Every so often a home comes along that’s so lived-in and character-filled, we can’t believe it’s a rental property!
Lisa Hodge and her children were the lucky tenants of this property in Macedon, at the time we visited, earlier this year (they’ve since moved on to a new home).
The home was styled so beautifully by Lisa, with an eclectic mix of mid-century and ‘80s furniture finds, complementing the home’s rustic timber tones and recycled materials.
Before sweeping the design awards circuit this year (including our very own TDF + Laminex Design Awards) we were lucky enough to photograph the Bondi home of one of our favourite landscape designers, William Dangar, shared with his wife Julia Dangar.
The house is one of two adjoining, newly extended, post-war homes, each with gardens designed by Will’s practice, Dangar Barin Smith.
With Andrew Burges Architects, David Harrison and Karen McCartney, Will and Julia have created a serene, semi-industrial space with white washed, reclaimed brick walls. The home is styled to perfection with designer and vintage furniture (including pieces from the couple’s other business, Robert Plumb), and sublime handcrafted details.
There’s nothing we love more than a bold, bright, colour-rich renovation!
With the help of Wowowa Architects and a stellar trades team, Rosalind Willett, managing partner of partnership and event design agency Willett Marketing, has completely refitted her 1960s St Kilda penthouse to feature jazzy spaces with a touch of glamour.
The renovations have seen new joinery, flooring, carpet, heating, cooling and lighting added to the apartment. The kitchen, bathroom, and terrace have also been completely renovated.
From coloured cabinetry to an incredible rooftop, there is so much to love in this home!
Jessica got her hands on the property after placing letters in the mailboxes of local homes, resulting in one owner selling directly to her!
Jessica and Michael have made minor updates since purchasing, including a fresh paint job, new light fittings, and a DIY kitchen renovation.
A freshly painted, clean white backdrop highlights an ever changing arrangement of colourful furniture and art, including Jessica’s own stunning limestone sculptures.
If you’d asked a young Alex McCabe, co-founder and creative director of Kip&Co, where she’d raise her future children, she definitely wouldn’t have said her hometown on the Mornington Peninsula, and especially not the land her parents bought 30 years ago!
When her parents went to sell the block a few years ago, Alex realised her nostalgic attachment to the land, and decided to take it off their hands. Since then, she’s built a weekender on the property she’ll soon move into permanently with her husband Bobby Babb and children.
Alex is known for her love of colour, but this house is all about texture. The interior walls throughout feature various textures including stucco, render and seagrass wallpaper.
The Narre Warren North home of Sarah Woodhouse and Brad Nicholls’ of Nicholls Design is located on a 100-acre property owned by Brad’s family for 55 years, alongside the 170-year-old homestead where Brad grew up, and where his mother still lives!
This modernist-inspired family home is actually the second iteration of Sarah and Brad’s house, after the original (built in 2006) tragically burned down. The central rammed-earth wall was one of the only elements to survive, and forms the centrepiece of their new home, completed in 2012. The badly soot-damaged bedroom side of the wall has been stained black, while a lush vertical garden hangs on the living room side, obscuring fire damage.
Sarah describes the aesthetic as ‘modern country, with mid-century Scandinavian and Japanese influences.’ There’s also a strong emphasis on recycled materials, including windows made from recycled hardwood salvaged from one of the original foundries on Spencer Street in Melbourne’s CBD.
Believed to be built in 1980 (and renovated multiple times since) the house contains Japanese inspired elements, alongside quirky proportions, and a facade that resembles a Scandinavian lodge.
Lucy’s design plays on the home’s existing features, adding further character in the form of raised skirting, indented shelving, and retaining plenty of wall space for art. Many paintings are by Phoebe herself, and whenever a piece is sold, she creates a new one to hang in its place!
If you’ve ever been to Bondi Beach, you’ve likely looked up at the apartments directly opposite, and wondered who lives there and wakes up to *that* view every morning. Daimon Downey and Georgia Gorman are two of these lucky people!
Located above a restaurant and a surf shop, this art deco apartment has been Daimon’s home for over 10 years, and it’s where you’ll often find him creating art while looking out at the expansive ocean views.
The colour-filled rental is a reflection of his current work, and to some extent, the chaos and energy of his former lives as a DJ, restaurateur and member of the iconic 2000s band Sneaky Sound System!
Lucy Spartalis and Alastair Innes of She Takes Pictures He Makes Films didn’t plan on buying in Victoria’s Dandenong Ranges, but from the moment they inspected this property, the space instantly felt like home.
The 1950s house had been flipped just prior to purchasing, and while the couple loved the new open-plan living area, other elements were lacking in personality. One Japanese inspired kitchen renovation and several cosmetics updates later, this house is now a cosy, textured space that exudes warmth, and speaks to the personalities of its very creative residents.
St Kilda is home to numerous 1920s apartments with ornate features, one of which belongs to John Wares, owner of Melbourne gift and homeware shop Mr Wares, and his friend of 30 years, Peter Papadopoulos.
Since purchasing this property in 2015, John has embarked on a major renovation that respects the building’s distinct 1920 architecture by Christopher Cowper.
Initially a two bedroom, one-bathroom apartment, this property now contains three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The new kitchen is the crowning jewel of the entire space, where lady onyx marble, green cabinetry, and garden views harmoniously come together.
The space now feels akin to a European apartment, with the added benefit of bayside Melbourne views!