CONCEPT TO COVER: HOUSE & GARDEN TOP 50 ROOMS

It is with complete and unexpected joy that our Raglan Street project is featured on the cover of House & Garden’s Top 50 Rooms issue.

While it is always a huge honour to be recognised by the industry, this accolade is a particularly rewarding one. Not simply because House & Garden is a household name, but also because this project has taken us all on quite the tumultuous journey . . .

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Almost three years ago our lovely clients approached us with the kind of vision that makes design eyes widen and fingers tingle. The brief was to design a mid-century inspired, Palm Springs-influenced family home overlooking the ocean. Needless to say we could not wait to roll up our sleeves and dive right in!

It was a unique opportunity to build a home from – quite literally – the ground up.

Only a section of the lower ground floor of the original house remained while the rest was to be completely reconstructed to accommodate our client’s large family.  

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Within months of construction commencing, our project was struck with tragedy when the builder sadly passed away unexpectedly. Resolved to finish the project, we continued with a second builder who, just months later, resigned with little notice. By the time we reached our third builder, the construction process was well and truly lagging.

We often enjoy an ongoing “renovators remorse” joke in the studio, but this project was proving to be no laughing matter, as we were tested at every stage! But we soldiered on with our clients, and with shared determination, just over a year after construction began, the house was completed.

And so, from the dust, dismay and disarray, our cover-gracing kitchen nook was born.

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Finding a balance between style and practicality informed everything we did on this project, and the kitchen nook really encapsulates this balance. The custom banquette seat – irrefutably stylish – hides convenient storage underneath its bold form, while the curved seating embraces the family way of living, truly making this space the heart of the home.

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It’s an area that frames meal times, keeps the cook company, nurtures afternoon naps and provides for homework sessions and formal dinner parties with equal acceptance.

As our happy client puts it:

‘I start my day having a cup of tea at the nook before anyone else is up. It has the most gorgeous aspect first thing in the morning. Later my youngest child does her homework at the table and then books and pencils are cleared away for dinner. It's such a comfortable and inviting spot it’s not uncommon for someone to get horizontal and have a little kip in the sun on this lovely banquette.’

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One of the key design elements in the home is moments of bold colour, which set the tone for each space. Despite the use of a brighter blue, the nook maintains a sense of calm and elegance. Even the ‘Vertigo’ Petite Friture pendant light, which floats above the dining table, evokes the serenity of the ocean breeze.

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The result is a space that is both playful and contemplative; beautiful and accommodating. 

It is thrilling to see our hard work come to life, especially after all the stops and starts, and blossom into not only a gorgeous space for our treasured clients, but become a cover star!

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LONG WEEKEND TREATS FOR EVERY BUNNY!

Just like bunnies, this year we’ve been hopping like crazy from one week to the next, and then one month to the next without stopping!

So, we are jumping for joy ahead of all that next week has to offer – the spicy sweet scent of freshly baked hot cross buns served with dripping golden butter, our ever-growing bounty of delectable chocolate treats, only for them to disappear faster than the White Rabbit as we while away the eggtra-long long weekend spent at home or away, with family and friends.

Join our Easter hunt as we discover some eggcellent ways to make next weekend seem even longer . . .

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It could be easy to devour all of our chocolatey sweets before the Easter Bunny has officially finished doing his rounds, but having a basket filled with art-like treats almost makes them too beautiful to eat! And will most certainly make the weekend seem much longer if we take just one bite at a time . . .

  Quite simply, if  Ms Peacock  doesn't LOVE it, it's not on the menu.

Quite simply, if Ms Peacock doesn't LOVE it, it's not on the menu.

  A  Coco Chocolate  organic chocolate egg painted with cacao butter artwork simply melts away as the chocolate is eaten.

A Coco Chocolate organic chocolate egg painted with cacao butter artwork simply melts away as the chocolate is eaten.

Bibelot coloured gemstone Easter eggs are precious indeed!

SWEET SECRETS

HA! If only we could take just one bite at a time!

