Thursday, September 4, 2014

5 Budget-Friendly Outdoor Armchairs!

Summer is on its way around here and I know that I'm starting to think about the new garden I'm planning. One thing on my list is some gorgeous outdoor armchairs, that won't break the bank, so I've rounded up a few favourites for you.

A: Florida Chair - Retro Jan - $89
B: Hogsten Armchair - Ikea - $149
C: Acapulco Chair - Living Styles - $165
D: Tahiti Lounge Chair - Masters - $150
E: Chevron Deck Chair - Milan Direct - $89

I think any of these would be the perfect addition to a summer backyard! Do you have any fantastic budget stores for outdoor shopping?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A colour update at Cannon Park

Last year I worked on a new colour scheme for the Cannon Park Precinct in Townsville, a local restaurant and cinema area. Previously it featured a dated colour scheme of pale yellow and aqua, and the management added the further challenge of having the concreted areas sprayed in orange and maroon. They asked me to come up with a new, more contemporary colour scheme, that wouldn't clash with the existing concreting!

While grey may not be to everyone's taste, I think it's certainly an improvement on the old look!

I'm really happy with how the company's signage stands out  more clearly - branding is just important as the building looking good!

While the architecture of the building might be considered a bit dating, there's some amazing lines and angles in this area - I love the swooping feel of the walkway shaded area.

A few before and after shots for you...

If you are interested in getting help with colours, furniture or general design of your business or office space, visit my website for more information.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Commercial concepts - loving cafes!

I've had the opportunity to work on some amazing commercial projects in the last year, but something I haven't had the opportunity to work on yet is a cafe or bar. I'd love to turn my hand to one because there is so many creative ideas you can include!

These are a few favourite commercial spaces I have spotted recently. Who wouldn't want to sit down for a coffee or cocktail here?

Lapstone & Hammer

That light above is a showstopper, especially when combined with that amazing curved bar! The Threefold cafe in Melbourne (below) uses a brilliant mix of textures and materials - chalkboard, concrete, timber, stone and tile.

Threefold Cafe
I love this cheerful cafe space. The soft blue-grey, mixed with white subway tiles, is a fresh and classic feel that's a little less industrial than you see often. Those buttery tan leather banquettes are gorgeous!

Woodford Architecture
I think I saved the best until last. I love this Lolita space because it feels so unique. Less industrial, more casual glamour with a bit of Parisian chic mixed in. The ceiling is stunning and those floors!

Lolita Cafe, Slovenia
Does anything grab your eye here? Any local favourites to share?

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

A colourful office moodboard (inspired by Chairish)

If you haven't lost a few hours dreaming on Chairish yet, then I suggest you run (don't walk) over there are check it out. This website is the ultimate of 'op-shops', a curating of amazing vintage furniture! Unfortunately, it's not available for those of us in Australia, but it's a great place to look for inspiration, and see what you could recreate from something found locally.

Just to get you inspired as to what you can create with vintage pieces, I've put together this moodboard for an imaginary client. This space is creative, eclcetic and full of colour! I started with that gorgeous orange accent chair and worked from there. You can see other vintage accents chairs on their site as well - some of them are drop dead gorgeous!

Navy and orange is a popular colour combination for a reason, but how gorgeous and sophisticated is this mix of powder blue and burnt orange? I would happily move this space into my own home tomorrow!

Since this board isn't for a real client, I can share sources, so go crazy!

Desk: S Desk from Freedom
Shelving: Tiered Etageres from West Elm 
Sofa: Elton Sofa from West Elm
Coffee Table: Vintage from Chairish
Armchair: Oly San Fransisco Chair from Coco Republic
Artwork: 'Big Hill' by Megan Weston
Table Lamp: Phoebe Lamp from Zanui
Orange Cushion: Indian Tiles from Zanui
White Cushion: Noosa from Zanui 
Coffee Table Vases: Jayden Vases from Domayne 

What do you think? Would you have such a colourful space, or something more neutral?

