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Kate Stokes and Haslett Grounds

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 11th March 2015

SUCH A goody today, people!

This is the gorgeous Fitzroy apartment of Kate Stokes (of local design studio of Coco Flip), her husband Haslett Grounds (an architect, of Grounds Architecture, who also runs Kate’s business with her) and their four month old daughter Mariko (aka ‘Kiko’!).  Perched high above the shopfronts on Gertrude st in Fitzroy, their spacious inner city apartment is pretty special.

Designer Kate Stokes and her architect husband Haslett Grounds have been living in their bright and enviably spacious Fitzroy apartment for just one year.  They’re renting, so haven’t made any permanent changes – though when they found out they were expecting, they did build a mini cubby-house inspired bedroom for Kiko in the living space! (Genius!).  They’ve also softened the space with the most impressive collection of indoor plants – it makes such a difference in a lofty space like this!

As is evident in these pics, despite having only one bedroom, Kate and Haslett’s apartment is of rather EPIC proportions.  The building is a beautifully converted multi-level Victorian warehouse, designed by respected local architecture firm Kerstin Thompson Architecture in 1996. The resulting layout is a generous open plan design which optimises natural light and city views, and provides the perfect backdrop for Kate and Haslett’s pared back, scandi-inspired interior elements, and that incredible indoor jungle.

Amongst treasured furniture pieces from Grandfather’s Axe and Kate’s own studio Coco Flip, and a much loved rug from Loom, the space is also dotted with artworks and handcrafted elements by the couples’ many creative friends. Favourite pieces include the hanging woven sculpture by their friend Sophie Moorhouse Morris, as well as the Safari chairs by Australian furniture designer Michael Hirst, which were inherited from Haslett’s grandparents.  The rope weaving on the wall in the lounge room is another treasured piece by the couple’s Danish friend Hanne Ibach –  a gift for their wedding. ‘Hanne collects all of the rope she weaves from on beaches in Western Australia’ says Kate.

Both Kate and Haslett are originally from Perth, thought they’re very much permanent fixtures of Melbourne’s Northside now! With Kate’s business based in Collingwood, and a new bub at home, the central location suits them perfectly.  They love a morning stroll down Gertrude street with Kiko in tow, and they can’t get enough of the incredible views from their rooftop, across Fitzroy and the city. ‘We especially love waking up to the sunrise and watching the hot air balloons drifting by overhead’ says Kate.

Kate & Kiko on the roof terrace overlooking the city. Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 11th March 2015


  • Sally 2 years ago

    I LOVE WEDNESDAYS! It’s always such a joy to open up the post on Wednesdays.

    You can never have too many plants – so true! I can’t imagine ever tiring of the ‘jungle’ look.

    I love how the gorgeous large rug defines the space so perfectly in the living room.

  • Littlekarstar 2 years ago

    This is my favourite this year! Love it. So much life. And plants! It’s like my indoor jungle

  • Indra 2 years ago

    I want a cubby house bedroom in a warehouse! Too cool!

  • Nerissa 2 years ago

    Thanks for sharing such a clever use of space and decoration! I would love to know what colour has been used on the main wall of the kitchen – it’s a beautiful contrast to the white walls.

  • Estelle 2 years ago

    Great space, love the master bedroom and that Pigmelon artwork is a treat!

  • Sarah Kelk 2 years ago

    This place looks like a home!! Love it

  • Jess 2 years ago

    The cushion on the chair in Mariko’s cubby room is lovely. Does anyone know where it’s from?

  • Christina 2 years ago

    That glass sculpture!!!

  • Jackpot 2 years ago

    Best Wednesday house-share EVA!

  • Lachlan 2 years ago

    wow! such a welcoming space! – love the cubby house babys room !

  • Jane Forma 2 years ago

    Amazingly beautiful space Kate & Has! Absolutely love everything about it, so nice to see such a gorgeous family with kickass taste

  • LondonBlindsCo 2 years ago

    They’re only renting? Wow, they’ve really transformed the space into a personalised area for their family. The indoor plants were a fresh dash of beauty – the natural kind at that. The cubby house is indeed genius work. We wouldn’t be surprised because after all, this couple is into design and architecture and they’ve shown it to us through their home.

  • Polly 2 years ago

    Wow what an amazing place to live! I love Fitzroy. I’m usually all for white kitchens but that kitchen is so so gorgeous and striking. Love the little cubby area for sweet Kiko as well! Great idea.

  • June 2 years ago

    That artwork with the 3 diamonds!!! Love it. Does anyone know who it is by?

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