Saturday, 28 February 2015

Colour Concept Board | Sans Souci House Design

I'm back at design school this year, getting official qualifications in my adopted career. The pace at ISCD is full on when combined with family life and real life design work, but lots of fun.

My first major assessment has been to come up with in initial concept scheme. My client is a super fun lady with heaps of personality and a love of bling. She loves crystals, prefers a monochromatic colour scheme with just a touch of colour, and loves old pieces mixed with new. She also comes from a close knit Greek family, and her heritage is very important to her.

Its a pretty cool brief really, lots to work with and her style is different to mine. This is what I came up with for the initial concept design.

I actually really love it, especially the colour palette. From here we will specifying details for an entry hall, I'm looking forward to seeing it all come together. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

A new nursery furniture brand combining good design with great functionality

Although we still call him ‘the baby’, my youngest has just turned two. I am fast heading away from having a nursery in my own home, so can’t wait to be able to design one for someone else. I’ve just discovered a new NZ business producing beautiful nursery furniture that offers simple functionality and beautiful design in equal measure.

If your style is more Scandinavian clean lines than Hamptons Americana, FohFum is for you. Their cot, bassinet and change table designs are all incredibly simple, very practical, and very beautiful.

FohFum work with a number of local NZ business to product their range, and have a strong focus on safety. They use non-toxic paints and hypoallergenic fabrics in all their nursery furniture. Unlike a traditional cot design, their mesh-sided cots don’t have gaps where baby’s arms and legs can get stuck, and ensure a good airflow for a comfortable sleep.

And yes, they do ship to Australia.

If I was planning a nursery for my babies again, these guys would be high on my wish list. For more information on FohFum click here.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Bedroom styling ideas, plans for my bedroom

I recently came across LA based online store Parachute Home and their social media campaign 'what I love about my bedroom'. Their store is stocked full of beautiful, classic, yet affordable bedding, so I couldn’t help but join in.

With the ongoing renovation of our house, the main bedroom has been painted, a new bed is in place, and I am slowly going through the process of adding little bits and pieces to make the room more homely.

 Images of my bedroom by Cameron Bloom

I love the dark wall colour. I know its not for everyone, but it is just so restful and really makes the white woodwork jump out. I’m also just a little bit in love with our BedNest upholstered bed and beautiful Mark Tuckey side tables.

For me the final styling elements don't happen all at once. Not only do I need to plan for the right pieces, but I need to save for them too! And so… I’ve got my eye out for all the bits and pieces to create a more comfortable and beautiful space. I can see a few items from Parachute Home fitting in nicely!

The team at Parachute Home design their range in the US, have it made in Italy, and then ship worldwide to you. Their whole concept centres around the idea that good quality bedding should be accessible. They support traditional craftsmen, and are passionate about ensuring that high quality design can been sold at an affordable price.

Click here to order online.

PS. More shots of my home and other projects will appear soon, along with a new venture partnering with experienced designer Christine McCoy. Stay posted....

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Valentines Day gift ideas from Etsy

Valentines Day comes and goes without much fan fare in our house. Every day is special and all that…. (Ha! With three kids that’s not entirely true…)

Regardless, I do love the idea of Valentines Day. Which of course meant I started looking through my favourite source for unique gift ideas - Etsy. Here is my current list of things I would like for Valentines Day. 

If you need gift ideas, or more importantly need to give someone else some inspiration, click here for more.

Tell me, do you celebrate Valentines Day?

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Affordable Artwork | Eloise Renouf

I love affordable, original artwork and art prints. I’m not talking the copycat generic prints that are out there in abundance, but designers with original ideas, and who transform those ideas into accessible art. UK print designer Eloise Renouf is one of those artists who hits the mark.

Eloise began her design career as a fashion print designer, working for studios in both London and New York. She now designs and sells her own range of limited edition prints based around her love of natural forms, drawn images and mid-century design.

I love that her art prints are often interpretations of a photograph she has taken, a hand sketch or gouache painting. They are vibrant and beautiful, and all priced under $65.

You can shop her beautiful range on Etsy. Click here.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Northern Beaches kitchen design concepts

I’ve recently been working on a kitchen design project for a couple from Sydney’s Northern Beaches. They are after something quite contemporary, fresh but not too ‘beachy’.

The details for the project are far from finalised, but these are my two main concepts at this stage. 

The major difference between the two is the bench top material - one featuring carrera marble and the other a honed basalt, with little tweaks in colour and finishes to complement the dominating bench surface.

Personally I’m excited about the basalt option, its not a material I’ve seen used all that often. 

Which one do you prefer?

Inspiration images: Coco Cozy and the very talented Fiona Lynch (who I think is such an amazing designer)

PS. This year I am collaborating with Christine McCoy from Colour Interior Exterior, hopefully I can share other renovation and interior plans soon.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

My home, kids bedroom design | The room of little miss

Up until now I haven’t featured much of my home on the blog. We have been here nearly 4 years, and have been renovating most of that time. (Those that follow me on Instagram would have seen the progress).

I’m finally ready to start sharing some of the results. Not only because we finally have a partially complete project, but also as I am super excited to be teaming up this year with Christine McCoy, colourist and designer extraordinaire.

Christine and I will share more projects and a website soon, but today is the room of my baby girl.

Photos taken by Cameron Bloom