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Oast houses

  • 29 May 2020

Comprised of a series of 5 tile clad towers this family home by London based ACME Architects is quite magical. Set in rural Kent the concept was inspired by 18th-century Oast Houses – buildings used for drying beer brewing hops, the construction and detailing are mindblowing.

A central triple-height space connects the 4 outer towers and serves as the entrance and family hub.

Plywood curved stairwells access Bedrooms on the upper floors

Plywood shingle ceilings echo the exterior cladding

Discover more about the project here at Dwell

Incredible images by Jim Stephenson.

Floor rug size and placement

  • 1 May 2020

So you have your lounge all set, everything is incredibly clean (thanks to lockdown) you have plumped and then karate-chopped the cushions, the styling is perfect BUT still, something is bothering you  ….. the missing link is often a floor rug, yes even over carpet!

Adding a floor rug is an easy way to pull a space together, it can anchor furniture, add texture and frame a space.

Check out these little sketches for some size and placement advice

Furniture  floating in large space can be anchored with a floor rug that is large enough for the furniture to sit completely on the rug

When furniture is against the wall try tucking the rug under the front legs only

 

2 couches facing each other, try a smaller rug in the center.

 

Texture can come from a chunky wool loop carpet with a leather binding, particularly good for a hard wooden floor, or add plush silk carpet that you can wiggle your toes into. Floor rugs are a perfect opportunity to add some colour and pattern to the space remember its all about layering.

I came across  The Rug Company a few years ago and have been consistently inspired by their beautiful projects, in particular, the custom design rugs as below… AMAZING!!!

Add The Rug Company to your Instagram feed here

Climbing Leopard by Diane Von Furstenberg

Virtual tour of Ultimate Homes show home

  • 20 April 2020

Show homes are a great source of inspiration, being able to stand in a space similar to the one you have planned on paper brings the process to life.

With perfect pre lock down timing, Ultimate Homes produced this virtual tour of their new show home so now you can browse from the safety of your own home.

Images are showcased on my projects page

Showhome located at 129 Whakaturoa Crescent, The Lakes, Tauriko, Tauranga.

tips on exterior colour combinations for your house

  • 7 April 2020

Working on a new build project the first job on the to-do list is to decide on the exterior colours, most clients find this really difficult.

We all know the value of street appeal and, if we are honest, the desire to own the best looking house on the street is within us all. The exterior is the first impression of your home and is comprised of products that will last the lifetime of your build, the colour combination also sets the style of the interior, ….. so much PRESSURE and you haven’t set foot inside yet!!

Don’t panic, there is just one easy rule to follow; aim to use a maximum of 3 colours – simple right?

Try to package together the elements, most homes will use more than one type of cladding, for example, brick + cedar so already you have used 2 colours now combine the roof, window joinery and garage door as the 3rd colour.

Villa style homes offer an opportunity to highlight features without breaking the 3 colour rule, below I have used Resene Double Linen on the weatherboards with Resene Half Sea Fog for the trims, Pearl White window joinery and garage door, topped with a colorsteel Flax Pod roof

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.