1960’s renovation transforms home into a light filled modern Interior

  • 11 May 2016

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.

Simplistic Minimal kitchen and bathroom

  • 3 April 2016

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.

traditional plain interiors transformed into modern contemporary spaces

  • 22 March 2016

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.

1920’s heritage kitchen transformed with Walnut Veneer and Corian

  • 22 November 2015

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?

contemporary Monochrome bathroom

  • 8 November 2015

Australian based Minosa Design are the masters of illusion, take a browse through their impressive web site and I think you will agree. Creators of bespoke Bathroom and Kitchen cabinetry the spaces they conjure up are incredible.

It was difficult to choose a favorite to share with you – I can see I’m going to have to feature them again and again..! So this weeks pick is this stunning Bathroom – perfectly described as Understated Elegance.

The brief was for Sharp Edgy Design, a Monochrome palette including Natural materials, lots of storage and a seating area.  The use of Carrera Marble as a designated wet area platform is striking, overlaying the back wall of the bathroom has allowed for the bath and shower niches – and ambient lighting.

Clean lines of the under mounted basins and handle free vanity along with mirror cabinetry address storage and again allows subtle ambient lighting.

Viewed from the room entrance  the Marble topped wall hung storage cabinet doubles as a bench seat and gives a glimpse of the luxury to come.

Tudor Style renovation

  • 29 October 2015

I’m fascinated by the history that bricks and mortar hold, buildings standing still as generations of people pass through.  The enduring history of life – both Happiness and Sadness is contained in each room, the pitter patter of happy  young feet, alongside the aged wisdom of pioneers. What a pleasure and privilege it must be to be involved in a project with so much history,  the scale of which we simply don’t experience in New Zealand.

I was delighted to stumble across this project by Hacin + Associates a  rejuvenated 1932 Tudor Manor home in Newton, Massachusetts. The choice of colour and materials are based on a study of the Tudor period with an emphasis on hand-made features, mixed subtlety  with contemporary design the result is a charming mix of old and new.

The clever combination is evident in the Formal Lounge – spectacular  original fire surround and arch windows combined with Contemporary wood panel wall housing flat screen TV.

Traditional ‘Wainscoting’wall panels in the Dining Room combined with Wallpaper on the ceiling, a light bright contemporary space.

Bedrooms offer a relaxed atmosphere – the curtains continuing behind the master bed provide additional softness, and the attic wallpaper has a sense of soft depth.

A Grand Old Lady rightfully renovated to stand tall for future generations.

Contemporary Classic Kitchen Design Inspiration

  • 11 October 2015

White seems to have become the default “go to” Kitchen colour over the last couple of years – it’s clean and timeless, what’s not to like right?  Well tentatively step out of your comfort zone because trust me I have found a visual feast that might just change your mind, these kitchens by Jamie Blakes of Blakes London are inspirational.

Cleverly placed bursts of colour are repeated on all of the Blakes London projects, although each time the colour of choice is bold it always sits harmoniously within the room.

The Victorian Terrace Project boasts a Stunning combination of Deep Rich Royal Purple and Brass – delicious!

The hero piece of the South West London project is the elegantly rich herringbone timber flooring, the Navy Blue island cabinetry combined with Mitsy Grey is Contemporary Classic along with the simple choice of extending the subway tiles to the ceiling and encompassing the  fire place rangehood.

In each situation colour has added an inviting warmth and depth to the spaces….are you brave enough?

spring 2015 inspiration by Designers Guild

  • 31 August 2015

Yes!! We have made it to the first day of Spring although it seems the weather gods have overlooked the calendar, outside the wind is whipping up a furious storm. Tucked up warm and dry inside it’s a perfect time to share Designer Guilds 2015 Spring collection.

I first discovered Tricia Guild as student at Design School. I was instinctively  drawn to her  vibrant use of colour, Design and Detail by Trisha Guild was my first serious design book purchase and it still has a place in my office library!

Years later Designers Guild remains one of my favorite  and much used brands, I’m still fascinated  by  each new collection and still intrigued by the effortless colour and pattern signature of Designers Guild.

Shanghai Garden is part of the Spring 2015 Collection, here  (it’s well worth following the link!) you can see behind the scenes as Tricia take you on a tour around her studio and explains the creative process. Amazingly in this digital age the collections begin life as hand painted images.

Texture and Colour inspired Interiors

  • 10 August 2015

I recently worked with a lovely couple wanting to refresh their living area. The usual procedure at an initial consultation is for the man to be interested in the physical spaces of a home but as soon as I pull out a colour chart his eyes glaze over the  fidget’s begin and a statement along the lines of this generally  follows ………. ”this is your department honey have what ever you like, I’ve got to go”  Which usually suits us all!!

However this particular situation was starkly different the lady of the house was blind – her husband was her eyes. So the reasons for their product choices were based on how they felt. They had selected a deliciously textured soft Cavalier Bremworth 100% wool loop pile carpet, so if FELT great – 1 box ticked for the lady.  Colour choice was now hubbies department he selected Pure White – I suspect it was the sample on top of the pile!

That rectified we moved onto paint colour Dulux Mt Aspiring – a warm grey white, I was moved  by the carefully considered description hubbie gave  when his wife asked how it looked, he descirbe  ‘like mist rolling across a field’ – ‘ah yes I remember that’ was her response

Imagine – actually I can’t begin to imagine a world without colour  let alone without sight. It’s an easy sense to take for granted.

Elegant Country house renovated to its inspirational former glory

  • 20 July 2015

I know my work has been completed on a project when it’s time to put a call out to Amanda – my trusted photographer. It’s exciting and kind of sad in a way too as it can be a long process getting to this point. On a large complex project it’s not unusual for many months to pass working alongside clients getting to know the in’s and out’s of the  family’s life, visualizing each part of the home always with the ultimate vision in mind.

The images below are testament to this very process. I had the privilege to began work on this project 2 years ago – no that’s not a typo it really did take 2 years to ensure we left no stone  unturned.  When we began renovating, the  home was terribly neglected it was shocking to see a magnificent home so ruined by weather, fortunately the beautiful bones where in tact although in serious need of TLC!!

Bridge beams were originally white washed, Jarrah flooring water damaged, structural features were hidden, some rooms had never been completed and that was just the tip of the iceberg!

My brief was to create an elegant but comfortable country home – take a look at the results

The clients had quality furniture that was also worth renovating, couches were re upholstered, family pieces were unearthed from storage and reinvented, notably the elegant arm chair in JD Madagascar Paradise. Bespoke pieces were locally sourced, the Ottoman in Harlequin Purple Snakeskin and Button Backed dining chairs in matching colored pairs.

We altered the layout of the kitchen to become open plan incorporating the bridge beam into the Stone Island bench top.

Bathrooms were elegantly restyled to fit seamlessly with the essence of the grand country home.

A combination of wonderful clients with open minds, a team of brilliant local tradesmen made the project an absolute pleasure ….. A good job well done I think!