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Lockwood kitchen renovation

  • 1 March 2020

Established in 1951 Lockwood is a familiar part of the New Zealand building landscape,  if you own a Lockwood home you will appreciate the added layer of complexity when renovating.

I recently worked on a well known Lockwood home in Rotorua, an absolute gem of a home hidden within a rambling well established garden. Owned by a creative couple, who initially engaged me to assist them with their tree house accommodation,  the brief was to design a kitchen that would fit seamless into the existing home.

Original materials used in the home were a fascinatingly eclectic mix, ranging from hand made copper pelmets, solid black and white marble checker board flooring with brass thresholds, timber veneer wall linings and grass cloth wallpaper. Needless to say this was NOT a home for a cookie cutter shiny white kitchen.

Selecting  Maskaratus granite for its deep green and rich gold veins gave us the visual connection to the garden, add American Walnut Crown Cut Veneer as a nod to the original wall lings, Dulux Hoon Hay for its soothing moss green depth, a dash of grass cloth wallpaper and an incredibly talented cabinet maker mix it all together and the result is magic.

 

The Earnest Workshop

  • 18 February 2020

Furniture is one of my ‘things’. A thoughtfully hand crafted piece of furniture is something pretty special, particularly these days as we seem to be surrounded by poorly made furniture with either a short functional life span and or something that ticks the On Trend box … for today.

Referred by a client I was delighted to discover The Earnest Workshop who craft their magic right here in Mount Maunganui. In 2012 Dan Gillingham gathered together a group of makers and began to create furniture to cherish.

The Peel Coat Rack sums it up really, beautiful and functional, take a look at this behind the scenes  video to appreciate hand crafting at its best …. it’s very therapeutic

Outdoor furniture by Tait

  • 21 November 2019

Searching for outdoor furniture I was super excited to discover Tait.   A beautifully designed collection of well made, sustainable out door furniture, purpose built to withstand the Australian climate ….. so it’s got to be tough, right?

From small factory beginnings in Melbourne Tait was established in 1992 by Gordon and Susan Tait.  The creative couple, Gordon a sheet metal craftsman and Susan a creative textile designer, saw a gap in the market for well-made outdoor furniture. Combining their skills they set out to fill the gap, 27 years on they collaborate with top Australian designers to produce iconic collections that are all proudly created entirely in Australia

Really difficult to pick a favorite, BUT top of my list would be ….

Trace Collection by Adam Goodrum, a stunning combination of Aluminium, Stainless Steel Mesh and Sustainable Timber. Pictured in Mokum Club Tropicalia South Beach outdoor velvet and Catherine Martin’s Tropicalia print.

 

Flint by Ross Gardam, is aptly described as robust yet refined  extending the leg detail to the table top is a clever twist.

Take a moment to browse through the Tait projects page it’s inspiring!

NZ House & Garden feature

  • 30 October 2019

Super excited to have one of my recent projects featured in the November 2019 Issue of NZ House & Garden.

The striking farm house exterior of bagged brick and board & batten has been well photographed by the locals, in fact it has caused quite a stir right from the early days of construction. On a tree lined street at The Lakes, Tauranga the H shaped floor plan makes the most of the sunshine and the quite green space on the rear boundary.

Being the second build project within a few years the clients had a very clear vision of the end result they were after.  It was a pleasure to work together again refining and expanding on our original ideas.

Beautifully built by  Ultimate Homes

Designed by JMAC Architecture

Go grab yourself a copy

 

 

2019 Australian Interior Design Awards

  • 2 April 2019

In the constant search for new trends and products I come across a lot of average and a lot of predictable cookie cutter design. 9 times out of 10 projects that make me eagerly lean forward and peer at my screen are from Australian designers. Our life styles and climates are so similar that the design signature transfers easily to New Zealand.

The Australian Interior Design awards short list has been published and not surprisingly features many of my favorites, Templeton Architecture, MIM Design, Robson Rak Architects to name a few.

A new discovery for me  is Heartly Their entry Fairfield House is so simple yet packed with detail …. which is my definition of good design.

Hours of planning, detailing and a team of skilled craftsmen is required to deliver  simple refined design. Often when you are standing in the space you don’t initially see it but you certainly feel something different.

It’s almost about what is missing …. in these images it is the absence of skirting and architraves (negative detailing), square stopped ceilings, full height window joinery, asymmetric rangehood verses lighting feature in a clean functional kitchen.

Take a browse through Heartly portfolio and each time you will see whats missing

Images by Jack Lovel

2018 Spring & Summer by Designers Guild

  • 13 September 2018

Spring seems to be here at last, I have to say I’m definitely a summer girl and eagerly look forward to longer days and warmer temperatures. With summer on the horizon there is a subconscious shift in our decision making when it comes to Interiors.

While the Eurpoean fabric houses focus on their Winter collections we are ready to take on their tested Summer collections.

If you have been following my blog for a while you will know I love to use colour and that Designers Guild has been a reliable source of inspiration for many years.

The Jaipur Rose collection will not disappoint, printed on linen, cotton and lustrous velvet the collection is based on the work of 19th century explorers and naturalist. Boasting elegant timeless prints of exotic new lands vibrant colour sits along side peaceful soothing tones.

 

Traditional Japanese Art was the inspiration for  Palace Flower Grande. Digitally printed on tumbled linen the soft pastel shades are super user friendly with the dove grey base cloth.

Above left the exotic Kashmiri fabric is also a digital print on linen, muted watercolour floral softens the sharp geometric hexagons. Vibrant Kashmiri Magenta or for a softer scheme Kashmiri Orchre  with the textural hexagonal velvet Manipur Orchre below is an elegant option.

 

Clarke & Clarke collaborate with Emma J Shipley

  • 5 July 2018

Late last year Clarke & Clarke collaborated with designer Emma J Shipley releasing  the stunning  Animalia fabric and wallpaper collection … I have to admit pawing over the samples for the first time resulting in foot tapping excitement oh my goodness how I LOVE this!

Inspired by a recent trip to the Amazon Jungle the collection features the foliage and creatures Emma observed whilst there.  Mixing creature sketches, a fascination with mathematical symmetry and the human skeleton Animila explores the link between all living things. Printed on super soft tactile velvet’s and flat 100% cottons the detail in the upholstery weight fabric is stunning.

BUT wait it doesn’t stop there, Clarke & Clarke have launched a range of upholstered furniture showcasing the Animilia collection.

Villa Textiles are the New Zealand agents for Clarke & Clarke.

Timorous Beasties

  • 13 June 2018

Its always exciting to discover a new resource, my first few hours wandering around the super user friendly  Patternsnap site has been like opening Pandora’s box! To share all of the new discoveries at once would risk sensory overload so you will need to stay tuned as I drip feed the goodies.

First up my favorite discovery is Timorous Beasties the multi award winning  studio of Alistair Mcauley and Paul Simmons based in Glasgow offers a stunning collection of fabric, wallcoverings, furniture, lampshades and ceramics.

The collections are diverse, ranging from designs based on traditional copperplate engraving techniques to designs that playfully combine time honored motifs of plants and animals with a modern spin …. and a scrumptious colour pallet.

From the intricate repeat pattern of  White Moth Allover Fabric.

White Moth Allover fabric

To the pure colour explosion of Chic Blotch fabric

Chic Blotch fabric

Kaleido Bee Custom Velvet Fabric on this foot stool is incrediable

Superwide Iguana Wallpaper is a crazy combination of birds, thistles,  iguanas, and bugs

Superwide Iguana wallpaper

I love the tiny details that stop you in your tracks and force you to take another look.

Ultimate Homes Mount Maunganui Show Home

  • 23 March 2018

Working on show homes is a perfect opportunity to try something a little bit different.  The challenge to the Architect, JMAC  Architecture, the Designer – me  and the Builder Ultimate Homes is to stretch the imagination of the savvy show home punters by presenting something just outside the visitors comfort zone, something not see before but at the same time a home that is very livable.

Feedback to date on Ultimate Homes show home at The Coast Papamoa has ticked these boxes, it has become a memorable talking point in a sea of beige show homes.

The cathedral ceilings of the living area are enhanced by  Dulux Rangatiki River a deliciously deep stormy blue green, daylight floods the open plan living space and the pure White ceilings compensate for the dark paint choice.