Monday, December 23, 2013

Christmas Eve

It is Christmas Eve 2013 and I am very happy to be here! It has been a fantastic year and 2014 looks like more of the same.
I would like to wish you all a peaceful and merry holiday season with your loved ones, plenty of relaxation and lots of good food.
Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Photograph via Varpunen.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Tidying up the Office

I am tidying up my office today and was wondering if I could ever get it to look as tidy as the one above? Probably not but it sure is stylish! These lovely images come from Skandiform, a Swedish furniture company who specialise in offices and public spaces. I had to add the reception area below as a reference that a pink sofa can certainly look very cool!

Photographs via Skandiform.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Urban Cool at Hotel San Jose, Texas

It seems that when a holiday break beckons that hotels and holidays spots are very appealing to me as I browse through my interior design research.
Hotel San Jose, located in the heart of Austin, Texas, was built in 1936 as a motor court - it has now been transformed into a stylish bungalow-style hotel. Look at those lush grounds and outdoor leather chairs! The hotel rooms are kept minimal and fresh with gorgeous custom sheets. Oh, dogs are welcomed as guests too. Two thumbs up.

Photographs via Hotel San Jose.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Kitchen Under Stairs

Here's a kitchen that I designed and had installed earlier this year.
Part of this kitchen is located under the stairs and the previous layout had the fridge and storage here - it was awkward and not well utilised. To solve this, we took the existing stair wall (around the corner) to full height and placed the fridge here, then located the cupboards above right along the back wall. This created more bench top space as well as making it feel  more spacious and streamlined.
A granite bench top was chosen (one half of the client is a geologist so very appropriate) - this one is called Kashmir White and it has dappled garnets throughout. It works beautifully with the white cabinetry.

Photographs by Charlotte Minty.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Summer Lake House

Phew, it's seems summer has arrived. It's hot and humid - which is unusual for Wellington, and along with madly running around to wrap up the year before the Christmas break, I think people are feeling flustered. Hence the attraction to this calm and simple summer home, designed by Robert Young Architecture and Interiors, located by Montauk Lake, USA. Cedar shingled houses have always appealed to me and this sprawling family home does it so well. Some colour in the interiors wouldn't go amiss, me thinks.

Photographs via Remodelista.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

Check out the cool Beach Club at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel, Sydney. Recently refurbished, I'm loving the fresh and retro aqua colour they've used throughout as well as the overall super relaxed vibe. Getting in the mood for summer!

Top Deck Bar

The view

The new kitchen

Seafood station

Beach Club Bar

Coffee station

Photographs via Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel.