Jackalope Hotel, Mornington Peninsula...

 
All Photography  Sharyn Cairns

All Photography Sharyn Cairns

The Mornington Peninsula has a new luxury hotel - Jackalope. Situated in Merricks North, on an 11-hectare winery planted in 1989, Jackalope has redefined boutique accommodation. 

46 designer rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, some with private terraces overlooking the vineyards. Each and every room has a rain shower which is complimented by custom-made bath products by Hunter Lab, with larger rooms also containing deep-soak luxury Japanese baths.

The exceptional rooms and architecture were created by Carr Design Group, who worked in collaboration with Fabio Ongarato Design on the branding and graphics. One of our favourite Melbourne furniture designers Zuster created the elegant handcrafted furniture housed in the rooms and public spaces.

And for an added wow, the hotel entrance welcomes guests with a seven-metre-tall Jackalope sculpture by Melbourne artist Emily Floyd - see above image. 

Outside there is a super serene 30-metre infinity pool that offers views out to the vineyard and surrounding gardens - landscaped by Taylor Cullity Lethlean. See below image.

There are two restaurants – a fine dining room, Doot Doot Doot and a more casual restaurant and cellar door, Rare Hare; with interiors designed by Projects of Imagination. The Edwardian homestead 'McCormich House' situated on the property houses the hotel’s bar, Flaggerdoot.

For those unfamiliar with the name, a jackalope is a mythical rabbit-like creature with antlers.

"If luxury is defined by rarity, what is more luxurious than a creature so rare that it exists only in legend,” 

The eyebrow-raising names are all in keeping with the central theme: a Flaggerdoot being the collective noun for a group of jackalopes, with the Doot Doot Doot being the leader of a Flaggerdoot.

 

JBC Residence by Mim Design Studio...

 
Collaboration: Nixon Tulloch Fortey Architecture Photography: Shannon McGrath

Collaboration: Nixon Tulloch Fortey Architecture
Photography: Shannon McGrath

We have the biggest interior crush on Mim Design and love love love everything that they do and create.. their attention to detail, material selection and all round amazingness blows us away each and every project they do. 

Our current fave is their JBC residence in Brighton, Victoria which saw the complete rebuild of an Edwardian 1930’s home. It was a collaboration between Mim Design and architecture firm, Nixon Tulloch Fortley.

'The interior reflects the clients requirement for a light, bright and easy living home. Contrasts through texture, form and material were essential in melding original details with new additions.'

 

Fitzroy Loft by Architects EAT...

 

I have loved this stunning loft renovation by Architects EAT for so long, so it's time to share this inspiring space with you all. 

"This project is a conversion of a gritty 250m2 brick warehouse in the old industrial area of Fitroy, Melbourne into a family home. The former industrial building is a mixture of intimately scaled family spaces and vast entertaining voids. Two full height voids act as the lungs of the design bringing both light and sky views deep into the internal space. The private areas such as the study and bedroom are accommodated on the first floor by volumes of a more intimate scale." says Architects EAT.

 

Links Courtyard House by Inarc Architects...

 

I've been crushing on the Links Courtyard House by Inarc Architects hard, so it's time to share this absolute beauty with you! 

'The building sits on the edge of a links style coastal golf course, tucked in behind a stand of Cypress trees. The house benefits greatly from the golf course outlook, but in its own way, it also contributes to the landscape experience from the golf course side as well.

The house is a single storey holiday home of efficient proportions which favours simplicity over size. A single living/dining/kitchen space, 2 bedrooms, a sitting room and a double garage make up the main areas. The tight planning carries on into the disciplined detailing of the spatial sequence. Restraint is evident in the neutral palette of materials: silver stained blackbutt timber, grey cement render, dark grey steel, oak floor boards and ceiling finishes are used throughout.' says Inarc.

Now hands up if you need a holiday house like this one?!

 

Courtyard House by Robson Rak Architects...

 
PHOTOGRAPHY: Shannon McGrath

PHOTOGRAPHY: Shannon McGrath

Courtyard House by Robson Rak Architects is our Tuesday house love... Light filled with clean lines and the most beautiful materials and textures. 

Keep scrolling for some serious house inspo! 

 

Tamarama Home via Est Living...

 
ARCHITECTURE: Porebski Architects | PHOTOGRAPHY: Andrew Worssam and Justin Alexander

ARCHITECTURE: Porebski Architects | PHOTOGRAPHY: Andrew Worssam and Justin Alexander

We've just stumbled across another absolute beauty of a home on Est Living... keep scrolling for some super interior inspo!

