Taubmans Colour of the Year

Yesterday morning I was invited to the announcement of Taubmans Colour of the Year for 2017. This is the first time Taubman’s have chosen a Colour of the Year. The colour was selected by a panel of global colour experts for its distinctive qualities and rise of this shade on the runway, textiles, technology, automotive and in the commercial and residential segments.

Designer’s the world over eagerly await Pantone to announce the Colour of the Year each November but this is the first time as far as I’m aware, that an Australian paint/colour company has chosen a Colour of the Year.

The presentation comprised a panel of five experts in the fields of Sound, Taste, Smell, Touch and Feel (Intuition) who all spoke of the way colour affects their chosen fields.

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Taubmans Brand Ambassador, Shaynna Blaze led the panel discussion and and announced the Colour of the Year as Violet Verbena. Shaynna called the colour elegant, sophisticated, calm and nostalgic and explained that used with geometric lines it can take on a masculine vibe. Under cool light the colour looks like a warm grey and in quarter strength could be the perfect neutral. But when viewed under warm light it softens as the blues and purple undertones are exposed. Mix Violet Verbena with white and strong colours and it will give energy yet paired with granite and concrete it won’t look like a Nana colour anymore and have a modern edge to it.

Charlie O’Brien aka Chux, the Sydney based DJ, created a piece of synthesised music inspired by the colour. Of course, most of us can’t help but think of the late Prince when we see shades of purple and this influenced Charlie’s piece too. Charlie said if Violet Verbena had to have a sound, it would be D Minor.

Chef Nelly Robinson discussed the importance of colour in his presentation of food. Nelly said food had to look good first and foremost and then the taste has to work with the colour. He prepared little balls of sheer bliss for us all to try. The balls looked soft and chewy but once bitten a tangy flavourful liquid was released into the mouth, giving us all a surprise. This was then neutralised with a jelly made from the leaves of the Verbena plant.

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Dr Lisa Cooper, florist, artist and author, took us on a journey of violets. Did you know the Greeks plant little, tiny violets under the olives to ward off evil? We then got to work creating a posy with violet coloured flowers (including violets) and edible herbs in bright and soft greens.

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Textile artist Grace Garrett released her new collection in predominantly Violet Verbena. Grace loves texture and was quick to point out that colour will look completely different depending on the fabric or paper on which it is printed. A sheer fabric printed with her designs in Violet Verbena will look soft and dreamy but the same print on a solid flat fabric will look masculine.

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And then Harry T, psychic medium, enlightened us on the colours of our Chakras. The Crown Chakra is violet and closely aligned to spirituality. The crystal Amethyst (which we were all given) helps with our intuition so we should keep one in our pocket or handbag, which would come in very handy when I change my mind and end up choosing the wrong thing. Like queues at the supermarket!

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So what do you think of Taubmans Colour of the Year – Violet Verbena? Paint your whole house or use it as a bedhead? I think the colour will make people feel comfortable and happy as it’s not offensive but just a bit more cheery than plain old grey.

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If you would like assistance adding colour to your home, contact me for an appointment.

Dining and Decor

September is my most favourite month, not least of all because it is my birth month. So I get to dine out with friends and family at least three times and try to spread it out a bit. As an Interior Decorator I am always on the look out for interesting places to eat. Places with good food and great decor so I was thrilled to be able to visit East Coast Lounge with my designer friends last week. Four of us studied interior design and colour consulting together and we have been firm friends for the past 10 years. We bounce ideas off each other, help each other out with design problems (and a few life problems along the way too) and visit trade shows and events together. We also get together for our birthdays. (any excuse for a get together, really)

East Coast Lounge is at Chowder Bay in Mosman in a weatherboard cottage that was built in the 1890’s and was home to the Submarine Miner’s Depot. The location is on the edge of Sydney Harbour and there are commanding views of the harbour and back to the city.

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Entering the lounge is like walking into a friend’s home. The venue is not large and there are tables scattered throughout. Long tables and chairs and benches or small tables for two.

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Taken from Instagram

There’s also lounges and coffee tables if you would prefer to sit back with a drink or a cup of coffee. The furniture is from local designers as well as Stuart Membery Home and is all available to order. Infact everything is available to order or purchase. We were pretty taken with the stunning Villeroy and Boch cutlery we used.

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Image via Instagram

Image via Instagram

There’s a licensed bar for afternoon cocktails and a concise menu featuring wholesome food for brunch and lunch and lots of small plates that can be shared or accompany drinks.

Our Bruschetta

Our Bruschetta

Chicken Salad

Chicken Salad

I thoroughly recommend you check out East Coast Lounge soon. The weather is warming up and ideal for a meal by the harbour.

 

It’s on again in Sydney

That’s right, it’s Sydney’s turn to host Indesign 2015. Get out your calendar or diary and mark the dates now! 13-15 August.

