Monday, 30 March 2015

Entrance way design board | Sans Souci House

I recently had to come up with a concept board for a lady who has a style very different to my own. It has been a really interesting exercise, and I really loved the process as well as the result.

After putting together an initial colour concept (which you can see here) I’ve also now developed a design board for the entry way to her house.

The client is after a practical space with a bit of glamour thrown in. There needs to be somewhere for shoes, bags, keys, etc. It was important to incorporate pieces from her Greek Heritage, and give a nod to her religious beliefs.

Over all I really love this design scheme, even though it isn’t my natural style. Luckily the client loved it too!

PS. I am working on various design projects this year with Colour Interior Exterior. See more of our colour consulting and renovation projects here.

Affordable Artwork | Photography and Art Prints by Amber Armitage

New Zealander Amber Armitage works in the world of glossy home magazines, and is constantly surrounded by beautiful interiors and inspirational design. Her own creative pursuits have been building in the back ground, leading her to launch her website This Big Playground.

The idea behind the site is to allow her to share, create and collaborate. It is here you will find her beautiful photography and art prints, with new works to be added as they are completed.

Amber offers a range of print sizes as standard, with large scale works available by custom order. The range is super affordable, starting at NZD$49.

Click here to see more of Amber’s work, and to order online.

Friday, 20 March 2015

Kitchen Renovation Before + After

We have been in our house nearly 4 years this Easter. For two years of that time we lived here without doing a thing. Having renovated our previous house we didn’t think it would be that hard, but this time around we were older and our brood had increased from one to three kids.

The worst part was undoubtedly the kitchen. It wasn’t just bad, it was hideous. The kitchen was indicative of the state of the entire house - old, dark, unloved, and falling apart. Despite this, there was something we saw in this place to make us want to live here. She's a grand old dame with lots of potential.

I have to start today’s post with an ‘after’ shot. We now love this space so much, and it is a joy to cook in.

But before, oh dear…. It was as depressing as it looks.

The new kitchen is exactly as we imagined. After a few structural changes to bring in some natural light, the choice of colours became important. We wanted a somewhat industrial space, somewhere we can cook a feast and have lots of friends to dinner. Which is exactly what we do.

The polished concrete island bench was custom made by a guy I could only describe as a craftsman. His passion for the beauty of concrete was infectious. I am also so happy with the stainless steel, and the scratches that appear form part of it’s beauty.

As for the pendant lights and bar stools, well what can I say…. I never get tired of admiring them. One of the best parts of designing this space has been the involvement of small, boutique Australian design businesses producing high quality products. It took us two years to plan and save for the space, but it certainly seems worth it now.

My friend Christine helped me choose the colours and fittings for this kitchen renovation. We had so much fun, we are now working together full time. Details on our design business can be found here.

All 'after' photographs taken by Cameron Bloom.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Colour Concept Board - Collaroy House

I am now officially designing with Christine McCoy under the business name Colour Interior Exterior. Our new website is live, and we are getting very busy.

One of our recent projects has been to come up with a paint colour scheme for a house on Sydney's Northern Beaches. It is currently a very safe white and beige, but our client loves strong colour.

The owner of this house loves timber, strong colour and wants to reference the close proximity to the ocean. They also would like to unify what is a mix of old and new additions by each previous owner, and modernise the facade.

We are pretty excited by our initial colour concept, and look forward to bringing you further updates as the project progresses.

More information on our colour consulting services can be found here.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Artwork and custom made rug designs from Bibi Viro

If you love digital design then today’s post is one for you. Bibi Viro is an artist and designer based in Melbourne. Her graphic designs are translated into fine artworks, limited edition art prints and custom made rugs.

Working with her husband Kim, Bibi’s unique fine art pieces & limited edition original prints are released on acid free canvas or fine art paper using archival pigmented inks. Their work is represented in Artbank and various private collections both in Australia and around the world.

Bibi’s designs are also used to create custom made handmade rugs, available in a range of sizes, textures and colours. Customers can choose from a selection of existing rug designs, or work directly with Bibi on a bespoke design.

To see more of Bibi’s artwork and custom made rug designs click here.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Affordable Art | Beautiful abstract prints from AMMIKI

I recently discovered a Melbourne based artist selling her range on Etsy. Oh my…. Her work is too good not to share.

AMMIKI is a range of abstract prints in beautiful soft colours. The designs are a combination of hand drawn, textural and painted elements, which are scanned and then digitally manipulated on the computer. 

The prints are available in various sizes, with prices starting from just $20. Bargain!

To see more of the range of art prints, click here.

Oh, and by the way AMMIKI is the grown up offshoot of the whimsical children’s prints from HoneyCup. Also worth a look if you are decorating a nursery.

Friday, 6 March 2015

Retro and contemporary Scandinavian homewares from Urbaani

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Scandinavian design. With Australia being located at the opposite end of the earth to the Northern European design industry, I love discovering local businesses who are passionate about bring Scandi design Down Under.

Urbaani is a wholesaler and online retailer distributing some unique Scandinavian brands in Australia. With an ever growing catalogue of brands, they offer a carefully curated selection of re-released Mid-Century pieces and contemporary boutique designs.

With a gorgeous range of art, soft furnishings, tableware and accessories, the Urbaani online store is worth checking out if you are looking for fresh, clean Scandinavian design.

Oh, and if you are a retailer these guys are looking for stockists.

For more, click here.