This gorgeous beachside home is from Porebski Architects and it is sitting in prime position overlooking Tamarama Beach in Sydney.

"The design embraces bold proportions with the curving black and white exterior. The sweeping white render suggests a modernist sensibility, but counterbalanced by natural materials like stone and timber (not to mention the lush greenery around the home) it becomes something more unique, assured in its style. Helped by interior design from one of our favourite local talents Decus Interiors, this is the beach house we could easily spend all year at." via Est Living.

 

Y Residence by Studio Tate...

 
Design by Studio Tate - Photography by Tessa Ross-Phelan

Design by Studio Tate - Photography by Tessa Ross-Phelan

Studio Tate is my latest Interior Architecture crush... their clean lines, refined details, colour and material choices are just so divine. 

Y Residence in one of Melbourne's inner city suburbs was a complete renovation for a growing family. The project emphasises the potential of inner urban small spaces to provide everything you need for family life. 

Studio Tate here - Facebook here - Instagram here

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Cronulla House by Amber Road...

 
All images by      Prue Ruscoe   | Art Direction by  Amanda Mahoney  | All existing garden work by  Spirit Level

All images by Prue Ruscoe  | Art Direction by Amanda Mahoney | All existing garden work by Spirit Level

I am absolutely crushing on the Cronulla House by Amber Road

Amber Road is a Sydney based design collective dedicated to making inspiring & unique 'inside and outside' spaces, large and small.

They have designed everything from an entire urban park precinct, to a beautiful bespoke lamp, and everything in between. Their aim is to create places and objects that truly reflect their client’s values - with considered, bold concepts and clever detailing, built on robust foundations.  

The clients brief for the Cronulla House was 'to keep it as unpretentious and simple as possible'. The end design celebrated a warm minimalism, the uncluttered and the imperfect. A 10m long concrete bench was installed and aimed to bridge the two living areas and encourage a more engaging experience for the end user. 

"It feels iconically Australian. It has sophisticated colour and the material combination are very successful. The use of a few beautifully resolved large gestures anchors the overall interior scheme for this house building on this, the interiors are then sensitively and artfully layered to make a visually original home but one with comforting and erudite references to the twentieth century and the particularities of Australian modernism "

- IDEA Awards, 2015

Amber Road here - Facebook here - Instagram here - Pinterest here

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Stunning Mutina Tiles from Urban Edge Ceramics...

 

We think of tiles for use in mostly bathrooms but trust me they can make such an incredible impact in so many space of your home - think kitchen splash backs, floors, laundry's, fireplaces, table tops... the list goes on.

Our latest tile crush is Mews by Mutina at Urban Edge Ceramics. Mews is industrially made in porcelain stoneware with a coloured mass dough. The collection has been designed with both contemporary and traditional use in mind. The variety of neutral tones allows the tiles to be a focal point or a backdrop in any interior scheme.

The Mews collection is inspired by the landscape, the history and the personality of the British capital, and by the huge variety of textures characterising its infrastructures, such as bricks, wooden floors and irregular geometrical patterns. The collection consists of 6 base colours: chalk, fog, pigeon, lead, ink and soot, each of which contains a palette of 15 different shades. This wide colour range adds depth and movement to the tiled surface making it rich and remarkable. 

Urban Edge Ceramics here - Mews by Mutina Tiles here - Facebook here - Instagram here - Pinterest here

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Surry Hills House - Benn + Penna Architecture...

 
ARCHITECTURE   Benn + Penna   | PHOTOGRAPHY   Tom Ferguson   All images -  Est Magazine

ARCHITECTURE Benn + Penna | PHOTOGRAPHY Tom Ferguson

All images - Est Magazine

We couldn't resist sharing this absolutely stunning home that was featured on Est Living today. The Surrey Hills house is an inner city terrace that has undergone extensive renovation to bring in light and space. Architect Benn + Penna have created a two story floor plan that provides an open plan kitchen and dining space which seamlessly flows into the courtyard through bi-fold doors. Natural light streams into the home through a large skylight positioned above the staircase in the middle of the house. Oak flooring and cabinetry are further complemented by the choice the subtle natural toned furnishings. 

The A Joints Bench Seat and Dining Table by Henry Wilson feature in the open plan living and dining area.

The A Joints Bench Seat and Dining Table by Henry Wilson feature in the open plan living and dining area.

Benn + Penna here - Est Living here - Facebook here - Instagram  here - Pinterest here

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QT Hotel Melbourne...

