SOME CUSH FOR LE TUSH

The key piece of furniture in any living room is without doubt the lounge. Not only is it the largest piece of furniture but often the biggest investment, so it is important to get it right. We have put together some design advice to consider when selecting the perfect cush for your tush. 

Haute House: Rebecca Mirrored Sofa via Neiman Marcus

A living room is a gathering space, a place to the share conversation with friends and family, to entertain guests and to relax and unwind. The lounge is a true multi-tasker, it needs to be both inviting for large groups, intimate for small gatherings and incredibly comfy for late night Netflix binges.

I find it comforting to know that my lounge is patiently waiting for my derrière to arrive after a busy day! So put your feet up, settle in and let’s talk lounges . . .

Tuffy-Time, Image via FrenchyFancy

THE BONES

When choosing any piece of furniture, it is important to consider the legs. If you want to evoke a light and airy feeling, choose a lounge that is elevated from the floor. Contemporary lounges tend to sit flush with the floor which help to anchor the room and surrounding furniture but beware as they can quickly overwhelm smaller spaces.

You want your lounge to look good from all angles, so don’t forget about the back and arms as they are often on show. Look for elegant stitching or piping details for a tailored look.

THE SKIN

Whether it is linen, velvet, chenille or sumptuous leather, pick a fabric that speaks to the style of your home. A great way to make your favourite fabrics more family (or pet) friendly is to choose a design with removable covers . . . I know what you’re thinking, and yes chic covers do exist! If you do prefer leather, don’t be scared to let it patina and age, there is a beautiful quality and richness to this look that takes years to evolve. 

The cushion filling is crucial, if you desire an indulgently cosy lounge then feather or down is for you! If fluffing cushions is not your thing but you still prefer the look, opt for foam wrapped in feather as it will hold its shape. 

THE HEART & SOUL

Lastly, but most importantly, don’t forget to have a bit of fun! Whether it is an edgy design like the 'Toga' by Ligne Roset or the contemporary classic 'Tufty Time' designed by Patricia Urquiola choose a design that makes you happy! 

Colour is not just for walls! Why not complement your scheme with an enticing hue. Jewel tones such as emerald are a great place to dip your toe, but if you’re not ready to commit to the entire lounge, try it out with some decorative cushions for a softer but still impactful look. 

If you are ready to amp up the fun-o-meter, go for a print! Whether delicate or loud, it is sure to make a statement. 

Image 1 via Neiman Marcus / Image 2 via FrenchyFancy / Image 3 via Designs By Laila / Image 4 via Rosa-Inredning Image via Elle Decoration / Image 5 B&B Italia by Patricia Urquiola via Contemporary Home / Image 6 via Toga by Ligne Roset / Image 7 via Addicted2Decorating / Image 8 via Modern Sofas / Image 9 via Ideal Home 

UNDER CONSTRUCTION: RED BRICK BEAUTY

We have just begun an enormous renovation of this large family property that would feel right at home in the 1970s. Let us take you on our journey through the renovation process as we transform this tired 1970s house into a stylish family home fit for 2017 and beyond.

The exterior of the house will have a solid scrub and fresh coat of paint on all the woodwork, but we will retain the iconic red bricks that perfectly complement the colour of the surrounding greenery as well as maintain a feeling of authenticity.

The exterior of the house will have a solid scrub and fresh coat of paint on all the woodwork, but we will retain the iconic red bricks that perfectly complement the colour of the surrounding greenery as well as maintain a feeling of authenticity.

Inside it’s a different story. We are happy to say goodbye to the overwhelming red and brown brick covering most internal walls. It’s time to freshen up, lighten up & open up the space!

Inside it’s a different story. We are happy to say goodbye to the overwhelming red and brown brick covering most internal walls. It’s time to freshen up, lighten up & open up the space!

Our new design will reveal a beautiful coffered ceiling, giving a warm Spanish nod to the house.

Our new design will reveal a beautiful coffered ceiling, giving a warm Spanish nod to the house.

The arches are a consistent element throughout the spaces and will play an important role in our overall design.

The arches are a consistent element throughout the spaces and will play an important role in our overall design.

It’s a timber stud forest on the first floor as we are moving most of the walls, including the removal of a smaller bedroom to increase the size of the master bedroom and reconfigure the remaining bedrooms and bathroom.

