Clarissa and Marty Johannessen have long been friends of ours, even before the additions of their boys Marlowe (6) and Hopeton (4) and their ultra cool Sydney city café –
Many of their finds are gifted pieces, that are time-worn and so richly full of life. Everything feels as if it has a story and the place on a whole feels like a trip to grandma’s house (in the best possible way) or the warmest hug. I love how there are hints of the boys popping up everywhere as well, like a rubber snake in the garden or dinosaurs on the window sill in the bathroom.
Even the entrance to their house had me at ‘hello.’ Tiled staircase and pink weeds, apparently. No weeding here, please!
There is a such a lovely indoor/outdoor feel in this open-concept kitchen, dining, living space.
The eclectic touches are everywhere, with a clear love for vintage Danish furniture finds.
CJ: ‘I love that this home is so easy. It has so many beautiful features both old and new that allow for me to have fun with simple ideas. The amazing amount of light in the open kitchen means that plants are happy and for me that is important, a sense of something fresh and alive. This home also offers each of us our own special space to explore our loves which means especially for all the boys, home is fun.’
I love a room that isn’t afraid of colour, pattern, pom-poms or polkadots!
The boys’ room is one of my favourites with all the colour and sweet touches, like a cowboy hat, a collection of soft toys, including the cutest knitted snail and leftover balloons. Plus, check out those ceilings!
What lucky little boys live here, am I right?!
Not that the outside isn’t dreamy either! I would love to cozy up in this green nook.
I couldn’t resist these gold sparkly socks hanging on the line. These exemplify the kind of undercover style queen that Clarissa is, though she would never admit it!
And in conclusion: a shed door that has never been more perfect.
Also, if you’re ever in Sydney, a pit stop at