Love Tech? My Top Highlights from the CES 2018 show in Vegas!

 
 

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.

 
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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!

 
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LG 65-inch rollable OLED screen - 

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!

 
 
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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. 

 
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HOME TOUR | Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group

 
Architectural Design Auhaus Architecture | Photography by Mike Baker | Styling by Heather Nette King | Featuring furniture from Meizai

Architectural Design Auhaus Architecture | Photography by Mike Baker | Styling by Heather Nette King | Featuring furniture from Meizai

 

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.

 
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Home Tour | Refined Luxury by Studio Tate

 
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Studio Tate have completed The Melburnian II, another stunning complete renovation of an entire apartment, following on from the success of The Melburnian renovation.

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.

 
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TRENDING | Terazzo Lighting Love

 
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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!

Designed by Bentu, an experimental studio based in Guangzhou, China, "Ceramics Made' is Bentu’s new terrazzo collection made using concrete and waste ceramic, and it is now available at Remodern.

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!

 
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Colour trends 2018 by Wattyl...

 
 

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.

 
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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!

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
 
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New shop alert... AURA opens the doors to it's first concept store!

 
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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.

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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. 

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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 

 

Interiors to swoon over... and at an RSL you say?!

 
Photographer | Damian Bennett

Photographer | Damian Bennett

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.

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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.

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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. 

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GETAWAY | Mitchelton Winery Luxury Boutique Hotel

 
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Mitchelton Winery launches $16million Luxury Boutique Hotel in the Goulburn Valley.

 

Opening December 1st 2017, in the Victorian countryside near Nagambie, The Mitchelton Hotel and Spa provides a new standard in laid back luxury for the region just 90 minutes’ drive from Melbourne.

A personal project of caravan magnate Gerry Ryan and his son Andrew, the $16 million Mitchelton Hotel and Spa is the most recent addition to the family’s spectacular MItchelton Winery Estate, set on the banks of the Goulburn River.

Initially planned for construction upon the property’s founding in 1969 – a vision never realised due to budget constraints – the striking new facility was conceived in partnership with internationally renowned architecture and interior design firm Hecker Guthrie to complement the property’s existing Robin Boyd structures, whilst paying homage to its rural location and wine producing background.

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Developed to enhance the tourism drawcard for the region, the Mitchelton Hotel’s 58 rooms is comprised of the 33-sqm ‘River’ or ‘Vineyard’ view categories through to the four 57-sqm suites. Featuring spacious rooms adorned with earthy tones, the hotel was designed to have a relationship with its countryside setting and, in particular, the horse studs around Nagambie.  

In guest rooms, floor to ceiling windows open onto private terraces with expansive views of the Goulburn River or Mitchelton Vineyard. Whilst inside, details of the linen curtains, timber joinery, Trevor Mein & David Band artworks create a soft, warm space for guests to unwind.

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The Spa, with its expansive views of the surrounds, offers guests regionally inspired spa experiences developed using Uspa products – an Australian collection of pure, natural skincare that combines the botanical wisdom and healing elements of nature.

Upon the banks of the Goulburn River, on a terrace landscaped by Jamie Clapham, sits a 20m infinity pool where guests can embrace the rural setting whilst sampling one of winemaker Travis Clydesdale’s finest tipples.

Opening special room rates for the Mitchelton Hotel start at $289 per night including breakfast for two and a winery tour.

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‘The Hotel and Day Spa is something that we wanted to develop early on with our acquisition of the estate,’ said Andrew Ryan, Managing Director of the Mitchelton property.

‘It has always been the missing piece in the puzzle for Mitchelton. Goulburn Valley and Nagambie have so much to offer, we have high hopes that the addition of the accommodation facility will help attract more visitors to the region and boost local tourism.’ said Ryan.

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Home Tour... An exercise in smart, integrated design

 
Images courtesy of Cantilever Interiors | Photographer - Martina Gemmola | Stylist - Ruth Welsby

Images courtesy of Cantilever Interiors | Photographer - Martina Gemmola | Stylist - Ruth Welsby

Cantilever Interiors Custom K2 Kitchen - Mills Street project

 

A beautiful townhouse in the Melbourne bayside suburb of Albert Park has been given new life with a contemporary kitchen from Cantilever Interiors that blends seamlessly with the existing architecture and provides maximum function and style in a narrow space.

