NEW SPACES, OLD WORLD CHARM

Construction is well under way on our #HolbrookAvenue project! We are giving this 100-year-old apartment a complete face lift by transforming it into a luxurious modern apartment with a hint of its original heritage charm.

Our builder is full steam ahead, spending the first few days on site knocking out existing walls and ripping up the well-worn carpet and underlying floor boards, soon be replaced with timeless herringbone parquetry!

We will retain the existing panelling details but modernise with a fresh coat of paint throughout

We will retain the existing panelling details but modernise with a fresh coat of paint throughout

The herringbone parquetry will recreate the era of the original home. 

The herringbone parquetry will recreate the era of the original home. 

We have boldly created a statement opening in the existing dining room wall to create a larger, modern living space. This immediately created a beautiful sense of connection between the dining and living spaces, with better light filtration and flow, perfect for our entertaining-loving clients and their extended family. Stay tuned to see the installation of a dining banquette in this space!

Before . . . 

Before . . . 

. . . and after the dramatic wall removal. 

. . . and after the dramatic wall removal. 

Meanwhile the bathrooms are also starting to take shape.

By moving an adjoining wall between the bathroom and powder room by just a fraction, it was enough to create two new full-sized bathrooms. In the larger of the two we are also adding a necessary but hidden laundry by stealing space from the existing hallway cupboard. To top it off we will relocate the washing machine from the kitchen and introduce a new dryer and sink.

Two bathrooms are better than one! 

Two bathrooms are better than one! 

Last but not least, the kitchen is being fitted out with brand new joinery and appliances. The design will be reminiscent of the old joinery, but with rich timber veneer finishes, fresh white paint, luxe brass accents and modern glass cupboards.

The heart of the home has been stripped bare . . . 

The heart of the home has been stripped bare . . . 

. . . ready for its stunning makeover. 

. . . ready for its stunning makeover. 

We can’t wait to put this charming apartment back together and see it in a brand new light!

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EMBRACING SPRING: AWAKENING OUR SENSES WITHIN

Winter you were a treat. We did enjoy your rich textural textiles and cosy spaces, but we are definitely ready to say ‘See you later’ and embrace the best of Spring!

We are oh. so. excited. for the fresh blooms, vibrant colour palettes and most of all being able to sip on frose in the warm glistening sun, when rooftop bars become bearable again.

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SPRING SCENTS

Nothing says Spring like a bouquet of fresh and vibrantly scented blooms. These bunches from Posy Supply Co are beautifully wrapped and a match made in heaven to set the right refreshing tone of the new season. They make for the perfect gift, treat or home accessory, brightening up any interior space and welcoming the outdoors in!

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SPRING SEASONING

Dinosaur Designs have done it again! Introducing their new collection of salt and pepper grinders that are inspired through the form, texture and tone of washed pebbles, we are obsessed and keen to embrace the extra spice in our life! This perfect pair will make an enviable addition to your kitchen and soon-to-come outdoor BBQs!

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SPRING SIPS

Finally, the sun is starting to show its face a little more, making rooftop bars bearable! We are crushing hard over Henry Deane at Sydney’s Hotel Palisade. A cocktail lounge with a contemporary, luscious and modern edge, it’s truly a hidden gem. Providing incredible views, fancy cocktails and a satisfying menu, it’s the perfect way to unwind and start your weekend in style.

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SPRING SURPRISES

There’s a new café on the block and they’re serving carrot cake waffles! We can’t think of anything more scrumptious. The contemporary and unique menu at Joseph Hyde has left us drooling and craving a bite!

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SPRING SLEEPS

The time has come to say goodbye to our toasty and thick woolen throws and hello to In Bed’s lightweight linen duvet set. A soft and breathable fabric that will still keep you warm on those crisp nights, we are in love with the earthy colour tone range. We love them all but our favourite set has to be in oat – it looks good enough to eat! With sheets like these, who needs to count sheep!

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SPRING SPLENDOR

Now that the weather is getting warmer, trees and plants are getting their leaves back and greenery is re-appearing, we have weekend getaway on our mind! A road trip up the coast with a group of friends or family, taking in the great outdoors and staying at Byron Bay Beach Abodes sounds splendid to us. These beach houses offer luxurious accommodation, creating a retreat-like experience. Each of the 9 properties have been designed individually with its own story in mind. A coastal, bohemian and minimalistic interior design approach that we adore! Ideal for a relaxing weekend getaway.

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SPRING STYLE

We love the idea behind BlowBarCo, a luxurious and easy-going spot offering a wash and blow dry, all with champagne in hand nonetheless! With to-die-for event packages, including braid tutorials offering styling, drinks and a cheese platter (!) we’ll be sure to see you there!

UNDER CONSTRUCTION: CARTE BLANCHE

The brief for this stunning waterfront inner city project is 'carte blanche' - a designer's dream come true! We are letting our imagination run wild and have designed a sleek, sophisticated and very suave inner city pad for our lovely client.

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But, before the big reveal, there is a quite a process that goes on behind the scenes that involves careful planning, lots of fun and plenty of mess! As designers we are immune to this 'ugly' phase of construction . . . we see the vision through the torn gyprock, exposed plumbing and electrical wires!

The high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows create a dramatic backdrop for a modern, sleek interior.

The high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows create a dramatic backdrop for a modern, sleek interior.

We have stripped back the walls to reveal the bones of the apartment, ready to be re-dressed in luxurious hues and fabrics.

We have stripped back the walls to reveal the bones of the apartment, ready to be re-dressed in luxurious hues and fabrics.

The layout of the apartment is quite unique with all rooms circulating off a central core. Each room has access to stunning Sydney Harbour views in every direction. The palette is designed to instil masculinity and, of course. a hint of luxe!

All will be revealed . . . in timber, leather and copper. 

All will be revealed . . . in timber, leather and copper. 

We have chosen rich timber veneer, chocolate-stained parquetry, jet black perforated leather (yes! just like a racing car!), touches of hand-blown amber glass and divine copper drapes with metal threads which will frame the entire apartment.

Stunning city views in every direction!

Stunning city views in every direction!

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