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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Doherty Design Studio | Women in Design

 
 

WOMEN IN DESIGN SERIES

THE LOCAL PROJECT & DOT + POP

“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.

 

Fitzroy Residence

Fitzroy Residence

Fitzroy Residence

Fitzroy Residence

 

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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Church Residence

 

"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.

 

Church Residence

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

Ba Xa - Commercial Project

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.

 

Ba Xa - Commercial Project

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.

 

Hawthorn Residence

Hawthorn Residence

Hawthorn Residence

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.

 

Hawthorn Residence

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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Studio Griffiths | Women in Design

 
 

WOMEN IN DESIGN SERIES

THE LOCAL PROJECT & DOT + POP

“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!

 
 

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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The most beautiful nail salon we ever did see...

 
Photography | Justin Alexander

Photography | Justin Alexander

 

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.

 

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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.

 

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“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.

 

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The Client:  Professionail Hornsby
@professionailhornsby

The Shopfitter: Danielle Guo | Addison Joinery

The Photographer: Justin Alexander
@justinalexanderphoto

The Floral Arrangements: Bird Wood and Bloom
@birdwoodandbloom

The styling: Kris Won
@kri.ss.ii

 
 
Source: Professionail Hornsby asked Jason Byrne ...

Stunning Interiors and delicious food? Melbourne's new Lello Pasta bar

 
Photography:  Stephanie Rooney

Photography: Stephanie Rooney

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.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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“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.”

 
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Maitland Street Interiors Lello Restaurant
 
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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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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 

 

GETAWAY | Mitchelton Winery Luxury Boutique Hotel

 
Mitchelton Winery Luxury Boutique Hotel

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.

Mitchelton Winery Luxury Boutique Hotel

‘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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Source: Mitchelton Winery launches $16million ...

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
1788 Residences Double Bay
1788 Residences Double Bay
1788 Residences Double Bay
1788 Residences Double Bay
1788 Residences Double Bay
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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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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No space, no worries... check out this incredible renovation

 
Architect: Apparte Studio | Photo: Christopher Alexander

Architect: Apparte Studio | Photo: Christopher Alexander

Apparte Studio has completed an incredible renovation on this single fronted Victorian Cottage that proves with the right architecture and design, limited space has no boundaries. 

This originally cramped, dark and damp Victorian cottage has been transformed into a light-filled, flowing and uplifting home, while still referencing the original features of the house. The project is unique in the fact that the architect was also the builder and joiner, which provided the opportunity to test out ambitious ideas and their consequences during the construction.

One of the special aspects about this project is the play of contrasts between the modest facade and what lies inside. Like a veil of camouflage, the front gives nothing away of its contents and remains perfectly anonymous.

This home is only 60m2... no that is not a typo! So the brief was "How might a professional couple live comfortably inside a formerly tight and dingy Victorian of no more than 60m2?" And to add to the challenge, an extension was out of the question due to budget constraints, so all changes had to be made inside the existing structure. 

Scroll down to see for yourself how they transformed this home into a modern, light filled inner city dwelling. 

 

You will be drooling over this gorgeous home...

 
Architecture:  Madeline Blanchfield   Photography:  Prue Ruscoe

Architecture: Madeline Blanchfield

Photography: Prue Ruscoe

If you follow me on instagram (if you don't, you can here) you would have seen me gushing over the stunning bedroom of this home a few weeks ago... and since then I can't stop thinking about it! 

This beautiful home was designed by Architect Madeline Blanchfield and is located in Sydney's Clovelly. It has sweeping ocean views, an incredible amount of windows which bathes the home in natural light, the most beautiful textures, materials, fittings and fixtures and just has an overall sense of softness that I have fallen in love with.

Scroll down to be inspired and to add some of these incredible design ideas to your wish list... I'll be adding the brass framed shower screen to my mood board!

 

Au79 Cafe by Mim Design Studio...

 
Images via Mim Design Studio - Photography by Peter Clarke Photography

Images via Mim Design Studio - Photography by Peter Clarke Photography

We are in cafe heaven looking at Au79 Cafe in Abbotsford, Melbourne. Our style crush Mim Design Studio created this inner city oasis and we are drooling over the interiors, and the menu too! 

The indoor garden creates an instant wow factor and a lovely relaxed garden feel - this paired with polished concrete, marble, brass and leather and timber detailing forms the perfect Melbourne cafe vibe!

 

Studio Tate - PDG Melbourne

 
All Images from  Studio Tate  - Photography by  Peter Clarke Photography

All Images from Studio Tate - Photography by Peter Clarke Photography

We love everything Studio Tate do here at Dot + Pop, and their latest collaboration with their long term client PDG is incredibly beautiful. PDG wanted their headquarters to feel more like a home or hotel rather than an office space and that's what Studio Tate have delivered!

Studio Tate said: "Paying tribute to PDG’s emphasis on high-quality projects and lasting relationships, our concept teased out the subtle sophistication of the tailored suit – made to fit an individual’s exact proportions using the finest fabrics, with every last detail considered, from the hand-stitching to button selection."

The design is split into three main areas: the entry and reception, Managing Director’s office and the work space. The materials range from stone floors, to hexagonal floor plates, to walnut timbers, tan accents, brass detailing and stone cladding. LOVE!

 

This is the apartment James Bond would live in if he was a Sydneysider...

 

Paragon of Pyrmont, Thirdi Group’s latest residential development promises to deliver stunning living at an unparalleled inner city location in Sydney’s Pyrmont to a standard never seen before.

Designed by globally renowned architects and interior designers, SJB, Paragon of Pyrmont features a range of luxury 1 and 3 bedroom apartments and exclusive 3, 4 and 5 bedroom residences that are guaranteed to excite even the most discerning purchasers. Paragon’s piece de resistance is its remarkably luxurious 5-level terrace townhouses, which impress from the moment you cross the threshold.

And I mean who doesn't want their Maserati in their office?!

Landscaping across the development by Black Beetle ensure a lush green outlook in the centre of the city. Huge vertical gardens are incorporated into Terraces 1-5, 10 and 21 with custom lighting and potential water feature visible from all bedrooms, bathrooms and living areas.

With innovation paramount, Paragon of Pyrmont residences will integrate the latest in advanced automation and green technologies. All apartments will incorporate the very latest in home automation, with the ability to control lighting, air-conditioning, entertainment, security and power consumption from an iPad or smartphones app.

Furthermore, each residence features a private basement garage, most accommodating two cars, with a smart home automation system that recognises when a resident’s car is approaching the garage and open automatically, turning on the lights (even into the terrace, depending on individual settings) and ensuring the private lift is waiting to ferry them up to their home. The generously sized garages also have ample room for a laundry, bike racks, additional storage and even a temperature-controlled wine cellar for up to 1000 bottles.

 

Wheatland House, Neil Architecture...

 
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Images Neil Architecture - Builder Hoodcon - Consultants Struct Plan, POMP, Eckersley Landscape - Photographer Hilary Bradford.

We love a traditional heritage home with a super modern and contemporary extension and 'Wheatland House' by Neil Architecture is a winner in our books!

The Edwardian home, located in Malvern ticks all of the boxes and has been restored and renovated thoughtfully and meticulously.

"The double storey form, framed with contrasting timber and metal cladding, is punctuated by large windows set deep in to the façade providing solar protection whilst directing views into the backyard and parklands beyond."