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Originally a 1990’s Neo-Spanish, yellow rendered house with a terracotta roof and dated interior, this stunning home has been renovated inside and out by Austin Design Associates to become an elegant town house.
With an excellent client brief, Austin Design Associates were inspired and encouraged to really transform this home. Externally, the house was painted a concrete grey and the terracotta roof tiles were replaced with slate, a new front door was installed along with steel windows across the rear which gave the house a whole new aesthetic.
Inside, dark parquetry flooring was replaced with large pale oak floorboards and the walls were painted a crisp white. A new kitchen with a refined layout introduced Carrara marble to the black steel window, oak floor and white wall scheme.
Austin Design were able to make small but significant changes to the floor plan, enabling them to enlarge the kitchen, create a butler’s pantry, add extra windows, enlarge existing window openings and create a window seat in the living room.
If you follow us on Instagram you will have no doubt seen us posting images of this stunning brand… just quietly, we are a little bit obsessed!
Nichba Design is a Scandinavian interior design concept from Aalborg in northern Denmark created by Nichlas B. Andersen. The young label combines the Scandinavian design tradition with today’s requirements for modern living. Space-saving living ideas with sophisticated details and modern designs - that is the philosophy of the Danish label.
The label is known for simple and minimalist products. Powder-coated iron and an innovative use of magnets are the main features of these unique designs by Nichba.
"Nuanced, unique and of its place, 9 Young Street is defined by luxury of material and detailing, where every apartment offers a bespoke environment of comfort and style." says SJB Projects
Beautifully realised as highly crafted interiors of timber and stone, the boutique apartments echo the rich, velvety materials of the building’s elegant facade. Each apartment takes advantage of glorious views across the city and harbour with expansive balconies and over sized windows. A granite and spotted gum kitchen delivers a beautiful and tactile experience - with the granite lined bathrooms continuing the level of elegance and luxury.
Comprising eight levels of apartments perched high in the city skyline with landscaped rooftops and framed views of Sydney landmarks, 9 Young Street offers one, two and three bedroom apartments as well as penthouse options. Part of the AMP Master Plan for Young and Loftus Precinct, 9 Young Street is due for completion in 2020.
Trending - Peaches & Cream
Tonal, muted and undeniably gorgeous - we love this trend! Popping up all over the gram, pinterest, design blogs and mags, it's here to stay.
So whether you add a pop with a cushion, go big with a whole wall or all out with a complete room overhaul - you will not regret it!
Are you loving this trend as much as us?!
The Australian Interior Design Awards recognise and celebrate interior design excellence via a credible, industry-based program, which is backed by the Design Institute of Australia, the professional body representing Australian designers.
We love scouring the entries and seeing what the best in the business are creating! There are so many incredibly talented people within the design industry in Australia, I wish I could show you everything but for now, here are our top 6 bathrooms, selected from Residential Design category.
The Ivy Home by Seidler Group in South Melbourne is a masterpiece in architectural design for small homes. South Melbourne has traditionally narrow Victorian homes and Seidler's solution to combat this was to combine landscape architecture and clever fabrication to create a spacious oasis of white and green, within the confines of the narrow block.
The interior is bright and airy with a raw, neutral colour palllette and each space is open and filled with light, giving this home fresh new life. The styling was undertaken by the clients themselves who have added beautiful furniture pieces and injected each space with colour and character, giving a real sense of style to the home.
A custom designed floating staircase maximises the outlook through a glazed southern perimeter overlooking an Ivy garden, offering a green backdrop against the adjoining boundary wall. The garage extensions timber facade references coastal tones injecting warmth into the outdoor entertaining space complete with a spa. Exposed timber fins direct views from the upper entertaining room into a lush backyard complete with a floating weatherboard bathing box, a further extension from the original home.
PROFESSIONAIL | BY JASON BYRNE DESIGN
Professionail Hornsby asked Jason Byrne Design to create a new salon unique within the Professionail franchise family and what they have done is most likely the most divine nail salon EVER - check out the images below, I'm sure you'll agree with me!
