After a bit of good-old-fashioned Insta stalking, Kellie Macpherson of Castle & Cubby came across Captain and the Gypsy Kid, and was instantly drawn to stylist Sheree Commerford’s natural, rustic aesthetic, and the adventurous spirit of her family. When she saw that Sheree was renovating her home on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, and looking for a great cubby for her kids, she jumped at the opportunity.
‘The process was really organic with Sheree, lots of excited phone calls hashing out concepts and design sketches until we came up with a design that we sighed at,’ Kellie says, ‘We both had ideas of creating A-Frames before coming together, so obviously it was meant to be!’
The result was, and I don’t think I’m exaggerating here, maybe the coolest cubby of ALL TIME. ‘We really wanted to create a space that could grow with a family,’ explains Kellie, ‘a space that was primarily for children to call their own, but that could be converted into guest accommodation or a teenage retreat over the years.’ Yes, that’s right, you can have guests to stay in your child’s cubby house.
The frame uses a combination of sustainably sourced pine, and reclaimed hardwood, for textural appeal. Galvanised tin roofing panels add another layer of texture, and there is the huge side opening that converts the space into a shaded family hang out area.
At the end of the day, sparking imagination, inspiration, and independence in children is at the heart of what Kellie and Jon do. ‘Our spaces are designed to bring families together, interacting in pretend play, mimicking the adult world, sharing secrets, making potions, selling your wares,’ Kellie says, ‘we just want to provide the space to do that in.’