A LUXURY SPANISH STYLE HOME WITH MAGNIFICENT VIEWS
Nestled on 120 acres on top of Picadilly Hill, The Range is a property encompassing all elements of natural living. An escape from the hustle of Byron Bay town – but all the luxuries within arm’s reach. Drawing on elements from Spain and European Summer memories, The Range is a home, venue, destination and hub for those looking to immerse themselves in the richness that is beautiful architecture and natural surrounds, with a conscience for the environment.
The Range acreage includes a collection three estate buildings consisting of The Range Homestead, The Cabin Inn and our favourite space, The Barn Studio. With its European influence, The Range is the perfect place to stay, giving you that European feel without having to travel too far.
The Range Byron Bay
THE BARN STUDIO
Themed around a converted tractor shed lined with spotted gum timber, The Barn Studio is slick and architectural with expansive hinterland views. Click here for more details.
SIR the Label’s New Boutique Store by Designer, Merci Maison
Photography by Jiwon Kim l Photographer
Celebrated Sydney-based fashion brand SIR The Label has opened its first stand-alone Australian store in seaside Manly. Owners Nikki Campbell and Sophie Coote worked with interior designer Merci Maison to create the light and airy, luxe minimalist space located just a block from picturesque Manly Beach.
The interiors celebrate craftsmanship and showcase the works of local artists against a calming canvas of natural and raw materials. With curved walls, beautiful archways and bespoke design elements, this space reflects the elegant yet directional aesthetic of SIR The label.
We caught up with one half of Merci Maison, Jade Yarbrough, to chat about the inspiration behind this inviting retail space…
What was your inspiration for the space?
As it was SIR’s first footprint in the Australian retail space, I needed to ensure the design spoke the language of the brand, in an elevated and contemporary tone, staying cohesive to the aesthetic of SIR The label. The design concepts take inspiration from galleries, museums, artist installations and primitive stone structures.
Describe the materials used and why did you choose these?
It was important for me to carry through design elements from the Indonesian retail space into this sphere, remaining cohesive and consistent with their existing spatial identity. I was able to carry this through with the use of raw elements, limestone, textured designs and opulent marble against the otherwise neutral colour space.
Setting the foundation for the brands first physical space in Australia, the curved walls and beautiful archways formed a beautiful interior space for the display of product and installations while the use of materials including curved brass rails, limestone sculptures and three variations of marble are all custom to the space.
How does the interior aesthetic reflect that of the label and its designs?
Focusing on craftsmanship, we used both local artists and the use of natural and raw materials to execute the vision. The interior is layered, merging bespoke design elements and raw materials with a narrative to create a space that is not only a sensory retail experience but speaks to the aesthetic of SIR the label.
What were the challenges in creating the space, or was it all a breeze?
With any project comes challenges – that’s what makes the design process so rewarding. Achieving the beautiful backlit marble installation in the archway wasn’t without difficulty – the lighting we selected threw a different shade when reflected off particular backdrops and was impacted by the depth of the space. But it’s all in the details and being meticulous with the execution. I have painful attention to detail, especially with a space like this that is so clean and minimal. I’m fortunate to work closely with suppliers and a builder that understands this (although might want to rip my hair out at times).
What’s next for Merci Maison and your design work?
I had dipped my toes in a residential project in Los Angeles, working remotely from Sydney on this project and contemplated more work over there … but I have had a flow of projects here in Sydney so will be staying put to continue establishing my brand here. I am currently working on a few residential projects, creating custom furniture pieces for clients and a few event installations. Exciting things in the pipeline! Stay tuned x
Check out more of Merci Maison’s work here.
A Charming Darlinghurst Terrace
A charming Terrace located in the buzzy Darlinghurst, this inner-city launching pad affords you the best view of everything that makes the Emerald City shine. Set across three levels, this newly-renovated three-bedroom, four-bathroom terrace home uses sleek furnishings to maximise space without compromising on style.
