Australian Homes

Luke Mortimer (+ accommodation giveaway!)

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 7th September 2011

The stunning new Castlemaine home of stylist / visual merchandiser Luke Mortimer.  All shots by Lucy Feagins.

Kitchen details – vintage pendant lights and salvaged industrial details

When I first saw a few pics of Luke Mortimer’s stunning new home in Chewton, just outside of Castlemaine in regional Victoria, it was a definitely a ‘HOLD EVERYTHING’ moment.  Followed by an immediate email something along the lines of ‘LUKE!  I will come to Castlemaine and shoot your house NEXT WEEK if you let me blog it!’ Ha ha.  Lucky for us, Luke graciously agreed to my demands (!!)… and I must say this has got to be one of my favourite Australian homes!

Though originally based in Melbourne (where he works as a stylist and visual merchandiser for Country Road), Luke was inspired to build his dream home in Chewton ‘to escape the city, and get back to basics – with a few modern luxuries of course!’.  He says also he just couldn’t afford to build the home he really wanted to in the city, so, with a relatively easy commute on the train, he decided to make the move to regional Victoria.

Luke found the block in Chewton on a drive out one day (with his Mum!) after missing out on another dream block.  ‘The trees were covered in blossom, and the sky was blue and the ground was soft and mushy…..’ he says… ‘it was love at first sight… or second site, as it were!’  Luke purchased the block in December 2009, and after many delays (ain’t it always the way?), building commenced in August 2010.  The build took just over 6 months – finishing in March this year.  Luke has documented the build process in brilliant detail on his excellent blog – well worth a voyeuristic stick beak!

When considering the design of his home, Luke says he really wanted to build a house that would sit comfortably in the existing landscape and not feel out of place.  ‘I wanted something nostalgic and modern at the same time – the house was designed to feel like an old Victorian weatherboard’ Luke says.  But the charm of this home isn’t limited only to the impressive architecture – Luke’s expert styling and attention to detail is what makes this space truly special.  What is particularly impressive, is that this generous two bedroom, two bathroom house has been almost completely furnished with hard rubbish finds, op shop bargains and eBay scores (oh, and a fair bit of Country Road bedlinen!).  Luke has spent the best part of two years relentlessly salvaging vintage finds and fossicking through op shops and online auctions to furnish his home.  Some would call it an obsession!  Even the bathroom basins and bath were vintage finds – picked up for a steal.  Luke says this is one of his favourite aspects of the home – ‘it gives me a huge sense of satisfaction to know that there are so many recycled pieces in the house.’

Luke divides his time between this country property and a rented apartment he shares with his partner in Melbourne.  For this reason, Luke has decided to lease out his property sporadically for short stay holiday accommodation!  It is SUCH a special space, in such beautiful surrounds (and of course styled to perfection by Luke) – I highly recommend a stay here!  You can view all holiday rental info over here!

ON THAT NOTE, Luke has an insanely exciting giveaway for you guys!  To launch his stunning contemporary farmhouse as a weekend getaway destination, Luke has generously offered a 2-night stay (either mid week or weekend) at his property, for up to 4 people, valid for the next 12 months.  OMG !!!!  To enter, simply leave your a comment on this post before 10.00pm Melbourne time tonight (Wed Sept 7th).  A winner will be drawn at random and contacted by email tomorrow!

*Update – Huge thanks to everyone for all your incredible comments!  Luke was very chuffed.  A winner has now been drawn at random – the lucky number was #42 – congratulations Rob!  Thanks so much everyone who entered!

Massive thanks to Luke for sharing his home with us (in more ways than one!), and for his incredible hospitality, which included the most delectable homemade lunch when we visited!  Also special thanks to Natalie Turnbull for assisting me on this shoot.

Kitchen dresser

Loungeroom including stunning timber mid-century armchairs – an op shop find!

Loungeroom details – floor cushions in grey industrial felt, made by Luke!

Succulents in the loungeroom, side tables made from re-purposed wire crates

An eclectic group of collected artworks hangs on wall in the main bedroom – looks so fab on the deep charcoal grey walls!

Master bedroom details!  I was particularly intrigued with the 70’s ‘Teasmade’ machine which combines an analogue alarm clock and automatic tea-maker!  Designed for bedside use, to ensure tea is ready first thing in the morning – of course!

Luke went to great lengths to find matching peppermint GREEN enamel bathtub and pedestal basin for the master bathroom!  He found them separately – and they match PERFECTLY!  Amaze.

Study nook

Second bedroom.  Linen and leather cushion by Country Road.

Second bedroom.  Linen and leather cushion by Country Road.   Crazy tapestry artwork by Luke’s grandmother (ahead of her time!)

Another salvaged pedestal basin in the second bathroom

Test tube vases in the second bathroom

Outdoor details.. love love love

Fledgling vegie patch! Nice work Luke!

Exterior! (This shot taken by Luke Mortimer)

And another exterior… so beautiful.  Tree change, anyone?  This shot by Luke Mortimer.

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 7th September 2011


  • Mary Anne pangilinan 5 years ago

    Gorgeous getaway! I love how it is stylish but oh so comfortable! Love the tapestry and would love to try out the teasmade!! Thanks Luke and Lucy for another fab giveaway!!!

  • Robyn Cochrane 5 years ago

    Love it, love it! Really like the industrial items- amazing. Would love to see it in person!

  • Melissa 5 years ago

    oh my … just what my husband and I need to celebrate 10 years together .. fantastic accomodation.

  • Fiona 5 years ago

    would love to surprise my husband with this

  • Sally 5 years ago

    Yes please.

  • Erin 5 years ago

    That is, hands down, the best house I’ve ever seen on The Design Files. Love, love, love it.

  • lizzie 5 years ago

    My God you have your finger on the pulse. Just gorgeous.

  • Mads 5 years ago

    Woah. Yes please count me in!
    What a beautiful house!

  • Bec 5 years ago

    So lovely and so generous. Fingers crossed!

  • Rachel Stivicic 5 years ago

    that would be grand, thank you! And always happy to see some walls painted dark colours – love it!

  • Prudence 5 years ago

    omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg.
    I want to go to there!

  • Kirsty 5 years ago

    right up my street – yes please!

  • Cathg1g2 5 years ago

    No way!
    The best prize ever.

  • Kathee Gunn 5 years ago

    How nice would this be ?!

  • Bronwyn 5 years ago

    What a beautiful property! I want that Teasmade machine – Ingenious!!!! Thanks for the opportunity to win a getaway – lovely spot to relax in and feed the soul.

  • sharon 5 years ago

    that is a whole lot of style…pick me pick me!!!

  • george 5 years ago

    gorgeous. i wanna go!

  • Aasta 5 years ago

    Even a moment away from the hustle and busstle… gorgeous surrounds

  • Nicole Lowings 5 years ago

    Just stunning – look at all the magical light light and airy spaces Luke has created – very talented at his craft. Totally inspired and I would love to come and stay!

  • Jane 5 years ago

    Love love LOVE Castlemaine! It’s the perfect town for a getaway and this place looks like the perfect retreat! Beautiful work Luke!

  • Sally 5 years ago

    I would feel right at home here – sublime!

  • Mel 5 years ago

    This home looks so tranquil. I would love to check it out!

  • Ruth 5 years ago

    Stunning house! Not enough of these places around.

  • Sophie Keogh 5 years ago

    Great location and stunning house!

  • Gabby 5 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful house! It would make the perfect getaway!

  • TJ 5 years ago

    This would be the perfect weekend getaway!

  • Lizzie 5 years ago

    Yes, I could definitely spend a dreamy weekend here. . .

  • Marlo Reyneke 5 years ago

    Just going through the laborious task of finding the ‘perfect’ getaway for the school holidays & considering we are thinking about a move to the country, this could be the perfect opportunity to test the waters. Beautiful house, thanks Lucy!! X

  • Olivia 5 years ago

    Luke my bags are packed already!!! How beautiful is this house, a true inspiration :)
    Yes please!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • gill 5 years ago

    So many cosy spots to curl up with a glass of wine and a book. Delightful!

