This website uses cookies to improve your experience navigating our site. By continuing to browse, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

OK, I understand

An Idyllic Family Home On The Mornington Peninsula

Homes

Billy Innes grew up among the beaches and fresh air on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula – an idyllic childhood she desired for her own three children.

Years after finding the perfect site in Flinders, Billy and her architect father worked together to design a gorgeous family home. 

The contemporary house adopts a barn-like structure, characterised by natural materials and surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens.

We think it’s the perfect family home!

10th November, 2021

The home of interior designer Billy Innes and her children Olly (15), Charlie (12), and Mimi (10). Painting on right wall by Patrick Mung Mung. Dining table made from a vintage Chinese window shutter. Antique chairs passed down from Billy’s childhood home. Collection of soft sculptures from Yarrenyty Arltere Artists and Tjanpi Desert Weavers. Photo – Marnie Hawson.

Dulux Natural White serves as the backdrop for the neutral and earthy interiors. Photo – Marnie Hawson.

Billy with Frankie, the family’s staffy. Photo – Marnie Hawson.

The Cheminées Philippe fireplace was one of the first things Billy chose for the house. Collection of soft sculptures from Yarrenyty Arltere Artists and Tjanpi Desert Weavers. Photo – Marnie Hawson.

Large windows frame garden outlooks throughout the home. Photo – Marnie Hawson.

The bathroom flood with natural light. Photo – Marnie Hawson.

The bedroom features a mix of textural linens and African basket ware. Photos – Marnie Hawson.

The main bedroom opens directly to the outdoors. Photo – Marnie Hawson.

The contemporary house adopts a barn-like structure characterised by natural materials and surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens. Bespoke powder-coated outdoor bath and shower by Unearthed Garden. Photo – Marnie Hawson.

Bespoke powder-coated outdoor bath and shower by Unearthed Garden Photo – Marnie Hawson.

The property is on an acre-large block. Photo – Marnie Hawson.

Weathered, soft-grey silvertop ash clads the home. Photo – Marnie Hawson.

The homer adopts two separate barn style pods. Photo – Marnie Hawson.

‘I have spent many hours planning, creating and building the garden,’ says Billy. ‘The garden gives us all a huge amount of pleasure.’ Photos – Marnie Hawson.

Pool area designed by Kate Patterson Landscape Architecture and constructed by Real Earth Developments. Photo – Marnie Hawson.

Plants in the garden include, agave, coastal rosemary, olive trees, purple verbena bonariensis, white valerian and sweet bursaria. Photo – Marnie Hawson.

The pool is framed by concrete walls that form a natural planter, filled with blue chalksticks, euphorbias, echium, clipped westringia balls, perennials and frothy grasses. Photo – Marnie Hawson.

Lucy Feagins
Wednesday 10th November 2021

Interior designer Billy Innes always hoped to return to Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, near her childhood home in Merricks. ‘I wanted to give my children a similar upbringing; fresh air, open spaces, the beaches and away from the city,’ she says.

It was her parents who discovered the perfect site –  an acre block in Flinders, within walking distance of the local kindergarten, town and of course the beach. ‘We instantly fell in love with the size of the block and its location on a dead end dirt road with a cricket oval over the road,’ Billy says. 

After outgrowing the original house on the site, Billy began designing her dream family home, with her father Micheal Innes, a semi-retired architect, and construction by Bernie Everett Building. The home was to be open, coastal, and relaxed, filled with lots of wonderful natural light and lovely outlooks to the garden from every room.

‘I was super lucky to work on the design of the house with my father. He has done a wonderful job capturing the natural light and bringing the outside in,’ says Billy. 

This contemporary structure features two separate barn-style pods clad in weathered silvertop ash. Dulux Natural White serves as the backdrop for the neutral and earthy interiors, layered with Indigenous art and handmade ceramic pieces.  

The surrounding gardens including the pool and barbecue area designed by Kate Patterson Landscape Architecture and constructed by Real Earth Developments are just as impressive as those indoors. `We were lucky enough to inherit some gorgeous old fruit trees and a lot of space to create a gorgeous garden, complete with a swimming pool and in-ground trampoline for my family and friends to enjoy,’ says Billy.