The concept was inspired by the simplicity of the nail file, the shape helping to soften the linear lines which was required to order the stores functionality. The nail file concept evolved into privacy screens, niches for nail polish displays and a hand wash area. To encourage customers to explore the salon, zones were placed opposing each other, with the drying station, magazine and drinks station placed in a central zone. This central zone is the heart of the salon, providing direction and privacy for customers.
The salon celebrates femininity, embraces thoughtfulness whilst improving workflow. It’s modern, has a feeling of space; yet provides pockets of privacy.
Within the concept everyday materials were elevated to be luxurious. Paints were selected in flat and glossy finishes, appearing similar but offering different qualities and experiences. The accent green and blue paint is deliberately chosen to encourage customers to have fun with their nail polish colour selection. They are playful statement colours, surprising and bold, making customers look twice.
The end result – their client’s description of the store, ‘Cuban Barbie Gone Wild’ – and what’s better than that!
Professionail Hornsby was recently shortlisted as part of The Dulux Colour Awards 2018.
“We were inspired by the simplicity of the nail file while evolving the stores concept. The nail file shape softens the linear lines which order the stores functionality. The store embraces greys and pinks as the predominant colours. Flashes of green and blue delineate changes in the layering of materials. These greens and blues also seek to encourage customers to have fun with nail colour selection. The store celebrates femininity and emphasises the fun and beauty of a visit to a nail salon.” says Jason Byrne of Jason Byrne Design.
The Client: Professionail Hornsby
The Shopfitter: Danielle Guo | Addison Joinery
The Photographer: Justin Alexander
The Floral Arrangements: Bird Wood and Bloom
The styling: Kris Won
"Our aim was to create a sense of calm on arriving to the space, where you can leave your stress at the door and focus inwardly on your health and well being."
The design brief was to totally transform the existing site, which was dark and restrictive, to a light-filled wellness centre that radiated health and happiness.
The brief was realised by ensuring natural light travelled deep within the space and used a very soft palette to ensure that light was maximised. A 5-meter tall Ficus Hilli sits under a light-filled atrium, and a circular staircase made from white powder coated perforated mesh wraps around the tree to carry visitors from the ground floor café and reception to the first-floor gym, yoga studio and Pilates studio. This sculptural piece serves as the backdrop to the reception counter and can be seen from the café space.
Tom Mark Henry won Emerging Interior Practice of the Year at the WIN 2017 Awards hosted by World Interior News. Cushla McFadden, co-director of Tom Mark Henry, attended the annual ceremony in London in February to receive the award.
“It is a real ‘pinch-us’ moment to be recognised on a global scale after only four years of business,” said co-director Jade Nottage. “It is an acknowledgement of the whole Tom Mark Henry team as everyone is imperative to our success and has worked very hard over the last four years. We are committed to our craft and it is gratifying and flattering that our passion and dedication has been recognised, particularly amongst the calibre of the other shortlisted practices,” Nottage said.
Judge Fiona Naylor commented: “For a relatively new practice Tom Mark Henry shows an energy and ability to deliver and retain the integrity of great design on what are probably high-pressure or low-budget commercial and hospitality projects… Their work is not overdesigned; there is a certain restraint and solid decision making going on.”
Nightingale 1 was initially conceived back in 2014 by Breathe Architecture. Breathe, who had just completed the award-winning sustainable development The Commons, were keen to build a well-designed, community-led building for owner-occupiers, not investors, that was financially, socially and environmentally sustainable.
The apartments in Nightingale 1 have been designed to exemplary levels of environmental sustainability with 100 per cent fossil fuel-free building operations with a minimum 7.5-star NatHERS thermal rating including features such as recycled timber, mid-steel light fittings and solar roof panels.
A key feature of the Nightingale 1 project is that it has partnered with Caroma – Australia’s leading bathroom and kitchen wares supplier. For 75 years, Caroma has been committed to conserving water in its products through its continual innovations in bathroom technology. It has continually delivered best-in-class water saving solutions across many products.
The unique Caroma Cleanfush® toilet features in each of Nightingale 1’s 20 apartments. The Caroma Cleanflush® is an Australian first in bathroom technology. It features a rimless toilet bowl and new flush and flow technology resulting in a bowl eliminating the build-up of germs and bacteria and is easier to clean compared to traditional toilets. Engineered with a more powerful and precise flush stream, the Cleanflush® technology enables a superior solution in clearing the bowl.
