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An Entrepreneurial Couple’s Relaxing Beach Getaway

At Home With Sheridan

The holiday house of Shirin Pulitano (founder of events design & production agency Dot Dot Dash) , and her husband Daniel (a builder and general manager at Pulitano Commercial Constructions) is every Victorian’s dream. 

Located near the back beaches of Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula, the couple and their children spend weekends around their gorgeous pool, garden, and breezy living spaces renovated by Daniel, with interior design by Shirin, and building design by David Dubois of Dubois

Starting with a neutral palette of white and light timbers, the addition of black terrazzo accents, calming blue hues, and buttery lemon yellow bed linen by Sheridan creates a playful, uplighting space reflective of long summer days.

21st April, 2022

Shirin Pulitano, designer and fonder of events production and event design agency Dot Dot Dash, and a co-owner of Bread Club, in her Mornington Peninsula family beach house. Sheridan Abbotson Linen Bed Cover in Sandcastle. Sheridan Abbotson Linen Pillowcase Pair in Sandcastle. Sheridan Brannen Breakfast Cushion in Sandcastle. Sheridan Faretta Throw in Ivory. Photo – Eve Wilson. Editorial styling – Lucy Feagins

Shirin, Oscar (9) and Matilda (5) Pulitano. Photo – Eve Wilson. Editorial styling – Lucy Feagins

Shirin designed the interiors herself to create bright, fresh and comfortable spaces. Sheridan Henney Blanket in Honey. Photo – Eve Wilson. Editorial styling – Lucy Feagins

Shirin and David worked with landscape designer Peachy Green to create the outdoor spaces, forming a lush green oasis out the back, and a manicured front lawn.  Sheridan Brannen Breakfast Cushion in Sandcastle. Photo – Eve Wilson. Editorial styling – Lucy Feagins

The mostly neutral palette of white and light timbers is punctuated with black terrazzo accents and different hues of blue inspired by the coast. Photo – Eve Wilson. Editorial styling – Lucy Feagins

Sheridan Brannen Breakfast Cushion in Sandcastle. Photo – Eve Wilson. Editorial styling – Lucy Feagins

Sheridan Supersoft Luxury Towel Collection in Sandy Gold (hand towel only pictured). Photo – Eve Wilson. Editorial styling – Lucy Feagins

Working with David Dubois of Dubois, the couple gutted the existing house, leaving only structural walls and some windows. Everything else, including the plaster and a small extension to the family room and the garage, is new. Photo – Eve Wilson. Editorial styling – Lucy Feagins

Artwork by Ryan Hoffman Studio. Photo – Eve Wilson. Editorial styling – Lucy Feagins

Renovations were completed in 2017. Photo – Eve Wilson. Editorial styling – Lucy Feagins

The backyard pool is the absolute heart of this home where the Pulitanos have spent many memorable summer days spent with friends and family. Landscape design by Peachy GreenPhoto – Eve Wilson. Editorial styling – Lucy Feagins

Eucalyptus coloured deck chairs match the surrounding trees. Sheridan Cancun Beach Towel in Fiesta. Landscape design by Peachy GreenPhoto – Eve Wilson. Editorial styling – Lucy Feagins

Sheridan Cancun Beach Towel in Fiesta. Photo – Eve Wilson. Editorial styling – Lucy Feagins

Concrete rendered vertical blades were added to the front exterior. Landscape design by Peachy GreenPhoto – Eve Wilson. Editorial styling – Lucy Feagins

Amelia Barnes
Thursday 21st April 2022

In 2016, Daniel, Shirin, Oscar (9), and Matilda (5) Pulitano were living in multi-level converted warehouse in North Melbourne. When looking to buy a holiday house, the family were seeking the polar opposite. ‘We only had a deck and a small yard for the kids. We wanted somewhere we could retreat to that could accommodate a pool and was close to nature,’ says Shirin, who owns cult-status Melbourne bakery Bread Club, with Daniel and four other partners. 

The family settled on a house in Sorrento, on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, that was ripe for renovation. Working with David Dubois of Dubois, Daniel (who is also a builder), gutted the existing nondescript brick house, leaving only structural walls and some windows. Everything else, including the plaster and a small extension to the family room and the garage, is new.  

Shirin designed the interiors herself (she’s also a designer and founder of events production and design agency Dot Dot Dash) to create bright, fresh and comfortable spaces. The mostly neutral palette of white and light timbers is punctuated with black terrazzo accents, and different hues of blue inspired by the coast. The Abbotson Linen Bed Cover by Sheridan in a summery lemon shade (Sandcastle) serves as a calming focal point, tying in with Shirin’s playful yet sophisticated art collection. 

In addition to the extensive interior renovations, attention was also paid to updating the home’s facade. Shirin says, ‘Dubois added concrete rendered vertical blades to the front exterior, and continued as a theme in the rear and north-facing courtyard that completely transformed the house.’ 

Shirin and Daniel worked with landscape designer Peachy Green to create their outdoor spaces, forming a lush green oasis out the back, and a manicured front lawn. ‘We try to spend most of our time outside around the pool, otherwise we open the French doors and sit at the dining table or living room looking out into the garden,’ Shirin says. 

The backyard pool is the absolute heart of this home, where the Pulitanos have spent many memorable summer days spent with friends and family. ‘A home to me is where you make happy memories,’ says Shirin. ‘I celebrated my 40th with close friends around our pool, the first summer we finished building, and my kids learned how to skateboard and ride their bikes here’. The dream family retreat!

Shop Sheridan’s latest collection, Harmony of Contrasts, at Sheridan Boutiques, sheridan.com.au, David Jones and Myer.

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