BREED: Labradoodles
ARCHITECT: McIntosh Harris

Describe your dogs.

Bruno & Toby are litter brothers and inseparable. They are 11 years old but age defying. They still chase each other around like pups and often sleep curled into the same bed together.

Bruno is chocolate and very loving, anxious to please, and extremely clingy with his human. A pair of dark brown eyes follows my every move and he's happiest when he's within cuddling range. My children think he needs counselling. He's terrified of loud noises, so we dread Guy Fawkes. Bruno is tennis ball obsessed and greets every visitor with a slobbery ball in his mouth as a sign of welcome.

Toby is off white most of the time, but after a groom is surprisingly white! He is the most chilled out dog I've ever had and his soulful eyes make me melt. He truly believes he is human - sits like an actual person on a chair and gives you a very disdainful look if it's suggested he move. He is smoochy and loves cuddles but has to fight for patting position (not literally) to get past Bruno. His favourite thing to do is chase bunnies but his success rate is not high.

Describe your home.

Our home is a holiday retreat on the beautiful Onetangi Beach on Waiheke Island. It was designed with a nod to a boat shed with open plan living and macrocarpa beams through the central area. The big glass stacking doors overlook the view to the beach and enhance the indoor/outdoor flow. It was designed with future generations in mind, with 2 master bedrooms having equal bragging rights for views and a split level at the rear of the house provides more bedrooms with an extra lounge for visitors or grandchildren to have their own space.

What sort of energy do your dogs bring to your home?

We love our homes to be well lived in and the dogs totally embrace this theory by draping themselves over most bits of furniture and giving it a very relaxed, friendly vibe.

Were your dogs considered in any of the design, layout or choice of finishes in your house?

We definitely didn't go for white fabrics on furnishings for the reasons stated above. We also fully fenced the site and had an automatic gate installed as these boys have no road sense or boundaries on what is their property versus public access ways. We also put in an outside shower for the canines and the humans to wash down after a beach walk/swim.

Whats your dogs favourite hanging out spot?

Their absolute favourite spot is to sit on the front deck on 2 black furry beanbags surveying their kingdom - in their opinion the beach belongs to them and if other dogs decide to walk on it, there will be a bit of barking going on! Get off our beach! It is a common site for passersby to stop and take a snap of these 2 chilling on the deck.

What makes your dogs unique?

The ability to turn from dogs snoozing into refrigerator guards as the door opens and the Edam cheese is pulled out. Unbelievable noses and hearing. We love that when we chat to them they turn their heads from side to side as if totally agreeing with the conversation.

They are each others best friend and give us so much love and laughter everyday.

Any other fun stories to share?

Bonnie often barks at the wildlife the kangaroos and magpies (from inside the house, where she is safe and secure). A classic case of the barks is worse than….


BREED: Lagotto x Poodle
ARCHITECT: Wolveridge Architects
STYLIST: Natalie James

Describe your dog.

Bonnie is a puppy who bounces around wanting to know what is happening in every room all of the time. She is loving and warm and soft and often demands cuddles.

Describe your home.

The cottage is a small self contained home that has become a luxury escape for many – including us!

What sort of energy does your dog bring to your home?

Bonnie brings us all into the present with her enthusiasm, mindfulness and love. We are always encouraged to take our time when Bonnie is around!

Was your dog considered in any of the design, layout or choice of finishes in your house?

Bonnie blends in with the dark and moody tones of the house and her colouring complement the finishes. Her fluffiness adds warmth and texture. Sometimes she becomes lost in the shadows, but she always bounds out when she’s called!

Whats your dogs favourite hanging out spot?

Bonnie gravitates to comfortable patches of the house, usually close to her people. She finds the couches, and woollen rugs and ultimately sprawls on the floor, seeking to lay out flat!
At about 6am every morning she bounds into the bedroom and jumps onto the bed for a spooning cuddle sleep. It’s lovely that’s she’s so independent, but just wants a little quiet time before the day begins!

If dogs and their owners are supposed to look the same, does this reflect in the design of your home as well?

Bonnie has become part of our loose furniture – she adds warmth and texture and movement to the home and sometimes adds a sculptural element….

What makes your dog unique?

Bonnie is a small sized lagotto - she’s very clever and astute and always wanting to please.

How did you choose your dogs name?

We chose Bonnie, based on Ebony. She is also a lovely puppy. The children now call her Bonzles….is that very Australian to abbreviate a name like that?

If your dog said something about the house, what would it be?

I think Bonnie would prefer a few less rooms – she wants to be able to have a sleep with one eye open and not lose sight of someone leaving the room!

Any other fun stories to share?

Bonnie often barks at the wildlife the kangaroos and magpies (from inside the house, where she is safe and secure). A classic case of the barks is worse than….


BREED: German Wirehaired Pointer X Wolfhound & Miniature Spoodle
ARCHITECT: Jason Chongue - The Plant Society

Please tell us about yourselves.

We’re both shaggy dogs who make sure to keep our parents on their toes.

Ingrid (right): I was rescued at 2 months from a hunting pack where I was bred to hunt rather than nurtured in a home. I’m a big dog but often think I’m small enough to run around our home elegantly. I’m now 5 and a half years old so I’m slowing down but still get up to mischief especially when we go to the country.