  • Amber 5 years ago

    I do heart this home, would be dreamy to spend a weekend there with hubby and friends.

  • Penthea 5 years ago

    Oh how I love Wednesday mornings on your blog Lucy..! This house is splendid.! What a a generous giveaway. Thanks. x

  • Amy 5 years ago

    I love the recycled bath and basin. What a fabulous home. Dreaming away.

  • Kirsty 5 years ago

    Our little family would love a weekend away. What a beautiful spot. x

  • Simone 5 years ago

    That sounds devine!! Thanks for the great giveaway! x

  • Dusty Plum 5 years ago

    I can feel th city stress dripping from me jus looking at these pix, just imagine the calm if I were actually there!

  • Sarah 5 years ago

    Such a thoughtfully styled interior! I adore all the make-shift glass vases and planters

  • Dee 5 years ago

    Wow, pure country bliss. The perfect spring escape <3

  • sylvia 5 years ago

    gorgeous! love the recycled finds!

  • Naomi S 5 years ago

    What a beautiful home!

  • Kylie D 5 years ago


  • rob 5 years ago

    Amazing house! Would love to stay there for a weekend!

  • Kylie 5 years ago

    this looks like the perfect spot to unwind… would love to go for some R&R!

  • sandra 5 years ago

    Thank you Luke for your generous offer!

  • AmandaT 5 years ago

    Love this, I’d love to win a stay there to share with friends so we can look closer and linger over the gorgeous details.

  • Michelle 5 years ago

    Yes please!

  • Sarah 5 years ago

    Just looks so inviting and calm..

  • Rabia 5 years ago

    what an amazing setting for such a gorgeous space!

  • salpickering 5 years ago

    So much thought has gone into this house.. what an eye for detail! it’s gorgeous! I’d fly to melbourne in a blink of an eye.

  • jo 5 years ago

    What a speical place for Luke to getaway from his busy life. Love it, so rustic and galm at the same time. love to go!!

  • mardi 5 years ago

    Great winter escape! Congrats Luke, I would definetely book it to stay.

  • Kate D 5 years ago

    Tranquil, peaceful, my perfect dream country getaway! Especially love the artworks and succulents!

  • Pippa 5 years ago

    Yes please, I’d love to be surrounded by all that mid century, vintage goodness!

  • JacQueline 5 years ago

    A springtime escape…..this I need

  • Bella 5 years ago

    Love to stay at Lukes beautiful home! Amazing.

  • Sam S 5 years ago

    I would love love love love love to win this!

  • Karen Dean 5 years ago

    so simple and inspiring. nice!!!

  • Donna Kelly 5 years ago

    Oh my… What a gorgeous place! Love love love to span some time here.

  • daisy 5 years ago

    its very gorgeous. i love the green bathroom sink and bath. i imagine the air there especially fresh and glorious. what an amazing giveaway!

  • ruth thomas 5 years ago

    love the bathroom details…that green!…..i would fly back to oz (from japan)in a heartbeat to stay there….

  • Cassandra Evers 5 years ago

    how beautiful is this!! ohh geez.. would love to check it out and soak up the stylist vibe at this amazing place. I’ll take my man of course… and work on…..”can we get one!? pllleaaasssssssse!!”

  • claire 5 years ago

    Delightful and Inspiring –

  • Rachel 5 years ago

    Oh my, this is gorgeous, my dream house!

  • Meg Jones 5 years ago

    Just adore the grey and mint green colour palette, what a wonderful place to visit.

  • Monique 5 years ago

    Amore x

  • mish 5 years ago

    love the charcoal walls.

  • Ant 5 years ago

    count me in!

  • Jessamy 5 years ago

    Love the modern farmhouse feel, without being at all twee.

  • Tracy 5 years ago

    Talent must run in the family amazing home and love his grandmother’s crazy tapestry. I am off to search Op shops for some of those chairs.

  • Liza Zeni 5 years ago

    It looks delightfully peaceful, what a lovely escape from the city. The colour palette is very calming and I love the use of industrial and recycled pieces he’s so beauitfully put together. Simply inspiring.

  • EYA 5 years ago

    This looks very nice but i most like Kitchen dresser

  • Brigid Sundborn 5 years ago

    Absolutely perfect!

  • Rachel 5 years ago

    Well lush! The green sink and bath a particularly nice touch. And I need to try that teasmade.

  • David 5 years ago

    Great little spot

  • Gemma 5 years ago

    I am in love with this beautiful property!

  • Jackie 5 years ago

    Stunning – the grey walls and bathroom fitting in particular. Does anyone know where I might find a lamp like the one that you can just see to the left of the bed? (floor lamp with globe hanging)

  • Sarah 5 years ago

    Luke, your place look amazing. I’ve watched as you posted pics of it going up but seeing the finer details just makes it. I can imaging you stomping around outside in your wellies then sitting out back for a well deserved cup of tea. :)

  • Tara 5 years ago

    Weep with joy, divine.

  • Naomi 5 years ago

    …*sigh*…. love it all!

  • lauren 5 years ago

    what a beautiful place. love all the details :)

  • Charity 5 years ago

    love the dark grey + green – a great country house you’ve put together, luke…thanks for the competition (and here’s hoping i have a chance at the prize!)

  • Natika Cassidy 5 years ago

    Countryside divinity! Yes please!

  • It’s so nice!!!! I want to go to there! It looks like you’d just get home and *sigh of contentment*. Love it.

  • Liz 5 years ago

    The dude’s got it!
    He has done a superb job creating a modern farmhouse.
    There will be no shortage of guests I suspect.

  • jo 5 years ago

    Gorgeous. What a great getaway. Fingers crossed.

  • loredana 5 years ago

    chewton is the best suburb in victoria, what a retreat treat.

  • Michelle 5 years ago

    Fantastic design, love everything, especially the veggie patch!

  • Rebecca Dean 5 years ago

    wow what a slice of country heaven beautiful !

  • Joe 5 years ago

    Very nice details, I like how he has restrained himself from over using vintage items and making it a good mix between modern, industrial and vintage. Great home… : )

  • karen 5 years ago

    wow, this is an incredible place! perfectly styled yet oh so homely… perfect.

  • Bridget 5 years ago

    My grandparents had an identical bath to that gorgeous minty green one. It was so deep you could sit in it with only your neck sticking out of the water – just like heaven. The soil up Castelmaine way is really rich – lucky vegie patch, eh? Whatta place!

  • Emily 5 years ago

    How lovely!

  • Katie D 5 years ago

    Beautiful home, wish I was there now! x

  • Claire 5 years ago

    Absolutely stunning detailling and colour work. Love the dusty blues and browns, with fresh green. Good fuel for daydreaming!

  • Sarah 5 years ago

    AMAZING!!! Absolutely in love with the styling.

  • Kimbalee 5 years ago

    wow Luke, congratulations. Everything I aspire to and more… fave part is the fact you thrifted as much as you could to create your home! I do this also, and think it is definitely the way of the future….gorgeousness. thanks for sharing. :-)

  • ponygirl summers 5 years ago

    The green bath! *LOVE* it!

  • Christy 5 years ago

    Well found Lucy! There are such gorgeous places round :-)

  • Annalisa 5 years ago

    Wow – would love a getaway here. It looks sooo beautiful. I’m free next weekend Luke! x

  • Justine 5 years ago

    Beautiful home. Brilliant giveaway.

  • Cat Jack 5 years ago

    Such a great mix of second hand and contemporary new things – that bathroom stool is amazing! wow what an awesome prize, i would love to stay.

  • Nick Stone 5 years ago

    Inspiring, perfect mix of old and new without being obvious. It shows that Luke loved the process of decorating as it’s not at all formulaic. Well done!

  • Kitty Robinson 5 years ago

    it’s beautiful, thank you for the morning treat.

  • Jenni 5 years ago

    thank you Luke, generous offer!

  • nikola 5 years ago

    Have wanted to comment soo many times before but this giveaway has finally pushed me to actually do it! Such an amazing place and so generous a giveaway!!!

