Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Kitchen update on a budget

I’m super excited to share this project today. Not because its the most fancy kitchen I’ve ever worked on, or because it show cases cutting edge design. But because it was a challenge, and because the update has made a huge difference to the lovely lady who cooks there!

My client had been waiting 5 years for a new kitchen when she asked me to help. The existing kitchen had been done on the cheap by the previous owners. It was a small space that wasn’t well designed or practical, and my clients were very keen to change all that (check out some of the before shots below).

Many people assume that getting help with interior design and decoration is for those with huge budgets, not true. The brief for this was to create a modern, functional space with as much storage as possible. The client was after a kitchen that was a joy to cook in, and wanted to include her favourite colour - blue. Oh, and budget was minimal.

We very quickly ruled out making any structural changes to the space, and decided to re-use most of the appliances. This allowed us to spend a little more on the cupboards. The devil was in the detail in terms of joinery design for this one, cramming as much storage into this small space as possible.

In terms of aesthetics, sometimes keeping things simple can create the biggest wow factor. A colour palette of a very clean white for the walls and joinery, charcoal floor tiles and handmade denim blue tiles in the splash back provided sharp contrast and pops of colour. 

I'm really happy with the result, and more importantly the client is delighted!

To see this kitchen in more detail click here.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Perfect luxury with Abode Living

With my weeks being jam packed with work and family, my blog is being constantly neglected. I’m still sharing lots of beautiful boutique design product over on Instagram, but felt today that a blog post might be in order. You see, with design work on the go I am always on the look out for beautiful product and design inspiration. Abode Living ticks both those boxes, and I find myself constantly drawn to their site when planning a bedroom design.

From a personal perspective I love that Abode is a family business, with their products designed and most manufactured in Melbourne. Each range is put together in such a cohesive way, and styled to perfection, it is easy for non-designers to see how to put together a beautiful bedroom look.

Abode offer bedlinen, table linen, towels, cushions and even a range of sleep ware and casual clothing. For more information click here.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Colour workshops at Murobond

Colour really can change the way you feel about a space. Getting the colour palette right from the beginning isn’t always easy, but its the first thing I look at when starting a new job. It is the foundation that allows you to build a successful interior scheme, and can take a room from bland to wow with the simple coat of paint.

If you are keen to learn more about choosing the right colour then I highly recommend the workshops run by Murobond each season. The workshops are suitable for home renovators, designers, colourists, stylists and students. 

All workshops are run by Christine McCoy, my lovely friend and design partner. I have learnt so much about colour working with her, she really is the guru. She will share her expertise and talent in colour and design and the practical aspects of decorative finishes, murals and furniture painting. 

 Colour and interior design work by Christine McCoy, Colour Interior Exterior. Paint colours from Murobond.

Each workshop is limited to a small group of eight to ten to ensure everyone receives plenty of individual attention.

The ‘Grey’ workshop is happening this week (click here to book) and their ‘Colour riot’ workshop is on 10 November (click here).

All workshops will be held at Murobond, 81 Dickson Avenue, Artarmon.

Friday, 22 July 2016

Lovely new range from Aura

I’ve long been a fan of Aura by Tracie Ellis, always on my list when I’m looking for high quality cushions, bed linen & throws with a reasonable price tag. Their new Spring / Summer 2016 range has just launched, and it doesn’t disappoint.

I’m completely taken with the handsome colour palette, lots of muted blues, stone and greys. There is a softness to the new range I just love, particularly those ‘fringe’ cushions!

As always, the range offers a high quality, luxurious product with their classic Australian interpretation of Scandinavian style. Thick pure cotton towels, a new take on their iconic printed bed linen, and a selection of very gorgeous frayed edged cushions are all on offer with the launch of the new Aura collection. I think I need to order some for myself!

Click here to see more.

Friday, 15 July 2016

Photographic artwork by Claudia Chloe

Etsy is a favourite of mine, when I have the time to trawl through the endless amount of creative wares on offer. Luckily the lovely Adore Home brought to my attention the stunning photographic work of Claudia Chloe. I'm always on the look out for affordable, beautiful artwork, and these don't disappoint.

These beautiful aerial coastal photographs by Chloe Masco, owner of Etsy store Claudia Chloe, depict the vibrant colours and playfulness of beach life. At only 23 years old I can’t wait to see more from this talented lady.

Click here to shop online.

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Seven tips for decorating a compact apartment

I was recently asked by Bupa Home Insurance for my thoughts on decorating and design for small apartments. It was actually a really useful exercise as it made me sit down and think about my approach to small spaces. I thought I’d share my thoughts in a very long over due blog post!

1. Start with an over all concept. Use Pinterest or Houzz to collect images that you like and that reflect your personal style. This will help you build a clear vision for the look you are hoping to achieve.

2. Select your floor, paint and joinery colours first. They will act as the back drop for everything else and form the foundation for your entire scheme. I always know when I have these pieces right, they read as one complete ‘story’ without anything feeling out of place or disjointed.

3. Well thought our storage is key! Think about how best you can hide away unsightly items, ensuring the space is both functional and beautiful.

A study nook, great for hiding away a computer when its not needed. Design by Annie Bowen, Gallop Lifestyle.

4. Think carefully about your furniture placement. Careful planning at the beginning helps you avoid any costly mistakes, like having a sofa that is too big or a table that won’t fit up the stairs to your apartment!

5. Try not to over crowd each room. I prefer to add pieces if they are needed once the key elements are in place rather than over ordering at the beginning.

Image: Rue Magazine. Photography by Tessa Neustadt. Interior Design by Homepolish Designer Haley Weidenbaum.

6. I tend to choose furniture with clean lines and a clear vision underneath. For example, being able to see the floor underneath a sofa makes a room feel more spacious than if the furniture hugs the floor. 

 A recent project, photo from my Instagram account (professional photography coming soon!). Interior design by Annie Bowen, Gallop Lifestyle.

7. Placing all the furniture up against the wall doesn’t always make a space feel bigger! So often I visit apartments that have all the tables, sofas, chairs etc pushed up against the walls or in a corner. Sometimes moving a piece away from the wall can make a space feel more user friendly, with a natural pathway rather than just a corridor to walk through.

Image from Chloe Planinsek Instagram.

I was delighted to be asked to contribute to the Bupa article, which focuses on creative storage solutions for apartment living. For further tips on how to maximise your small space from premier interior designers from all across Australia, visit the Bupa Home Insurance blog here.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Oh the things I find on Instagram - VOLTA mobiles

Instagram is my guilty pleasure. Well Instagram, Pinterest and a glass of wine…. It is where I find beautiful and inspiring design products and businesses. Today A Parisian based creative popped into my feed and I just had to share.

VOLTA is a young brand dedicated to the creation and production of decorative mobiles. They prove that mobiles aren’t just for the realm of nurseries (although I will be storing them away for kids bedroom design ideas). 

All images from the VOLTA Paris Instagram feed.

Their designs have a sculptural element that is so interesting, I can see them sitting perfectly above a dining table if a pendant isn’t possible. Or in the corner of a living room. They are delicate and fluid, I just love them!

All their mobiles are hand-made in small batches with materials that are 100% made in France. They have a variety of designs and colours on their website, but custom made options are available also. To see more, click here.