PRINTS CHARMING: WEAR YOUR ‘ART ON YOUR SLEEVE THIS VALENTINE’S DAY

One of the most frequently asked questions we receive on our social media pages is ‘Where is that artwork from?!’

It would appear that our inspired followers are on a mission to fill their hearts and homes with beautiful artwork. And we don’t blame them!

We are fortunate to have collaborated with some incredible artists such as Kerry Armstrong, Marisa Purcell and Antonia Perricone Mrljak, each of whom have not only made a long-lasting impression in the spaces that our clients inhabit, but have also left a mark of admiration firmly printed on our hearts.

We will always have our favourites, but with plenty of fish in the sea we’re constantly on the lookout for emerging artists and hidden gems that are ‘just right’ for our projects. So what better time of year – than the season of love itself – to open our little black book on the galleries and artwork suppliers where you can browse or buy some impressive pieces for someone you love (including yourself of course!).

Few gifts are more memorable, impactful, personal or as long-lasting as art, and taking the time to choose the perfect piece for your special someone is a superlative romantic gesture. So why not put your ‘art on your sleeve this Valentines’ Day?

‘Still Life #2’ by Ali McNabney-Stevens

‘Still Life #2’ by Ali McNabney-Stevens

STUDIO GALLERY MELBOURNE, MELBOURNE

Studio Gallery Melbourne works with a broad collective of artists from emerging through to advanced career stages, so not only do they have something for every taste, but also every price point.

For our Victorian followers, they have two beautiful spaces in Cheltenham and Armadale, as well as stocking a range of limited-edition prints that you can purchase (and frame) online.

We’re currently obsessing over the exuberant colours in this ‘Still Life #2’ print by Ali McNabney-Stevens, it would make a unique gift for any hard-to-shop for lover.

BECKER MINTY, SYDNEY

Just a hop, skip and a jump away from our Potts Point studio, you will often find us roaming around the Becker Minty store in search for treasures.

Handpicked by owner Jason Minty (a man with impeccable taste), the store’s collection of artwork features an impressive range of Australian and international artists, and a to-die-for collection of Vintage art too.

One such artist is Antonia Perricone Mrljak, whose abstract works we are loving and featured in our Hunters Hill House project.

Artwork by Antonia Perricone Mrljak from Becker Minty as seen in our    Hunters Hill House    project.

Artwork by Antonia Perricone Mrljak from Becker Minty as seen in our Hunters Hill House project.

ART2MUSE, SYDNEY

’Local Wetlands’ Peter Watts

’Local Wetlands’ Peter Watts

Another local favourite, Double Bay’s Art2Muse showcases a range of established artists at affordable prices.

If you’re looking to browse rather than buy, the gallery is hosting an exhibition of Australian landscape artist Peter Watt from 5 – 18 February 2019.

Watt’s theatrical cloud formations and depictions of moody sunsets will provide a romantic and intimate backdrop for your Valentine’s date.

OLSEN GALLERY

‘Post Truth’ by George Bryne

‘Post Truth’ by George Bryne

Olsen Gallery is a treasure trove for Aussie artists. Gallery founder and director Tim Olsen has cultivated a range of artists that present a comprehensive view of our home-grown talent.

Sydney artist George Bryne is exhibiting his L.A. series ‘Local Division’ at the gallery this Valentine’s season. Take a travel-obsessed lover to browse his vibrant and sun-drenched shots or make an impression with a bold and timeless gift.

Image 1 via Studio Gallery Melbourne / Image 2 via Alexandra Kidd Design / Image 3 via Art2Muse / Image 4 via Olsen Gallery

PANTONE COLOUR OF THE YEAR 2019 : LIVING CORAL

The PANTONE® Colour of the Year announcement has become something of a colour carnival within our studio. Come December, whispers of ‘which tone will triumph?’ lead to lengthy discussions on the merit (or not) of the selected shade.

Last year’s Ultra Violet divided the design team’s opinions, but 2019’s winner ‘Living Coral’ (aka Pantone 16-1546) is a certified crowd-pleaser.  

Described as ‘buoyant, vibrant and effervescent’, the marine shade is as much of a timely cultural observation as it is a unifying vibrant pigment. PANTONE’s selection is rooted in both the disastrous fate of our coral reefs and said to be representative of our ‘innate need for optimism.’

But bold and playful as it is, Living Coral is surprisingly easy to incorporate into your interior. Clashing tints and tonal-blocking, or subtle accents and subdued casts provide endless options on how to embrace 2019’s shade with the grand accolade. 

Here’s how . . .

Pretty in Pattern 

Floral patterns are an accessible way to incorporate PANTONE’s vivid heroine, offering opportunity to include as much or as little of the shade as you choose.

If you’re after a subtle take on the trend, be inspired by this moody and dramatic de Gournay wallpaper highlighted with pops of the shade, or go all out with an intensely coral background such as this custom wall covering by Zoe Design.

de Gournay wallpaper via    Pinterest

de Gournay wallpaper via Pinterest

Zoe Design wallpaper via    Pinterest

Zoe Design wallpaper via Pinterest

Tonal Blocking

Professional coral converts can try layering different shades of Living Coral to create a single bold look. A daring mix of coral paint, upholstery and flooring will inject a room with playful personality.

