Stunning contemporary living on Sydney’s Northern Beaches...

 
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A 1940s beach house on Sydney’s Northern Beaches has been transformed into a three bedroom, two-bathroom, contemporary family home. The Avalon property belongs to the creator of bellaMUMMA, Nikki Yazxhi and her husband Adam, Creative Director at MAXCO.

After nearly 15 years in the family home, Nikki and Adam decided they would either need to sell in favour of something larger or renovate the existing house. “With our two boys aged 11 and 14, we were at a crossroads of whether to sell and buy something bigger, or stay in a house and area we love and renovate to make the house suit our family’s lifestyle." says Nikki.

 

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Friend and interior designer, Nina Maya was engaged to direct and style the home renovation. Following two previous renovations, this final makeover involved the family moving out for three months so that the house could be gutted and rebuilt. To achieve the simple and elegant interior, a refined palette of neutrals was chosen, using only natural materials such as European oak flooring, marble, stone and brass.

Nina designed a space that maintains the home’s original charm, while maximising the indoor areas with added storage. The original wall separating the living area and the kitchen was removed, and to increase the connection to the outside, full-height glass bi-fold doors were installed on the back deck and skylights were used to boost the amount of natural light, provided by Stegbar. The kitchen is one of the first rooms the family had outgrown. With Adam’s love of cooking and the couple’s passion for entertaining, the kitchen was maximised and upgraded with new appliances for a modern and contemporary space that performed as amazingly as it looked. The kitchen and the benchtop bar are now the hub of the house.

 
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The new kitchen appliances were selected for their aesthetic and functionality. “We loved the look of ASKO products first off, then we started doing some research and watching Adam Liaw's YouTube videos and realised how amazing the appliances were,” says Nikki. “The ASKO Elements range is sleek and sexy, and we are beyond impressed by how they make life so much easier in the kitchen. I think the first couple of months we were continually impressed with all the new features that we were discovering.”

 
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For the family, storage was the biggest issue. They needed to maximise the existing space and create extra storage in order to make the home more suitable for their growing family. Ultimately deciding to stay and renovate, Nikki and Adam put their savings towards creating their dream home featuring the highest quality building products. “When it came to choosing plasterboard to re-do our walls, we couldn’t go past CSR Gyprock’s Sensitive plasterboard,” says Nikki.

 
 
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Bold & Bright - OON release their AW18 collection ‘Falgun’

 
Styling - Greenhouse Interiors | Photography - Armelle Habib

Styling - Greenhouse Interiors | Photography - Armelle Habib

 

This season Oon goes bolder and brighter with their latest collection entitled 'Falgun'. Falgun is the Nepalese calendar month synonymous with the big colour festival 'holi' which is held at the beginning of each spring. The collection is inspired by the ideals of the festival - both the experience  and the observance. The colours of 'holi' are bright, contrasting, fun and joyous and that is exactly what the 'Falgun' collection embodies.

We love Oon's use of geometric patterns and tailored stitching, which are paired back with the use of natural textures, simple structures and organic shapes. Throughout the range their is a juxtaposition of carefully considered textures all perfectly complementing each other.

The AW18 Collection is all about celebrating colour by encouraging the use of bold colours, mixing and matching patterns and shapes and making a statement with interiors.

Oon continue to stay true to their core values by using traditional techniques, such as 'kantha' stitching from India, while always adding a touch of their signature contemporary style and edge.

Featuring shags, tailored stitching and organic shapes alongside muted shades of hazelnut, soft pink, navy with dashes of red and gold, we just know that you are going to love this range just as much as we do!

SHOP OON HERE

 

Styling - Greenhouse Interiors | Photography - Armelle Habib

Styling - Greenhouse Interiors | Photography - Armelle Habib

Styling - Greenhouse Interiors | Photography - Armelle Habib

Styling - Greenhouse Interiors | Photography - Armelle Habib

Styling - Greenhouse Interiors | Photography - Armelle Habib

Styling - Greenhouse Interiors | Photography - Armelle Habib

Styling - Greenhouse Interiors | Photography - Armelle Habib

Styling - Greenhouse Interiors | Photography - Armelle Habib

Styling & Photography - Louise Roche, Villa Styling

Styling & Photography - Louise Roche, Villa Styling

Styling & Photography - Louise Roche, Villa Styling

Styling & Photography - Louise Roche, Villa Styling

Styling & Photography - Louise Roche, Villa Styling

Styling & Photography - Louise Roche, Villa Styling

Styling & Photography - Louise Roche, Villa Styling

Styling & Photography - Louise Roche, Villa Styling

Styling & Photography - Louise Roche, Villa Styling

Styling & Photography - Louise Roche, Villa Styling

Styling & Photography - Louise Roche, Villa Styling

Styling & Photography - Louise Roche, Villa Styling

 
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An iconic Melbourne Hotel reimagined...

