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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

creative corners // at home with Danni Townsend O'Neil

Our kick off post for 2012 is a peek at the corners of Danni Townsend O'Neil's home in Myrtleford, 3.5 hours north east of Melbourne.  Danni is a Mag Square stalwart and the founder of Tickets for Coco with business partner and cousin Brooke Murphy and more recently their little adventure into home wares and taxidermy with Mr Fallow. Danni is also my sister and I am constantly amazed with her ability to pull spaces together in a distinctly unique way.

Danni is a true collector of the remnants of days gone by and when she gets a bee in her bonnet about something in particular there is, well, no stopping her.  I wouldn't be exaggerating to say an etsy found product arrives in her mail box every other day of the week! 

The little German frozen charlotte doll above is one such find. Danni says "Etsy is a treasure box and I explore it constantly! The attic's of many American homes are literally being cleared out and sent all around the world in little brown parcels!"

The vintage inspired decorating theme is seamlessly presented throughout the house and the bedrooms of Danni's two boys, Josh 13 and Owen 8 are not spared!  But there are no complaints on that front; the boys seem to embrace their yesteryear styled living quarters.  Truth is they don't tend to hang out indoors too much with all the wide open spaces around them to be discovered.

Dan is a big fan of David Bromley and has one of his amazing quilts.  Old dolls are another subset of the collection, they are everywhere and while I find them intriguing I think Dan's poor husband David is more than a little disturbed about having to share a house with them. 

I love these old kitchen scales.  I wonder how many dozens of scones they have weighed flour for? These scales are displayed on a lovely old cabinet along with milk bottles, preserving jars, a butter churn and other well loved cooking accoutrements (including some incredible old French chocolate moulds). 

No vintage inspired home would be complete without old metal letters.  This lovely "G" looks fantastic in Dan's kitchen. Taxidermy has become hugely popular over the last few years.  Each of Danni and Brooke's deers are named, this one is Sargent, and can be purchased from their online shop.

Another David Bromley piece above. This is a one off, hand sculpted lamp shade depicting the iconic Bromley children with their backs turned. I was with Dan the day she spotted this at the Prahan store, we had just been on a tour of the upstairs studio with David himself - suffice to say I had NEVER seen anything like it in my life before.  The size of magnitude of his curated collections were utterly awesome.  Click here for amazing images on the Design Files blog back in December 2009.

Danni's fabulous dining table is the handiwork of our Dad who joined together two fabulous old trestle table tops to make this one huge surface.  Fit for a kings feast!!

In Danni's office, pictured above, she works under the watchful eyes of Miss Scarlet,  Mr Wilkins and Mrs Potter. These old silver spoons have been re purposed as markers for a herb garden, available by contacting Danni or Brooke via the Mr Fallow website.

The view from the kitchen sink is superb and often includes a mob of kangaroos grazing on the back lawn.  If you love Danni's style, here are some suggestions on where you might source a treasure or two. for taxidermy, vintage quilts, bags & cushions made from old American grainsacks and jewellery made from vintage trinkets.

The Junk Company  | 583 Elizabeth Street | Melbourne VIC
Step Back Antiques  | 65 Burwood Rd | Hawthorn VIC
David Met Nicole | 382 Cleveland St | Surry Hills NSW  (see earlier post here)
Nook Vintage | 258 Johnston St | Fitzroy VIC  (see earlier post here)
Scarlet Jones | 95 Auburn Rd | East Hawthorn VIC
Chapel St Bazar  | 217 Chapel Street | Prahran VIC 
David Bromley at Capoochi  | 941 High St | Armadale VIC
Guy Matthews | 154 Johnson St | Fitzroy VIC
Industria | 202 Gertrude St | Fitzroy (see great guide to Gertrude St at design files here)
The Ugly Duckling | Bridge Rd Richmond VIC

{PSST blog readers ... if you have anymore shopfront or online locations to suitable for this list please add it to the comments below and we will update the list accordingly.  Thanks in advance.}


  1. Wow - a lovely collection of things Danni!

  2. Lovely post Nic! Wonderful to see Danni and her gorgeous house and her beautiful collections being seen by all!


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