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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!

Inspiring Contemporary Home with Monochrome Interior

  • 9 July 2015

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!

Clean Aesthetic

  • 29 April 2015

These beautiful clean interiors are the work of Sydney based award winning designers Ardent & Pyke.   The images speak for themselves, while each project is quite different the Ardent & Pyke’s clean aesthetic is clearly visible in both homes. No surprise to read that The Pavilion was short listed for the Australian Interior Design Awards 2014 among other accolades – it is certainly a beautifully balanced home. The finely crafted stone splash back is incredible, as is the carefully considered detail of the raised stone supporting the timber bar cap. The clean airy aesthetic is repeated in the bathroom with beautiful mosaic tiles.

The Avenue offers a different feel altogether. This project was awarded The Best Residential Interior Decorations accolade  at the Australian Interior Design Awards 2014. The scale of this home is magnificent I love the fabric selection – especially the couch and the Moody Blue walls

Monochrome Magic

  • 10 February 2014

This is the work of Photographer Paul Massey, I confess I had to scroll through each and every shot of his website. What I admired the most is the “mood” he has managed to create in each image.

Even though many of the images are devoid of colour I found myself drawn into my laptop screen for a closer look, the styling is superb. Without colour texture becomes the star of the show.

Great industrial light and bench seating, see  the cabinetry combination right hand doors plain,while the left hand doors have detailed panelling and a paint finish yet they sit together seamlessly.

look

  • 14 January 2014

I was fortunate enough to listen to Sir John Kirwan speak late in December, what an inspiring man, there were lots of laughs amongst the serious messages of the evening, about halfway through his presentation he asked us all to stand and hug 4 complete strangers each, a look of discomfort crossed most of our faces, the atmosphere of the room altered once the task was completed, the look of discomfort surprisingly had changed to one of pleasure.

The message that stayed with me the most was a simple one; “feel the water” life is so busy most things we do on a daily basis become chores to hurry through. So to stop and actually take time to FEEL the water is remarkable. I have made an effort each day since to stop and ‘look’, it has been a delight to do this with the kids over the holidays and see them ‘look’ as well. The master of all design Mother Nature has treats for us everywhere if we take time to notice, the inside of an orange, the shadow of leaves dancing on the grass, tiny faces locked into tree trunks. Try it…….

Practical kitchens

  • 28 November 2013

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.

colour me green

  • 21 October 2013

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!