Thursday, August 7, 2014

Commercial concepts - loving cafes!

I've had the opportunity to work on some amazing commercial projects in the last year, but something I haven't had the opportunity to work on yet is a cafe or bar. I'd love to turn my hand to one because there is so many creative ideas you can include!

These are a few favourite commercial spaces I have spotted recently. Who wouldn't want to sit down for a coffee or cocktail here?

Lapstone & Hammer

That light above is a showstopper, especially when combined with that amazing curved bar! The Threefold cafe in Melbourne (below) uses a brilliant mix of textures and materials - chalkboard, concrete, timber, stone and tile.

Threefold Cafe
I love this cheerful cafe space. The soft blue-grey, mixed with white subway tiles, is a fresh and classic feel that's a little less industrial than you see often. Those buttery tan leather banquettes are gorgeous!

Woodford Architecture
I think I saved the best until last. I love this Lolita space because it feels so unique. Less industrial, more casual glamour with a bit of Parisian chic mixed in. The ceiling is stunning and those floors!

Lolita Cafe, Slovenia
Does anything grab your eye here? Any local favourites to share?


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

A colourful office moodboard (inspired by Chairish)

If you haven't lost a few hours dreaming on Chairish yet, then I suggest you run (don't walk) over there are check it out. This website is the ultimate of 'op-shops', a curating of amazing vintage furniture! Unfortunately, it's not available for those of us in Australia, but it's a great place to look for inspiration, and see what you could recreate from something found locally.

Just to get you inspired as to what you can create with vintage pieces, I've put together this moodboard for an imaginary client. This space is creative, eclcetic and full of colour! I started with that gorgeous orange accent chair and worked from there. You can see other vintage accents chairs on their site as well - some of them are drop dead gorgeous!



Navy and orange is a popular colour combination for a reason, but how gorgeous and sophisticated is this mix of powder blue and burnt orange? I would happily move this space into my own home tomorrow!

Since this board isn't for a real client, I can share sources, so go crazy!


Desk: S Desk from Freedom
Shelving: Tiered Etageres from West Elm 
Sofa: Elton Sofa from West Elm
Coffee Table: Vintage from Chairish
Armchair: Oly San Fransisco Chair from Coco Republic
Artwork: 'Big Hill' by Megan Weston
Table Lamp: Phoebe Lamp from Zanui
Orange Cushion: Indian Tiles from Zanui
White Cushion: Noosa from Zanui 
Coffee Table Vases: Jayden Vases from Domayne 

What do you think? Would you have such a colourful space, or something more neutral?



Saturday, August 2, 2014

My home featured in Duo Magazine

I was approached by Duo Magazine a few weeks ago to see if I would like a feature on my home. Of course I said yes! What resulted was a week of intense cleaning, touch up painting and final touches until it felt as perfect as my old house can get.



A big thank you to Duo for the feature, and make sure you jump over to read the rest of their Inside Outside issue.




If you would like to see more photos of my home, it is on my website portfolio page.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A finished project - bathrooms and living areas!

I met these wonderful clients last year, and helped them with the renovations of their 70s era home. We chose some beautiful paint colours, and renovated two bathrooms. I am so lucky to have some incredible clients who are easy to work with, have a great style and are willing to try something different!


The little powderroom (above) was a tight space, but we wanted plenty of style since it is the space used by everyone upstairs. We fell in love with the geometric black and white tile, and paired it with simple white subway tile. A tiny floating vanity, and hidden shaving cabinet (behind the mirror) created as much storage as possible within the small space.

The downstairs bathroom was also a smaller room that needed maximum storage. We added a custom vanity and some shelves at the end of the bath. Gloss white walls, and simple marble-look floor tiles, are complimented by a stunning feature wall in aqua coloured glass tiles. The colour is completely gorgeous in person!
 

Upstairs, we decided to paint the 70s style timber  panelling (on the wall on the left) to create a cohesive feel to the open plan living area. The clients already had the amazing retro barstools and bar in the background, so we chose these replica Hans Wegner elbow chairs to contrast with the contemporary dining table.




In the living room we used their existing sofa in soft green, along with the timber TV cabinet, and added a retro coffee table and some charcoal armchairs for extra seating. We chose a custom deep navy in the gorgeous trellis rug to provide the perfect base to the living room.
 

I suggested some tall white lamps to balance the height of the walls, and my clients already had some wonderful and personal art pieces to hang.
 


The entry was also given an update with a new coat of paint, and a statement pendant.
 

