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.

 

Fitzroy Residence

Fitzroy Residence

Church Residence

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 “

 

Church Residence

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.

 

Ba Xa Eatery

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!

 
Source: Doherty Design Studio is a ...

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

 

Our top 6 bathrooms from the 2018 Australian Interior Design Awards...

 
Hornsby Residence by Conrad Architects | Photography Derek Swalwell

Hornsby Residence by Conrad Architects | Photography Derek Swalwell

 

 

The Australian Interior Design Awards recognise and celebrate interior design excellence via a credible, industry-based program, which is backed by the Design Institute of Australia, the professional body representing Australian designers. 

We love scouring the entries and seeing what the best in the business are creating! There are so many incredibly talented people within the design industry in Australia, I wish I could show you everything but for now, here are our top 6 bathrooms, selected from Residential Design category

 

 
Concrete Conceal House by Tecture Architecture and Interior Design with Swee Design | Photography Shannon McGrath

Concrete Conceal House by Tecture Architecture and Interior Design with Swee Design | Photography Shannon McGrath

Canning Cottage by Bicker Design | Photography Nikole Ramsay

Canning Cottage by Bicker Design | Photography Nikole Ramsay

Clark House by SJB | Photography Nicole England

Clark House by SJB | Photography Nicole England

Gordon House by Austin Design Associates | Photography Armelle Habib

Gordon House by Austin Design Associates | Photography Armelle Habib

Oreo House by Taylor Pressly Architects | Photography Tom Blachford

Oreo House by Taylor Pressly Architects | Photography Tom Blachford

 
Source: The Australian Interior Design Awards ...

Home Tour | The Ivy Home by Seidler Group

 
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The Ivy Home by Seidler Group in South Melbourne is a masterpiece in architectural design for small homes. South Melbourne has traditionally narrow Victorian homes and Seidler's solution to combat this was to combine landscape architecture and clever fabrication to create a spacious oasis of white and green, within the confines of the narrow block.

 

 
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The interior is bright and airy with a raw, neutral colour palllette and each space is open and filled with light, giving this home fresh new life. The styling was undertaken by the clients themselves who have added beautiful furniture pieces and injected each space with colour and character, giving a real sense of style to the home.

 

 
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A custom designed floating staircase maximises the outlook through a glazed southern perimeter overlooking an Ivy garden, offering a green backdrop against the adjoining boundary wall. The garage extensions timber facade references coastal tones injecting warmth into the outdoor entertaining space complete with a spa. Exposed timber fins direct views from the upper entertaining room into a lush backyard complete with a floating weatherboard bathing box, a further extension from the original home.

 

 
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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 ...

Need motivation to exercise? This space will get you moving!

 
Photography: Damian Bennett.

Photography: Damian Bennett.

 

The Well, designed by Tom Mark Henry, a concept that embodies a holistic approach to wellness and health in both aesthetics and feel.

"Our aim was to create a sense of calm on arriving to the space, where you can leave your stress at the door and focus inwardly on your health and well being."

The design brief was to totally transform the existing site, which was dark and restrictive, to a light-filled wellness centre that radiated health and happiness.

The brief was realised by ensuring natural light travelled deep within the space and used a very soft palette to ensure that light was maximised. A 5-meter tall Ficus Hilli sits under a light-filled atrium, and a circular staircase made from white powder coated perforated mesh wraps around the tree to carry visitors from the ground floor café and reception to the first-floor gym, yoga studio and Pilates studio. This sculptural piece serves as the backdrop to the reception counter and can be seen from the café space.

 
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Tom Mark Henry won Emerging Interior Practice of the Year at the WIN 2017 Awards hosted by World Interior News. Cushla McFadden, co-director of Tom Mark Henry, attended the annual ceremony in London in February to receive the award.

“It is a real ‘pinch-us’ moment to be recognised on a global scale after only four years of business,” said co-director Jade Nottage. “It is an acknowledgement of the whole Tom Mark Henry team as everyone is imperative to our success and has worked very hard over the last four years. We are committed to our craft and it is gratifying and flattering that our passion and dedication has been recognised, particularly amongst the calibre of the other shortlisted practices,” Nottage said.

