Thursday, 31 March 2011

Kitchen IQ

Intelligent design has made use of every inch of this “smart” kitchen renovation.

The original kitchen was lacking in benchspace with outdated decor, and the owners requested a renovation with the wow factor that was practical and on a tight budget.

The result is a magnificent, European style kitchen. Warm, espresso coloured laminex in contrast with the crisp whiteness of the stonetop benches and striking burnt toffee splashbacks create a stunning effect.

However it’s the intelligent design that sets this kitchen apart. Using the “Zones” principle, five distinct zones were created: preparation, cooking, cold drinks, hot drinks and cleaning. Practical and functional, the kitchen incorporates clever options such as blind corner pantry units and pull- up cabinets to make use of normally “dead space”.

Monday, 28 March 2011

Naturally Gorgeous!

I absolutely adore all these elements together. It's an eclectic mix of colours and textures but it just works so well in harmony. The blue background is the perfect muted shade to balance the neutrals in the vase and fish and the baskets add texture against the gorgeous natural timber of the sideboard. We themed this  "Natural Elements" and this collection is definitely one of my favourites in this home.

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Purposeful Change

Great interior design is about the best use of space for your changing needs. Your family may be growing or perhaps you’re empty nesters, either way, a good interior designer can help you work out the best use of each space for your individual needs.

A good interior designer can look at the layout of a home objectively and practically, and think outside the box. Sometimes there’s no need to move walls or change the layout, a simple change in the purpose of a room or space can make a huge difference.

This home already had a number of eating spaces, including a formal dining room, two casual meals areas and an alfresco. We  transformed one casual meals area into a more formal dining room, while the original formal dining was converted into a reading/ study nook to accommodate the owner’s love of reading and writing.

Thursday, 17 March 2011

The Return of Retro

The Wild and Wicked party theme of the 60s has made a swinging return to contemporary interior design in a big way.

Retro design is all about bright colours and bold patterns. Clean and streamlined, characterised by curved lines in unique kidney and bubble shapes. Funky furnishings constructed with plastic, plywood, or moulded fiberglass are classic retro style.

To recreate this look, try blending a bold colour palette such as stark white, burnt orange and chocolate, with simple curved lines. This creates a bold canvas for rest of the theme. Highlight with shiny materials such as vinyl and laminate and create interest with abstract art and sculptures. Remember, everything is bold with retro, so classic and contemporary can sit stylishly together. Don’t be afraid of textures and colour. The more the better.