 

Designed by Sydney-based architect Angelo Candalepas, with public spaces and rooms by QT's favourite designers, Nic Graham and architect Shelley Indyk respectively, QT Melbourne is an 11-storey concrete and stone modernist building on the site of the old Greater Union cinema.

It has 188 rooms and a floor dedicated to Pascale, the hotel's signature bar and grill, with an open kitchen, glassed-in wine rooms and expansive, luxuriously upholstered lounges. There's a ground-floor café and aperitivo bar called The Cake Shop, a rooftop bar, a Japanese-Korean laneway bar called Hot Sauce and, beside it, a shop that sells handcrafted Japanese knives.

QT Melbourne's rooms have an industrial look with concrete ceilings and spacious bathrooms screened by sliding doors of rippled glass and black metal. They also boast oak floors, leather furniture and large baths in that are more often than not located prominently in the main room. There is a calm elegance about QT Melbourne's guestrooms which are slightly less quirky than their interstate counterparts.

There's plenty of natural light and city views, with large windows at the ends of corridors, in public spaces and in rooms. We love that the minibar is filled with quality spirits such as Grey Goose vodka and West Winds gin, wine, snacks and a bottle of hot sauce of course! 

Depending on which elevator you take up to your floor or up to the gorgeous rooftop bar you’ll be cheekily communicated with by either a French, English or Eastern European-accented voice over, so fun!

QT Melbourne here - Instagram here - Facebook here - Pinterest here

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REL Residence by Mim Design...

 

I have so much love for Mim Design Studio - if you follow me on Instagram you would know that I am always posting about their absolutely breath taking work. Mim Design are an award-winning Melbourne-based practice known for their creativity, high end finishes and attention to detail. 

Our focus is to inspire our clients with a finished project that goes beyond their expectations. Our philosophy is to produce unique and individual design results that not only reflect our clients or their brand but enhances their lives.”

Recognised nationally and internationally, Mim Design has spent more than 20 years curating a diverse portfolio spanning high end residential, retail, hospitality and corporate projects and they have now expanded into into five-star hotels, custom multi-residential interiors and furnishings.

Mim Design here - Instagram here - Pinterest here

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Fiona Lynch Office... Middle Park Residence

 
Photography by Sean Fennessey

Photography by Sean Fennessey

I have been style crushing hard on Fiona Lynch Office for soooo long and am obsessed with their use of design, colours, textures and materials. 

Their Middle Park Residence is one of my favourites (they are all my favourites if I'm being honest) how beautiful is the stone in the kitchen!

The kitchen was designed as a series of loose joinery objects that can be moved for flexibility and a rich mix of materials were used including french green mirror, stone, brass and painted oak surfaces have been assembled in a formal but relaxed way... perfection!

Fiona Lynch Office here - Instagram here - Facebook here

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NEOMETRO - 41 Darling Street, South Yarra

 

I have a love affair with everything that NEOMETRO do and 41 Darling Street, South Yarra is no exception. Two distinct contemporary four level houses rise up from the street and are beautifully surrounded by lush landscaping.

Neometro’s signature modernist aesthetic and use of natural materials and finishes, together with separate pools, lifts and parking creates an unrivalled level of luxury and individuality.

Absolute love for these amazing creatives!

NEOMETRO here - Instagram here

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Six Brookville Rd, Toorak by NEOMETRO...

 

I love love love everything that Neometro does and Six Brookville Rd, Toorak is no exception. Located between Hawksburn and Toorak Villages in Melbourne, Victoria, Six Brookville Rd will continue the low-rise architectural language of the area while maintaining Neometro's inherent sense of design.

All six homes have been designed with generous outdoor spaces that extend living areas; the penthouse boasts an expansive terrace that wraps around the entire perimeter of the building. The interiors are modern, luxurious and super sophisticated.. everything you need for this amazing address!

NEOMETRO here - Instagram here

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Quantum Six Porcelain Sheets...

 

The latest sustainable, environmentally friendly alternative to marble and stone finishes, QuantumSix+ porcelain sheets, has just hit the Australian market. Light, versatile and strong with extraordinary aesthetic appeal. At just 6mm thick, they are a more flexible, durable and affordable option than natural stone. Made in Italy, QuantumSix+ porcelain sheets feature all the beauty of natural marble in a stunning array of colour combinations and finishes, allowing homeowners to mix and match to suit their individual style.

