Home Tour - Ashford House

 
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Located on broad acreage in Upper Beaconsfield, Victoria, Ashford House exudes contemporary design, inspired by the traditional farm-style Colorbond shed. Utilising minimalistic architecture, the home emanates luxury and quality craftsmanship. The floor plan consists of four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a gym, butler’s pantry and a spacious kitchen, dining and living room – forming part of the entertaining and alfresco area.

Built by owners Steve and Donna Bright from construction company Excelcon, alongside Graham Jones Design, the design brief was to frame the home and provide spectacular open rural views. “We wanted to incorporate floor-to-ceiling windows that could run seamlessly along the length of the house,” says Mr Bright.

Excelcon worked closely with Stegbar to customise windows to the specifications required. “At the time, Stegbar was developing a new innovative range called Alumiere, which became an integral part of the design – both aesthetically and structurally,” explains Mr Bright. “We wanted the windows to provide vast open living spaces, while maintaining minimal visual impact from structural elements.”

To seamlessly bring the outdoors in, Stegbar Alumiere Stacking Doors were specified, allowing Steve and Donna to take advantage of the alfresco space all year round. “In winter, we can keep the doors closed and still feel connected to the outside due to the large panes of glass and unobstructed views. During the warmer months, we can completely open them up and create a cohesive transition from inside out,” says Mr Bright.

“The design of Ashford House was always going to provide a challenge to window manufacturers. With a longstanding working relationship and a cohesive approach to construction, Stegbar’s Alumiere range has enabled us to achieve a final overall look that is true to our design brief, and creates an extraordinary home,” concludes Mr Bright.

 
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Zimmermann wows with it's latest retail store!

 
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Australian fashion label Zimmermann has continued it’s world domination by launching it’s latest US boutique in San Francisco. And as much as we absolutely adore their fashions, we are crushing even harder on the interiors of this beautiful new retail space.

In keeping with the brand’s Australian roots, the new boutique is designed by Australian architect Don McQualter of Studio McQualter and is a physical embodiment of the ZIimmermann brand – relaxed femininity, an air of freshness and light, and unyielding optimism.

Zimmermann San Francisco was previously occupied by an art gallery giving the store ample square footage and grand high ceilings. In addition, Studio McQualter designed all custom metalwork, light fixtures, display tables, millwork and visual merchandising fixtures for both stores.

They mixed these designs with a selection of classic furniture, such as 1930’s Art Deco armchairs and Charles Dudouyt dining tables made of solid oak. Rare and expressive lighting elements such as 1976 vintage table lamps by Elio Martinelli for Matinelli Luce and a beautiful sculptured torch cut steel wall lamp with Murano glass designed by Marcello Fantoni are included to complete the overall store designs.

 
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Home Tour - The Floating House

 
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The completed rebuild of a unique, eco-friendly and highly energy efficient house in Melbourne, featuring Stegbar windows and doors, has resulted in an extraordinary sustainable home in an exceptional setting that provided many challenges to overcome – including a running creek prone to flooding.

Located on Jeffery Street – a National Heritage street in Blackburn known as one of the most unique native environments in residential Melbourne, the project consisted of building a new four-bedroom home with three bathrooms and three living areas, including an alfresco entertaining space.

The original house was a 1950s flat roof home with big plate glass windows, and, according to designer, Peter Earnshaw of Earnshaw & Associates, it was very modern for its time. “The person who designed it had really taken into account the bush setting and the creek,” says Peter. “It was quite a modern house for its time and it was originally thought that we might try to renovate, but, unfortunately, it hadn’t been built well and had been quite neglected over the years, so it was ready for demolition.”

 
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The design brief stipulated two key areas – to take advantage of the unique surroundings with north-east aspect and views to create an open plan home connected to the landscape, and for the home to have good green credentials, while sitting lightly into its environment.

