FRESHLY PICKED FOR YOUR VALENTINE

At AKD we believe there’s no reason not to indulge and treat your loved ones – or yourself for that matter – with a bouquet of beautiful blooms on this oh-so-sweet day of days!

Not only do we love flowers for their gorgeous aesthetic and their divine scents, they also make the perfect interior accessory or design prop when it comes to perfectly styling our project photoshoots.

Just as receiving a bouquet of flowers brightens up anyone’s day, adding a stylish layer of floral arrangements to one’s home always brightens up any space.

Whether you’re after a small bouquet or wanting to fill a room to the brim with blooms, Hermetica Flowers knows how to impress with a wide variety of florals, plants and stunning arrangements. The hardest part is choosing your approach . . .

Hermetica Flowers    237 Victoria Street Darlinghurst

Hermetica Flowers 237 Victoria Street Darlinghurst

With a little shop, just a stone’s throw from our studio, we find it impossible to not be caught drifting on the floral scent wafting down Macleay Street, leading us down the rabbit hole that is Poho Flowers.

We adore this enchanting feminine sanctuary in the middle of the bustling streets and apartment blocks with its beautifully vibrant colour-coded displays, eclectic textures and ready-potted fresh succulents wanting to be taken home!

Poho     Flowers    Shop 2, 117 Macleay Street Potts Point

Poho Flowers Shop 2, 117 Macleay Street Potts Point

It has been over 20 years since Saskia Havekes opened the doors to her now globally-renowned flower shop Grandiflora, but her creations are just as cutting-edge and sophisticated as ever.

Providing exquisitely dramatic arrangements that feel luxurious, rare and special – the perfect Valentine’s Day trio if you really want to make a very good first and lasting impression!

Grandiflora  Shop 1/12 Macleay Street Potts Point

Grandiflora Shop 1/12 Macleay Street Potts Point

And because it wouldn’t be very warm and fuzzy of us if we didn’t share a bit more love this Valentine’s Day, if the one that gets your heart skipping beats is a bit further afield then Little Flowers is the perfect pick for you!

Growing with each new season, they offer small but perfectly formed bunches of freshly cut blooms and deliver to most of Sydney’s inner-city areas.

Little Flowers Sydney  littleflowers.com.au

Little Flowers Sydney littleflowers.com.au

Fresh blooms create a crisp, alluring and inviting atmosphere – one that we absolutely adore and welcome with open arms on Valentine’s Day, or any day really . . .

UNDER CONSTRUCTION: WHAT LIES BENEATH

Our clients were so excited to start their renovation as soon as they were handed the keys to their new house that we hit the ground running with this project!

We started work on our concept design at the same time as the demolition of the kitchen, bathrooms and old integrated joinery began – so there was no turning back! 

No turning back . . .

No turning back . . .

With the added advantage of the builder already being on site, we were thrilled to do some investigation work of this glorious old Victorian terrace, situated in one of Sydney’s affluent inner-city suburbs known for it’s rich history and grand old mansions and architectural monuments built in the 1800s and early 1900s.

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   We loved the idea of reinstating original features such as the beautiful ornate wall paneling and cornices that were loved in the Victorian era.

We loved the idea of reinstating original features such as the beautiful ornate wall paneling and cornices that were loved in the Victorian era.

The house revealed many surprises – some good, such as the hidden original internal sandstone walls, and some not so good, as we discovered the original fireplaces having been removed and their chimneys closed in.

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   A good surprise! The kitchen plasterboard had been hiding the original sandstone walls that we will restore to their original glory.

A good surprise! The kitchen plasterboard had been hiding the original sandstone walls that we will restore to their original glory.

Our brief was to modernise and increase the functionality of this gorgeous Victorian family home whilst restoring its charming character. 

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   Our clients and their two small children won’t be moving in to their new home just yet with construction well underway . . .

Our clients and their two small children won’t be moving in to their new home just yet with construction well underway . . .

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     We will turn this tiny space into a beautiful kids bathroom

We will turn this tiny space into a beautiful kids bathroom

We can’t wait to give this old house some much-needed TLC. Follow @alexandrakidd on Instagram to see our #VictoriaStreet project come back to life.

 

All images via ©Alexandra Kidd Design

Intern In The Interior

Katherine joined our team as an intern last week and here she shares her experiences of what it was like working at Alexandra Kidd Design . . .

'Alexandra Kidd kindly gave me an internship this week to experience the workings of the interior design world. As a humble psychology graduate desperate to jump into a creative career, I began on Monday morning believing none of my previous career choice would come into play. However, as this week’s adventures have taught me, Alex and her team use their own kind of counselling to remind a client that the ugly duckling stage is just the beginning of the journey to the beautiful interior they will eventually create together.

My first experience in the studio was the Monday morning meeting, where the team discussed the tasks to complete and begin for each client. As my eye quickly caught the lush design books around the room I appeared to tune out for about 20 minutes and feeling movement in the room I believed the meeting was nearly finished. Wrong! The girls had just finished the first project. Tuning back in I was amazed for the next 2 hours at the amount of detail the designers put into each client’s home. Each finish, corner, carpet and door handle was meticulously discussed and understood in context of the space. Interior designer Amandine showed me the fabric and wallpaper samples for an ongoing penthouse project Alex was working on. I was amazed as Amandine pulled sample after sample out of wallpaper, curtain material, carpet and bed coving materials in colours and textures I would never have envisioned together but made such a handsome pair!

The following day Alex and I met with a client at their house which could have doubled for a Aboriginal art gallery. The property had been converted from one apartment to two, a separate area for the children and adults. The ‘adult’ kitchen was a favourite of mine, Alex had paired a brown and cream tile with pale blue cabinets for a fresh and calming feel, I very much wanted to make a cup of tea and just look out over Sydney Harbour for half an hour! Nevertheless, having decided on a cityscape design for the drapes and agreeing to a feature wall in what admittedly was a neutral bedroom we headed out of the apartment with the family dog giving us a departing wave of the tail.

Later in the day, the whole team ventured to a recently finished project in Redfern. The mainly black and white décor created a refined elegant space for a very elegant client. We arrived as a rich white striped wall paper was put into place. The client was clearly delighted as the apartment was coming together. There were a few spots around a door frame that were requested to be retouched and to my untrained eye, I could barely see the need for any changes. However, Alex and Amandine scrupulously analysed the door’s paint job, explaining to me the discrepancy was due to the painters using a brush around this particular doorway and not a roller varying the difference in the finished grain. The girls arranged for this to be fixed the following day.

Thursday, I tagged along to a few Darlinghurst fabric rooms to pick up some samples for a client who owns a Thai restaurant. As my eyes got drunk taking in all the different patterns and deep confusion set in, Alex and Amandine methodically picked out samples as a clear colour scheme emerged involving tones of grey, blue and yellow. This reminded me of how earlier in the week I had pulled out a fabric sample with lots of red for this same venue. Amandine explained to me that red invokes a quintessentially Chinese feel which would be in conflict with the style of a Thai restaurant and the concept developed with the client. Just proving the significance Alexandra Kidd Design places on creating a space constantly in line with her client’s vision.

A week with the team at Alexandra Kidd Design opened my eyes to the incredibly meticulous hands-on process that the designers take with each of their clients. The process is demanding, but as Amandine said to me on the afternoon I left, it is a complete one. Beginning with concept development and getting to know the client, to delivering a new beautiful unique home for them. What could be a more complete process than that?'

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