  • Lorena Mair 5 years ago

    What an amazing home! Thanks for your kindness!

  • sarah 5 years ago

    I don’t just want 2 nights here… I want to LIVE here! Amazing, beautiful, inspiring, etc, etc, etc….. !!!

  • Red Horse 5 years ago

    A weekend away in central Vic has been on my to do list for quite a while – Luke’s gorgeous home looks perfect.

  • janetta 5 years ago

    I love well crafted spaces and this house is a lovely example. The surroundings also look beautiful. Good move Luke.

  • Jan 5 years ago

    Divine and so inspiring!

  • Lisa Rodden 5 years ago

    I have house envy :-) Beautiful

  • emily 5 years ago

    wow, beautiful – talk about dream home!

  • harry 5 years ago

    Such a divine mix of elements making a cozy and classy environment. Love, love, love!

  • Paula 5 years ago

    Oh seriously, seriously YES!!!!!

  • Lauren 5 years ago

    A weekend away in gorgeous country Victoria- SOLD!!! Love the house- thanks for an awesome giveaway again :-)

  • Kate & Guillaume 5 years ago

    Oh my. This is my new dream home. LOVE the mix of mid-century and industrial details. Perfection.

  • Feyza Yazar 5 years ago

    WOW! This gorgeous home would make a fabulous getaway!

  • Lu 5 years ago

    Oh my god if I stayed there I wouldn’t want to leave, he’d have a permanent lodger, gorgeous home.

  • Lani 5 years ago

    A beautiful build and interior fit-out. Simple, classic with a twist of modern.

  • Tristonne Forbes 5 years ago

    A weekend away would be sensational. Especially somewhere so incredible – and with so much room for our young lads to run off some steam. Please let it be me!

  • Anita 5 years ago

    Ah…so inspiring! What a great move!

  • Rachel Lewis 5 years ago

    Ohhh wow!!! A minibreak here would be amazing!!!! :)

  • Danielle 5 years ago

    ooops! All the sighing noises coming from me just now would have appeared quite weird to those not seeing what I was viewing….. breathtaking.

  • Rachel 5 years ago

    Hi Luke, you have a beautiful home thank you for sharing it with us.
    Have a fab Wednesday!!

  • Poppy 5 years ago

    Swoon. But I need to see it in the flesh to really take it all in! :)

  • Wendy 5 years ago

    I love the way this house looks like it has been here for years. A true blending of the best of now combined with the best of yester-year. A peaceful, tranquil and inspiring setting.
    Please count me in for the draw! A weekend stay here would be fantasitc!!

  • Jemma 5 years ago

    Wow! There is just so much to love about this property. Would love to experience it and see it in real life.

  • Marina 5 years ago

    Loooove the natural light filled living space and the big windows above the bath. A perfect country cottage.

  • Bianca 5 years ago

    What an amazing giveaway! Fingers crossed…

  • liz 5 years ago

    Dreaming of a little holiday in a beautiful house….

  • M Sinclair 5 years ago

    Wow! This place looks perfect for a relaxing break but also full of inspiration to take home afterwards. I’ve been meaning to book a holiday to Melbourne for a while…. This accommodation would be just the motivation I need!

  • melissa 5 years ago

    omg how divine ,i love the country and would very much like to spend a few days there in that beautiful house and its surroundings with my sisters,a weekend together there would be perfect, love to win this giveaway..

  • Sarah 5 years ago

    Hi Luke

    Beautiful Reno and styling, you must be so pleased.

    I have a question: what do you know of the history behind the orange/white/brown vase you have (also with blue and white versions too) in your study nook?

    I ask because we have exactly the same one from family somehow passed down but I dot know anything about it?! If you’ve got the patience to track down matching green bathroom accessories I’m sure you’ve picked up a little vintage knowledge along the way?!

    Thank you

    Ps – maybe we can share vintage pottery vase tales via your guestbook, i’d love to stay!!!!!

  • katherine Power 5 years ago

    Love it !! pick me please random generator …

  • Taz 5 years ago

    This is it! Beautiful.

  • Laura 5 years ago

    Whoa. What a stunning place. Love those peppermint green bathroom bits.

  • liz 5 years ago

    its looks beautiful and so relaxing.

  • jess 5 years ago

    wow love it!!

  • Claire Weller 5 years ago

    Love the homely feel about this holiday rental! Would prefer to go there in winter and cosy up!

  • Jayne 5 years ago

    This makes me a little more excited about the possibilities of re-using my own peppermint bath! I love how you’ve re-worked the look!! And the rest of the house is absolutely stunning also!!

  • Belinda 5 years ago

    Comfort, style and a warmth beyond words. Luke’s attention to the most simple of details is a reminder that the littlest touches can be the WOW factor in even the most impressive of properties. His country escape is inspring for more reasons that one – thank you for sharing!

  • shka 5 years ago

    this property is perfect! a dream home…

  • Jenniffer 5 years ago

    Absolutely Divine!

  • Paula Norman 5 years ago

    Just gorgeous – I love the grey walls in the bedroom – BE BRAVE WITH DECORATING IS THE MOTTO!!

  • tim 5 years ago

    this house is amazing!

  • S-J 5 years ago

    serene & inviting! thanks for sharing!

  • elisa 5 years ago

    serene and spectacular. Luke and Mortimer have created a fabulous sanctuary.

  • Ash Braun 5 years ago

    I DIE! I want to go to there.

  • Katherine 5 years ago

    TOO BEAUTIFUL!! What an adventure – filled with love and delight.

  • Sarah 5 years ago

    Absolutely love the colour scheme used throughout. Looks spectacular!

  • kylie 5 years ago

    Gosh. How many of your Wednesday houses can I call my favourite? Here’s another one.
    I especially love those bathrooms.

  • rose 5 years ago

    beautiful combination of vintage + modern styling – so inspiring, thank you for sharing!

  • Jo 5 years ago

    Tree change – yes please! What a perfect getaway!!

  • kirra 5 years ago

    This post is very serendipitous Miss Lucy. Beautiful home Luke, beautiful.

  • Josette 5 years ago

    what a house…i’m dreaming of a weekend escape there already!!

  • Lyndal 5 years ago

    oh my goodness. what a dream! the matching peppermint green tub and basin are to die for!

  • Lyndal 5 years ago

    oh my goodness. what a dream! the matching peppermint green tub and basin are to die for!

  • Sangi 5 years ago

    Seriously love coming into work and checking out the awesome homes you profile on Wednesday Lucy! (Was especially comforting after being stuck in traffic for over an hour.. grumble!)

    Beautiful house, have earmarked this as a place for a weekend getaway! :)

  • Sandra 5 years ago

    what a gorgeous getaway house. love it all – especially the hits of green. and what a fantastic giveaway. x

  • Libby Hart 5 years ago

    I’m chewing at the bit to stay at Chewton! (It’s a wonderful home, Luke. May you shape a wonderful life within its walls and surroundings.)

  • leah 5 years ago

    Love it! i really love the industrial touches

  • Barbara 5 years ago

    What a lovely eye Luke has! Why, I would love to stay here Lucy – Thank you!

  • Karo 5 years ago

    Drop dead gorgeous! Would love to stay for the weekend :)

  • Jodie 5 years ago


  • Sophie 5 years ago

    Please please please, we are in dire need for a holiday…

  • Clare 5 years ago

    This house is super beautiful! Just resigned from a stressful job and can’t imagine a better place to recharge my batteries!

  • Kellie 5 years ago

    looks gorgeous – would love a weekend away!

  • juliet 5 years ago

    WOW! Yes please!

  • Lincoln 5 years ago

    what a great design…simple yet grand

  • sweet like a lolly 5 years ago

    Pretty please (include the cherry!)

  • emma 5 years ago

    how amazing! i would love to stay in this beautiful home :)

  • Simone 5 years ago

    There is NOTHING I do not LOVE bout this place…All manly and elegant. Book me in! This explains a lot about why CR’s windows always look superb.

