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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UNDER CONSTRUCTION: RED BRICK BEAUTY

We have just begun an enormous renovation of this large family property that would feel right at home in the 1970s. Let us take you on our journey through the renovation process as we transform this tired 1970s house into a stylish family home fit for 2017 and beyond.

The exterior of the house will have a solid scrub and fresh coat of paint on all the woodwork, but we will retain the iconic red bricks that perfectly complement the colour of the surrounding greenery as well as   maintain a feeling of authenticity.

The exterior of the house will have a solid scrub and fresh coat of paint on all the woodwork, but we will retain the iconic red bricks that perfectly complement the colour of the surrounding greenery as well as maintain a feeling of authenticity.

Inside it’s a different story. We are happy to say goodbye to the overwhelming red and brown brick covering most internal walls. It’s time to freshen up, lighten up & open up the space!

Inside it’s a different story. We are happy to say goodbye to the overwhelming red and brown brick covering most internal walls. It’s time to freshen up, lighten up & open up the space!

Our new design will reveal a beautiful coffered ceiling, giving a warm Spanish nod to the house.

Our new design will reveal a beautiful coffered ceiling, giving a warm Spanish nod to the house.

The arches are a consistent element throughout the spaces and will play an important role in our overall design.

The arches are a consistent element throughout the spaces and will play an important role in our overall design.

It’s a timber stud forest on the first floor as we are moving most of the walls, including the removal of a smaller bedroom to increase the size of the master bedroom and reconfigure the remaining bedrooms and bathroom.

It’s a timber stud forest on the first floor as we are moving most of the walls, including the removal of a smaller bedroom to increase the size of the master bedroom and reconfigure the remaining bedrooms and bathroom.

Who needs some solid timber to feed their fireplaces this winter??  

Who needs some solid timber to feed their fireplaces this winter??  

We love the location and the generous and lush garden surrounding the home. No stone will be left unturned as we are also collaborating with a gorgeous landscaper to transform our clients' beloved outdoor oasis into a new yet classic sanctuary.

We love the location and the generous and lush garden surrounding the home. No stone will be left unturned as we are also collaborating with a gorgeous landscaper to transform our clients' beloved outdoor oasis into a new yet classic sanctuary.

All images via ©Alexandra Kidd Design 

A FRESH BLAST FROM THE PAST

The construction of our #VictoriaStreet project is progressing well and we are on the home stretch for the big reveal.

The bulk of the work was to get this old Victorian home back on a solid base, create larger internal openings to improve the flow in the main living areas and reinstate some of its gorgeous original period features.

We are just a few short weeks away from installing the joinery, wallpaper, paint and final touch-ups. It’s an exciting time where everything comes together and our concept design is finally realised.

But before we get too ahead of ourselves, we’re thrilled to share some behind the scenes images of the construction progress so far . . .

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   The reveal of the original sandstone wall.

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   The seriously cool large herringbone timber floor being installed.

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   I love the smell of freshly cut timber on a construction site!

I love the smell of freshly cut timber on a construction site!

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   Dressing up the walls with gorgeous paneling befitting of the Victorian heritage. 

Dressing up the walls with gorgeous paneling befitting of the Victorian heritage. 

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   The double shower in the master ensuite ready to be tiled with marble.

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   I always love visiting Nefiko’s beautiful showroom to shop for the perfect marble.

I always love visiting Nefiko’s beautiful showroom to shop for the perfect marble.

All photos ©Alexandra Kidd Design