IN BLOOM THIS SPRING

The doldrums of winter’s final days have, at last, come to an end . . . and there could be no better backdrop to spring’s brightening tendencies than fresh florals.

As nature reveals its fresh and fragrant deliciousness, so too should our interiors. It’s time to peel back the layers of winter fabrics and turn to our most-relied on feminine print, the humble floral.

The eternal spring must-have, we’ve collated our favourite – genuinely ground-breaking, thank you Meryl Streep – spring florals for your interior.

DARK FLORAL WALLPAPER BY ELLIE CASHMAN DESIGN

Proof that florals need not be sickly sweet, this dramatic, over-scale floral wallpaper is a majestic, moody nod to the spring trend.

Proof that florals need not be sickly sweet, this dramatic, over-scale floral wallpaper is a majestic, moody nod to the spring trend.

STELLAR PRINT BY LOUISE JONES

Melbourne-based designer Louise Jones rekindles the magical memories of exploring vast, flourishing gardens as a child through her vibrant floral prints.

Melbourne-based designer Louise Jones rekindles the magical memories of exploring vast, flourishing gardens as a child through her vibrant floral prints.

LA PALMA WALLPAPER BY CATHERINE MARTIN FOR MOKUM

Not strictly a floral, but one for the more ambitious home decorators, this dramatic, tropical print will add playfulness to any room. We’re imagining it covering the walls of a secret powder room!

Not strictly a floral, but one for the more ambitious home decorators, this dramatic, tropical print will add playfulness to any room. We’re imagining it covering the walls of a secret powder room!

SUGARBAG DREAMING BY WILLIE WESTON

Florals that speak of places close to home, this whimsical print of native Australian wildflowers is hand-painted by Indigenous artist Rosie Ngwarraraye Ross, bringing to life stories of bush medicine and referencing the nectar from the flowers of the  tarrkarr  trees.

Florals that speak of places close to home, this whimsical print of native Australian wildflowers is hand-painted by Indigenous artist Rosie Ngwarraraye Ross, bringing to life stories of bush medicine and referencing the nectar from the flowers of the tarrkarr trees.

ELLA GOLD CHAIR BY JACOPO FOGGINI FOR EDRA

Reminiscent of a blooming flower, the ‘Ella Gold Chair’ is the ideal alternative to a floral print.

Reminiscent of a blooming flower, the ‘Ella Gold Chair’ is the ideal alternative to a floral print.

FRUTTO PROBITO BY FornasettI FOR COLE & SON

Not the garden-variety floral print, mischievous monkeys and sunny hues bring this playful floral print to life. Perfect for a quirky living space or nursery alike.

Not the garden-variety floral print, mischievous monkeys and sunny hues bring this playful floral print to life. Perfect for a quirky living space or nursery alike.

CYRNOS CANDLE BY CIRE TRUDON

The smell of spring florals is brought to life with notes of Lemon, Myrtle, Black Fig, Pine, Musk, and Patchouli. The ideal accompaniment to longer, al fresco evenings.

The smell of spring florals is brought to life with notes of Lemon, Myrtle, Black Fig, Pine, Musk, and Patchouli. The ideal accompaniment to longer, al fresco evenings.

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EMBRACING SPRING: AWAKENING OUR SENSES WITHIN

Winter you were a treat. We did enjoy your rich textural textiles and cosy spaces, but we are definitely ready to say ‘See you later’ and embrace the best of Spring!

We are oh. so. excited. for the fresh blooms, vibrant colour palettes and most of all being able to sip on frose in the warm glistening sun, when rooftop bars become bearable again.

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SPRING SCENTS

Nothing says Spring like a bouquet of fresh and vibrantly scented blooms. These bunches from Posy Supply Co are beautifully wrapped and a match made in heaven to set the right refreshing tone of the new season. They make for the perfect gift, treat or home accessory, brightening up any interior space and welcoming the outdoors in!

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SPRING SEASONING

Dinosaur Designs have done it again! Introducing their new collection of salt and pepper grinders that are inspired through the form, texture and tone of washed pebbles, we are obsessed and keen to embrace the extra spice in our life! This perfect pair will make an enviable addition to your kitchen and soon-to-come outdoor BBQs!

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SPRING SIPS

Finally, the sun is starting to show its face a little more, making rooftop bars bearable! We are crushing hard over Henry Deane at Sydney’s Hotel Palisade. A cocktail lounge with a contemporary, luscious and modern edge, it’s truly a hidden gem. Providing incredible views, fancy cocktails and a satisfying menu, it’s the perfect way to unwind and start your weekend in style.

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SPRING SURPRISES

There’s a new café on the block and they’re serving carrot cake waffles! We can’t think of anything more scrumptious. The contemporary and unique menu at Joseph Hyde has left us drooling and craving a bite!

