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An idyllic outdoor renovation complete with a garden and pool pavilion

Indoor spaces meld seamlessly with the outdoors for relaxed, year-round living.
A tennis court beside a black cladded garden pavilion.Photography: Martina Gemmola / Styling: Annalese Hay

Eagle-eyed Home Beautiful readers may find something familiar about this Mornington Peninsula home. Back in 2019, we revealed the first stage of the substantial renovation of Kelli and David’s property. The couple engaged Kate Walker of KWD to undertake a two-year makeover of the 1970s home, transforming it into a warm family home. An alpine luxe aesthetic played out in a blend of natural materials, quiet hues and standout finishes.

A tall entry way with a leather-clad wall, timber console and circular artwork.
Unsurprisingly, given Kelli’s work as a gallery director and art adviser, striking artworks feature throughout. Max Patté’s large circular artwork Peachy Keen, 2020 is the first piece guests see on entering, while four butterfly artworks – from ‘The Souls’ series by Damien Hirst – peek through the ‘Spider’ light fitting by Porcelain Bear. (Photography: Martina Gemmola / Styling: Annalese Hay)

However, the couple, who share their home with son Sam, 20 – their elder son Jack, 22, has now flown the nest (but can’t help but return often!) – weren’t quite finished. “This was the third stage of a major renovation, intended to provide multiple areas, indoors and out, for our family and friends to enjoy throughout the Melbourne seasons,” explains Kelli.

A tall leather-cladded wall and timber console with a fern.
A leather-clad two-storey fireplace designed by KWD delivers a warm, tactile welcome in the entrance of Kelli and David’s Mornington Peninsula home. Engineered flooring in European oak forms a subtle grounding for a Cadrys rug and Zuri Home console. (Photography: Martina Gemmola / Styling: Annalese Hay)

Kate and her team returned to tackle the next part of the project. “KWD were great to work with, with a deep understanding and appreciation of innovative materials and design,” says Kelli. “They knew our family and our needs after working together for many years.”

Kelli with Raffy the miniature schnauzer.
Kelli enjoys a quiet moment with Raffy the miniature schnauzer in the new pool pavilion. The abstract artwork is Many Stars, 2018 by Ildiko Kovacs. (Photography: Martina Gemmola / Styling: Annalese Hay)

For this stage of the works, certain things were at the top of the couple’s wish list. “Walls for art and a well-designed cellar, somewhere for dinners under the stars within a private courtyard, and a gravel and cobblestone driveway!” recalls Kelli with a laugh. “Not too much to ask for?”

The interior spaces enjoyed minor updates, such as the home office and adding cabinetry and storage in the living and dining zones. But most of the work was devoted to outdoors. These were given the full treatment, with new garden and pool pavilions, a gym and infrared sauna, while the existing garage was fitted with storage cupboards and a mudroom. The gardens, including a new mineral pool and spa, were extensively reworked by landscaping firm Plume Studio.

Dining area

A custom-designed dining table from Coastal Living, paired with ladderback chairs from Big Chair and a ‘Bident’ pendant from Porcelain Bear, brings the wished-for alpine flavour to the dining area. An Elena Zhao artwork from Kelli Lundberg Art hangs between the doors above a pine bench from Barefoot Gypsy. Beyond, a console table from Restoration Hardware is a handsome and useful addition to the space, with a Neil Williams artwork positioned above.

A bright dining room with a blue patterned rug, timber table and abstract wall art.
A rug from Cadrys brings pattern and interest. (Photography: Martina Gemmola / Styling: Annalese Hay)

Living area

Yet another representation of the seamless indoor-outdoor feel this home enjoys, the living room doors and windows frame a picture-perfect view of the garden. Pots and plants sourced from Verdant Dwellings connect with greenery outside, with a sofa and armchairs, all from Jardan, and Cadrys rug, bringing a cosy, comfortable feel.

A living area with open garden doors, plush rug and a schnauzer.
The little side table came from Mark Tuckey. (Photography: Martina Gemmola / Styling: Annalese Hay)

Alfresco

An arbour houses a seating area stocked with armchairs and a side table from Restoration Hardware. “My favourite part about the completed, updated home is that we activated every single square metre,” says Kate.

