Arent & Pyke

I’m a long time fan of  the work of Sydney Design Studio Arent & Pyke, I love their clean aesthetic, eye for detail and their use of colour.

Barcom Terrace project is a sympathetic modernization of an 1800′s boarding house all of the images are gorgeous but the 3 that catch my eye are below…

The  unexpected use of concrete to create bench seating that then cleverly flows into the fire hearth grounds the room, the squab and cushion combination on the bench seat is again thoughtful. Default decision (as discussed on my previous blog) would be to have the squab full length with a multitude of cushions … I love the thoughtful detail of the short squab and the combination of cushion shapes the over-sized wall mounted lamp adds an intimacy to the space.

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The kitchen sits majestically at the other end of this open plan space, the steel framed joinery housing the Scullery not only visually separates the space but entices you into a space that is traditionally hidden

 

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The industrial mix of the concrete plinth and black fittings with elegant wispy white fabric and marble  ……

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Superbly Photographed by Tom Ferguson

Australian heritage house reinvented by tenfifyfive

Tenfifiyfive web site has me on the first page ” Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful” William Morris’s quote is one of my favorites and definitely  the basis of my own design ethos.

There is lots to admire in the studios gallery of work, I particularly like the combination of materials and attention to detail in the Park House project, rustic red bricks, warm timber, harsh raw concrete with super fine back steel and elegant Statuario marble all wrapped up in a family home.

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I’m a bit obsessed with window seats at the moment  I like to communal gathering space they offer, love the depth of this window seat and how the joinery wraps around the window, the depth detail is nicely repeated in the desk area.

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As creatures of habit we make auto pilot decisions without considering alternatives, glass shower screens are always designed to disappear right?  Think again ….. glass framed in super fine black joinery is stunning. Auto pilot #2 cabinetry stops at the window .. not necessarily!

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Layer upon layer of texture and detail … love it

 

Park House images by Christine Francis, first seen on Contemporist

i Light Sustainable light art festival

Too beautiful not to share ………..

Hand made by a team of 56 clever crochet peeps,  The Urchins installation was part of Asia’s leading Sustainable Light Art Festival i Light .

The shadows they cast and their movement in the breeze makes for magical day time viewing, at night they transform again into luminous globes.

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New build villa style

Every now and again a special project comes along,  without a doubt this is one of those. I was lucky enough to work with some extra- ordinary clients who had a very clear vision and buckets of bravery, digging deeply into my bag of tricks we created something pretty special together.

Hours of deliberation over tiny details, lots of excited clapping (mostly from me), and Harwood Homes amazing team of builders and subcontractors, produced this new build which is oozing with character and intricate detail.

Client breif was to recreate the essence of a traditional Villa with a modern twist.

 

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Inky depths of Resene Nocturnal in the entrance set the mood for the rest of the home, traditional Wainscoting panels were custom made for the entrance hall along with metal screens through which you catch a glimpse of what lays beyond. Crystal chandeliers in the dining room cast delicate shadows on rich Black Marie solid timber flooring. Suspended shelving displays collected  treasurers, touches of brass continue through out the Interior adding warmth.

 

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Images by the very talented Amanda Aitken

 

Bosjes Chapel – an astonishing building

Located in South Africa’s Western Cape Bosjes Chapel is nothing short of remarkable.  The stunning organic form hovers delicately and weightlessly above an equally majestic landscape.

The crisp white concrete shell appears to be held up by nothing but glass …. how is this possible!!? The roof line swoops and soars and at points dips to almost touch the surface of the refection pool. A cross shaped window frame represents the traditional crucifix, a golden pulpit positioned in front of the window sets the scene  for contemplation.

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A collaboration between UK based Steyn Studio and South Africa’s TV3 Architects. First seen on Contemporist

Feature walls

I often get asked if people still do feature walls interestingly enough almost every time the question is voiced out loud it’s accompanied with a shame full cringe is if an unwritten rule has been broken and lighting is about to strike.

My reply is always this …….. There aren’t any Interior Design rules, lets face it it’s not a life and death situation! If there were rules and this was one of them and YOU love the idea of a feature wall then lets do it!

At least half of my projects have feature walls or feature rooms, it is a perfect way to add depth, mood, texture and personality.

This recently completed project in Mount Maunganui, is a great example of all of those things.

A harmonious collaboration between myself,  JMAC Architecture and  Ultimate Homes.

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Images via Redfish

bathroom design with Brass

A beautiful simple bathroom worth sharing – mirror cabinest are a must have for any well designed bathroom,  they provide excellent storage for all those tiny bathroom necessities, Lenka Mikova has taken this mirror cabinet to a whole new level of cool by adding Brass.

Careful lighting highlights the Brass, a sparkling contrast to the Matt Black Hexagon tile and simple tap ware. Super thin vanity tops compliment the thin Brass profile.

 

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Via Contemporist, photos by Veronika Raffajova

Bespoke Country style Kitchens

English based deVOL Design Studio and Kitchen Showroom is housed in a 16th century Water Mill – craftsmen that hang out in a beautifully restored building that’s over 400 years old are bound to produce incredible things – these guys sure do, deVOL bespoke cabinetry is stunning!

Cotes Mill is 4 floors of oohing and aahhhing from antiques in the cellar to an entire floor showcasing each of their signature designs; the Air Kitchen a modern take on Retro, Shaker Kitchens a testament to hand crafted tradition and Classic Kitchens.

I’m a long time fan of stylish country kitchens I love the timeless character and tiny detail they offer.  White is a typical (predictable) choice for this style of kitchen how inspiring to see  the deVOL  signature depth of cabinet colour I love the effect of  repeating the colour on the walls as well. Stormy Charcoal Grey combined with Brass fittings, elegant stone and fine detailing is perfectly balanced.

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This home is an elegant combination of delicate antiques and raw industrial elements  linked by the most amazing window and glass ceiling

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Beautiful!

 

All Black interiors

I’m a long time fan of moody dark spaces, I love they way deep colours add intrigue to ordinary spaces. Unfortunately there are not many clients bold enough to take the leap of faith and go All Black. In order to help the brave I have gathered an inspiring collection of moody spaces on my Pinterest boards (check it out Lisa Redshaw Design)

This home is a brilliant example of All Black. You can see for yourself that the rooms don’t look dark and gloomy, instead they look sophisticated and intelligent, the depth of colour gives furniture and art real substance.

This home is a tiny 1 bedroom European apartment, so physically the spaces are small but magically the white timber work balances out the somber walls and the rooms are still light filled.

Go on be brave – its just paint!Alvhem bedroom

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Via Alvhem first seen on Coco Lapine Design

Scandinavian styling perfection

This super cute apartment typifies Scandinavian styling – simplistic and timeless.

We take for granted the luxury of  space here in New Zealand it’s fascinating to see tiny European apartments that are super compact and still managing to ooze style – testament to Less is More!

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Steel window joinery is something I wish we had easy access to here I really like the fine profile it offers… clever internal use here results in an abundance of natural light.

Love the Soft Grey kitchen cabinets and Brass fittings

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Dusky Pink, and Grey seems to be trending in Europe I have to say I like it!  Can you remember the  Pink and Grey era of the 80′s eek! Thank goodness it looking much more sophisticated this time round!

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First seen on Coco Lepine Design a blogger worth bookmarking if your a Scandi style lover!

The Apartment is also for sale Husman Hagberg ………… just saying