A Timeless, Sophisticated Beach House on the Great Ocean Road

Georgina Jeffries was afforded an unusual amount of freedom from her clients when she received her brief for the Mizu House in Lorne. The original structure was built 13 years ago, but the same owners wanted their beach house to accommodate a growing extended family over holiday periods.

‘The brief was more about what the client wanted to fit into the space, rather than how they wanted the house to look,’ Georgina explains. Together with her team, Georgina re-choreographed the existing interiors to create two extra bedrooms (including cosy built-in bunks!), and a rumpus room upstairs for the grandchildren.

Aside from the logistics required for fitting everyone into the space, Georgina wanted to create an unpretentious and inviting retreat that would suit all generations of the sprawling extended family. ‘We knew we could get the planning to work, so our biggest goal was to inject warmth and calm to the

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A French Provincial Dreamland In West Gippsland, Inspired By Monet’s Garden!

Believe it or not, there had never been a building or house on this 26-acre property before Marian and Bryce Somes came along. The divided paddocks were previously used to make hay, and house grazing dairy cattle. ‘The only trees were on the roadside and along the creek, which forms one of our boundaries,’ explains Marian. ‘It was a clean slate!’

Inspired by her rural upbringing and travelling through France with her husband Bryce, Marian developed a passion for roses and homegrown vegetables. The pair of francophiles returned to Australia determined to find the perfect plot of land to create their own rural French farmhouse, settling on West Gippsland, with its high rainfall, hearty soil and rolling countryside. It was the ideal place to bring their vision to life.

Particularly inspired by Monet’s famed garden at Giverny, Marian and Bryce chose to build their house with rammed earth to give

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