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
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I’m a long time fan of the work of Sydney Design Studio Arent & Pyke, I love their clean aesthetic, eye for detail and their use of colour.
Barcom Terrace project is a sympathetic modernization of an 1800’s boarding house all of the images are gorgeous but the 3 that catch my eye are below…
The unexpected use of concrete to create bench seating that then cleverly flows into the fire hearth grounds the room, the squab and cushion combination on the bench seat is again thoughtful. Default decision (as discussed on my previous blog) would be to have the squab full length with a multitude of cushions … I love the thoughtful detail of the short squab and the combination of cushion shapes the over-sized wall mounted lamp adds an intimacy to the space.
The kitchen sits majestically at the other end of this open-plan space, the steel framed joinery housing the Scullery not only visually separates the space but entices you into a space that is traditionally hidden
The industrial mix of the concrete plinth and black fittings with elegant wispy white fabric and marble ……
Superbly Photographed by Tom Ferguson
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.
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
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?
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!
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!
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.
More often than not projects that catch my eye are Australian, our architectural style has a definite affinity with that of Australian homes, it makes sense our climates and lifestyles are alike, its easy to see to see the similarities – touches of timber, an emphasis on relaxed outdoor living. This gorgeous home by Richard Cole Architecture could sit very comfortably on this side of the ditch!
I love the choice of products in the Middle Harbour House kitchen, Black and White is an absolutely timeless combination.
Simple black cabinetry, note the black handles, white ‘marble’ bench tops, mirror splash back, great attention to detail see’s the chopping board and oil bottles integrated into the bench top…brillaint
The simple colour pallet of the kitchen extends into the living area seamlessly with the full height cabinetry creating a solid backdrop to the room. Again we see touches of timber, add natural fiber fabrics, full height drapes, subtle lighting and massive doors opening the entire width of the room. What more could you ask for?….nothing I think!