Better still, Q6+ porcelain sheets don’t need to be sealed, so they’re effortless to use in a wider range of applications. Relatively unknown in Australia, there are so many reasons why Q6+ porcelain sheets are a superior alternative. They’re easy to handle and cut to any size on site. Sheets also come in an astounding 3200 x 1600 x 6 mm – the largest ever seen down under – or 2400 x 1200 x 6 mm. 

Some veined colours can be book matched or vein matched for perfectly seamless splashbacks, indoor and outdoor cladding, feature walls or beautiful, hardwearing floors.

Made from all natural materials, QuantumSix+ porcelain sheets are also naturally stain and mould resistant, which is great for wet areas and stairs. As they’re flameproof, heat-resistant and UV stable, they can be used for fireplace surrounds, behind your cook top as well as BBQ areas and outdoor wall cladding. Q6+ can even be cut to create sophisticated marble and stone-look furniture.

QuantumSix+ porcelain sheets are available in three collections – marble, stone and industrial – presenting over 20 colour combinations and come with a 10-year Manufacturers Warranty for added peace of mind. With such great features on offer, it’s clear they’ll soon become a fixture on the Australian design market. 

 

NUNUNU NEW SPACE...

 

Launched as a contemporary alternative to typical baby and children’s fashion, NUNUNU was founded by co-designers Iris Adler and Tali Milchberg in 2009. Iris, a long time fashion stylist, and Tali, a creative director, were each on a break from their respective careers when a mutual friend introduced them. Both on the hunt for “the next big thing” their immediate connection was forged from a shared minimalist design aesthetic and collective love for fashion, design and functionality. NUNUNU was born from a shared desire to create a label devoid of the usual baby clichés; resulting in an integration of understated, urban design and high quality fabrics across a vast range of babies a children’s apparel, bedding and accessories.

Based in Israel, designers Iris and Tali, and the NUNUNU creative team moved into a newly built space in mid-2015. Designed by renowned architect Keren Milchberg, the huge loft space in Tel Aviv previously housed the local telephone company. Of the space’s origins, Iris and Tali muse “that’s also how we think of the clothes we create here – as communicative pieces, so this is the perfect home for us.”

Incorporating concrete floors and steel frames missed with warm wooden walls, the space has captured the quintessentially NUNUNU minimalist aesthetic and strikes a balance between industry and creativity. Accented with bold, industrial elements and an undeniable dark, grunge undercurrent, the space houses a small team of around a dozen. Featuring an outdoor garden and living room area to relax and decompress, the space’s flowing layout was designed to facilitate an open exchange of ideas.

Doubling as the label’s headquarters, where the collections are designed on site, and a shop-able space, NUNUNU’s Tel Aviv space houses the label’s inaugural physical retail store. Minimal, clean, comfortable and fun, Iris and Tali relate the space as an embodiment of the NUNUNU aesthetic and ethos – “Through our [designs] we radiate the spirit of our headquarters to the rest of the world... We’re proud of the company culture we’ve created, and we instill a little bit of that into every garment we make.”

All of their kids are a regular presence in the space. Almost every day, someone’s offspring will be found playing on the carpet, drawing in the conference room or chilling on the couch. They've planned it as a strategic move to have them around, because they can get instant, valuable feedback straight from their target demographic! What the team love hearing  the most is their children's input because they all have pretty good taste and strong opinions, especially on matters of comfort. 

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Founders Iris Adler and Tali Milchberg

Founders Iris Adler and Tali Milchberg

Nununu here - Facebook here - Instagram here -  Pinterest here

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Turners beach house, Grand Designs Australia... and it happens to be my sister and brother in laws house!

 

In exciting news... my super talented sister and her husband have just completed their stunning house in Turners Beach, Tasmania and it was just recently aired on Grand Designs Australia. 

My brother in-law Nigel is a Draftsman and a conservationist at heart – a passion he shares with my sister Nina, a school teacher. They love the natural environment and have managed to secure one of the last remaining native bush blocks in Turners Beach, a beachside suburb on Tasmania’s north coast.

Nigel was determined to keep their block in its natural state, by hoping to keep as many trees as possible and to build around them. And then he took it one step further, by making a feature of the tallest tree on the site – a 30 metre eucalyptus, a tree he had always planned on incorporating into the build.

The result is a house at one with nature, that seamlessly floats among the trees and makes you feel like you are always on holiday… and trust me when I say that the window box is mine whenever I step foot into their home!

Scroll down for a selection of stunning images of their home or read their full story by clicking here or check out their supplier list by clicking here.

Grand Designs here - Instagram here - Facebook here

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