Anyone familiar with Kip&Co knows that the company makes some of the most beautiful, colorful and fun bedding and housewares, so it should come as no surprise that co-founder Hayley Pannekoecke’s home that she shares with her husband and three children is just as amazing. It’s not only full of color, but great vintage (and newer) finds and some of the coolest items handmade by her builder husband. In addition, big glass windows and natural textures help bring the outdoors in, adding to the beauty of the space. We can go on and on about all of the wonderful things about this house, but we’ll stop here and let you enjoy it for yourself through the beautiful pictures and the interview with Hayley herself. And be sure to keep an eye out for Kip&Co’s new U.S. collaboration of colorful sweaters and track pants for kids coming out this year.
First off, tell us all about Kip&Co! Who’s behind it, what inspired it and what are you excited for next?
Kip&Co is the creative baby of co-founders Kate Heppell, Alex McCabe and Hayley Pannekoecke. The trio lives in Melbourne, Australia. The bold fun bedding and homewares company was born to fill the gap in the Australian bedding market initially nearly six years ago. After a vacation to the U.S., the girls returned inspired to splash a bit of color and texture across beds everywhere. The brand first launched with a small collection of adult bedding and cushions and quickly merged into kids and baby bedding, as well as sleepwear, tableware, travel bags and bath towels. Kip&Co is sold in Australia, New Zealand, UK, Korea, Canada and the U.S. We launched in the U.S. early in 2017 and are excited to see the brand grow abroad in the next couple of years. We have lots of new things on the horizon including sweaters for kids and track pants in our iconic colorful prints and a super exciting U.S. collaboration in 2018 coming soon!
Your brand and your home are so colorful. How do you inject color into everything with such ease?
Color is something we just get. We try not to overthink it or follow trends. We all love color and have fun playing around with it.
What is your favorite room in your house?
I love my bathroom. It’s feminine and made mostly by my husband James, so I love it even more. He handmade the concrete bench and bath. It’s beautiful.
What room do you spend the most time in?
The kitchen, of course. With three kids and a love of cooking, both James and I can usually be found in there—it’s the hub of our home.
Where do you shop for things for your home in-person and online?
I shop a lot online as we live around 2 hours out of Melbourne and I like to choose a mix of things. Owning a homewares company also means I have plenty of our own things to choose from. We truly love what we create, so my home is littered with Kip&Co, and then a good peppering of pieces I have collected on my travels over the years.
Everything in your home looks custom and thoughtful. How did you go about designing and decorating your home?
Our home was built and designed by James and myself, so it is customized to our liking. It’s handy having your husband be your builder, too—we are often making changes and tweaks as we build. We have built a few houses together over the past 10 years and each time you get the opportunity to create a place that fits your family and lifestyle even better.
How does living in Coastal Victoria influence your home?
Mainly our design is influenced by our lifestyle and family needs. Living on the coast means lots of time spent outdoors and trying to bring lots of the outdoors in with big glass windows and natural textures.
Bunk bed made by husband James // Bedding
What is your favorite color to decorate with right now?
Peaches and earthy tones. I love our pink kitchen walls and tiles mixed with the industrial grays of concrete and warm honey hues of the American oak joinery and French oak floors.
How do you decorate for a large family? Do you have anything that is precious or is it all meant to be for the family to enjoy?
We aren’t precious about material things. With three kids and two dogs, it isn’t realistic to keep things perfect. We like a lived-in feel and spaces that are used and loved. Our decorating style is pretty relaxed and I love an eclectic mix. I only buy things I really love.
How has being a mom influenced your style all-around?
I try and be practical with my style choices, but at the end of the day, I just keep it simple and choose things that I love. We try not to over-clutter our living spaces. We like to keep them comfortable and user-friendly.
Favorite item in your home, closet and beauty bag?
- Favorite item in my home is the white stucco fireplace. It feels a little Euro and I love that.
- Favorite item in my closet is my pearl-embellished slides.
- Favorite item in my beauty bag is my Mermaid Face Oil by Hendrix.
What is your current favorite design at Kip&Co?
I am in love with our Gold Leather Weekender Bag—gold and shiny is always practical and fun!
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Wall sconces: Emu egg and brass lights by Reduxr
Bedding and throws: Kip&Co
Side tables: Made by husband James
Bird painting: Vintage
Bathroom ensuite: French gold tapware by Astra Walker
Concrete bath and vanity: Handmade by James
Pineapple sconce wall lights: Caravan Interiors UK
Boys’ bunk room:
Tartan carpet: Sourced from the UK
Bunk bed: Made by husband James
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