The amazing Melbourne home of Simone and Rhys Haag! Dining table is ‘Table 12′ by Hay from Corporate Culture, dining chairs are ‘Neve’ by Poro from Space, hanging light is a ‘Disc pendant’ by Toss B from Hub, print is by Ellie Malin from Modern Times, Marigold Rug on the floor by Armadillo & Co. Timber panelling painted in Dulux natural white. Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.
Looking from Kitchen to front door / entry. Smeg fridge, cloak cupboard on right hand side, 60’s Swedish rug – Simone’s latest and greatest vintage purchase! Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.
Amazingly, the modular String System shelving from Great Dane Furniture fitted perfectly along one wall in the kitchen, and provides ample storage without adding too much chunk. It houses Simone’s random assortment of ceramics, leather radio, bits and pieces. Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.
Today’s home is particularly special. I have been hunting it like some kind of stealth stake-out for over a year! When homes are this cute, you have no idea how hard it is to get them. Beautiful homes are always in hot demand – and often the prettiest ones will go to Magazine-land before us lowly bloggers can get our hands on them!
So, with all this in mind, I have to say I am pretty chuffed today to finally share this stunning home in Melbourne’s Eastern suburb of Ringwood! It is such a beauty! Affectionately nick named ‘The Log Cabin’, this lovingly renovated 1970’s timber home belongs to Simone Haag and Rhys Haag, who share the space with their larger-than-life rescue dog, Tank (a Great Dane x Irish Wolfhound).
Like some kind of dynamic duo from The Block All Stars, newlyweds Rhys and Simone spent just 3 months turning their kooky 3-bedroom home into Scandi-styled perfection! That has got to be a home renovation record! These guys seriously know how to GET THINGS DONE. It’s not too surprising though, given Rhys is a construction manager, whilst Simone works for interior design studio Hecker Guthrie, looking after communications, and heading up the decor and styling department. I’d definitely call that an unfair advantage!
The home was quite dark and run down, and in dire need of an update when Simone and Rhys settled on the property in June 2011. But Simone could see the potential here, and with the expert guidance of her employers Paul Hecker and Hamish Guthrie from revered Melbourne design firm Hecker Guthrie, a clever re-furbishment was planned.
The goal was to lighten the space significantly, and give it a relaxed, Scandinavian feel. The entire house was repainted, inside and out (some rooms needed 5 coats of white!). Both the kitchen and bathroom were gutted and redesigned. New flooring was laid throughout – the main living and dining areas were softened with Austrian Larch flooring from Mafi, whilst bedrooms were finished with cosy wool carpet and additional white timber panelling to match the original walls in the living area. A ‘semi ensuite’ off the master bedroom was converted into a beautiful robe / dressing room (so clever – it really opens up the room!), and new lighting was installed throughout.
As a city girl whose previous home was a tiny 1 bedroom apartment, it’s taken Simone a little while to grow accustomed to this space, and to the evening stillness of the surrounding neighbourhood. She now loves the feeling of calm here, the forest at the end of the street, and the roaring open fire in winter! There’s also a real connection with nature, as the home is perched high on an elevated block, looking East towards the Dandenong ranges.
As is probably obvious by the picture-perfect styling here, Simone is an incredible fossicker / finder / hunter / gatherer of all manner of beautiful home accessories and knick knacks – she knows where all the best designer goodness is found, both online and in stores, and can sniff out a collectible vintage ceramic item in any dodgy op shop at 50 paces! She also has her own little blog which would welcome any new visitors today! And of course don’t forget to keep abreast of all Hecker Guthrie’s AMAZING work on their website! They are total geniuses.
We are so thrilled to share this very special Melbourne home with you today! Thankyou all!