Dear Designalogue…

September 26th, 2014

Oh hi Designalogue blog.

Its been a while hasn’t it.

Yeah, sorry I haven’t returned your prompting emails. I’ve been really busy with work & stuff & well…

Its not that I don’t like you anymore. I do. I really do & I think of you often.You have been such a great support to me over the years & introduced me to some really great & interesting people around the world.

Its just, its just well…

Its not you. its me.

ok. truth is I have met something else.

I just feel it gets me. We really click  in a way that I just never clicked with you. I mean we can be spontaneous & even adventurous & well, its just so uncomplicated & Im just free to explore…well what ever and whom ever I want.

We had a good run you & I. I never said this thing of ours would be forever, and Im not saying I wont be back. its just that for now I’m just better matched with Instagram.

Anyway Blog, you can come & visit me whenever you like over there. I post spontaneous pictures of projects I’m working on, eye candy I see in my travels & often have crap loads of spelling mistakes & bad grammar & punctation because I’m excited in the moment.

Truth be told blog, I always felt you were a bit judgey on my spelling mistakes & bad punctuation.

I hope we can still be friends.

You can come & visit me & Instagram over HERE any time.

 

 

Oh & now that I can really be honest. Ive always hated the font that the heading you gave me.

 

 

Belle

February 25th, 2014

Whoops, its the end of February already!  I haven’t popped on by here since October last year….well Im still here! I’ve just been really really busy with all kinds of projects with a little bit of life a happening too!

But something pretty cool to share - you can find me in the current issue of BELLE! yeehaa!

Im very happy to have my bathroom project featured!  Looksee:

 

 

Psst – I can be found on instagram over here I do post over there lots of pics of things Im up too that I dont get around to here!

 

House & Garden top 50

October 4th, 2013

I went to a rather lovely party this week. It was the launch for Australian House & Garden magazines annual top 50 rooms.

The party was held at an event space called Twotonmax in North Melbourne. Its a cool venue that is a blank space that can be frocked up to suit any occasion.

Im not sure who did the styling for this do, but it looked very special with flower garlands & fairy lights suspended overhead which set a great party mood!

This picture was posted on instagram by House & Garden prior to guests arriving. So, before it got messed up!

Surprise surprise – I took a blurry pic of the flower pretties (my title of worst photographer ever isn’t going anywhere quickly!)  But if you squint & tilt your head a little, you can see that it is pretty!

Two large screens projected the images of the rooms that feature in this issue.

& looksee – that is my kitchen project up on the big screen! woohoo! I made the cut for this years top 50 rooms!

And here tis in the glossy pages of the magazine!

My hot date for the evenings celebrations was the lovely Martina Gemmola who was the photographer of my projects picture.

We glam’d ourselves up for the eve & joined the party for a bit of ra ra! Despite me not being in top ra ra form, it was a great night & lovely to meet some of the H&G Sydney team & some designers from interstate who has made the trip down for the do!

This is the second time my work has been included in the top 50, my first being in 2011 for my dining room. See that here .

The November issue hits the shelves on Monday & its a good one!

Its a great honour to be featured, so thank you House & Garden magazine!

H&G Best of the best

July 3rd, 2013

So there I was just sitting on the sofa, cup of tea in hand flipping through the new issue of Australian House & Garden….

Interior Design Melbourne

I came across this article….

Interior Design Melbourne

And check it – there is  MY name!

Interior Design Melbourne

So thank YOU House & Garden for including me in this list amongst some very inspiring designers. I am honoured to be included!

 

 

 

CMD project – warehouse happenings

July 2nd, 2013

I’m pretty excited to share with you the results of a recent photo shoot with the excellent Martina Gemmola of one of my recent projects.

I’ve shared some of this project before. You can looksee here for what Im talking about or a refresher!

 

Interior Design Melbourne

Interior Design Melbourne

Interior Design Melbourne

Interior Design Melbourne

Interior Design Melbourne

Interior Design Melbourne

Interior Design Melbourne

Interior Design Melbourne

Still some finishing details for this project to come -I have custom designed a rug for the living room (can not wait to see it!) and some cool furniture for the entrance too. Its been an exciting project to be involved with as its such a unique space.

