Valley Ranges Getaways

Recently we were asked to take on a 'small' design project; the conversion of an abandoned shipping container into a stunning office for the Valley Ranges Getaways, Sassafras office.

We couldn't resist!

Working with the initial ideas of business owner, Peta Rolls, we set to task creating concepts and bringing them to life. It had to be simple, streamlined and uncluttered, however we wanted to add some sophisticated character to the mix also.

With simple finishes, including feature copper detailing in select areas, set against a wallpaper backdrop of a crisp black and white forest image, we achieved the desired outcome. The scheme was a success. 


Interior Design workshop

We were back into the swing of things, talking all things style and design this weekend, at our first Interior Design workshop for 2017.

Many thanks to all the participants. It was a great to meet everyone and to share our design experience.

With a fabulous lunch from Cafe de Beaumarchais, platters from the Yarra valley and local wines, it was another enjoyable and rewarding day. 

scented candles - now online.

There is nothing like scent to create ambience and warmth in a room. The evocative smell of rich timbers. The lingering subtlety of lovingly polished heirloom furniture and smoky leather. 

Each aroma is beguiling. But when combined, the result is an exhilarating and uplifting fragrance that envelops you in a luxuriously sensory experience.

This was the inspiration for Justin Bishop’s Signature No.1 Candle.  A blend of cedar and other precious woods – with hints of bergamot, amber, saffron and clove – has produced a beautifully well-rounded, refined and woody scent that uniquely captures Justin’s passion for traditional craftsmanship and design. 

The candle itself is presented in an elegant black glass holder, inside a superb presentation box with a textured finish and black satin details.

A testament to Justin’s design aesthetic, the No.1 candle is a must for anyone who appreciates the warmth of tradition and classic style.

Available online at  or in store at Cafe de Beaumarchais 370 Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd Sassafras.


An exciting year ahead...


After a wonderful Christmas, New Years & holiday season, I am back on deck this week and looking forward to a busy year.

I have many residential projects in Melbourne continuing on from 2016; I am excited to be working on these again. I have a variety of new projects beginning also, in Melbourne, Perth and country New South Wales, and I welcome the challenges that these will bring.


I have travel plans mid year, a trip to Europe, where I will be visiting some of my favourite interior design, furniture and antique stores, I will be hunting for treasures in the fabulous Porte de Clignancourt Les Puces Flea Market outside of Paris, which I know will be a highlight. 

A line of my own decorative interior products is underway, including a range of soft furnishings and lighting, which will be available online, I will be sharing more news of this very soon. The Justin Bishop range of scented candles will also be available over the coming month.

My Interior Design Workshops are being planned again, for the second half of the year. Dates will be released soon.

There is never a dull moment, and I am fortunate to have such wonderful projects and clients to work with. I look forward to sharing my experiences with you.

I hope you have all had a great start to 2017, I look forward to keeping in touch with everyone throughout the year.

Best wishes,


merry christmas 2016

From all at Justin Bishop Interior Design,
we would like to wish you and your family a very merry Christmas
and happy and safe new year.

We look forward to seeing you again in 2017.

Throughout the festive season,
we will be reporting in on our travels and design discoveries.

You will see everything right here, at 'Mr. Bishop - A Style & Design Journal' 

And of course, be sure to follow our activity on your favorite social media platforms by following the links below.

There is always something new to see.

Scented Candles

Justin Bishops scented candle collection evokes a landscape of sentiment and memories, reminiscent of his upbringing in an historic homestead on a traditional Victorian country property. 

The luxurious scent unearths its own distinct origins; from the rich, spicy timbers of grand historic homesteads to handcrafted heirloom furniture and antique leather-bound books.

The candles, in their elegant black glass holders, are packaged in beautifully designed presentation boxes. A stunning gift for yourself or someone special.

Handmade in Australia, with a luxurious blend of superior soy wax and quality fragrance, these extra large candles have a burn time: of up to seventy five hours and are made with a superior braided cotton wick.


