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.
Every now and again a special project comes along, without a doubt this is one of those. I was lucky enough to work with some extra- ordinary clients who had a very clear vision and buckets of bravery, digging deeply into my bag of tricks we created something pretty special together.
Hours of deliberation over tiny details, lots of excited clapping (mostly from me), and Harwood Homes amazing team of builders and subcontractors, produced this new build which is oozing with character and intricate detail.
Client brief was to recreate the essence of a traditional Villa with a modern twist.
Inky depths of Resene Nocturnal in the entrance set the mood for the rest of the home, traditional Wainscoting panels were custom made for the entrance hall along with metal screens through which you catch a glimpse of what lays beyond. Crystal chandeliers in the dining room cast delicate shadows on rich Black Marie solid timber flooring. Suspended shelving displays collected treasurers, touches of brass continue through out the Interior adding warmth.
Images by the very talented Amanda Aitken.
I often get asked if people still do feature walls interestingly enough almost every time the question is voiced out loud it’s accompanied with a shame full cringe is if an unwritten rule has been broken and lighting is about to strike.
My reply is always this …….. There aren’t any Interior Design rules, lets face it it’s not a life and death situation! If there were rules and this was one of them and YOU love the idea of a feature wall then lets do it!
At least half of my projects have feature walls or feature rooms, it is a perfect way to add depth, mood, texture and personality.
This recently completed project in Mount Maunganui, is a great example of all of those things.
A harmonious collaboration between myself, JMAC Architecture and Ultimate Homes.
Images via Redfish
Browsing through Melbourne based Bower Architecture & Interiors web site is a visual delight, each featured project is an inspiration!
The studios mission statement resonates with me as well.
Our architecture sits outside of fashion and is grounded in a collective view that the best and most sustainable design is that which is built to last and be celebrated for decades to come.
It is the essence of my Design practice, I totally agree that Interior Design should sit firmly beyond the whims of fashion, this is what truly leads to timeless design.
The bold use of colour in the Stepping House project caught my eye. A 1960’s home that has been cleverly renovated into beautiful light filled spaces.
I love how the powerful bold blocks of colour have been used to create intimate zones, which are then softened and linked with the warmth of timber.
Flagstone tile layout adds textural interest, mirrors extended to the ceiling enhance the visual height, and in the bathroom below leads the eye to the glass ceiling!
First seen on Contemporist.
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.
White seems to have become the default “go to” Kitchen colour over the last couple of years – it’s clean and timeless, what’s not to like right? Well tentatively step out of your comfort zone because trust me I have found a visual feast that might just change your mind, these kitchens by Jamie Blakes of Blakes London are inspirational.
Cleverly placed bursts of colour are repeated on all of the Blakes London projects, although each time the colour of choice is bold it always sits harmoniously within the room.
The Victorian Terrace Project boasts a Stunning combination of Deep Rich Royal Purple and Brass – delicious!
The hero piece of the South West London project is the elegantly rich herringbone timber flooring, the Navy Blue island cabinetry combined with Mitsy Grey is Contemporary Classic along with the simple choice of extending the subway tiles to the ceiling and encompassing the fire place rangehood.
In each situation colour has added an inviting warmth and depth to the spaces….are you brave enough?
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.
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.
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!