The kitchen in the Mills Street home is central to a new extension at the back of the house. A testament to understated luxury, it has the clean, minimalist lines of Cantilever Interiors’ celebrated K2 Series and its classic white palette includes a splashback made from handcrafted Anchor ceramics tiles.

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As classic terrace house, the width of the home is quite narrow and the Cantilever Interiors design maximises space with an island bench that is 700mm deep. “All the services, such as the sink and the cooktop, are on the perimeter, so there is a clear surface for prepping and serving,” explains Travis Dean, Cantilever Interiors director and co-founder. “In small spaces, the island bench real estate needs to be multi-purpose. In the case of this kitchen, the owner is an avid baker and uses the open space on the island for rolling pastry and kneading bread.”

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The service-free island bench also features two blackbutt veneer open mitred boxes, which not only provide functional storage space but also add further texture and warmth to the design. Timber accents are also introduced through open shelf for displaying personal objects.

The classic, sophisticated style of the kitchen complements the overall design of the home and maximises functionality in a narrow space. Like all Cantilever Interiors kitchens, it fits perfectly with how the owners like to live.

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Home Tour - Green Gables, Mt Martha by Studio Tate

 
Photography | Sharyn Cairns

Photography | Sharyn Cairns

We love a home tour, a little sneak peak into the beautiful homes of amazing people, and today's tour is one you will want to add to your Pinterest inspo board for sure! 

Green Gables House in Mt Martha is a heritage Tudor-style beach house which has been completely renovated and restored by Studio Tate. One of the main goals of the renovation was to stay true and respectful to the original heritage architecture and to add a sense of casual luxury, something which was suitable to the beach side location. 

Overall it oozes coastal vibes, with plenty of texture, nude and grey tones,  soft furnishings to die for and the use of robust durable materials to keep it balanced - and we just love the luxe beach side house vibe they have created - can we move in for summer please?!

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Home Tour - Foote House by McKimm

 
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There is so much to love about Foote House #project341 by McKimm - be it the stunning black and marble kitchen with over sized linear pendant light (above), the modern and super luxurious bathrooms or the fact the whole house was created in a U shape around the mind blowingly beautiful pool, so you can catch a glimpse of the glistening water from all angles and many rooms.

Material selection is key to this home being an absolute stand out, McKimm's use of concrete, feature brickwork and timber have been layered with architectural finesse, creating a different textural experience at every turn.


We would love to know what your favourite feature is, comment below! 

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"Conceptually, the architectural composition of the home sits in a u-shape formation, flanking the pool as the centrepiece and integrating the indoor and outdoor spaces with ease. The luxury of a northern orientation floods the open plan living spaces with an abundance of natural light, including the underground basement where light dances through via a landscaped glass atrium that falls from the main entrance." says McKimm

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Stylish Inner City Melbourne Kitchen...

 
Photography Credit: Martina Gemmola | Styling Credit: Ruth Welsby

Photography Credit: Martina Gemmola | Styling Credit: Ruth Welsby

Cantilever Interiors - Bloomfield Road, Custom Kitchen

Cantilever Interiors is renowned for designing and installing elegant and sustainable kitchens – and they have gone a step further with this stylish inner-city Melbourne home.

Cantilever’s designs extend beyond the heart of this home to create a wonderfully balanced, consistent style throughout the key areas. In addition to its celebrated kitchen designs, Melbourne-based Cantilever Interiors
draws upon the furniture design background of co-owners Travis Dean and Charlie Wilde to create beautifully simple, highly functional residential cabinetry.

A consistent palette of White Two Pack, American Oak Veneer and Caeserstone ‘Snow’ Recon bench tops create a sense of harmony between the key areas of the home. The simple, timeless colours promote design endurance while creating an elegant backdrop for the owners to express their personal style.

The kitchen’s concrete floors are complemented by a simple palette and the
design features a fresh white subway tile splash back and integrated appliances, creating a feeling of lightness and space. Inspiring yet attainable, Cantilever’s designs for the Ascot Vale home promote a sense of continuity throughout the home.

