August 28th, 2014

Home Tour: Terrace House Renovation

A terrace house positioned just 2 blocks away from the Melbourne bayside waters of St Kilda West was given the kiss of life and granted room to breathe after interior designers, Taimi Sanders and Elissa King of Sanders & King, took on the task of bringing the grand old dame into the modern day era.

Armed with a brief to reconfigure the back living area and kitchen as well as opening up what was once a dark poky formal dining room, Sanders & King effectively created more space, better spatial flow and extra light to flood the newly designed interior.

With the original plans having almost doubled in size, budget constraints were a consideration in the overall design, so Sanders & King set about choosing materials to ‘get the look’ without the price tag to match. A mixture of Laminate cupboards, stone bench tops and 2 PAC paint was specified to extend the dollar while maintaining the design aesthetic.

Oversized wall openings were created to allow for a a better flow between rooms, with space arguably one of the most important objectives for the owners and their three pre-teen daughters who live here.

Photography by Garth Oriander

August 27th, 2014

Modern Family Home

When commercial builder Nicholas Bufé set out to find a bigger home for his interior designer wife Tracy (Bufé Design) and their two young children, they set out with the help of architect Stephen Staughton of Staughton Thorne Architecture. The result is a modern, relaxed family home, with open spaces, concrete floors with floor to ceiling windows and a garage, cellar and storage areas in an excavated space below. The established trees and garden that surround the home make it a unique mix of old and new.

Via estmagazine

Photos by Tara Pearce | Styling by Tamie Freier

August 26th, 2014

DIY Book Headboard

I strive to bring you guys some amazing DIY ideas, and while I’m yet to create my own, I have no doubt that one day (Im envisioning my first born’s bedroom and this is waayyyyy down the track!) I will try my hand at something like this bedhead by Kassandra of Design Everyday Blog and BOY is it a showstopper!

Because of its big size and central location, the headboard is an interesting place to show your creativity and completely redefine the way a room looks and feels.

How To:

Step 1. Measure up the size you would like your headboard but make sure it is about 1cm in from where the mattress ends on either side. This helps give the illusions that the books are simply there and not attached to anything

Step 2. Mark the mattress height so you know where the books should end.

Step 3.Arrange the open books on the board like a puzzle. Make sure to place the books as to extend over the edges of the board on both sides.

Step 4. Once you have an order you are happy with make sure you number the books so that if they get mixed up you know exactly where they go back.

Step 5.Secure the books using nails, but leave a few pages free.

Step 6. To create the illusion of how a book would look if it were just sitting open on a table stick the pages so a bump is created. Be creative with how you secure the pages, you don’t want every book to look the same. However the bottom row of books should have the pages secured as flat as possible so that they do not get caught on pillows or sheets.

Step 7. Once all the books are secured you can move the headboard into place – you will need two people for this!

Step 8. And Voila! Lay back and enjoy your creation.

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August 25th, 2014

Home Tours: Coastal Retreat in Sagaponack

It’s not often that you find a spacious New York home on a large plot of land with a wide open ocean view, but the Sagaponack Home, in NY, designed by Bates Masi Architects for an adventurous single family offers all of that and more when it comes to the contemporary dwelling.

Uniting indoors and outdoors, sliding doors tuck into the walls to maximise space and well as offer views of the surrounding ocean and wetlands. The spaces create apertures through which views, light, and air completely penetrate the house, dissolving its mass.

The team had also had to work with the limitations for the allowed height of the first floor and roof, a moment frame reduces the thickness of the horizontal structure, raising the ceilings, the open facade and white walls allow light to fill and enlarge the space.

Materials were chosen not only for their workability, but also for their durability in the coastal environment. The lack of harsh stains or finishes reduces the ecological footprint of the house. Geothermal heating and cooling as well as vegetated roofs further reduce the environmental impact.

Photos by Michael Moran

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An Interior Design graduate from Melbourne, Australia.

"People think that design is styling. Design is not style. It's not about giving shape to the shell and not giving a damn about the guts. Good design is a renaissance attitude that combines technology, cognitive science, human need, and beauty to produce something that the world didn't know it was missing."

- Paola Antonelli