Here is a restaurant that I have been inspired by recently - it is called Michel and located in Helsinki, Finland.
Designed by the clever Joanna Laajisto, a Finnish interior architect and designer who trained and made her career in Los Angeles designing large scale commercial projects before returning to her native country. Laajisto was inspired by 1940's kiosks that were built in the Finnish capital for Michel. I love the use of white tiles, pistachio green painted panelling, marble lined walls, natural timbers and cognac leathers. The interiors are light, modern and fresh (as well as stunning and timeless), which works beautifully alongside Michel's uncomplicated, fresh and approachable menu. Lovely.
Photographs via Joanna Laajisto
|Halcyon House, Cabarita Beach, Northern New South Wales, Australia|
The CMID office has been busy over these last few weeks hence the blog has been quiet on postings. So here is a summery and colourful one to finish off the week.
While researching for inspiration, I came across this new hotel on the shores of New South Wales, Australia. It's called Halcyon House and this place has really got me into a summery mood.
This original 1960's beach motel has been restored into a luxurious one-of-a-kind boutique hotel. The owners, sisters, Siobhan and Elisha Bickle worked with interior designer, Anna Spiro of Black and Spiro to create this unique hotel that feels like a stylish home away from home. Each bedroom is individual with unique one off lights, antiques, upholstered walls and bed heads. If you love blue and white, this is the place for you.
|Paper Daisy Restaurant|
|The main area in Halcyon House|
|Vignettes and art from markets and estate sales feature throughout the hotel|
|All bedrooms feature upholstered walls and bespoke bed head boards - none of the rooms are the same|
All photographs via Halcyon House
A meeting with a client yesterday brought about a conversation about what to hang on the walls after her upcoming renovation. On this project we are creating a fresh take on the cottage style, where we are mixing clean lines with traditional details. I suggested to her to hang plates on the wall, especially by the dining table - a vintage idea that can be interpreted in so many ways, including by composition, colour, pattern and sizes of plates you use. She was intrigued. So after having a look around the vast world of Pinterest, here are some visuals I found to get the idea rolling.
All photographs found via Pinterest.
My client showed me two chairs several weeks ago - they been handed down through the family to her and she wanted to keep them, however they needed serious repair and updating. There was sagging seats, no foam, old worn fabric, beaten timber - in general, they had been much loved over the years and were looking worse for wear. So last week, I happily delivered these newly refurbished chairs back to her house - she was delighted.
Photographs by Charlotte Minty.
My client had their new curtains and blinds installed this week. They looked great and I have shared a close up detail here.
The previous traditional net curtains were replaced with sheer roman blinds - which is a more contemporary and elegant solution, and they sit so well within the window frame. To bring some contrast and detailing to the room, navy drapes were installed with this beautifully detailed beaded ribbon on the leading edge. The sheer fabric and ribbon were paired together as they shared the diamond motif and the vertical direction. There are a few more details to go before finishing this room - however, this made a great start.
Photograph by Charlotte Minty.
After admiring the Lyceum apartments by Stockholm property development company, Oscar Properties last week, I delved further into their portfolio and found these lovely apartments located in a former chocolate factory. Again, the historical character building, typical of factory buildings in the 1920's in Stockholm, have high ceilings and large mullioned windows which are so desirable in a living space. And to top it off, these spaces are well designed, have a beautiful palette of materials and styled with sophisticated pieces. Tick, tick, tick all the right boxes.
Photographs via Nordic Design