The deceptively understated project by interior designer and her family is part of an ongoing renovation of a 1960’s dairy property, and the first of three self contained accommodation sites. When completed later this year, each space will operate independently, but create a cohesive identity on site of a ‘beautiful and unique calming space for people to come and stay, feel and experience.’
Every aspect of the has been considered by Andrea, who designed much of the furniture; including basins, bath, light fittings and door hardware. These minimal and refined fixtures were then made by Andrea’s veterinarian father ‘down in his shed’ (what a ridiculously talented man!). The focus on the handmade is evident is every room of this Scandinavian and Japanese inspired building, and Andrea views this craftsmanship as adding a ‘layer of authenticity and honesty to the project.’
Engaging with local makers and designers was a major part of Andrea’s design approach here. She worked closely with a number of local makers, allowing for unique, and sometimes unexpected outcomes. ‘Working with makers who use specific materials every day, and know its limits and possibilities, adds another level of detail and craftsmanship’ she says. ‘You get better outcomes when you trust, and let things evolve with the design process.’
The freedom of being both client and designer also allowed for innovative design solutions, such as reorientating the entry of the house to deliver more expansive views of across the Tarwin Valley, and ambitious inclusions, like converting an old lean-to into a Japanese inspired ‘bath’ room. This luxury space engages all of the senses, where locally sourced cypress panels creates an aromatic environment for seriously luxurious bathing.
In combining both ‘raw and refined’ elements, the Cabin captures a distinctly contemporary rural Australian aesthetic – pared back and utilitarian, yet sleek and refined. A new way of living in the country.
Andrea’s is available for short stays via Air BnB – what a dream retreat!