Interior Design

Blissful city living in Brooklyn town houses. Yum.

Brooklyn Kitchen

Blissful city living.

I love all of this. I so want to live in a beautiful inner city space, with some sort of a connection with the outdoors, brick and timber, big windows and gas cooking, storage abundant and close to all the things I love…city, business, ideas, culture, creativity, entrepreneurs, history, progress…. I don’t care for too much space. It requires more effort to maintain, and less interaction with surroundings. Just well designed and thought through, with enough space to play, cook, create, and have friends enjoy it too.

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Apartment Design Part 3 – Material Selections for Kitchen & Living

I have been meaning to add more of the work I did last semester on this apartment project.  Please find my materials board and why I’ve chosen some of the selections. I’ve also included my attempts to recreate some of the materials in the rendered views of the project in REVIT, although this program is fantastic, it was difficult to communicate how you really want the rooms to look and feel. (more…)

Unusual & Interesting Renovations

Unusual & interesting renovations

One of my dreams is to turn a beautiful old church building into my home. There are a couple of churches around Brisbane I have my eye on. The example in this article just encourages this dream even more! I love the idea of reusing buildings and turning them into something unexpected.

Bed Hunting – 7 Great Places to Rest Your Head

I would LOVE a new bed. I’ve had a wrought iron 4 poster bed with lovely flowing mosquito nets for way too long. I’m bored with it. Plus we are downsizing, so a new room is likely to be quite small. A four poster bed of any calibre overfills a room with regular ceiling height, and is a little bit dangerous when you’ve got a ceiling fan in there! I am also bored (but more annoyed) at having loads of stuff under our bed. There are blankets, tools, boxes of stationery all hanging out, and it is unsightly and downright gross. I’m done with that friends! So I’ve put together a collection of my favourite bed finds so far, with big dreams of obtaining something from this list sometime very soon, and decluttering for our new space.  (more…)

Chair Design Hot Seat of the Day – ‘Lady’ by Marco Zanuso

It has been a while, but I do have a beautiful piece for you to gaze upon today. ‘Lady’ was originally designed in 1951 for Italian furniture design company Arflex, but she seduced me with her peacock feather pattern from the Poliform website.

What I love about good design is that it never really dates. This could have been created in any decade since the 50’s but what I think gives it away as a ‘mid century modern‘ piece, is those telltale curves and angled legs. It is timeless, comforting, and potentially humble, depending on the finish you’d choose. That silky, almost iridescent green and blue peacock pattern is anything but humble, and would create an amazing statement chair in a mysterious room.

Be sure to have a look at more pictures and info on the spec sheet.

lady greenlady houndstoothlady peacock

Apartment Design Part 2 – Floor Plan

I introduced the brief and concept for my Deluxe Flux project over the semester in this post. Here is some more of the work I’ve done. We had 77sqm internal, and 11sqm balcony to work with. There were obviously some restrictions with positioning of services, block work, and windows. My main goal was to try and create as much storage and function as possible, and I feel good about what I’ve achieved in that regard. I don’t think I’m 100% satisfied, but you know, it’s my first go at designing an apartment, and I did end up with a Distinction for the subject, so it can’t be too bad! It got to a point where I had to just had to stop rearranging and tweaking, and be content with what I’d done. Not having real people to deal with, or budget constraints made it too easy to just keep working on it.

I loved this space planning and design. I was so meticulous about measuring everything, and checking it against anthropometric data and ergonomics. I really wanted to make sure I’d thought through as much as possible, from a construction and building point of view, and also standing in the shoes of my client.

Having a new baby, they will have a lot of new things that they need to keep somewhere, hence storage, and they will spend a lot of time in the kitchen, so it needs to be well integrated with living and play space. There are some details that aren’t specifically mentioned on this plan, like the custom seating in the kitchen nook features storage compartments, and some of the custom cabinetry like the shelving in the living room and bathroom. The nursery would also feature frosted glass louvre at the top of the walls to meet Building Code for ventilation and light. But to be honest I didn’t fully resolve this, because I’ve got cupboard space there. I have considered the construction implications of the position of the laundry, and have made a deliberate decision not to include an ensuite. The configuration of the toilet and bathroom next to the master bedroom was the next best thing, and created more space for a study nook and storage.

I made decisions based on my original concept, and goals. But I do realise after the process, that sometimes you just end up in a certain place because you went to another place first. And it might not have ended up the best solution. It’s a complex process.

Please find here the original shell of the floor plan, and just one drawing from my folio of drawings.

Hamilton Harbour Shell

My DELUXE FLUX APARTMENT DESIGN drawn in AutoCAD.

If you are interested in what Hamilton Harbour really did with the space, you can find the floor plan for this particular unit here. I can honestly say that I did not lay eyes on this floor plan until this very moment that I write this post.

Apartment Design Part 1 – Design Brief & Concept

It has been a while since I posted. It’s been a few crazy months! My project for this semester has been a full design and decoration of an apartment, and I want to share piece by piece what I’ve come up with. (more…)