australian design

Teneriffe Woolstore Apartment – A coveted address & humble home.

Repurposed and renovated buildings are some of my favourite streetscapes to look upon. To me, there is not much more exciting than giving new meaning and life to unexpected spaces around a city. In Brisbane, the Teneriffe Woolstore Apartments are a beautiful example of this. With due respect and highlight to history, blending modern architecture into the the authentic features of the buildings, Teneriffe is one of the most sought after areas to live in Brisbane.  (more…)

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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…)

Property Styling – A beach side Queenslander

I had the privilege of working with a designer friend Lindsay Southwell from Signature Property Styling on this project last week. Our very first job, this home is a gorgeous, light, airy Queenslander at Wynnum West, that we staged for sale in Brisbane. (more…)

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…)

Hoo Ha Bar, Southbank – An eclectic and natural interior space.

I first saw Hoo Ha Bar in a write up in Brisbane’s fabulous Map Magazine. Having a love for coffee,  craft beer and exposed brick I immediately felt like I wanted to investigate.  It is quite unassuming from the outside, but stepping up and into the cafe from Tribune St is quite simply lovely.  It is light, airy and welcoming and the interior is humble but well put together.  (more…)

Design Moodboard – Hinterland Retreat

I love working on mood boards. Who wouldn’t love dreaming about colour schemes, furniture, lighting and spaces, and putting it all together in one place to create a design direction. This is one I worked on a few months ago for a small assignment. The brief was to decorate a modern and natural retreat for a couple, in the Australian bush. Here’s what I came up with.

I wanted to provide integration of the natural environment into the open and spacious home, with natural materials, warm colours and plenty of texture. I based the colour scheme around a beautiful artwork of native Australian flower the Desert Pea. Orange, green and brown form the basis for this warm and inviting retreat, tied in with stone and timber, and some organic shapes that marry inside and outside; the surrounding natural environment.

Bush Retreat