Australian Homes

Melbourne Home · Jenna Spence

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 14th November 2012

The Williamstown home of Jenna Spence.  Vases on dining table – made by Jenna, some new concepts for her own Mister Moss Home range.  Photo – Brooke Holm, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Loungeroom.  Loving that ‘timber floor on the ceiling’ situation!? Photo – Brooke Holm, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Kitchen details. Photo – Brooke Holm, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Jenna Spence working at home.  Photo – Brooke Holm, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Today’s Melbourne home belongs to events manager turned designer Jenna Spence, her partner James and Hugo the dog.  Their 2 bedroom home is nestled in lovely Williamstown – an underrated suburb if ever I knew one.   ‘I love living in Williamstown because it reminds me of living in a daggy country town’ explains Jenna. ‘Things happen a little slower in Williamstown and I love that – although it is only 10 minutes from the city!!’  This sweet pocket of Melbourne certainly does have such a friendly, ‘village’ feel, not to mention the very best views of the CBD across glistening water, with bobbing boats in the foreground.  Postcard perfect.

Jenna and James purchased their home two years ago.  ‘We thought we would do a simple renovation that would take around 3 months’ says Jenna. ‘One stressful year later and we finally had a home!’ she recalls.   When they took possession, Jenna says the house was a typical 70’s home, with dark tiles, purple and yellow walls, a dark timber kitchen and lino-clad bathrooms.  The pair enlisted the help of their friend Penny Wheeler of Penny June Interiors to tackle the renovation. ‘With Penny’s assistance we changed the interior dramatically to create an open plan living area where we could cook and entertain all in the one space’ explains Jenna.  The bathrooms and kitchen were also completely updated, and bi-fold doors added along the full length of the living area to really open the home up to the generous garden.

This busy young couple are thrilled with the results of their renovation. ‘I love the outdoor area for entertaining, and the kitchen – I can never have enough bench space!’ says Jenna.  This bright new open plan space is also the perfect spacious setting for Jenna’s growing business, currently based from home. After many years working in advertising and then events, Jenna took a leap of faith and launched her own little business in April this year.   Mister Moss is the moniker of her fledgling design studio, and under this name Jenna currently makes the sweet hanging plants you see throughout her home, using various indoor and outdoor plants, wrapped in distinctive neon twine.  Mister Moss plants can be purchased on Jenna’s website and are also available at Aero Design on Collins Street & A Quirk of Fate in Northcote. Jenna is currently working on expanding the Mister Moss range to furnishing and homewares… I’ll keep ya posted!

Big thanks to Jenna for sharing her home with us today!  Do share the love with a little visit to the Mister Moss website – there is much cuteness to admire over there!

Vases on dining table – made by Jenna, some new concepts for her own Mister Moss Home range.  Photo – Brooke Holm, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Artwork in entrance hall by Rowena Martinich, pillow cover made by Jenna, for her label Mister Moss.  Photo – Brooke Holm, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Entrance hall.  Photograph on wall by David Scuderi.  Mister Moss hanging lemon tree and stand!  Photo – Brooke Holm, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

James’ home office.  Photo – Brooke Holm, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

James’ home office.  I must say I’m quite partial to a brave photo mural!  Photo – Brooke Holm, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

 Bedroom.  Photograph above bed ‘Queen of the Night Curled’ by Peter Van Sommers.  Photo – Brooke Holm, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

 Jenna’s ‘Mister Moss’ suspended plant balls hang from the bathroom ceiling.  Photo – Brooke Holm, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Outdoor entertaining.  ‘Our red chairs were a labour of love to paint!’ says Jenna!  Photo – Brooke Holm, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Outdoor entertaining area, and more of Jenna’s decorative ‘Mister Moss’ suspended plants.  Photo – Brooke Holm, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 14th November 2012

51 comments

  • S t e F a n i a 2 years ago

    Wonderful house, use of color and hanging plants!

  • S t e F a n i a 2 years ago

    ps: love the photo mural in the office!

  • Bellypork 2 years ago

    Oh I love the vases on the dining table! I hope they end up on her website soon.

  • leanne 2 years ago

    ah, willi, my old stomping ground :)
    gorgeously renovated home, and yes i’m feeling the urge for a new vase!

  • Kath W 2 years ago

    Here, here, Mister Moss! Lovely home, looks very light and happy.

  • Eline 2 years ago

    Love this bright, contemporary home – and looks very livable too! I’ll keep my eye out for one of those fun vases … :-) Thanks for sharing!

  • Tarnya 2 years ago

    Love the hanging Kangaroo Paws!

  • Pippa 2 years ago

    A house plant in a new way, love it!

  • Anna 2 years ago

    i’ve seen the hanging plants in a couple of cafes and wondered where i could get them from, now i know – yay! Beautiful home

  • Kirsty // OTIS & OTTO 2 years ago

    lovely home. great to see the west getting a bit more exposure. thanks jenna + tdf!

