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A Mediterranean-Inspired Home In Melbourne’s Beverley Hills Flats

At Home With Sheridan

The apartment of Bailey Jones has main character energy! Its heritage charm, combined with Bailey’s refined, slightly eclectic sense of style makes this place feel like the home of a lead character in a hit TV series. Seriously!

Together, Bailey and her mum Paula (owner of fashion label Jonei) have tailored this two-bedroom apartment in Melbourne’s 1930s Beverley Hills complex, on a budget, with a host of impressive handmade details and upcycled furniture.

Scalloped edges, delicate paintings, and smokey blue Sheridan textiles pay homage to artist Cy Twombly’s Italian house, tying in beautifully with the romantic architecture of the building.

9th September, 2022

Bailey Jones in her apartment, located in Melbourne’s circa 1935 Beverley Hills building. Sheridan Tamber Quilt Cover. Sheridan Tamber Tailored Pillowcase Pair. Sheridan 600tc Cotton Egyptian Blend Sheet Set in Smokey Blue. Bailey wears Sheridan Adelino Womens Shirt and Adelino Womens Shorts. Photo – Eve Wilson. Editorial styling – Annie Portelli

Bailey’s mum Paula bought a red leather Ligne Roset Togo lounge and armchairs secondhand, and reupholstered them with a grey linen. Sheridan Abbotson Linen Square Cushion in Flax. Sheridan Sterwell Breakfast Cushion in Carbon. Photo – Eve Wilson. Editorial styling – Annie Portelli

Bailey’s cousin created the prints hanging in her lounge room when he was 17, and her mum made the cage-like ceramics. Resin Pearl Stack Vase from Dinosaur Designs. Sheridan Abbotson Linen Square Cushion in Flax. Photo – Eve Wilson. Editorial styling – Annie Portelli

Bold Resin Skipping Stone Vase from Dinosaur Designs. Checkered Chopping board from TS Makers. Photo – Eve Wilson. Editorial styling – Annie Portelli

The mid-century dining chairs used to have seat pads in a dark brown that felt rather heavy, so I disassembled them, sprayed the seats a buttery colour, re-sanded and re-stained the legs, and then reassembled them,’ says Bailey. Resin Lotus Bud Vase from Dinosaur DesignsPhoto – Eve Wilson. Editorial styling – Annie Portelli

The kitchen bench was extended to accomodate a coffee machine. Weaving by Anna Feidler. Resin Rock Jug and Small Vase from Dinosaur Designs. Photo – Eve Wilson. Editorial styling – Annie Portelli

Treetop views from the dining table. Photo – Eve Wilson. Editorial styling – Annie Portelli

Bailey taking in the Beverley Hills grounds. Photo – Eve Wilson. Editorial styling – Annie Portelli

Lucy Feagins
Friday 9th September 2022

‘The scalloped edges of the Sheridan bed linen align with the organic shapes throughout this space and the deep tones allow the mural to pop.’ – Bailey Jones. 

When moving into Melbourne’s architecturally-significant Beverley Hills flats earlier this year, Bailey Jones was overwhelmed with inspiration. ‘It’s difficult when you’ve been hoarding ideas for a long time and they’re suddenly unleashed on one space!’ she says.

Bailey’s priorities were to respect the architecture of the significant circa 1935 building, while embedding her own personality into the interiors. 

Luckily for Bailey, she had a secret weapon up her sleeve — her mother, Paula! The mother-daughter duo have long collaborated on projects such as Paula’s fashion label Jonei, so they channelled this creativity into the apartment interiors. ‘I concocted ideas in my head that seemed ludicrous to execute on a budget and in Australia, and my mum would take a swing at doing it herself and execute it very well,’ says Bailey. 

Over the past eight months, Bailey and Paula have revitalised the fireplace themselves with paint and marble tiles, sourced and reupholstered secondhand Ligne Roset Togo lounges, extended the kitchen bench, and built a custom desk. 

The apartment’s pièce de résistance is the bedroom, featuring a scalloped bedhead made by Paula. Delicate paintings of fish, flowers, and leaves by Bailey and her aunty hover above the bedhead’s blue-trim — an homage to the home of artist Cy Twombly in Gaeta, Italy that Bailey has long considered a masterpiece.

Tamber bedding by Sheridan showcases the same playful trim to perfectly match this Mediterranean-inspired scheme. ‘The scalloped edges of the Sheridan bed linen align with the organic shapes throughout this space and the deep tones allow the mural to pop,’ says Bailey.

The same thoughtful attention has been paid to the living areas, styled with Sheridan’s Abbotson and Sterwell Breakfast linen cushions, textured rugs, and tactile artwork for a relaxed feel. ‘I think there’s a bit of a push and pull in the space between eccentricity and refined minimalism,’ says Bailey. 

Of course, one can’t feature this home without talking about the treetop views and magical surrounding grounds, with the 1930s pool, tropical planting, and community of like-minded residents. ‘I love that I live with a relatively small footprint and have access to all of the space and beauty I could want,’ says Bailey. ‘I share it with many wonderful people who make this building and community special.’

Shop Sheridan’s latest products at Sheridan Boutiques, sheridan.com.au, David Jones and Myer.

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