A Suitably Fashionable Home, From Two Brilliant Creatives

Interiors

It sounds like a match made in heaven – one of Melbourne’s favourite interior designers, , paired with the creative force of Penelope Cohen, the Creative Director of . A cohesive collaborative process developed when this like-minded pair set about refreshing a grand living room in Penelope’s Armadale home.

Sink into this fashionably understated interior, from two of the best-in-the-biz.

12th February, 2019

Inside Penelope Cohen’s Armadale home. Artwork (far right) Cradle and Canoe by from , vintage Italian cane chairs and vintage upholstered chairs, , custom rug by ,  round table, and Skagerak shelves. Photo – .

Living room details, including , fashion books, plenty of ceramics and objects. Photo – .

side table from , vintage chair and custom rug by . Photo – .

Angelucci vintage bar cart, Gubi Mirror from , and artwork Joshua Yeldham . Photo – .

Cradle and Canoe artwork by  from , , Mattermade Affordances Marble side table from , and custom rug by . Photo – .

The dining room features , in a palette inspired by the Colin Pennock painting (A Way Back Down  above the mantlepiece. Photo – .

The dining room features , in a gradient of different colours. Pendant from . Photo – .

table with lamp from , Denmark. Photo – .

Lamp from , Denmark. Photo – .

Miriam McGarry
Tuesday 12th February 2019

‘We wanted to ensure this grand old dame of a Victorian had a contemporary and feminine sensibility, with a fashionable edge.’ – Simone Haag.

This Armadale residence is an incredible example of what can be achieved when two like-minded creative practitioners collaborate in the design process. The Victorian Terrace is the home of , creative director of Australian fashion label Skin and Threads. Penny engaged stellar interior designer to rework the living room and ‘ensure this grand old dame of a Victorian had a contemporary and feminine sensibility, with a fashionable edge.’

Incredibly, Simone was also involved in the original design of this home many years prior, whilst working at her former workplace, . When Penelope purchased the house eight years later, she engaged Simone to revamp the space, with a fresh new brief. Simone explains ‘this time around, the lady of the house and myself worked up a scheme which is considerably more feminine in its approach.’

Simone describes her intention of imbuing the home with an atmosphere of ‘romance and frivolity.’ The makeover celebrates colour, introducing h plum, navy and mustard hues, along with gold marble with terrazzo. The collection of slightly miss-matched chairs mimic the tones of the painting that hangs in the room.

As Penny and her husband are art lovers with a rich collection of works, they needed ‘very little direction on the art front’. Instead, Simone strategically considered how to use the spaces below eye-level, grounding the room with a custom designed patterned rug and h upholstery, and curating an eclectic collection of ceramics and art objects, displayed on those spectacular .

Simone highlights the importance of making all spaces in the home comfortable and engaging, ‘where the good room isn’t reserved only for special occasions.’ Her approach here merges fashion, form, colour and texture, through a thoughtful combination of modern and vintage items – including Italian 1950’s chairs, a vintage a bar cart and Danish lamps. Italian and Scandinavian inspiration, with a distinctly Melbourne outcome.

 

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