I like little things … finely crafted bowls of glass, wood or colourful china are impossible to pass by without touching, I also like little spaces I feel more comfortable in an intimate space than a large voluminous space.
Small things and spaces require much more thought and attention to detail to be successful I think that’s why they appeal to me.
Small thoughtful spaces require nifty cabinetry and I think this All-In-One-Bunk Bed by Studio Oink is amazing!! See how everything has multiple purposes, the black board is a door, raising the bed double storage space.
More importantly if your a kid it just plain cool
Wow this attention to detail stopped me in my tracks, how gorgeous is it?? Beautiful layers of texture and warmth applied to simple shapes.
These stunning images are the work of Danish Interior and Graphic Designer Stine Langvad luckily we can follow her on Pintrest
I love the mirrors in the bathroom below and the vibrant turquoise tiles
Photo credit Joachim Wichmann
I have always been intrigued by the concept of internal courtyards in homes, as a student I visited a circular house with an internal courtyard, since then the concept has remained firmly at the top of my wish list. I love the self-contained privacy of them.
This home by Selldorf Architects is a great example; located in Colorado the images immediately reminded me of Queenstown.
The building is arranged around a central courtyard as a series of one-story pavilions dedicated to specific functions, spaces are linked by an internal corridor. Many of the external walls are floor to ceiling glazing making the most of the stunning views. While the internal courtyard is always protected from the prevailing wind and the neighbours!
(Photos: Todd Eberle)
This Ensuite is part of an apartment renovation I have recently completed, the Design brief was to make a very small, internal, dated master bedroom ensuite into a sophisticated, light, spacious, functional space with storage.
This type of brief requires all the tricks to be pulled out of the bag! The main focus was to create an illusion of space , a wall hung vanity top clears the floor space, full width mirrors that have storage behind them visually doubles the wall space, contrasting black tiles on the end wall of the shower push the wall away elongating the room. Mood lighting along with task lighting adds depth. Job done!
Image by Living Visions Photography
As we gallop towards the festive season time spent dreaming of the perfect kitchen seems to increase, all the little niggles that you’ve had over the year seem to amplify, the drawer runners are sticker, the cupboards don’t cope with the mountain of food you brought back from the supermarket and the rubbish seems to multiply as soon as you turn your back!
So while you dice, season and stir hold those thoughts and make a list of all the things that don’t function in your kitchen then make a wish list, start a scrap-book of styles you like, remember the new kitchen needs to sit well within the architecture of your home, when its finished it should look like it belongs.
How the kitchen looks is important but beyond that is how functions, it must be a practical space with careful planning storage can be optimised even within the smallest of spaces. The clever folk at Blum have a fantastic range of products that do just that, hardware that transforms the space under your sink
SPACE TOWER larder units, customised to any width and configuration make easy access pantry storage. ORGA-LINE cutlery and utensil divisions provide a place for everything. Soft-close BLUMOTION allows drawers and doors to close softly and effortlessly.
Blum have two inspiring showrooms, locations here, that are well worth a visit. It’s a opportunity for a try before you buy experience of their practical DYNAMIC SPACE systems. Believe me there is no going back once you have seen whats on offer.
Apartment living can pose plenty of challenges from a design perspective, particularly when the space is to be a permanent residence.
With my inner need to make all things functional and beautiful I was definitely up for the challenge.
The client brief was simple, the only restriction to the Mount Maunganui beach front penthouse apartment were the exterior walls. The existing floor plan was a poor use of space, the interior dated and tired so the decision was made to gutt the apartment and start with a clean slate.
Many many many concepts later we found the solution; open plan living pivoting around the central kitchen with direct access to the deck creating the hub of the home, a hidden office space incorporated into the dining room, 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms all in a striking monochrome palette perfect for showcasing the undeniably stunning view of the beach.
The project is testament to the professional team that gathered together making concept into reality, local award-winning builder Todd Grey played an enormous role in transforming my ideas into reality, every detail was given our consideration from the ever-present top floor apartment constraints to custom-made cabinetry to tiling to wallpaper, fabric and custom furniture.
The result is timeless.
Sharp clean lines suit the monochrome palette of Black and White with a Gold accent
Harlequin Wallpaper and fabrics
Harlequin wallpaper with Bianca Lorenne bed linen……beautiful!
Response to our bold choice of colour for Ultimate Homes show home at The Lakes subdivision in Tauranga has been nothing but positive!
The show home boasts a stunning cliff top location with an unexpected panoramic view. The decision to use Dulux Wright Hill was a simple case of bringing the outside in.
Wright Hill is a soft shade of green with a slight yellow base so the effect is both soft and refreshing at the same time, the walls have become a back drop to the view and the home has buckets of personality!
I always encourage my clients to be bold with colour, don’t be afraid to stamp your home with YOUR personality after all at the end of the day it’s just a pot of paint!
Go on …. do it!
I have created this blog so I can share with you my inspirations, knowledge and favourite products, all of which are a constantly evolving part of my daily work as an Interior Designer.
“Don’t make something unless it is both necessary and useful… and if it’s both necessary and useful then don’t hesitate to make it beautiful”
I love to live and work by this Danish Design Institute quote; I hope I can inspire you to live by this idea as well!
I am blessed to have such a wonderful career, I love working with people helping them to create homes that are uniquely theirs, join me on a bloggers journey of design and don’t forget to remind yourself of the quote as you surround yourself with the things you love.