IN BLOOM THIS SPRING

The doldrums of winter’s final days have, at last, come to an end . . . and there could be no better backdrop to spring’s brightening tendencies than fresh florals.

As nature reveals its fresh and fragrant deliciousness, so too should our interiors. It’s time to peel back the heavy layers of winter fabrics and turn to our most-relied on feminine print, the humble floral.

The eternal spring must-have, we’ve collated our favourite - genuinely ground-breaking, thank you Meryl Streep – spring florals for your interior.

DARK FLORAL WALLPAPER - ELLIE CASHMAN DESIGN

 Proof that florals need not be sickly sweet, this dramatic, over-scale floral wallpaper is a majestic, moody nod to the spring trend.

Proof that florals need not be sickly sweet, this dramatic, over-scale floral wallpaper is a majestic, moody nod to the spring trend.

STELLAR PRINT BY LOUISE JONES

 Melbourne-based designer Louise Jones rekindles the magical memories of exploring vast, flourishing gardens as a child through her vibrant floral prints.

Melbourne-based designer Louise Jones rekindles the magical memories of exploring vast, flourishing gardens as a child through her vibrant floral prints.

LA PALMA WALLPAPER

 Not strictly a floral, but for the more ambitious home decorators, this dramatic, tropical print will add playfulness to any room. We’re imagining it covering the walls of a secret powder room!

Not strictly a floral, but for the more ambitious home decorators, this dramatic, tropical print will add playfulness to any room. We’re imagining it covering the walls of a secret powder room!

SUGARBAG DREAMING BY ROSIE NGWARRAYE ROSS

 Florals that speak of places close to home, this whimsical print of native Australian wildflowers is hand painted by Indigenous artist Rosie Ngwarraraye Ross, bringing to life stories of bush medicine and referencing the nectar from the flowers of the  tarrkarr  trees.

Florals that speak of places close to home, this whimsical print of native Australian wildflowers is hand painted by Indigenous artist Rosie Ngwarraraye Ross, bringing to life stories of bush medicine and referencing the nectar from the flowers of the tarrkarr trees.

ELLA GOLD CHAIR FROM SPACE

 Reminiscent of a blooming flower, the Ella chair is the ideal alternative to a floral print.

Reminiscent of a blooming flower, the Ella chair is the ideal alternative to a floral print.

COLE AND SON'S FRUTTO PROBITO

 Not the garden-variety floral print, mischievous monkeys and sunny hues bring this playful floral print to life. Perfect for a quirky living space or nursery alike.

Not the garden-variety floral print, mischievous monkeys and sunny hues bring this playful floral print to life. Perfect for a quirky living space or nursery alike.

CIRE TRUDON - CYRNOS CANDLE

 The smell of spring florals is brought to life with notes of Lemon, Myrtle, Black fig, Pine, Musk, and Patchouli. The ideal accompaniment to longer, al fresco evenings.

The smell of spring florals is brought to life with notes of Lemon, Myrtle, Black fig, Pine, Musk, and Patchouli. The ideal accompaniment to longer, al fresco evenings.

Image 1 via Ellie Cashman / Image 2 via Style Revolutionary / Image 3 via James Dunlop Textiles / Image 4 via Willie Weston / Image 5 via Space Furniture / Image 6 via Cole and Son / Image 7 via Net-A-Porter

UNDER CONSTRUCTION: ITALIAN INSPIRED VILLA VIBES

We have been working with our lovely clients to realise their dream family home, an Italian-inspired villa by the beach. The project is currently under construction, evolving organically and being carefully executed in stages to ensure the project remains on time and on budget! The focus of the first stage is to complete the main living level and the upper bedrooms, with the lower master suite level and the swimming pool to be completed in phase two.

There is of course a looming deadline, as there is with every project. However, the intrinsically relaxing energy surrounding this family home, the combination of natural light, ocean air and a leafy green outlook, create a sense of calm.

  We could never tire of this view of the ocean from the comfort of the master suite!

We could never tire of this view of the ocean from the comfort of the master suite!

The brief is to create a luxurious yet welcoming space for the whole family to enjoy. Our approach is to focus on materiality with a pared back sophisticated palette that features lime washed timber, powdery white walls, brushed limestone and tadelakt bathrooms. This tonal and textural ‘blank canvas’ allows us to add considered layers of colour and pattern.

  Our finishes palette - a work in progress! 

Our finishes palette - a work in progress! 

Once the brief had been established with the client, we set about planning the spaces. Not only was the layout of the kitchen in question, the location was also to be determined! We played with a number of options; locating the kitchen at the front of the house closest to the sun-drenched courtyard, or to the rear mezzanine level with enviable views. Stay tuned for the big reveal to find out the final location of the kitchen!

  The stairs leading to the mezzanine level is currently accessed via a plank!

The stairs leading to the mezzanine level is currently accessed via a plank!

The existing living area once featured structural columns that interrupted the flow of the expansive space. With some careful engineering, we were able to overcome this design challenge by relocating the columns, opening up the space to its full capacity. The client’s beloved three metre long Max Alto sofa now has a place to call home.

  The structural columns have now been safely re-located

The structural columns have now been safely re-located

The new floor plan celebrated the sunlight, views and indoor-outdoor flow. The existing steel windows have been retained and re-used where possible, providing a layer of authenticity to the home. New high ribbon windows allow greenery into the home whilst still maintaining privacy. A new skylight that drenches the staircase in sunlight.

  Admiring the light filtering through the new skylight. 

Admiring the light filtering through the new skylight. 

We are so excited to be a part of the evolution of this beachside family home. With the spatial planning and construction now well underway, we are enjoying the decorative phase of the project. Our clients are lovers of all things Italian (as are we!) so we can't wait to play with Italian fabrics, lighting and furnishings to ensure that every day feels like a holiday.

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All images via ©Alexandra Kidd Design

DENFAIR'S SYDNEY DEBUT

We could not contain our excitement when it was announced that 2018 was the year DENFAIR was finally coming to Sydney! 

The long time Melbourne-based event has historically drawn some of the most innovative national and international designers. This year the annual design event was held over three days from 16 - 18 August.

This year at the Hordern Pavilion at Moore Park, 50 exhibitors showcased their designs including hardware, furniture, art, objects and much more. On Friday we escaped the studio for a few hours to immerse ourselves in the design feast that was DENFAIR Sydney.

Here are a few of our favourite things . . .

  Casa Mia display showcasing their new Aver lounge #LOVE

Casa Mia display showcasing their new Aver lounge #LOVE

  Savage Design showcased their expanding hardware range alongside some new furniture pieces.

Savage Design showcased their expanding hardware range alongside some new furniture pieces.

  A rainbow of basins a Nood Concrete’s stand!

A rainbow of basins a Nood Concrete’s stand!

 One of our favourite Australian lighting Designers – Anaesthetic.

One of our favourite Australian lighting Designers – Anaesthetic.

  We have added a new favourite supplier to our books! We just love the look of the hardware by Spark and Burnish.

We have added a new favourite supplier to our books! We just love the look of the hardware by Spark and Burnish.

 More covetable hardware from Spark and Burnish. 

More covetable hardware from Spark and Burnish. 

  The Lounge. A large-scale installation by Arthur Koutoulas for DENFAIR which attracted hundreds of weary design addicts.

The Lounge. A large-scale installation by Arthur Koutoulas for DENFAIR which attracted hundreds of weary design addicts.

  The beautiful leathers from NSW Leather Co – we just adore their metallic finishes!

The beautiful leathers from NSW Leather Co – we just adore their metallic finishes!

All images via ©Alexandra Kidd Design