com­fort zone

Tac­tile de­tails give this stylish Mel­bourne home a cosy edge.

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From the out­side, de­signer Marnie God­ing’s Mel­bourne home looks sim­ple and unas­sum­ing. But be­hind the over­sized front door lies a glo­ri­ously ren­o­vated fam­ily space that’s as chic and clas­sic as her muchloved fashion and ac­ces­sories la­bel, Elk.

God­ing shares the home with her part­ner (in life and busi­ness) Adam Ko­niaras, their chil­dren Wil­low, six, and Ol­lie, two, plus their “furry child” Grover. With young kids run­ning around, she loves the spa­cious feel of the home – and the large win­dows through­out. “The home is calm and warm, and has been de­signed to take ad­van­tage of the moun­tain views, which give a sense of airi­ness and free­dom,” says God­ing, who moved in al­most three years ago. “We lived in a lit­tle town­house for 15 years, tucked neatly be­side our neigh­bours. This is the op­po­site and such a great change.”

Like the pal­ette of Elk’s bian­nual col­lec­tions, the shades God­ing has used in the house are mod­ern, muted

and de­signed with re­lax­ation, rather than im­pact, in mind. “I’m drawn to colours, fab­rics and tex­tures that evoke com­fort,” she says. “I think I’m the ultimate nester. Any­thing grey and fluffy and you have me hooked!” she laughs.

Run­ning an in­ter­na­tional brand in the fast-paced world of fashion has made God­ing not only value the down­time she has at home, but also the pieces she sur­rounds her­self with. “My work has helped hone my eye and made me ap­pre­ci­ate crafts­man­ship,” she ex­plains. “It’s made me more con­sid­ered, buy­ing less of ev­ery­thing and ques­tion­ing each pur­chase for need and qual­ity.”

Her favourite pieces are those that have been collected, rather than just bought. “I have a draw­ing res­cued from a sketch­book that my grand­mother drew of her sis­ter in 1932. It’s creased and dis­coloured but it’s one of my most trea­sured pos­ses­sions,” says God­ing, who cites 1stdibs ( and De­sign­stuff (de­sign­ as favourite places to while away time on­line, and the Vic­to­rian stores Kyo ( and Mod­ern Times (mod­ern­ as well as Muji ( for comb­ing through in per­son. The true finds, though, of­ten come from stum­bling across some­thing beau­ti­ful or unique while she’s on the road. “Most of my ideas prob­a­bly come from trav­el­ling,” she says. “I’m lucky to go to places that are some­what off the map and I love noth­ing more than rum­mag­ing through back rooms or shelves – that’s where you find the real trea­sures.”

Add an air of re­lax­ation And re­fine­ment to your home with A mix of mod­ern And mid-cen­tury-style pieces, Along with soft fab­rics And in­ter­est­ing finds. Opt for A neu­tral colour scheme with metal­lic touches.

Pho­to­graphs by Derek Swal­well

TOUCH OF GLASS Large win­dows in­crease the sense of space


A lim­ited-edi­tion work by Carla Fletcher brings a hint of Australiana to Ol­lie’s room (left)

LIGHT AND EASY Fluffy, com­fort­able fab­rics and qual­ity pieces dot the home

Cush­ions, $95 each, Lightly, Buf­fet, $2,795, Or­ganic Modernism, click­on­fur­ni­ Chair, $4,887, Jar­dan, jar­ nathan­ Bas­ket, $39, Olli Ella, ol­ Bed, $549, Incy In­te­ri­ors, in­cy­in­te­ri­

Toy, $350, Fen­ton & Fen­ton, fen­to­nand­fen­

Print, $750, Carla Fletcher, car­lafletcher. big­car­ Mixer, $899, Kitchenaid, Chair, $490 for two, La Forma, retro­

Floor lamp, $1,295, Coco Repub­lic, co­core­pub­lic. Con­sole, $1,700, Nathan + Jac,

Cush­ion, $170, Fen­ton & Fen­ton, fen­to­nand­fen­ton.

Pen­dant light, $308, Lightly,

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