Caroma proudly aligns with the sustainability principles championed by Nightingale Housing – a not-for-profit organisation which provides the support and processes enabling architects to deliver homes that have the future of the planet firmly in mind.
Brunswick based firm Solomon Troup Architects have recently completed their first project, Limerick House, located in Eganstown, about 10 minutes outside of Daylesford, Victoria. It is a modest addition to an existing house that was owned by the clients’ father, who built the house out of three disused railway cottages.
The form of the addition was inspired by the old dilapidated shearing sheds that inhabit the local area. Black-stained timber decking boards were used to clad the entire addition to further enhance the resemblance of the aged timber look of the local dilapidated shearing sheds, whilst silver-top ash lining boards add warmth to the interior space and contrast the black exterior.
Lello’s Italian embrace: warmth, elegance and artisan pasta
Melbourne’s new favourite pasta bar, Lello, in Flinders Lane, offers a fresh and authentic take on traditional hand-made pasta offerings. Each dish tells a regional story, so when owners Chris McIntyre and Leo Gelsomino (who is also the head chef) wanted a beautiful new fit-out to reflect the elegance and comfort of Leo’s food, they turned to Sarah Elshaug of Maitland Street Interiors. With a background in marketing within in the food and beverage industry, Sarah fully understands what drives people to choose their favourite food destinations.
For owner Chris, it was important that the interiors captured the connection between their food and the joy of eating with family and friends: “Lello’s delicious pasta uses traditional recipes and techniques, and captures the authenticity and expertise of Leo’s heritage. We wanted an interior that reflects the comfort and tradition of artisan pasta, and to create areas that make people feel as though they are in an extended elegant living space with their loved ones.”
Underpinned by beautiful images of the cliffs of Capri by photographer Katie Carmichael, Sarah has used a palette that captures elements of stone and sea to create distinct zones within Lello.
A casual coffee bar takes full advantage of the street-front window, and is a perfect place to unwind with an Atomica coffee to watch the colour and movement of Flinders Lane. A circular living green wall, from Pap’s Vertical Gardens, and soft pink pendants over a pale timber window bar ensure it is a soothing space to start the day, or to simply catch your breath.
The dining areas make the most of the largescale photographic art, letting it take centre stage and grounding the room with dark floors, grey-panelled walls and dusty-pink banquettes again softened with durable grey wool felt by Burel Fabrics. It’s graceful and comfortable - a space that promotes fine food and spending time with friends.
“Using Dulux Deep Artic on the walls, with simple timber tables and white chairs, has lightened up the part of the restaurant with the least access to natural light. It also ensures that Leo and his team can showcase their craft, and provides a peek ‘backstage’. It’s a great way of letting food-lovers in, and showcasing Lello’s ambitions: to ensure that well-made, traditional pasta – and the skills required to make it - remains important and appreciated.”
Helen Kontouris Designs the Australian Open Pavillion for the National Gallery of Victoria called the "NGV Room by Helen Kontouris".
The National Gallery of Victoria has engaged Australian artist and furniture designer Helen Kontouris to create a unique hospitality space for fans on site at the Australian Open Tennis 2018. Through her furniture, lighting and object designs, Kontouris has created an intimate and sensory retreat that celebrates the energy and diversity of the Australian Open.
Known as The NGV Room by Helen Kontouris, the spaces evokes a cool and calming oasis for tennis fans to retreat to amongst the bustle of the Australian Open. Opened for the duration of the Australian Open from 14 – 28 January 2018, the space highlights Kontouris’ contemporary range of lighting and furniture designs.
Helen Kontouris has worked as a designer for over a decade and is known for integrating organic forms and imaginative elements into traditional concepts. Her approach often takes traditional, linear concepts and combines a fluid feminine sensibility inspired from a narrative informed by her travels. Kontouris has created work for industry leaders De Padova, Alessi, Kundalini, Celda, Ritzenhoff, Schiavello and museums.
WINBOT 950 - The New Era of Window-Cleaning -
WINBOT 950 is the new superlative in window-cleaning, yes it's a robot window cleaner! With a 'smart drive' cleaning system and the ability to manoeuvre into corners, the WINBOT 950 is the perfect window cleaning companion, keeping you safe and off that ladder.
