As the summer holidays approach every self respecting Australian is daydreaming of the beach. If we’re lucky we pack our bags with sarongs and swimming suits, maybe a t-shirt or two, jump in the car and join the hoards heading to find sun, surf and sand. Think long, casual days with houses overflowing with family and friends. If you’re really, really lucky it’s a stylish getaway just like this one in the Noosa region of Queensland by CLO Studios.
Photography by Anastasia Kariofyllidis
When I spotted this property on Shoot Factory I was shocked I had never seen it before and then knew it had to be associated to a fabric/wallpaper company (no kidding!) and after about 35 seconds of sleuthing found out this is Trematon Castle and its magical garden in Cornwall, which also seems to double as a B&B through House of Hackney. Some info on this absolutely spectacular (inside and out) property: the castle was built in the 14th century, the main house has 6 bedrooms and sits on 9 acres. The Castle then fell into neglect and ruin for centuries until, in 1807, the Duchy of Cornwall granted a 100-year lease to naval man Benjamin Tucker, alongside permission to construct a house within the castle courtyard. Yet more change came when part of the medieval castle wall was demolished to create a view from the house down to Plymouth Sound – and then again in 1812, when an ornate swimming pool was carved out in the lower reaches of the garden to commemorate a visit by the Prince Regent, who was later crowned George IV. Now, the Castle not only serves as the gateway to Cornwall, but to a mythical land dreamt up by its newest guardians: Frieda Gormley and Javvy M Royle. Adorned in House of Hackney’s imaginative prints, the interiors also act as a miniature museum for irreverent British design. In keeping with our ethos of championing local factories and generations-old techniques, the décor is anchored by timeless yet characterful creations, crafted by artisans – the finest our fair isle has to offer. From the artwork to the lighting, each piece you see is available to buy and take home with you (or purchase later via the House of Hackney website) as a memento of your stay.
Dreaming of a fabulous house in a fabulous location leading a fabulous life. Dreaming of this whitewashed beauty in Capri by Giuliano Andrea dell’Uva.
Photography by Nathalie Krag
Using a small garden space creatively, especially a tiny backyard leading onto a laneway, opens up so much more living space in this inner Sydney terrace. Inside is out and out is in, boundaries are blurred and the home has an added dimension, an extra tropical room. Balmain backyard by Sticks and Stones.
Photography by Brigid Arnott
The stuff of dreams. A lush, green garden in the city. It may be small but the plantings pack a punch. Double Bay Courtyard by Wyer & Co.
Photography by Nicholas Watt