While developing the design, Peter embraced the surroundings and used Stegbar’s Siteline composite windows and doors, which were fundamental to the project. “This a unique but difficult site that deserved special consideration when it came to the materials used,” says Peter. “In order to enhance and picture frame the unique bush setting from inside, we wanted the beauty of timber windows but, due to the steep terrain on the banks of a creek, we needed the benefits, simplicity and low maintenance of aluminium. Low maintenance is important on this site because getting access will be very difficult with the creek running around one side of the house. Add to this the Green Credentials that were also high on the clients brief and Stegbar’s Siteline windows ticked all the boxes.

Siteline windows and doors are a unique design combining the beauty and warmth of a timber window on the inside with the durability and practicality of aluminium on the outside.

The end result is a stunning, green, sustainable house in a very special location with an exceptionally unique setting. The home won the Single House – New Dwelling category in the City of Whitehorse 2017 Built Environment Awards.

 
 
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Remodern's bathroom collection: Good for the body and soul

 
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Remodern is redefining the face of progressive international design. This innovative Australian company has tapped into a new world of creation from emerging design centres such as China, where a new band of designers are breaking the mould with their authentic, high-quality and internationally acclaimed products.

Remodern was formed by siblings Jennifer and Timothy Schilbach, who believe that design should fulfil more than a utilitarian function. Inspired by designs that enhance everyday living and push the notion of modernity, they have scoured the globe for established and emerging designers who share this ethos – and who like to do things differently.

From mirrors and wall tiles to basins and accessories, Remodern has products that are good for the body and soul.

 
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Home Tour - The Russet House

 
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Industrial design meets contemporary living at The Russet House, located in the tranquil suburb of Paddington in Brisbane, Queensland. Built by Rob and Andrew Gray from Graya Constructions.

The Russet House provided an opportunity for Rob to create his ultimate dream home, which he and his wife Meghan now reside in. The overall design embodies a strong colour palette of russet and copper, which pays homage to the properties’ name. With its contemporary architecture and luxurious design, the home spans across four levels, accommodating five bedrooms, four spa-style bathrooms, two rumpus rooms, butler’s pantry, fireplace, underground car park and sauna.

 
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“The Graya philosophy is about quality design and finishes, and when it came to sourcing product and materials for the build, these elements were key,” explains Rob. Working alongside architect Tim Stewart, CSR Gyprock plasterboard products were specified throughout the home, covering the projects needs across acoustics, durability and fire performance levels. To add a unique design element, Rob envisioned curved walls, which were achieved with the use of Gyprock Flexible Plasterboard. “Featured throughout the hallways and in the rumpus rooms, the curved walls soften the transition between the zones whilst adding an architectural point of interest – my favourite feature by far,” says Rob.

“Working with Gyprock has allowed us to incorporate quality building materials and finishes, and I only ever wanted to use the best of the best for my dream house. After two years in the making, my wife and I are extremely proud of what we can now call home,” concludes Rob.

 
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Home Tour - Bourne Road Residence by Studiofour

 
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The Bourne Road Residence by Studiofour was designed with the mindset of framing the outdoor space with the architecture becoming a backdrop for the family’s engagement with the garden. Stripping the architecture back to white rendered planes, this project became an exploration into enclosing the basic rituals of domestic life within restrained building forms.

In contrast to the modest and simple façade, upon entering, spaces unfold, through the private sleeping areas, through the internal garden, and culminating in the main living, cooking and dining area.

The garden must be passed through and experienced to reach the main areas of the house. Located within the centre of the house, one must continually move through and experience the garden; not only guests coming to the public areas of the home, but the occupants as they move from the public living areas to the private areas of sleeping and bathing.

 
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Private areas of sleeping, bathing, study and reading are purposefully concealed from interior sight lines, whilst the public areas in contrast are completely open and connected to the internal garden. 

