Top 5 Australian Homes re-visited – Luke Mortimer’s Castlemaine Weekender

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Tuesday 27th December 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

Today we’re re-visiting another super popular Australian Home from 2011 – the country retreat of Melbourne-based stylist and visual merchandiser Luke Mortimer.  This one struck a chord with you guys for more than one reason – when we first posted this story back in September Luke generously offered one lucky reader a weekend stay at this beautiful country retreat!  Needless to say it was a very popular post!

As outlined in the original post, Luke fell in love with this beautiful block of land in Chewton, just outside Castlemaine in regional Victoria in 2009, after narrowly missing out on a similar neighbouring property. After snapping up the property, he worked with his partner (and architect) to design and the perfect home for this site – something that felt ‘nostalgic and modern at the same time’.

We were particularly impressed that Luke managed to fit-out and furnish this generous two bedroom, two bathroom home almost completely with hard rubbish finds, op shop bargains and eBay treasures!  Luke’s obsessive / compulsive op-shopping and eBay habit has certainly come in handy!  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.’

As mentioned when we first posted this home back in September, Luke divides his time between this country property and a rented apartment in Melbourne.   For this reason he is able to lease out this property for short stay holiday accommodation.  It truly makes for the most perfect weekend getaway – all info over here!

Do pop back to the original post for many more pics, including our favourite detail – the peppermint green vintage enamel bath and pedestal basin, each picked up second hand in mint condition!  That is what I call Ebay GOLD, people.

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

Second bedroom.  Linen and leather cushion by Country Road.

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Tuesday 27th December 2011


  • Kylie 4 years ago

    One of my favourites this year! I love this house. Thanks Lucy (and Luke)

  • Monika (MB Captured) 4 years ago

    This is absolutely stunning, clean lines, yet rustic and used. Love it!

  • mariana 4 years ago

    errrr… i want so bad to live there.

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