Australian Homes

Dion Antony, Anna Feller and Family

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 27th August 2014

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The Sydney home of Dion Antony, Anna Feller and Family. Their garden oasis adjoining the living room is always a favourite spot for a long lunch. Cushions by Pony Rider. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins/The Design Files.

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Anna’s favourite lavender plant. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins/The Design Files.

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Living room details. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins/The Design Files.

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Living room. Pony Rider cushion, vintage post box filled with plants, picnic basket on wheels.  Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins/The Design Files.

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Living room. Pony rider x cushion , banjos toy box made from vintage radio flyer. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins/The Design Files.

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Dion, Anna and gorgeous baby Banjo. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

I don’t believe I’ve ever used the word ‘Boho’ in 6 years of writing this blog, but I’m not sure I can avoid it today!  This luxe, bohemian and supremely eclectic family home in Sydney’s Bellevue Hill belongs to furniture designer and maker Dion Antony, model Anna Feller and their gorgeous little man, Banjo Love.  Filled with amazing textiles, lush plant life, handcrafted timber furniture and layer upon layer of treasured heirlooms and collected ephemera, this one really is like no apartment I’ve ever set foot in before!

Dion has occupied his sprawling three bedroom rented apartment for the past 8 years, whilst Anna joined him here 5 years ago after resettling in Sydney from her native Canada.  Banjo arrived just under a year ago, and with a little help from Anna’s Mum, the apartment has been creatively updated here and there to accomodate the newest addition to the family.

Having rented this apartment long term from a good friend, Dion has had a little more freedom than most tenants to make the space his own. ‘Dion is always dreaming up different ideas to update the space’ says Anna. Improvements over the past few years have included repainting the kitchen and bedrooms, removing old carpet to reveal beautiful parquetry flooring, and replacing tap fittings amongst many other updates.  Most recently, Dion and Anna updated the kitchen with new checkered floor and cabinet doors, as well as adding new hardwood skirting boards.  ‘We are always doing something to give the space more love and character’ says Anna.  Lucky landlord!

Next on Dion’s ambitious DIY list for the apartment is somewhat unexpected. ‘The second bathroom is floor to ceiling tiles within a complete concrete structure, and Dion is convinced that he is going to install a small stainless sauna heater and cedar lining to convert it into a sauna…. not if I can stop him!’ says Anna, adding ‘he always has some idea up his sleeve!’.

Aside from general home maintenance, Dion has also designed and made almost all of the furniture in the apartment – so impressive!  Anna’s most treasured piece is the incredible four poster bed, hand crafted from twisted coastal tea tree that Dion felled and brought all the way home from Victoria.  ‘He made the bed as a gift to me on Valentine’s Day just after Banjo was born’ explains Anna.  ‘It’s a Family Bed. We always nap together (the most precious of times) and we sneak Banjo in to cuddle as often as possible. He loves waking up in the trees!’

With its amazing balcony adjoining the living area, natural timber and lush tropical plant life in every nook, the whole apartment feels almost like an indoor garden or atrium. ‘There is a lot to look at, it really puts your senses on over load’ Anna says. Despite this, there is something usmistakebly calming about Dion and Anna’s home.  With it’s high ceilings, generous proportions and cool, quiet interior, the space really is a sanctuary – ‘it has a relaxing energy that people feed off of when they come over’ Anna says.  I can attest to that –  there is something truly magical about this home!

Huge thanks to Dion, Anna and Banjo for sharing their family love nest with us today!

 

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Living room. Cushions are Persian nomadic, coconut stump stools are a collaboration by Dion Antony Artisan X Vanessa Bate (hand painted nests), mirrored coffee table by Dion Antony Artisan. Wagon wheel bird cage light by Dion. Portrait of Anna by her sister, canadian artist Bubzee. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins/The Design Files.

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Bar/ kitchen. Flame sculptured stool (to left) by Dion Antony Artisan, vintage dresser, canadian club wood surf board. Anna wears vintage Ksubi dress, converse shoes , Mania Mania rings. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins/The Design Files.

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Kitchen. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins/The Design Files.

