On Island Time: Slow-paced dwellings

A slower pace of life never loses appeal. Over the years we’ve been lucky enough to be invited into the dwellings of those who have leant in to the embrace of living on island time permanently. Here we’ve gathered a quartet of our favourites, from abodes based among the heady humidity of Canggu, to the prehistoric landscape of majestic Lord Howe Island, closer to home.

Lord Howe Island: Chloe McCarthy

World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island is a far cry from the inner city bustle of Sydney’s Surry Hills, but it’s a move that Chloe McCarthy embraced with open arms. The interior designer now calls the UNESCO World Heritage listed isle home, alongside partner Jesse, son Max, and daughter Margaux. They live in a house fringed by palms that’s an ode to Lord Howe’s history. The oldest dwelling on the island, the heritage-listed home was built in 1860s with cedar washed up from the mainland, by its former inhabitant, a whaler.

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Mallorca: Ola Kawalko and Adrián Martínez Marí

It’s from a small village of Sencelles in the heart of Mallorca Island that Ola Kawalko and Adrián Martínez Marí run the slow arts focused brand Accidente con Flores. It’s not just their chosen home’s enduring celebration of artisanal culture that continues to inspire them, but their personal casita, a dreamy oasis of growing self-sufficiency, bursting with olive and orange trees on its ample grounds. With their colourful abode proving so personally fulfilling, they’ve even chosen to open up their home for a series of creative workshops with the local community.

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Tasmania: Jardine Hansen

It’s Australia’s most southern state which came calling for Jardine Hansen. The floral stylist is now firmly entrenched in the wild wonder that is Tasmania, laying down roots on a 25-acre property in the luscious Huon Valley just south of Hobart with her partner. While it may be surrounded by untamed mountains and unpredictable weather, Jardine’s abode is anything but - a nest of warm tones and personal knick knacks nudging a greenhouse she built from scratch with her dad.

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Bali: Cisco Tschurtschenthaler

While Munich-native now calls Australia home ahead of the launch of her latest project, Hotel Sea Sea, the model and all-round creative spent a near decade in Bali, in the thriving village of Canggu. Her Bali abode, shared with husband George Gorrow, was the definition of tropical, swathed in teak and softly hued linen galore. Days are spent meditating and practicsing yoga, and evenings enjoying the sounds of the surrounding jungle - the definition of taking it slow.

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