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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
Overlooking Sydney’s Middle Harbor sits this stunning home by Richard Cole Architecture.
The view is obviously THE star attraction here!
Massive flush finish cavity sliding doors seem to act as magnets enticing you into the outdoor space. The transition is visually seamless the sheer width of the opening instantly creates an additional room to the home – a fantastic space to soak up the balmy Australian weather.
There are lots of other details to admire in this spacious light filled home……
The sharp combination of a Black and White Kitchen with negative detail handles and mirror splashback is dramatic, notice the accessories inserts in the Stainless Steel bench top – everything you need at your fingertips!
Touches of Timber combined with dramatic Black provide balanced warmth to these wide open spaces. It won’t take a minute for me to pack my bags I could be ready to move in any time!
So it’s freezing outside, winter is here and its HARD to get out of bed in the morning, just for a moment lets imagine waking up and discovering that one of these bathrooms had magically arrived while you slept ….woo hoo!! How different mornings would be, what a delight to start your day here – you couldn’t help but emerge beautiful!
Now all you need to do is decide which one you would choose, trust me it won’t be easy!
Will it be this light filled elegant room with gorgeous freestanding bath and vanity, super simple at first glance but the detail is there
Or will it be this sharp modern masculine room with simple rectangle lines? His and Hers vanities, good mirror cabinet storage, pendant lighting
Or this………. an outdoor shower indoors?? Amazing!!
Well I would be delighted to find any of these but would give special thanks to the night fairies if image number one turned up, how about you?
Image 1 & 2, Image 3
At 54 stories high the ZLOTA Building in Warsaw, Poland is the highest residential building in Europe the sheer scale of this project is mind blowing, global architecture firm Woods Bagot created 236 one, two, three and four bedroom apartments.
A three part Design brief focused on Warsaw’s rich heritage, a sense of living in a space that was almost a work of art and a contemporary aesthetic that clients could personalize.
It goes without saying that 54 floors above ground the views are spectacular, and while the structural concrete element is apparent in the spaces the addition of timber and textiles have ensured a sophisticated calm warmth. Magic!