After 25 years of high-end fashion Collette Dinnigan has turned her creativity to her love for interior design and hotels.
Working with Bannisters by the Sea, a coastal boutique hotel a 5-minute drive from Dinnigan’s NSW South Coast country retreat, penthouse suites 29 and 30 have been completely renovated and reimagined.
The first 100 guests will receive a limited edition Collette Dinnigan candle made in France.
The uninterrupted ocean views of Penthouse Suite 29 are complemented by comfortable linen sofas, handprinted cushions by textile designers such as Kathryn Ireland, Penny Morrison and Carolina Irving, a wool rug by Vaughan, a gas fireplace with marble mantle, oak wooden floorboards, and wooden shutters and doors.
The bedroom features Schumacher fabrics, brass Aerin Lauder wall fittings and a chair Collette bought in the south of France, hand-covered in velvet.
The bathroom features handmade vanities with Carrara marble tops, Perrin & Rowe tapware, a sizeable bathtub and shower, and heated floors. There is also a separate powder room.
Australian photographers and artists who have an emotional connection to the water are featured throughout, such as Murray Hilton and John Witizg’s 1970s surf nostalgia.
Both suites have a collection of botanical and coral sea life sourced from the French markets, as well as charts from Collette’s family’s sailing journeys across the Indian Ocean.
The balcony offers customised cane furniture in a relaxed setting for two.
Penthouse Suite 30 is now accessed through a private hallway adorned with John Witizg’s nostalgic Australian surf photography from the 1970s.