Australian Homes

Kirsty Davey and family

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 23rd January 2013

The Jan Juc home of Kirsty Davey and family.  VALLA Surfboard, shaped by Kirsty and Simon’s friend Sage Joske. ‘Rats in a Bottle’ deck artwork (above doorway), Antique Balinese Tapestry.  Photo – Brooke Holm, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Dining room.  ‘Great Ocean Road’ photograph by Anita Beaney. ‘Anita is a good friend & we love her use of photography to achieve a painterly feel’ says Kirsty.  Vintage Record Stand from The Mill Market Daylesford.  Photo – Brooke Holm, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Dreamy round kitchen window!  Photo – Brooke Holm, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Kirsty at her work station in the master bedroom.  Photo – Brooke Holm, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Instagram works in mysterious ways.  Over summer you may recall we ran our ‘Best of Australian Homes’ series, and re-visiting the amaaaaazing Brisbane home of artist Adam Lester and family.  Subsequently, I instagrammed a shot of Adam’s home, and mentioned just how photogenic a home with timber panelling is!  AND wouldn’t ya know it, a few more timber-panelled homes found their way onto my radar that week!  I think instagram is basically the modern day equivalent of ‘manifesting’ ones dreams.  Ask instagram what your heart desires, and somehow it will find you.  It worked for me!

Anyway, I digress.  In addition to amazing timber panelling, this fabulous beachy family home in Jan Juc on Victoria’s surf Coast has a few eclectic details going on!  First off – check out the carpet!

Kirsty Davey rents this home with her partner Simon Taylor and 2 years old Mali – they’ve been here four years.  She says there’s a lot about the home she wouldn’t necessarily have chosen herself (including that carpet!), but somehow, the mish mash of textures and colours really do work to create a relaxed, rambling family home.

Although they’re renting, Kirsty and Simon have been lucky enough to work with their landlord to make a few minor cosmetic changes to personalise their home.  ‘We’ve been lucky tenants and had the creative freedom to paint rooms where they needed updating, and plant a sizeable veggie patch’ says Kirsty.  ‘Harvesting our own fruit & veg has expanded our love & knowledge of good food’.

Before moving here, Kirsty and family previously lived in Yarraville in Melbourne. Simon’s love of surfing brought them to Jan Juc originally, but four years on, Kirsty says she can’t imagine moving back into town anytime soon.  The relaxed, easy way of life here really suits this young family – they love having a big garden, a vegetable patch and easy access to the beach.

‘We’re surrounded by loads of windows allowing natural light into almost every room’  says Kirsty, when asked what she loves most about living here. ‘Our leafy green outlook and little view of the ocean is pretty special. Our white timber walls also provide a beautiful canvas for decorating – and the original retro features give the house a sense familiarity and nostalgic charm.  Oh, and we’re only 5 minutes away from the beach & great surf!’  Ok. I get it!  I’m sold!

Big thanks to Kirsty and co for sharing their home with us today!  I should also say, Kirsty has a fab little blog of her own called Otis & Otto! She has an incredible sense of style, and sources the most amazing things for her home and for Mali both in shops and online… well worth checking out!

Dining room.  ‘Great Ocean Road’ photograph by Anita Beaney. Photo – Brooke Holm, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Vintage 1970’s ‘Wurlitzer’ Organ, from Lost & Found (when it was in Collingwood!).  Photo – Brooke Holm, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Kitchen details.  Mud Ceramics Carafe & Cups. Original Picquot ‘K3′ Kettle… one of Kirsty’s most coveted pieces!  Photo – Brooke Holm, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Kitchen details.  How amazing is that window!  ‘Sullivans Cove’ Giclee print by Dawn Tan.  Photo – Brooke Holm, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Smeg Fab 28 Refrigerator – ‘a wedding present from my Mum!’ says Kirsty!  THANKS MUM!  Photo – Brooke Holm, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Simon’s office. Chilli Surfboard. Photo – Brooke Holm, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Pop & Scott ‘Thinking Swing’ – ‘My new favourite! Whimsical & enjoyed by everyone!’ says Kirsty!  Photo – Brooke Holm, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Guest bedroom – regularly in use by a stream of city-based friends!  Antique Wall Hanging bought at Lost Ark in Williamstown.  Photo – Brooke Holm, Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Living room.  Original ‘Oke’ 1970’s single fin surfboard, Danish rosewood coffee table from Grandfathers Axe in Northcote, Danish 4 seater leather sofa from Angelucci 20th Century, Marimekko cushion. Stämpel Studio plant vessel on mantle.  Photo – Brooke Holm, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Master bedroom – the quirky sloped ceiling means Kirsty and Simon have learnt to crouch whilst getting in and out of bed! Photo – Brooke Holm, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Mali’s bedroom door.  Antique plant stand from Coastal Trader in Portarlington.  Photo – Brooke Holm, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Mali’s room.  ‘Down to the Woods‘ Freckle Rug & Vintage Table & Chairs Set found at The Mill Markets, Geelong.  Photo - Brooke Holm, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Mali’s collection of vintage books & trinkets.  Photo – Brooke Holm, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Back shed!  (surfboard storage!).  Photo – Brooke Holm, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Mali swings high above the vegetable patch!  (Dont worry Simon is just out of frame on the right!).  Photo – Brooke Holm, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

 


by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 23rd January 2013

49 comments

  • Sarah 2 years ago

    I really love this one………

  • Barbara 2 years ago

    Perfect! I love it all! We certainly don’t get wonderful gardens like that in Yarraville.

