It’s no surprise that Megan Hess’ home looks like it came straight from a beautiful story book. Like Megan, her home is immaculately dressed in white, her favourite colour and has an equally fascinating tale to tell.
After several frustrating years of looking for a break into the world of haute fashion illustration, Megan’s life changed with a late night phone call in early 2008. She was commissioned to illustrate the cover the American author Candace Bushnell’s 2008 New York Times bestseller One Fifth Avenue. Candace was so taken by the outcome, her publishers requested Megan to design the cover for the tenth anniversary re-issue Candace’s tome on girl power, Sex and the City. Today a much sought-after fashion illustrator, she’s living her dream sketching for luxury labels such as Louis Vuitton, Prada, Swarovski and Salvatore Ferragamo. Her new book, Coco Chanel: The Illustrated Life of a Fashion Icon has taken her on a world tour, with a stop in Dubai too!
Her home in Australia’s Port Melbourne, where she lives with her husband Craig Yelland and their children Gwyn, eight, and Will, four, is far removed from the usual Melbourne apartments. Steeped within high peaks and large windows, her home covers the entire roof of a converted 18th century church. “It was really fun to renovate and decorate when we moved in six years ago,” she says. “I loved the floorplan and we worked with it rather than against it, building our rooms around the dominant shape of the church’s roof space.”
It addition to its four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a living room and Megan’s home studio, the home features an outdoor deck, where she loves to draw, as a picturesque view of Melbourne serves up a sumptuous backdrop. While her architect husband oversaw the renovation, the finishes and custom-made much of their furniture, Megan was behind a lot of the decoration. “In terms of the home lines that I’ve made for customers, it’s been a labour of love and something that I’ve been wanting to do for a long time,” she says. “I recently unveiled my Couture Show tabletop collection and it’s done incredibly well.” The collection immediately sold out both times Megan announced it on her social media.
Megan has a number of original illustrations at home too, such as her first project for Tiffany & Co. in New York, which remains special to her. Her daughter Gwyn’s bedroom has some of her artwork in blush tones, which complements the pink palette. — Eleanor Joslin
This article first appeared in the January/February issue of Harper's Bazaar Interiors