The newly opened Design House St Kilda combines design, architecture and art. The three bedroom converted Victorian 1890's house in Melbourne’s St Kilda has undergone a contemporary designed renovation to reveal a relaxing home, housing beautifully appointed details - including luxurious bathrooms, bespoke 20th Century furniture and a curated art collection. With period features of deep eaves, peaked roof and long plot, the facade of the house, such a familiar treat of a terraced neighbourhood, gives little away of its interiors.
The home has been featured in a selection of Australian Interior Design magazines and features polished wooden floorboards, restored imported marble fireplaces, Italian Euroluce Sunios lighting, b & b Italia wardrobes, hand made Moroccan black and white geometric tiles by Popham Design, Miele Appliances, a monastic clawed bath from Belgium. The bedding and household linen includes hi-thread natural sheets and loom towels. The dining room extends onto high windows that lets in plenty of natural Northern light, leading out into a small garden lined with trellises, in-built pizza oven and tiled balcony.
The walls and broad expanses of floorpan, separate the home from its original Victorian beginning, setting it apart from the pack, festooned as they are with bold and striking art collection, pieces from a selection of contemporary Australian and Indigenous artists.
The pantry is stocked with tea and coffee and functional, though it seems a little churlish to be holed up cooking during your holidays when the gastronomic spread and coffee culture for which St Kilda is justly famed is right there for the taking. The house is a short stroll to the iconic St Kilda Beach, Windsor and Balaclava Village precints, giving guests plenty of choice to eat and drink including local coffee shops, restaurants and bar's. Visit Acland Street coffee shops, stroll to the Windsor end of Chapel Street which houses wonderful new restaurants like Hawker Hall, Mr Miyagi, Hanoi Hannah, Gelati Messina and fantastic bars and night life. Have breakfast at StKilda's Fitzroy street including two award winning bakeries Baker Di. Chirico and Woodfrog, maybe a coffee at Fitzrovia or Wall Two80. Lunch at Ciccolina, Cafe Di Stasio, Ilona Staller, Mr Wolf, The Stokehouse - local St Kilda institutions.
The home also houses a booklet of local tips and experiences to have in Melbourne.