Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Moodboard - A Modern Take on Classic Style

I thought I would share these moodboards I put together as part of a Design Kit for a lovely lady in Townsville. They have just bought their first home and needed a creative solution to a tricky layout, that reflected their mix of country and modern styles.

We stuck to neutral basics in classic styles that would work well for the future. Some metal and timber pieces were added to bring in a little industrial style. The artwork was the inspiration for an aqua and yellow colour scheme. 

I suggested a gallery wall of photos in the dining room, and a budget-friendly console creates an entry area with a gorgeous mirror and some storage baskets.

If you'd like an update to a room in your house, Design Kits are an affordable way to get some professional advice, and you can be anywhere in Australia! There are also plenty of digital moodboards on the blog so start browsing if you're looking for ideas.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

5 Budget-Friendly Outdoor Armchairs!

Summer is on its way around here and I know that I'm starting to think about the new garden I'm planning. One thing on my list is some gorgeous outdoor armchairs, that won't break the bank, so I've rounded up a few favourites for you.

A: Florida Chair - Retro Jan - $89
B: Hogsten Armchair - Ikea - $149
C: Acapulco Chair - Living Styles - $165
D: Tahiti Lounge Chair - Masters - $150
E: Chevron Deck Chair - Milan Direct - $89

I think any of these would be the perfect addition to a summer backyard! Do you have any fantastic budget stores for outdoor shopping?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A colour update at Cannon Park

Last year I worked on a new colour scheme for the Cannon Park Precinct in Townsville, a local restaurant and cinema area. Previously it featured a dated colour scheme of pale yellow and aqua, and the management added the further challenge of having the concreted areas sprayed in orange and maroon. They asked me to come up with a new, more contemporary colour scheme, that wouldn't clash with the existing concreting!

While grey may not be to everyone's taste, I think it's certainly an improvement on the old look!

I'm really happy with how the company's signage stands out  more clearly - branding is just important as the building looking good!

While the architecture of the building might be considered a bit dating, there's some amazing lines and angles in this area - I love the swooping feel of the walkway shaded area.

A few before and after shots for you...

If you are interested in getting help with colours, furniture or general design of your business or office space, visit my website for more information.

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!


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