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Elegant Sanctuary: A Haven for Serene Retreats

by Rong Zhang 07 Jun 2024

Tucked away in the tranquil landscape of the winding diversity of the Mornington Peninsula, the Retreat Residence has been carefully designed by CJH Studio to be a living space that blends old-world elegance with modern design aesthetics. This residence is not only a resort, but also a home for the owner, a refuge seeking peace and harmony in nature. 

Cassie James-Herrick, founder and director of CJH Studio, likens the design experience of the Retreat Residence to stepping into a "sanctuary of meditation." From the initial contact along the long driveway, the fallen pine trees and the needles at the foot, every detail reveals whimsy, inviting the occupants to stop and savor the natural beauty around them.

The design process for the Retreat Residence was slow and deliberate, aiming to preserve the estate's rich heritage while injecting contemporary elements and a new identity. The design team carefully balanced elements of the past and the modern, such as the soft and subtle interaction of sandstone walls and SLATE floors with wood and linen, to create a space that is both historical and contemporary.

The design makes clever use of natural light, creating deep portals through the existing facades that guide light into the interior, while adding openings in other areas that allow natural light to filter in through the linen layers, casting a warm glow that illuminates the entire limestone decorated space.

Due to the uniqueness of the surrounding landscape, the Retreat Residence offers a true sense of seclusion, capturing the idea of isolation. The surrounding natural elements, such as fallen pines and needles, amplify a sense of immersion in a special place. The design team respected the site's past and brought a similar sense of layering from the surrounding woodland, making the Retreat Residence feel connected to the place on many levels.

Cassie James-Herrick sees the Retreat Residence as more than just a house, it's a living testament to the enduring appeal of craft and the transformative power of design. The project is imagined as an enduring home whose future chapters remain blank and ready to be written down, with the environment as a Muse and inspiration.

Retreat Residence is CJH Studio's profound interpretation of living space design. It is not only a living space, but also a place where people can live in harmony with nature and experience the integration of history and modernity. Here, every stay is a pleasure, every exploration is a discovery.

In the serene embrace of the Mornington Peninsula, the Retreat Residence by CJH Studio is more than just an elegant sanctuary; it's a testament to the harmonious blend of history and modernity. Much like the vision we uphold at domvitus, where every piece, including our Modena Delicate Floral Print Pillow Cover, is crafted to enhance the essence of a home with timeless elegance and comfort. Imagine the perfect retreat in your own haven, where the subtle beauty of our pillow covers adds a layer of sophistication to the Retreat Residence's philosophy of peaceful living. As you bask in the natural light and historical charm of this space, let our Modena pillow covers be the final touch that cradles you in luxury and inspires the next chapter of your serene retreat.

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