Jessica and Ash Bettenay sure know how to stay busy, mastering the art of building business on special friendships and their joint loves of travel, style, family and far too much laughing. In addition to the convenience of living above their gastro hotel, — a busy local establishment built on the notion of having great friends come together to eat up a storm — living above a fantastic hotel has other perks (like 7 bedrooms!). Jessica also co-owns , an eclectic retail store with interior stylist, friend and business partner, Sami Johnson. Jessica’s passion for different interior design styles comes through in her home where she blends them to create her own livable and functional style that we instantly fell in love with. Thanks so much, Jessica, for the fabulous photos and to for the styling! –
Image above: My own personal style is really just an evolution of my life and all the things surrounding it and how they have influenced me. I love original features and the magic of each space’s history; working with that encourages the space to be lived in and loved, and for it to evoke memories and laughter. Living above this fantastic old hotel has many advantages, but it is an enormous space to decorate, so I have been concentrating on getting one room done at a time, and like everything else, time always seems to disappear. The lounge is pictured above: paint is Antique White USA; on the wall is Vivienne Westwood Union Jack wallpaper, which I mounted on timber; and the vintage Victorian railway chairs and old table are from one of my favourite places, Lost Ark Antiques and Collectables.
Image above: My bedroom — pale gray paint; vintage bottles, bobbin and prints collected over the years on my travels; antique Indian textiles that we made into a cushion; and a cushion from the fantastic girls at .
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Image above: Also my bedroom – on the side table, I have a hand-blown Biot vessel, which I carried in my hand luggage halfway across Europe because I loved it so much! Also on the side table are some antique miniature perfume bottles. The cushions on the bed are made from Pakistani kilims, and the red throw on the bed is an antique patchwork from India. The African Feather Wedding Hat mounted on the wall is from the talent duo at , and the brown chinchilla faux-fur bedspread is from , but both items are available at our .
Image above: Kids’ room that they share, even though they have separate rooms! Teepee, mushroom lamp and Vivienne Westwood love heart shoes are all from the local kids’ store in Williamstown, . The bedspread is a vintage Kantha from India, and the pirate ship is from Bali. The artwork was given to the kids.
Image above: Bathroom — This colour is one of my all-time favourites, and I just couldn’t help myself in the bathroom. As we only lease the hotel, I wanted a dramatic solution in the bathroom that didn’t cost an arm and a leg. The floor is Lino and the black gloss sink is from a salvage yard. The little wooden stool is from , and the vintage ladder is a gift from a good friend. The hand towel, vase and cross are also all from The Assembly Hall.
Image above: The side table was a gift from mum and dad when I was 13. The butterfly artwork was a gift from my business partner Sami and her hubby, Johnno. The vintage footstool is from Lost Arc Antiques. The soapstone bookends are Orson and Blake but are available at the shop, and the leather journals and vintage chapati sticks are from India.
Image above: Minnie and Checkers on the stairs playing. My kids pretty much only wear clothes from my really good friends at . You can always guarantee that Luke and Loz have an amazing selection of clothing.
Image above: The umbrella is from , again available from The Assembly Hall. All the objects mounted on the wall and the old trike have been collected by the same friend Pete, who gave me the ladder. Pete is part of the Prince Albert Family and ours. He knows all the tricks of the trade, and we would be lost without him. Pete found all these magic bits on Sami’s instruction, and the two of them created this fantastic space.