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Before & After -with a little sumpin sumpin!

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Its about time to share another before & after dont you think! Well I do, & I think I’ve established Im the boss of this Blog!

Moving on… This project was a classic case of good house gone bad!

The house is a beautiful art deco house found in a Melbourne beach side suburb & was a victim of a 1980′s renovation resulting in a weird cramped, ugly & dark kitchen.


You know the pictures above are before shots right? right?!

As the house was in need of structural work (it very clearly leaned to one corner – great for indoor skateboarding & Tonka truck playing, but not so much for general living!) we were able to make bigger changes than just cosmetic. The architect on the project had the genius idea of swapping the kitchen over from one side of the room to the other which allowed an entrance to be opened up & a line of sight right through the house (also letting more light in) rather than sticking with the weird rabbit burrow as it was.

True to form – this site shot does include a shot of my hand bag!

I was quite excited to see the kitchen go in & I was not disappointed. I had designed it to be more like a fixture in the house rather thadiving n a feature. My client was determined to have dark timber floors (so SO beautiful, but a b*#ch to keep clean – stock up on swiffers if you want dark floors!) so we chose a dark timber veneer for the kitchen cabinetry so it was quite seamless.

To bring a little sumpin sumpin & personality to the kitchen design I added a copper kicker.

The contrast of the copper with the dark floor & cabinetry looks quite WOW! (no, I will not say WOW factor! - I ban that saying on my projects!- true story!)

The copper just adds a ‘little special’ & brings such life to the space without overpowering the simplicity.

I loves it. I loves it hard.

Oh & when I say I added – I mean very literally I -being ME! I was the one down on that floor installing it! I can not ever be accused of not being ‘hands on’ on my projects!

And so here is the finished kitchen result:

The picture above is a shot I took – as you can see my hands in the mirrored splash back above!

The following pictures were taken by the builders to showcase their clever handy work!  (Once a few more furniture pieces are in, I will get my own pretty pictures taken with non builder eye styling done!!)

And from this angle


Due to one of those real life annoying things – budgets! we are yet to replace the furniture, but will over time.

See the carpet there on the stairs – its Alpaca wool. Ah, so divine! Its hard to resist a little roll around on it! (oh but i did…)

The window furnishings have all been installed & they also made my heart skip a beat! We have put Roman blinds through out & then two large windows in the living room have been dressed with a linen sheer with a simple S Fold heading & block out blinds hiding underneath. The black rod pics up the dark floor & once we have replaced the furniture with gorgeous big linen sofas & gorgeous things – the space will look stunning!

To quote my clients message to me once she saw the window furnishings installed ” I F*****g  love them SO much! Thank you, now my house looks like a home!” I think its safe to say she is happy!

Do you think I should use that message as a testimonial on my website?!

And just a snippet of the laundry. Perhaps the prettiest laundry I’ve ever seen!

Still a fair bit to happen on this project, but it is coming together beautifully- it makes me happy!


Saturday, July 9th, 2011

If I had a first born child –  I would exchange it for this house.

Too much?!


Schmidt Architecture via Yellow Trace

Obsession confession and I hit the hundy!

Monday, April 27th, 2009

I’ve dropped the blog ball of late. um, sorry about that! The real world has had my attention some what -saving the world from hideous curtains here, upholstery mishaps over there.  busy, busy days!?! Oh and the glamour of it all!!! 

So anyway, here I am again! And this just happens to be post be number 100 for Designalogue blog! It took a while, but eventually I got here! 

I was hoping my 100th post would be a  well-researched, full eye candied post….I wont build your hopes for that! Just some eye candy today and a bit of an obsession confession. 

The obsession is simple really, glassed garage doors and Barton Myers architects. The two combined together -well magic is made!!  



Clever architects Barton Myers designed this steel framed house using glass garage type doors along one entire side of the house which of course allow the entire space to be opened up. Aah, imagine all that fresh mountain air pouring through! 