  • kat white 5 years ago

    This is way too generous Luke! Sounds like a perfect getaway, and a great opportunity to get out some of my cameras and explore the property :)

  • Binky 5 years ago

    Need some fresh air! Great work , that is a beautiful home

  • sampling 5 years ago

    Would love this soooooo much!

  • Lisa 5 years ago

    Why do these pics make it look so easy…

  • meggsy 5 years ago

    Please Mr Random pick me!!

  • spanna 5 years ago

    perfect. If only there were more people making places as beautiful as this for people to stay all over australia.

  • Stephanie Hurd 5 years ago

    insanely beautiful, would love a stay there how amazing :)

  • Rowena 5 years ago

    LOVE to visit.

  • lizzz 5 years ago

    Yes lucy….OMG !!!!

  • Fran 5 years ago

    Amazing. Luke, if you ever want to sell this place, let me know.

  • Lucy 5 years ago

    Such a gorgeous and relaxing looking home!

  • CindyC 5 years ago

    Weee..pick me!!!..need a good break!!! this sounds PERFECT!!! ;)

  • Theresa 5 years ago

    A slice of heaven! love!

  • TekM 5 years ago

    Love to be There..sounds Awesome!!!

  • andie 5 years ago


  • Kylie 5 years ago

    When can I move in ???

  • Lou 5 years ago

    Wowee!! What a wonderful getaway!

  • Laura 5 years ago

    what a beautiful home and property! <3

  • Anthony Callea 5 years ago

    This has inspired me to get away for a long weekend! Beautiful architecture and great attention to detail. Excellent Luke!

  • cathy 5 years ago

    So generous

  • lolly 5 years ago


  • jacqui 5 years ago

    Thanks luke!

  • Anna 5 years ago

    Wow, I really want to check this house out in the flesh. Great decorating, Luke.

  • Aidan Pickett 5 years ago

    Country living has never looked so appealing – LOVE!

  • Mishy 5 years ago

    Holy wow. Dreamhouse!

  • Mel 5 years ago

    What a great getaway home! So lovingly done- looks fab.

  • Brent 5 years ago

    Amazing space of course, coming from an amazing brain! Jealous much?

  • Laura 5 years ago

    I just LOVE grey! Congratulations on making a wonderful place

  • Lyndsay 5 years ago

    This house is beyond gorgeous. Gotta love the serendipity of those matching peppermint green bathroom fixtures. I grew up not far from Chewton/Castlemaine, such beautiful countryside and a lovely township, it’s also a dream of mine to have a house there one day!

  • Nicole 5 years ago

    I could not think of a more relaxing and stylish place to spend a weekend. You’ve done a lovely job Luke!

  • Bec Smith 5 years ago

    A weekend a way with my man and two friends sounds just the ticket. I wouldn’t want to leave.

  • Sophie 5 years ago

    What a beautiful house! Beautiful detailing.

  • Savi 5 years ago

    What an AMAZING property Luke has created! I will be adding this to my weekend getaway options as soon as it is open for bookings!

  • Ebony Morehouse 5 years ago

    Looks beautiful xxx

  • Judy 5 years ago

    Fantastic Lucy. I absolutely love everything about Luke’s place. Would love to be Goldilocks and try out all those comfy, good looking chairs. Love the grey.

  • Allison Taylor 5 years ago

    I think this offer is on overload. WordPress just told me to slow down but I imagine that is because WordPress is having to deal with multiple comments all tapping away at the same time.. What a generous offer. Wow! Any opportunity to visit country Vic and to do so in style would be brilliant. Tried again, WordPress is not coping.

  • Sian MacPherson 5 years ago

    Lucy, This is a brilliant find. What a fabulous house – think you should perhaps offer to sell some of your pics to Luke for his website – they are stunning – your photography is amazing!

  • Dimi 5 years ago

    What an amazing property; so warm and inviting. Who ever wins is one lucky person!

  • PlanningQueen 5 years ago

    Looks stunning!

  • claire 5 years ago

    Wow! This place is beautiful. It’s settled – I just have to stay there… please x

  • Anna 5 years ago

    Great location for old school friends (and our mothers) to catch up!
    Well done Luke, you’re living the dream!

  • Rebecca 5 years ago

    What a terrfic home – I’d give up city living for this for sure!!

  • Matthew White 5 years ago

    His place is fantastic and very well decorated ..

  • Elaine Pendlebury 5 years ago

    What a great excuse to visit Victoria. Very inspiring.

  • Kate 5 years ago

    Beautiful – great work Luke and Lucy. A dream weekender.

  • michelle 5 years ago

    grey walls. trees. green bathtub. stunning.

  • lisa 5 years ago

    simply my dream house

  • mark 5 years ago

    a great country getaway! i could see myself relaxing there…

  • michelle 5 years ago

    great attention to detail! dream holiday house in victoria.

  • Alex 5 years ago

    Oh pick me pick me!

  • Anna Di Pietro 5 years ago

    A beautiful livable house in a beautiful location!

  • Lacey 5 years ago

    Wow Luke! Your home is simply stunning and just that, a home. But would expect nothing less from you. You are still an inspiration and I am off to the op shops today on my lunch break to find some treasures of my own! x

  • Sam Best-Lawson 5 years ago

    This property sings to me- love it

  • Patty 5 years ago

    I love Victoria’s Goldfields…particularly Castlemaine. This property is absolutely stunning and very inspiring. What a great find!

  • Emily 5 years ago


    Just stunning.

  • teresa 5 years ago

    what a beautiful place – I would love to have the chance to stay!!

  • Clare Bowditch 5 years ago

    Your matching green enamel bathtub and pedestrian basin have inspired me to TRY HARDER. Inspiration. LOVE IT! Thank you!
    CB xo

  • Lilly Selby 5 years ago

    my my what a great job you’ve done Luke. I would be forever grateful to be able to stay’n get back to nature for few days + Ive always wanted to go to Castlemain!! Please and thank you x

  • andrea 5 years ago

    if i could win anything offered on this blog, this would be it. Awesome.

  • Tina Foley 5 years ago

    What an excellent idea – the way the market in Melbourne is going why wouldn’t you move a few hours out and have the dream home! Totally inspired.

  • carole 5 years ago

    oooh lovely and refreshing! thanks for the opportunity!

  • sandii 5 years ago

    i’d get on a plane for that one! love the prolific use of second hand beauties

  • Annalies 5 years ago

    Just discussing at dinner with a girlfriend your Daylesford post and which holiday house we would choose to escape too- this looks like rejuvenation with inspiration a perfect choice!

  • Kate James 5 years ago

    Oh my lord…what a lot of comments! You’ve hit the jackpot with this one my love. Absolutely divine xx

  • erin 5 years ago

    This is such a brautiful home, I don’t know how Luke can bare to leave it!However, I’m glad he can because that means I can go and stay there! Please….

  • Keno 5 years ago

    Looks delicious!

  • ChevycollinChevy 5 years ago

    As an avid lover of all things industrial I love the look and feel of this house. What a wonderful place to recharge and relax, would love to win this.

  • Margo Carlon 5 years ago

    Always happy to holiday in Victoria. Luke your residence has a wonderful simplistic and balanced aesthetic to it, I look forward to a retreat in Castlemaine. Great photo’s Lucy, yet again. Cheers Margo

  • Naomi Rukavina 5 years ago

    I am also obsessed with recycling goods and reworking salvaged finds for you home! Chic on a budget stemmed from when I went back to uni as a mature aged student and had to be inventive.
    I TOTALLY love the return to nature. Beautifully inspiring.

  • Nat Power 5 years ago

    I am headed to Paul Bangay’s open garden near Daylesford and it would be great to organise a stay over in the area! this is a very special offer, thank you.

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  • julz 5 years ago

    What a beautiful country escape!

  • Stephanie Darling 5 years ago

    Wow! A truly amazing giveaway!
    Well done Luke, your house looks incredible.

