Mid-Century Getaway in Chiton



By Jacki Cornish (Real Life Living) and Angela Giles (Get Clicked! Real Estate Photography)

A busy, professional woman from interstate decided to turn her underutilised holiday home (near Chiton Rocks) into a short-term luxury rental.

The owner, based in Melbourne but frequently overseas, did not have the time or expertise in interior design, so she decided to enlist Real Life Living and RunMyBnb to create the perfect cottage retreat.


After a meeting with Jacki (Real Life Living), the concept was to create an upmarket, luxury holiday home where professional people could come to unwind and relax.
The owner wanted to use existing furniture, décor, and original art and then have Jacki “fill the gaps” to transform the home into a luxurious rental. However, it was also crucial that the design still felt like the home when the owner visited.

The existing styling was a mix of mid-century and traditional, with a warm solid colour palette, which the client wanted to elevate. A second lounge room was to be repurposed into an additional bedroom with new linen and towels.


Jacki developed a detailed proposal, including digital mood boards and recommendations for each room. Included in Jacki’s bid was costings

for each piece, the supplier and required quantity, pricing for essential trade work and items such as a BBQ and TVs. Suppliers recommended were local companies,

Coastal Habitat Furniture, Living By Design, Linen House Outlet, Betta Electrical, and South Coast Comms and Data.

All communication took place over the phone and via email, which worked well for the client as she was overseas during the proposal period, totalling around 2- 3 weeks.


Jacki ordered the required items, arranged delivery, and set them up at the home once the client accepted the proposal. Jacki took control of sourcing everything required for the design style (while the owner-managed her desired guest packages and RunMyBnb managed the cleaning and locksmith work).

Jacki dressed all beds, organised the linen cupboard, removed unwanted furniture, set up the BBQ and assembled other furniture and decor as required. Jacki also rehung artwork and arranged to hang TVs in each bedroom.


Once the home was ready, it was time for photos. Jacki met Angela Giles from Get
Clicked! Real Estate Photography onsite for the photoshoot.

Jacki staged each room with props to highlight how guests can relax and play; creating perfect social media content in the process (for future airBnB campaigns). The photos highlighted included local food and wine along with the inclusions the owner offers.


The client is thrilled with the outcome and pleased with not having the stress of shopping and organising new decor. Jacki was responsive and communicative throughout the process, even thinking to include a gas bottle and fat absorber with the BBQ along with removing all packaging from the added items.

Jacki fulfilled the brief of high-end items to create a luxurious feel. The clients are excited by the freshened-up home and relieved it still holds the owner’s taste.

Picture of Angela Giles

Angela Giles

Owner/Photographer Get Clicked! Real Estate Photography. Want to do a joint blog? Email me at [email protected]