Australian Homes

Rachel Castle and family

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 16th March 2011

Details from the sunshine-filled home of Rachel Castle!  Yellow print –  ‘Scotch Schnapps’ by David Band.  Black / white print to the left (detail) ‘A Night in Tunisia’ also by David Band.  Embroidered circle artwork (on floor) by Rachel Castle.

Loungeroom details, from left to right:  ‘Walkman’ artwork by Cameron Fraser, ‘Home II’ print by David Band, ‘Nomad’ painting by Eleanor Millard. Rug from Rachel’s old UK company The Nest, linen tubchairs from Mark Tuckey.  Little cafe glass a gift from Louella Tuckey and origami star made by Karla Gough.  ‘Always’ print by Rachel Castle, above ‘Home II’ print by David Band.  Tassel garland by Confetti System (available in Australia at Third Drawer Down)

‘Big City’ embroidery artwork by Rachel Castle.  super cute garland wedding invitation by Anita Bell.

OH Jesus Christ. Could Rachel Castle’s house / family / life / product range be any more perfect?!  Seriously… is this not the cutest polka-dot filled home you have ever SEEN?! And could you imagine a more picture-perfect backdrop for Rachel’s gorgeous bedlinen range and original artworks? Aggh. I die. As Megan Morton once confided – ‘Rachel Castle is SUNSHINE!’. Well, I’m here to confirm that her house is definitely filled with sunshine too!

Rachel lives on Sydney’s Lower North Shore with husband Daz, daughter Cleo (11 – who has the kind of bedroom every little girl dreams of!) and son Lucky (9).  They’ve been here just over a  year – ‘renovation pending, watch this space!’ says Rachel.  WELL  I never.  It seems to me this home is already pretty gorgeous(!), and Rachel has wasted no time putting her own creative stamp on the place, despite the impending renos!  The colourful decorative details really make this  home so bright and cheery and full of personality… especially of course Rachel’s own artwork and textiles which grace every room in the house.

Rachel says the inspiration for her home is ‘colour and fun and impulse and whimsy’.  I love that!  Especially the ‘impulse’ bit.  I think all too many times when styling a new home people get all confuddled by the enormity of the task ahead, and so often lose any sense of spontenaity.  Not Rachel!  I love the idea of just painting a wall on impulse, or spending a afternoon creating a new artwork to fill an empty corner, or moving furniture around spontaneously to keep things fresh!  More impulsive interior styling I say!  Hear hear!

I don’t know about you but I’m now completely inspired to brighten my little pad for the winter months!  I’m off to the Castle online shop to get me some fluoro polka dots…. hmm and a sweet limited edition print wouldn’t go astray either…

Thanks a billion trillion to the Castle clan for sharing their gorgeous home, and to Rachel for leaving me to let myself out!  Love that.

Artworks clockwise from top right, ‘Trapeze’ and ‘Cross’ by Rachel Castle, Monotype print by David Band, woodblock by Karl Ghattas. Tassel garland by Confetti System (available in Australia at Third Drawer Down) 3.5metre long table made by Ben Sibley. Bottom right – hanging from David Band’s print is a timber cross from Doug Up On Bourke (these are from Tractor Home and are also available at After in Melbourne). Bottom left – Pom pom by Lee Matthews.

Hallway details – 3107 chair by Arne Jacobsen.  Monotype print by Karl Ghattas, ‘Tulip’ print (against right wall) by Cameron Fraser.

More hallway details – selected children’s artwork, sweet paper teepee by Lucas.  Flower Print on the right by Rachel Castle, spotty Christmas Card by Chris Connell.

Master bedoom.  All bedlinen from CASTLE of course!  Framed artworks by Rachel Castle.  Hanging origami by Karla Gough.  Wooden love heart by husband as gift. (awww!)  Wooden blocks by Anita Bell.  Bed from Mark Tuckey (minus the base frame which is in the loft!)

Master bedroom details

Guest Room details- Vintage linen smock and anglepoise lamp from French brocante market.

Cleo’s bedroom!  Every girl’s dream!  Little Blue Horse painting by Eleanor Millard, the rest by Rachel Castle  Bookshelf by Aero.