Pastel and paler versions of the shade sit nicely alongside the more vivid Living Coral, and prevent the colour from becoming too overbearing.

Photography by Jason Frank Rothenberg, via    domino

Photography by Jason Frank Rothenberg, via domino

Kemble Interiors via    Pinterest

Kemble Interiors via Pinterest

Painted Playfulness

Painting your walls is an easy and affordable way to make a coral-themed impact in your home. Our designers suggest pairing the shade with wood tones, or creating a subdued effect with furniture and accessories in darker shades.

You can also use paint on a smaller scale, by opting for a peach-toned featured wall, or sparse hits of coral on doors and skirting boards for punchy playfulness.

Image via    Pinterest

Image via Pinterest

Home office rendered in    Sherwin Williams Coral Reef SW 6606   .

Home office rendered in Sherwin Williams Coral Reef SW 6606.

AKD ACCENTS

Our favourite way to use PANTONE’s coral shade is as an accent. It sparks a burst of interest in any monochromatic or neutral-themed interior, as well as acting as a complimentary colour to blue or green hues.

In the girl’s bedroom of our Wentworth Street project, we achieved a pink palette that wasn’t too saccharine sweet. A vivid coral colour for the soft furnishings added a whimsy yet daring feel perfect for this feminine space.

Our    Wentworth Street    project photographed by Pablo Veiga and styled by Megan Morton

Our Wentworth Street project photographed by Pablo Veiga and styled by Megan Morton

Artwork by    Kerry Armstrong Art

We also picked up the shade downstairs in the open-plan living area with commissioned artwork by Australian artist Kerry Armstrong. Sitting alongside complementary blues and greens, the coral colour really punctuates the otherwise white oasis, defining the dining room area within the open-plan space.

UNDER CONSTRUCTION: ECO ABODE

Our lovely clients moved into their home a little over two years ago to accommodate their growing family.

When the AKD team came on board, we explored all available options to extend the house every which way and create a greater connection to the outdoors. We considered going up, out, and even over!

In the end, it made most sense to break the construction process into phases, with phase one focusing on transforming the interior space to suit our client’s immediate needs, all the while keeping in mind phase two: future expansion.

Being a federation home, there are so many lovely details throughout: wonderful lolly-coloured stained-glass windows, original marble fireplaces and stunningly frothy plaster archways. Our interior scheme had to complement both a traditional home and a beachside location!

We started with the flooring as our foundation to build from, literally. Opting to replace the squeaky old floor throughout meant we could also install much needed under-floor insulation. ‘Bistre’ from Tongue n Groove  provided a soft lime-washed base that we used throughout the home, lifting the palette to create a fresh and bright atmosphere with just a hint of ‘beachy.’

The central hallway has no access to natural light and was in desperate need of brightening. We replaced all the light fittings with brighter ones and added a neutral but softly textured palm wallpaper – an excellent base to display our client’s collection of fun and colourful artworks.

The hallway features an original horsehair plaster ceiling.

The hallway features an original horsehair plaster ceiling.

‘Monsoon’ by Arte wallpaper via    Unique Fabrics

‘Monsoon’ by Arte wallpaper via Unique Fabrics

Next, we tackled the dining room – an important space for every family to come together for the ritual of meal times. Our clients owned a very special dining table, handmade by a friend and gifted to them as a wedding present. To complement the timber tones of the table, we included a teak sideboard for extra storage, which also picks up the tones in the carved wooden artwork (sitting above). We added new upholstered leather dining chairs to complement our client’s existing timber ones for an eclectic but cohesive look.

The dining area with the new timber flooring in all its glory.

The dining area with the new timber flooring in all its glory.

A gorgeous    Robyn Cosgrove    rug now adorns the floor of the dining area.

A gorgeous Robyn Cosgrove rug now adorns the floor of the dining area.

The walls throughout have been given a refresh with an eco-friendly lime paint that creates a soft powdery finish. We added much-needed storage to the living areas, and papered the inset features with a sustainable, renewable and biodegradable grass cloth wallpaper in a gorgeous muted sage green, coloured by vegetable dye!

In the living space we were conscious not to interfere with the original ceilings. We designed our new joinery pieces in a considered way to highlight the ceiling’s historic beauty. By lowering our joinery to align with the picture rail and throwing soft up-lighting above we created a cosy and calm atmosphere.

The addition of bookshelves for our family of avid readers.

The addition of bookshelves for our family of avid readers.

A daybed incorporated to the children’s play area for lounging.

A daybed incorporated to the children’s play area for lounging.

To better connect the upper living level with the backyard, the deck also had a makeover! The layout of the stairs was revised to incorporate additional landings, making for a gentle transition between levels. A new cabana style pergola with shade cloth and built-in dining area will complete the space.

The new tallowood deck will grey softly over time.

The new tallowood deck will grey softly over time.

The pergola is to be painted a fresh white to contrast against the green landscaping.

The pergola is to be painted a fresh white to contrast against the green landscaping.

As the last rolls of wallpaper are hung and the final furniture pieces are received to complete phase one, we can’t wait to share the results of our sunny beachside home.

Follow our construction journey on Instagram and keep your eyes peeled for the #BigReveal

All images via © Alexandra Kidd Design