ALL THE RIGHT ANGLES

Construction is well underway at our Hunters Hill project and we could not be more thrilled! 

We say this time and time again, but there is nothing more satisfying than reaching the demolition stage of a renovation. Facing a stripped back interior without all the bells and whistles can be confronting for some, but for me it is so exciting as I literally see the blank canvas upon which our design vision will soon become a reality. 

From our first consultation on site we knew that this home needed to ‘breathe’. Immediately we set out to expand the exterior windows and doors to capture the fabulous views and aspects. In addition to looking out, we also looked up, turning our attention to the ceiling plane conceptualising a new skylight to warmly invite the daylight into the master ensuite.

Furthermore, we planned to modernise the existing generously proportioned skylights throughout. Let there be light!

The existing round columns in the formal living area will be removed and replaced with a chic curved metallic screen to delineate circulation space from the lounge. 

The existing round columns in the formal living area will be removed and replaced with a chic curved metallic screen to delineate circulation space from the lounge. 

The entrance foyer is bathed in gorgeous natural light. The original ‘martini glass’ motif balustrade that lines the staircase is getting a makeover with a fresh lick of paint (currently covered for protection).

The entrance foyer is bathed in gorgeous natural light. The original ‘martini glass’ motif balustrade that lines the staircase is getting a makeover with a fresh lick of paint (currently covered for protection).

The internal courtyard is a natural suntrap, so we will be installing frameless glass windows to all sides to harness and embrace it’s light and warmth. The landscaping is undergoing a re-fresh by Outdoor Establishments to make the space even more special. 

The internal courtyard is a natural suntrap, so we will be installing frameless glass windows to all sides to harness and embrace it’s light and warmth. The landscaping is undergoing a re-fresh by Outdoor Establishments to make the space even more special. 

One of the many terraces receiving new tiling and stone edging. The existing round exterior columns are to be removed and replaced with a new contemporary spotted gum pergola.

One of the many terraces receiving new tiling and stone edging. The existing round exterior columns are to be removed and replaced with a new contemporary spotted gum pergola.

The outdoor entertaining space will become much more inviting as we open up the entire rear elevation making indoor / outdoor living a breeze.

The outdoor entertaining space will become much more inviting as we open up the entire rear elevation making indoor / outdoor living a breeze.

The master ensuite is receiving the royal treatment with a freestanding bath tub in the centre of the room, topped with a chandelier of course! The old glass block shower is being replaced with a new curved timber veneer (sycamore) wall.

The master ensuite is receiving the royal treatment with a freestanding bath tub in the centre of the room, topped with a chandelier of course! The old glass block shower is being replaced with a new curved timber veneer (sycamore) wall.

All images ©Alexandra Kidd Design

NO ROOM FOR WALLFLOWERS

Just like meeting someone for the first time, we know that first impressions can go a long way. In a home environment, when considering the type of response you want your spaces to evoke in its inhabitants or visitors, why not put your best foot forward, showcasing another layer of personality with some unforgettable wallpaper.

Just as the seasons, interior styles and trends are forever changing and flourishing. Sadly, wallpaper has garnered a bit of a bad reputation in the past – for overuse, outdated patterns or being touted as a decorative Band-Aid! But when done right, wallpaper can truly be the star of any room, time after time.

With each of us fostering our own unique preferences and tastes, there are an endless array of wallpaper options available to suit everyone and every room. But with so much choice, how does one find their perfect match?

MAKING THE FIRST MOVE

Firstly, get to know the style of your space and understand the atmosphere you wish to create. Wallpaper builds character, personality and mood. It can make a space feel bigger or cozier, relaxed or playful, dramatic or serene, feminine or masculine, refined and luxurious! It really is just another layer of personality to your home – one that you should let shine and not shy away from.  

We love the use of patterned wallpaper in the children’s bedrooms at our Victoria Street project, creating a sophisticated but playful vibe.

We love the use of patterned wallpaper in the children’s bedrooms at our Victoria Street project, creating a sophisticated but playful vibe.

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED

Some of my most favourite wallpaper applications have been the least expected – think powder rooms, ceilings, joinery insets at bar units, or hallways. The unexpected reveal of wallpapers in these settings can be alluring, making the devil in the detail a perfect first impression and providing a long-lasting memory and establishing a satisfying sense of place.

The installation of this monochromatic design at our Marian Street project creates a dramatic entry, setting the tone for this unique family home. 

The installation of this monochromatic design at our Marian Street project creates a dramatic entry, setting the tone for this unique family home. 

DRESS TO IMPRESS

When I think of wallpaper, I can’t help but think of my favourite outfits – the ones that you would wear everyday if you could! Do you dress to impress? Do you accessorise and add layers and textures? Is your outfit a true reflection of who you are and your personality? 