  • Natalie 5 years ago

    Wow! What a beautiful special space that has truely been created with an abundance of love. Every detail is amazing especially all of the second hand pieces that fit so perfectly in the modern space – a breath of fresh air!

  • Felicity 5 years ago

    Simply stunning house, so beautifully styled. Love it

  • leanne 5 years ago

    Just lovely. This is definately on my list.

  • Margie 5 years ago

    deeeeelightful. What a great eye for details. Truly a stylist’s pad.

  • Fiona PJ 5 years ago

    I think I just found my new styling GURU…what a dream house!

  • Jessica 5 years ago

    Absolutely Stunning!!! And what an amazing give-away!!

  • Sam 5 years ago

    Looks like the perfect place for a weekend getaway.
    So lucky he is willing to share it!

  • redshoes 5 years ago

    ah a holiday would be so grand.
    What a lovely give away.

  • jj 5 years ago

    oh…. delightful little holiday, please find me

  • ana 5 years ago

    home is where the heart is … i think my heart just found a new home!

  • Laila 5 years ago

    Fantastic giveaway – so generous and appealing! Chewton is super cute too.

  • Lisa 5 years ago

    what a beautiful getaway….LOVE. would love to go and visit.

  • colmac 5 years ago

    Luke makes grey stylish and relaxing rather than industrial and depressing.

  • Anna 5 years ago

    It looks wonderfully relaxing, I’m sitting here day dreaming about sitting out on that porch with a cup of tea and a good book…

  • Dawn 5 years ago

    Gorgeous and so relaxed looking. I love the furnishings – my perfect style. Thanks for sharing with us.

  • gen 5 years ago

    So many things to love about this house! That charcoal wall colour is divine.

  • Kate P 5 years ago

    This house is stunning and situated in an amazing location. Love the styling as it does not feel as it has been ‘styled’ – looks like a contemporary but comfortable home to relax and and enjoy. Would love to be able to experience it myself!

  • Tiffany 5 years ago

    Please, pick me, pick me!!

  • jessica 5 years ago

    This place looks amazing – packing my bags!!!

  • janelle 5 years ago

    Lucy, you have great taste and you must be quite bewitching to get people to offer such great give-aways! I love the house, amazing.

  • Stacey Hills 5 years ago

    Absolutely stunning!!! The perfect getaway

  • Kyla 5 years ago

    I adore the master bathroom! Its the perfect blend of retro and modern. I respect Luke’s philosophy about sourcing recycled goods. The result is a gorgeous and unique home! Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Jennifer 5 years ago

    How beautiful! Have me to stay!

  • Michelle 5 years ago

    I would love to get back to the simple lifestyle for a weekend away to regroup at Luke’s gorgeous property. Well done on the reno….it looks perfect.

  • tanya 5 years ago

    amaaaaaaaaazing!!!!! love the tapestry and the wood stack.

  • Lucy D 5 years ago

    What an amazing place – perfect for a getaway before our first baby arrives! Great excuse to do some op shopping of our own on the way there!

  • Anna Walker 5 years ago

    Most man caves I would go out of my way to avoid, but Luke obviously has taken all the style denied most men and channelled it into this abode of gorgeousness that I am sure the photographs don’t even do justice…So seeing it for real would be for the best really, don’t you think?

  • Michelle 5 years ago

    Beautiful house, in a beautiful part of the state.

  • Kate Morgan 5 years ago

    very excited, very hopeful! x

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  • Fiona 5 years ago

    Wow, such a beautiful house with amazing detail in a perfect setting! Yes please, I would love this getaway, keeping all my fingers crossed xx

  • Joe 5 years ago

    Great house, great style!

  • Ann 5 years ago

    It looks gorgeous and a weekend in the country in such idyllic surroundings would be perfect. I can see myself with friends around the table having a scrumptious big and long lunch with food and wine all brought from the region or sitting on the deck with a pre dinner drink or having a wander through the countryside. Heaven

  • Kelly 5 years ago

    Love the green bath!

  • Claire 5 years ago

    Ohh gorgeous – I would love to live here forever. But 2 nights will also be fab! xx

  • jas 5 years ago

    oh my goh this is exactly what my partner and I have been looking for – a gorgeous modern country getaway and how I love country road!!! I’m a very loyal customer :)

  • Caitlin 5 years ago

    It’s my birthday today, and a time of literal and metaphorical new beginnings in spades, and I do think there could be a birthday present more apt are incredibly wonderful than a weekend at this blissfully stunning property. I’m going to blow out my candles and make a wish……xx

  • maddy 5 years ago

    I want to go there…

  • Caitlin 5 years ago

    should I say I *don’t* think. Whoops!

  • Romy 5 years ago

    Stunning! What a beautiful, tranquil home.

  • Tamie 5 years ago

    I have to stay here – AMAZING!!!!

  • Daniel Ng 5 years ago

    Wow. Gorgeous house and fantastic interior photos!
    This giveaway is almost too good to be true. Thanks so much!

  • Jane 5 years ago

    Thanks Lucy & Luke – just lovely

  • Emma Wicks 5 years ago

    Love, love, love! Please pick me I need a holiday after packing and moving with my 2 babes snapping at my heels (well, runners…I’m not a yummy mummy just yet ha!)

  • Jenna V 5 years ago

    I have never wanted to win a giveaway so badly!


  • Renee 5 years ago

    What an incredible looking home, a perfect place for a Spring Getaway with my loved one! I can see myself lounging in the gorgeous peppermint green bathtub with a lovely glass of vino, heaven!

  • Sarah 5 years ago

    Yes please!

  • Jo 5 years ago

    what an amazing creation, I would love explore it!

  • Anna 5 years ago

    What an amazing house. So homely!

  • Robyn Simpson 5 years ago

    Ohh what an amazing place! And what a fantastic giveaway…I hope we win it as we need a weekend away!!!

  • Clair Wayman 5 years ago

    Wow…Such a great achievement Luke!
    I think I’m going to use these at my house – I love the white and navy on the outside. The taupes and grey look so gorgeous inside too. From fellow stylist, Clair

  • Mark 5 years ago

    Oh my how lovely would a stay in this place be!

  • El 5 years ago

    Love the colours, love the details, would love to stay there!

  • emma 5 years ago

    ah love it. What a nice excuse for a trip to lovely Victoria! Love that bathtub…

  • Blano 5 years ago

    I could do with a taste of this country life!!!

  • Eleanor 5 years ago

    Fantastic giveaway – fingers crossed for a stay in this lovely abode.

  • Ariana 5 years ago

    DROOL! Now this is MY kind of farm house. The attention to detail is brilliant. Stylish enough to take your breath away, but at the same time warm and welcoming. Red wine and roaring fires in the winter and long lazy lunches and lying in the sun in summer. Great to read about the journey on Luke’s blog, despite the inclusion of a picture of IT. Eek!
    Beautiful creation Luke, you must/should be proud.

  • Michael 5 years ago

    Love Castlemaine and love this house.

  • Kelly 5 years ago

    Absolutely inspiring house in a beautiful location. Well done Luke, I’d love a stay there!

  • Nic 5 years ago

    I couldn’t think of a more relaxing and inspiring spot to stay as Grey Gardens. Ahhh… I’m feeling chilled already!

  • sally 5 years ago

    I would love to stay in this beautiful house!!!

  • Jackie 5 years ago


  • Sarah 5 years ago

    so very very lovely and super stylish too! what an absolute dream holiday getaway this would make!

  • Alison 5 years ago

    what a great giveaway – I would love to stay there

  • Michelle 5 years ago

    hhmmmm – tree change!

  • Melissa 5 years ago

    Gorgeous love it! So serene and beautifully styled. Would love a weekend there anytime.

  • Jennifer 5 years ago

    Gorgeous home in peaceful surrounds. What’s not to love?!

  • Marian Wiltshire 5 years ago

    It’s another hut! We love long narrow houses with a pitched roof. Funny that we just built ourself one!

  • katie 5 years ago

    love love love!!

    i adore this home and really love visiting castlemaine, so i hope hope hope i win!!

