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Top Ten Australian Homes of 2016 · Chris and Arabella Wilson and Family


TODAY we share another of your favourite homes from 2016 – the Jan Juc home of Arabella Wilson (previous of fashion label Arabella Ramsay and now of kidswear label Dougal) and Chris Wilson (of Yoke Yoga studio)  and their two young daughters Marlowe and Lottie.

Described by Arabella as ‘Rustic Robinson Crusoe’, this home is the ultimate beachside family pad!

28th December, 2016
Lucy Feagins
Wednesday 28th December 2016

The Jan Juc home of Arabella and Chris Wilson, which we first shared back in September, was one of our most popular Australian Homes ever! Built sustainably with mud-rendered straw bale walls and recycled materials, and finished with a soft, chalky colour palette and sweet handcrafted details (such as those fabulous clusters of PET pendant lamps!) this home perfectly balances earthy, robust bones with pretty, decorative details.

We love Arabella’s distinctive design aesthetic – she has a passion for vintage textiles, in particular patchwork quilts, many of which feature throughout the home.  Arabella’s Dad, Dougal Ramsay, is also an incredible illustrator whose quirky drawings also feature throughout the home, and have inspired many of the textiles in Arabella’s kidswear label, Dougal.

Having previously been based in Melbourne, the tranquility here is something Arabella and Chris never take for granted. ‘Hearing the surf when you go to sleep, and waking up to the birds in the morning…. these simple things are what I love…’ Arabella says.

For the full story and many more photos of Arabella and Chris’s beautiful home, do pop back and revisit the original post!

Arabella with her youngest daughter Lottie. (Lottie wears sweatshirt from Arabella’s kids label, Dougal) Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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