CHOCOLATE INTERIORS = DELICIOUS DESIGN

It is no secret that I am a chocolate lover. In fact, who am I kidding? My name is Stuart, and I am a chocoholic.

With Easter fast approaching and supermarket shelves stacking up my colourfully foiled friends (or foes?) higher and higher with each passing day, I’m finding it hard to think of anything other than chocolate! So why not turn a little distraction into big inspiration . . .

The chocolate palette has been a magical ingredient in interior design schemes the world over and across many different style tastes for centuries. Evoking warmth and bringing richness to any space and many an accessory, a delicious addition of chocolate implies a true sense of luxury. From rich tanned leathers to soft possum throws, we really can have our cake and eat it too with the limitless choice of chocolate tones, finishes, fabrics, furniture, textures and accessories on offer.

Feeling inspired by my love of all things chocolate, here is my recipe for the perfect chocolate interior, making them almost good enough to eat!

Chocolate stained timber floors throughout our  Greenknowe Avenue  project lends a moody, masculine feel to this bachelor pad.

Chocolate stained timber floors throughout our Greenknowe Avenue project lends a moody, masculine feel to this bachelor pad.

The use of dark chocolate veneer alongside lighter white stone in our  Bourke Street  bathroom creates a classically crisp and clean finish with an added layers of richness and warmth.

The use of dark chocolate veneer alongside lighter white stone in our Bourke Street bathroom creates a classically crisp and clean finish with an added layers of richness and warmth.

Walls adorned in chocolate tones provide warmth and serenity in our  Bourke Street  master bedroom. The addition of fresh white linen and sheer drapes completes the luxurious yet inviting space

Walls adorned in chocolate tones provide warmth and serenity in our Bourke Street master bedroom. The addition of fresh white linen and sheer drapes completes the luxurious yet inviting space

Chocolate coloured wood makes a bold statement moving from the master bedroom to master bath in our  Bourke Street 2  project. Although very solid and heavy, the use of timber adds a naturally rich and warm texture to the spaces, softening the masculine lines.

Chocolate coloured wood makes a bold statement moving from the master bedroom to master bath in our Bourke Street 2 project. Although very solid and heavy, the use of timber adds a naturally rich and warm texture to the spaces, softening the masculine lines.

Tan coloured leathers lends a subtle softness to the surrounding darker tones in our  Bourke Street 2  study.

Tan coloured leathers lends a subtle softness to the surrounding darker tones in our Bourke Street 2 study.

And since we’re talking about all things chocolate, it would be remiss of me not to share Architectural Digest’s Top 10 Best-Designed Chocolate Shops Around the World aka my Bucket List!

However, if chocolate is not your poison, then why not treat yourself to a luxury getaway over the Easter long weekend? The amazing Seidler House in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales will do me just fine. Now all I need is a chocolate fondue fountain with extra strawberries . . .

All images via ©Alexandra Kidd Design

DESIGNER HOLIDAYS

Suddenly we’ve blinked, the New Year is over and its already February!

As the summer temperatures continue to soar through the hottest month we can remember, it seems the only way to escape the heat is to get out of Sydney all together! 

But where to? 

Going on holidays often means hauling over-packed bags, traveling for days at a time, dealing with delays, unruly children (your own or strangers!) and multiple modes of transportation to get anywhere, hoping that in the end the destination is well worth the effort! 

We’ve been daydreaming of our ideal holidays where it’s not about the journey but all about the destination! Why don’t you come and join us . . .
 

GLAM STAY

Maddie is dreaming of places she has never travelled, such as Milan! She is lusting over Senato Hotel Milano and its beautiful interior, made up of a plush material palette boasting of black and white. The character of the building’s neo classical exterior remains intact and the interior given a much-needed face-lift and contemporized with bright brass features.
 

Senato Hotel, Milano
Senato Hotel, Milano

Senato Hotel, Milano

CULTURAL GETAWAY

Jess can’t wait to return to the The College Hotel, Amsterdam that she discovered a few years ago on a ‘design getaway’. She fell in love with the building’s historical charm and details such as the high ceilings, large fireplaces and luxurious suites decorated with muted but bold colour palette.
 

The College Hotel, Amsterdam
The College Hotel, Amsterdam

The College Hotel, Amsterdam

HAWAIIAN HAVEN

Demi is planning her return to the Modern Honolulu, Hawaii. Designed by one of her all-time favourite designers, Yabu Pushelburg, the hotel has a contemporary design with a tropical twist. She adored every detail from the shadow lines to pivoting timber plantation shutters to the secret bar hidden behind a bookcase!
 

The Modern Honolulu, Hawaii
The Modern Honolulu, Hawaii

The Modern Honolulu, Hawaii

NEW YORK ADVENTURE

Stuart can’t wait to jet off to the Big Apple to stay in The Hudson Hotel, New York. Designed by Phillipe Stark, The Hudson Hotel is filled with fun unique pieces, each designed specifically for the hotel. The unconventional combination of interiors creates an urban adventure throughout New York, all combined in the one building.
 

The Hudson Hotel, New York
The Hudson Hotel, New York

The Hudson Hotel, New York

MAGICAL RETREAT

Alex is daydreaming of the magical Il Sereno Hotel, designed by Patricia Urquiola and with vertical gardens by famed botanist Patrick Blanc. She is drawn to this modern marvel built of stone, bronze and copper which stands on the shore of Lake Como, Italy. It’s amazing architectural detailing creates an intimate connection to the lake with specially framed glimpses created throughout the hotel interior.

Il Sereno Hotel, Lake Como, Italy

Il Sereno Hotel, Lake Como, Italy

A CHARMED LIFE

Julia longs to return to charming Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, a French town she fell in love with as a solo twenty-something backpacker. This time, however, she would love to rest her weary head on a pillow at the Hotel De Tourrel and experience the luxuries she could only previously dream of on a backpacker’s budget. She loves the elegant mix of original features and modern interiors that are housed within the buildings 17th century architecture. Handmade furniture by ClassiCon designers Eileen Gray and Konstantin Grcic fill the seven exclusive suites of the hotel.
 

Hotel De Tourrel, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

Hotel De Tourrel, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

Image 1 via Senato Milano / Image 2 via The D Pages / Image 3 & 4 via The College Hotel / Image 5 via Boutique Travel Blog / Image 6 via Yabu Pushelburg / Image 7 & 8 via Morgans Hotel Group / Image 9 & 10 via Sereno Hotels