 
Interior Design by  Meme Design   |  Photography by  Tom Blachford .

Interior Design by Meme Design  |  Photography by Tom Blachford.

 

The iconic Prince Hotel in Melbourne's St Kilda has been reimagined and refurbished by the incredible design team at Meme Design. It's beachside location was inspiration for the softer palette of textures and hues, suggestive of Miami beaches and 'candy coloured ice-creams'. The Interior design approach paid homage to the hotels original art deco architecture, expansive windows and natural light. 

The choices of lighting and furniture in each room showcase Australia's diverse artesian makers. Each room offers a range of pieces, from handmade oak chairs by HR McCarthy, generous armchairs by Jardan, blush concrete tables by Nood Co, brass pendants by ISM Objects, cushions by Sly Australia and photography by Kate Ballis.

Every element within the Prince Hotel has been thoughtfully considered, from it's fresh aesthetic, it's relaxed vibes and it's uber comfortable furniture pieces. 

 
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A weekend styling retreat with the best in the business... Julia Green, from Greenhouse Interiors

 
Photographer: Stephanie Rooney

Photographer: Stephanie Rooney

 

If Julia Green had a dollar for every time she has been asked for advice on establishing a career in the interior styling world, she could very likely pack up her props and trade them in for a life of luxury.

As a leader in the industry, it’s a question Julia fields on a daily basis, from budding stylists of all ages and from all backgrounds.

So, armed with a wealth of industry information and her own styling secrets, the founder of Greenhouse Interiors decided to share her knowledge with those looking to establish themselves in this highly-sought-after field.

 
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She recently threw open the doors to her Barwon Heads home for a weekend-long workshop where six aspiring stylists, who were given the opportunity to learn what it takes to turn a passion for interior styling into a career.

The workshop covered all aspects of the industry, from understanding personal style to working with photographers and other suppliers, as well as how to win business in this highly-competitive field. Guest speaker Samantha Firestone also shared her knowledge of the importance of digital strategy, social media and marketing.

 
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A morning yoga session and an evening glass or two of bubbles offered a perfect contrast to the otherwise fast-paced schedule.

The workshop culminated in a professional photo shoot where participants brought to life their interior concepts using a new range of artworks by Greenhouse Interiors artists Brent Rosenberg, Morgan Jamieson, Prudence Caroline and Kimmy Hogan.

The resulting imagery showcased students’ personal style combined with their newly-garnered interior styling knowledge, and ensured each left with full hearts and minds as well as magazine-worthy folio pieces to rival the best in the business.

 
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‘This retreat was a money-can’t-buy experience and was one of the best weekends of my life! Although we were six complete strangers and have different end goals, we all seemed to be at the same stage. Waiting at the start line, a little unsure how to actually start or to reach the next stage. Julia’s energy and passion is contagious and she quickly got everyone to open up and really trust each other in an incredibly supportive environment. Although this weekend was about styling, it was just as much about backing yourself and just going for it. By the end of the weekend, we all left with our hearts and inspiration cups overflowing – not to mention some beautiful imagery to compliment our portfolio’s!’ said participant Alex.

Bright futures, and a solid game plan now await this group of creatives armed with the passion and know how.

All Art shown here available at Greenhouse Interiors.

 
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To find out more about Julia Green’s interior styling workshops visit greenhouseinteriors.com.au

Stylists: Hannah Amos | Chealsea Ellis | Alexander Carter | Sally Humphries | Jen Harrison | Aisha Chaudhry,

Photographer: Stephanie Rooney

 

 
 
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Schiavello unveils new Melbourne Retail Range and Showroom...

 
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Schiavello has just launched their highly anticipated new retail furniture line with the opening of a new retail showroom in Melbourne’s Southbank. The Australian company’s fresh focus on residential furniture will establish a new visual and design language for residential living locally and beyond.

