Wednesday, April 16, 2014

'Traditional with a Twist' Offices

This year I've been kept busy with plenty of commercial work for shopping centres, aged care homes and offices. One of the most rewarding has been the offices of Strategic Lawyers. They moved into their new premises this year, with just a few pieces of furniture, and I've been busy buying plenty of artwork, and a few extra accessories.

Our goal was to create a space that felt warm and inviting, an office with a traditional influence but which still felt modern.

The reception area is feeling much more inviting than a standard space, with some new cushions and a beautiful floor lamp. This lamp is one of my favourite pieces, and is available from Freedom - the fact I found a lamp that combines the light timber of the reception desk, the dark grey fabric and the exact red of the firm's logo is an achievement I'm quite proud of!

We have been gradually adding artwork through the offices; some are modern abstracts, others are law-related. This series is a current favourite among staff.

My favourite though, is the gallery wall. Most of these pieces are law related, with a few Townsville pieces thrown in as well. There is something so interesting about gallery walls like this; a great conversation starter for a business!

Far and away, the best part of the office is the beautiful boardroom. We used the stunning antique boardroom table and chairs the firm already owned, and I added some new art and accessories to tie everything together with some of the more modern furniture pieces. 

A new mirror from Vast Interior has that beautiful warm gold frame which works perfectly with the existing furniture, while some new accessories added some style to the law books of the display cabinets.

What do you think? A little more traditional that the last office I shared!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A new quilt cover!

Have you seen the Just Bedding website? They have some great designs, and a few brands that I can't access in Townsville usually. My only negative on the whole site is I wish you could make the pictures bigger, but that seems to be a standard with lots of bedding sites.

I wanted to try a classic striped design, and ordered the Sandler quilt in Navy. I threw together two quick looks in the guest room the other day (and I mean quick - please excuse the un-ironed bedding!).

This style felt a little more masculine, and would work equally well for everyone from a teenage boy's room to a classic 'Ralph Lauren' style space.

I love reversible quilt covers, as it means I can switch out the look of the room easily. Personally, I probably preferred the narrow ticking style stripe on the reverse, which works better with more feminine accents.

If you're looking for a new quilt cover, I put together some of my favourites from for you to have a look at. I've always gone for neutrals in the past, but I am loving experimenting with some brights...

1. Aurora Jewel Quilt by Logan & Mason.
2. Ashwell Multi Quilt by Deco City Living
3. Lauren Multi Quilt by KS Studio
4. In Bloom Quilt by Lux
5. Noosa Blue Quilt by Logan & Mason
6. Torquay Green Quilt by ShutEye

 But if you're after something more neutral, I have you covered...
1. Allambra Dove Quilt by Logan & Mason
2. Bianca Quilt by Lux  3. Monique Quilt by Lux
4. Shelby Taupe by Logan & Mason
5. Zara Champagne by Platinum Collection
6. Barclay White Quilt by Private Collection

So, do you have a bold or neutral quilt personality? Any favourites you see there?

Friday, March 21, 2014

New to my portfolio - a creative office...

I have recently been working on a really fun project that has involved everything from party lights to cable reels. A local technology firm in Townsville contracted me to take their leased office (which was already one of the more creative offices in the city) and give it an industrial, creative and unique look, designed to inspire their engineers and developers.

There are lots more photos to come, but I had to share one of the 'break-out rooms', and the boardroom.


I wouldn't mind working here, would you? 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Stunning Cottages - Edwardian Queenslanders

I just stumbled upon the galleries and wasted quite a lot of time! They have lots of pictures of everything from bedrooms to gardens, and the part I liked best was that they were all real homes (I'm assuming that most have been sold through

A favourite gallery had to be the gorgeous Edwardian Queenslanders, and here are a few that caught my eye...


 These galleries would be a great idea to research colour schemes too, so get looking!


Friday, February 7, 2014

Feature Home: A Stylish New York Apartment

Often I find American style's are a little too convoluted and over-styled for Australian's relaxed lifestyle, but there is always plenty of inspiration and loads of style in these homes. I particularly love their mix of antique pieces with modern art, and bold colour schemes. This New York apartment, designed by Phoebe Howard, is a wonderful example of bold inner-city glamour.

I think the entry if my favourite - the chandelier, softly textured walls and stunning tiled floors work gorgeous with the very modern artwork.

To be perfectly honest I'm not a big fan of this room, although I love all the individual pieces. I think it's the lack of colour which makes the room a little bland for my tastes. What are your thoughts?

I love this contemporary abstract against blue walls! The antique bench was upholstered in a contemporary soft grey fabric.

Custom cube style bookshelves look stylish in a taupe colour, and I always love a navy sofa! This bookshelf solution is a great illustration of placing a sofa in front of shelving...creating storage without losing valuable floor space.

 Pretty in purple is perfect for the girls' room, and that oversized medallion style fabric is a lovely style for dramatic headboards.

This plastic flower wall installation is quite for a child's room but I do hesitate a little at the dust factor! Maybe that's just my hayfever talking though...

This contemporary, sleek vanity is inspiring - I love the use of the flat white cabinets with a timber base.

Navy blue lacquered walls layered with textiles in all shades of blue create a moody, dramatic room for their teenage son.

You can see the rest of the apartment over at the House Beautiful website.


Monday, February 3, 2014

I'm featured in the new Adore mag!

If you haven't started reading Adore magazine, make sure you jump over there right now and start! It's a lovely online Australian magazine with a focus on home and lifestyle. 

This 'about' section says...

Founded and created by designer Loni Parker, Adore Home invites you into inspirational homes, looks at the latest products on the market and whisks you away to gorgeous holiday destinations. Adore Home's mission is to bring you beautiful homes from across the globe, tips and design advice from interior experts, as well as easy online access to the latest home treasures. Our magazine makes design resources and products just a click away.

While you're here check out our blog - a fantastic place to keep up to date with all that's happening in the world of interiors. And if you're keen to find something beautiful for your home - check out our  online store, filled with a gorgeous array of homewares and furniture sourced from all over the globe.

Loni is obviously incredibly talented (any woman who can manage a beautiful magazine by herself has to be!) and very kindly featured some of my favourite picks this issue. I was inspired by things a little bit tribal or Aztec (with just a touch of glamour).

 Make sure you pop over and read the rest of the amazing issue too!


Thursday, January 16, 2014

Recent Kitchen Trends

I just had to share this brilliant infographic from PartSelect with all the latest kitchen trends in design, colour, function and features. It has a focus more on contemporary kitchen design but lots of great pictures.

Very interesting to read if you want to see what is popular in design - whether to replicate it or avoid it!

2014 trends that have interior designers buzzing! Must-haves in kitchen colors, appliances, and more. from


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