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Many years ago, when I was completing my Diploma in Interior Styling, I attended what was then called Saturday In Design. It was a fabulous day of open showrooms, installations and displays. Most of the showrooms were in Surry Hills and Alexandria and little shuttle buses would whiz (well maybe crawl in the Saturday traffic) between the showrooms and you could alight as you pleased. This even has now blossomed into Australia’s premier design event for architects, designers, specifiers, developers, manufacturers, product supplier and design lovers and alternates between Melbourne and Sydney each year.

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The concept of open showrooms remains as do the shuttle buses but now instead of being on one day it takes place over three days offering members of the design community a chance to connect and interact through numerous touch points. This year the show will spread across four major design precincts (Surry Hills, Waterloo/Redfern, Chippendale and Alexandria) with over 40 showrooms participating. It’s a fabulous way to check out what each of the suppliers has on offer and store it away for future reference. Many of the suppliers choose this weekend to release their new products too.

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There is also a seminar series which invites local and global though leaders to nut out key issues surrounding the disciplines and industry of architecture and design. Another major highligh is the launch of exciting new Australian designed and Australian made product.

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So block out your diary for at least one of those days and make sure you register. It’s free! And to whet your appetite, follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Hope to see you there.

 

Three Trends From the Trade Shows

It’s Home and Giftware Trade Show season in Sydney. Three fairs have been on over the past 5 days finishing today. I spent two days wandering the halls and suffering from overwhelm. There are just so many choices available on every level at every price point. Whilst I spend the time browsing for new products and catching up with suppliers, I also like drinking in the trends I can find. And this year there were three very distinct trends.

from Reed Gift Fairs Instagram Feed

from Reed Gift Fairs Instagram Feed

If you subscribe to my newsletter, you will already know that one of the emerging trends in Tribal. And that was evident at many stands during the show. Geometric patterns, earthy colours, black and white were all making their presence felt. From handbags to cushions, the tribal influence was everywhere. And if you don’t subscribe to my monthly newsletter, you can do so here.

Tribal Design right on trend

Tribal Design right on trend

And the colour copper was also out in force. We’ve been seeing this come through at the high end of the market over the last few years but after this trade show, I would say it’s main stream.

Copper Christmas Decorations

Copper Christmas Decorations

There were copper lights, copper jewellery, copper coloured planters, copper cutlery and even copper furniture. It certainly adds some sparkle and is a lovely warm metal for the ensuing cooler months.

Copper furniture, lights and trays

Copper furniture, lights and trays

And the third trend I noticed was Antlers. There was Christmas decor out for the retailers but Antlers weren’t just on the Christmas stuff.

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Antler Coatrack

Lamps, champagne buckets, bookends and of course deer heads with antlers in every conceivable shape, size and colour. Much nicer than taxidermy!

Antler Champagne Bucket

Antler Champagne Bucket

So there you have it, three trends you are going to see in all the retail outlets and magazines over the next few months. Would you add a touch of one or all these trends to your home? I’d be happy to help out! Perhaps you visited the fairs and found some other trends. Let me know in the comments below.

 

 

Addicted to Renovating

Do you follow The Interiors Addict? Jen Bishop started her blog four years ago and it has quickly become a fabulous resource of all things Interiors.

Last month Jen took on a new venture or sister site called Reno Addict to help quench our growing thirst for all things to do with renovating.

First job was to remove asbestos thanks to some 1970's additions

First job was to remove asbestos thanks to some 1970’s additions

I’m thrilled that Jen and her offsider Olivia, featured my own renovation on this new site. You can read all about our californian bungalow renovation. Thank you ladies.

The house was peeled back to the original 1929 build.

The house was peeled back to the original 1929 build.

Are you addicted to renovating? Do you have your own renovation story? Tell us in the comments .

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I love renovating and creating the perfect home for it’s owners. If you would like assistance with your renovation, contact us for a consultation.

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2015 makeovers

Happy New Year and welcome to 2015!

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I trust you had a great break and are now ready to get the year started and perhaps make some changes to your home?

I know I LOVE going away but always love coming home to my house and my things. I find coming home always wants me to make a few little changes to the house, whether it be a cupboard I’ve been meaning to tidy or an area of the home that needs some tweaking.

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I haven’t got around to the cupboard yet and was reminded this morning when the sliding wardrobe door caught on something on the top shelf. I hid all the Christmas presents up there and need to get up and rearrange it now. Maybe next week?

I did, however, makeover my console table in the entry. It’s been bugging me for over a year. The same table has had the same silver photo frames (I have updated the photos) on it for the past…… um…..10 years? (Cough, cough) But moving back into the house after renovating, it was just easier to put things back where they were, if possible, and get to it at another time. Pity that “other time” took me two years!

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I knew it was in desperate need of updating and I had a Pinterest Board full of great ideas and inspiration. I’ve even written a previous blog post and given loads of advice and suggestions to clients regarding decorating their entry but never had the time to do my own. Typical!

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So I took some time out last weekend to Just Do It! I’m very happy with the end result and feels it reflects my style and the decor of my home better than it did previously.