Schiavello furniture is 100% made in Melbourne at the company’s Tullamarine factory. Hero pieces featured in the retail launch include the 101 chair & La La stool by Helen Kontouris, Blom chair by Claudio Bellini, Vertical Garden by Joost Bakker, MR chair by Mario Ruiz, Parley & Goodwood table by Doshi Levien, Tango table, Kush floor cushion, Toro Badjo sofa, Bomba sofa & Karo ottoman by Ivan Woods, Wire chair, Rib chair & Lean Table by Chris Connell.

Design & Marketing Director, Anton Schiavello said, “Our decision to move into a retail offering has been prompted by the increasing blur between our personal life and work life, shifting from the notion of ‘work life balance’ to ‘work life integration.’

 
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Schiavello
 

Located at ground level at Southbank’s Prima Tower, the warm, light filled space showcasing local and international design by Schiavello and MAP features interior by award winning designers Hecker Guthrie.

 
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Schiavello
 

Clean lines, layered volumes and an assemblage of textural materials (leather, velvet, glass, timber) create balance and a distinctively architectural approach. Full-height glass, light timber veneer, textured white rendered walls and natural oak flooring form the basis of the material palette. Multiple lounging areas offer a moment to pause and consider, delineated by moss green and light grey carpet. A vertical garden and hand-blown glass vases with draping greenery add an organic, serene ambience throughout.

 
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Schiavello
 

The new Schiavello Melbourne retail showroom is now open at 35 Queensbridge Street, Southbank VIC 3006.

 
 
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3 Summer Bed Styling Tips from founder of IN BED Pip Vassett!

 
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In Bed have released a gorgeous range of 200TC Washed Cotton sets and singulars in the most dreamy and soft colour palette - floss, pale blue, sage and cloud. It's the perfect linen range for balmy summer nights... with a perfect lived in and relaxed look just like linen but with the crisp feel of cotton.

We chatted with the super talented and creative founder of In Bed Pip Vassett, about her top tips for summer bed styling!

 

1 -

"For summer I really love to style my bed in soft, pastel colours rather than any colours that are too dark or heavy. I guess to emulate that breezy summer vibe indoors!"

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"I also really like to mix a few complimentary colours together as well rather than just having one block colour for the whole bed, it's a little more fun and I think summer is the time of year to be a little more playful. Our cotton range is great for this as all the pastels work beautifully together so it's really easy to mix and match."

3 -

"I'm not big on heavy layers for summer so I'll often just use an untucked flat sheet as a bed cover, ditching the duvet on those especially hot days."

 
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IN BED
 
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My Top 7 Interior Wall Trends...

 
 

Textured interior walls is where it's at - they add interest, style, texture and sense of modernity! Gone are the days of plain painted walls, texture is everything and what better way to inject some style into your space than with a little bit of wall pampering! 

My top 7 trends are below - some are DIY, some are an easy addition and some are a full blown makeover... so get inspired and please let me know your favourites!

 

 

1. Vertical Panelling

Designed by Griffiths Design Studio - Photography Sharyn Cairns

Designed by Griffiths Design Studio - Photography Sharyn Cairns

2. Horizontal Panelling

Designed by Eduardo Villa - Photography Sharyn Cairns

Designed by Eduardo Villa - Photography Sharyn Cairns

3. Timber Battens

Designed by Studio 1 Architects

Designed by Studio 1 Architects

4. Timber Detailing

Designed by HA Architects

Designed by HA Architects

5. Concrete Render

Via Pinterest

Via Pinterest

6. Painted Brick

Designed by Rob Kennon Architects

Designed by Rob Kennon Architects

7. Brick

Via Pinterest

Via Pinterest

 
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Elsternwick House... a bold and stunning renovation

 
Photography Sharyn Cairns

Photography Sharyn Cairns

 

Elsternwick House by Fiona Lynch Interior Design

The grandest of entrances leads you into a breathtakingly beautiful transformation of a Victorian Home, Elsternwick House is absolutely stunning. 

"As the client was encouraging of our exploration of colour, we took an evolutionary approach from room to room. Soft, earthy clay in the lounge melds into rusty brown in the adjacent study; through to a dining room swathed in striking blue." says Fiona Lynch.

 
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Elsternwick House Fiona Lynch
Elsternwick House Fiona Lynch
Elsternwick House Fiona Lynch
Elsternwick House Fiona Lynch
 
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The Design Edit - Beautiful furniture & homewares

 

We love finding new, innovative and design savvy brands to share with you, so it’s time to introduce you to my fav new find!  The Design Edit is the latest boutique furniture and homewares store to join the interiors space in Australia and can we just say that we are soooo excited that they have arrived!