Kudos to the architect on this project Robert Miles who designed really great bones for this space. I’d like to think our interior designs & finish choices have enhanced his original vision!

Dalai Lama in Melbourne

June 25th, 2013

So something a bit exciting happened in my world last week –  a project that I have been working on for a few months came to fruition.  I was lucky enough to have been invited, as well as my good friend & fellow designer Jessica Nixon to design & set the Melbourne stage for His Holiness the Dalai Lama!

Naturally I said yes – instantly to this invitation!

Jess & I thought it was a great opportunity to showcase some local Australian design so we worked collaboratively with Jardan Furniture who made all of the beautiful furniture for the event & Philip Stokes Glass who made the gorgeous sculptural vases for the flowers.

And this is how it turned out:

Apparently the rug was gifted to His Holiness and travels with him. I love the colours & it was naturally the starting point for the stage design.

A friend commented that she wanted to turn the rug around. It is protocol for the lotus design to face His Holiness. And now you know!

Jess & I arranged the flowers ourselves – we thought it was fitting to include some lotus flowers in the arrangement!

& here His Holiness is!

(Until I get better photographs of His Holiness sitting on the furniture – my Iphone pictures of the onstage screen are the best I can do!)

& of course I had to include this selfie of Jess & I with our official accreditation badges for the event!

It was quite a thrill to create a client file in my computer named Dalai Lama! It has certainly has been a career highlight & I am very proud of  what our collaboration achieved! I’ll be smiling about this one for a while yet!

Psst – All photos are just picture I took myself on my Iphone.  Hopefully I will have some through soon that the official photographer took on the day

 

 

Bold happenings

May 23rd, 2013

Well hello once again! or, welcome if this is your first time in this particular blogs hood!

Thought I would share a couple of  pictures of a recent project that I had photographed.  Its a music room for a young family & as you can see they aren’t afraid of living with colour!

 

Look-see at the handblown glass pendant light we had made for the project:

So there you have it! It was such a pleasure to work on this project! My clients (the loveliest people you could meet) had an idea of what they wanted for the space which was bold & colourful.  I dont think you can say its not either of those!

Thank you once again to the fabulous Martina Gemmola for beautiful photos!

See you back here soon! I have some INCREDIBLE news to share soon of a project I have been working on – its the kind of project that i could not possibly say NO to & is the kinda project that is & forever will be a career highlight & totally surreal. When I tell you more you will understand the surreal-ness!

Until next time!

 

Re-Love stool update

May 9th, 2013

Re-Love Feast Watson project Stool update!

My stool is now up for Ebay auction! All proceeds raised go to the Salvos Stores – so a worthy cause!

Click here for the eBay link while it lasts

& Ive told you Im the worst photographer in the world – dont these studio pictures just look much better that mine!

Re-Loving – the end result

April 1st, 2013

You may remember (or even just scroll down a bit to see my previous post on the subject!) that I was invited to be one of 9 fellow designers & bloggers to participate in the Feast Watson Re-love project. Well, I finished. Its all done! To refresh your hazy minds – I accepted the challenge to give a piece of furniture some Re-loving using some Feast Watson products to do just that! I chose this wee stool as it was a nice & simple shape, small enough that I could manageably takle its overhaul easily enough myself &  small enough to easily transport it around to those who I managed to rope in to assist me in the transformation!

Here tis BEFORE some re-loving was applied:

Still before…

So on with the transformation….

I selected from the Feast Watson range Black Japan stain & varnish. I wanted the timber frame to have a bit of depth of colour that the Black Japan offers. Its not a heavy black, like a paint black – its a murky dark dark almost black with a tinge of walnut (yeah – i’ll stick with that as a colour description!)

Next I coyly sent an email to the lovely people at Signature Prints & explained the project to them & what I was planning. They were very happy to get on board with the project & donate some fabric for me to use! woohoo! After feeling a bit like a kid in a candy shop as I had so SO many gorgeous goodies to choose from, I selected one of my favorite from the Florence Broadhurst fabric range- Aubrey on a cotton base cloth in black & white.

Here are all of the goodies together all ready for me to get cracking!

