Australian Homes

Simone Kelly

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Thursday 5th May 2011

Simone Kelly’s picture-perfect Hawthorn apartment goes to auction this weekend!  Rug by Loom Rugs of course.  All photos by Marcel Aucar.

Ligne Roset’s Togo sofa – so perfect for this space!  Available in Australia through Domo Collections.

OK team. Every week I show you gorgeous Australian homes that you WISH were yours. Today, I am sharing one which you could quite feasibly make your very own – this Saturday! Yes that’s right, this tiny yet perfectly proportioned Hawthorn apartment could be yours if you are the successful bidder at auction this weekend! Agghhh. Hold the phone. Call your boyfriend. Call your mortgage broker.

This gorgeous pad currently belongs to my friend and all round gorgeous girl Simone Kelly… as you can tell, Ms Kelly has seriously good taste, but she also has some pretty handy friends! Her job at revered local design firm Hecker Guthrie has come in quite useful here…. imagine having Paul Hecker at your disposal when renovating your first flat!?

Simone and her fiancé Rhys bought their apartment 3 years ago. The reno took only 3 months – it included re-plastering, sanding floors, new the kitchen and window treatments. The bathroom reno came a bit later – ‘that took 16 weeks – GASP!’ says Simone…. ‘lots of going around to friend’s houses for showers’ she recollects!

Simone says she and Rhys will be very heartbroken to leave – ‘the sunlight, the area, the fact that we can hold a conversation with one another – even if we’re both at the farthest point from one another in the apartment!’. After three years here this dynamic pair have another project in their sights – they’ve just purchased a mid century gem in the leafy Eastern suburbs, where Rhys can put his landscaping skills into play – and Simone can have a very good excuse to buy more furniture!

Bonus points if you’ve realised Simone’s home also features in Inside Out’s annual Renovating and Decorating issue – out this week! Gorgeous work by dream team Megan Morton and Jason Busch.  Nab a copy today – it’s a super  inspiring issue!

ps) Simone’s real estate agents have made a hilarious yet very informative little VIDEO showcasing her sweet apartment. I am not sure if it’s MEANT to be so entertaining, but I was giggling all the way through :) Good to see them thinking creatively! I love the chit-chat between senior firm partner and sweet blonde rookie! Haaaaa.

A small kitchen means you can justify fancy materials – like a marble benchtop and splashback!

Gorgeous details… loving the Scandi feel and those floor to ceiling sheer curtains!  I normally hate sheer curtains… how come these look so sexy?


Mini-hexagonal tiles + DIY circular mirror = Bathroom heaven.


by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Thursday 5th May 2011


  • saer {craven maven} 5 years ago

    Hehe love the banter in the vid. What a lovely apartment, such a good use of space..wish I could buy it but alas, NY will do for now.

  • Mary Anne 5 years ago

    Saw this house in the Inside Out! It’s gorgeous! Love the Togo seating and the Loom Rug (of course)! Looking forward to seeing what they do in their new place!
    Good luck with the auction!

  • Lucy 5 years ago

    argh! I LOVE this. Especially the hexagonal tiling, bedside lamp and ligne roset sofa!

  • julie 5 years ago

    I was just looking at this apartment in Inside Out last night and wishing there were more pics of it. Did you read my mind Lucy? Isn’t it gorgeous!

  • Brismod 5 years ago

    What a gorgeous flat! The bathroom tiling is amazing. x

  • kate 5 years ago

    I love the dark multi towels, stylish and so gorgeous…. i would love to win them…..

    gorgeous apartment featured too..
    K :)

  • blue fruit 5 years ago

    Beautifully renovated. Gotta love those bathroom tiles! I wonder if this lovely apartment comes with those lovely dining chairs??? Worth coveting…

  • Mike Fitriani 5 years ago

    woooooooow the exterior i love it alot and white colour so comfortableee. =)

  • Lia Kelly 5 years ago

    Picture Perfect

  • Simone @ Kas 5 years ago

    Is that one of our Purl Ottoman’s I see featured in this amazing renovation/decoration. Simone has really done a stunning job, I bet it fetches a good price on Saturday!

  • Chloe Kurts 5 years ago

    very very beautiful. I LOVE the little hexagonal tiles… any ideas where these tiles are from? any chance of asking them?? xx thank you !

  • Amy 5 years ago

    A really perfect interior. I have to keep looking back at it.

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