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A Modern Country Home Inspired By The Aussie Shed

The Wensley is located in a remote rural spot, set back from the Surf Coast of Victoria. Designed by Nick Byrne of Byrne Architects, the form of the building is inspired by vernacular Victorian shed design, and this is echoed in the materials of Australian hardwood and corrugated steel. But inside, this is no ordinary shed!

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Photo – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Tess Newman Morris.

Photo – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Tess Newman Morris.

Photo – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Tess Newman Morris.

Photo – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Tess Newman Morris.

The retreat is located in Central Victoria’s Macedon Ranges. Photo – Derek Swalwell.

Inside the single-bedroom cottage. Photo – Derek Swalwell.

This project is backed up by an impressive sustainability ethos. Photo – Derek Swalwell.

Two of the three cabins. Photo – Adam Gibson.

The interior experiences are designed to emphasises the feeling of being ‘in’ the landscape. Photo – Adam Gibson.

The three cabins are all different, but follow the same ethos of providing a shelter in the Tasmanian landscape. Photo – Adam Gibson.

Welcome to Slow Beam, nestled in the West Hobart bush. Photo – Lauren Bamford.

That carpet! Custom design carpet by Esther Stewart, Douglas and Bec ‘Turn’ floor lamp and Linge Roset Plumy couch. Photo – Emily Weaving.

A brooding kitchen featuring Caesarstone ‘rugged concrete’ bench tops. Grazia & Co Iva stools with sheepskin. Ebony Truscott oil painting. Photo – Lauren Bamford.

A bath with a view! Photo – Lauren Bamford.

Captains Rest is in Strahan, Tasmania. Photo – Marnie Hawson

No matter where you are in the home, you can gaze out at the water. Photo – Marnie Hawson

Sarah always believed in the potential of this space to be a year-round tourist drawcard. Photo – Marnie Hawson

‘I identified that boating and the processes involved can be quiet intimidating to some,’ tells Chuck Anderson, of his inspiration to design and build both Lilypad itself and the variety of tailored experiences offered aboard. Photo – courtesy of Lilypad.

Completely powered by solar, it has no fuels onboard, yet luxury and function are not compromised one bit.Photo – courtesy of Lilypad.

The Fender House in Mount Martha, with renovations from Whelan Project. Photo – Derek Swalwell.

Say hello to that green carpet! And a peek of B&B Italia sofas from Castorina and Co in the background. Photo – Derek Swalwell.

Hanging out pool side. Photo – Derek Swalwell.

The Dairy, designed and built by Andrea Moore and her Dad Lindsay. Photo – Eve Wilson. Styling – Andrea Moore.

Travertine paving stones form the building blocks of the kitchen island. Dinnerware by Robert Gordon. Photo – Eve Wilson. Styling – Andrea Moore.

The Dairy completely opens up to make the most of outdoor/indoor living. Photo – Eve Wilson. Styling – Andrea Moore.

The white cabin, with strong Swedish summer house vibes. Photo – Marnie Hawson.

A corner of treats. Photo – Marnie Hawson.

Relaxed beach side vibes in Marion Bay, South Australia. Photo – Marnie Hawson.

The over water accommodation. Photo – Kara Rosenlund.

Photographer Kara Rosenlund traveled to the elusive island in 2014 on a workboat over the D’Entrecasteaux Channel. Photo – Kara Rosenlund.

Fires are the only source of warmth in the cold evenings. Photo – Kara Rosenlund.


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