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The Vivid Australian Hideaway of Kip & Co’s Co-Founder

by Garrett Fleming

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In my nearly three years covering homes for Design*Sponge, no place has provided me with more inspiring interiors than Australia. And it’s not very hard to see why. Many of its vibrant cities are home to hotbeds of fearless designers who aren’t skittish around color and applaud pattern and texture.

One such group of designers are the women behind Kip & Co. Founded in 2012 and new to the US this year, they offer a line of bedding and homewares that are as plush as they are vibrant. Throw pillows in velvety peach with glittery cat faces on them, blankets with cheeky oversized tassels: you name it, they’ve taken it and amped it up.

Given the stellar work they create, you can imagine how extremely delighted I was when co-founder Hayley Pannekoecke agreed to let me share her 4,000-square-foot retreat in Victoria, Australia with you all. It’s a masterclass in how to craft a home that’s modern and streamlined but not uninviting and sterile. And it all started with a simple concept: intimacy.

The motivation for such a succinct theme was Hayley and her husband James’ previous home. While pretty, its open concept made it challenging to feel that indefinable homey vibe whilst inside it. So they decided to move and set up shop in a 70s-era mission-style. For two years James revamped and rebuilt the throwback, adding concrete bathtubs he custom made, sinks he crafted and even installing a giant fireplace that runs the length of the entire house!

For her portion of the revitalization, Hayley turned to none other than Kip & Co. The brand’s colorful accessories inject texture and vibrancy into the modern space, amplifying its character and urging the family to take a load off. Pay particular attention to what pieces she’s chosen for her and James’ bedroom. My oh my, is its look enviable. Doused in blush and pale-orange tones, you’d be hard pressed to find someone who wouldn’t want to curl up in their each night. Scroll down to check out every bit of this looker. I guarantee you’ll find many things to love about it. Enjoy! —Garrett

Photography by Nikole Ramsay

Image above: The family’s favorite sofa sits under eye-catching indigenous artwork in the living room. The mixing of this modern velvet sofa with rustic artwork is our first peek at Hayley’s love for leaning into textures and character in her interiors.

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It took several long nights for James and Hayley to stucco this fireplace, but their efforts are not lost on us! The gorgeous piece runs the length of their house, from the lounge all the way to the kitchen.
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The family's previous home consisted of large open spaces, but this time around they focused on creating more intimate, cozy rooms like this reading nook that sits on the other side of the fireplace.
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Before Hayley could put her cozy-and-colorful stamp on their seaside plot, James had to bring to life the many structural elements the pair had planned for the 70s-era home's reboot. Pouring concrete for bathtubs, building concrete walls, constructing benches and designing the footprint of the building are just a few of the projects he spearheaded.
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The kitchen features oak parquet floors and is the "heartbeat" of the home.
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Most mornings the family can be found having breakfast here in their dining nook. Once playtime hits though, the plates are cleared, and the space swiftly transforms into a crafting center.

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Soft pink and peach tones set the mod for relaxation in Hayley and James’ bedroom. When designing the space, they aimed to create a retreat from the grind of the day to day. A rose quartz side table holds Hayley’s jewelry.

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A seating area featuring Kip & Co. cushions at the foot of the couple's bed.
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Hayley's favorite room in the family home is her and James' ensuite bathroom. Faucets plated in French gold and marble basins from India inject old-world style into the modern, textural space.
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Eventually this crisp loft will be turned into a guest suite with a lounge, private bath, bedroom and home office.
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Not even a powder room goes overlooked when you're as in love with design as Hayley is. With serene blue tile work and a Moroccan vibe, stepping into this powder room is like stepping off a plane into another world.
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The boys' room is prefect for sleepovers thanks to its custom bunk beds made by Dad.
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The boys' bathroom is styled to resemble a pool. Sticking to the theme, actual pool tiles were used in its design. Hayley cleverly chose a darker tile and grey grout to ensure the space would hold up in the face of her rough-and-tumble kiddos.
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Chloe found the perfect bedding to match her powder pink walls through Mom's shop. "[Chloe] can often be found singing in front of the mirror in here and feels right at home amongst her favorite colors and pieces," Hayley says.
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Pink touches help fold Chloe's ensuite bath into the rest of her bedroom's style. While the colors are 100% hers, the fixtures and overall vibe is not dissimilar to her parents' bathroom. This strategic move by Hayley further helps the entire home feel cohesive but not matchy matchy. If you look closely, you'll notice her faucet is shaped like a golden swan.
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Hayley calls her laundry room/butler's kitchen/pantry her "engine room" because it's where she gets stuff done. "The room sits beside the kitchen which means I can throw on a load of washing while cooking dinner and fold the clothes while waiting for toast to cook... (it) makes life easier, " -- Hayley
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Guests are often surprised by how much lies beyond Hayley and James' quaint front porch. The house is divided into two pods. The left one holds Hayley and James' bedroom, the lounge and kitchen. The right one is made up of the kids' rooms.
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Source List

Living Room

Leather sofa – Dare Gallery

Rug – Kip & Co

Arm chair – IKEA

Wall Sconces – Tom Dixon

Floor cushion – Kip & Co

 

Reading Nook

Armchair – Dare Gallery

Throw pillows – Kip & Co

Painting – Sam Michelle

 

Kitchen

Stools – Click On Furniture

Concrete elements – custom by James

Lighting – Wheylandts, Jardan

Rug – Kip & Co

Pink velvet chairs – vintage

Painting – Sam Michelle

 

Hayley and James’ Bedroom

Emu egg sconces – Reduxr

Bedding throw, rugs – Kip & Co

 

Hayley and James’ Ensuite Bathroom

Pineapple sconces – Caravan Style

Floor tiles – Bespoke Tiles

Wall tiles – Sandstone

Faucet – Astra

 

Guest Bedroom

Hanging chair – Byron Bay Hanging Chairs

Bedding, rugs – Kip & Co.

Floral chair – The Family Love Tree

 

Powder Room

Paint- Haymes “Wedgwood Blue”

Tile – Bespoke Tiles

Sink – custom by James

Shell mirror – bought on trip to Bali

 

Boys’ Room

Paint – Haymes

Bedding, throw pillows – Kip & Co

Bunks – custom by James

 

Boys’ Bathroom

Tile – Belmont Tile

Concrete vanity – custom by James

 

Chloe’s Bedroom

Bedding, throw pillows – Kip & Co

Paint – Haymes “Tea Rose”

 

Chloe’s Ensuite Bathroom

Gold mirror – Vavoom

Concrete vanity- custom by James

Paint – Haymes

 

Utility Room

Paint – Haymes “Wedgewood Blue”

Tile – Belmont Tile

 

 

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Comments

  • Stunning home! The colors, textures and patterns are all so perfectly paired to create a vibrating harmony. Beautiful, thank you for sharing!

  • Never really seen a set of interiors that so successfully hit upon exactly the correct color and shade choices, each and every room. The textures — tile, stucco, concrete, carpets, rugs — though weaved seamlessly throughout, almost take second fiddle here, and the styling is tasteful and suited for real living, not just glossy aspirational photography, but THE COLORS. You could take away half the furniture and all the textiles and knick-knacks, and still grasp solidly onto what these designers were aiming for (and achieved). And bravo to them for the stucco work and the choice to go a bit coarser than prevailing tastes dictate.

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