Judge Fiona Naylor commented: “For a relatively new practice Tom Mark Henry shows an energy and ability to deliver and retain the integrity of great design on what are probably high-pressure or low-budget commercial and hospitality projects… Their work is not overdesigned; there is a certain restraint and solid decision making going on.” 

 
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A stunning country abode - Limerick House by Solomon Troup Architects

 
Architect - Soloman Troup | Photogrpahy -  Tatjana Plitt

Architect - Soloman Troup | Photogrpahy -  Tatjana Plitt

 

Brunswick based firm Solomon Troup Architects have recently completed their first project, Limerick House, located in Eganstown, about 10 minutes outside of Daylesford, Victoria. It is a modest addition to an existing house that was owned by the clients’ father, who built the house out of three disused railway cottages.

The form of the addition was inspired by the old dilapidated shearing sheds that inhabit the local area. Black-stained timber decking boards were used to clad the entire addition to further enhance the resemblance of the aged timber look of the local dilapidated shearing sheds, whilst silver-top ash lining boards add warmth to the interior space and contrast the black exterior.

 
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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
 
Source: Melbourne’s new favourite pasta bar, ...

Helen Kontouris designs "NGV Room" for the Australian Open 2018

 
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Helen Kontouris Designs the Australian Open Pavillion for the National Gallery of Victoria called the "NGV Room by Helen Kontouris".

 

The National Gallery of Victoria has engaged Australian artist and furniture designer Helen Kontouris to create a unique hospitality space for fans on site at the Australian Open Tennis 2018. Through her furniture, lighting and object designs, Kontouris has created an intimate and sensory retreat that celebrates the energy and diversity of the Australian Open.

Known as The NGV Room by Helen Kontouris, the spaces evokes a cool and calming oasis for tennis fans to retreat to amongst the bustle of the Australian Open. Opened for the duration of the Australian Open from 14 – 28 January 2018, the space highlights Kontouris’ contemporary range of lighting and furniture designs.

Helen Kontouris has worked as a designer for over a decade and is known for integrating organic forms and imaginative elements into traditional concepts. Her approach often takes traditional, linear concepts and combines a fluid feminine sensibility inspired from a narrative informed by her travels. Kontouris has created work for industry leaders De Padova, Alessi, Kundalini, Celda, Ritzenhoff, Schiavello and museums. 

 
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Pictured above are the Botanical Screens, Softscape seating upholstered in  Kvadrat  textiles, Softscape floor lamps, Softscape ottomans and Penelope Table and stool. All available through  L  EN  at  Stylecraft . Floral arrangements by  Flowers Vasette .

Pictured above are the Botanical Screens, Softscape seating upholstered in Kvadrat textiles, Softscape floor lamps, Softscape ottomans and Penelope Table and stool. All available through LEN at Stylecraft. Floral arrangements by Flowers Vasette.

Shown above is the Softscape floor lamp available through  L  EN  at  Stylecraft . Floral arrangements by Flowers  Vasette .

Shown above is the Softscape floor lamp available through LEN at Stylecraft. Floral arrangements by Flowers Vasette.

Penelope Table and stool available through  Stylecraft  and the Panier stool available through  Space Furniture .

Penelope Table and stool available through Stylecraft and the Panier stool available through Space Furniture.

 

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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Source: Studio Tate have completed The Melburnian ...

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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Source: Cantilever Interiors Custom K2 Kitchen - ...

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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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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Blushing beautiful... check out this new retail space

 
Photogrpahy -  Jake Roden

Photogrpahy - Jake Roden

We love interiors and we love shopping, so when we discovered Rebecca Vallance's new Melbourne boutique we were ooohhing and aaahhing over the fit out and the clothes!  

Located on Armadale’s prestigious High Street, this is the brand’s new flagship store. Designed by local Interior Architect Shareen Joel , the space is light filled, modern, with the perfect amount of classic features. Timber parquetry flooring, stone benches and antique brass clothing rails are used as the stores’ foundations with complementary soft furnishings, ceiling-to-floor thick velvet curtains, leather seating, and antique silver mirrors, echoing the brands effortless elegance.

"The chic architectural interiors and natural light that fill the space are a perfect canvas to showcase our collections.” Rebecca Vallance, Designer

 

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!