A key challenge for Studiofour when designing this residence was to balance the functional requirements for a family with two young children, while providing a calming sanctuary required for the professional couple. A private, acoustically separated, master wing and a secluded second living area enable the remainder of the house to remain fluid and relatively open. At all times the family are encouraged to connect with the landscape, while all internal areas are flooded with natural light and fresh air.

 
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Real Reno - The Norsu Home

 
 All imagery - Photographer:  Lisa Cohen   Stylist:  Beck Simon

All imagery - Photographer: Lisa Cohen  Stylist: Beck Simon


 

Introducing the norsuHOME - the renovation journey of a Nordic-inspired practical family home in just five months.

The team behind the Melbourne based Scandinavian Interiors store norsu interiors have been keeping themselves busy this year with a full renovation of Co-Founder Nat Wheeler’s original 1920’s Californian Bungalow in just five short months.

Nat, along with fellow Co-Founder Kristy Sadlier seized the chance to renovate when the Wheeler family purchased the Glen Iris property in late 2017 and the duo saw an opportunity to demonstrate their team’s styling prowess in norsu’s undeniably distinctive aesthetic.

Committed to designing and executing a superior look and feel at an affordable level (think flat pack kaboodle Kitchen cabinetry cleverly used as bedroom wardrobes), norsu partnered with an incredible line up of Australian and International suppliers on the project, including Caesarstone, Dulux, GlobeWest, Godfrey Hirst, Perini Tiles, Smeg and Sussex Taps.

 

 
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Having thoroughly enjoyed renovating several homes in the past, the decision to capture the journey of this reno was easy states Nat. “We wanted to share the journey with our social media followers and prove that renovating doesn’t have to be an overwhelming experience. Our goal was to show viewers how to apply some creative choices during the renovation process without breaking the bank, while sharing tips on how to confidently select finishes, incorporate colour, create cohesiveness, and of course have some fun along the way.”

After the reno was complete, our day jobs kicked into gear, and we had some serious fun with the styling” states Kristy. “We live and breathe interiors, and truly believe you can create something magical by carefully selecting the right furniture, art and soft furnishings for your home. For us, it’s all about the feeling you get when you walk in that front door. By focusing on the right pieces, tones, placement and layering, you have the ability to create cosiness, joy and warmth which allows guests to instantly connect emotionally with the space.”

This project has been the perfect platform for the norsu team to officially launch their dedicated styling services arm, led by in-house qualified interior designer Lauren Bartlett-Bragg. “If you’re drawn to the norsuHOME and would like assistance recreating this look and feel within your own home, we offer a range of services to suit any budget” says Lauren.

Capturing the entire process on video through an informative, fun and relatable 11 part episode series, the duo share practical reno and styling tips, along with focusing on the various elements to consider when renovating, such as painting, flooring, tiling and lighting. The entire series is now available to view at www.norsuhome.com/episodes/ or via their dedicated norsuHOME YouTube Channel

Visit norsuhome.com to binge watch the complete series, read all content and take a virtual tour of the home now.

 
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Home Tour - The Kensington Cathedral by Ha Architects

 
 Photographer— Dan Hocking

Photographer— Dan Hocking


 

Kensington Catherdal by Ha Architects

The Ridgeway is a historically consistent row of Edwardian weatherboard houses that descend down the ridge line of Kensington. The past decade has seen many of the houses in the street commission architecturally designed additions to the rear, creating a split personality for the dwellings. The rear cobblestone laneways are establishing their own identity one hundred years later.

"The Kensington Cathedral renovation is unashamedly progressive, but is more sympathetic and respectful of the renovations in the strip." 

 
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Home Tour - Fitzroy House by Red Door Project

 
 Design & Construction by Red Door Project | Photography by James Geer 

Design & Construction by Red Door Project | Photography by James Geer 


 

There's a famous quote from designer Bunny Williams, "If you love something, it will work. That's the only real rule." Red Door Project is built on that one, guiding principle. Crafting bespoke spaces that people love. And doing it with unbridled passion.

