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The Most Sensational Small Spaces Of 2020

Over the past few years, we’ve noticed a specific and unrelenting fascination with small spaces. From DIY-style ‘tiny homes’, to off-the-plan apartments, there exists an endless curiosity about these compact homes, and how clever design and styling can make them not just liveable, but genuinely lovable!

From a handbuilt cabin on the edge of a river, to a stylist’s pint-sized Sydney apartment – these are the most outstanding small spaces we visited over the past year. Squeeze in, there’s more room than you think!

Breakfast Salad – The Design Files | Australia's most popular design blog.

A new month means a new TASTY TUESDAY, and we’re starting off the year with ME, again.   YEP I just can’t help myself, in keeping with what has now become an annual tradition, this month I’ll be sharing four of my own salad recipes with you.  What can I say… I really love a good salad! (Or the sound of my own voice, you decide!?)

We’re kicking things off with a new, and slightly unexpected discovery I have been munching on lately.  The breakfast salad!

Chocolate, Espresso and Whisky Mousse – The Design Files | Australia's most popular design blog.

Has it been a week already!?  It appears to be CHOCOLATE O’CLOCK again!  This afternoon our dear pal, chocolate maker Jade Bentley of Monsieur Truffe joins us again with a very grown-up take on an old fashioned classic – chocolate mousse!  A far cry from the imitation mousse you buy in little plastic containers at the supermarket, Jade’s velvety smooth dessert presents the perfect balance of 70% dark chocolate, with a kick of fresh espresso, and just a hint of warming whisky.  SO good!  – Lucy

A Modernist-Inspired Haven Hidden On The Mornington Peninsula

TravelA Modernist-Inspired Haven Hidden On The Mornington Peninsula

Keryn Nossal and her partner found this oddly-shaped slice of bushland perched atop a sand dune in St Andrews Beach in 2000. Though Keryn was drawn to the wild ocean and rugged coastline, neighbours thought they were mad for purchasing the difficult, sloping block which had become a staple vacancy on the local real estate market.

But there is, as they say, a fine line between insanity and genius.

In the two decades since purchasing the site, the Nossals have added a four-bedroom private retreat to the half-acre property. The pair engaged architect Aidan Halloran from ITN Architects to realise their vision of a modernist-inspired seaside haven. It took eight years to complete the landscaping, and the couple added a basic beach shack to the site two years later. The impressive main house that now sits beside that shack was eventually built in 2006.

‘I was inspired to build a special, low-key place for family and friends to gather close to the sea,’ Keryn explains. ‘Somewhere to connect with each other and unwind on summer holidays, and spend winters by the fire.’ It’s the perfect trans-seasonal escape!

Upon entering the multi-level house via a footbridge and a landscaped banksia forest, visitors catch a glimpse of the expansive seaside vista through a 6.5-metre window at the spine of the house. Styled with vintage ceramics, Scandinavian furniture, Aboriginal art and treasured objects, the ambience of this meticulously crafted weekender is relaxed yet refined.

The master suite is situated like a nest among the treetops, distanced from the downstairs sleeping quarters, with its own deck overlooking the surrounding scrubland. North-facing windows filter day-long sunshine into the elevated living space, which houses a 4-metre communal dining table and sliding glass doors for seamless indoor-outdoor living on balmy summer evenings.

‘We want guests to do as we do,’ says Keryn. ‘Put their feet up, relax and unwind, share beautiful times with friends and family because that’s what the place is built for.’

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The elevated living room is where the mid-century influences are most prominent! Photo – Andrew Diprose.


A north-facing orientation lends sun to the living spaces all day long. Photo – Andrew Diprose.


The house is filled with Scandinavian furniture, flea market finds and art collected from around Australia. Photo – Andrew Diprose.


We could definitely get used to this! Photo – Andrew Diprose.


The 4-metre long dining table is perfect for communal eating. Photo – Jarno Jussila.


The interiors are decorated with objects from Keryn’s weird and wonderful collections. Photo – Jarno Jussila.


Light fills the entertaining level from every angle! Photo – Jarno Jussila.


Sliding glass doors facilitate seamless indoor-outdoor living! Left: Photo – Jarno Jussila. Right: Photo – Andrew Diprose.


A 6.5m tall window provides views of the surrounding scrublands. Photo – Jarno Jussila.


The master bedroom. Photo – Andrew Diprose.


The main deck is fit for outdoor dining on beach days or balmy nights. Photo – Andrew Diprose.


The original shack was built in 2002. Photo – Andrew Diprose.


The new house was completed in 2006. It sits beside the original shack completed in 2002. Photo – Andrew Diprose.


Visitors enter the house via a footbridge, which is surrounded by a landscaped banksia forest.


The path down to the back beach. Photo – Jarno Jussila.


The banksia forest conceals the entry way from the house, and the house from the road! The landscaping is by Fiona Brockhoff. Photo – Andrew Diprose.

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