WELCOME HOME!

We are thrilled to welcome home our gorgeous clients and their young family, who recently moved back into their now-dream home on Sydney’s North Shore.

We first introduced you to this charming family six months ago, not long after their highly anticipated demolition day finally arrived.

While we can’t reveal the final results just yet, we are so excited to share some of the amazing progress that has taken place over the past few months.

The exterior of the home was significantly remodelled to allow for balconies off the living spaces. Now opening directly onto the courtyard and garden entertaining area, the new design achieves the perfect indoor-outdoor flow.

The traditional federation style of the home was retained to stay in keeping with the original architecture of the home and suburb aesthetic.

The old rumpus room has been transformed into a family friendly entertainment hub, complete with ample storage and all the comforts of a beautiful yet liveable family home. 

One of the most dramatic spaces to transform was the kitchen and dining area, where walls were removed and reimagined to create a completely open floor plan.

The addition of new timber floors, marble bench tops, appliances and lighting strike the perfect balance for a functional yet timeless space appropriate for a growing young family, as well as entertaining for many years to come.

We look forward to sharing the final images once all the furniture and accessories have been installed.

All images via ©Alexandra Kidd Design

UNDER CONSTRUCTION: THIRD YEAR'S A CHARM

We first met our lovely clients three years ago when we were engaged to create the concept design for their dream family home. The look is a modern interior inside a traditional federation-style Sydney home.

The construction process was subsequently broken into digestible stages, the first of which was an urgent renovation of the bathrooms and wardrobes.

We were thrilled when our clients contacted us earlier in the year ready to progress the construction of phase 2. It was exciting to not only be able to revisit our concept design and realise it’s full potential once again, but also to project manage one of the most anticipated and dramatic demolitions of the year.

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   Our clients and their two small children have moved out whilst we moved in and (carefully!) bulldoze our way through this federation home in order to reveal its full glory and potential!

Our clients and their two small children have moved out whilst we moved in and (carefully!) bulldoze our way through this federation home in order to reveal its full glory and potential!

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   We are increasing and extending the dining, kitchen and main family room to create more livable space.

We are increasing and extending the dining, kitchen and main family room to create more livable space.

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   This energetic young family love entertaining, so the kitchen and dining areas are especially important to them.

This energetic young family love entertaining, so the kitchen and dining areas are especially important to them.

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   Our clients love being involved in the construction process and seeing the weekly transformation of their home taking shape.

Our clients love being involved in the construction process and seeing the weekly transformation of their home taking shape.

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   No floorboard left unturned!

No floorboard left unturned!

We can’t wait to hand the keys back to our clients and share the final reveal in the 2016!

All images via ©Alexandra Kidd Design

IT TAKES A VILLAGE

With the opening of the new Special Care Nursery at North Sydney’s Mater Hospital only weeks away, today I had a rare spare moment to pause and reflect on this project, which has been a work in progress for almost 18 months.

This was always more than a design job. It was a labour of love from the very beginning, as we took on this project within weeks of Alex giving birth to her first baby at this very hospital. Serendipitously, I fell pregnant halfway through the project and suddenly my own involvement took on much more meaning as my personal journey began to parallel that of my work. I had the chance to experience the overwhelming emotions of pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood, and feel blessed every day that my baby girl was born healthy and happy in January this year. I can’t imagine what it would have been like if I could not have taken her home with me the day I was discharged from hospital.  

Work in progress and concept research

Work in progress and concept research

The Friends of The Mater Foundation have generously funded the Special Care Nursery, allowing our vision of creating the most perfectly nurturing, reassuring and encouraging space for parents experiencing deep emotions and facing unimaginable stress, come to life.

Since it’s conception we wanted to create a truly unique space that offered a sense of comfort and protection, which is why we invited French illustrator Catherine Cordasco to join us on our journey.

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Catherine Cordasco is a surface pattern illustrator. She uses watercolours to create emotion and graphic life through her images and artistic application.

Her mature yet innocent watercolours struck an emotional chord in all of us. In collaboration with Catherine we developed an exclusive identity for the Special Care Nursery, literally illustrating the nurturing environment we had envisaged, yet all the while remaining visually efficient and practical for staff and visitors alike. 

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   The new floor being laid out.

The new floor being laid out.

The Special Care Nursery project became our AKD ‘baby’ and we can't wait to see it come to life in a few short weeks and continue to grow, develop and nurture the babies and parents as we intended, until they are strong enough to spread their wings and fly . . .

And whilst we can’t reveal the interior design until the official launch on 1 June, we feel like proud new parents to be able to show off these sneak peek behind the scenes images.

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   A glimpse of a ‘nest’ nearing completion.

A glimpse of a ‘nest’ nearing completion.

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   Alex documenting construction and the reception desk being installed.

Alex documenting construction and the reception desk being installed.

Image 2 via Catherine Cordasco / All other images via ©Alexandra Kidd Design