Their latest project is nothing short of outstanding, an inner city terrace located in Melbourne's Fitzroy. Undergoing a full renovation from the outside in, the transformation of this property is divine. 

A colour palette of soft neutrals with the addition of black elements such as tap ware, steel doors and kitchen cabinetry creates an aesthetically appealing and very considered interior scheme. The whole house is thoughtfully designed with every single detail perfected before signing off, an absolute must for the size constraints of inner city renovating and living. 

 

 
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Home Tour - Grange Road Residence by Scope Building Solutions

 
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Scope Building Solutions is an exclusive building company with a prime focus on delivering quality homes of sophistication and innovation. Their latest project is a townhouse development and they have not put a foot wrong! Every single detail has been thoughtfully chosen, every fitting and fixture is of the highest quality and the overall aesthetic is modern contemporary Australian design. 

“It’s the little details that make all the difference”

With years of industry experience, Scope Building Solutions are able to understand that each project requires it’s own unique and individual lifestyle reflected by their clients’ needs and wishes. Managing Director, Ben Leury, is a meticulous builder who strives to deliver perfection and a quality product, knowing that it’s the little details that make all the difference.

With their collaborative client approach, it allows Scope to truly reflect individual and specific requirements, work within varying budgets and ensure that their clients achieve their ultimate dream home. 

 
 
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Home Tour – Davies Street Residence by Studio Four

 
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The Davies Street Residence by studiofour began as an existing single level residence, comprised of low ceilings and a series of dark compartmentalised spaces. With strategic re-planning of the ground floor, and the addition of a new highly flexible first floor, the functions of the house have been extended and rejuvenated and the design adapts to suit the ever changing dynamics of family life.

Cold, dark and stagnant spaces were eliminated through both the insertion of a central courtyard as well as a new connection to the rear garden; all volumes now provided fresh air, an abundance of natural light and garden aspect.

Equally important was the client’s vision to have a home that supported healthy living. Providing a built environment that had abundant access to fresh air, aspect and light was paramount to the success of this project.

 
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The team at studiofour comprises of designers with experience in architecture, interiors, landscape and art.  With the Davies St Residence they were able to provide a holistic design approach and therefore there were no boundaries in this project. Each discipline bled into another, to inform a cohesive, highly considered outcome. When approaching the alterations and additions for this project, studiofour's aim was to retain as much of the existing building fabric as possible and work within the existing structural envelope, as this would prove most economical.

This enabled the client’s budget to focus on items such as the custom steel screen and the series of glass sliding doors and walls, which maximised the functionality of the home, while, with their seamless detailing, increased the sense of space and usability, and connection to the surrounding landscape.

 
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Home Tour - Long Jetty Road Reno

 
 

From Palm Springs to Long Jetty

With a passion for breathing new life into tired, dated homes, renovation royalty and popular husband and wife personalities Kyal and Kara open the doors to their latest project – a sunny, bright and all-white, coastal-style property in Long Jetty, on New South Wales Central Coast.

Their style is influenced by the architecture of mid-century Palm Springs homes in California – a design movement known as Desert Modernism and recognised by its use of clean lines, glass, natural finishes and flow-on indoor/outdoor spaces.

Kyal and Kara felt the unique design elements, simple elegance and informality was the perfect style to replace the original, dated weatherboard house – and also suited the laidback, coastal lifestyle of the area. 

“Our goal was to create a light-filled sanctuary that felt comfortable and inviting,” explains Kara. “It’s a real sanctuary but with plenty of space for entertaining.”

 
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Upon entering the house, high ceilings, large glass windows and an open-plan living space flooded with natural light take centre stage. “The first thing that strikes you about the renovation is the scale of the ceilings. At 3.6 metres high, they make a real statement,” says Kyal.

Complementing the look and feeling of space is the use of oak floors together with a soft white colour palette and Corinthian Moda internal doors for the entirety of the interior. “The Moda door is a long time favourite of ours,” says Kyal. “Its simplistic design ties in perfectly with our coastal style, whilst also providing a unique difference to an otherwise standard door.”