  • owls house london 2 years ago

    what fun! a lovely, relaxed vibe, and kept wonderfully simple. some lovely pieces too – i love that little record storage unit!

  • Liz 2 years ago

    Gorgeous home Kirsty!

  • gemma 2 years ago

    love it! so much character. and i love all the surfboards! thank you for sharing.

  • emma 2 years ago

    Gorgeous, as usual Kirsty!

  • Kath W 2 years ago

    Very lovely indeed.

  • Clare 2 years ago

    Love it! I think that carpet with all the native flora is AMAZING. Even though it looks a lot like the fabric Transpert uses to cover the seats on the trains and buses in WA.
    Like so: http://www.focustransport.org.uk/impom07/a2609.jpg

  • jo 2 years ago

    i love that blue carpet!!
    funky house. one of the best i’ve seen.

  • Melissa 2 years ago

    That home feels like a holiday!

  • James 2 years ago

    I love the round window in the kitchen – what a great way to look out onto the big veggie patch.

  • beci 2 years ago

    i LOVE this house. and i want a round window now.

  • Kate 2 years ago

    I’m so moving to the surf coast!! Love this house & love that it’s a rental. Thank you & please have a swim for us!

  • Diana 2 years ago

    Gorgeous Australian coastal home! Love the vintage details.

  • Jenny 2 years ago

    What a beautiful home. Love the LP stand and Mali’s desk. (we had a stove like that but we chucked it out – maybe we should have kept it)

  • Ray 2 years ago

    I can smell the sea breeze…..wonderful house.

  • Gaz 2 years ago

    The delightful thing about this house is that it’s not too contrived, the carpet and the panelling actually give it warmth and character! The garden is beautiful too- wish ours was as green!

  • Gigi 2 years ago

    A great snapshot of a truly original and eclectic home. Love it.

  • Dawn Tan 2 years ago

    What a lovely home! Thanks for sharing and so glad my work made it up here too! Hehe.. xo

  • Rae 2 years ago

    If she can do that with a rental, what can she do with a blank canvas? Amazing. Interior designer extraordinar!

  • lizzie 2 years ago

    oh dear, coastal trader makes TDF… there goes my local treasure trove

  • Carolyn 2 years ago

    Very inspired after seeing today’s TDF daily! Kirsty, you have talent and I will be following your blog! Thank you for sharing your wonderful home with us!

  • Kirsty // OTIS & OTTO 2 years ago

    Thank you all so much for your lovely comments! X K.

  • Taia 2 years ago

    Who’s the artist for the rats in a bottle over the door?

  • Kirsty // OTIS & OTTO 2 years ago

    Hi Taia! The ‘rats in a bottle’ piece is by artist Darren Richmond. X. K.

  • georgie n 2 years ago

    I love the having to put up with rental carpets aspect of this post. Working with what you have is an important aspect of design/deco problem solving. Such a great example of keeping it real, both environmentally and economically. Great work.

  • Amberly 2 years ago

    Wow. I no longer want hardwood floors, I want carpet like THAT. Such a fantastic tour, I especially love the shot of the living room because of the total mix of styles, it’s so interesting and fresh! Thanks so much for opening your home, I’m greatly inspired!

  • Martine 2 years ago

    Our friends in Jan Juc have exactly the same carpet! They will be thrilled to see how cool it can look!!

  • Angelica 2 years ago

    I love the simplicity and relaxed feel of this home, it’s cosy and can be called a home moreso than a house. Love the Smeg fridge too :D

  • Kiki 2 years ago

    This house is what i love to see . It shows what a talented person can do with there own style and make such a inviting space with REAL earth, feel and individuality in a rental home. I think when you have a whole house full of Eames designer pieces, expensive artworks and a endless budget then it doesn’t take a much to make it look good. This house is Just simply cool………………

  • Kern County 2 years ago

    We appreciate you the knowledge which supports using my own school study document… A person taught me to be tremendously… Many thanks Kern County http://bostonherald.com/blogs/entertainment/disney_days/index.php/2011/01/18/africa-trek-at-animal-kingdom

  • Mike Nowson 4 weeks ago

    To me this is classic old Juc…makes me forget about the RACV building and reminds me of a simpler way of living!

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