Category: inspiring interiors

traditional plain interiors transformed into modern contemporary spaces

  • 22 March 2016

I recently completed a Perfect Combination Project – A blank canvas spec home + existing clients on their second project = boundaries pushed with amazing results!

The newly constructed spec home was beautifully proportioned but super plain – so plain it made you sleepy!! Client brief was to add some personality, warmth and interest so we set to work……..

The Master bedroom was spacious  opening out onto a sunny courtyard but lacked any redeeming features so we added Harlequin wallpaper, Hemptech fabric and Bianca Lorenne Bed linen.

Feature wallpaper was repeated in the Lounge with dramatic effect, an existing David Shaw Chair was revitalized with new Harlequin fabric.

Another stunning Harlequin wallpaper in the entrance added drama

These simple additions change the house to a home.

A space well and truly stamped with the clients personality.

1920’s heritage kitchen transformed with Walnut Veneer and Corian

  • 22 November 2015

Ohhh  this is way to good not to share and well I did warn you that I would have to feature more work by the AMAZING Minosa Design Studio, so here it is……….

Admiring these images it’s hard to believe the background story, incredibly this 1920’s Heritage Listed home in Sydney’s Crows Nest stood abandoned for 10 years, unfortunately more than enough time to be virtually destroyed by squatters still the clients managed to see past the wreckage and believe they had found their forever home.

Client brief for the kitchen was for  ‘something different – not run of the mill,  must include a 4 meter Island bench and access to the Laundry. Function was paramount but with an uncompromising sleek aesthetic.

There are sooo many things that get me excited here – ah I just love to see good design! OK first up the super fine bench top profile that simply folds into the waterfall ends of the Island, combination of White, Charcoal and Grey beautifully softened by the Walnut veneer. Integrated handles, ambient lighting………….

Love, love, love the simplistic method of incorporating the dining table and the adjacent window seat area – a very clever use of space keeping family and guests out from under the chefs feet but still part of the action.   The walls are clad in giant 3 meter x 1 meter tile adding a soft patina to the room.

As requested access to the Laundry has been included, the entrance is cleverly concealed with Walnut veneer cabinetry, the Walnut is extend to incorporate the fridge, pantry and wall ovens – the depth and glow the Walnut exudes  is magnificent.

What’s not to like?

Tudor Style renovation

  • 29 October 2015

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.

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

Classic Design

  • 13 April 2015

Each week I flick through hundreds of Interior and styling images, you know how it is one site links to another to another….. it takes a while to sift through all the repetitive that and its super easy to become sidetracked. So lucky to have world wide inspiration at our finger tips! I like to apply the test of time to sites I find – book marking them and revisiting them in a week and see if they still make me ohh and ahh. Jason Urrutia’s work has withstood my test of time and my goodness I do love it! The Californian Design Studio describes it’s scope of work as Contemporary with a Classic feel.

What I noticed is the clever play on scale that is prevalent on each project, super size mirrors elegantly resting on the floor, oversized light pendants, industrial sliding doors, sharp contrasting colour pallets and yet the spaces feel comfortable, each feature finding its own space.

All the images for the Mill Valley project are stunning – look carefully and you will see tiny attention to detail like this tile detail, a very elegant way of linking the colour pallet.

Ultimate Classic timeless design – beautiful!!

Harlequin Amazilia

  • 17 March 2015

Amazilia is the stunning newly released collection from Harlequin very aptly named as it is indeed  Amazing!

Described as  “Featuring extravagant tropical motifs in exotic colourways, delicately depicting hummingbirds, botanically-drawn butterflies, feathers and glossy over sized leaves”  it is a typical Harlequin explosion of colour.

Only with the use of Digital print  technology  can fabrics show such intricate realistic details and vibrant colours. It’s nigh on impossible for me to pick a favorite –  I’m a bird girl so many of the designs delight me, BUT if I had to narrow it down…..

The Spray Dyed Velvet is incredible, the intensity and shade of colour changes across the width of the fabric subtly drifting from one colour to another, the warmer of the 8 available colourways are seemingly on fire.

I can’t resist anything to do with birds – I have an every growing collection of nests and feathers in my office so the Limosa wallpaper is a given for me.  Available  in 5 colour ways I love the water colour effect of the image and the multitude of colour you can pull out as coordinating shades. The proportion of space verses pattern is well balanced and restful.