Calming, luxurious and unabashedly feminine, this Montville cottage has entered the 21st Century with an ode to tradition.
Situated in Montville, a quaint and picturesque town in Sunshine Coast’s hinterland, this beautiful cottage is the embodiment of every girl’s childhood fantasy home; a light and dreamy design featuring lashings of soft textiles, opulent mirrored details and a timeless colour palette which inspires relaxation. Designed by Brisbane firm Highgate House, the cottage’s interior was completely gutted to begin with, a renovation which both the home owner and chief interior designer Leigh Boswell were heavily involved in. “The property was transformed from two very small bedrooms, a small kitchen and living area to a luxurious one bedroom private guest house,” says Leigh.
“Multiple walls were torn down and the overall layout of the cottage was completely changed.” Collaborating with a host of suppliers over the year and a half time frame, Leigh was able to produce the ‘girl’s getaway’ the home owner coveted. “Our client wanted somewhere she could escape to from the stresses of everyday life,” Leigh comments. “The location alone is breathtaking and takes your stresses away the minute you step foot on the property – the interior had to do it justice.” The home is now a collection of complementary spaces which feel completely at one – soft shades of taupe and duck egg blue maintain cohesion throughout, alongside variations of a trellis pattern which features in soft furnishings, chairs and cabinetry.
The combined living-dining zone has been expertly designed to maximise the functionality of the limited space. Built-in bench seating on one side of the custom-made dining table makes great use of a compact area, the textured blue fabric adding warmth and colour. Two custom Highgate House feather prints reside overhead, mimicking the symmetry of the two Lexington Furniture trellis chairs which are upholstered in a simple taupe and white stripe. To the left is the cottage galley kitchen which Highgate House designed in conjunction with Wyer & Craw. Classical white cabinetry is paired with a glossy white subway tile splash back and luxurious Carrara marble bench tops, with plenty of natural light welcomed in by the windows and door leading to the home’s deck.
To the right of the dining area is the home’s lounge – although a compact space, there’s no denying this room oozes luxury and homeliness. The hero trellis pattern can be spotted on the various custom inclusions – curtains, blinds, cushions and a taupe and white rug each feature the classic motif. However, it’s the varying sizes and boldness of the pattern that ensures its presence isn’t an overwhelming feature, but rather a neutral base to build upon. Pops of silvery shine appear in the coffee table, accessories and a pair of Laura Kincade sconces mounted either side of the flat screen television, the perfect finishing touches to a space abundant in softness. “It was a challenge to find furniture with the right proportions for such a small space!” says Leigh.
“But with clever use of space we maximised the areas – the overall feel is spacious and comfortable.” The cottage’s master bedroom continues with the blue and taupe theme, refined anchor pieces and a touch of bold pattern creating an elegant sanctuary. Tailored blinds in a timeless oriental-inspired print by Schumacher Oiseaux Et Fleurs adorn the windows, whilst a customdesigned bedhead takes centre stage. A prominent white wardrobe, custom-designed in collaboration with Wyer & Craw, features panelling, mirrored doors and more of that much-loved trellis – a fabulous feature piece which injects the space with a hint of old world charm.
The master ensuite echoes the same classic style and palette of the cottage’s kitchen – Carrara marble tiles were cut and laid in a herringbone pattern on the floor, whilst the walls are adorned in more of the glossy white subway tile. Two sconces situated either side of the mirror were imported from the US, their traditional design perfectly complementing the bathroom’s cabinetry and finishes. From the cottage’s layout, anchor pieces and colour palette to the accessories, sconces and finer details, it’s clear that Highgate House has infused this project with unsurpassed passion and attention to detail. A serene, feminine escape it certainly is.
As seen in Queensland Homes summer 2014/15.
Photography by Steve Ryan/Rix Ryan Photography.