Australian Homes

Jessica Nixon’s boathouse / bungalow!

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 28th July 2010

Jessica Nixon’s Fairfield ‘Boathouse’! (framed Tea-towel in loungeoom – Third Drawer Down)

Gorgeous little open fire in Jessica’s living area

Beautiful light-filled bedroom in the annex at the front of the Boathouse (with views of the Yarra at the bottom of the garden!)

Overlapping rugs in the bedroom.. the beautiful pinky patchworked runner was a gift from Doan at Loom

Super-cuteness in the bedroom (+ lamp from Ikea!)

Jessica’s ‘nicky nackys’ in the bedroom!

I met Jessica Nixon only recently, during my little visit and photo-taking mission at Loom Rugs in Prahran East!  Jessica is an interior designer by trade, but also works a couple of days a week for the lovely Doan at Loom… we got chatting during my visit and of course I couldn’t help but prick my ears up when she mentioned that she lived in a ‘Boathouse’!?

…So of course being the shameless opportunist I am, less than 2 weeks later I found myself in Fairfield, clambering down a steep, lush green garden towards Jessica’s little lovenest, and I was certainly not disappointed!  HOW seriously AWESOME is it?!   A fully self-contained little unit, right on the bank of the Yarra River (which is visible from Jessica’s bedroom window at the bottom of the garden!).  There was much excited squealing during my visit, let me tell you.  (What can I say, I get excitable about these things.).

Jessica’s front door opens into the main living area upstairs, and you have to slip through a TRAP DOOR in the floor, and down a somewhat precarious ladder to reach the kitchen and bathroom downstairs!   How super fun is that?  Very Enid Blyton.  In fact, the whole place has a kind of children’s storybook appeal… it is a truly magical little pocket of the world…. It’s no wonder Jessica pounced on this unique little apartment as soon as it came up for rent!

I am so grateful to Jess for having me… she even made me lunch.  Which is just ridiculously nice, isn’t it? And you have no idea how long it takes me to run around photographing every possible cute angle in a place as gorgeous as this.  Jess was very patient!

If you love Jessica’s little place, I am sure you will love her work too!  Do pop over to her website and have a little look!  Jess runs her own Interior Design consultancy called Okologi, specialising in sustainable residential interiors.  She has such an incredible eye for detail, and is really passionate about sustainable design.  Jess has a very holistic approach to her design work, and believes that you can make informed, sustainable design decisions in any home, on any budget.  If you have an interior design / sourcing project in mind, I am sure she would love to hear from you!

Kitchen and outdoor table setting with view down to the Yarra in Fairfield

Lovely colourful details in the Kitchen area… gorgeous little ceramic vases from US designer Jonathan Adler sit on the window ledge.
More Kitchen details… hanging on the wall is a newspaper article featuring this same Boathouse in Women’s Day in 1953!?

Jessica passes lunch from the downstairs kitchen through the hatch to the living room!

Boathouse exterior

Boathouse exterior and garden – can you believe this is 15 mins from the City?!

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 28th July 2010


  • Esz 6 years ago

    Wow! What a cool place – so boho :-D Reminds me of the beach shacks we used to stay in when I lived in South West WA.

  • pen 6 years ago

    love this place- remember something about it from years ago
    I want it next!!

  • shelley t 6 years ago

    those sneaky little parts of fairfield and alphington are exquisite – the kind of places melbournites know are around, but not quite sure where! absolutely gorgeous. jessica’s annex bedroom reminds me of a similar room i used to sleep in at my nanna’s many, many moons ago. i used to love sleeping out there, every girl’s dream. x

  • Dyllon 6 years ago

    I’ve had the joy of knowing Jess over the last few years, and visiting the bungalow. So I was overjoyed to be greeted with these images this morning. She is an extrordinary talent with an amazing spirit and kindness to match. The bungalow has such an wonderful warmth, personality & charm that is truly Jess.

  • jess 6 years ago

    oh wow love this.

  • Kirsty 6 years ago

    Just absolutely TO DIE FOR.

  • Wow!
    What an incredible place to live and how exciting that places like this exist in Melbourne town! Jessica has made a really special place into what looks like a pretty special home .

  • Sandra 6 years ago

    just awesome – i want one!

  • S'TANA 6 years ago

    How charming!! Jessica’s good a good eye. Reminds me of the boat house in Sleepless in Seattle!!

  • Lucy 6 years ago

    Aww thanks for your lovely comments guys! Jess will be thrilled! Yep she has a fantastic eye… this place is just so cosy and welcoming. It has such a lovely homely feel.

    Shelley T – I TOO used to sleep in an annex room at my Nanna’s like this! On a squeaky fold-out bed. I didn’t remember until you mentioned it! Thankyou for reminding me!


  • Ava 6 years ago

    wow cool! especially love the ceiling and frames.

  • captain kk 6 years ago

    this home is amazing!! beautiful style & what a dream location. don’t suppose jess wants to house swap for a weekend??

  • handmaderomance 6 years ago

    absolutely gorgeous. i would never leave. i had no idea there were places like this along the yarra! im so excited to see this. love the colours throughout and oh to the trap door!!! that’s too fun : )

  • okologi 6 years ago

    is it tacky to post a comment on my own home feature? just wanted to say thank you so much for all the lovely comments!!! i am a very lucky girl to live there…i love it! and i love you all too xxxx
    thanks lucy xx

  • vanessa 6 years ago

    A quilt and a trapdoor, cosy retreat sorted..

  • Kate 6 years ago

    Wow – that is seriously dream….! I am almost speechless!

  • Lara 6 years ago

    This home is SO beautiful, its so charming and feels like a little looking glass into Jess’ world!

  • Donna 6 years ago

    This would have to be my dream boathouse! Absolutely stunning. I was particularly drawn to the framed tea towel in the loungeroom, so much so I’ve just purchased one online for my own home!

  • Joh 6 years ago

    Oh my golly gosh! This must be the BEST place you have found so far! There is nothing that I don’t love about it. It is the kind of place I dream about and will dream about forever I’m sure. Thank you so much.

  • Gaby 6 years ago

    This house wins!

  • Simone P 4 years ago

    I still come back to look at this home all this time later…. It still fills me with joy…

  • Brian 3 years ago

    Just came across this site. Thought you might be interested to know that we owned the main house and rented out the boathouse from 1958 to 1966, almost 50 years ago.

  • Paula 3 years ago

    I want to move in!

  • Lachlan 2 years ago

    oooooh this place is near me! – i’ll look out for it !

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