 I love how personal this home, and it is so true to the family's personality. Now we just have to find some window treatments and it will be finished!





Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Let's talk about coffee tables...

It always surprising me how many clients I meet who have a wonderful sofa/sectional/lounge and have never had a coffee table. To me they are the most essential element to a living room in the aesthetic side of things (obviously most living rooms need some seating and a TV!). 

Here are a few of my favourite coffee tables around right now, all less than $500.


A: Drum Coffee Table - Freedom - Currently $469
I have been in love with this particular coffee table for quite a while. It's enormous, it's round and it's metal, which make for a pretty great combination in my opinion. The size is perfect if you have a large living space, and I love a round coffee table with a sectional. The silver colour means it is at home in a more glamorous space, as it is in a modern industrial room.



B: Stockholm Coffee Table - Ikea - Currently $299
This is one of those great mid-century designs that sits beautifully with contemporary furniture. Perfect for any retro or Scandi inspired home, but will look equally amazing in a coastal home thanks o the timber finish and surfboard style shape. 



C: Box Frame Coffee Table - West Elm - Currently $499
Uninspired name aside, this coffee table is the white t-shirt of coffee tables, just like West Elm claims. The metal base, and timber top, will look amazing whether you pair with a Hamptons style sofa, or place it in an industrial apartment. Lithe and skinny legs also means it looks great if you want to get crazy with your carpet patterns, or need some visual space in a small room.



D: Replica Noguchi Coffee Table - Milan Direct - Currently $249
This design is a classic for a reason! The Noguchi coffee table is simple, elegant and striking in person. It works brilliantly with most styles and has a simple elegance that looks particularly gorgeous in a luxurious room. The glass top lets the interesting leg design really shine (my favourite is the 'Walnut' finish).



E: Yumi Coffee Table - Living Styles - Currently $279
This simple, contemporary table comes a close second in the white t-shirt stakes. While I haven't used this particular one personally, a bright white coffee table is one of my favourite looks - it dramatically brightens up a room and looks gorgeous against dark coloured rugs and sofas. This piece would be a perfect contrast to a traditional velvet sofa, or pair it with black leather for a modern statement.


Do you have a dream coffee table, or what is your current favourite?




Friday, July 4, 2014

Sink into a glamorous bedroom (moodboard)...

I thought I would throw together a mini moodboard for you featuring a few favourite things for a glamorous, luxurious bedroom.

The key to achieving a glamourous feel is texture, texture, texture! Layer up your bedding with a variety of textiles from metallic linens to velvets to fur (faux, of course!). The same goes for the rest of the room too; a rug is a must on hard floors, choose a soft voluminous fabric for curtains and a few soft furnishings like this gorgeous armchair.


A: Vonnegut/Kraft Bed from West Elm
B: Lee Broom Decanter Lights from Tudo&Co
C: Abigail Chair from Freedom
D: Plantation Bedside from Cafe Lighting
E: Josephine Mirror from Regency Distribution
F: Folk Cushion from Rapee
G: Schumacher Chiang Mai Pillow from Etsy
H: Charade Vessel from Freedom


The furniture itself should feature clean lines, with glamorous touches such as metallic finishes, button tufting, glass or mirrored finishes. Add a few finishing touches with a gorgeous textured vase or an oversized mirror and you have the perfect bedroom to sink into at the end of the day!

Happy shopping!


Thursday, June 19, 2014

Designing an office

I'm working on the design for my new office at home. It's a small room so I'm trying to pack as much function and style into the little space that I can.

One problem is that the best wall for cabinetry and shelving (thanks to the room dimensions) has a large window in it, so now I'm looking at options for built-ins around windows. Lots of people think that because there's a window on the wall, it's an unusable space, but hopefully these picture will prove you wrong...

Designed by Amie Corley

My original concept was to wrap around the window, as well as have cabinetry underneath.

Designed by Welsh Forsman Associates
If you've got a low window, or in a bedroom, a window seat might be the perfect option to add seating without stealing too much floor space.

Remodel by Tar Paper Crane
I love the option or wrapping right around the window, with cabinetry above and below. This option is lovely with the glass doors.

Designed by Elizabeth Reich

I think in the end I've decided to make it feel more open, with cabinetry below, leaving the rest of the walls bare. Then I can frame the window with artwork, and add a gorgeous blind on the window. Loving this shaker door profile...

JC Penny

Here's a similar look with artwork, blinds and cabinetry, thanks to the always gorgeous Lonny magazine.

Featured in Lonny


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