Here's a nice detail from a job that I am managing at the moment.
When I first met with my client, she wasn't too keen on this fireplace in her living room and I agreed with her. It didn't produce much heat and the surround was rather large, almost overwhelming for the space that it was in. In essence, we wanted to make it less of a focal point. So we got the top half chopped off, put in a new gas fire insert for better heat output and painted it white. It looks much better, don't you think?
Photographs by Charlotte Minty.
Here are some quick shots from a renovation I worked on last year - the client is at the stage where she is slowly going through the spaces and 'dressing' each room to finish off the renovation, which includes new furniture to replace existing, placement of furniture, art on walls and so on. This always takes time. The main renovation that happened last year included the new glossy back and white kitchen that you see above.
|New oak timber dining table with the black and cane chairs. Looks great with the new oak floors.|
|I always like a stripy chair - this new one is in the family room next to fresh orange curtains.|
|I like this back to the wall bath which gives the impression of a freestanding bath, yet it takes up less room.|
Photographs by Charlotte Minty.
I have had this Venice loft hovering around on my computer's desktop since I spotted it on Remodelista a couple of weeks ago. I like to save inspirational interiors on my desk top when I know there is something that I like about the spaces or I am working on a job and the visuals serve as a starting point - so every morning the images are sitting there waiting for me to keep liking them or to remove them. This one has stayed and I know why.
While the overall interiors of this loft is fresh and modern, which I like, it's the consistent use of the same style joinery that has been used throughout - the wall hung cabinet under the TV, the kitchen, the bathroom, the bedside tables, the low level bedroom storage and the wardrobes. This is very effective in small spaces, especially when the joinery is in the same colour as the walls. It also lets the other elements in the spaces, like the furniture, lighting, art and objects, to be the focal points. Nice.
I love it when the furniture makers send me a photo to show me work in progress. In this case, a new hall table for a client in Wellington. Doesn't it look good?
Now here is something cool! I am giving away a double pass to Urbis Design Day coming up this Saturday March 21st in Auckland. What is the Urbis Design Day you say? It is New Zealand's premier public design event, celebrating design and original thinking. There are some great collaborations happening for 2015 and you can find out more details here.
Would you like to win these tickets? Then head over to the CMID facebook page, make sure you like the page and post a comment on the giveaway post. I will draw the winner on Tuesday evening so keep an eye out!
Check out the beautiful rugs from the Marle Collection by Armadillo & Co. Part of the Bespoke Collection, which is a private service for trade professionals (like myself) and retail partners (like The Ivy House in Auckland) - where you can collaborate on a personalised piece from a selection of designs, colours and sizes. I am already a fan of Armadillo & Co's work and ethics, and I especially like this latest rug collection. There are three designs to choose from - Fold, Tuck and Pleat; and a beautiful palette of 47 marle colours to choose from. Stunning.
Also the Marle Collection has been beautifully styled in these photographs - the rugs are displayed against buildings of similar muted colours and texture. Sigh.
Photographs via Armadillo & Co
Recently featured in Architectural Digest is this slice of heaven belonging to actress Julianne Moore. Located In New York, this 93 square metre garden was designed by Brian Sawyer of Sawyer Berson and I think this town house garden is a perfect green oasis in the bustling metropolitan city.
Inspired by the gardens of Ireland, this courtyard features antique bluestone sidewalk paving slabs, a fountain created from an old English sandstone trough and a sculptural garden fence created from reclaimed cedar plank. The plantings include ivy, boxwood, birch trees and ferns. Delightful.
Read more about the garden and the design process here.
|1. Paint your window frames a dark colour|
|2. Flowers are the brightest colour in the room.|
|7. Add layers - pile large round coffee tables with books and objects|
|8. Collect artwork on one topic, and suddenly you have a collection!|
|9. Books are essential and can be used everywhere.|
|10. Use edible décor in the kitchen|
Photographs via Goop.
How to create a oasis of calm in the middle of the relentless pace that the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil has to offer? Create a garden.
This occupant spend five years (such patience!) finding the apartment that had a quiet terrace and was within her budget. Once this was conquered, she worked with SAO Arquitetura to create this breezy, light-filled home and its defining characteristic - the narrow but elegant indoor/outdoor terrace. It's so nice to bring nature indoors in a big city. Read more about the design process and results here.
Photographs by Brian W. Ferry via Dwell.