With a beautifully curated collection of high quality pieces, as well as a dedicated platform for showcasing the handmade creations of local Australian designers, this is the new destination for online interiors.

Melbourne based and family owned, The Design Edit was conceived by husband and wife team Jason and Danni Tan who developed a love for furniture and homewares while designing and building their own home. It was during this time that they were inspired by the transformative power of well selected furniture pieces and The Design Edit was born.

The Design Edit has a curated collection of pieces that includes functional and timeless Scandinavian inspired wooden furniture, iconic replica designer pieces, and stylish homewares, something to suit everyone’s taste, style and budget.

“When curating products for The Design Edit, we only consider items that we’d personally put in our own home,” says co-founder Danni. “When you purchase one of our pieces, you are making that item a part of your life and inviting it into your home – that’s a big deal and it’s a privilege we take seriously!”

Every piece of furniture is of exceptional quality and made from premium materials, such as top grain Italian leather, soft cashmere and solid wood.

The complementing homewares range features beautifully designed, timeless pieces from leading, well-loved brands such as Amalfi, LindDNA and Zakkia.

What we love even more about The Design Edit is that they are showcasing the unique works of talented Australian artisans, supporting local designers and giving them a platform to display their beautiful creations. In the Local Designers Range each unique piece has been lovingly and locally handmade by independent Australian designers, making them truly one of a kind, something that will stand the test of time and become part of your homes identity.

So if you are looking for your next item of furniture, something to add a punch of personality into your space or the perfect gift for a loved one, The Design Edit is your one stop shop!

Shop The Design Edit HERE

 
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A beautiful, functional and easy storage solution...

 
Black Ash Boxy.

Black Ash Boxy.


Combining aesthetics + functionality Urban Couture's new Boxy Range is the perfect addition to your home.

Urban Couture have released their latest must have - the Boxy. The perfect piece to create your own custom storage, use as a gorgeous bedside table, a side table or even a stack them them to create a sideboard - the options are endless.

Urban Couture's Boxy Units are available in Oak, Black Ash, Green + Carrara Marble, and can be purchased in sets to create a storage solution or on their own to accessorise your space. 

We love, do you?

Green Marble Boxy.

Green Marble Boxy.


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American Oak Boxy.

American Oak Boxy.


Carrara Marble Boxy.

Carrara Marble Boxy.

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Darren Palmer has launched a homewares range and it is gorgeous...

 
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Darren Palmer is the style guru we all know and love; from his books, tv shows, judging on The Block and just being an all round Interior Designer extrodinaire!

And now you can have a piece of his style in your own home... Partnering with Myer, the Darren Palmer Collection is a curated selection of stunning pieces that pay tribute to his signature style and flair. Think lots of Navy, touches of coastal, multiple textures, pieces for layering and a touch of luxe. 

The collection is online and in store at Myer nationally.


My Top 3 Picks!


Darren Palmer Lives Here
Darren Palmer Lives Here
 

Interior Trend Predictions for 2018... by Lucy Given from LUC. Design Store

 
Image courtesy of Menu Denmark.

Image courtesy of Menu Denmark.

Lucy Given is one busy lady. Not only is she paving the way for homeware interiors at her amazing LUC. design store in Hobart, she was also recently named the first ever ‘Retailer of the Year’ at the 2017 Gift and Life Instyle Awards.

Having over 25 years experience in both commercial and residential interior design and retail - Lucy knows a thing or two about what’s happening in the industry, on a national and international scale. This makes Lucy the perfect person to lead several education sessions at Reed Gift Fairs in Melbourne this August. Each session is tailored specifically to those within this ever-growing industry.

In preparation for the Reed Gift Fairs Melbourne event, Lucy has shared some of her professional interior trend predictions for spring/summer 18 with us... scroll down!

Image courtesy of Menu Denmark.

Image courtesy of Menu Denmark.

Scandinavian influences – this is an interior trend that has continued to flourish and evolve over the years. Interior trends for 2018 will combine Scandinavian designs with a much more paired back sensibility. This will include the use of vintage/timeless elements (think classic furniture and lighting from the 60’s and 70’s) teamed with a touch of glamour in metal, leather or glass  – creating a sense of comfort and luxury in the home. There will be less of the pale timbers and soft greys this season, and more walnut, natural leather and textural hides.

Image courtesy of Menu Denmark.

Image courtesy of Menu Denmark.