The world of wallpaper is like a wardrobe – full of new trends, rare gems, timeless classics, rich textures and materials, and unique designs. Compose your spaces as you would your capsule collection – to form the same intriguing impression on others whilst exuding confidence from within, creating rooms that leave that special mark whether entering or exiting them!

Just like boy meets girl, the beautiful juxtaposition of masculine and feminine designs can change the energy in any given space.

Just like boy meets girl, the beautiful juxtaposition of masculine and feminine designs can change the energy in any given space.

DIVE IN DEEP

Don’t be shy. I know it can be scary, but like the great loves, dive in deep! Wear your heart on your sleeve, or wall per se! Wallpaper is a beautiful application and when embraced can truly complete and enrich spaces. Wallpaper creates endless possibilities, taking rooms that are usually grouped with a common ambience and setting them apart to create something so unpredictable and unique. 

We adore this wet room transformation. A space that is usually associated as being clinical, austere and open all at once becomes a moody, refined and luxurious sanctuary.

We adore this wet room transformation. A space that is usually associated as being clinical, austere and open all at once becomes a moody, refined and luxurious sanctuary.

Images 1 - 3 via ©Alexandra Kidd Design / Image 4 via OKA Restaurant / Image 5 via Phillip Jeffries / Image 6 via Eva Germani

A BREATH OF FRESH AIR

It's hard to believe that it's almost time to farewell Summer. Although I'm not quite ready, I must admit that I actually love this transeasonal time of year as we witness the colours of the urban landscape change so dramatically around us.

And as we begin to switch our iced coffee orders for warm spiced chai lattes, we are making the most of these final few weeks with their long balmy nights, and welcoming the refreshingly sexy chill that has begun to linger on our skin. As I look outside the window of our design studio, I see the trees transforming to red, orange, pink and gold before my eyes. Knowing there is nothing I can do to stop their branches from soon falling bare, I decide to embrace the coolness that's inevitably coming.

With these changes on the way, we turn inward, gravitating to the warmth of indoors to keep as snug as bugs. Perhaps this time spent inside will inspire and ignite the interior design fire within each of us. I, for one, am already tempted by these stunning autumnal pieces which would make any one happy to be stuck indoors in the cooler months ahead and beyond. 

These retro-inspired Classicon Bow Coffee by Guilherne Torres provide the perfect balance between casual and elegant with their beautiful deep burnished brass and glass tops that reflect the surrounding space. The three tables come together to create a dynamic and moody sculptural centrepiece for any lounge room. 

These retro-inspired Classicon Bow Coffee by Guilherne Torres provide the perfect balance between casual and elegant with their beautiful deep burnished brass and glass tops that reflect the surrounding space. The three tables come together to create a dynamic and moody sculptural centrepiece for any lounge room. 

The Crescent Wallpaper by Kelly Wearstler reflects the effect that Autumn has on nature. Autumn breezes fill the streets, taking with them the crisp golden leaves that they whip up and carry away on their breath. The design is full of energy, making it a fabulous feature wallpaper.

The Crescent Wallpaper by Kelly Wearstler reflects the effect that Autumn has on nature. Autumn breezes fill the streets, taking with them the crisp golden leaves that they whip up and carry away on their breath. The design is full of energy, making it a fabulous feature wallpaper.

The Signature Cast Iron Sound Casserole dish by Le Creuset is a household essential that can not be mistaken nor should it be overlooked. It is perfect for all of those hearty recipes from soups and casseroles to slow-cooked lamb!

The Signature Cast Iron Sound Casserole dish by Le Creuset is a household essential that can not be mistaken nor should it be overlooked. It is perfect for all of those hearty recipes from soups and casseroles to slow-cooked lamb!

The Slip 100% silk pillow cases and sleep masks help to keep your skin feeling soft and hydrated throughout the change of seasons. These luxurious sleep accessories are also known for their anti-aging, anti-creasing and anti-bedhead properties. Perfect for getting all that extra beauty sleep as we hibernate through Winter! Magic! 

The Slip 100% silk pillow cases and sleep masks help to keep your skin feeling soft and hydrated throughout the change of seasons. These luxurious sleep accessories are also known for their anti-aging, anti-creasing and anti-bedhead properties. Perfect for getting all that extra beauty sleep as we hibernate through Winter! Magic! 

The Marimekko 2018 collection is here and it has not disappointed. The beautiful muted tones of beige and soft blue pair perfectly with their signature Unikko floral pattern designed by Maija Isola reminding us that Spring will come again soon enough. Meanwhile this white stoneware mug is the ideal Autumn accessory for warming cups of tea on those cool mornings. 

The Marimekko 2018 collection is here and it has not disappointed. The beautiful muted tones of beige and soft blue pair perfectly with their signature Unikko floral pattern designed by Maija Isola reminding us that Spring will come again soon enough. Meanwhile this white stoneware mug is the ideal Autumn accessory for warming cups of tea on those cool mornings.