in­ner light

A fo­cus on en­ergy rather than pos­ses­sions has turned this fam­ily home into a live-in sanc­tu­ary

ELLE (Australia) - - Contents - Pho­to­graphs by Nikole Ram­say

This spa founder has ex­tended the tran­quil feel to her home.


like my en­vi­ron­ment to feel as calm and warm as pos­si­ble,” says Me­lanie Glee­son, who could be talk­ing about her 100-plus En­dota Spa lo­ca­tions around the coun­try as much as her fam­ily home on Vic­to­ria’s beau­ti­ful Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula, which she shares with her hus­band Peter and sons Fer­gus and Jimmy. “Flow and en­ergy are more im­por­tant than pos­ses­sions. I like open spa­ces with min­i­mal clut­ter and a flow of fresh air mov­ing through­out. It helps to move any stuck en­ergy.” This trans­lates to high ceil­ings, walls of glass and a liv­ing space that ef­fort­lessly rolls from one pur­pose to the next – plus, a sage smudg­ing stick to burn when nec­es­sary.

To max­imise their coastal lo­ca­tion, the fam­ily thought as much about the out­door

space as the in­door. “We’re al­ways out­side, so we built spa­ces that en­cour­aged this,” says Glee­son, who founded the first En­dota Spa in 2000. “My hus­band cre­ated an amaz­ing front gar­den, with lush grass, a wil­low tree, red-brick path­way and vegie gar­den that spans the fence line.” In the back­yard, the glit­ter­ing pool is sur­rounded by olive trees, with their grey-green fo­liage pro­vid­ing shade and plenty of hooks to keep the prac­ti­cal stuff like tow­els hung and dry.

Just like an En­dota Spa treat­ment room (Glee­son worked with the same in­te­rior

de­signer re­spon­si­ble for the spa fit-outs) and the skin­care prod­ucts for which the brand is known, the sun-soaked home pays trib­ute to the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment. “I’m very in­spired by nat­u­ral el­e­ments,” says Glee­son. “We’re so close to the beach and I love the ever-chang­ing hues of the bay. In summer, you get days where it’s calm, still and crys­tal-clear blue. In win­ter, it can be fierce with dark navy and white­wash rolling waves. That’s why those colours make up the colour pal­ette through­out the home.” The sooth­ing shades are a study in how colour can be even more tran­quil than the more ob­vi­ous soft greys and whites.

Tac­tile tex­tures like vel­vet and sand­stone as well as the brush­strokes of orig­i­nal paint­ings help turn the serene home into an invit­ing fam­ily space. “I take a sim­plis­tic ap­proach to dec­o­rat­ing and only dis­play items I feel a con­nec­tion to,” Glee­son ex­plains. In­deed, one of her favourite pieces of­fers a lot more than just aes­thetic ap­peal. “The in­te­rior de­signer found these beau­ti­ful green glass pen­dants that drape from the ceil­ing above the is­land bench in the kitchen. In­scribed across the top of each light is a lit­tle af­fir­ma­tion: ‘Let your light shine.’” Like with most things, it seems the magic of this house is well and truly in the de­tail.


A rich, green back­drop and plenty of nat­u­ral light make the home feel like an oa­sis

TAKE THE LEAP “This painting [left] by Sally Jou­bert de­picts some­one jump­ing off a lo­cal pier, which has been a tra­di­tion for me and my fam­ily”

COLOUR THER­APY “One of my favourite pieces is this painting called ‘Ran­dom Acts’, by By­ron Bay artist Diana Miller. It in­cor­po­rates all my favourite colours”

GREEN HOUSE El­e­ments of na­ture are sprin­kled through­out

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