The return of colour – trending across the industry is the return of bold colour choices and the resurgence of layers and textures. There is a shift in the shades of colours we are used to seeing and a move toward earthy tones, metallics and shiny surfaces that reflect a sense of luxury and wealth. You can also expect to see lots of pink trending this season and more specifically millennial pink. Green will continue to remain a strong trend, however it will take on softer shades of sage, soft pastel celery and avocado. Dark interiors dominate with moody greys and intense blues - which makes me very happy.

Image courtesy of Menu Denmark.

Image courtesy of Menu Denmark.

The mix of colours with textures – this season we will continue to see the pairing of colours and textures, which includes velvet and natural textiles that will be emulated throughout linens and wools. Along with this, there will be an inclusion of leather, metal accents, concrete and glass mixed with other natural elements such as plants, timbers, stone and textural fabrics. 

Marble and natural stone – Expect to see the pairing of marble and natural stone this season, with black being the new white when it comes to marbling. Keep an eye out for stone finishes and tones of grey and black, along with thin profiles in bench and table tops. Black kitchens will also become huge. 
 

All of these trends and more will be showcased at Reed Gift Fairs Melbourne in August 2017. http://www.reedgiftfairs.com.au

LUC. Design Store

LUC. Design Store

Lucy Given of LUC. Design Store

Lucy Given of LUC. Design Store

 

Bathroom Love... Belle Coco Republic Interior Design Awards

 
Arent & Pyke

Arent & Pyke

We love a little bit of bathroom glam, so we have compiled our favourite bathroom designs from the finalists of the Belle Coco Republic Interior Design Awards for you to check out.

As you can tell we have a thing for grey, black and white... but who doesn't, am I right?!

Arent & Pyke

Arent & Pyke

B.E. Architecture

B.E. Architecture

Arent & Pyke

Arent & Pyke

B.E. Architecture

B.E. Architecture

AP Design House

AP Design House

Haymes Paint Colour Forecast 2017...

 
Haymes Interior Expressions low sheen acrylic in Ironstone - part of the ‘Pitch Dark’ collection

Haymes Interior Expressions low sheen acrylic in Ironstone - part of the ‘Pitch Dark’ collection

Haymes Paint has unveiled their latest trend forecast. The newest release to their new colour trends model introduces Volume 8, Colour Forecast, consisting of three colour themes; Stark Beauty, Strata and Pitch Dark, each with its own palette of nine colours.

Haymes Interior Expressions low sheen acrylic in Pond Moss - part of the ‘Stark Beauty’ collection

Haymes Interior Expressions low sheen acrylic in Pond Moss - part of the ‘Stark Beauty’ collection

Volume 8 covers the diverse collection of colour and design directions we see influencing the market globally. We’ve presented this volume in three distinct colour stories that we believe will work well across interiors, particularly in Australia,” says Wendy Rennie, colour and concept manager at Haymes Paint.

Haymes Interior Expressions low sheen acrylic in Deep Buff - part of the ‘Strata’ collection

Haymes Interior Expressions low sheen acrylic in Deep Buff - part of the ‘Strata’ collection

“There is no one size its all approach and often it’s the blend of external factors like culture, arts, politics and commerce that influence our trends and colour palettes,” Wendy said.

Haymes Interior Expressions low sheen acrylic in Keystone - part of the ‘Strata’ collection

Haymes Interior Expressions low sheen acrylic in Keystone - part of the ‘Strata’ collection

Haymes Interior Expressions low sheen acrylic in Coal Mine - part of the ‘Pitch Dark’ collection

Haymes Interior Expressions low sheen acrylic in Coal Mine - part of the ‘Pitch Dark’ collection

Photography: Martina Gemmola - Styling: Ruth Welsby

Haymes Paint here - Facebook here - Instagram here 

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Studio Tate - Middletown Cafe Prahran...

 

What's better than an amazing breakfast you say? An amazing breakfast in the most stunning new cafe in town! 

The Middletown Cafe in Melbourne's Prahran is the embodiment of refined luxury. Deep blue walls are the base for textural materials such as terrazzo flooring, brass, stone, timber and metal - all of which compliment each other and display the thoughtfulness of the interior architecture. 

"Middletown is a considered contrast of bold and light, intricate and refined, classic and contemporary.  From the big picture, right down to the smallest detail, all elements combine to create a luxurious yet approachable sensory experience." 

Studio Tate here - Middletown Cafe here - Instagram here - Facebook here

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