The Vivid Australian Hideaway of Kip & Co’s Co-Founder - Hayley.

Garrett Fleming from Design*Sponge visited the home of Kip&Co co-founder Hayley and we want to share it with you!
Photography by Nikole Ramsay

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In my nearly three years covering homes for Design*Sponge, no place has provided me with more inspiring interiors than Australia. And it’s not very hard to see why. Many of its vibrant cities are home to hotbeds of fearless designers who aren’t skittish around color and applaud pattern and texture.

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One such group of designers are the women behind Kip & Co. Founded in 2012 and new to the US this year, they offer a line of bedding and homewares that are as plush as they are vibrant. Throw pillows in velvety peach with glittery cat faces on them, blankets with cheeky oversized tassels: you name it, they’ve taken it and amped it up.

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Given the stellar work they create, you can imagine how extremely delighted I was when co-founder Hayley Pannekoecke agreed to let me share her 4,000-square-foot retreat in Victoria, Australia with you all. It’s a masterclass in how to craft a home that’s modern and streamlined but not uninviting and sterile. And it all started with a simple concept: intimacy.

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The motivation for such a succinct theme was Hayley and her husband James’ previous home. While pretty, its open concept made it challenging to feel that indefinable homey vibe whilst inside it. So they decided to move and set up shop in a 70s-era mission-style. For two years James revamped and rebuilt the throwback, adding concrete bathtubs he custom made, sinks he crafted and even installing a giant fireplace that runs the length of the entire house!

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For her portion of the revitalization, Hayley turned to none other than Kip & Co. The brand’s colorful accessories inject texture and vibrancy into the modern space, amplifying its character and urging the family to take a load off. Pay particular attention to what pieces she’s chosen for her and James’ bedroom. My oh my, is its look enviable. Doused in blush and pale-orange tones, you’d be hard pressed to find someone who wouldn’t want to curl up in their each night.

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Guests are often surprised by how much lies beyond Hayley and James' quaint front porch. The house is divided into two pods. The left one holds Hayley and James' bedroom, the lounge and kitchen. The right one is made up of the kids' rooms.

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The kitchen features oak parquet floors and is the "heartbeat" of the home.

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