Fashion-obsessed mother and daughter spend four YEARS transforming a dated home into a spectacular Chanel-inspired mansion – complete with flamboyant decor and a sparkling poolside retreat
- Kiwi artist Lillianna Cruickshank co-designed with her daughter Céline. a spectacular French mansion
- The six-bedroom home in the Gold Coast hinterland is inspired by their shared love for Chanel
- Hand-painted artwork by the mother-daughter duo hangs alongside quotes from the pioneering fashion designer
- The rooms are painted in candy colors, including a peppermint green bedroom and a bubblegum pink study
A fashion-obsessed mother-daughter duo with a passion for Chanel has designed a unique mansion inspired by the iconic French designer.
When New Zealand-born artist Lilianna Cruickshank bought her sprawling Queensland mansion in 2017, everything from the door frames to the carpets and kitchen countertops was painted a striking shade of jade green, the color of wealth and happiness in Asian cultures.
The previous Japanese owners may have been willing to bring prosperity to their home, but Mrs 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’s channeled her love of the extravagant to the four-acre estate in Worongary, 12 miles from the Gold Coast, transforming every inch with her flamboyant flair and somewhere in the region of $1.5 million (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 brought her love of the extravagant and $1.5 million into her remarkable home
Ms. Cruickshank said she loves the library most (pictured) where a blackboard is scribbled with the motto, “Change your mind and change your life.”
Back in the day: When Mrs Cruickshank bought the sprawling Queensland villa in 2017, everything from the door frames to the carpets and kitchen countertops was painted a striking shade of jade green
New Zealand-born artist Lillianna Cruickshank and her daughter, Céline
The six-bedroom house that pays tribute to Coco Chanel is filled with oversized artwork hand-painted by Mrs. Cruickshank and her daughter Céline, 17, who also chalked quotes from the Parisian pioneer on blackboards covering the walls of floor to – ceiling.
“I did a bit of modeling when I was younger and I fell in love with Chanel,” Ms Cruickshank told Daily Mail Australia.
“She was outspoken, witty and a bit out there. Just a fabulously impressive woman.’
Mrs. Cruickshank added a touch of class to her home with luxurious accessories such as ornate mirrors and plush jewel-toned furnishings, contrasting with rustic fixtures such as solid brick fireplaces and dark herringbone floors.
She painted the rooms in vibrant candy colors, including a bubblegum pink study with stacks of fashion books lining the shelves and a peppermint green bedroom in honor of her mother.
The rooms are painted in vibrant candy colors, including a bubblegum pink study (pictured) with stacks of fashion books on the shelves
One of the six bedrooms is peppermint green, in honor of Mrs Cruickshank .’s Irish mother
A dramatic staircase leads to two upstairs corridors
French doors open onto a terrace with a large lagoon pool (photo)
The sprawling six-bedroom house (pictured) is reminiscent of a French chateau
Mrs. Cruickshank filled the house with luxurious accessories such as ornate mirrors and plush jewel-colored furniture (pictured)
Mrs. Cruickshank said she likes the library most, where a blackboard has been scribbled with the motto, “Change your mind and change your life.”
In the grounds of the impressive estate, patio doors open onto a terrace with a large lagoon pool and lounge area clad in Chanel’s signature black and white.
Fairy lights wrapped around trees on the manicured lawn welcome you into the home, creating a sense of storybook romance rarely found in the Gold Coast suburbs.
The poolside lounge area (pictured) is upholstered in Chanel’s signature black and white
Mrs Cruickshank has transformed every inch of the mansion (pictured) with her flamboyant flair
The Chanel-inspired mansion (pictured) will be sold under the hammer at auction on June 19
Mrs Cruickshank kept some of the jade green windows that were there when she bought the house as a tribute to her Irish heritage
Listing agent Sabrina Chen, who oversees the sale of the property for Ray White estate agents, told Daily Mail Australia that demand for such a unique home is hard to predict.
“It’s hard to say, but we have a few interested buyers,” Ms. Chen said.
Mrs. Cruickshank’s Chanel-inspired mansion will go up for auction on June 19, but if it doesn’t attract bidders, it certainly won’t be phased.
“I’ll keep it as an example of my work, a living calling card,” she said.