Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Before and After - Kitchen


The kitchen - before

There's nothing like a good before and after to see how an interior has been transformed. So here's a large renovation that finished earlier this year - we worked on this project in two stages and during the first stage we worked mainly on the lower level of the house, which included this kitchen.
As you can see in the before photos, the kitchen was behind a wall and separated from the living areas. There was also a small 'in between' space between the kitchen and the main living space that was not being fully utilised.
So for the new kitchen, we removed the non-structural wall, expanded the overall space and created a new dining area. It's quite a transformation and the clients are happy with the results!



The kitchen - after






Photographs by Charlotte Minty.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Melbourne Goodness from Est Magazine


The latest Est magazine is now out and this issue features this lovely Melbourne home by Whiting Architects. This classic and contemporary renovation has been beautifully done and with its tight material palette of timber, shade of whites and greys (my favourite combination!) means I'm already hooked. Read all about it and see more photos here.





Photographs via Est Magazine.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A Perfect Day in Wellington from Vogue

Wellington waterfront

I always knew I lived in a great city and now Vogue has confirmed it. Read the Vogue's Guide to the Coolest Little City in the World: Wellington, New Zealand on how to have the perfect day in Wellington City. I think they have done a great job - they have chosen several of my favourite foodie haunts, including Loretta, Matterhorn and The Library. I was in Good as Gold just the other day buying sneakers and walking the waterfront is the best activity on any sunny weekend. Nice one Vogue - that is a great day in this cool city.

Loretta

The Matterhorn

The Library

Photographs via Vogue.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

House Plants

Plants on display and as an art subject in this Melbourne apartment by Hecker Guthrie.

All of the sudden I am really into houseplants. Yeah, I know, being an interior designer, you think I would be into them ages ago. While I have always loved cut flowers and foliage, over the last few weeks houseplants have been taking the lead.
I have seen many great examples of  plants in interiors over the last year, with Melbourne design firm, Hecker Guthrie being my main inspiration as they do plants extremely well, and I think this has helped me get over my silly association that house plants were a little.. well, naff.
Now my view has definitely changed and within two weeks I have three new houseplants inhabiting my home. There is something about having greenery inside that is just lovely.

 
Here, in the home of Paul Hecker, the houseplants add colour and soften the neutral interior.
 
The stylish home of Simone Hagg where houseplants make an appearance in several rooms.
 


Meet my new plants - a Phalaenopsis orchid and a Button Fern.


A Maidenhair Fern
Please go to links for photo credits. The last three images by Charlotte Minty.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Hanging Cage Light

 
I went to a fundraising event the other evening and I won this hanging miners lamp from the silent auction! I was happy to win this and contribute money to the cause, however when I got home, I was wondering what I was going to do with it. Yes, I'm one of those people who usually plans any home purchases and would have figured it all out beforehand!
So I did some research and I am using this Melbourne house as an inspiration. I like the cool relaxed way the lights are installed. So I intend to install a hook in my house and hang it like this. Now I just to figure out where...
 

 


Photographs via The Design Files.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Studio Ilse and The Apartment, Copenhagen

Studio Ilse's residency at The Apartment, Copenhagen

Here is an interesting concept that is looking really good - Studio Ilse, the London based design firm founded by Ilse Crawford, (a designer much admired by myself) has taken up a two month residency at a Copenhagen design gallery called The Apartment.
Set up as a private home rather than a formal exhibition, this is very similar to the Artek/Vitra exhibition presented earlier this year by Studio Ilse, whereas this time the design firm will actually inhabit these spaces until later this year.
"The intention was to bring the apartment to life as a home, not as a gallery" Crawford explains, and she wanted the visitors feel that they could inhabit the spaces themselves. There are furniture designs being released, lectures as well as kitchen suppers to be hosted, which can only add richness and layers to these spaces. This supports Crawford's theory that good design supports human life and behaviour. Love it. Read more about it here and here.










Crawford sitting on the new 'Ilse' sofa - a three seater with mohair velvet upholstery


Photographs via Remodelista.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Mid Century and Modern Design Auction in Wellington

 
Ray and Charles Eames for Vitra Aluminium lounge chair
 
Wellingtonians (and yes, the rest of you), here is a great up-coming auction that is worth taking note of.
Auction house, Dunbar Sloane and leading New Zealand supplier of European mid-century furniture, Karakter have joined forces to hold Wellington's first ever auction that focusses solely on mid-century and modern design. There are some quality original pieces available and the designers range from Ray and Charles Eames, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe through to Hans J Wegner and Poul Henningsen. I took the liberty to have a browse through and pulled the ones that are featured here - however, there is a wide and varied range to suit all fans of mid-century and modern design.
Viewing of these classic pieces start from Friday 5th September at Dunbar Sloane Wellington and the auction will take place on Tuesday 9th September at 6pm. Find out more about the auction and the pieces that will be available here.


Thams of Denmark arm chair

Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen 'Klasspendel' pendant lamp

Sigurd Ressell for Vatne Mobler of Norway 'Falcon' high back chair

Robert Heritage for Archie Shine England tallboy

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Brno chair for Knoll Studio

Tapio Wirkkala of Finland for Rosenthal Studio Line 'Pollo' vase

Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen Series 7 set of six chairs

Sir Terence Conran Mac desk lamp
 
Hans Wegner for Getama Model GE-290 low back 'Plank' chair
 
Photographs provided by Karakter.


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