Australian Homes

Fiona MacLennan, Ken Norrish and Family

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 24th April 2013

Dining area in the incredible WA home of Fiona MacLennan, Ken Norrish and Family.  Danish Glass on late 1940’s Australian blonde sideboard.  Polished concrete, 1950s chairs Moller teak and Bertoia diamond.  Photo by Angelita Bonetti, production / styling by Anna Flanders for The Design Files.

Open plan living / dining area.  Photo by Angelita Bonetti, production / styling by Anna Flanders for The Design Files.

Entrance hall.  Huge French vintage poster.   Photo by Angelita Bonetti, production / styling by Anna Flanders for The Design Files.

North facing protected timber terrace/deck.  Photo by Angelita Bonetti, production / styling by Anna Flanders for The Design Files.

I’m always very excited to share a WA home with you all – I know they’re few and far between around here, but with the amazing assistance of Perth based stylist Anna Flanders and photographer Angelita Bonetti, we’re slowly but surely working in a few more incredible WA homes into the TDF mix!

Today’s amazing family home comes to us from the Yallingup Siding region, which is on the West Coast of WA, about 3 hours South of Perth.  It’s the home of one very creative family – Fiona Maclennan, Ken Norrish and their son Mackie.

Ken and Fiona share a passion for great design, and have each made their livings from sourcing and selling beautiful furniture and homewares, and renovating homes together in the WA area.  Fiona grew up in a design family, and has lived with beautiful design pieces all her life.  Ken has been an antiques dealer and obsessive restorer / renovator since his teens, whilst Fiona has always been more drawn to mid-century design and Japanese pieces. (She still runs occasional Japanese ceramic pop-ups called ‘Momo Home’ in the Margaret River region.)  Apparently Ken is quite well known around Fremantle and Perth, particularly for his big Tuscan-style renovations in the 90’s, which were well documented in various interiors magazines such as House & Garden at the time!

Despite having renovated and sold many homes together, this is the first home that Ken and Fiona have built from scratch. ‘This is our first new house, built after many renovations and restorations’ says Fiona.  The pair selected this block of land for its mix of native bush and the Northern outlook to the bay.  ‘We could build here without destroying bushland, and were able to design with big North windows for view and solar gain, which is rare in WA, as most views tend to be Westerly, with hot afternoon sun issues’.

Having previously lived in a lightweight old beach house, in designing this home, Fiona and Ken became ‘a little obsessive’ about thermal mass, keen to ensure they would have lots of thick dark concrete floors absorbing winter sun.  First and foremost, this house was designed to suit the site, with functionality in mind – but an important influencing factor was also to create a space that would complement the incredible mid 20th Century furniture both Fiona and Ken have collected over the years.  Indeed this space certainly does seem to strike the perfect harmonious balance between efficient contemporary design and classic mid-century style.

Massive thanks to Ken and Fiona for sharing their stunning home with us today, and to Anna and Angelita for capturing it so beautifully!

Loungeroom.  1970’s B&B Italia sofa.  Photo – by Angelita Bonetti, styling – Anna Flanders.

Peter Matulich bus stop drawing/painting.  Photo – by Angelita Bonetti, styling – Anna Flanders.

Dining looking through to kitchen. ‘Our interpretation of a modern country kitchen / dining area, with an outlook over trees to Geographe Bay’ says Fiona.  Photo – by Angelita Bonetti, styling – Anna Flanders.

Kitchen details.  Photo – by Angelita Bonetti, styling – Anna Flanders.

Loungeroom detail. 1950’s fiberglass chairs by Lawerence Peabody.  Photo – by Angelita Bonetti, styling – Anna Flanders.

Loungeroom reverse. Photo – by Angelita Bonetti, styling – Anna Flanders.

Bookshelf detail – 1960’s Porsche 906 tin toy.  Photo – by Angelita Bonetti, styling – Anna Flanders.

Loungeroom. Joss Gregson painting, 1950’s fiberglass chairs by Lawerence Peabody.  Photo – by Angelita Bonetti, styling – Anna Flanders.

North facing protected timber terrace/deck.  Photo – by Angelita Bonetti, styling – Anna Flanders.

Master Bedroom. Recycled local Tuart timber, Moroccan rug.  Photo – by Angelita Bonetti, styling – Anna Flanders.

Bedroom details.  Japanese kokeshi dolls sit on 1954 Danish Moller sideboard, and 1950’s Roger McLay ply Cone chair.  Photo – by Angelita Bonetti, styling – Anna Flanders.

Mackie’s bedroom. Photo – by Angelita Bonetti, styling – Anna Flanders.