Hisense Australia - 65-inch OLED TV -
Hisense announced it's new OLED TV technology, offering Australians even more choice and quality. OLED complements Hisense’s enhanced ULED range to provide Australians with the best available technology line-up.
So what is OLED and why do I need one I hear you ask? OLED - which stands for Organic Light Emitting Diode - is a new type of panel that TVs use which offers better image quality (think blacker blacks and brighter whites), reduced power consumption and fast response times over traditional LED TVs.
Whirlpool® Smart Over the Range Microwave with Scan-to-Cook Technology -
With Scan-to-Cook technology, families can eliminate the guesswork and get the right frozen food settings every time. The technology allows families to simply scan thousands of frozen food bar codes with a smartphone or tablet and send recommended cooking instructions straight to the microwave... ummm that's pretty smart!
Yes that's right, LG have released a rollable tv, it literally rolls up like a big bit of paper! LG created the screen using its famous OLED display technology, which allows for a wide range of colours and impressive contrast. The panel also boasts an Ultra HD display resolution, meaning you can use it to watch 4K TV shows and movies. At this stage it's still a prototype, but what a feat - can you imagine what this will do for the world of tv's!
Foldimate - Laundry Folding System -
The robotic laundry folding machine, will easily fold your clothes into neat piles, ready to put away. Folding an entire laundry load with FoldiMate only takes a few minutes, and it’s so simple and fun to operate that your kids will be fighting over who’s FoldiMating.
Samsung - 146-inch The Wall TV -
Samsung Electronics introduced “The Wall” – the world’s first consumer modular MicroLED 146-inch TV. It can transform into any size, and delivers incredible brightness, colour gamut, colour volume and black levels. “The Wall” exemplifies how consumers can customise their television sizes and shapes to suit their needs.
Say Hello to 'Courtyard House' a stunning home from the AuHaus release by Lifespaces Group. This home has been designed for relaxed living with all spaces arranged around a large central courtyard which draws light and breeze into the house and creates a strong connection between all living zones.
The material palette of blue-stone and natural hardwood creates an elegantly understated and robust family home with lofty ceilings and generous glazing which floods the living areas with natural light. The semi-enclosed courtyard acts as an outdoor room, an entertaining space onto which all internal areas flow. This central courtyard also provides a controlled and private external outlook regardless of neighbouring conditions.
Check out the rest of the AuHaus Release here.
Find out about Lifespaces Group here.
The overall aesthetic is one of refined luxury, an overall monochromatic palette with subtle touches of brass and stone.
"Acknowledging that good things can very often come in small packages, we borrowed the idea of a jewellery box to create a compact and fabulous space filled with many special elements." says Studio Tate.
REMODERN - CERAMICS MADE BY BENTU
The hottest trend of the season is Terazzo - terazzo flooring, bathroom tiles, tables, furniture and now it's lighting - and we are super excited about it!
Remodern supports and promotes progressive international design, searching out brands that push modernity, innovate and create original, timeless and highly crafted design. They provide architects, interior designers and industry clients with an emphasis on efficient product specification services, timely delivery and achieving project specific requirements.
Due to the inherent nature of concrete, each pendant has natural variances in texture and colour - qualities that are to be embraced and treasured!
Wattyl have released their colour trends forecast for 2018 and we are loving their vibe... they have created four beautiful colour palettes inspired by global trend insights and have translated them into contemporary styles for Australian living.
Wattyl believes that the ever changing world we live in affects the way we think and behave and we couldn't agree more. Culture, politics, technology and our environment impact our lifestyles, our design and the colours that resonate with us.
The 2018 colour palettes are available in Wattyl’s premium paint range and come in a range of styles.
Nowstalgia - There is a desire to return to a time when life was simple and optimistic. We are drawn to ideas, memories and objects of a bygone era. There is an attraction to the tactility of a vinyl record, the magic of a Polaroid picture and the individuality of vintage design. The sentimental but upbeat look echo mid-century modern design of Palm Springs with a hint of luxe!