With the high internal ceilings, the added door height of the Moda design plays an integral role in the grandeur and scale of the interior. Kyal and Kara were also drawn to the profile of the Moda collection, “the shape of the Moda doors adds an extra layer of detail that would otherwise be missed if we used a flat, standard, profile door,” explains Kyal.

 
 

Looking to extend the feeling of space in the bedrooms, Kyal and Kara chose Corinthian Moda doors fitted with barn door hardware in a matte white finish for the walk-in-wardrobes.

The wardrobes are a design highlight for Kyal and Kara as they wanted to keep with the clean lines of the walls but also create a feature with the sliding doors. “This is a great design feature which emphasizes the shaker profile of the doors and creates a statement in itself,” says Kara. “We’re big believers in every detail being carefully considered – it’s the details that count and create a unique and beautiful renovation.”

 
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With a goal to design a family home that was built to last, the importance of high-quality and carefully selected materials was imperative. CSR Gyprock was the couple’s chosen plasterboard supplier for the second time, following the success of their Toowoon Bay renovation in 2016.

For the home’s internal linings, Gyprock Supaceil plasterboard was used for the ceilings, alongside quality Gyprock compounds. In the laundry and bathrooms, Kyal and Kara chose Gyprock’s Aquachek plasterboard, which is specifically designed for use as a lining in wet areas due to its moisture and humidity resistant properties.

Gyprock Alto cornices feature throughout the home and provide “a perfect balance between modern and traditional style,” explains Kara. Stylish yet unobtrusive, it was a well-thought-out design element for the Long Jetty home.

 
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The crowning glory of the home is the ‘outdoor entertaining space to die for.’ The couple’s vision for the backyard was to merge Palm Springs style with Moroccan textures as evident in the gorgeous mosaic tiled plunge pool, alongside lush greenery and a breeze block wall.

Being alfresco living enthusiasts, Kyal and Kara installed a fully integrated kitchen and barbeque, underneath a covered deck area with large skylights that lets in natural light. A poolside outdoor shower also adds to the backyard’s coastal vibe.

Overall, with the use of carefully selected quality building materials and a strong design vision, Kyal and Kara have created a beautiful beachside sanctuary, designed to last a lifetime.

 
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Doherty Design Studio | Women in Design

 
 

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“Our design style is contemporary and layered, and we are constantly drawn to Modernist design for inspiration, as well as the 1970’s-1980s for their architectural language and design detail”


 
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Fitzroy Residence

 

Doherty Design Studio is a multi-disciplinary design practice based in Melbourne, who create tailored residential and commercial environments from concept through to completion throughout Australia. Mardi Doherty, Director of Doherty Design Studio graduated from Interior Design at RMIT, commenced a degree in Architecture, but dropped out to become an artist. She eventually detoured back into design, working for local Melbourne designer Chris Connell, before heading to London where she worked with Conran Design Group and David Collins Architecture & Design.  Mardi returned to Melbourne in 2000 when Federation Square was being designed, and spent three years working on the interiors of the National Gallery of Victoria.

 

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Fitzroy Residence

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Following her stint on the NGV Mardi decided to set up her own business - “The decision to open my own studio was quite intuitive just a question of time and place. I was naïve and young, and all I knew was that there was enquiry and interest in what I did, so I launched in! Says Director Mardi Doherty.

The studio draws on the strength of its professional in house team and collaborations with some of Australia’s leading creatives. Their aim is to enhance an interior experience through intuitive, holistic design principles and bespoke finishes that express individuality.

I lead the business but its certainly a sum of parts that keep it thriving. Our team is made up of a talented, hard-working, supportive group of designers.” Says Mardi.

 

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Fitzroy Residence

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"Its good to know that our studios work is contributing to the design industry, and we have a strong interest in mentoring, and encouraging younger designers.” says Mardi.

