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.
Images via Redfish
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.
Via Contemporist, photos by Veronika Raffajova
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.
This home is an elegant combination of delicate antiques and raw industrial elements linked by the most amazing window and glass ceiling
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!
Via Alvhem first seen on Coco Lapine Design
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!
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
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!
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.
This is too nice not to share, Unique fabrics newly release Avalon Flamingos
Beautiful styling – so appealing for winter, just add a good book and a glass of Red.
Browsing through Melbourne based Bower Architecture & Interiors web site is a visual delight, each featured project is an inspiration!
The studios mission statement resonates with me as well.
Our architecture sits outside of fashion and is grounded in a collective view that the best and most sustainable design is that which is built to last and be celebrated for decades to come.
It is the essence of my Design practice, I totally agree that Interior Design should sit firmly beyond the whims of fashion, this is what truly leads to timeless design.
The bold use of colour in the Stepping House project caught my eye. A 1960’s home that has been cleverly renovated into beautiful light filled spaces.
I love how the powerful bold blocks of colour have been used to create intimate zones, which are then softened and linked with the warmth of timber.
Flagstone tile layout adds textural interest, mirrors extended to the ceiling enhance the visual height, and in the bathroom below leads the eye to the glass ceiling!
First seen on Contemporist.
These striking Interiors are the work of Interior Designer Katty Schiebeck of Barcelona.
I love the simplicity of these spaces. Great Design will always appear effortlessly simple when in fact the spaces are loaded with sophisticated detail.
This is a kitchen of two halves – on one hand you have slick modern cabinetry while within the same space the Island features traditional paneling and plinth detailing. The simplistic material and colour pallet adds a timeless strength to the space.
The unexpected combination is striking.
Schiebeck’s simplistic minimalism is evident in the Bathroom as well. The clever repetition of shapes is subtle – rectangular vanity boxes and cube lighting, the shower space almost goes unnoticed but for the simple glass screen.
In a word ……..elegant.
I recently completed a Perfect Combination Project – A blank canvas spec home + existing clients on their second project = boundaries pushed with amazing results!
The newly constructed spec home was beautifully proportioned but super plain – so plain it made you sleepy!! Client brief was to add some personality, warmth and interest so we set to work……..
The Master bedroom was spacious opening out onto a sunny courtyard but lacked any redeeming features so we added Harlequin wallpaper, Hemptech fabric and Bianca Lorenne Bed linen.
Feature wallpaper was repeated in the Lounge with dramatic effect, an existing David Shaw Chair was revitalized with new Harlequin fabric.
Another stunning Harlequin wallpaper in the entrance added drama
These simple additions change the house to a home.
A space well and truly stamped with the clients personality.
Ohhh this is way to good not to share and well I did warn you that I would have to feature more work by the AMAZING Minosa Design Studio, so here it is……….
Admiring these images it’s hard to believe the background story, incredibly this 1920’s Heritage Listed home in Sydney’s Crows Nest stood abandoned for 10 years, unfortunately more than enough time to be virtually destroyed by squatters still the clients managed to see past the wreckage and believe they had found their forever home.
Client brief for the kitchen was for ‘something different – not run of the mill, must include a 4 meter Island bench and access to the Laundry. Function was paramount but with an uncompromising sleek aesthetic.
There are sooo many things that get me excited here – ah I just love to see good design! OK first up the super fine bench top profile that simply folds into the waterfall ends of the Island, combination of White, Charcoal and Grey beautifully softened by the Walnut veneer. Integrated handles, ambient lighting………….
Love, love, love the simplistic method of incorporating the dining table and the adjacent window seat area – a very clever use of space keeping family and guests out from under the chefs feet but still part of the action. The walls are clad in giant 3 meter x 1 meter tile adding a soft patina to the room.
As requested access to the Laundry has been included, the entrance is cleverly concealed with Walnut veneer cabinetry, the Walnut is extend to incorporate the fridge, pantry and wall ovens – the depth and glow the Walnut exudes is magnificent.
What’s not to like?