Main bathroom.  Raw cedar, glass mosaics and terazzo floor. Photo – by Angelita Bonetti, styling – Anna Flanders.

North facing protected timber terrace/deck.  Photo – by Angelita Bonetti, styling – Anna Flanders.

Exterior.  Drystone granite retaining walls. 1970 Egli Vincent in the driveway (the original cafe racer!).  Photo – by Angelita Bonetti, styling – Anna Flanders.

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 24th April 2013


  • Mary Anne 4 years ago

    Gorgeous gorgeous family home! The Mon Oncle print looks fabulous! Love it all !

  • ces 4 years ago

    The view from terrace/deck is lovely. I want one too!

  • White Forest Home 4 years ago

    What a lovely space…bright, light and beautiful lush bushlands…

  • Pamela Oberman 4 years ago

    This is a beautiful expression of extreme good taste – this couple does Australia proud, love the shapes and lines and bold colour – even the motor bike seems to be a well thought out object of transportation.
    I am a Mon Oncle fan also.

  • Pippa 4 years ago

    What a thrill!

  • jil casey 4 years ago

    Love it!

  • Ash B 4 years ago

    Do you think they’d mind if I snuck in and took that McLay chair… and the Jielde lamps… and the Holmegaard collection… and…

  • Melissa 4 years ago

    The photography is gorgeous, so crisp. What kind of camera was used?

  • Amanda 4 years ago

    What a beautiful home. I’m getting ideas for our deck. And I love that sink. I wish we had bought that sink when we did our kitchen.

    The bathroom is also beautiful.

  • jessica 4 years ago

    Stunning home, just lovely! =)

  • Kate 4 years ago

    Love the children’s bedroom, bathroom and vintage french posters! In fact, I love the whole house – just divine.

  • Clare 4 years ago

    Because I’m lame and practical I’m wondering how they dealt with the fire-proofing design requirements… seems to heaps more beautiful windows (without shutters) than my in-laws are thinking they’ll be able to have on a bush block.

  • Sarah 4 years ago

    Totally in love with this house!

  • Kate 4 years ago

    This is my most favourite house on TDF. Thank you!! xx

  • Gemma 4 years ago

    My favorite house so far. Keep up the good work.

  • Darcie 4 years ago

    Great house, love all the beautiful wood, and pops of colour. And that tap! I have been looking for one just like it. LOVE.

  • Hannah 4 years ago

    Lovely to see a WA home featured! x

  • patricia 4 years ago

    The coloured stools in the dining/kitchen- what are they?

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  • Julianne godby 4 years ago

    Hi can you tell me what and where i might get the lights that are hanging above the dining table???love them!

  • Liz 4 years ago

    Yes, what a divine house – I don’t think there is a bit I don’t like! Can you tell me the make and model of the wood burner, it is just what we are looking for and we are tired of seeing mock, old fashioned numbers with brass knobs! Love to know that please.

  • Darcie 4 years ago

    I can’t stop thinking about that black kitchen tap! Anyone know where I can find one like this? I am DESPERATE for one!

  • julie arrowsmith 4 years ago

    Design Files, your best ever.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • owls house london. 4 years ago

    what a lovely, relaxed feel this home has, and the furniture pieces are a knock-out!

  • Claire G 4 years ago

    SOOOOOO happy to see another WA house on TDF!! And such a beautiful home.. Would love to see more like that from the West!

  • Kirsty 4 years ago

    Fabulous styling and story! Love the warm, yet modern look. K x

  • EMMA F 4 years ago

    Amazing home,so wan’t everything in it.

  • business 4 years ago

    Wow that was odd. I just wrote an very long comment but after I clicked
    submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again.

    Anyhow, just wanted to say superb blog!

  • Lisa G 3 years ago

    Love! Happy space. Great light. Just one question, if I may …. Where did you purchase the fabulous world map in Mackie’s bedroom? Enjoy your wonderful home and thanks for sharing.

  • Maria 3 years ago

    Love it! Great to see homes from states other than vic and nsw!

    Can you tell me where the vintage poster is from? Thanks!

  • Patsy 3 years ago

    Stunning. Just returned from a week ‘down south’ and this place really captures the essence of the creative yet natural vibe down there. There is a lot of homogenous boring top end design in WA right now, so it is lovely to see such imagination.

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  • Thanks for this, I really appreciate what you have done here. Keep it up, and I will be back for more.

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  • liz 3 years ago

    Beautiful house – do you know where to get the wire chairs – ie. black one in the dining area, white on in the hall and on the deck?

  • Susan 3 years ago

    RE: bedroom Danish Sideboard
    I ‘m interested in the small vanity on top of the sideboard? Is it available somewhere?

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