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A Family Home Full Of Warmth, Fit For A Colour Queen!

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 guessed 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 with her husband Bobby Babb, and children Quincy (2) and Pearl (2 months) which they will soon move into permanently!

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An Impeccably Styled Mid-Century Melbourne Rental

Late last year we brought you the family story of Holly Thompson and Stephanie Lane, owners of homewares and vintage furniture business Goodspace, who parent their respective daughters Lola (5) and Frida (6) under the one Melbourne roof.

That alone makes this home special, but we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to also spotlight the incredible mid-century interiors in a little more detail!

The pair came across the Kew East rental property in 2019, and while it wasn’t quite right practically, they knew they had to have it.

With their styling flair and clever interventions, they’ve turned a two bedroom house (with green carpet in every room) into an impossibly stylish, love-filled home for four.

A Home Among The Gumtrees Where Nature Is Everything

creative-peoplearchitectureA Home Among The Gumtrees Where Nature Is Everything

Designed by Lara Maeseele in association with Tanner Architects, this picturesque home is positioned on a slope above Killora Bay in the North of Bruny Island, overlooking the D’Entrecasteaux Channel.

Before they built it, Lara and her family spent years camping in a makeshift shed made of recycled fence palings to get to know the site. ‘We used this time to become familiar with the site characteristics – the trees and shading, sunlight and views’, Lara says. In fact, the overall vision for the finished home links back to the experience of camping with friends – a place that could facilitate multiple families at once, and provide shelter while exploring the great outdoors.

When they bought the block of land there was an existing 18-metre diameter circular clearing, which determined the building envelope of the project. The site is a sanctuary for one of Australia’s rarest birds, the Forty Spotted Pardalote, and is protected by an environmental living classification. ‘We really wanted the landscape to speak, not the architecture’, says Lara. As such, a modest residence of 131m2 was conceived. A generous foyer splits the home into two zones, with the open plan living space, kitchen, main bedroom and bathroom on one side, and the kids room, playroom and bathroom on the other. ‘Nothing is pure aesthetics’ says Lara. ‘…every inch has been thought through, every building element has been made to work hard, often having multiple functions.’

The exterior has been clad in locally sourced Silver-Top Ash, which is a bushfire resistant material.

For Lara and her family, the finished home fulfills a dream of allowing the ever changing rhythms of the natural environment inform daily life ‘…you watch the animals play, you wake up with the sun and follow the shadow play of the tree canopies on the walls. You fall asleep watching the stars above you. This landscape, the trees around us, the birds, it’s so precious – to be able to enjoy it like we do is a real privilege’.

Photo – Adam Gibson.


Photo – Adam Gibson.


Photo – Adam Gibson.


Photo – Adam Gibson.


Photo – Adam Gibson.


Photo – Adam Gibson.


Photo – Adam Gibson.


Photo – Adam Gibson.


Photo – Adam Gibson.


Photo – Adam Gibson.


Photo – Adam Gibson.


Photo – Adam Gibson.


Photo – Adam Gibson.


Photo – Adam Gibson.


Photo – Adam Gibson.


Photo – Adam Gibson.


Photo – Adam Gibson.


Photo – Adam Gibson.


Photo – Adam Gibson.


Photo – Adam Gibson.

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