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Top Ten Homes of 2017 · Lilli Waters and Jake Cole

Top Ten Homes of 2017

One of our most popular homes in 2017 was the delightful love-nest of photographic artist Lilli Waters and her husband Jake Cole, a musician, in Pascoe Vale in Melbourne’s North.

The house-proud couple have created a warm, multi-layered home which speaks to their many passions – art and photography, music, food, friends and pets!

2nd January, 2018

View from lounge into the dining room of Lilli and Jake’s Pascoe Vale home. The vintage poppy painting is cherished as it was salvaged from an op shop and repaired, pictured with rug from IKEA, and macramé plant hangers from Etsy. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Pot and stool by Pop & Scott in front of framed print from Lilli’s ‘Discolour’d ~ Floral Games’ photographic series. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

The painting of Jacob by friend Wynona Miller, gifted by Lilli as for their wedding is one of her most loved possessions. Also in the room, hanging rug from Ishka, rug from IKEA, and vintage print, pots and bowls from assorted op shops and garage sales. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

The dining table was made by Lilli’s uncle Kim Moir, while the succulent pot is from Anchor Ceramics and rug from IKEA. The large, Iceland landscape photograph was shot by Lilli on film, and the cactus print is by friend Sarah Hendy. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

A vintage 1960’s print ‘Saw Ohn Nyun’ by Sir Gerard Kelly from Smith St Bazaar, mirror from The Junk Co., dining table made by Lilli’s Uncle Kim Moir, Danish Sideboard from Gumtree, and assorted glassware hand me downs from Lilli’s Grandmother and from The Junk Co. Jake’s assorted guitar collection on rack, including a custom-made Maton guitar gifted as a birthday present from Lilli. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Lucy Feagins
Tuesday 2nd January 2018

‘We are renting, but we love spending time on making our home a beautiful and warm place to come home to, where we can grow things in our garden, create & make music.’

We do love a much-loved and many-layered rented home, and the Pascoe Vale home of photographic artist Lilli Waters and her husband Jake Cole is just that – a gorgeous, rambling old house in Melbourne’s north, full of character and creative energy.

Here, amongst a jungle of luscious indoor plants, artwork by friends and family, and a seriously impressive collection of op-shop treasure, Lilli’s haunting photographic artworks adorn the walls, whilst Jake’s ever-expanding guitar and amp collection slowly commands more floorspace!

Lilli and Jake love coming home to their house, and feel it is a a space which really nurtures both of their creative spirits. ‘I’m very much drawn to the organic feel of this house’ Lilli muses. ‘It has such a warm feeling, and makes you feel safe and at home as soon as you walk in the door’.

For the full story and many more photos of this delightful love-nest, do revisit the original story!

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