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SPRING SLEEPS

The time has come to say goodbye to our toasty and thick woolen throws and hello to In Bed’s lightweight linen duvet set. A soft and breathable fabric that will still keep you warm on those crisp nights, we are in love with the earthy colour tone range. We love them all but our favourite set has to be in oat – it looks good enough to eat! With sheets like these, who needs to count sheep!

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SPRING SPLENDOR

Now that the weather is getting warmer, trees and plants are getting their leaves back and greenery is re-appearing, we have weekend getaway on our mind! A road trip up the coast with a group of friends or family, taking in the great outdoors and staying at Byron Bay Beach Abodes sounds splendid to us. These beach houses offer luxurious accommodation, creating a retreat-like experience. Each of the 9 properties have been designed individually with its own story in mind. A coastal, bohemian and minimalistic interior design approach that we adore! Ideal for a relaxing weekend getaway.

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SPRING STYLE

We love the idea behind BlowBarCo, a luxurious and easy-going spot offering a wash and blow dry, all with champagne in hand nonetheless! With to-die-for event packages, including braid tutorials offering styling, drinks and a cheese platter (!) we’ll be sure to see you there!

Q&A WITH GARDEN DESIGNER CHRISTOPHER NICHOLAS

I was introduced to Christopher Nicholas by our wonderful Seaview Crescent client, who affectionately said 'if you don’t know about this guy you should . . . I’ll arrange a meeting!'

And that was the simple beginning of a fabulous collaboration. 

I am inspired by Chris’ aesthetic. He is both professional and playful and a garden visionary. His use of textures and plant choices is beautiful and I’ve enjoyed watching him conceive and develop ideas that are client driven, site specific and sympathetic to the surrounding interiors and architecture. 

We hope that Chris inspires you to do some Spring planting and try out your own green thumb this season! 

ONE WORD THAT BEST DESCRIBES YOU?

Creative and everything good and bad that comes with it.

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE GROWING UP?

At aged 10 I wanted to be an architect, but after discovering a passion for plants and gardening at aged 11 I decided I wanted to be a garden designer! Nothing else has ever tempted me really, aside from being a farmer . . . but that's a pipe dream.

HOW DID YOU EARN YOUR FIRST PAY PACKET?

Technically it would be mowing the lawn at home. Dad had a notepad where he would put $2 next to my name for each mow. As I had no concept of money, earning $32 at the end of the year at the age of 9 (yes I mowed the lawn at a disturbingly young age but life was more relaxed back then!) was a huge amount of money. I probably spent it on lollies and Matchbox cars.

BEST LIFE LESSON?

That’s a big question! There's so many. Not to count your chickens before they hatch is a good one, but by proxy of that, often when you think you're on a roll you end up going in a completely different direction only to realise at the end what it was all about. So learning to ‘ride the wave’ (as a friend of mine often says) when I’m bamboozled by life.

YOUR PROUDEST ACHIEVEMENT SO FAR?

Being a perfectionist it hasn’t arrived yet! Sometimes I reflect on the fact I’ve lived and worked in three countries and made great friends in all of those places that feel like home. I always have somewhere to go and someone to catch up with. I’m proud of that, although I wish I could travel more often!

WHO INSPIRES YOU?

People who maintain their happiness through the simple things in life.

YOUR BIGGEST VICE?

Ouch! Well that first glass of wine when I decide to switch off at the end of the day, searching online for things to buy for my home (real and imaginary) makes me feel good . . . then knowing you can't buy much in our faraway land makes me cranky! I'm often dreaming of beautiful things for myself (!) not my clients.

DO YOU FOLLOW TRENDS OR ARE YOU A TRENDSETTER?

I am definitely not a trendsetter (well no one has told me so). I wish I was, but I’m not a sheep either. I think I spend more time avoiding trends which could make life trickier. 

I love symmetry but I always try to unbalance it for some reason. Then I don’t see mimicking other people’s work as very inspiring so somewhere in all of that I do what I can to be original.

WHAT DREAM DO YOU STILL WANT TO FULFILL?

How long do you have?!

It’s on a piece of land away from roads, the soil is deep volcanic basalt and my house, that I’m going to build, changes weekly. It got pretty big last year in my head but it’s weatherboard and has shutters. The garden is filled with trees and shrubs I can’t quite convince my clients to buy, and there is a pre-planned layout with space to evolve with my experiences. Cold enough for fires and no humidity. I’m not sure whether or not I’m a hermit or surrounded with people.

In the short term, I’m determined to build a proper veggie patch for planting next Autumn in my current country pad, which I rent. It’s made of railway sleepers and gravel paths. It has a picket fence made with rustic tomato posts and an old swing gate from a tumbling-down sheep shearing shed. It has lavender around the raised beds and I’m looking forward to eating and cooking seasonal produce. I’m OK to occasionally share that little dream.

WHAT YOU LOVE ABOUT WORKING WITH ALEXANDRA KIDD DESIGN?

Alex is open to all creative ideas and always has a smile. There are no egg shells and enough directness to know where you stand (plus there is definitely room for a good laugh!) That kind of working environment always equals a great collaboration and happy clients.

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