It’s a timber stud forest on the first floor as we are moving most of the walls, including the removal of a smaller bedroom to increase the size of the master bedroom and reconfigure the remaining bedrooms and bathroom.

Who needs some solid timber to feed their fireplaces this winter??  

Who needs some solid timber to feed their fireplaces this winter??  

We love the location and the generous and lush garden surrounding the home. No stone will be left unturned as we are also collaborating with a gorgeous landscaper to transform our clients' beloved outdoor oasis into a new yet classic sanctuary.

We love the location and the generous and lush garden surrounding the home. No stone will be left unturned as we are also collaborating with a gorgeous landscaper to transform our clients' beloved outdoor oasis into a new yet classic sanctuary.

All images via ©Alexandra Kidd Design 

#AKDONTOUR: THE JAPAN EDIT

Last month I dusted off my passport after a 16-month hiatus to travel to Japan, a destination that had been on my travel bucket list forever. A part from the odd stop-over, this was my first taste of traveling in Asia and it did not disappoint! Japan was truly unlike any place I had ever been before.

The delicate mix of traditional Japanese life and a modern city combined to reveal an extremely eccentric vibe that I loved! From the unbelievably complicated toilet technology to matcha flavoured everything, every day was a new adventure or discovery. I could fill a book about all the design inspiration and ideas filling my head, but here is an edit of my absolute favourite places, spaces and experiences. Enjoy!

HARAJUKU

I was like a kid in a candy store in Harajuku! The crowds filled Takeshita Street which was a haven for all the gimmicky Japanese gifts you could ever dream of. For an extreme sugar high, I couldn't go past the crème brulee crepes and towers of rainbow fairy floss! The streets were constantly buzzing with people, the entrance to the Tokyu Plaza adorned with angled mirrors reflecting the hive of activity on the street. I discovered a little piece of Sydney (and sugar-reprieve) on the top floor of Tokyo Plaza – a Bill Granger restaurant. There was so much to do and see in Harajuku, I would have been happily entertained for weeks simply people watching.

FUSHIMI INARI SHRINE

One of the most recognizable monuments in Japan – The Fushimi Inari Shrine – is incredible in real life with its unmistakable orange arches. The arches (Torii Gates) begin small at the entrance and increase in scale as you ascend a long, winding hill taking two hours to reach the top! Although simple in design, the execution of the arches is mesmerizing, with their bright colour and scale filling the landscape.  

NIJO CASTLE

Nijo Castle is a World Heritage Site that absolutely blew me away! Behind a moat and huge stone walls in suburban Kyoto stands the three Nijo Castle buildings and hidden private gardens. The main building included private living quarters decorated with beautiful hand-painted murals with scenes of cherry blossom trees and streaks of tigers. With no photography allowed, I can only hope that the striking image I captured in my mind of traditional Japan nestled within the modern city of Kyoto never fades from my memory. 

SHINJUKU GYOEN

I lined up with hundreds of people to get through the gates at the Shinjuku Garden and was delighted to find the most perfect picnic spot in all of Tokyo. Shinjuku Garden is home to 1,500 cherry blossom trees and expansive parkland where you can stretch out and run all that sugar off (!) – a rarity in dense Tokyo. Even though the cherry blossom trees had just past their fleeting full bloom, the scene was spectacular nonetheless. It was truly a breath of welcome fresh air to find such a generously lush space in the city.

YAYOI KUSAMA

I felt extremely lucky to be in Tokyo during the Yayoi Kusama exhibition My Eternal Soul at the National Arts Centre, Tokyo. The building was impressive enough with its large concrete curves and extravagant glass curtain wall . . . but it was the exhibition beyond those walls was extra special. The walkway to the entry of the Arts Centre was lined with trees wrapped in bold red and white polka dots! Hundreds of Kusama’s works were on display including her iconic giant pumpkin, as well as an interactive installation where visitors could contribute to her work by adding coloured dots to as much of the surfaces as possible!

And even though now I have been to Japan, I can't bear to cross it off my bucket list. I simply must go back and do it all (and more) again!

Images 1 - 4 via ©Alexandra Kidd Design / Image 5 via Nagoyago / Image 6 - 11 via ©Alexandra Kidd Design