A Designer’s Warm Modernist Treehouse Rental

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A Designer’s Warm Modernist Treehouse Rental

A Designer’s Warm Modernist Treehouse Rental

Homes

by Lucy Feagins, Editor

Inside Sarah Shinners’ family home. Halcyon Lake Mani IV rug. Vintage Arizona Sofa by Jens Juul Eilersen for Niels Eilersen. Vintage Byron Botker Palo Alto Chair. Fogia Supersolid object 5 side table and object 1 stool from Fred International. Wink Chair from Smith Street Bazaar. Top left artwork by Tim Jones. Bottom left artwork by Gabrielle Jones. Left artwork: ‘Dreamer 3’ by Robert Malherbe, courtesy of the artist and James Makin Gallery.

Vintage upholstered coffee table. Cesca Metallica lamp from Ajar. Artwork behind pendant by Jessalyn Brooks. Halcyon Lake Mani IV rug. Top right artwork by Tim Jones. Bottom right artwork by Gabrielle Jones.

A cosy corner of the living room.

‘Dreamer 3’ by Robert Malherbe, courtesy of the artist and James Makin Gallery. Vintage Byron Botker Palo Alto Chair. Vintage screen. Fogia object 1 stool from Fred International. Swedese riddle magazine rack from Fred International.

Halcyon Lake Mani IV rug. Wink Chair from Smith Street Bazaar. Fogia Supersolid object 5 side table from Fred International. ‘Chromatic Fantastic’ blue cabinet by Danielle Brustman. Artwork by Venn Miles. In entry: Nori Stool from CCSS. Artwork from Gallery Midlandia.

 

Thonet No.811 Hoffmann dining chairs. Dining table from Harper’s Project.

Rattan cabinet from IKEA. Vintage lamp from on Facebook Marketplace. Artwork by Jennifer Tarry-Smith. Ceramic from the Coburg Pottery Collective.

Vintage Byron Botker Palo Alto Chair. Rattan cabinet from IKEA. Vintage lamp from on Facebook Marketplace. Artwork by Jennifer Tarry-Smith. Ceramic from the Coburg Pottery Collective. Vintage armchair.

The dining room overlooks the outdoor deck.

Vintage lamp with custom shade by Liz Cybulski. Shade fabric by Oat Studio. Tablecloth from Pan After. Vintage armchair reupholstered in Maharem fabric. McMullin & Co side table. Painting by Van Tho. Second-hand fruit bowl.

Thonet No.811 Hoffmann dining chairs. Dining table from Harper’s Project.

Striped curtains allow dappled light across the interiors.

Sarah and Patrick inherited a palette of warm neutral walls (Dulux Ecru Quarter), sandy brown accents (Dulux Osso Bucco), and pistachio highlights (Dulux Eaves).

Artwork by Ghost Patrol/David Booth. Swedese Spin Stool from Fred International. Hattie Molloy Ixia Vase from Ma House Supply Store.

Select artworks by Jessalyn Brooks. IKEA cabinets. Ceramic house by Natalie Rosin.

 

IKEA cabinets, desk and chair. Moda Piera lamp. Mirror by Sarah Shinners. Artworks by Jessalyn Brooks. Tray by Henry Wilson. Ropemaker rug from Fred International.

Vintage Flokati Rug from Piazza Piazza. Bear artwork from Etsy. Plate from Third Drawer Down. Black artwork by Sarah Shinners. Snake artwork by Rian Van Waijenberg. Sofa bed by Lounge Lovers. Side table from Weylandts. IKEA shelves.

Mobile by Sarah Shinners. Vintage lamp and side table from Jolie Laide. Custom bed base by Bluestone Upholstery. Custom bedhead in Maharem fabrics. Robot artwork V. Happy Co. In Bed bedding.

Artwork by Loralee Jade, from Hake House. In Common With table lamp from In Good Company. Vintage side table from Facebook Marketplace. Cultiver bed blanket.  Puebco glasses holder from Hausmarket.

IKEA pendant shade. Cultiver bed blanket. Weylandts side table. Homemade fabric skirt. Artwork by Shanti Shea An via Brunswick Street Gallery.

With its perched position immersed in the native landscape of Melbourne’s north east, the home of Sarah Shinners, creative director of interior design practice Without Studio, feels like a treehouse.

Sarah has lived in the circa 1970s home (nicknamed Monty’s House) in Montmorency with her husband Patrick and son Sullivan (3) for the past two years.

The house remains in near original condition today complete with timber-lined walls and ceilings, a modest kitchen, and window wall (a feature championed by Australia’s most famous mid-century architect, Robin Boyd) that spans the rear of the house.

‘There’s nothing pretentious about this building; in fact, it is somewhat basic and simple in its design, but it has everything we need (with the exception of a dishwasher if you honestly asked Pat!)’ says Sarah.

The home is a rental property, but true to Sarah’s work as a designer and history transforming temporary residences (see her previous Hilton Street home here!), the space feels inherently ‘her.’

When moving into the home, Sarah and Patrick inherited a palette of warm neutral walls (Dulux Ecru Quarter), sandy brown accents (Dulux Osso Bucco), and pistachio highlights (Dulux Eaves).

They decided to not only retain this colour scheme, but enhance it, through the selection of complementary furniture, art, and rugs.

‘In the way that Hilton Street was a great case study in wall paint and colour, this house was a great case study in decoration to help zone a more open floor plan and bring additional colour and pattern through furniture, art, and object,’ says Sarah.

‘It actually brought out the colour and the strength of the existing palette, rather than fighting against it or feeling outdated.’

Hardware and curtains were replaced, before Sarah turned her attention to the lighting scheme, designed to capture views of the outdoors during the day, and create an enveloping warm glow at night.

‘Minimal architectural lighting meant leaning heavily on decorative lamps, which brought the focus inward in the evening — a welcome contrast to the expansive outlook enjoyed throughout the day,’ she explains.

Sarah hopes the updated home is a reflection of her gentle, warm, relaxed family, as well as the projects she creates at Without Studio.

‘We’d like to see our own homes as an homage to the Without Studio approach, and hopefully one that shows the strength of cherry picking key investment pieces, and grounding them with humble or found items,’ Sarah says.

‘We strive to create spaces that are without ego or pretentiousness, that carry through the personality of its occupants, and that balance the line of calm and play.

‘We think that Monty’s House shows that in its truest sense.’



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