hummingbird eco retreat

sustainable interior design interior styling health and wellness eco retreat melbourneWe had ten short weeks to transform what was an old, tired conference centreĀ  in Red Hill, on the Mornington Peninsula, into a light and airy 4-star eco retreat.

In collaboration with Jen Brownscombe and Callum Wallace we put together a wonderful team of painters, tradies, volunteers, family and friends to create Hummingbird Eco Retreat.

Adhering to our localisation design model, we reinstated as much of the original furniture as possible. We sourced additional furnishings and decorations first from within a local 50km radius, then within the state of Victoria and then from Australia.

ESD features specified by The Sustainable Stylist include:

  • the original footprint was preserved and demolition material recycled back into the build or sorted and sent for recycling.
  • energy efficient LED and CFL interior and exterior lighting throughout.
  • Australian-made paints with no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) used throughout
  • use of water-based, natural timber stains used on furniture and flooring
  • use of local recycled and reclaimed pier timber for decking
  • installation of solar hot water heating.
  • installation of two Australian-made Nectre wood heaters
  • honeycomb window blinds installed, blocking out 99% UV and preventing up to 90% heat loss from windows.
  • use of bamboo floating floorboards
  • old doors replaced with new doors – 6mm masonite skin on vacuum sealed, recycled hard core
  • 100% certified organic sheets and bed linen supplied
  • cushion inserts made from recycled PET plastic bottles
  • sourcing second hand, vintage and recycled objects
  • painting, reupholstering and repurposing furniture and fittings already on the property
  • supporting local artisans and small businesses.

Textiles for all of the cushion covers were sourced from the wonderful, Melbourne-based printers Harvest Textiles and Ink & Spindle, alongside the lovely work of Bird Textiles from Byron. We used Rockcote ecosheen paint and render for the walls and ceilings.

We designed each bedroom room around a unique theme, reflecting nature and the elements. The rooms are spread over three main buildings on the property, with each building having a distinct aesthetic feel. The top, more modern building carried the themes of air, wind, water, cloth and paper; the middle building is host to the sun, the moon, autumn, spring and star rooms; and the lower, stables-inspired building have a more masculine air as reflected in the room themes of wood, earth, metal, stone and fire.

Here are a few detail shots reflecting some of the themes, as seen through the talented eyes of Olga Bennett.

For those of you who love before and after images, have a look through this image library…