How can you create much-needed storage and update a dated kitchen?
This home had beautiful bones and views, but needed an update - both in style and in functionality. As in the case of many homes in Balmain, there was a lack in storage throughout the house. They wanted kitchen storage up to the vast ceiling. But how to access them?
The solution - a library ladder on wheels. We designed the kitchen with the owners, developed the technical drawings and then did 3-D modelling to simulate exactly what the final result will look like.
The result - a contemporary, open kitchen with a view - with a unique solution to their storage needs. Stay tuned for final pictures after the build is complete.
How can you create an urban cottage oasis that reflects a mid-century-inspired style?
This family purchased their home with the patio as a blank slate. They wanted to utilise the space as an extension of their living area indoors to create and indoor-outdoor flow. They also wanted to have a dining area for entertaining and a small space for relaxing as a family outdoors.
We levelled the garden overall, created a cohesive fence through a partially new fence, along with paint on an existing side, that blended with the exterior house colour. We installed lighting outdoors to highlight the new plantings and selected a dining set and sun loungers to complete the look. We utilised the client’s artwork on the fence to de-emphasise the length of the garden and incorporate their mid-century inspiration. Overall, the look is a relaxing urban garden that reflects the cottage feel of the home itself.
How do you renovate a house to suit your lifestyle, but also ensure you protect the value long-term?
This client wanted to add a penthouse master suite and refresh the main floor, including a new powder room and kitchen. They wanted to live in it now with the intention to sell in a few years.
We designed a coastal colour scheme with warm neutrals. The upper level master suite design includes a relaxing master bath as well as a luxurious, 5-star hotel master bed. The kitchen was opened up to enjoy the amazing views and provide a much-needed update to the outdated space.
How do you start fresh when you move back into a home that you were renting out?
This family purchased their home several years back as an investment and had rented it out to tenants for several years. They wanted to move back in and make it their primary family home for Mom, Dad and two young girls.
We helped them select a neutral colour scheme that was consistent and unified the house. We also helped them with space planning to think through furniture layout since they had never lived in the space themselves. They wanted to have a parent’s retreat off the kitchen/dining space, so we created a cozy nook for them with custom joinery design for storage. We selected family-friendly, warm furnishings for their living spaces to create an overall sophisticated look that supported their family-oriented lifestyle.
How do you make your home accomodate a growing family?
This family moved into this detached semi before they started a family. Over time, their family grew into three school-aged children. They needed an update, storage solutions and functionality to support their family-friendly lifestyle.
We designed storage solutions in the kitchen, combined laundry/bath, and lounge room. In collaboration with the family, we designed three options for each area and selected the finishes for each. We did technical plans for the joiner & builder, helped find suppliers, and did 3-D models so they could visualise the end result. This helped them have confidence in the design and they are now working with the builder to execute. Stay tuned for photos of the end result!
How do you incorporate old and new in a renovated heritage home?
This family moved into a renovated home and wanted to put their mark on it through decoration, colour, and their own artwork. They had several eclectic pieces and funky furnishings that we needed to help bring together in a more uniform way.
We used bold paint colours in open plan living and bedroom and a bright colour palette for furnishings and accents. We chose a darker, more relaxed colour for the bedroom walls to create a cozy space. We incorporated their art throughout the house to create a blend of old and new that we think really works.
How do you bring together diverse interior design styles within one family?
This client bought a small cottage in Manly and renovated it into a 4 bed, 3 bath home to suit their family. We helped them develop a colour scheme, determine their furniture layout and select furnishings. At this moment, they are still finalising, so these images reflect our design concept and some of the selected furnishings to suit their blended Scandi Coastal Modern design style.
How do you elevate the style factor in your home, but still maintain the family feel you want?
We helped to increase storage, elevate the style factor and also keep the family feel in this long-term residence.
We selected new, consistent neutral colours throughout the house and made it work with their existing terracotta tiles to save costs. We selected key new furnishings, but helped the family to keep their favourite personal pieces and artwork. We added storage with built-in bookshelves and bespoke office space joinery utilising space under the stairs.
We created a more open, bright kitchen space with loads of drawer space and a pull-out pantry. The home felt like their home, only better!
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