Timeless touch and detailed design


An obsessive love of detail and a natural curiosity for interiors drove Tanya Love-Hallihan to pursue a career in architecture and interior design.

The respected Jan Juc designer and business owner also credits her grandmother Jean with a “love of glorious color combinations” for helping her stoke her passion for interiors.

Tanya established her studio, Jacobsen Love, in 2011 after working for various leading Australian architectural firms, both locally and internationally, on all kinds of projects from residential to retail and hospitality. in large scale.

Sea Temple Port Douglas, The Langham Hotel and Crown Mahogany Room are among the long list of impressive projects she has lent her talents to during this chapter of her professional career.

Jacobsen Love has worked on notable projects such as the magnificent 1850s heritage Spray Farm on the Bellarine Peninsula and The Kyn restaurant on the Esplanade in Torquay.

Warm tones and a mix of textures come together beautifully at The Kyn. Photo: NIKOLE RAMSAY

Tanya describes her personal style as “lived-in, timeless and always eclectic”.

“Our home has warmth, precious millwork, and is covered in deep olive hues, wild terrazzo, classic marble, and neutral textures,” she says.

“We have three young boys aged two, five and seven, so right now it’s mostly looking disheveled.”

Timeless design is also central to the Jacobsen Love approach.

“Our intention is to create timeless spaces that embrace both function and beauty and cohesively connect form, light, texture, tone and objects,” says Tanya.

“Our spaces are about complementing people’s daily routines and interactions, not just decorating them.

“We approach each project with enthusiasm, transparency and gratitude.”

When working with clients, Tanya says starting a project involves a lot of listening while the client talks to themselves.

“Their way of life and their passions lead,” she says.

“From there, we compile images, sketches, and materials that create a strong conceptual design feel and direction.”

Dark tones and textures in the Spray Farm kitchen. Photo: ANDY LLOYD

Tanya, a graduate of Queensland University of Technology, draws inspiration from a multitude of sources, including our state capital.

“Melbourne is a powerhouse city when it comes to architecture and design, with endless exhibitions, inspiring showrooms and retail events to devour.

“For our residential projects, we are mainly inspired by the client’s routines, the way they entertain themselves, their travels and their precious possessions.

“And always, beautiful Australian and international design magazines.”

Like any designer, she has her favorite materials, textures and household items that she often incorporates into a project.

“Marble slabs and travertine tiles for their timeless quality, brushed European oak and George Nelson Bubble lamps from Herman Miller,” she says without hesitation.


And what does she particularly like at the moment?

“Natural Brick Co’s delicious, upcycled and handcrafted Lutyens bricks.”

When it comes to interior design for coastal environments, Tanya says the approach is constant but the look changes.

“Here in coastal Victoria, harness all the sunshine on offer and design things to protect you from those violent southern blasts.

“You rarely need the option to fully open up the living spaces here; an essential for QLD and NSW coastal properties.

“Take advantage of this and gain more usable interior space and accommodate additional joinery below the windows.”

The timeless design is a signature for Jacobsen Love, as seen here with his work at Spray Farm. Photo: ANDY LLOYD

And for anyone approaching new construction or renovation, regardless of location, his mantra is to design for purpose and to last.

Take the time to consider how you live, where you like to play, your daily routines, and enjoy those transitional spaces between indoors and outdoors, she says.

“Recognize that decorating is just that and have the patience to acquire pieces you love.

“For a holistic resolution and restful nights, consider hiring an interior designer.

“The design process is long and exhaustive, but we love every phase of a build and realize the scope of your investment.”

Spray Farm’s beautiful bathroom. Photo: ANDY LLOYD

Tanya says if you’re going it alone on the design front, it’s imperative to hire an established builder.

“Give importance to the interior architecture, to the choices of carpentry and lighting, because these elements will allow you to pass through the generations to come. Ask questions, always!

“Be realistic with your budget; there’s no point in playing poker with your builder.

“And remember that trends are fleeting. Choose basic building materials that will age gracefully next to you, so you won’t feel the need to renovate 20 years from now.

Find out more on the Jacobsen Love website or @jacobsenlove on Instagram. Jacobsen Love welcomes all calls or emails to discuss design, costs or services.

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