Australian Homes

Melbourne Home – Shauna Toohey and Misha Hollenbach of PAM

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 21st September 2011

Master bedoom – Bernhard Wilhelm Scarf, collage by Penny Slinger, poster by Tadanaori Yokoo, painting by Chris Johanson, print by Misha Hollenbach. All photos here by me (Lucy Feagins).

Shoe rack.  Awesome shoes.  Chris Johanson and Misha Hollenbach print.

That is the actual view from Shauna and Misha’s bedroom.    I kid you not.

It was with a certain level of trepidation that I photographed the insanely cool home / workspace of Shauna Toohey and Misha Hollenbach (aka Perks and Mini) a few weeks ago, because I am very conscious that many of you will already have seen this house earlier this year on The Selby!!  Agh!  Oh well.  Couldn’t possibly compete with the Selbs, but brand new shots have gotta count for something, I hope!? (do pop over and check out The Selby pics for the gorgeous shots of 2 yr old Odette though!)

Shauna and Misha originally bought this amazing 3-storey building in Cremorne as an empty shell just over 5 years ago, and commissioned Melbourne architect Kerstin Thompson to fitout the interior.  ‘She did an amazing job!’ say Shauna – ‘we have a small tatami area which opens onto a balcony…..amazing!’.  The result is an incredible multi-purpose space with three distinctly separate zones – the lower level is PAM warehousing / Misha’s art studio, middle level is PAM head office, and the top level (with the BEST views) is Shauna and Misha’s 1.5 bedroom apartment – the .5 is Odette’s bedroom!

OK so clearly, pictures speak a lot louder than words – and you don’t need me to tell you how freaking amazing this house is!  SO SO AMAZING!  The versatile layout of the space and those incredible views really make it unlike any home I’ve ever photographed.  But as is so often the case, what really makes this home super special is Shauna and Misha’s amazing collection of stuff.  I have truly never seen such cool stuff.  It’s like a trend forecasting meets home decoration.  Seriously.

Shauna’s favourite thing in the whole house is their growing art collection.  Pieces by Claes Oldenburg, EYE Yamantaka, Chris Johanson, Rita Ackermann, and Jake Walker are prized possessions.  There’s also a new collaborative painting by between Odette (2) and Shauna (pictured below) – which of course is Misha’s favourite….!

Shauna also loves the eclectic, creative neighbourhood – Cremorne is that small pocket squished between Church st, Richmond and Punt rd, where boutique industry meets tiny workers’ cottages, and little coffee shops are scattered all over the place to service all the buzzing businesses popping up in the area.  Shauna also recommends some fab new eating spots which are closeby - Union Dining, Noir, and Demitris Feast, next time you’re in the area!

Shauna and Misha do have a very special reason to share their amazing pad with us today… after 5 years here, this creative little family have outgrown their much-loved space, and are looking to lease it out!  If you or someone you know is looking for a unique home / creative workspace combo, email Shauna soon!  A home like this really deserves someone special.  And ultra cool :)

Massive thanks to Shauna T for sharing her home with us!  Also big thanks to the very lovely Beci Orpin for the tip-off.  I do love a good tip-off.

AMAZING view from the master bedroom again

Bedside details – Collage by EYE Yamantaka, lamp by Misha Hollenbach x Jun Takahashi.

Artwork above bed – collage by Penny Slinger, poster by Tadanaori Yokoo, painting by Chris Johanson, print by Misha Hollenbach.

View from living area through to bedroom.  Baluch rug, antique Japanese Tea table, Magritte Seat.

Artwork in the living area – various artists!

So many pics, couldn’t choose, too much coolness.

Kitchen looking through to Odi’s room at the very end!  Sottsass vase in the foreground.

Dining room – The Changes screenprints

Kitchen / loungeroom details.  Cameron Jamie print, Comme bag.

Odette Hollenbach and Shauna Toohey artwork – a gift for Misha!

Books ‘n stuff

Chris Johanson painting

Rear balcony overlooking Richmond

City glimpse from stairwell

Bea Nettles photographs

PAM office – PAM new season sample, Antique Bamboo coat rack

PAM office – Noguchi lamp, oversize phone light

PAM office – Julia De Ville x PAM sculpture

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 21st September 2011

23 comments

  • claire 3 years ago

    I love this place. All that art is making my eyes pop! x

  • Donna 3 years ago

    I have also seen the photos in The Selby of this amazing place and wondered where I can get the shelving as seen in the child’s bedroom? Wooden boxes on an axis on a white wooden frame. If anyone has any ideas I would appreciate it.

  • Dawn Tan 3 years ago

    Oh my.. That phone lamp! That polka dotty lamp! That pretzel painting! That kitchen.. oooh lala! Nice home! Thanks for sharing Lucy! x

  • daisy 3 years ago

    wow, that Comme bag is amazing. the city views make me almost miss the city. great art!

  • Lauren 3 years ago

    The art is incredible- love! Imagine renting this space with the art! hehe

  • jas 3 years ago

    wow look at the VIEWS, gosh, I wouldn’t know what to do first, go outside and take in teh views or sneak around and look at the gorgeous interiors!

  • Reannen 3 years ago

    I Love that skull lamp.. anyone know who designed it! Very cool.

  • Kate 3 years ago

    I want that bedspread! If anyone knows where I can get one similar, please post the tip here…

  • Toohey 3 years ago

    oh. wow. I love this place. soooooo much.

  • Clare 3 years ago

    (Don’t tell The Selby, but I like your photos better.)

  • Melissa 3 years ago

    Great pics, Donna the storage in Odette’s room is from Oeuf view at this link
    http://www.kidostore.com/index.php?act=viewProd&productId=1937

  • Annie from habbot 3 years ago

    um, hello – excuse me … but that is the best rear-of-shoe collection I’ve seen in a long while. No wonder they have such a fantastic house!!! Ok … I need a new home/office/warehouse now! Thanks Lucy.

  • jess 3 years ago

    LOVE the giant phone lamp!!

  • lexi 3 years ago

    I’d take the whole house and then some. LOVE!

  • Jess 3 years ago

    Best house ever.

  • Shelley 3 years ago

    Great house, what sort of rangehood is that?

  • Donna 3 years ago

    Thanks Melissa!

  • beci 3 years ago

    i do love this house and everything in it too – easily my fav house in melbourne! kate i think the blanket on the bed is from pendleton USA. i think you can buy them from misha and shuana’s shop someday in the city, or if not then there are lots of online stores which sell them too. (ps – thanks for the props lucy – totes unnecessary though!)

  • Lucy 3 years ago

    OH beci I love a good shout out. You totes deserve it. I would be too nervous to approach the Hollenbach coolsters without your intro!

    And thanks for the blanket tip! Why does EVERYTHING in this house have to be soooo aweeessommmee!??

  • Emma 3 years ago

    What a lovely home. Does anyone know where they got their bed from? I am after one just like it!

  • Anna 3 years ago

    Amazing … even more amazing is the fact that the can live simultaneously with all those beautiful objects and a two year old! I would spend my ENTIRE LIFE picking up pieces of smashed things if my almost two year old lived in that house. Can you have a follow up interview whith them to ask them their secret?!

  • Hema 3 years ago

    Another amazing house. I love the bedside table (with the skull lamp on top) in the master bedroom with the cool handle – any idea where this is from?

  • Kate 3 years ago

    Thanks so much for the blanket tip Beci!

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