Perhaps – if you’re like Suzanne Cunningham, owner of boutique interiors service, One Girl Interiors – you have followed through with your dream and nabbed yourself a sweet pad to renovate as your very own weekender.
“I grew up in country South Australia and after I moved to Melbourne I always dreamt of having a place outside the city to escape to on weekends,” Suzanne tells us.
“We love Daylesford and I was on the hunt for a cottage that we could renovate and make picture-perfect.”
The result is The Weekender, a beautiful and contemporary Victorian-style cottage with gorgeous high ceilings and flooded with natural light. The property has been hosting holidaymakers (and Suzanne’s family) since 2015.
At the time of searching for their weekender, Suzanne says there were a number of properties in Daylesford with a strong vintage or industrial aesthetic.
“I wanted to go for a more relaxed, contemporary feel,” she says.
The living room interiors certainly show off a vibe that is homely and cosy. Think sweet wall decals with words that read “where troubles melt like lemon drops”; textured rugs and throws; mismatched cushions that pair perfectly together; and a blonde timber bookshelf adorned with a collection of nostalgic reads.
Much of the artworks are created by female Australian artists, some of which were commissioned especially for The Weekender.
The kitchen, meanwhile, is a stylist’s dream with its seamless navy blue cabinetry, white subway tiled splashback and neatly clustered counter top objects.
“I love the feeling of the large kitchen and dining area,” says Suzanne.
“It’s part of the extension to the property and it’s extra lovely in spring and summer when you can open the French doors to the adjacent deck and let the outside in.”
The home also features re-purposed materials salvaged from local properties that had been demolished in Melbourne and country Victoria.
“We needed to replace a number of windows in the house, so we sourced replacements that had been salvaged. For example, the window in the main bathroom came from a home in Macedon,” explains Suzanne.
Architecturally beautiful, aesthetically stunning… we know where we’ll be heading on our next weekend away. How about you?
A two-night stay at The Weekender starts from $550.
Suzanne shares her five top tips for how to steal The Weekender’s style:
1. Start with a neutral palette on walls and floors – opt for white and grey tones.
2. Layer in beautiful textures like wool, linen and leather.
3. Add softness and warmth with neutral-hued curtains.
4. Then, add accents of colour with artwork and soft furnishings.
5. Finally, add a touch of greenery to link the indoors with the garden outside.
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