HOME TOUR “The home is a great combination of being both coloured and neutral, modern and classic, functional and playful, sophisticated and family-friendly.” – Simone Haag ‘‘ L 3 ocated in the bayside city of Geelong – a highly sought- after locale for its fresh take on cosmopolitan living – this Newtown home has the cool factor down pat. A collaboration between architecture studio Tecture, interior designer Built by Wilson and stylist Simone Haag, this newly built home embraces beautiful design while striking a balance between sophisticated and family-friendly. The home sets the scene for a laid-back family lifestyle with its exposed brickwork, full-height doors, internal timber cladding and living spaces that frame landscaped courtyards. Yet, it was the four-bedroom home’s mid-century aesthetic and neutral palette that became the perfect canvas for stylist Simone Haag to work her magic. “This project first crossed my plate when I was invited by the Built byWilson team to furnish and style their newest project, Newtown House,” explains Simone. “They enlisted our help in creating a series of liveable, comfortable spaces for a design-conscious family through the specification of key furniture pieces, art, and object. Working to a tight deadline, we needed to move quickly and source in-stock products amid the global pandemic. With a material palette selected by interior designers Built by Wilson, Simone worked on curating the furnishings, relying on a team of suppliers she has come to trust over the years, such as DOMO and Halcyon Lake. “Influencedby thehome’s laid-backenergy, we sourcedawide range of pieces with earthy tones that cohesively create a pragmatic but textured result. The vibe was a bit LA and aspirational but liveable. Simone continues, “The home’s eclectic mix of hard-wearing furniture gives the children an array of textures to experience. It’s grounded with strong stone and bold pieces, yet light and beautiful at the same time.” The beating pulse of the home is the kitchen, living and dining, which opens out onto a courtyard area through full-height glass doors. The dining table, custom-crafted within weeks by Joel Elliot, is paired with Ligne Roset TVDining Chairs fromDOMO, chosen for themid- century flavour. Two lounge areas sit side-by-side and open onto a third covered outdoor lounge area. Each is worthy of its place with vintage finds, custom-made pieces by Built By Wilson, original art, and textural Halcyon Lake rugs. Yet, nothing is as eye-catching or defining as the uniquely shaped and layered minimalist grey sofa paired with Sika Design Ottomans fromDOMO. “The De Sede DS-1025 sofa from DOMO is a sophisticated, welcoming piece that gets better with age. I have always wanted to specify it in a project. The location where this sofa landed was one Built by Wilson wasn’t entirely sure how to use. In essence, it was a living space next to a living space – so we had to give it a sense of purpose,” explains Simone.