UNDER CONSTRUCTION: A COLOURFUL PIED-À-TERRE

Construction is well underway on a gorgeous pied-à-terre for our clients whose primary residence is in Brisbane. With children and grandchildren living in Sydney, they previously owned a large federation terrace in Sydney’s Eastern suburbs for many years which they visited frequently.

However, our lovely clients recently decided it was time to downsize (but definitely not downgrade) their 'home away from home', and will be moving into their new apartment with amazing Sydney Harbour views in just a few short months.

Remember this old thing?! 

Remember this old thing?! 

Remember the retro dishwasher we posted on Instagram? Now it's well and truly a thing of the past! The rest of the kitchen has been demolished, as well as a couple of the surrounding walls.

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   The kitchen wall has been removed to create a more contemporary open plan living.

The kitchen wall has been removed to create a more contemporary open plan living.

The kitchen, living and dining rooms are being completely re-designed to achieve a more contemporary open plan living space. 

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   Our design reveals more of those stunning Sydney Harbour views.

Our design reveals more of those stunning Sydney Harbour views.

The incorporation of a kitchen counter ‘servery’ will create a dining hub appropriate for casual breakfasts with the grandchildren and elegant dinner parties with close friends.

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   Kitchen demo is underway!

Kitchen demo is underway!

The framing for the joinery has been installed and is the most exciting part of build so far as I can see our design vision coming to life. The joinery will conceal the TV, a wine fridge, air-conditioning unit, and provide a decorative display to showcase our clients beloved art collection. 

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   The joinery unit will conceal the TV, air-conditioning unit and wine fridge.

The joinery unit will conceal the TV, air-conditioning unit and wine fridge.

The finished joinery design will visually create niches seamlessly cut out from the walls. 

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   The framing is up! Looking from the living room looking back towards the entrance door.

The framing is up! Looking from the living room looking back towards the entrance door.

Meanwhile we are excitedly working on the final furniture, fittings and fixtures selections, which we affectionately call the ‘fun stage’ as we start to fill the space with more and more of our clients colourful personality. We can’t wait to share images of the beautiful linens, handmade tiles and silk wallpapers we will be installing!

Keep up to date with our #onslowavenue project by following us on Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook

All images via  ©Alexandra Kidd Design

BEHIND THE SCENES WITH MEGAN MORTON AND SHARYN CAIRNS

As an interior designer I’m constantly asked what is the best part of my job.

Is it the thrill of a blank canvas and the world of possibility at the start of a new project? Is it scouring the globe for the perfect fabrics, furnishings, accessories and artwork? Is it the joy of meeting incredible clients and seeing the smiles on their faces as their dream home comes to life? Is it discovering emerging new designers and commissioning them to create one-off pieces? Or is it simply being immersed in beautiful things each and every day?

It is, of course, all of these things. But for me, the absolute best part of my job is at the end of a project when all of the months, or sometimes years, of hard work have paid off and the dream has become a reality. And nothing captures this special moment better than an all-star photoshoot!

We love collaborating with fellow creatives and we couldn’t think of a more talented duo to style and capture not one, but two of our most beloved projects that we recently completed after more than two years work, over a befitting two-day shoot.

As one of Australia’s most celebrated stylists, Megan Morton needs no introduction. We knew her signature style would perfectly match our design aesthetic – classic with a touch of clever and sometimes quirky detail. It was magic to see Megan’s passion for styling come to life right in front of our eyes. Her well thought-out selection of props, flowers and improvised arrangements led our clients to go on to purchase several of the pieces she had chosen for the photoshoot! Megan is renowned for her serious approach to dressing a bed and even though she patiently tried to teach me, it came as no surprise that I should definitely stick to my day job! 

Megan Morton and Alex having a well-deserved rest and ‘talking shop’ in the tasting room at Stanley Avenue.

Megan Morton and Alex having a well-deserved rest and ‘talking shop’ in the tasting room at Stanley Avenue.

We have long pored over the beyond beautiful images of Sharyn Cairns in our beloved Vogue Living and Belle magazines each month and were ecstatic that she was willing and able to work with us for our two day shoot. What we love most about Sharyn’s photography is the way she perfectly captures mood, texture and space – all qualities that we place extreme importance on when we design our spaces. Her experience and eye for detail and is reflected in the final results and we can’t wait to share the two project albums with you soon so watch this space . . . 

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   Sharyn Cairns shooting the master ensuite at Stanley Avenue

Sharyn Cairns shooting the master ensuite at Stanley Avenue

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   Sharyn Cairns and Alex on all fours checking the shot. It’s all in a day’s work! 

Sharyn Cairns and Alex on all fours checking the shot. It’s all in a day’s work! 

We loved the opportunity of working with these two incredible women who share a love of interiors like we do and we look forward to working with them again in the future. Meanwhile we will be following (stalking!) them closely on social media and our favourite publications, and will continue to draw inspiration from their work.

It really was the best two days ever! I love my job! 

All images via ©Alexandra Kidd Design