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Modern and Fresh - Caufield North Project by Joy Design Co

 
Interior Design & Styling Kristel Marshall - Joy Design Co | Built by NuScope Constructions | Photography Stephanie Rooney

Interior Design & Styling Kristel Marshall - Joy Design Co | Built by NuScope Constructions | Photography Stephanie Rooney

We love seeing home renovations and we love this modern, fresh, minimalist and super divine home designed by Joy Design Co

Situated in Caufield North, this 1980’s home renovation was dedicated to elevating it’s gallery-like living spaces with the new kitchen and bathrooms sitting quietly and elegantly alongside.

Joy Design Co's brief was to evoke calm and restraint in these rooms, to create a scheme that didn’t compete with the layered feel of the rest of the home. The kitchen and bathrooms were designed with a minimalist and timeless aesthetic with white joinery and quartz stone in subtle greys. They added small accents of black to anchor the look and compliment the artworks.

The lighting choices were chosen to honour the artwork throughout the home, hand-blown glass modernist pendants by Mark Douglass feature over the island bench in the kitchen and a single hand made porcelain pendant crafted by Porcelain Bear in the powder room.

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Backyard oasis... Elwood Pool House

 
Designed by Pipkorn Kilpatrick | Photography by Martina Gemmola | Landscape Design by Kate Patterson Landscapes

Designed by Pipkorn Kilpatrick | Photography by Martina Gemmola | Landscape Design by Kate Patterson Landscapes

We featured this stunning home on our instagram this week and you all LOVED it - the response was so incredible and you all wanted to see more, so here it is.

Behold the Elwood House by Pipkorn Kilpatrick, which features stunning landscape design by Kate Patterson Landscapes... and what an absolute beauty, I could easily spend my days lounging around in this beautifully thought out home. 


Pipkorn Kilpatrick says: "Our inspiration was the main house - a beautifully kept, originally ornate Californian bungalow. We wanted to compliment its beauty without trying to mock or compete so for the pool-house, the design was a simple form with clean lines and a pitched roof to accommodate storage. The feel is raw and relaxed with smooth concrete floors with exposed aggregate running into the stone tiles that surround the pool, large timber joists with exposed steel support and enormous aluminium sliding doors that disappear into the wall cavity. The theme is replicated in the dining room - panelled raked ceiling with the same sheer curtains dropping from a concealed pelmet cavity and soft Terrazzo tiles with large sliding doors - and in the fireplace/bbq with its clean lines, textured natural blue stone and bbq bench area concealed behind. We love way the dining room sits happily against the backdrop of the original house, showing off and enhancing its iconic features without competing."


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Check out one of Sydney's most Instagrammable new apartments...

 
1788 Residences Double Bay

Introducing Double Bay’s most beautiful address. Moments from one of the world’s greatest cities Sydney, 1788 Residences by SJD Property are designed with the utmost care, inspiration and appeal.

This elegant harbour-side enclave with its distinct European sensibility has been known and loved for generations. An exclusive sanctuary, it is a place to have it all and get away from it all.

Refined, convenient and beautifully conceived in every aspect, these custom-made residences are blessed with perfect proportion and a timeless aesthetic. Every element, every facet in these extraordinary residences is simple, beautiful yet highly crafted – there is no compromise on space, materials or detail.

The building is designed to reflect its privileged position at the very heart of the village. From the finishes and fixtures, to the lighting and walk in wardrobes, this is the apartment all influencers and celebrities would love to live in!

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1788 Residences Double Bay
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A Nail Salon that dreams are made of...

 
All Photography - Damian Bennett 

All Photography - Damian Bennett 

California Nails, designed by Tom Mark Henry is what dreams are made of...

 

A far cry from the typical nail salon, California Nails is a new nail salon in Barangaroo, Sydney, designed by TomMarkHenry. It is a soft, feminine and dreamy space inspired by vintage Californian imagery. 

Gently dusted in powder pink with hints of blue-green and burgundy to enhance a vintage inspired Golden State vibe, the salon’s curvaceous features, customised fittings and textured accents create a soft and feminine environment that breaks the mould to deliver a nail salon like no other.  

Our brief was to reinvent the California Nails brand by creating a soft and feminine environment, a far cry from the typical nail salon that tends to lack warmth and soul,” says Jade Nottage, Director of TomMarkHenry.

