Fiona Parry-Jones, known as the ‘colour guru’, delves into the dreams of her clients to create beautiful homes with personality. She is the owner of Von-Haus Design Studio, which offers a range of colour and design services that are tailored to each individual client.
Having recently moved to the Mornington Peninsula with her husband and little boy, Fiona and her team are motivated with a mission to bring excitement and charm to every project. We sat down to talk about her love of the Peninsula and how it inspires her design.
What made you move to the Mornington Peninsula?
We wanted a change of pace from the hectic inner city lifestyle and somewhere close to a beach that would be a good place for our little boy to grow up. The new roads make it so easy to still commute to clients, both city bound and locally, and I love how friendly people are here.
Do you think the Mornington Peninsula has its own particular style?
Yes, it does have its own style. I feel the Peninsula has a more relaxed, beach vibe with the variety of styles in architecture and design to enhance this. There is a lovely sense of community all over the Peninsula, which makes each suburb have its own special style unique to the area, ranging from rustic country to elegant Hamptons depending on where you go.
What type of design do you love at the moment?
I love any type of design that embraces colour in unique ways. It’s hard for me to pick one trend or design style because I am always looking at new ways to bring different styles together. What I do love is how colour is coming back into kitchens. Kitchens and bathrooms should have personality and why not make them colorful too!
Where are your favourite places to shop for design pieces on the Mornington Peninsula?
Tyabb Packing House has always been a top favourite of mine since I first discovered it back in 2003 when I came over from the UK. I love Mynd interiors in Frankston and all the markets too. My newfound discoveries are The Colour English in Mount Eliza and Greedi Lulu in Mornington. It’s very dangerous living so close to such beautiful shops but I’m very passionate about investing in local artisans and retailers.
Where do you draw inspiration from on the Mornington Peninsula?
I draw a lot of inspiration from the diversity of elements the Peninsula has to offer. I feel very spoilt here to have both amazing landscapes and beaches as creative reference. Every weekend I will try to explore a new area and I have come across some amazing talent with local retailers and artisans.
Where did your love of colour come from?
It started at university when I was studying fine art, I investigated the significance of colour on the human body and how we interacted with it through visual art. This led me to learn more about the effects of colour in our daily lives and particularly in our homes. From there my obsession grew to interior design and the ways I could use colour to make homes beautiful as well as reflecting the personality of people who live there.
What is the most interesting project you have worked on?
I recently completed a very colourful project in Northcote where the client wanted every room to have a different colour theme. They had an amazing collection of artwork that helped to explore this more and there was a special kids zone where their artwork became the wallpaper for the room. It was such a fun project and was wonderful to see how the family all had input on the overall use of the space and style.
What can people expect from your ‘Colour Your Home’ workshops?
There are lots of people out there buying houses and renovating, but don’t know what style they like or how to pull their ideas together. This workshop is a great starting point for any interior decorating project and helps you map out the direction you want to go in. You leave with a moodboard ready for your next step, along with a pack filled with information on local suppliers in the area to help with your purchasing decisions.