Fitzory Residence is one of Doherty Design Studio’s most applauded projects to date. The interior of this contemporary three-level terrace was designed for a couple opting to downsize to an inner city luxurious retreat. The interior takes its lead from the built form and the external materials used in landscaping to create a series of spatially diverse areas. From the entry, the home opens to reveal a richly layered material mix of: ceramic tiles, mirror, steel mesh, fluted glass, terrazzo tiles, stone, light and dark timber veneers, timber-lined ceilings and oak floors.

 

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Church Residence

 

Each project is treated individually to reflect the clients needs and personality. We aim to express this through an artistic approach to customisation, materiality and bespoke detailing “

 

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Church Residence

 

“Our job is to tell each client’s story in a meaningful way and to create something that is unique to them.” Says Mardi Doherty.

Church Residence is another of Doherty Design Studio’s stand out projects, a four-level, converted 1930s church that has been extensively renovated. The brief required a sophisticated, sympathetic response to the existing architecture. Spatial flow, light, and an outdoor bathing space were important. The project responds to the brief through employing minimal colours and materials and a base palette of white and pale grey ensures a light, calm feel while green acts as a contrasting neutral.

 

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Ba Xa Eatery

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Ba Xa - Commercial Project

 

Eatery Ba Xa is a brave and sassy, sweet and gentle casual Vietnamese noodle bar at Melbourne Airports International terminal. Doherty Design Studio & Techne Architecture and Design collaborated to create a noodle bar that goes well beyond the norms of an airport food venue, giving it a sophisticated, feminine and very Melbourne look. The brief for the fit out were complex; the design needed to offer a nod to it’s namesake, the Ba Xa (which translates as ‘female village chief or wifey, someone who is nurturing, strong and fun) but also reflect Melbourne’s dynamic food scene and the punchy flavours of Vietnamese cuisine. A daring feminine aesthetic is delivered via graphic colours and forms. Underpinning it’s look and feel is a palette of neutrals and nude tones, punctuated with blue and maroon. As astute mix of material – natural stone, leather, terrazzo, brass, timber veneer, mirror and mesh provide continuity throughout.

 

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Ba Xa - Commercial Project

 

The dynamic with our clients is informal yet rigorous, as we respond to the issues each client and site presents." says Mardi Doherty.

 

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Hawthorn Residence

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Hawthorn Residence

 

Hawthorn Residence - a 1980s Cocks Carmichael designed home which needed its interiors brought up to date whilst still celebrating its strong architectural form and beauty. At the heart of the brief was a request to reinvigorate the interior while retaining the home's original features – glass bricks, grey terrazzo floor, pale timber-lined ceilings and front door. Key design aspects are delivered in the form of custom cabinetry, colour blocking, the repetition of pattern and geometric details. The studio responded boldly to their clients love of colour and appreciation of 1980s architecture.

 

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Hawthorn Residence

 Mardi Doherty - Director, Doherty Design Studio

Mardi Doherty - Director, Doherty Design Studio


‘Women in Design’ Series by DOT + POP & The Local Project

Edition 1: MELISSA BRIGHT ON EMPOWERMENT | WOMEN IN DESIGN

Edition 2: DESIGN BY GOLDEN | WOMEN IN DESIGN

Edition 3: CASSIE JAMES-HERRICK ON SELF-BELIEF | WOMEN IN DESIGN

Edition 4: STUDIO GRIFFITHS | WOMEN IN DESIGN

Editions to be released every Monday and Wednesday, watch this space!