‘Messy Bed, consistently, by Cleo Castle!’ says Rachel!  Ah well, a messy bed never looked so pretty…!

Details from Cleo’s room

Rachel’s workroom

Details from Rachel’s workroom

Yep, they also have a pool :)

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 16th March 2011


  • Amanda 6 years ago

    So many lovely lovely details to take in. I’m going back for another look now!
    ‘Colour and fun and impulse and whimsy’ – I think that could be the best recipe for living I’ve ever heard.
    Thanks for a great tour.
    Amanda xx

  • Mary Anne pangilinan 6 years ago

    Love love love! I love seeing her homes through the years and how they still have the same lovely objects but used in different settings! Beautiful morning treat after a bad night with two sick kids! Thanks xoxo

  • April 6 years ago

    I am in love with that wood table with white legs all the books are on. Oh it makes my mouth water!

  • Maurice & King 6 years ago

    Oh STOP IT!! Too lovely for words. Love every gorgeous, colour-coated detail. What a great start to the morning! x

  • beci 6 years ago

    so beautiful – rachel’s colour’s are the best. so are messy beds!

  • Siobhan Rogers 6 years ago

    I love that Rachel is making Fabric and Textiles noticed and Using it in her own home in such a beautiful way, Great work :)

  • Hollie 6 years ago

    Wow what fun-ness!

  • jessie 6 years ago

    Such an amazing home! I love the use of colour and how the art and objects are laid about too preciously – it looks lived in and loved

  • imogen 6 years ago

    Wish I could have a house filled with Castle things!!

  • Monique 6 years ago


  • Estelle 6 years ago

    I want to be Rachel Castle when I grow up!
    I’ve slowly been collecting her linen over the last year, every birthday and Christmas I’m making folks buy me some. My bed almost looks as good as hers now :)

  • Lucy 6 years ago

    OH YEAH I am glad you all love this one because I am loving it toooo! Thanks for all your sweet comments! Also Rachel has emailed me this morning and said lots of you have popped over to visit her website which is so lovely to hear! THANKYOU! You lots are the loveliest and most supportive blog readers EVER. I mean that. :)

    As we head into winter (especially in dreary Melbourne!), I say, BRING OUT THE POLKA DOTS!!

  • Jen 6 years ago

    Sunshine and happiness in a home… it’s so lovely and the negative space of white and linen shows off the colours perfectly!
    Home is where the heart is… defined by Rachel Castle!

  • Paula 6 years ago

    Love it! Colours are just gorgeous and absolutely love whimsical touches for grown ups. Also a very BIG FAN of polka dots.

  • Paula 6 years ago

    PS please let me come back as Cleo…….

  • shalini 6 years ago

    Wow, what a beautiful space. I love all the graphics and patterns.

  • okologi 6 years ago

    could one house be more chock full of gorgeousness? LOVE IT!!!!

  • vanillapetal 6 years ago

    what an unbelievable home! i love it!
    and your photos are incredible. i’ve just stumbled upon your blog and i’m sure i’ll be back soon as you’re now marked ‘favourite’!

  • tali 6 years ago

    what a gorgeous home!! so much fun :)

  • Brismod 6 years ago

    What a fabulous home – so full of personality. x

  • Paula Norman 6 years ago

    Oh I could die for it!!! Just gorgeous and so clever!!!

  • Kelly 6 years ago

    I first ran across Rachael’s work here and fell in love. Now to see her beautiful home…..I am so envious!

  • Margie 6 years ago

    lovely… I think my favourite part is that pegboard in the workroom… I’m soon to move into a new house that we are slowly renovating ( After many years in a tiny miner’s cottage of 65 sqm, I’m finally going to have my very own studio/workroom!! Excitement! Thanks for the inspiration Lucy xo.

  • ahhh the colours!! beautiful and homely and fun. my favorite house peek yet!

  • alice 4 years ago

    The colour of the living room is perfect! Does anyone have any idea what paint that is?It’s so warm but the green undertone still keeps the space looking bright and cheery.

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