Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Dean Hotel, Providence

Here is a great boutique hotel that opened in January this year - it is called The Dean Hotel and is located in Providence, a small city between New York and Boston.
The building, a former homeless shelter followed by a strip club, has been stylishly revitalised by ASH NYC, a real estate development and design firm. The 52 rooms vary from 4 bed dorms through to a 4 suite apartment - I love those bathrooms! Original features of the building are maintained and enhanced with European and American antiques. Right - onto the list of places to visit. Have a happy and safe Easter everyone!

Photographs by Christian Harder via Yazter

Friday, April 11, 2014

One Room Two Ways

Living room 1

I love seeing these 'one room, two ways' from Inside Out magazine as it demonstrates that a room can be styled in many different ways and that there is no 'right' way - just lots of possibilities! Which one do you like?

Living room 2

Details from room 1

Details from room 2

Styled by Julia Green and photographs by Armelle Habib via Homelife.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Jardan Tuck Table

Tuck coffee table

I recently ordered this great Tuck coffee table from Jardan for a client of mine - take a look at the cool leather shelf below. We are getting this piece with a timber top, however it is also available with a marble top.
Jardan is a family owned furniture business in Melbourne, Australia. They pride themselves on hand crafted pieces that are solid and designed to last. I have admired their pieces from afar for a while and it is exciting to be getting one. The Jardan team have been great to deal with - very helpful with getting it delivered to New Zealand. So if you've ever had your eye on something...

Tuck coffee table with a marble top

Tuck bedside table

Photographs via Jardan.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Isolated Cabin in Norway

Today we're getting a good taste of the winter season that is inevitably coming our way. So it seems appropriate to explore this cosy cabin found in an exposed and isolated island in northern Norway to get into the right mind-set. This cabin was designed by Swedish architect, Erik Kolman Janouch for three siblings to share together with their families.

Photographs by Ake E:son Lindman via Residence

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Home of the Year 2014

The Home of the Year 2014 was announced last night and this year's winner was Eyrie, a pair of cabins on the inlet of Kaipara Harbour, by Nat Cheshire of Cheshire Architects. Enjoy this short film of the twin cabins which features an interview with Nat - the beautiful cinematography and editing are by Jeremy Toth.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Visting Christchurch

Timber storage

Last week I flew to Christchurch to visit a timber furniture manufacturer. I am working on an interior job where we are getting several pieces of custom made furniture - so along with the project manager, we visited Davies Furniture to finalise details and check out their facility. It was great!
We had lunch at C1 Espresso where they deliver sliders to your table via a pneumatic tube at 100km/hr. We ordered a meal especially to see this in action - very clever indeed.

This is what a timber manufacture factory looks like.


Chairs waiting for the next stage

Timber planks being laminated together

C1 Espresso for lunch - see the pneumatic tubes above.

The striking ceiling in Koru lounge, Christchurch.
Photographs by Charlotte Minty.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Puku Ottoman

I have just ordered two of these Puku ottomans for a client - aren't they cute? I like that they are named after an affectionate Maori term for a chubby belly.
Designed by Kate Stokes for Coco Flip, I know these will go down well for a shared girl's bedroom that they are destined for. Made in Melbourne with fabrics from Denmark, Puku are available from Corporate Culture in New Zealand.


Photos by Hayden Cattach via Coco Flip.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Windsor Annex Store

The 2014 Australian Interior Design Awards have been shortlisted and I have been browsing through all the great entries.
Here is one from the Retail Design section that I like most - this is The Windsor Annex, a menswear concept store that was designed by Melbourne design firm, Hecker Guthrie. A stylish man cave of sorts, the store is beautifully executed with pegboard panels for display, leather detailing for the fixtures, tent-like canvas changing rooms and sturdy furniture. I also like the domestic details, the fireplace and indoors plants, which bring about a homely feel to the store. The Windsor Annex is a breath of fresh air and while it isn't aimed for female customers like myself, I would love to visit.


Photographs by Armelle Habib via Australian Interior Design Awards.


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