A bespoke powder-coated outdoor bath and shower by Unearthed Garden adds further impact, alongside their striking steel planters and wood stackers dotted around the property. 

Billy treasures the easy, relaxed feel of her home, and delights in hearing the sounds of her children Olly (15), Charlie (12), and Mimi (10) playing in the surrounding garden. ‘I feel very blessed to be living in a coastal/country town, close to the beaches where we can swim, walk, bike ride, surf’ she says. Now that really is living the dream!

This Week

On The Market

A Masterfully Renovated Victorian In Kensington Is For Sale

This four-bedroom Victorian home with an extension by Nicholas Murray Architects has hit the market in Kensington.
Amelia Barnes
  7 hours ago

News

'Bonne' Is The New Fashion Brand From Textiles Queen Bonnie Ashley!

Bonne is a luxury resortwear label with fabrics and patterns hand painted by the founder of Bonnie and Neil.

Christmas Countdown

Stuff Your Stocking With Some Suave Staples + Score 10% Off At Designstuff!

We’ve curated the perfect gifting lineup from the Scandinavian-focussed design store including Ferm Living, Købn and Krof!
Lucy Feagins
  9 hours ago

Christmas Countdown

Get The Bottles On Ice From Archie Rose Distilling Co. This Christmas!

Stock up your fridge and get your Christmas shopping our favourite drinks from the local distilling company!
Lucy Feagins

News

Finally, Un-Ugly Air Conditioners!

The Unico Pro air conditioner from Olimpia Splendid replaces bulky external motors with discrete wall vents. 
Sponsored

Christmas Countdown

Announcing... The Design Files Christmas Countdown 2021!

We're making Christmas easy this year with a SHOPPABLE gift guide plus exclusive TDF Reader deals and discounts - shop NOW from Country Road...
Lucy Feagins

Homes

This Family Home Is A Slice Of Europe In The Perth Hills

Classical Greek, French and English influences all come together in Bronte Taton and Joshua Casey's dreamy home, in Darlington, Western Aust...

Christmas Countdown

Give Christmas A Glow-Up With MECCA + WIN A $1,000 Voucher

There is something for everyone in our crowd-pleasing Christmas wishlist from these makeup masterminds!

Christmas Countdown

Tick Off All Your Christmas Shopping With 25% Off Thames & Hudson Titles + Games!

Thames & Hudson is your one-stop shop for any gift giving occasion, and they're offering a site-wide discount exclusive to TDF readers as pa...
03:05

Travel

A Perfect Day In Melbourne, With Melissa Leong

Food writer, TV presenter and judge of MasterChef Australia Melissa Leong shares some of her absolute favourite spots in Melbourne CBD.
Lucy Feagins
  17 hours ago

News

Shop 12 Local Ceramicists Under One Roof This Weekend!

The insanely popular ceramics shopping event Three Day Clay is back for a Christmas edition on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, this week...

Podcast

Stylist Turned Designer Sarah Ellison On Building A Cult Status Furniture Brand, On TDF Talks

In this podcast conversation, the insanely popular Byron Bay-based creative talks transitioning from stylist to designer, the value of being...

Christmas Countdown

Sort Your Christmas Shopping Today With 10% Off Country Road!

Country Road is our go-to gifting destination, and they're offering TDF readers 10% off everything this Christmas.
Lucy Feagins

TDF Collect

TDF Collect Presents: 'My Life' By Maggie Green

An exhibition of 13 glowing, vibrant works from Mangala artist Maggie Green of Spinifex Hill Art Centre, 'My Life' tells the story of the ar...

Studio Visit

This Emerging Textile Designer Creates Handcrafted Homewares That Feel Like Future Heirlooms

Megan McNeill started her textile brand Trinket Solo just over a year ago, and she's killing it!

View Comments

Similar Stories

Homes

Poppy Garbin + Scott Gibson Of Pop And Scott’s Dromana Dream Home

The renovated '80s home of Scott Gibson and Poppy Garbin, founders of Pop and Scott.

Homes

A Stylist’s Charming Country Home

Stylist and Read&Hall co-owner Emma Read shares her 1920s family home filled with vintage pieces in Willunga, South Australia.