Hans (left): I’m now 2 years old and love following Ingrid and my parents around the house. I don’t say much but prefer to keep in the know with everything that is happening. It’s nice waking up the entire house every morning as I race up and down the hallway, springing off the floor so I can fly through the air.

Tell us about your home.

We live in a heritage workers cottage, it’s narrow but we like to cram a lot in. It’s nice sleeping on top of each other in the living room especially in winter when the wood fire is lit. We always think our home is a collection of things and an indoor oasis with our rampant indoor garden. The house was renovated after we moved in, making the spaces more connected and less pokey. The front half of the house was restored back to its Victorian aesthetic whilst the rear half incorporated new elements which celebrated traditional materials in a new light.

What is your favourite part of your home and why?

That would have to be the living room! We spend hours on end sleeping near the fireplace, sometimes so close our fur gets singed. It’s always a fight to be as close as possible to the fireplace.
Ingrid: When I’m sick of Hans always being in my face, I love hiding in the backroom where the greenery shields me from the rest of the family.

Describe your lifestyle.

We typically stay home whilst our dads are at work however we do make an appearance in the studio from time to time. We’re pretty good at keeping each other company throughout the day. We’re often just playing tug of war, throwing balls around or just plain kissing.

How did you meet your humans?

Ingrid: I was rescued from a hunting pack in NSW and Jason came to pick me up.
Hans: I met Nathan and Jason in their new shop when they first launched The Plant Society. I was introduced to Ingrid to keep her company.

How did they choose your name?

Ingrid: Being half German my name was chosen to relate to this. My white, blonde hair meant that Ingrid was perfect for me.
Hans: Since Ingrid had a German name I needed one too. My name was chosen before they even met me.

If you could design your own home, what would it look like?

It would be a big sprawling garden with a tiny house! We’re thinking the country with a rambling garden where we could take ourselves for adventures.

What is your naughtiest habit?

That would have to be waking the house up at 6am like clockwork every morning. There’s no need for anyone to sleep in on any day! We’ve got to walk!
Ingrid: I’m forever annoying everyone with my chattiness. It’s the only way to make sure I keep the house in line.

Who is your best friend and why?

That would be each other. We’re inseparable. It’s nice spending days on end with each other and being each other’s hot water bottle.


BREED:  Toy Poodle-Bichon
ARCHITECT: Gleeson Design Systems (formally known as AIGP)

Describe your dog.

Lola is a Little ball of energy, love and sass.
Lola has a ‘Brother from another Mother’. He’s a Cat, named Louie. They are really like an old married couple, fighting all night then they sleep together.

Describe your home.

Unique, with a cool edge, very relaxing, uncluttered, adaptive, just easy.

Artwork: Savanhdary Vongpoothorn
Bhud IV, 2017

What sort of vibe does your dog bring to your home?

Crypnotic, energised, entertaining, crazy, fun & loving.

Was your dog considered in any of the design, layout, or choice of finishes for your home?

She is part of the furniture.

Artwork: Jan Senbergs
Six views of Melbourne V, 2018

Whats your dogs favourite hanging out spot?

Lola is the last born in the house, she kind of gets precedence to do what she wants. She loves to sleep in everyone’s rooms on their beds. She’s a double Agent. When you think she loves you the most, she swaps rooms and sleeps with someone else. Yeah her loyalty to everyone runs deep.

If dogs and their owners are supposed to look the same, does this reflect in the design of your home as well?

The house has a lot of love in it, but like everything, it has an opposite. There was definite consideration in the design with colors and materials to reflect our brooding moods that we all have at times. We chose ink blue walls for example in the sitting rooms. At night you can relax or brood in front of the fire with candles and soft lighting

What makes your dog unique?

 She talks. She actually says ‘Mum’ in the morning.

How did you choose your dogs name?

One of the kids channeled it. Then came her nick-name, Squish and Squishy. Because you want to cuddle her so much.

Artwork: Neil Taylor
Young Offender, 2017

If your dog said something about the house, what would it be? 

"It’s god darn dog heaven.
I can go everywhere in the house and do what I want full circle and it’s safe for me."

Any other fun stories to share?

Lola said she wants to be on the Title of the House!


BREED: Spoodle
INTERIORS: Madeleine Grummet

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Describe your dogs personality?

Noodle is our fifth daughter. When the girls run for a hug at the end of the day, she’s right in there pawing and clawing for her bit of lovin. Every night she will choose a different bed to sleep on - she doesn’t play favourites. She’s just gorgeous placid easy wooly chick who is a big part of our tribe.

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What sort of vibe does your dog bring to your space?

Her vibe is relaxed and easy, and she often places herself right in the centre of the action. She’ll place herself on the stairwell like sentinel so she can keep an eye on the flurry of comings and goings in a house of 6. When we light a fire, she’ll sprawl herself out on the hearth, legs akimbo, head back, like a royal corgy. It’s hilarious.

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Has your dog destroyed anything in your home?

In her high energy race dog moments, she'll flog soft toys from the girls bedrooms and tear through the house with them locked in her jaws. This often ends in a mad Bugs Bunny chase under tables and through the kitchen with screams and barks - all good fun. She always gives it back to the girls in the end. They’re honestly like a pack. She goes from room to room in the morning and licks their faces to wake them up for school.

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