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Dining room. Bench seats and flame sculptured stool by Dion Antony Artisan.  Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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Piano nook. Berlin piano, Doors poster , vintage ladder, copper fish. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins/The Design Files.

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Main bedroom. Inbed linen sheets, amazing coastal tea tree four post bed frame made by Dion, glass lamp with neon shade also made by Dion.  Sunset wall paper back drop. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins/The Design Files.

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Main bedroom. Inbed linen sheets, coastal tea tree four post bed frame by Dion Antony Artisan, glass lamp with neon shade also made by Dion. Sunset wall paper back drop. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins/The Design Files.

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Baby Banjo loves his room!  Leander cot, alpaca rug from Queen Victoria markets, vintage ghetto blaster, anti bad vibe shield by Ozzie Wrong, lampshade by Vanessa Bate, painting by Nick Hernandez, padded exercise ball by Dion Antony artisan.   Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins/The Design Files.

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Sweet leafy Bathroom! Vintage mirrors and timber hearts with mounted plants made by Dion. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins/The Design Files.

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 27th August 2014

30 comments

  • Bronwyn 2 years ago

    This home is a bit special. Feelin it!

  • vanessa bate 2 years ago

    really gorgeous pieces dion. your home is stylishly comfortable and i love the palette. plenty of love and care in this homeplace. beautiful family too!

  • Pooja 2 years ago

    I love all the cute little details in this place!! Thanks Lucy!

  • Charlie 2 years ago

    This is my dream home! I’m really loving all the homes that have featured recently – great finds Lucy!

  • Meaghan 2 years ago

    Smashing. Bold, individual, artful, creative. More please!

  • Lyn 2 years ago

    This is gorgeous, and it looks like it’s lived in too.

  • Indra 2 years ago

    Adore Banjo’s room! Super cute!

  • Suzanne 2 years ago

    Nice to see something a bit different. Fortune favours the brave!

  • marie 2 years ago

    what a beautiful space – the plants in the garden oasis look great – but the best bit is the baby room – he is such a lucky baby!

  • Sarah 2 years ago

    such a beautiful home :-) love love

  • Angela 2 years ago

    This apartment makes me want to rush out to the nearest plant nursery. Gorgeous space!

  • Karen 2 years ago

    Love, love , love this apartment. its great to see such an individual approach and I am so envious of all that greenery.

  • Rachel 2 years ago

    Anti-bad vibes shield! Love it!!

  • Miranda 2 years ago

    Lovely, eclectic, warm and artistic – somehow reminds me of old-school creative sharehouses from the late eighties when rents were affordable!

  • Margot 2 years ago

    I just love the individuality of this – the unique pieces of handcrafted furniture ( for example those slightly mad coconut stump stools with the nests painted on top), the textiles and textures, the plants, (amazingly I didn’t spot the ubiquitous fiddle leaf fig which I’m getting slightly bored with, gorgeous as they are) the pop of blue in that kitchen, the beautiful portrait of Anna by her sister, the slightly kitsch image behind that amazing bed. I love everything! Gorgeous.

  • Nadin Lespoir 2 years ago

    Thank you for sharing! That is so great and full of inspiration!

  • Michelle 2 years ago

    This apartment is amazing! So many things to swoon over – from the checkered floor, to the tea tree bed, to the gorgeous cushions, the blue kitchen cabinets, the beach murals to the greenery in every corner….okay, I’m loving it all! :)

  • Josephine 2 years ago

    Greenery, books and Doors. Fabbo. Love this space.

  • Clare 2 years ago

    Lovin’ this one! Super cool place.

  • Lizzie Chapman 2 years ago

    Wow – love this place

  • Georgia 2 years ago

    This house has a wonderful holiday vibe, amongst other things ;-)
    I actually remember when Dion was a world champion inline skater….Used to watch the X-Games in the the mid 1990s. What diverse talents!

  • Laura Baxter 2 years ago

    I love this!! Together with the perfect use of the word “Boho”… perfection.

  • Pam 2 years ago

    That gorgeous baby!! Love the way they have personalised a rented flat so stylishly.

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