 
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REECE UNVEILS LATEST ISSY COLLECTION WITH ZUSTER

 
 

IN THEIR SECOND COLLABORATION, WE MEET THE ISSY HALO RANGE, INSPIRED BY LUXURY FASHION

Following the success of the ISSY Z1 Ballerina and Z8 Butterfly bathroom collections, Reece has once again commissioned talented design duo, Fleur Sibbel and Wilhelmina McCarroll to create a striking new bathroom furniture range. The luxurious new collection, entitled ISSY HALO, is inspired by the pleats that graced catwalks during the time of creation, and is made with American Oak in natural, hazelnut and charcoal hues or a striking deep black. As with the first ISSY collection, the ISSY HALO range is fully customisable - designed and handcrafted in Australia to customers’ bespoke requirements.

“The ISSY HALO collection – like its predecessors – brings together state of the art materials and striking finishes to create a stunning product for the bathroom. As women designers, we are continuously influenced by nature, the elements, design and fashion. For this collection, we wanted to pay homage to the iconic pleat, and create a product a woman can enjoy, befitting her personal sanctuary and retreat.” Zuster Creative Director, Wilhelmina McCarroll said.

 
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The standout feature of the ISSY HALO vanity is its distinctive ‘HALO’ ribbed timber façade, accentuated with optional Corian handles and a Corian surface in Glacier White, Sonora, Oyster or Deep Night Sky. Ranging from a single door unit to a four-door unit with customisable options in-between, the collection also features Blum soft-closing drawers or touch release doors. Designed by women for women, ISSY HALO balances style and functionality to create a bathroom centrepiece.

“One of the hallmarks that we are proud to offer our customers is the option of a bespoke customisation service. The beauty of the ISSY HALO range is that it is designed and made in Melbourne, allowing us to create an exquisitely crafted product that fits the customer’s space – be it an existing nook or a new build. With ISSY HALO, our customers can have a designer product made to their requirements without any limitations.” Reece’s Bathroom Marketing Leader, Daniela Santilli said.

 
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ISSY by Zuster is designed and made in Melbourne and is available exclusively from Reece. For more information on the ISSY by Zuster collection, visit www.reece.com.au.

Designer: Wilhelmina McCarroll, Creative Director, and Fleur Sibbel, Managing Director, Zuster

 
 
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Studio Griffiths | Women in Design

 
 

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“Simplicity, style and elegance are the signature of the most successful design ideas and will always remain the cornerstone of my approach to design” Gilliane Griffiths

 

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Studio Griffiths is an interior architecture and design practice based in Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria established in 2014. Headed up by Creative Director Gillianne Griffiths with the philosophy that simplicity, style and elegance are key to successful design.

As a trained musician turned designer, Griffiths orchestrates single and multi-residential spaces with a focus on composition, rhythm and harmony, creating interiors that are considered, uncomplicated and highly sophisticated.

With a master’s degree in music, majoring in conducting, Griffiths began her career as a professional musician. “As a musician I also learnt about architecture and art, and these became a driving force in my creative expression, as they do for many composers. The volumes and forms of buildings, sculptures and paintings can inspire and shape a line of music,” Griffiths says.


 
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There are many qualities in the language of music that are resonant in design, and music thus defines Griffiths’ work as a designer.

For me the two disciplines go hand in hand. Composition, shapes, rhythm and form are used to create harmony in music as they are in design,” Griffiths describes. “I am accustomed to bringing black-and-white notes to life in the same way I can envision a room.” 

 

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Griffiths creates interior spaces that are modern, sophisticated and uncomplicated. Studio Griffiths’ work exudes a feeling of peace and calm, whether it’s a high-end home in Melbourne or a more organic abode on Mornington Peninsula. With restraint and attention to detail, rooms are carefully composed with all elements working together in perfect harmony.

“Any project will have endless possibilities, as long as you search for them. Our role is to realise our client’s dream home,” Griffiths says.

 

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Griffiths takes a purist approach to the forms in a room before layering it with warm and natural textures, jewel-coloured accents and shimmering metallic finishes. Custom elements add one-of-a-kind detail, and clients are always left with space to add their own personality and expression.

“It’s rewarding to see the joy and satisfaction clients get from living in their home and making it their own,” says Griffiths.