I love it, so lets look at is some more from the inside – though from teeny tiny pictures as that’s all I could get my hands on. Squint, you will see better! 




The extra genius and fabulousness of this house is its been designed and built with the surroundings in mind. As its in an area prone to wild fires, the house has a reflecting pond on its roof which as well as a fire repellent, also assists in keeping the house cool. All the glass windows have fire shutters, so if a fire comes calling, the house is shut up tight and looks like no one is home.

This sort of forward thinking architecture would have saved many lives if it was implemented in my home town of Melbourne during the recent tragic bush fires. more on that here. 


Here is another picture of another house designed in the same vein, again  by Barton Myers.

Just more eye candy that I swoon over! 

Ok, just some more random eye candy I found along the same lines. Personally, i think it works pretty much anywhere! 

via Desire to Inspire

via Desire to Inspire


Via Design Sponge

Via Design Sponge


Via home & Design

Via home & Design


via Canadian Architect

via Canadian Architect


So this doesnt have the doors of my obsession, but for its overall fabulousness I will overlook that! and move in anyway! 

via Richard Powers

via Richard Powers


Images via Richard Powers, Barton Myers, Bustler, Flikr, Home & Design, Canadian Architect


Archicool #2

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

Archicool is a title I have only bestowed once thus far on the Designalogue journey. Its an auspicious title(says me!)  that represents awesome architecture and super cleverness!  Number two for this title has been quite a while in the coming, but as it is the pinnacle of Architectural success, the title does not get handed out just willy-nilly!!

(Um, should be said that the lack of more structures to this title is due more to laziness/slackness of researching rather than the lack of super clever buildings!) 

Well, on with it….

When I stumbled across this piece of architectural fabulousness, I knew I had found ‘Archicool’ number two! Quite frankly I think this is one of the most inspiring houses I have ever seen. 

What I am I talking about?  

Take a look-see. 


Just a simple picturesque country barn house in Suffolk England.

Ah, gorgeous isn’t it!  Lets take another look to really appreciate its beauty. 

Hey – WHAT THE? 

Something is a goin on here… lets look again. 

Ah, what’s going on? Where did it go?

Well, its still there, but just slid back to expose the glass house underneath -now that be cool! 

As its totally worthy of another looksee, lets look at the night view. 

The sliding house designed by London based architecural firm DRMM photos by Dezeen 

To see more in action, check out the movie to truly grasp the fabulousness of this joint! 


Hand over the keys please.

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

In the current issue of Australian shelter mag Inside Out, there is photographic proof of what I have long suspected is true. The Truman show is real, and yes, I am the star of it.

Can you pick it up where you are in the world?!!! Do you get reception?

Anyway, the photographic proof of which I speak is a house that has long been in MY head: the location – Byron Bay Hinterland (soooo beautiful there), the of view of rolling hills I desire to stare out at, just the whole sensibility of the joint being a well thought out sustainable build and I even dig the frisky red rabbit keeping an eye on things!

If it turns out the Truman/Camilla show isn’t a happening (ah, doubt that!), then the architect and current* home owner  Sharon Fraser and I are kindred spirits cause I love it so.


The bunny is on the lookout for me!


Are sunken lounges making a come back?


Yeah, those are views I could look at.


Not such a bad scene to wake up to

Now this, is very cool indeed.

If you are wanting the TV to be the focus of the room its just like magic-now you see it… but suddenly there is more to life and you don’t want the tele to be the focus of all – so whoosh and kaboom and now you don’t!

If that doesn’t quite explain to your liking, then try this instead: Using a mechanical rope and pulley system, the painting moves up or down to cover the TV screen or not. The concept is way impressive anyway – but then in this case its a painting of fish – well, that just rocks my world people!


This rocks my world

Obviously for those who know me once I move in there will be many many more cushions (Yes, this yet another admission of ‘interior’ addictions I have)  undoubtedly  more colour and general stuff -you know a nick-nak or two!!! But I am confident it will still do it all justice!

And so how about a round of applause for my first scan job here at Designalogue!!!