The design and construction of California Nails meets Barangaroo’s Green Star rating requirements, minimising the salon’s carbon footprint and contributing to the development’s target to become Australia’s first large-scale carbon neutral community. The TomMarkHenry design team also selected materials that balance the chemical component of the manicure process, using an environmentally friendly clay-based render that helps to clean the air and control humidity.

TomMarkHenry thrives on the creative and collaborative development of unique and exceptional spaces, and its authentic and adaptable approach ensures the dynamic studio continues to push the boundaries of design and expectation with spaces such as California Nails. 

Now who wants to meet up for a Mani Pedi? I do!! 

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Need some colour inspo? Dulux Colour Forecast 2018

 
Creative Director - Bree Leech

Creative Director - Bree Leech

Discover the future of interiors with the Dulux Colour Trends for 2018.

You will find inspiring colours and ideas on how to bring the future of colour to life and into your home... we absolutely love this forecast, what a stunning collection of colours!

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DULUX Kinship – 

Details are informed by familiar and traditional architectural treatments, while colour is simple and uncomplicated, providing warmth without overwhelming the senses. Punctuations of red hint at Eastern influences.

Folklore revival. Kinship focuses on renewing our faith in one another and the world around us. Drown out the negative vibes and embrace truth and transparency.

The Kinship trend brings together a diverse mix of cultural references. Furniture forms are inspired by traditional crafts such as wood turning, knitting and sewing.

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DULUX Essential – 

A minimalist approach to shapes, finishes and forms is warmed by cosy Hygge vibes. Imperfections are a key attribute of the Essential trend, playing out through textured finishes and a handcrafted aesthetic.

Simple forms, subtle textures. Essential’s palette draws together cool greys and soft warm shades. Wall finishes such as Dulux Suede Effect allow you to create a bespoke finish that is either heavily textured, or soft and subtle – depending on the application.

Our search for genuine simplicity inspires a newfound appreciation for natural and recycled materials. As we embrace the old as new, we repair our rifts with nature and move towards a more conscious way of living.

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DULUX Reflect – 

Reflect looks at the past to re-imagine the future. Iconic designs are reissued in new materials and/or proportions while new designs reference classic forms with a fresh twist.

Metallic details add an opulent mood to the reflect trend. Porter’s Paints Liquid Gold in Bronze Gold is a rich metallic finish, with a depth that gives the impression of cast bronze.

The style plays out in an opulent fusion of eclectic classic style. Hints of 70's glamour clash with sassy bursts of 90's style. Twentieth-century relics are recast as sophisticates of the new century. Design statements are bold, yet an understated luxury remains intact.

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DULUX Escapade – 

With a distinct nod to the 80s, quirky shapes are finding their way back into our furnishings. Offset by the colourful undercurrents of the Memphis Movement as well as a 50's Palm Spring vibe.

Organic shapes blend with solid forms in a lively clash of styles. Kick back and prepare to take off, let your dreams run wild. Adventure and discovery hover on the horizon. Paradise is just a plane ride away.

The glamour of travel lives on in the fine leather finish of your designer luggage and the free-spirited selfies filling your social feeds. Luxury is what you make it – a hot Brazilian beach, a stylish Palm Springs spa, or a Miami-esque pina colada.

 

Houseboat Heaven... if you've ever wanted to live on the water, I've found your new home!

 
Project by Infinite Design Studio | Photographer Prue Ruscoe

Project by Infinite Design Studio | Photographer Prue Ruscoe

Is this the dream house we have all been searching for? It's on the water, has beautiful interior design, a deck to watch the sunset and drink vino and you can move it to a new location whenever you feel like a change of view... I'm sold! 

Infinite Design Studio has restored and redesigned a house that has prime position on Sydney Harbour. The two-storey houseboat moored in Pearl Bay, Mosman, was once the permanent home of the client and their children.

Infused with new life, it is now their holiday retreat and entertaining space, afloat on Sydney Harbour.  “I am a big believer in spending time on site to immerse myself in the location and to understand how best to integrate the qualities of the surroundings into the design,” says Michelle Macarounas, Principal and Lead Designer at Infinite Design Studio. “This property sits in such a fabulous location that we created an extremely pared-back palette so as not to compete with the views and environment.

