Tag: Contemporary Design

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.

Contemporary Classic Kitchen Design Inspiration

  • 11 October 2015

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?

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!

Contemporary Bathroom Design Inspiration

  • 24 June 2015

So it’s freezing outside, winter is here and its HARD to get out of bed in the morning, just for a moment lets imagine waking up and discovering that one of these bathrooms had magically arrived while you slept ….woo hoo!! How different mornings would be, what a delight to start your day here – you couldn’t help but emerge beautiful!

Now all you need to do is decide which one you would choose, trust me it won’t be easy!

Will it be this light filled elegant room with gorgeous freestanding bath and vanity, super simple at first glance but the detail is there

Or will it be this sharp modern masculine room with simple rectangle lines? His and Hers vanities, good mirror cabinet storage, pendant lighting

Or this………. an outdoor shower indoors?? Amazing!!

Well I would be delighted to find any of these but would give special thanks to the night fairies if image number one turned up, how about you?

Image 1 & 2, Image 3

Skyline living

  • 2 June 2015

At 54 stories high the ZLOTA Building in Warsaw, Poland is the highest residential building in Europe the sheer scale of this project is mind blowing, global architecture firm Woods Bagot created 236 one, two, three and four bedroom apartments.

A three part  Design brief focused on Warsaw’s rich heritage, a sense of living in a space that was almost a work of art and a contemporary aesthetic that clients could personalize.

It goes without saying that 54 floors above ground the views are spectacular, and while the structural concrete element is apparent in the spaces the addition of timber and textiles have ensured a sophisticated calm warmth. Magic!

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!!