Happy New Year! Life is beautiful indeed!
After ringing in 2015 with slightly fuller bellies and lingering Christmas cheer, you could find us eagerly awaiting at the newsstands to get our newly sun-kissed hands on the latest Belle magazine to pack into our beach bags.
We are thrilled to kick-start the new year with a gorgeous 8-page feature of our beloved Stanley Avenue project in the current issue of Belle magazine.
Read all about our journey with our clients who 'downsized' their home yet wanted a space that would allow for their growing family (seven grandchildren), maximise the luxury and the view but minimise the fuss.
Here's an extract for your previewing pleasure:
'The brief was to create a classic, contemporary home, but it also had to focus on the family. It had to be quite serious and impressive, yet everything had to be serviceable,' says Alex. Adds the owner, 'With seven sets of little hands, I wanted something I did not need to stress about.'
Further to the needs of the family, the renovation of the house opens up a dramatic panoramic view and provides a backdrop for the owner's impressive art collection.
'Opening it up to the view gives the home that wow factor', says Alex. 'You really get a sense of arrival. We wanted the view framed, with an impression of symmetry in the vestibule.' And the art is always shown to its best . . . 'You see reflections of the view in the artworks throughout the house,' says Alex.
The owners sold all of their furnishings with the previous house, giving Alex a blank canvas. With the soft furnishings, Alex wanted 'to add luxury and layers of texture. The former house was cold, hard and voluminous.' So she used natural fibres - silks, linens, cottons and wools, [and] . . . uber-plush carpets lend luxe and toe-teasing texture'.
The result is stunning and we couldn't be prouder. Thank you to Chris Pearson from Belle, photographer Sharyn Cairns and stylist Megan Morton who have captured our work so beautifully.
To read the full article in print, pick up your FEB/MAR 2015 issue of Belle on sale now.
To view the full gallery of images, visit our Stanley Avenue project album.
All images via Belle magazine