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The Colourful Beach House Of Kip&Co’s Co-Founder Is For Sale!

On The Market

Are you even a Melburnian if you haven’t thought about moving to the coast this year? Good news, the perfect home has just become available – the Sorrento holiday house of Kip&Co co-founder Kate Heppell! 

If you’re looking for a Mornington Peninsula beach house filled with colour and character – act fast. We can see this house being scooped up by a sea-changer very quickly!

26th October, 2020

How about those concrete bench tops (cast by Mal!). Concrete wall tiles from Bespoke Tile and Stone. Fruit basket from a trip to Darwin. Vase from The Mill Castlemaine. Window seat trinkets from Kate’s travels over the years. Teapot, enamelware and tea towels from Kip&Co. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

The butler’s pantry, featuring a concrete bench cast by Mal. Concrete wall tiles from Bespoke Tile and Stone. Painted vase by Kym Barter from the Falkner Gallery in Castlemaine. Eagle sculpture and enamelware by Kaye Clancey. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

The bold, colourful kitchen! Concrete wall tiles from Bespoke Tile and Stone. Fruit platter made by Kate’s mum. Vase from The Mill Castlemaine. Joinery by Mal. Concrete bench tops cast by Mal. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

The living room. Vintage Tessa leather couch from the Geelong Vintage Market. Cushions and rug from Kip&Co. Photo of Kate’s mum on the wall in the 50s. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

A WOW-factor bathroom! Original bathtub with newly cast concrete bath frame by Mal. Tom Ford candle from Third Drawer Down. Waffle hand towel from Kip&Co. Wall tiles from Bespoke Tile and Stone. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

The master bedroom. Photos from Mal’s parents time in Borneo in the 70s. Trinkets from the pairs travels. Linen quilt cover, sheeting and velvet pillows from Kip&Co. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Another look at that fab bathroom! Shower curtain from Urban Outfitters. Wall and floor tiles from Bespoke Tile and Stone. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Incredible bright blue in the kids bedroom – such a fun use of colour! Vintage beds inherited from the original home owners. All bedding, blankets and cushions from Kip&Co. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Vintage brass fireplace purchased off eBay and installed by Mal (featuring Zig!). Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

The sweet Sorrento view. 10-seater outdoor table by Mal using salvaged bricks from the house back garden. Chairs made by Mal. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Ataga bedside table top purchased in India on a work visit. Vintage lamp gifted from the original house owners as they left. Shell sculpture purchased in Italy last year. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

The Heppells! Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Amelia Barnes
Monday 26th October 2020

Kate Heppell of beloved Australian home brand Kip&Co has built a career out of her eye for colour, pattern, and joyful details, as seen in her delightful Sorrento home that’s just hit the market!

The 1970s beach house has been the holiday house of Kate, her partner Mal Heppell of DMS Landscape Architecture, and children Zig, Fern, Viv, since 2016. 

Over the years they’ve made several cosmetic updates to the once humble house, including installing new windows for more light, and retiling the kitchen, pantry, and bathroom for plenty of added colour. 

The couple were also responsible for adding the timber shingles to the exterior (an update that marked a HUGE improvement to the facade) and completing a major overhaul of the garden. The Heppell kids love toasting marshmallows around the vintage, brass outdoor fireplace Mal installed! 

When asked what she’ll miss about this house, Kate reflects on the incredible memories the property has provided her family and friends. ‘Sorrento offers endless, and I mean endless, activities,’ she says. ‘From sailing lessons for the kids, to the polo, boating, restaurants, great markets, the springs just a few kilometres down the road. There’s the back beach for surfing and the most stunning rock pools, the front beach for playing with the kids and dog walks, pier fishing, swimming with dolphins, and some of the best coastal walks around.’ 

The house contains three bedrooms, one bathroom, and is nestled back from the road on a 919 square metre block.

See the full real estate listing for 613 Melbourne Road, Sorrento here

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