighting ‘Long John’ pendant light from Fred International; brass door handles from Buster + Punch; splashback tiles from Byzantine Design; ‘Kimber’ engineered oak flooring from Tongue n Groove.
The owners of this home, Kim and Steve, originally wanted to renovate and extend the ’60s beach house that existed on the property. It had been built by none other than former Premier of Tasmania, Tony Rundle AO, but a myriad of planning issues stood in the way of what they wanted to achieve, so the pair decided to start from scratch instead.
The homeowners were “fearful of a stereotypical beach house” and wanted a more modern and sleek interpretation for their seaside home’s interior. “The main focus was to create opportunities to frame the landscape through heavy glazing, soft window furnishings that frame views, and layouts that allow you to be part of the landscape,” Lydia explains.
Working with S. Group, Davies Design & Construction, and Lydia Maskiell Interiors, the owners built a five-bed, five-bath modern take on beachside living, with flexible family spaces. With a setting that includes views of Narawntapu National Park and Bakers Beach and has Larooma National Park’s penguin colony at the end of the street, the home has been designed to make the most of its environment.
This concept of framing is echoed throughout the home’s interior design, and is most evident in the joinery. “There are contrasting slimline frames around the joinery, and furniture layouts directed towards the view,” says Lydia.
Lydia Maskiell of Lydia Maskiell Interiors says that, because the home was a new build, it wasn’t limited by an existing structure and could take full advantage of the glorious views. “We had the luxury of starting from scratch to ensure we could maximise the viewpoints over the beach, create privacy from neighbours and integrate the surrounding region into the design,” she says. 80
The journey from the entryway through the ground and first floors is bold and interesting, with an interplay between the adults’ and children’s spaces. Lydia says the biggest challenge was to create a different feel between these spaces yet ensure the rooms felt as though they belonged to the same house. “Designing the children’s spaces was an opportunity to play with colour, vibrancy and boldness, whereas the homeowners’ key spaces were more subtle – but they all feel connected,” she says. >
at a glance DESCRIPTION
A luxurious and sleek holiday home located in Hawley Beach, Tasmania. This new build was designed for modern family living.
LIVING ROOM The living room enjoys amazing views to Narawntapu National Park and Bakers Beach. Gyrofocus fireplace from Oblica; B&B Italia swivel armchair and sofas from Space Furniture; coffee table from Hub Furniture; side table by Simon Ancher; rug from Tribe Home.
“The children’s spaces have varying spectrums of personality, yet the same framing concept and slimline details are consistent across all the spaces,” says Lydia. “Every space feels special and unique. I love how impactful they are.”
Despite it being their holiday home, Kim and Steve spend at least one to two nights per week here as they have businesses in nearby Devonport. “We enjoy the flexibility of the living spaces, the amazing views, and that the indoor-outdoor connection between downstairs spaces is very functional for large gatherings,” says Kim. The ensuite bathtub has a window that looks out to the ocean and a skylight above. “It’s perfection,” says Kim. While this past summer has been one of their best weatherwise, Kim says the home is equally enjoyable in Tasmania’s cooler months. “I love cosying up on the sofa with a book by the Gyrofocus suspended fireplace in winter when it’s cold outside!”
STUDY NOOK/BAR ‘La Palma’ wallpaper in ‘Gilver’ from Mokum; tiles by Jason Grant from Di Lorenzo Tiles; 2PAC cabinetry in Dulux ‘Sea Kelp’; chair from Jardan.
Walls painted in Dulux ‘Wakefield’
BEDROOM Pendant light from Cult; art by William Rhodes; ‘Clipped Wing Floating Bed in Torched Tasmanian Oak’ from Simon Ancher Studio; cushions and throw from The Living Room.
BEDROOM Bed and bedside tables from Zuster; pendant light from Euroluce; cushions and green blanket from Ecoco.
STYLE TO STEAL
Get this luxury holiday home’s style with a black, caramel and green colour palette with timber features.
WALLPAPER Mokum ‘La Palma’ wallpaper $326 per roll thefabriceditors.com.au / PENDANT LIGHT Flos ‘IC’ suspension lamp $1,100 livingedge.com.au / THROW L&M Home ‘Burton’ seagrass throw $231 lmhome.com.au / CUSHION L&M Home ‘Nova’ tan cushion $108 lmhome.com.au / LEAF CUSHION Madras Link ‘Cavendish Foliage’ cushion $44.99 livingbydesign.net.au / BIRD Eames house bird $570 livingedge.com.au / BEDSIDE TABLE Zuster ‘Halo’ bedside table $4,350 zuster.com.au / STOOL Life Interiors ‘Hendrix’ bar stool $229 lifeinteriors.com.au / RUG Tribe Home ‘Leila’ rug (2.5 x 3m) $6,580 tribehome.com.au / VANITY ISSY by Zuster ‘Halo I’ vanity $3,450 reece.com.au / FAUX FOLIAGE Artificial Magnolia leaf 36cm $12.55 and 62cm $20.80 flowerama.net.au / VASE Marmoset Found ‘Aswan’ vase in green (large) $79 marmosetfound.com.au 88
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