  • Chloe Walker 5 years ago

    Oh to win this competition… what a lovely weekend away it would be.

  • Sarah 5 years ago

    What a stunning getaway…just what I need! Love it x

  • Barbara Duggan 5 years ago

    oh so perfect for my __th birthday getaway. I have my fingers crossed…………….

  • Sarah 5 years ago

    this is my dream house!!!!

  • Janine Fitzpatrick 5 years ago

    A wonderful mix of old and new creating a peaceful sanctuary – would love to experience it.

  • Rhiannon Broomfield 5 years ago

    Inspirational. We have been looking for this sort of place in Castlemaine without success, we now know we need to build!

  • Leigh Ashforth 5 years ago

    I have to say that Luke really is “living our dream” … we dream of (one day) being able to have a country place to getaway to, but at the moment, we’re having our own renovation struggles – with champagne tastes on a beer budget, as they say. Like Luke, and as a designer, too, I have also scoured high and low for ebay finds, hard rubbish pickups, recycled materials and things on sale, so we can get the look we’re after… we’ve saved up (again) for our 3rd stage of reno’s which will be beginning soon. I’m sure that once it’s done we’d be grateful for a relaxing and inspirational break in Luke’s gorgeous home.

  • sigrid 5 years ago

    Oh, reminds me of my childhood home out in the bush.
    Just beautiful Luke!

  • Melissa 5 years ago

    Love the grey colour of the wall in second bedroom. Any ideas of what it is?

  • Anne 5 years ago

    Stunning visual food for the soul. One talented guy.

  • Melissa 5 years ago

    A beautiful home Luke – stylish, cool & homely all rolled into one

  • Liz Watson 5 years ago

    Divine! What a way a great place to spend a couple of days!

  • Nichola jephcott 5 years ago

    wow, I love how a new building has so much character and history.

  • Nadine 5 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous home, and the recycled interiors make one swoon! Thanks for featuring and for pointing out Luke’s blog for the lowdown on how it was done.

    Exceptional work Luke, and very nicely photographed! Well worth the trip :)

  • Anna 5 years ago

    what a beautiful house!

  • Leesa 5 years ago

    Wow its my favorite too Lucy!
    Thank you.

  • Diane 5 years ago

    I love this house, and all of Luke’s vintage finds. I have a very similar matching green basin and bath in my rental, which I love!

  • Jaclyn 5 years ago

    I love everything about this house! Great inspiration for my renovation plans!

  • sarah 5 years ago

    love love love – one of my favourite ever design files homes!

  • Li-Ann 5 years ago

    Oh what a great family getaway this would be.. I wouldn’t leave the house at all but I’m sure my kids would love running around the fields!!

  • Amelia 5 years ago

    What a perfect excuse for leaving the kids at home for the weekend…

  • rachael 5 years ago

    wow!! and i love your grandmas tapestry…

  • David and Kate Gardiner 5 years ago

    We’ve been looking for a quiet weekend away… just us and our two adult daughters. Time to chat and cook together, and play some board games. Looks perfect.

  • Nicki L 5 years ago

    Pretty pretty….pleeeeease.

  • tom 5 years ago

    Amazing house. no wonder he has a job at country road!!!
    I would love to get away from the city buzz for a nice relaxing weekend at the grey gardens!!

    It ouwld serve as a great inspiration for my own upcoming reno!

    please pick me randomiser!

  • Rosa 5 years ago

    Wd love love love a getaway in this magical abode. Thank u for the opportunity

  • kristen 5 years ago

    A cuppa and some scones on that deck ….. a dream weekend away to regain some sanity.
    I can smell and taste that fresh air. I am feeling random !

  • JB 5 years ago

    What a wonderful house. Would love a weekend away.

  • Manita Senn 5 years ago

    Love the wire crates and industrial lighting… would just love to stay here some day!

  • Sophie Travers 5 years ago

    No wonder everyone wants to win this one- what a generous offer and what a stunning retreat!

  • onefinelady 5 years ago

    Ooh, I can feel my heart rate slowing at the mere thought of a few days of relaxation at this delicious spot.

  • Peter 5 years ago

    Luke, love the blending of old, vintage and new. Creates great theatre and ambience that can’t be experienced in the big smoke. I will visit one way or the other.

  • Matt 5 years ago

    How I’d love to linger here with a stack of library books… and no laptop in sight.

  • MelW 5 years ago

    Modern meets vintage perfection!

  • Mary 5 years ago

    Just goregous… I have been dying to paint my bedroom and living room walls grey for a while now (my other half won’t LET me!). A weekend away in this stunning house may change his mind!

  • Giselle 5 years ago

    I need a holiday!

  • Kerry Smith 5 years ago

    A very creative interior. And it doesnt look crafty but chic as chic can be

  • Dee Peraic 5 years ago

    absolutely gorgeous! it would be a fabulous get-away!

  • jane 5 years ago

    what a beautiful house! would love to spend a weekend there.

  • patricia bakacs 5 years ago

    Oh wow. Such an inspiration – Luke’s doing exactly what we’d like to do (although we’re looking down the Otways) . Love, love love the use of the old enamel bathware into a new construction – more colour in bathrooms please!!

  • Emma 5 years ago

    I love the tea maker, just need on the makes me coffee

  • Niccola 5 years ago

    That green enamel bath is genius!

  • April Jones 5 years ago

    Now living in Abu Dhabi but spent some of the best years of my life in the Bendigo/Castlemaine area – quite homesick – would love the chance to stay a weekend at Luke’s wonderful home!

  • Tamara 5 years ago

    WOW – gorgeous home. Would be the perfect getaway for a couple of nights. Fingers crossed…

  • Mary 5 years ago

    I would love a chance to stay in this gorgeous farmhouse.

  • Renata Filippi 5 years ago

    Magnifico, squisito

  • Alicia 5 years ago

    Yes please. Just divine congratulations.

  • jemma 5 years ago

    dear god. i NEED this in my life.

  • Emma Strybosch 5 years ago

    two nights… does he mind if I move in!?

  • Monica 5 years ago

    What a beautiful atmosphere you have created. Stunning. Chewton is a perfect location. Thanks, Monica

  • Jess 5 years ago

    This is like my dream home! Love the peppermint green enamel in the bathroom. It’s gorgeous!

  • dazza 5 years ago

    looks fantastic – and with a new baby and a mum needing some country air will be a beautiful weekend away

  • christy 5 years ago

    Gorgeous. Love the colours and the industrial/op shop finds. So inspiring and relaxing. Me please!

  • Lyn 5 years ago

    What a lovely getaway, and so inspiring. Also I have to love a place with a vegie patch!

  • Narelle 5 years ago

    Weekend get away. . . So inviting.

  • Bec 5 years ago

    Stunning! just love it!

  • Samantha 5 years ago

    LOVE the pepermint green bath…reminds me of my nannas place in the favourite place ever.x

  • julie jenkinson 5 years ago

    Stunning, crisp GREEN, GREEN, GREEN, love it all at the house at Luke
    Mortimer’s house. Reminds me of my first home in semi-rural Melbourne at
    Hurstbridge where my kitchen/family room walls and tiled areas were a
    brilliant emerald green, including the same Kenwood Chef now 40 years old!

  • Emma 5 years ago

    Wow! Makes me want to go for a drive this weekend and impulsively buy a block of land in the country! I think a weekend at this divine house might suit the budget more…. Yes please!

  • matt d 5 years ago

    have been told by the boss to put in a comment so that she can win this prize, so here is my comment

  • {tinniegirl} 5 years ago

    Wow, what an amazing space. One of my colleagues had a fully functioning teasmade that she used everyday. So cute.

  • Matthew 5 years ago

    Truely amazing home, did you hunt that moose yourself?

  • Monique Willis 5 years ago

    GREY GARDENS ahh yes a new place to explore.
    In WATTLE GULLY in CHEWTON, who could ask for more?