Homes

Louella Boitel Gill's Loved And Layered Bungalow By The Beach

Interior and furniture designer Louella Boîtel-Gill has turned her former Airbnb in the Northern Rivers into an idyllic family home.

This Week

Christmas Countdown

Sort Your Christmas Shopping Today With 10% Off Country Road!

Country Road is our go-to gifting destination, and they're offering TDF readers 10% off everything this Christmas.
Lucy Feagins

On The Market

A Masterfully Renovated Victorian In Kensington Is For Sale

This four-bedroom Victorian home with an extension by Nicholas Murray Architects has hit the market in Kensington.
Amelia Barnes
  7 hours ago

Podcast

Stylist Turned Designer Sarah Ellison On Building A Cult Status Furniture Brand, On TDF Talks

In this podcast conversation, the insanely popular Byron Bay-based creative talks transitioning from stylist to designer, the value of being...

Christmas Countdown

Stuff Your Stocking With Some Suave Staples + Score 10% Off At Designstuff!

We’ve curated the perfect gifting lineup from the Scandinavian-focussed design store including Ferm Living, Købn and Krof!
Lucy Feagins
  9 hours ago

TDF Collect

TDF Collect Presents: 'My Life' By Maggie Green

An exhibition of 13 glowing, vibrant works from Mangala artist Maggie Green of Spinifex Hill Art Centre, 'My Life' tells the story of the ar...

Homes

This Family Home Is A Slice Of Europe In The Perth Hills

Classical Greek, French and English influences all come together in Bronte Taton and Joshua Casey's dreamy home, in Darlington, Western Aust...

Christmas Countdown

Announcing... The Design Files Christmas Countdown 2021!

We're making Christmas easy this year with a SHOPPABLE gift guide plus exclusive TDF Reader deals and discounts - shop NOW from Country Road...
Lucy Feagins

News

Shop 12 Local Ceramicists Under One Roof This Weekend!

The insanely popular ceramics shopping event Three Day Clay is back for a Christmas edition on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, this week...

News

Finally, Un-Ugly Air Conditioners!

The Unico Pro air conditioner from Olimpia Splendid replaces bulky external motors with discrete wall vents. 
Sponsored

Christmas Countdown

Tick Off All Your Christmas Shopping With 25% Off Thames & Hudson Titles + Games!

Thames & Hudson is your one-stop shop for any gift giving occasion, and they're offering a site-wide discount exclusive to TDF readers as pa...

Christmas Countdown

Get The Bottles On Ice From Archie Rose Distilling Co. This Christmas!

Stock up your fridge and get your Christmas shopping our favourite drinks from the local distilling company!
Lucy Feagins

News

'Bonne' Is The New Fashion Brand From Textiles Queen Bonnie Ashley!

Bonne is a luxury resortwear label with fabrics and patterns hand painted by the founder of Bonnie and Neil.

Christmas Countdown

Give Christmas A Glow-Up With MECCA + WIN A $1,000 Voucher

There is something for everyone in our crowd-pleasing Christmas wishlist from these makeup masterminds!
03:05

Travel

A Perfect Day In Melbourne, With Melissa Leong

Food writer, TV presenter and judge of MasterChef Australia Melissa Leong shares some of her absolute favourite spots in Melbourne CBD.
Lucy Feagins
  17 hours ago

Studio Visit

This Emerging Textile Designer Creates Handcrafted Homewares That Feel Like Future Heirlooms

Megan McNeill started her textile brand Trinket Solo just over a year ago, and she's killing it!

Similar Stories

Homes

Poppy Garbin + Scott Gibson Of Pop And Scott’s Dromana Dream Home

The renovated '80s home of Scott Gibson and Poppy Garbin, founders of Pop and Scott.

Homes

A Stylist’s Charming Country Home

The Willunga family home of stylist and Read&Hall co-owner Emma Read.

Homes

Louella Boitel Gill's Loved And Layered Bungalow By The Beach

Interior and furniture designer Louella Boîtel-Gill has turned her former Airbnb in the Northern Rivers into an idyllic family home.

The Design Files acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which we work, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.

First Nations artists, designers, makers and creative business owners are encouraged to submit their projects for coverage on The Design Files – we would love to hear from you.

Please email us here.