Oh thank you, thank you! Now if I can only work out how to capture an image in a site using Flash……. (you people seem to do so, but I no can!)

Photographs by Richard Powers

*current – consider this marching orders! I’m moving in – oh but don’t freak out or anything i will be nice about it all!!

Is it a bird? Is it a plane?

Monday, October 13th, 2008

 No…its a floating whale!

No, you are NOT having one of those ‘special‘ flashbacks!!!! What you see is real – or will be in 2009 when this floating hotels’ prototype will be in the skies near you! (well – that is if you live along the Paris -Rome route!) 

I saw this over at Dales Hospitality & Design blog & couldn’t resist to on-post!


Stop by Dales’ blog to check out the video and more info on French designer Jean-Marie Massauds’  ’Manned Cloud’ spaceship. 

How weirdly cool, odd/frightening this is!! 



View to kill

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

I think it would be a truly horrible thing to live in any of these houses.

I fear if i did, I would be rendered totally useless.

I wouldn’t leave the house, but sit and just stare day and night.

I’d have nothing further in my life to aspire to, I’d become empty…

Selldorf Architects via Studio Annetta

Selldorf Architects via Studio Annetta

Plataforma Arquitectura

Plataforma Arquitectura

Geoffrey A Blatt via Desire to Inspire

Geoffrey A Blatt via Desire to Inspire

Kendall Wilkinson Design

Kendall Wilkinson Design

Tim Griffith photographer via Desire to Inspire

Tim Griffith photographer via Desire to Inspire

Tim Griffith Photographer via Desire to Inspire

Tim Griffith Photographer via Desire to Inspire

Via Dwell Mag

Via Dwell Mag

Eh, I’d still be willing to give it a try anyway!!

Pressed metal. Its a thing

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

I have been shyly flirting with pressed metal for a few years, seeing it here and there, every know and then.

Recently my flirtations have blossomed and I think I am ready to say the big L word!

I LOVE LOVE Pressed meta! -especially when it is painted.

I think it is such a fabulous way to add interest to a room and give reference to the architecture without detracting from everything else in the space.

Look how fabulous it is in these pictures! – Clearly NYC design firm Diamond Baratta feels the same way i do!

 Diamond Barratt Design

Diamond Baratta Design

Diamond Baratta Design

Diamond Baratta Design

Diamond Baratta Design

Diamond Baratta Design


Via Construction Owl

Via Construction Owl

via Construction owl

via Construction owl

Aimee Herring photography -via Desire to Inspire

Press metal splash back

heritage ceilings

Mozy Collections via Design sponge

Mozy Collections via Design sponge

Pressed metal – its a thing!


Monday, August 4th, 2008

Archicool. Um, that means cool architecture stuff. Hey-my blog, MY way!!

My first ‘Archicool’ post is a building very worthy of this auspicious (and self invented) title!

Found in the meatpacking district of NYC, this building houses the headquarters of fashion company Diane Von Furstenberg as well as a penthouse dwelling. (I love the roof garden – NOT loving the leopard print floor rug!-just not my thing!)

A ‘Stairdelier’ was created to provide natural light throughout the building. By installing Heliostat mirrors in the diamond roof. The mirrors redirect the natural light through a central stairwell where Swarovski glass crystals catch the light and disperse into each floor.

Diane von Furstenberg HQ via Yatzer

Diane von Furstenberg HQ via Yatzer

Diane von Furstenberg HQ via Yatzer

Diane von Furstenberg HQ via Yatzer

Diane von Furstenberg HQ via Yatzer

Diane von Furstenberg HQ via Yatzer

Diane von Furstenberg HQ via Yatzer

Diane von Furstenberg HQ via Yatzer

Mirror mirror on the wall

Saturday, August 2nd, 2008

Cool idea and a different take on a mirrored ceiling!

At Bella Italia in Stuttgart West, Germany

Bella Italia via Yatzer

Bella Italia via Yatzer

Bella Italia

Bella Italia