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The restored and redesigned houseboat has an open living and kitchen area and deck on the first floor, as well as a double bedroom and ensuite. The master suite is upstairs, with a large bathroom, reading area and entertaining deck. Light, ventilation and openness are of vital importance for life on the water, fostering a sense of spaciousness and connection with the stunning surrounds. Infinite Design Studio transformed the interior and exterior living spaces with a soft palette and natural materials that reference the natural environment. Inside, French oak flooring, cream-coloured travertine tiles, contemporary joinery and custom-made furniture are a lighter counterpart to the darker weatherboard exterior.

Views of the harbour are captured through timber-framed windows, and circular mirrors throughout the house reference portholes and enhance the natural light and openness. The houseboat was originally constructed from parts of a barge built in the 1800s, which transported produce across Middle Harbour before construction of the Spit Bridge in the 1950s. To preserve this history, Infinite Design Studio restored the heritage features, including the timber window frames and leadlight window and the benchtops that date back to the original barge.

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Marine grade components ensure the houseboat is watertight, and all mechanics, hydraulics, electrical and facilities were upgraded, as were the finishes and fixtures. Infinite Design Studio creates sumptuous and sophisticated spaces with warmth and soul. A unique and exceptional project, the design of Mosman Houseboat pays respect to the vessel’s history, takes advantage of its privileged location and provides for contemporary luxury living on one of the world’s most dazzling waterways.

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The Pool | NGV

 
The Pool is co-curated by Isabelle Toland, Amelia Holliday and Michelle Tabet and was originally commissioned for the Venice Architecture Biennale by the Australian Institute of Architects.

The Pool is co-curated by Isabelle Toland, Amelia Holliday and Michelle Tabet and was originally commissioned for the Venice Architecture Biennale by the Australian Institute of Architects.

The Pool is an architecture exhibition that represents the connection between landscape, culture and architecture as observed through the frame of a singular architectural and landscape typology – the swimming pool.

As the 2016 Australian exhibition at the prestigious Venice Architecture Biennale, The Pool offers a lens through which to explore Australian cultural identity through an exploration of the pools of Australia – natural or manmade, inland or coastal, temporary or permanent. 

You can experience this incredible installation at NGV Melbourne

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The Pool is a fresh and joyful exhibition that extends the practice and thinking of architecture, offering a celebratory and accessible conversation about the ways in which pools as places affect us both socially and culturally. Pools are levellers of age, background, education and commitment.

The exhibition, consisting of a functioning pool, invites visitors to ‘take a dip’ inside the gallery. Complemented by multimedia and audio content the exhibition provides insights into the pool as a setting for cultural exchange, including stories of segregation, competition, sustainability and survival.

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FREE ENTRY | NGV AUSTRALIA, FEDERATION SQUARE, GROUND LEVEL, NGV DESIGN STUDIO
 

18 AUG 17 – 18 FEB 18 | OPEN 10AM–5PM DAILY

 

Brick is back... Fish Creek House - Houses Awards 17

 
Photography Ben Hosking

Photography Ben Hosking

Fish Creek House by Editon Office  was the winner of 'New House over 200m2' category in the Houses Awards 17 - which was announced this month. 

"The Fish-Creek house is contained within the singular gesture of a long, highly textured wall, which closely wraps three nested, black timber pavilions offering shelter while they sit upon the lowered wall and gaze out upon the undulating and extraordinary landscape that surrounds them." 

We love the modern simplicity of this single story dwelling, the use of brick to add texture and the way it fits into it's surrounding landscape. 

Jury citation

"An abstract object sits embedded in the landscape - a long, highly textured wall wrapping three black timber pavilions and enclosing five courtyards. The structures offer shelter from the at-times harsh climate, as well as views over the extraordinary landscape and coastline to the east.

The textured brick wall, with its carefully curated mortar jointing, anchors the building to the site. Its earthen materiality is attuned to the landscape, mediating between screening a busy road to the west and opening up to the view.

The planning of the house into three discrete pavilions separated by courtyards allows for the entry of northern light along its length, and for the incremental shutting down or opening up of the house to suit either its owners - an elderly couple - or larger family gatherings.

Building a sizeable project with a high level of quality and detail on a relatively modest budget is a significant achievement in itself. This project goes much further - it offers an alternative model for ageing in place, with careful consideration of the single-level plan, the accessibility of bathrooms, access to outdoor spaces and an acute awareness of scale."

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