Get cracking I did! I roped in my clever friend Nicko in to assist in the transformation. To be fair he wasn’t given too much of a choice about his participation!! Its true that I may have basically just told him of his participation -but as he is like my brother from another mother- I felt I could get away with it!! Also he has a shed, and lots of boy toy tools, and loves doing this kind of thing -that boy loves a project! He sanded & got it prepped & ready for me to stain.

The stools existing proportions reminded me a little too much of a Star Wars At-At walker (google it!) & as I was planning on altering the shape of the upholstered section, the existing legs length would’ve looked even more out of proportion. So whilst in the care of Nicko with his tool shed, he cut down the legs by a few centimetres. Much better!

Usually when I am sourcing or designing a piece of furniture for a project that I am working on I need to take into account everything else that is going on in the room so it fits into the space with continuity & balance – thats my job! But as I dont know where this piece will end up, it gave me a bit of design freedom to play with & try something a little different for this lil solo stool!  So from out of the depths of my closet came my old sewing machine. Its been a while between sewing sessions. In fact Im not even sure that this machine that Ive had for about 10 years has ever even sewn on fabric! – its been pretty much solely used on paper party invitations!! (yeah thats a thing – I love a good party invite!)   I took this sewing selfie!  - you know proof that I was doing it & all that!!

The plan was just to embroider a small section of the fabric pattern & give it a lil sumpin with the copper thread. This picture shows early progress – I’m sure you can see where Im going with this!

Right, so on with the staining… Nicko had graciously sanded the stool back & prepped it ready to stain.  So easy! Brush on & whamo – it changes right before your eyes!! Here tis after just one coat of the Feast Watson Black Japan.

Two coats was all it needed!

Lets just take a moment to look at this corner of Nicko’s man shed – work bench with neatly organised man shed kinda containers all stacked up. He is a perfectionist – just the man to have you assist on a DIY job!!

Next step was off to visit my upholsterer Wayne who also kindly donated his services to this project!

This picture is purely just to show off Waynes factory! See all the -stuff! I love visiting my suppliers factories! I love seeing where stuff gets turned into excellent stuff – its inspiring!! We decided to alter the shape of the upholstered top to a cushion top. I like the proportions better this way & think its a better fit for the design of the stool & the does more justice to the gorgeous fabric pattern.

Next up & finally: I wanted the stool to just have another little bit of special! So I visited my super clever friends Chris & Tim at Lump who also agreed to make a wee sumpin for this project out of some copper bits they had on hand. (its very handy having clever friends I tell you!) I just love the contrast of a dark stain with a copper pop. You may remember the kitchen I designed last year with a copper kicker? Looksee here .

So finally here tis. The finished result:

and here be a detail of the embroidery.

Im quite happy with the end result & I think it will look quite gorgeous in someones home!

The plan now is that my wee stool as well as the 8 other pieces that are part of the re-love project are going to be auctioned off on Ebay with the moolah raised going to a really great & very worthy cause – the Salvos Stores.  Click here for more info on the Ebay auctions & feel free to bid to give this lil fella a happy home!

Special thank yous to the following peoples for their help on this project:

Nicko of his own domain! & of course Anna for just finding it amusing that I boss her husband around!

Helen & Gemma at Signature Prints

Wayne at Edgeworks Upholstery

Chris & Tim at Lump Sculpture Studio

Its been a fun & satisfying project to be a part of – so thank you Feast Watson for inviting me to be a part of it!

 

 

So this happened

March 8th, 2013

I was rather chuffed to hear the news this week that I had a won a award for 2 of my projects in the inaugural Your Future Home Green Interiors Awards!

I won 2 of the categories!

One for my bamboo bathroom project:

 

& the second for my bamboo kitchen project

 

The major sponsor & one of the judges was Jen Bishop of Interiors Addict had some particularly lovely words to say about my projects:

“Camilla Molders so impressed us that she won both the kitchen and bathroom categories. These rooms in her Elwood project made great use of bamboo, a renewable and durable material. It also looks fantastic and gives the kitchen and bathroom a much warmer feel than you’d usually expect. I loved the handmade Australian tiles and the environmentally friendly paint choices too.”

Well, isnt that a bit nice!

More on Your Future Home here.