  • Michelle C 2 years ago

    Isn’t Penny Wheeler amazing!!!

  • Rachel 2 years ago

    I love those plant balls!

  • Sharne 2 years ago

    Love the red chair’s with the outside table!!

  • Astrid 2 years ago

    I love the red stools in the kitchen, can you reveal their origin ? Generally love the light, airy feel to this place, and really clever use of greenery.

  • Amy R 2 years ago

    Wow- just so the look I love! Colour, concrete and creativity! And loved the hanging lemon tree- genious!

  • Mark 2 years ago

    Searching for a new office chair and nothing like a bit of turned wood to get me going, i must say i do like the look of the one in these images, Any info on what/where it came from? p.s – realyl enjoyed this colourful insight…lovely stuff. Thanks!

  • Bianca 2 years ago

    Amazing, I love it.. all the colours are awesome!

  • Emma 2 years ago

    YOU HAD ME AT HELLO!! YOU HAD ME AT HELLO!!

    This house is a dream come true!! amazing!! and definitely popping over to check our her homewares range ;)

  • madison 2 years ago

    OH MY GOD THE HANGING LEMON TREE AND STAND!!!!! I NEED THIS! Quite seriously, when is this going to be available?

  • zoe 2 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful! Loving the painted Yukka and the fluro string.

    http://www.stringgardens.com/

  • Catherine 2 years ago

    Red Chairs and Red Geraniums, my idea of beautiful outdoor love. What a fabulous home.

  • Allison Taylor 2 years ago

    Love the Kangaroo Paw in the planters outside. Live in Williamstown, must get to know more of its people …

  • Julia 2 years ago

    can you pretty please post details of where she got her dining table and chairs from? they are to die for!

  • Jenna 2 years ago

    LUCY!!! What a day…..thanks so much for posting Mister Moss and our home. We are getting such great feedback!
    Thought I would help answer a few questions regards furniture;
    – The dinning table is from Globe West.
    – Dining Chairs from Matt Blatt
    – Red Stools in the kitchen are from IKEA
    – Office chair is from Exhibit Interiors
    x

  • georgie n 2 years ago

    Hello, I am wondering if Jenna also wouldn’t mind sharing info about the stone used for the bathroom vanity? Thankyou.

  • Jessamy 2 years ago

    Lemon tree stand. I. Must. Have.

  • angelavsquez 2 years ago

    love the outdoor

  • leila 2 years ago

    Beautiful home. I ADORE and would love to purchase the Jenna’s vases

  • Jenna 2 years ago

    Hi Georgie,
    The stone in the bathroom is Calcutta Gold Stone. x

  • Lizzie 2 years ago

    Love your place Jenna. Especially your Champagne print. Can you please suggest where I may get it or something similar?

  • Margie 2 years ago

    LOVE those red chairs – so worth it!

  • Jenna 2 years ago

    Hi Lizzie,
    Glad you like the house. The champagne print is from Vintage Poster Only. They have a great range.

    http://vintagepostersonly.com/category/food-beverage

  • Tim 2 years ago

    Came up beautifully-Love the mural also! Nice place-nice town-Williamstown.

  • Julia 2 years ago

    thanks for the info! I am in love with your dining table! it fits the room so well! I contacted Globe West today about it and they say its not one of theirs :( noooo…. so my search continues:) congrats on putting together such a stunning house.

  • Nick 2 years ago

    Hi Jenna,

    Just wondering when the lemon tree and your vases will be online to purchase?
    Or are they already?
    Awesome house love it

  • Linda 2 years ago

    And the multi-coloured rug? where is it from? Also links to your site aren’t working Jenna.

  • Francis 2 years ago

    Solid looking photos and a very attractive home. I love the timber flooring on the ceiling and also the light fixture and ‘slide to close’ door in the home office. Great share…

  • Kate S 2 years ago

    Great story, Lucy. Does anyone know the origins of the floor rug in the living room (second photo)?

  • Rossco 2 years ago

    Hi, is this laminate flooring, or some sort of decal that’s been put on top of the roof. I can see downlights coming through. Great idea, just wondering about the structural support of real wood on the roof?

  • elissa c 2 years ago

    Wow, this whole home is stunning. I love the Mister Moss balls – I can imagine them in just about every room (and balcony) of my apartment. Pity about the WA quarantine restrictions.

  • Tracey 2 years ago

    Hi Jenna, I love your home…can you please tell me where the multi
    colour rug in the lounge is from?

  • lova 2 years ago

    omara tove kaaaooa inoa sakina papooa sarooti tawa. means excellent….

  • Bonita 1 year ago

    Love the red chairs. I have the same chairs that I wish to paint. Can you give me any tips on the best mathed to receive the best results. What kind pf chairs are they? Thanks

  • Eva 1 year ago

    You’ve done we’ll to design and pick all the lovely colours to go well together. I LOVE IT !

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