After living in Melbourne, Sarah Albrecht and her partner Shaun Vijoen decided they’d had enough of big city living and the rat race, so they moved to the costal town of Torquay in Victoria, Australia. With a background working as a visual merchandiser, Sarah was ready to do something new and teamed up with her sister, Louise, whose background is in fashion, to create Little Rock Boutique. With the idea of unearthing the things they love and sharing them with others, their business supports both Australian and international designers. While Sarah’s home isn’t traditionally coastal, they’re still inspired by the colors of the ocean and strive to create a “mash-up” of city culture and the relaxed vibe of the coast. Thanks, Sarah! And special thanks to Louise Albrecht for the photographs and Rebecca Martin for helping with the styling! — Anne
Image above: My mum and sister’s artwork hangs on the wall behind our bed. The other pieces were painted by Louise while she was studying visual arts. A vintage suitcase that we found at our favourite antique store has become kind of a clotheshorse when we get home at the end of the day.
Image above: The dining room is where we have our morning coffee, which is a major highlight of the day. Shaun and I love coffee and recently discovered world-class beans just up the road. Nathan and Adriano at Coffee Cartel are making waves in the coffee world with their amazing products. They import beans from around the world and roast them on site. We were thrilled when we found out they were so close by. We recently traveled to NY, Paris, Florence and Barcelona, and our travel books proved invaluable. They are also a great reminder of the trip. We have also collected a few recipe books that have mouth-watering photography.
Image above: I just love old bottles, especially milk bottles. There are so many interesting shapes, and milk really does taste better out of a glass bottle.
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Image above: Shaun worked as a hip-hop DJ for many years, and we still keep one of the turntables out. He says that music sounds much better on vinyl and that all the imperfections on the recording give it much more life. The painting, I just love. It’s by local artist Megan Weston. She has a large collection of these resin-coated canvases in all sorts of colours that look like flowing water. They are so unique and beautiful.
Image above: Shaun is a big reader. He has so many novels that we have run out of shelf space, hence the piles. I love books, too, but more for their photography and images. Cook books, design books and health and body books make up the bulk of my collection. I started Iyengar Yoga last year at a fantastic studio and [have] several books on yoga and stretching. I’m really enjoying this class and love this style of yoga.
Image above: This is where we do most of our relaxing and where I get a lot of my work done for the site. It’s a really relaxing space that I love to be in. We watch a lot of films here or just lie and read. Chief the dog is Louise’s pet who follows her everywhere. Luckily, he is always a pleasure to be around.
Image above: This is my collection of favourite vintage pieces, paintings by my sister Katie and my mum’s take on Wayne Thiebaud’s Freeway. Some of my favourite books are here, including one on the incredible street artist Banksy and home-inspiration book Flea Market Style.
Image above: I love colour but I also like clean lines and classic colour palettes. I don’t like rooms that have masses of colour —they tend to stress me out. We have tried to create a space that is calming with predominately neutral tones and splashes of colour. This way I can update as often as I like with new colours by introducing new cushions and homewares rather than spending thousands on new furniture pieces.
Image above: Shaun and I are big eaters and love fresh fruit. We go through a bag of apples every week. Hopefully they’ll keep the doctor away.
Image above: Our kitchen is a place where we spend a lot of time. My dad has inspired a true love and real appreciation of food. Our mini-herb garden is all we have time to cultivate but does make its way into much of our cooking. I keep a pin board on the cupboard for inspiration, and I use it for recipes, family photos and trinkets we’ve collected from around the world.
Image above: I love the outdoors; I grew up with big backyards and vegetable gardens, and my mini-herb garden is a way to bring a small piece of the outdoors inside. My dad is a landscape gardener and chef and has an amazing vegetable garden, so I guess this is my miniature version. I love eating at my parents’ house because all their meals are full of veggies and herbs picked straight from the garden.
Image above: My sister Louise and I with family pet Remy. Our whole family [consists of] massive animal lovers. My favourite thing in the whole world is our two wonderful dachshunds. Such characters! This is my favourite boy, Remy. He is an ex-show dog and is gigantic for his breed. Our other dachshund is Tommy.