The Slow Down - In a bid to manage our connected and busy lifestyles we are searching for moments and ways to slow down. We want to spend more time at home, enjoying the rest and recreation our personal spaces offer us. The Fear of Missing Out has become the Joy of Missing Out. Silence is golden. Spatial energy and a respect for our environments are portrayed through mindful use and thoughtful inclusions. Colours are soft and quiet.
Grounded - There is rising importance for many of us to gain meaning and purpose in our lives. We are making mission-minded lifestyle decisions and are basing our purchasing decisions off our values rather than marketing-created desires. The demand for brand honesty continues to increase and our desire to move to a life of self-sufficiency is emerging as a new status symbol. We are becoming more aware and connected to the natural environment and embrace the botanical and the mineral palettes that nature boasts.
Mood Monitor - Our health and well-being is becoming ever increasingly important to us. We require time out, time to reset and strengthen our bodies and minds. The desire to improve ourselves and regain focus is vital for our resilience and evolution. We require space to clear our minds and uninterrupted time to think and reconnect with ourselves. Our homes morph into zen-like spaces suspended in time. Colour and light stimulate our dormant senses and we can breathe.
Melbourne’s newest inspirational shopping experience is now open!
If you’re the kind of person who’s spent hours drooling over Aura's Instagram feed, or finding yourself inspired by their stunning seasonal photoshoots, then you’ll be thrilled to hear that Tracie Ellis and her talented team have just opened their first concept store in Malvern, Melbourne.
The beautifully refurbished, heritage-listed building features a series of individual room spaces, impeccably styled by the team. For the first time ever, fans of the brand can see, touch and feel products as they stroll through the store, moving between the dining and living rooms, and on to the bedroom and bathroom area.
Inspiration abounds amid the Aura team’s expertly curated spaces, where the current collection of bedlinen, cushions, throws, towels, natural rugs, baskets and stoneware are showcased, all in the latest, on-trend tones and textures.
To create the full experience of walking through an ‘Aura Home’, the team have hand-selected a range of sublime furniture pieces, lighting, design books, travel guides, jewellery, wallets, tote bags, candles and bath & body products from local and international brands, including the most darling handmade wooden toys for the littlest Aura Home customers.
And with Summer just around the corner, shoppers will also find inspiration for garden and outdoor-entertaining, with a curated selection of planters, uniquely stylish beach umbrellas and beach bags in the latest shades.
The new Aura Home Concept Store in Malvern is sure to become one of Melbourne’s hottest homewares destinations.
OPEN NOW: 1371 Malvern Road, Malvern VIC 3144 03 9822 6980
TomMarkHenry delivers their authentic design approach to Rooty Hill RSL
Made by the Hill is a new social destination at Rooty Hill RSL that’s bringing the Scandinavian style of boutique bars and city cafés to Western Sydney. Designed by TomMarkHenry in collaboration with Altis Architecture, the revitalised space is relaxed and comfortable with a soft, natural and durable aesthetic to cater for a broad range of demographics and functions.
Facilitating this variety of functions, and accommodating large numbers of people and wide-ranging demographics required careful spatial planning. Circulating around the new island bar, the open-plan floor space has been divided into a series of zones to offer a more human scale and provide different levels of comfort and atmosphere. Banquette areas and long tables are for larger groups; and intimate pockets, booths and counter-height bars are for smaller groups and couples.
The gentle palette of dusty pinks, pale yellows and soft greys complement the soft curves of the seating, booths and bars, which are drenched in natural light from the floor-to-ceiling window façade. Greenery throughout Made by the Hill adds contrasting colour and life.
The Scandinavian-style furnishings, which offer durability and longevity in both practical and aesthetic terms, have rounded forms, organic lines and wooden frames. This includes classic pieces such as Thonet’s spindle-back Arka armchair; the cane-woven Benko chair; the Ironica beechwood dining chair as an updated version of the iconic Windsor; and Studioilse’s two-seater De La Espada with its high stick back. These are matched with contemporary upholstered chairs with enveloping forms that still reference Danish design. Natural materials continue throughout Made by the Hill with oak and walnut tabletops, Blackbutt timber, stone and marble, and leather, canvas and wool.
TomMarkHenry thrives on the creative and collaborative development of unique and exceptional spaces such as Made by the Hill, and its authentic and adaptable approach ensures the dynamic studio continues to push the boundaries of design and expectation.