Our chocolate stash isn’t the only thing that we’ll be devouring next weekend. We’ll be putting our feet up, sinking deep in to a comfy couch and devouring all the latest interior design inspiration including the current April issue of Belle magazine featuring our beautiful Victoria Street project!

Dedicated to 'inspiring spaces decked out in luxury materials and sophisticated details' the annual 'Hot kitchens & cool bathrooms' special showcases a stunning collection of Australia's most spectacular new designs by leading interior designers and studios.

  We’ll be dreaming of cooking up an Easter feast in our  Victoria Street  honey-toned kitchen featured in the current issue of  Belle . . .

We’ll be dreaming of cooking up an Easter feast in our Victoria Street honey-toned kitchen featured in the current issue of Belle . . .

  . . . and then post-lunch when somebunny else is soaking the dishes, we’ll dream of sinking deep into the serenity of our Victoria Street guest bath. But shhhhh, it will be our  little secret.

. . . and then post-lunch when somebunny else is soaking the dishes, we’ll dream of sinking deep into the serenity of our Victoria Street guest bath. But shhhhh, it will be our little secret.

CHECKING OUT

Speaking of secrets . . . how about we get out of town and well off the beaten track? If we could hide away from it all next weekend and not have to share our chocolate haul with anyone, there’s nowhere we’d rather escape to than Casa Cook on Rhodes, Greece.

  Your poolside paradise awaits at Casa Cook Rhodes. The farther you go, the farther you’ll leave the crowds behind . . .

Your poolside paradise awaits at Casa Cook Rhodes. The farther you go, the farther you’ll leave the crowds behind . . .

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But that would be terribly selfish of us . . . remember, sharing is caring!

So, perhaps we stay in town and re-live our childhood scavenger hunt days with a grown-up twist, as we adventure down the rabbit hole of Sydney’s inner suburb of Barrangaroo.

Seeing, sipping and salivating on all that the beautifully alive foreshore playground has to offer, I suggest we start at Smoke – the newest rooftop bar at at Barangaroo House.

   Smoke  has just been awarded Sydney's Best New Bar at the 2018 Time Out Bar Awards.

Smoke has just been awarded Sydney's Best New Bar at the 2018 Time Out Bar Awards.

  Make sure you dress to impress and match the stylish cocktails on offer at  Smoke .

Make sure you dress to impress and match the stylish cocktails on offer at Smoke.

Wishing every bunny a happy and safe looooong weekend.

HONEYED TONES & HIDDEN ASSETS

We were tickled pink to spy our Victoria Street project featured in both the 'Hot kitchens & cool bathrooms' section of Belle's current April 2018 issue.

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The annual 'Kitchens & Bathrooms' special issue is dedicated to 'inspiring spaces decked out in luxury materials and sophisticated details' and showcases a stunning collection of Australia's most spectacular new designs by leading interior designers and studios. Needless to say, we are in very good company! 

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'This kitchen renovation was part of a complete redesign of a Victorian terrace. When we stripped back the layers, the original sandstone walls were a beautiful surprise. We wanted to complement this treasure and chose to leave it in its raw state and explored using textures and finishes to highlight it. Once a small closed-off room, we opened it up to engage with the adjoining family rooms allowing us to incorporate an eat-in kitchen for this young family. The cabinetry's dark timber base was selected to contrast with the sandstone's warm honey tones and the bronze mirror reflects the stone, adds light and lets the owners keep their eyes on the children in the adjoining rooms even while washing the dishes!' Alexandra Kidd

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'Many years and many renovations had masked the history of this home. When we stripped back the layers, an unexpected discovery was a 'secret' room that we reimagined into this guest ensuite. The room is subterranean so the introduction of natural sunlight was paramount. For consistency with the overall theme, we explored textures and finishes to highlight the original features so this home's bathrooms all followed the same palette and signature but with the addition of a unique finishing element to personalise each one.' Alexandra Kidd

Pick up your April copy of Belle on sale now. 
Photography: Pablo Veiga