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
English based deVOL Design Studio and Kitchen Showroom is housed in a 16th century Water Mill – craftsmen that hang out in a beautifully restored building that’s over 400 years old are bound to produce incredible things – these guys sure do, deVOL bespoke cabinetry is stunning!
Cotes Mill is 4 floors of oohing and aahhhing from antiques in the cellar to an entire floor showcasing each of their signature designs; the Air Kitchen a modern take on Retro, Shaker Kitchens a testament to hand crafted tradition and Classic Kitchens.
I’m a long time fan of stylish country kitchens I love the timeless character and tiny detail they offer. White is a typical (predictable) choice for this style of kitchen how inspiring to see the deVOL signature depth of cabinet colour I love the effect of repeating the colour on the walls as well. Stormy Charcoal Grey combined with Brass fittings, elegant stone and fine detailing is perfectly balanced.
This home is an elegant combination of delicate antiques and raw industrial elements linked by the most amazing window and glass ceiling
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!
I have a few kitchen projects on the go currently, working on multiple projects at once has its advantages – my eyes are wide open searching for contemporary, french country and classic inspirational images.
When I look collectively at what I’m attracted to there is a common theme ….. two toned block colour kitchens, is that a description?! What ever it’s called I like the balanced result, and its not just dark tops verses light cabinets, it’s more about colour designating the units use and balance ALWAYS balance
Images 1,2,4,5 image 3 and images 6,7
If you took the contrast colour out of all of these kitchens you would probably pass the by, but with a dash of colour they are something special! How good is the sunshine Yellow?… love it.
It’s the tiny details that make this elegant kitchen by Decus Interiors work so well – details applied to ordinary items that every modern kitchen has.
To me the stand out detail is the Scullery, a ‘must have’ in most modern homes the scullery is a space that is typically shut away behind doors – strictly utilitarian, the simple addition of beautiful glazed doors, timber drawer fronts, full height tiling has been transformed utilitarian into spectacular.
Flagstone floor tiles, panelled cabinetry, industrial element of the Stainless Steel all elegantly cloaked in a soft neutral colour palette.
Decus Interiors, Design Studio based in NSW Australia.
I came Villa Kalos while ago via est magazine and I have to confess I haven’t been able to resist revisiting these stunning images, I figure if I look at them often enough I will be magically transported there …. imagine how difficult it would be to leave!
Villa Kalos opened in 2011 after being lovingly restored by South African Photographers Gerda Genis and Robbert Koene, you can see their photographers eye for detail every where you look.
Situated in Ithaka Greece, Villa Kalos offers luxurious boutique accommodation for holiday makers looking for the ultimate Greek Island getaway. Nestled in the country side surrounded by Almond trees and Olive groves, the vegetable garden area is to die for let alone the salt water swimming pool.
The interior is a fantastic combination of restored original building elements and modern comforts, oozing a charming warmth, Villa Kalos is definitely going on my bucket list!
I really enjoy working on renovation projects, the end results are always rewarding. This project was no exception. John and Fay’s family farm house needed serious attention. The layout was typical of its era, dark cramped separate rooms with no thought given to the sun or the stunning rural views.
Walls separating the dining, lounge and kitchen were removed connecting all 3 rooms into a bright family friendly space. We used the large existing laundry as a combination scullery, home office, laundry room with direct access into the kitchen, the remaining kitchen space suited a functional galley layout.
Original timber floors, simple white cabinets and bench tops, Italian glass mosaic tiles the colour of the summer sky, some funky lighting….. perfect!