Artist Lillianna Cruickshank styles Worongary mansion in honour of Chanel
A ‘fashion obsessed’ mother-daughter duo with a passion for Chanel have styled a unique mansion inspired by the iconic French designer.
When New Zealand-born artist Lillianna Cruickshank purchased her sprawling Queensland villa in 2017, everything from the door frames to the carpets and kitchen countertops were painted a striking shade of jade green, the colour of wealth and good fortune in Asian cultures.
The previous Japanese owners may have been willing prosperity into their home, but Ms Cruickshank took it as a sign from her late Irish mother that this was where she needed to be.
Over the past four years she has channelled her love of the extravagant into the 1.2ha estate in Worongary, 12 kilometres from the Gold Coast, transforming every inch with her flamboyant flair and somewhere in the region of $1.5million (AUD).
Fashion obsessed mother-daughter duo Lillianna and Celine Cruickshank used their passion for Chanel to style this glamorous Gold Coast mansion
The Kiwi artist channelled her love of the extravagant and $1.5million into her remarkable home
Ms Cruickshank said she is most fond of the library (pictured) where a blackboard is scrawled with the motto: ‘Change your thoughts and change your life.’
Before: When Ms Cruickshank bought the sprawling Queensland villa in 2017, everything from the door frames to the carpets and kitchen countertops were painted a striking shade of jade green
New Zealand-born artist Lillianna Cruickshank and her daughter, Céline
The six-bedroom house that pays homage to Coco Chanel is filled with over-sized artwork hand-painted by Ms Cruickshank and her daughter Céline, 17, who also chalked quotes from the Parisian trailblazer on blackboards that cover the walls from floor-to-ceiling.
‘I modelled a bit when I was younger and I just fell in love with Chanel,’ Ms Cruickshank told Daily Mail Australia.
‘She was outspoken, witty and a little bit out there. Just a fabulously impressive woman.’
Ms Cruickshank added a touch of class to her home with luxurious accessories like ornate mirrors and plush jewel-hued furnishings, which contrast with rustic fixtures such as solid brick fireplaces and dark herringbone floors.
She painted the rooms in vibrant candy colours, including a bubblegum pink study where stacks of fashion books line the shelves and a peppermint green bedroom in honour of her mother.
The rooms are painted in vibrant candy colours, including a bubblegum pink study (pictured) where stacks of fashion books line the shelves
One of the six bedrooms is peppermint green, in honour of Ms Cruickshank’s Irish mother
A dramatic staircase leads onto two upstairs hallways
French doors open out onto a terrace that boasts a large lagoon swimming pool (pictured)
The sprawling six-bedroom house (pictured) is reminiscent of a French chateau
Ms Cruickshank filled the house with luxurious accessories like ornate mirrors and plush jewel-hued furniture (pictured)
Ms Cruickshank said she is most fond of the library where a blackboard is scrawled with the motto: ‘Change your thoughts and change your life.’
Out on the grounds of the impressive estate, French doors open onto a terrace that boasts a large lagoon swimming pool and a lounge area upholstered in Chanel’s signature black and white.
Fairy lights wrapped around trees on the manicured lawn welcome you to the house and create a sense of storybook romance rarely found in the suburbs of the Gold Coast.
The poolside lounge area (pictured) is upholstered in Chanel’s signature black and white
Ms Cruickshank has transformed every inch of the mansion (pictured) with her flamboyant flair
The Chanel-inspired mansion (pictured) is due to sell under the hammer at an auction on June 19
Ms Cruickshank retained some of the jade green windows that were there when she bought the house in tribute to her Irish heritage
Listing agent Sabrina Chen who is overseeing the sale of the property for Ray White realtors told Daily Mail Australia demand for such a unique home is difficult to predict.
‘It’s hard to say but we have a few interested buyers,’ Ms Chen said.
Ms Cruickshank’s Chanel-inspired mansion is set to sell under the hammer at an auction on June 19, but if it fails to attract bidders she certainly won’t be phased.
‘I’ll keep it as a sample of my work, a living business card,’ she said.