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So what area of your home are you going to attack in 2015? Contact us if you’d like some assistance.

 

Window Frame Colours

One of my biggest bug bears is yellow window frames. There must’ve been a time when all aluminium window sales people were pushing the colour Primrose as nearly every residence I attend which has existing aluminium frames are this shade.

Primrose Window Frames

Primrose Window Frames

When you choose aluminium frames there are only a limited number of choices for standard colours without incurring added costs for custom colours. I’m all for keeping costs to a minimum but there is no place for Primrose. The other standard choices are

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White Opal Window Frames

or

Pearl White Window Frames

Pearl White Window Frames

Even the White Opal is a bit too yellowy for my liking and I agree the Pearl White might be a bit stark but you can co-ordinate so much more with the Pearl White than with a yellow based white.

Recently I was asked to consult on a timber cottage at Ramsgate which had Primrose Aluminium Window Frames in the front of the house but timber window frames in the rest of the house. The clients wanted a dark colour for the walls and I didn’t want to enhance the yellow. It makes sense to paint the interior of the window frames the same colour as the exterior, and with aluminium windows you don’t have any other choice.

House Beforehand

House Beforehand

Whilst the house was painted a cream colour, the Primrose window frames didn’t stand out so much. But I knew once the exterior was painted a charcoal the yellow would stick out like a sore thumb. Fortunately the windows had wide timber architraves that we could paint and try to disguise the Primrose.

House colour

House colour

So, as I always do, I stuck up a range of dark colours for the walls. The colours on the right are options for the front door. The clients chose the top colour (Dulux Charcoal Light) for the walls and opted for a glossy Black front door. So then which colour will lift the darkness of the building but not accentuate the yellow of the window frames. Good ol’ Dulux Chalk USA came to the rescue. It has just enough cream to tone down the Primrose yet “white” enough to lift the dark colour of the walls.

Dulux Chalk USA

Dulux Chalk USA

Then we went whiter still on the eaves, and remaining timber windows using Dulux Whisper White.

Dulux Whisper White

Dulux Whisper White

The clients were thrilled with the end result and the house sold promptly.

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Rear View Before

Rear View After

Rear View After

If you need assistance choosing colours for your home, contact us for an appointment.

Recent Interiors and Exteriors

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It’s taken me a week and a bit but I’ve finally uploaded to my website, photos of interiors and exteriors which I have completed this year.

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My lovely friend and talented photographer, Lyn Johnston, took these great shots. We spent a day touring around the suburbs visiting clients again.

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Kitchen After

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It’s a fun day and lovely to pop back in and see houses that have been completed for a while. I’m very grateful to my clients for allowing me to come back, some whilst they are not even there!

Love me a red front door

Love me a red front door

You can see more images of these houses over on my website.

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If you would like your home to have a new look, contact me for a consultation.

JA @ CR

Do you understand that speak? JA = Jonathan Adler and CR = Coco Republic.

Jonathan Adler at Coco Republic

Jonathan Adler at Coco Republic

Last week I attended the launch, here in Sydney, of Jonathan Adler furniture and homewares which is now available through Coco Republic. If you type Jonathan Adler into the Search Box on the right hand side here, you will see I’ve mentioned him on numerous occasions. I love everything about Jonathan Adler – his quirky style, his OTT decor (just check out The Barbie Dream House) and his fun outlook on life.

Jonathan Adler at Coco Republic

Jonathan Adler at Coco Republic

To have access to the fabulous products will be fantastic and add a touch of glamour to any space.

Greg Natale Wallpaper looks at home with Jonathan Adler furniture

Greg Natale Wallpaper looks at home with Jonathan Adler furniture

Coco Republic put on a great night with lots of blue decorations including a very popular lolly table. You’re never too old for a lolly table, right?

Lolly Table at Coco Republic Jonathan Adler Launch

Lolly Table at Coco Republic Jonathan Adler Launch

If you would like to add some Jonathan Adler furniture to your home, contact us for an appointment.

 

Ginkgo Leaf

You will remember I advised last year the new online shop, Ginkgo Leaf. Well I am delighted to announce that there is a now retail shop where you can browse, touch and feel the selected Japanese products curated by owner Yew Kong Tham.

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Japan hosts probably the world’s largest collection of skilled artisans. However, until recently Australian consumers have had few opportunities to access these quality artisanal products. Ginkgo Leaf’s mission is to showcase well-designed contemporary Japanese home wares sourced directly from Japan.

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Yew Kong Tham, founder of Ginkgo Leaf says “Good design is our value proposition. It equates to heirlooms for keepsake and we are big on simplicity and functionality.”

Ginkgo Leaf

43A Queen Street, Woollahra, NSW 2025

Open Wed-Fri 10am -5.30pm; Sat – Sun 11am to 5pm.

www.ginkgoleaf.com.au

 

If you would like assistance sourcing specific products for your home, contact us for an appointment.

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