Saturday, August 2, 2014

My home featured in Duo Magazine

I was approached by Duo Magazine a few weeks ago to see if I would like a feature on my home. Of course I said yes! What resulted was a week of intense cleaning, touch up painting and final touches until it felt as perfect as my old house can get.

A big thank you to Duo for the feature, and make sure you jump over to read the rest of their Inside Outside issue.

If you would like to see more photos of my home, it is on my website portfolio page.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A finished project - bathrooms and living areas!

I met these wonderful clients last year, and helped them with the renovations of their 70s era home. We chose some beautiful paint colours, and renovated two bathrooms. I am so lucky to have some incredible clients who are easy to work with, have a great style and are willing to try something different!

The little powderroom (above) was a tight space, but we wanted plenty of style since it is the space used by everyone upstairs. We fell in love with the geometric black and white tile, and paired it with simple white subway tile. A tiny floating vanity, and hidden shaving cabinet (behind the mirror) created as much storage as possible within the small space.

The downstairs bathroom was also a smaller room that needed maximum storage. We added a custom vanity and some shelves at the end of the bath. Gloss white walls, and simple marble-look floor tiles, are complimented by a stunning feature wall in aqua coloured glass tiles. The colour is completely gorgeous in person!

Upstairs, we decided to paint the 70s style timber  panelling (on the wall on the left) to create a cohesive feel to the open plan living area. The clients already had the amazing retro barstools and bar in the background, so we chose these replica Hans Wegner elbow chairs to contrast with the contemporary dining table.

In the living room we used their existing sofa in soft green, along with the timber TV cabinet, and added a retro coffee table and some charcoal armchairs for extra seating. We chose a custom deep navy in the gorgeous trellis rug to provide the perfect base to the living room.

I suggested some tall white lamps to balance the height of the walls, and my clients already had some wonderful and personal art pieces to hang.

The entry was also given an update with a new coat of paint, and a statement pendant.

 I love how personal this home, and it is so true to the family's personality. Now we just have to find some window treatments and it will be finished!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Let's talk about coffee tables...

It always surprising me how many clients I meet who have a wonderful sofa/sectional/lounge and have never had a coffee table. To me they are the most essential element to a living room in the aesthetic side of things (obviously most living rooms need some seating and a TV!). 

Here are a few of my favourite coffee tables around right now, all less than $500.

A: Drum Coffee Table - Freedom - Currently $469
I have been in love with this particular coffee table for quite a while. It's enormous, it's round and it's metal, which make for a pretty great combination in my opinion. The size is perfect if you have a large living space, and I love a round coffee table with a sectional. The silver colour means it is at home in a more glamorous space, as it is in a modern industrial room.

B: Stockholm Coffee Table - Ikea - Currently $299
This is one of those great mid-century designs that sits beautifully with contemporary furniture. Perfect for any retro or Scandi inspired home, but will look equally amazing in a coastal home thanks o the timber finish and surfboard style shape. 

C: Box Frame Coffee Table - West Elm - Currently $499
Uninspired name aside, this coffee table is the white t-shirt of coffee tables, just like West Elm claims. The metal base, and timber top, will look amazing whether you pair with a Hamptons style sofa, or place it in an industrial apartment. Lithe and skinny legs also means it looks great if you want to get crazy with your carpet patterns, or need some visual space in a small room.

D: Replica Noguchi Coffee Table - Milan Direct - Currently $249
This design is a classic for a reason! The Noguchi coffee table is simple, elegant and striking in person. It works brilliantly with most styles and has a simple elegance that looks particularly gorgeous in a luxurious room. The glass top lets the interesting leg design really shine (my favourite is the 'Walnut' finish).

E: Yumi Coffee Table - Living Styles - Currently $279
This simple, contemporary table comes a close second in the white t-shirt stakes. While I haven't used this particular one personally, a bright white coffee table is one of my favourite looks - it dramatically brightens up a room and looks gorgeous against dark coloured rugs and sofas. This piece would be a perfect contrast to a traditional velvet sofa, or pair it with black leather for a modern statement.

Do you have a dream coffee table, or what is your current favourite?


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