    An eclectic mix of new and old,
    With art works collected worth their weight in gold.
    Salvaged pieces like that enamel tub and pedestal,
    Should be described in only one word and that would be COOL!
    ( or should i say DROOL )

    Industrial antiques… now the kitchen dresser i like,
    And plush textiles too like that felt floor cushion “oh yikes!”

    With retro furniture like those mid century chairs,
    Gives this warm and homely escape a !st choice to be fair.

    Thanks for this opportunity guys,
    enjoyed writing this post.


  • Kate 5 years ago

    Please please please!!! BEAUTIFUL

  • Majka Kaiser 5 years ago

    God is in the details – ain’t that the truth! What a gorgeous, characterful retreat from the city.

  • Jane 5 years ago

    So gorgeous!!! Would LOVE to stay !!!

  • Andy 5 years ago

    Truely inspiring….having just finished a reno painting the walls a very similar grey & for some weeks have been questioning my decision to go grey! Have ran out of energy to decorate accordingly. I now have an added spring in my step & off to coordinate according to the wise Mr Mortimer. Thank you :)

  • Ellen 5 years ago

    Love that area grew up visiting there, what a divine house id love to send my mum there for a few days great house great giveaway

  • Bianca 5 years ago

    OMG that’s gorgeous! and right now I could definitely do with a little break ;) Thanks Luke & thanks Lucy!

  • Karen 5 years ago

    I like the.. Simplicity – the elegant restraint and craftsmanship of great design!

  • Emma 5 years ago

    Swoon! Makes me want to run away to the hills… Thanks for a gorgeous post Lucy! X

  • Belinda 5 years ago

    Wow. What a gorgeous place!

  • jo 5 years ago

    fantastic house

  • Lauren 5 years ago

    Its just amazing. A real statement of Australian Design that is modest, creative, earthy, responsible and stunning to look at. I want this house!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Inspiration for one day = tick!

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  • heather 5 years ago

    gorgeous, and feels like a home just viewing the pics

  • Angelique 5 years ago

    Pick me! Pick me! I love the blossoms in the test tubes.

  • Marijke 5 years ago

    It is just beautiful. My husband loves it too – we’d love to visit one day!

  • maggie 5 years ago

    what a divine get a way that would be. fingers and toes!!!!

  • Camilla 5 years ago

    Most comments on a house tour ever?!

    Gorgeous get away & i would be very happy to spend a few days up yonder!

  • Karlee 5 years ago

    This would be an amazing anniversary gift to my husband!

  • Kylie 5 years ago

    Oh wow! Can I stay, please?

  • Kerry 5 years ago

    You have to be in it to win – as they say.

    Fab location and perfect trip from Melbourne.

  • Talei 5 years ago

    Love the mix of vintage and modern. Why buy an “inspired by” product when you can save the environment and install salvaged goodies ! I especially love the vintage tapestry – wow.

  • Jessica 5 years ago

    There are so many details that I love, but my favourite has to be the charcoal coloured walls!! SWOON!

  • Bea 5 years ago

    I can’t tell you how much our family needs a break away! How gorgeous it would be!

  • Nick 5 years ago

    Nice work on the house mate!

  • Erin 5 years ago

    Today I was saying to my girlfriends, how I would kill for a weekend away right now! and boy oh boy this place looks amazingly perfect for such a thing. fingers crossed big time!

  • Emma 5 years ago

    Wowser, it looks fabulous! Such wonderful attention to detail, love all the vintage pieces. You must be well chuffed at how amazing it looks.

  • Lauren 5 years ago

    I’ll jump on this bandwagon…

  • Jocelyn 5 years ago

    Gorgeous house and Chewton is so quaint. Fingers crossed!!!!

  • Sascha 5 years ago

    LOVE Luke’s house and am SO keen to check out Chewton… what a generous giveaway!!

  • Anne 5 years ago

    Does the ‘Teasmade” work? Would love to give it a try!

  • Bronny 5 years ago

    Always a ‘wish I could” moment when I see these beautifully designed houses!

  • bryony 5 years ago

    love chewton. love the house. love the sinks and the pictures on the walls. (and would love to stay!)

  • Belinda 5 years ago

    Oh good lord, this property is stunning! Kudos to you Luke – simply beautiful.
    Yes please to be in the running….wow.

  • anita 5 years ago

    can’t decide what to lust over more – that photo of the balloon-skirted and behatted little girl, the felt floor cushion or the slanty woodchop stool. nice work all round.

  • Sophia 5 years ago

    What an amazing give away, the house looks so stylish.

  • Rachael Ho 5 years ago

    would be amazing to get ‘back to basics’ with a stay at this gorgeous property. love the design philosophy!

  • amanda 5 years ago

    what a beautiful house……would love to take a closer look on a weekend away :)

  • Andrea 5 years ago

    Stunning – well done Luke.

  • Sophie Gyles 5 years ago

    Um, yes please! Stunning.

  • alice 5 years ago

    total house envy. wow!

  • Anthea 5 years ago

    Gorgeous – love the minty bath, would have to drink peppermint tea in that one !
    Plus funky-gran’s needlework – so jealous !

  • alex_trevor 5 years ago

    Dream house! Wow lurve to stay there with my bestie and plan our country home xx

  • Simone 5 years ago

    Love the use of grey throughout the building and the green bathroom. Of course, I would love it even more if I saw it with my own eyes!

  • adele 5 years ago

    how generous! yes please :o)

  • Richard 5 years ago

    Castlemaine Castle

  • Jac 5 years ago

    Really like the recycled elements – am looking at my pink enamel bathtub with fresh eyes!

  • LORRAINE & ROYCE 5 years ago

    That’s our Boy! So proud, as always. Great work!

  • Alyce 5 years ago

    One of the BEST giveaways EVER!!!!! Wowzers!

  • Mandy 5 years ago

    Wow, what a beautiful place. Could definitely do with a weekend away..

  • Hayley 5 years ago

    Stunning! Luke, you have done an amazing job.

  • juan 5 years ago

    I would love to take my wife to this house..she would LOVE it!

  • Sophie 5 years ago

    simply stunning home and a wonderful getaway….

  • t 5 years ago

    ummm…. yessss please.

  • petya 5 years ago

    i could really use an extravagant weekend away with my new lady.

  • francesca meldrum 5 years ago

    mind blowingly understated and beautiful ! gorgeous! would love a weekend away :)

  • an 5 years ago

    such a wonderful prize!! Yes please pick me!

  • Clare 5 years ago

    Oh wow, what a stunning place! Yes please.

  • Mandy 5 years ago

    Aaaaaaaagh! Love Chewton! Love this house! Ace Prize.

  • Sylvia 5 years ago

    Just got engaged, what a great way to celebrate! LOVE!

  • Nick 5 years ago

    If ever there was an excuse to come to melbourne… and then get out of melbourne.

  • Suzy Tuxen 5 years ago

    Can we please know more about the grandma who made the incredible tapestry please Lucy? X

  • Anna 5 years ago

    What beautiful home in a gorgeous place! A weekend away would be amazing.

  • Michelle 5 years ago

    What a beautiful house! And full of gret unique pieces. Would love to have a getaway!

  • Gina 5 years ago

    Wow. Definitely sharing this with wonderful hard working friends who deserve a break if I got lucky in the draw. I am sure there will be no problem renting this space out!

  • Lydia 5 years ago

    I promise we’ll do some gardening in the pretty vegie patch and then relax the rest of the time in that beautiful home…love at first site!

  • Wendy 5 years ago

    Amazing! Country living at it’s best!
    Time out ,fresh air, homestyle luxuries….can’t wait!

  • Jessica 5 years ago

    As an Aussie living abroad who comes home every year over the Summertime, this would be an amazing place to reconnect with our beloved Home :) Thanks for the give-away Luke! What a very special place you have created indeed.

  • liz 5 years ago

    My husband and I would really benefit from this amazing prize. Busy year with not much time to smell the roses. Lovely opportunity to reconnect in an amazing location. Hope we win!

  • KK 5 years ago

    This place is enough to lure a gal beyond the city limits!

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  • Jen 5 years ago

    I really like this story – what an inspiring tree change. The green and charcoal is too beautiful.