Entry into the property finds a living kitchen area with a skylight running along one wall. The courtyard is a continuation from the kitchen, featuring a bench with a built-in ILVE barbecue. Head up to the split second level, featuring two of Palmer Terrace’s three bedrooms: a Master King with en-suite, while the second King can be split into two King singles, and has an adjacent bathroom. The top floor features a Queen room and en-suite.
The property is located in Darlinghurst, once the underworld capital of Sydney, but today the only hangover from its past is morning, noon, and night entertainment. Whether you’re after trendsetting bars, coffee houses, art galleries, designer boutiques, swimming pools, or the gay pride culture, it is right at your doorstep.
What the Owners Love
You’re in walking distance to one of the greatest concentrations of top-notch dining outside of Manhattan. Institutions like Bill’s Darlinghurst and Billy Kwong’s are a must, but don’t be afraid to pull up a stool at one of the hundreds of bars and cafes in the area and ask for a recommendation: the food scene is vibrant and competitive, and ever changing. If you’re after high end, it’s a short car ride to world famous spots like Sepia, Tetsuya’s, and Icebergs.
What We Love
Palmer Terrace dazzles from the street front, and only gets better inside. The addition of the clever paneled skylights run the length of the dining area, allowing you can lap up the famous Sydney sun from the privacy of home. Commensurate with the inner-city location, the property has a strong urban design, featuring exposed sandstone wall, neutral colours, and windows to maximise the abundant natural light.
What the Sophisticated Traveller Loves
With the cream of the city’s art galleries, cafes, and bars at your doorstep, you’ll be fully immersed in a vibrant and evolving culture. The only risk here is overindulging! Thankfully, when you need to retreat, you’re surrounded by comfort and the finest appliances, while the property is shielded from any street noise.
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Rates: $700 per night. Minimum 5 nights.
Globe-trotting Designer Michelle Nussbaumer’s
Bohemian Luxe Getaway in San Miguel
Globe-trotting and super stylish Dallas designer Michelle Nussbaumer likes to go big and exotic. So it was no surprise to us that when Michelle and her husband, Bernard Nussbaumer (movie producer and cofounder of Texas’s Buda Juice beverage bars), found a dated building to do up as their holiday home in San Miguel de Allende, that the end result was only going to be as visually captivating as her Dallas home – dramatically furnished, with a mix of global treasures.
Nothing Michelle Nussbaumer had seen in the romantic Spanish Colonial city of San Miguel was pleasing her eye. She was after something ‘unusual’ so one afternoon when Nussbaumer spotted a dilapidated wall and decided to climb over it, she knew when she saw the stunning U-shaped building dating back to 16th century that it was absolutely perfect. With the help of friends, she tracked down the owner and bought the home on a handshake (which is apparently very uncommon in Mexico). Thus the name that she and her husband chose for their new home away from home: Hacienda Buena Fe, the House of Good Faith.
Not surprisingly, the interiors are anything but minimal with the home giving off an authentic, Mexican vibe, exactly what Michelle desired. Many of the details bear witness to her inspiringly collector approach to design, architecture, and landscapes and perfectly compliment the inspirational and vibrant city of San Miguel. Click here to view the entire house tour on Architectural Digest and to read the full editorial.
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A Mediterranean retreat in the heart of Melbourne
Walter Barda Design
From Bronte to Palm Beach, Barda is the architect to contact for the ultimate luxurious beachside pad…
Barda’s reputation as the go-to architect for beachfronts and waterfronts has evolved after creating a designer Palm Beach home in 1990. Barda has gained a reputation for two distinct types of beach houses; the traditional pavilion building, which has found an audience for those with an appetite for classic timeless qualities but which also cater for our modern way of living. Then there is the building that is more assemblage and more sculptural…
Below are two of our favourite projects from Barda’s portfolio, the Headland Pavilion and Garden Pavilion on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. You can view more of Walter Barda’s portfolio here.