Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Current favourite - Mud Australia pendant lights

I’m obsessed with these beautiful, handcrafted porcelain pendant lights. I have a client about to put a dark version in their kitchen and I’m busting to use a zesty yellow or punchy orange for another.

Image: Darren & Deeanne Jolly’s kitchen featured on The KJ Collective.

Image: Suzi Appel for Michelle Bask Interiors on the Mud Australia Instagram page.

Image: Mud Australia

 Image: Room by Darren & Deanne Jolly on The Block

There is something so organic and soft about this range. All their porcelain is hand crafted in Sydney by a team of ceramicists. Traditional craftsmanship at its best!

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Friday, 27 January 2017

Be brave. Timber cottage before and after.

I recently completed the update of a beautiful timber cottage in my local area. This wasn’t a grand renovation, but more a project of modernising the colour scheme to work with the existing architecture. 

The exterior colour scheme was something that really worried my client. He had an immense dislike for his roof colour, which with the old creamy coloured walls became the dominant feature. He also didn’t want the facade to look ‘twee’ or too pretty. We had to enhance what was there, be sympathetic to the existing architecture but also make this home stand proud on the street.

Being a little bit brave with the wall colour has seen a total transformation of this timber cottage. No more cream and green! It is always nerve wracking when I first see the colour start to go on the walls, and a huge relief when it turns out the way I had pictured it would. And guess what, the roof colour is now a virtue.

To see more of this lovely little home, click here.

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.

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