The Sunshine Home

Rachel Castle needs little introduction to TDF readers, and this tour of her family home Northbridge Sydney was one of the most loved articles of 2018! It isn’t hard to see why – the self-proclaimed ‘fun enthusiast’ has injected so much fun to her colourful house, whilst maintaining an effortless, timeless sense of style.

Revisit our original story (and  many more pics!) here.

The home of Rachel Castle, in Sydney was SO hugely popular this year. A bright and full bookshelf taking centre stage in the dining room. Penny round cushions by Castle. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli.

A look into the living room, which connects to the hallways via steel-frame doors. Pink Togo sofa from Domo. Villemot print from Vintage Posters Only. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli.

The kitchen and dining open right up to the backyard and pool areas. Stools from Mark Tuckey. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Inside Josh and Jenna Densten‘s North Carlton cottage. The tonal living room features soft pinks, sharp whites, oak timber and mauve tones and brick floors that make the room feel relaxed and inviting. Photo – Eve Wilson, production – Lucy Feagins/The Design Files.

Jenna and Josh had almost every piece of furniture custom made to fit perfectly in the space! The dining table is on a clamp and can be removed. Photo – Eve Wilson, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Brick floors by Brickworks wrap up to create the the kicker. Self watering plant above. ‘The soft pink tile that covers the central pod was the starting point in selecting tones and is one of our favourite elements,’ says Jenna. Tiles by Artedomus, overhead cupboards painted a soft apricot to compliment the tiles. Joinery by Joel Elliot.Photo – Eve Wilson, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

The kitchen in the Adamo’s Bangalow family home. Courtney and Michael had joiner David Harris re-create the Shaker-style kitchen they had in their London home. Lighting from Dunlin. Range cooker by Lacanche. Fridge by Smeg. Photo – Kara Rosenlund for The Design Files.

A corner of the lounge room, looking into the sunroom. When the Adamo’s bought the house, the sunroom was a separate room with closed walls on either side. Courtney and Michael opened everything up to let the light stream through. Rug from Pampa. Photo – Kara Rosenlund for The Design Files.

The dining room. ‘We bought the old wishbone chairs off the previous owner. The other chairs are old, original Bentwoods we’ve been slowly collecting over the last couple of years since we moved here to Australia,’ says Courtney. Lighting from Dunlin. Photo – Kara Rosenlund for The Design Files.

The South Melbourne home of Architect Amy Hallett of Topology and her partner Darren Kaye. Outdoor paving is Bamstone bluestone. Inside are Vintage Hans Wegner Plank Chairs from Grandfather’s Axe, art is by Dean Brown and Elle Linklater. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Kitchen details. Tiles by The City Tiler, hand turned custom joinery handles modelled on the original joinery handles in the old house by Amy’s brother John Hallett, benchtops are Carrara Marble, knife block by Lex Stobie, ceramics from Marimekko, Vintage Arabia, Iitala, Fuping Pottery, oven & cooktop by Asko. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

The GORGEOUS courtyard through to the studio, where all external materials are selected to weather. Wall light from Davey Lighting via Dunlin Home, vintage Hans Wegner wall unit from Grandfathers Axe, yellow chairs from Stylecraft, Silvertop Ash hardwood cladding and deck and limed Baltic pine ceiling. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Mary Featherston’s incredible ‘granny flat’ adjoining her heritage listed home in Ivanhoe.  Super slim steel window frames designed by Julian Featherston, and fabricated by Shaweld. Contour Chairs by Grant Featherston. Photo – Amelia Stanwix.

Mary’s residence adjoins the iconic Featherston House designed by Robin Boyd in 1967. Photo – Amelia Stanwix.

Custom designed transparent glass stair, painstakingly designed by Mary’s son Julian, using 2 layers of 12mm toughened glass. Photo – Amelia Stanwix.

The bright, breezy Elsternwick home of photographer Derek Swalwell and wife, stylist Georgia Young, and their daughter, Mia. House of Orange round dining table and pendant lights. Pierre + Charlotte stools. Over kitchen island bench are Muuto pendant lights. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files.

‘It’s just so cosy, and feels solid’, Derek says of the Kennedy Nolan addition. Photographic print in background, ‘Mexico ‘by Jack Shelton. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files.

Rear exterior. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files.

Is this the best share house in Melbourne? The master bedroom features a built-in marble mantlepiece and a GIANT Monstera deliciosa (picked up for under $200 – bargain!) Photo – Eve Wilson.

Bountiful fruit and veg spread in ceramic bowls purchased when Sally worked at Mud Australia! Photo – Eve Wilson.

Looking from the living room into the kitchen, featuring the housemates’ most prized possession – a burnt orange Featherston couch Pip found on Gumtree! Photo – Eve Wilson.

The plant-filled rental home of Jenna Holmes, aka Plant Mama. The top floor studio, featuring an amazing plaid couch found by Jenna’s roommate on Gumtree. ‘Most people tend to pick up their jaw from the floor when they see this room of the house in particular, due to all the different nooks and design features,’ says Jenna! Photo – Eve Wilson.

A corner of Jenna’s greenhouse.  Photo – Eve Wilson.

A lush corner of the living room. ‘Plants jumbled together in big groups can create their own ecosystems, so that, mixed with the lighting and air flow creates the perfect urban jungle,’ Jenna tells us. Photo – Eve Wilson.

Annie Portelli’s North Melbourne apartment. Edge-to-edge custom-built carpentry and shelves were designed to make the best use of space. Armchair from Muji, stool/side table is from Dowel Jones. The very cute desk chair is by Dustin Fritsche of Softer Studios. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Another of Annie’s treasured items is this custom kitchen table which was collaboratively designed by Annie with the extremely talented Thomas Lentini. ‘I really cherish this piece of furniture, I have become so attached to it – I plan to have this one for life!’ says Annie. The woven leather chair is by Douglas and Bec. The chairs in-between are second hand. The mustard hanging pendant light is Verner Panton’s Flowerpot lamp, from &tradition. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Yes. MORE terrazzo! Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

The home of Coco Flip designer Kate Stokes and architect partner Haslett Grounds.  Pictured – 4 pendant light by Coco Flip, large and small artworks both by Sophie Moorhouse Morris, round wall clock by Daniel Emma, Puku ottoman and Robin coffee table by Coco Flip, Safari chair by Michael Hirst (it belonged to Haslett’s grandparents), rug from Loom, planters from Mr Kitly, leather sofa from Grandfather’s Axe, cushion from Kim Soo. Photo – Eve Wilson.

‘Our interior vibe is very relaxed and informal’ says Kate. Photo – Eve Wilson.

The living room looking to the outdoors. Themis Mono mobile (on shelf) by Clara Von Zweigbergk for Artecnica, glass ‘Yumemiru’ sculptures by Amanda Dziedzic, artwork on left is a collage by Trudy Moore, Yosemite photographic print by Cathy Marshall (framed by United Measures), Bright Side glass lamp by RBW for Artecnica (a gift after Kate did an internship with RBW in NYC!). Photo – Eve Wilson.


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