Offering a full interior architecture, design and decoration service for single and multi-residential projects, Griffiths takes a hands-on approach from the commencement to completion of the project. She leads a talented and professional team of designers with the studio consistently delivering spaces that exceed client expectations. Gilliane’s philosophy is to approach design with transparency and without constraints that limit a space to just one style.

 

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“In a nutshell, my style is understated luxury, sophisticated, elegant, considered and effortless. I am renowned for my uncomplicated and considered approach to intelligent design. I love minimalist and clean design, so my spaces are restrained but extremely functional and exudes warmth.”

The studio’s signature colours are Black, Charcoal, Greys, White and tonal variations. In addition, neutral earthy tones layered with accents of muted colour, unique objects and textural elements are always layered into the design.

“Using natural elements makes us feel calm, grounded and, above all, relaxed and connected with our surroundings”. 

 


 

Main Ridge House is one of Studio Griffiths most applauded projects to date. Located on a quiet hillside in the idyllic Victorian town of Main Ridge, this three-bedroom, three-bathroom modern English farmhouse is casual, sophisticated and timeless. The rolling green countryside and lush vineyards that surround this family farmhouse inspired the approach to the interior design.

The idea was to merge the forms of traditional farmhouses with clean contemporary lines whilst offering visual continuity with nature. The result is a modern interpretation of traditional English barn architecture. It strikes a balance between natural textures and materials, earth dark-stained furniture and black-stained panelling, juxtaposed against floor-to-ceiling panelled clinical white joinery.

 

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The open-plan living, dining, and kitchen area is at the centre of the house where it opens to outdoor living spaces and the landscapes to the north and south. The kitchen with its new three-metre-long central island bench, black stone and timber panelling is a focal point and juxtaposes the clinical white joinery behind beautifully. This central space leads to the bedrooms, bathrooms and utility zones and the consistent use of materials, colours and finishes creates cohesion throughout.

Floor to ceiling glass doors and windows offer a strong connection to the outdoors and frame views of the surrounding farmland so the expansive landscape can be enjoyed from every angle of the spaces throughout the house. A structure that provides room to breathe, see, hear and experience the surroundings, Main Ridge House delivers understated luxury and an exciting play of form and function.

 

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‘Women in Design’ Series by DOT + POP & The Local Project


Edition 1: MELISSA BRIGHT ON EMPOWERMENT | WOMEN IN DESIGN

Edition 2: DESIGN BY GOLDEN | WOMEN IN DESIGN

Edition 3: CASSIE JAMES-HERRICK ON SELF-BELIEF | WOMEN IN DESIGN

Editions to be released every Monday and Wednesday, watch this space!

 
 

Drake House - Austin Design Associates

 
 All images courtesy of  Austin Design

All images courtesy of Austin Design

 

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.

 
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DRAKE AUSTIN DESIGN
DRAKE AUSTIN DESIGN
DRAKE AUSTIN DESIGN
DRAKE AUSTIN DESIGN
DRAKE AUSTIN DESIGN
 

Minimalist and taking over Instagram - Nichba Design

 
NICHBA DESIGN
 

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.


 
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NICHBA DESIGN
NICHBA DESIGN
NICHBA DESIGN
NICHBA DESIGN
 
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Homes to love - a mind blowing Sydney apartment!

 
SJB Projects
 

 

"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.

 

 
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SJB Projects
SJB Projects
SJB Projects
 
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TRENDING | Peaches and cream interiors

 
 Bicker Design

Bicker Design

 

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?!

 
 Bicker Design

Bicker Design

 Dan Gayfer Design

Dan Gayfer Design

 Dan Gayfer Design

Dan Gayfer Design

 Arabeschi di latte Bitossi

Arabeschi di latte Bitossi

 Odod Design

Odod Design

 Via Pinterest

Via Pinterest

 Tribe Studio

Tribe Studio

 Stone Designs

Stone Designs

 India Mahdavi

India Mahdavi