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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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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…)

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

Designer Home Items to Rock Your Socks.

Sometimes I get so overwhelmed by the beauty and design that people are capable of. Something in my belly fires up when I see objects, rooms and furniture that is innovative, interesting, functional and beautiful. It must mean I’m in the right industry! Here is a collection of things that have been churning my tummy with excitement lately.

Trans-form-it. 

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Our spaces are getting smaller, we move around A LOT, and  transport costs are getting more expensive. This furniture innovation is an absolute genius way to address some of these pressing issues.

This couch is just one of a few key furniture items design by Australian designer Nora Kinnunen.  It’s creativity like this that really floats my boat.

The Isla Rug by Joa Herrenknecht.

“Growing triangles and squares together into an island of handwoven wool”

Joa Herrenknect Rug

Oh. My. Goodness. Doesn’t the description just make you want to weep with joy?  German design studio Joa Herrenknecht recently shared their new range of beautiful objects at the Salone Satellite in Milan, April 2013. This floor covering is the most delightful and amazing thing I have seen for some time. It’s modern, colourful, fun, unique, interesting….oh I could go on.

At this point in time it’s not even being manufactured, and that makes me want to weep with sadness. I just want one. So bad.

Slab Homewares

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There is something so cool about concrete. It’s gritty and edgy, raw and industrial. Polished concrete floors have made a real statement in modern design, but Slab Homewares have taken things further, and make a whole range of products from this humble material, including lighting, clocks, jewellery, furniture and even clothing! Have a look at their website for some really unique home accessories.