Recently, we added further finishing touches to one of our favorite projects for 2016. Included here was a magnificent floral display incorporating over fifty faux magnolia stems, in different species.

Teamed with an elegant, classically shaped vase, the installation sits proudly on our bespoke front entrance table, commanding views from various angles throughout the home.

Castle Howard

Another Architectural masterpiece that has provided me with endless inspiration is, Castle Howard.

Castle Howard is a stately home in North Yorkshire, England. It is a private residence, and has been the home of the Carlisle branch of the Howard family for more than 300 years.

Its grandeur, its stately presence in its rural setting and its incredible architectural detail, have captured my imagination for many years. Not only is the home itself a masterpiece, but so to are the numerous garden follies, positioned over its magnificent landscaped acreage. 

Castle Howard is not a true castle, but is a term used for this English country house, as it was erected on the site of a former military castle. 

The building of Castle Howard began in 1699 and took over 100 years to complete to a design by Sir John Vandbrugh for the 3rd Earl of Carlisle . The house is surrounded by a large estate which, once covered over 13,000 acres and included five individual villages and its own railway station.

It is familiar to television and film audiences as the fictional "Brideshead", both in Granada Television's 1981 adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited and a two-hour 2008 remake for cinema. Today, it is part of the Treasure Houses of England group of heritage houses.


Scented Candles

We are very excited to announce the delivery of our first scented candle range.

We have worked with one of Australia's best candle makers, in perfecting this range, selecting the best ingredients; the best wax and the best scents. 

Beautifully packaged, the candles reflect our design ethos, in timeless, traditional and elegant style. Fragrances include Leather and Wood, Lemon Verbena, Blackcurrant and Rose.

Delivery will be in time for Christmas this year. We will proudly unveil the finished product soon.

A glimpse of a current project...

One of our current projects, in Kew Victoria is coming together this week.

After months of detailing and selecting every finish, fixture and fitting, we have been overseeing the production of  a vast array of furnishings and accessories. Everything is now coming together perfectly on site.  A range of magnificent hand made chandeliers, beautifully upholstered sofas, silk rugs, vintage inspired window treatments and bespoke timber pieces, are all finally in place.

Today we been have supervising the installation of these pieces, and here is a glimpse of two of the formal rooms, nearing completion...




Le Petit Theatre Dior

Paris, March 1945 : in a city still lacking almost everything due to the hardships of World War II, an extraordinary exhibition attracted thousands of Parisian visitors. A veritable ode to the glory of French Haute Couture, The Theatre of Fashion assembled miniature versions of creations designed by the greatest couturiers of the time. Christian Dior witnessed this historic event. He was working for Lucien Lelong, the couturier who was behind this project, and must certainly have helped to make the outfits presented; Christian Bérard and Jean Cocteau, the artists who designed most of the decors, were Dior’s close friends. Weeks before the Armistice, Paris had been liberated and this event brought the promise of a brighter future, the beginnings of a renaissance and a return to beauty. A spirit of renewal that was beautifully expressed by Christian Dior’s “New Look” at his first Haute Couture show two years later, on February 12, 1947. 

In 2014 The Little Dior Theatre took us back to the event that struck Parisian hearts and minds in 1945. It was also a tribute to the meticulous handiwork of the House of Dior Haute Couture ateliers, whose talent is amply expressed in the miniature clothes, sewn to the nearest millimeter to resemble the originals in every tiny detail. From the tiny Bar suit to the miniature ball gown, they encapsulate all the essence and spirit of Dior in the delicate proportions of a doll’s house

Dramatic Details

We are working on a variety of new schemes this week.

One large project, which is now in full swing, requires some dramatic details in a formal dining room. Bold antique blocked colours and large scale vintage prints will be just the thing.

Old gold and dusty black velvet upholstery.  A large "Imperial Pheasant" print by Catherine Martin for window furnishings. American Oak with Cherry details for furniture. Its a beautiful blend of elements set against an antique white paneled backdrop.

Below is a taste of whats to come.