An outdoor alfresco area with an arbour and climbing plants.
“Every area and facet of the property is interconnected and designed for use, which is key to KWD’s design ethos,” says Kate. (Photography: Martina Gemmola / Styling: Annalese Hay)

Kitchen

Cabinetry painted in Porter’s Paints Black Cockatoo and topped with Calacatta marble is the perfect complement to the expanse of greenery beyond the black steel-framed doors, supplied by builders Kabsav Projects.

A modern kitchen with a black and marble topped island and open garden doors.
Leather bar stools from Coco Republic bring a softening element to the square lines of the island. (Photography: Martina Gemmola / Styling: Annalese Hay)

“KWD designs are inspired by Mother Nature, and this philosophy aligned perfectly with the clients who have a real affinity with the land.”

Kate, designer
A modern indoor-outdoor kitchen in a black and white colour scheme.
It is now just a convenient few steps from the kitchen to the large outdoor dining table and pool pavilion beyond. (Photography: Martina Gemmola / Styling: Annalese Hay)

Pool pavilion

This newly built space, floored in cathedral limestone pavers and with a brick-clad open fireplace, boasts a soaring pitched open ceiling. A custom-designed outdoor rug grounds the space, with outdoor seating sourced from Restoration Hardware, inviting family and friends to kick back and relax.

An outdoor pool pavilion with a timber table.
A collection of oversized pots, from Plume Studio and Colin Hyett Design, delivers a swathe of greenery in the corner, connecting the space to the garden. (Photography: Martina Gemmola / Styling: Annalese Hay)

“After a trip to the city, there is always a gentle exhale as you crest the hill and glimpse the bay for the first time.”

Kelli, homeowner
An outdoor seating area with an open brick fireplace.
An extensive outdoor dining table and chairs from Restoration Hardware stand on the gravelled area between the kitchen and new pool pavilion, fulfilling Kelli’s wish for “somewhere for dinners under the stars within a private courtyard”. (Photography: Martina Gemmola / Styling: Annalese Hay)

Garden pavilion

Overlooking the tennis court, the garden pavilion includes a shower room, bar and wine cellar.

A tennis court beside a black cladded garden pavilion.
The outdoor garden pavilion and tennis court. (Photography: Martina Gemmola / Styling: Annalese Hay)

The shower room is lined in Kosciuszko mosaic tiles by KWD&Co, with a vanity topped in Calacatta marble, and Perrin & Rowe wall-mounted fittings from The English Tapware Company.

A shower room with a marble-topped vanity and stone walls.
The Kosciuszko mosaic tiles by KWD&Co and vanity topped in Calacatta marble. (Photography: Martina Gemmola / Styling: Annalese Hay)

Behind the bar is a wine cellar by Cellar Creations, painted in Porter’s Paints Black Cockatoo.

A home bar and wine cellar with chic black cabinetry and a kitchenette.
The wine cellar by Cellar Creations. (Photography: Martina Gemmola / Styling: Annalese Hay)

“The eldest son loves DJing from this space, and in terms of acoustics he preferred not to work from a hard surface,” explains Kate. “It was important to choose a rigorous flooring that was fit for purpose, and Bolon is a hardwearing Swedish sustainable, recycled, woven vinyl.”

A cosy black seating area inside a garden pavilion.
Ligne Roset ‘Togo’ seating from Domo and a Cadrys rug combine with curtains from Lynch’s Window Fashions and polished plaster walls in Porter’s Paints Rubble. (Photography: Martina Gemmola / Styling: Annalese Hay)

Pool

Kelli has many favourite things about the completed home: “The ability to move between indoors and out, no matter the season; traversing the garden to the pavilion allows for an experience of the elements where the sunken fire-pit cocoons us as the garden matures; the dappled sunlight from the vines over the arbour is delightful as we move into the cooler months,” she says. “Not to mention there are now several prime locations to sample a local Pinot from the cellar!”

A mineral pool with loungers leading to a pavilion.
A pair of relaxing daybeds teamed with a side table, all from Restoration Hardware, provide a relaxing spot to enjoy the sparkle of sunlight on the new mineral pool. (Photography: Martina Gemmola / Styling: Annalese Hay)

Designer: KWD, (03) 5974 1800, katewalkerdesign.com.au.
Builder: Kabsav Projects, kabsav.com.au.
Landscaping: Plume Studio, plumestudio.com.au.
Artwork: Kelli Lundberg Art, kellilundberg.art.

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