A Cozy Weekend Cottage in Victoria

Designer Suzanne Cunningham Creates Her Own Modern Sanctuary

Interior Design by Suzanne Cunningham of One Girl Interiors | Photography by Eve Wilson | Modern Sanctuary | A Cozy Weekend Cottage in Victoria | Exterior | Porch | Outdoor Space
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08/24/2016

If you are like us, you probably wonder about what choices designers make when they get to create their own homes. Suzanne Cunningham of One Girl Interiors helped us answer that question by sharing her get-away cottage in Victoria, Australia along with some great design tips. You will also be very happy to know that you can book a stay here! Get more info at the very bottom of the feature.

Says Suzanne: “Our cottage in Victoria is our sanctuary to escape the pace of everyday life in the city.  We’re a family with two young children, Grace (6) and Tom (4) and we love escaping to the country on weekends.

“We looked for over a year before we found this cottage in Daylesford.  It had great proportions and was generally in good condition but it needed to be renovated throughout.

“As an interior designer, this was exactly the sort of project I was looking for.  Something I could develop in my own style and that reflected our tastes and lifestyle. The entire interior and exterior were repainted and the two bathrooms and the kitchen were completely replaced.  The house was then furnished and styled throughout.

It’s hard to choose a favourite room as I honestly love them all.  I’ve designed each space to feel unique, but for the interior to flow seamlessly.”

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Suzanne includes interesting touches throughout the cottage – like this hallway bookshelf.

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Pro Tip:

Think about a space and how it’s used. I love a dramatic interior, but I wouldn’t suggest it for your everyday living space.  Save this for a space that you use less often.

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Pro Tip:

Fabrics and textures can really soften a space. Linen curtains add texture and interest that a flat blind can’t.

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The removal of  upper cabinets keeps the kitchen feeling light and spacious.

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“A lot of the artwork and furniture pieces are from Australian designers such as Mark Tuckey, Belynda Henry and Tamara Maynes.”

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Pro Tip:

Add your favourite colour. I love a muted, neutral interior but adding some colour, even just a little can make a space feel extra special to you.

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Interior Design by Suzanne Cunningham of One Girl Interiors | Photography by Eve Wilson | Modern Sanctuary | A Cozy Weekend Cottage in Victoria | Bedroom | Wall Decor | Bedding
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This cottage is a real sanctuary for me. I feel completely relaxed and at home here.  Suzanne Cunningham

We can see why, Suzanne. Interested in booking your own stay here? Your weekend getaway is only a click away. Plan your trip here.

Meet the designer Suzanne Cunningham of One Girl Interiors
Bio:

I’m the ‘One Girl’ in One Girl Interiors, a boutique interior design service based in Melbourne.  I love delivering beautiful spaces that make people smile.

My career path was driven by fashion.  At age twelve I decided it would be great to have a job where I got to wear a suit to work every day.  I got that sort of job.  I led a marketing team for a big bank.  Wearing a suit wasn’t quite as fun as I thought it would be.  However, the heels were great.

I became really interested in interior design when living in London for a couple of years.  I spent my weekends browsing gorgeous fabrics and wallpapers in boutiques like Designers Guild and Osborne and Little along Kings Road.  Then I would come home with an arm full of interiors magazines and plan my dream house back in Melbourne.

When we did move back to Melbourne, I put my plans in action to create a family home, ready for the arrival of our two children.  We renovated and extended the entire house.  It was a big job.  Only a few floorboards of the original house now remain.  When we finished, there was a problem.  I loved it so much, choosing everything from the tiles, to the taps, the window furnishings, to the furniture and artwork that I wanted to do it again.

With encouragement from friends and family, I decided to make a big change and follow my passion. So I added a Diploma of Interior Design to my Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts degrees.

I work on projects big and small.  It’s such a privilege to be invited into other people’s homes.  I have the dedication, enthusiasm and know-how to leave my clients with a smile and a special space that is uniquely them.

And, like Dorothy, I believe there is no place like home.

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What is your design philosophy?
A great interior should reflect your personality and make you smile
Who is one of your favorite go-to artists/craftsmen and why do you like their work?
Tamara Maynes is a very talented designer who takes a contemporary approach to traditional crafts. She created two special pieces for the house.
What is one small design tip/change that can make a big impact?
Curtains should be tall and elegant. Hang them high and let them pool a little on the floor. This will give a luxurious feel to any room.
What is your Modern Sanctuary?
Our" weekend in the country" cottage is a real sanctuary for me. I feel completely relaxed and at home here
My other favourite activity that brings me joy and some time-out is to go to see a film on my own.
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  1. Angela J. Ford

    Absolutely gorgeous photos! This makes me want to redecorate my place. I’m very into simplistic and modern design.

    • Jennifer Heeley

      Us too Angela! We LOVE how Suzanne decorated her cottage! 🙂

  2. Charlie Albright | Moments by Charlie

    Wow all the little details in this cottage are just gorgeous! And what a lovely location for it. You can explore pretty nature in the day, and come back to your stay and enjoy each and every room.

    • Caitlin Diggles

      Couldn’t agree more Charlie! She rents it out as well, so you can even book a stay there! 🙂

  3. Carmen

    How much in Oct. Sat to Sat the 15th to 22nd. Ty

  4. Carmen

    I guess Im assuming you rent out. Lol. Its simply beautiful and inviting

    • Caitlin Diggles

      Hi Carmen! We love this space too – glad you enjoyed this tour! You can get more information on renting by going to Suzanne’s website and reaching out to her there: http://www.theweekenderdaylesford.com.au/contact-us/. 🙂

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