  • Lucy 5 years ago

    SNAP! I have the same moose! …err that’s where the similarities end- this place is a gadgilion times cooler than mine. I would dance if I could stay there.

  • Rachel 5 years ago

    I love this home and especially the unique thrift store finds and home made cushions. Would love to win this getaway!!!

  • Kate 5 years ago

    Love it – all of it!

  • Tess 5 years ago

    What a beautiful home! I can just imagine spending a weekend relaxing in this home… although I’m not sure I’d want to leave at the end of it!! The blog is fantastic too. I can see how much fun Luke had making this home.
    Thanks again for another wonderful home… Wednesday has become one of my favourite days!!

  • Ming 5 years ago

    This place looks awesome. Would love to visit. Thanks for the competition

  • George 5 years ago

    Gorgeous… am def heading to CR to check out those leather cushions. I have a birthday just around the corner. Wouldn’t mind spending it at this country escape!

  • Claire 5 years ago

    Goodness! I just finished my 40th hour of work this week (yes, it is only Wednesday) and looking at these photos have made me instantly relax… imagine what a weekend living IN the photos would do!

    *keels over from stress*

  • katelyn 5 years ago

    ace house, love the colour palette.

  • Jess 5 years ago

    You have such an amazing talent for style Luke, your work is amazing and you should be very proud of all your efforts. The photos are amazing and really show off your place but I am sure that it is more impressive in person. Can not wait to visit. ;)

  • laura 5 years ago

    i love the green bathroom basin and bath combo, well worth the hunt.

  • Daniel 5 years ago

    This looks great.

  • Fiona 5 years ago

    What a beautiful home and generous man.

  • Meg J 5 years ago

    holiday ahhhhh what a dream going there would be :)

  • Megan 5 years ago

    grey has never looked so good, as Tina fey would say.. “i want to go there…”

  • libs 5 years ago

    Did you know that I need TWO cups of tea before I get out of bed each morning – one for each eye? I would love to meet the Teasmade. My kinda style.

  • Melita Amore 5 years ago

    OMG – I want!!!!! What a stunning home and a fabulous giveaway. Luke & Lucy you both rock!! xx

  • Emma g 5 years ago


  • Lucy 5 years ago

    what a great house and would love to go for the weekend

  • Shannon 5 years ago

    My friends have just bought a block of land between Castlemaine and Daylesford. I can’t wait to show them Luke’s place for some great, sustainable inspiration. What a lovely space.

  • Michelle 5 years ago

    I need a holiday almost as badly as Julia Gillard needs a boost in the polls. Looks gorgeous, what a lovely home!

  • rosie 5 years ago

    pick me :)

  • Sue 5 years ago

    Only a relative hop and a step away from where I live but feels like it would be a world away…Divine.

  • Kate 5 years ago

    Ah-mazing! Love it!

  • amanda 5 years ago

    Wow! What a great home. Loved the kitchen dresser, the teasmade, the beakers for vases…the details!

  • Carla 5 years ago

    Wow, what a beautiful house. I’m a fan of mint green and the colourful tapestry by Luke’s grandmother is pretty amazing. Wish it were mine!

  • elise 5 years ago

    What a unique and beautiful place, would love to stay there

  • Liz 5 years ago

    Wow what an amazing house. Would love a break here!

  • Phoebe 5 years ago

    Would LOVE to stay here. Amazing.

  • Pat 5 years ago

    Stunning getaway in a great part of the world.

  • Patrice 5 years ago

    How divine is Luke’s home?! It sells the tree change concept perfectly. Would love to sink into that comfy sofa with a good book!

  • IFMH 5 years ago

    What a beautiful HOME! Thank you for sharing.

  • Bron 5 years ago

    Brilliant gray paint colours, and great red stool- thanks!

  • Amanda 5 years ago

    How amazing to spend a weekend out of town in such an amazing space! simply beautiful Luke!

  • Liz 5 years ago

    beautiful house. would love to experience it.

  • Peta 5 years ago

    Gorgeous house. It has a great feel. I love the roof line. Very jealous… I would love to build/own something like this myself!

  • Amie Kaufman 5 years ago

    What a generous offer, and what an incredible space!

  • Joanna 5 years ago

    oh my goodness, that’s amazing. love it love it love it and yes please yes please yes please…

  • Katrina 5 years ago

    What an inspiring project and a beautiful result….I’d LOVE to visit!!

  • elissa c 5 years ago

    My favourite combo of dark grey walls, teak furniture and art. Beautiful.

  • Marcus Rosner 5 years ago

    would love to take my wife and 2 young kids to see this beautiful house and countryside…

  • Lynda 5 years ago

    Please, please, please would LOVE!!!!!

  • Amber 5 years ago

    WOW! Love the house and garden, two thumbs up for the plywood Moose head!

  • Nicola 5 years ago

    This house is the most perfectly understated retreat. Simple lines and colours combined with quirky touches. I want one!

  • Amanda 5 years ago

    I need a holiday

  • Cathy 5 years ago

    It is late, I am tired and bed beckons. So the fact that I am sitting here typing away and sending this note tells you somehting about how much I would enjoy this getaway! A truly inspiring home!

  • Tim 5 years ago

    What an amazing house! Would love the chance to hang out here.

  • Catherine 5 years ago

    Wow!! What a stunning looking house, so stylish yet it looks so homely…

  • Kate 5 years ago

    Who wouldn’t want to stay at Grey Gardens. I need to relax in that green chair.

  • edita 5 years ago

    That would really be a real OMG!!! if I win this.
    Oh, how much I need to hide away in that beauty of a place for a couple of days…

  • Sally Davis 5 years ago

    I expect I am too late to be in the draw for this fab. prize, but will give it a chance! What a fabulous house, would love to have a short sojourn there.

  • CJ 5 years ago

    Another who is too late – but wanted to say how amazing the place looks anyway!

  • maggie liz 5 years ago

    yes – late for my sisters wedding – and now late onto pc – and missed a great opportunity – congrats – just fantastic – as obviously appreciated by all the above!!! maggie

  • maggie liz 5 years ago

    PPS – this has to be one of my fav design files blog emails. maggie

  • mandy 5 years ago

    I love Chewton – one of my favourite places in the world, yes, the world! Would love to stay there again.

  • Joy 5 years ago

    Truly lovely. The textures and colors of old and new create a magical getaway. Fresh from the US, we would love to experience your environment. We also like to weed gardens! Thanks for sharing!

  • Ali 5 years ago

    Would love to visit those Birds Nest ferns…

  • AaronL 5 years ago

    Great place..Great giveaways!!! Just the way I like it ;)

  • JennyferC 5 years ago

    Arghh..I need a break..Help!!! ;) A perfect getaway..

  • Michie-Ch2e 5 years ago

    Love to Be There!!!

  • SarahCwl 5 years ago

    Love the the featured the giveway!! Yayy!!! Hooray

  • Kayley 5 years ago

    This place looks amazing!

  • Sarah 5 years ago

    Just what the doctor ordered.

  • Sarah 5 years ago

    I love that area!

  • lizzie 5 years ago

    why a little chewton therapy (in such a gorgeous home) would be so appreciated, inspiring, renewing. such a generous offer??! i’d accept with bells on.

  • Eve Wilson 5 years ago

    What an amazing place. heaven!

  • Daina 5 years ago

    Divine and tranquil. Can I go there right now?? Congrats on a beautiful job (and blog post)!

  • Jenna V 5 years ago

    Who won guys? :)

  • Nikita 5 years ago

    Sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle. What a beautiful space! Every photo there’s sensational colour and beautiful detail.
    Absolute treasure, what a space to call home!
    Amazing, Luke.

  • ruth 5 years ago

    stunning stunning stunning!!
    wish i could live there :)
    thank you for sharing!

  • Megan 4 years ago

    Luke absolutely gorgeous – just stumbled upon this website and am sooo excited and inspired. Just wondering what colour you used for the deep grey internally and externally. Your colour choices are perfect!

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