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.

Taken from Instagram

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.

IMG_7348 And then there’s artwork and homewares available as well or just there for you to enjoy as you sit and relax.

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.

 

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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After

Rear View Before

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.

Kitchen Before

Kitchen Before

Kitchen After

Kitchen After

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.

Bedroom Before

Bedroom Before

Bedroom After

Bedroom After

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

The Selling Season Is Here

Have you noticed the burgeoning real estate section in your local paper at the moment? Or the number of For Sale or Auction signs around your neighbourhood?

Real Estate Signs everywhere

Real Estate Signs everywhere

As is the case every Spring, the market is “going off”!

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After

And a couple of “my” houses have gone on the market. I selected the external colour scheme for this house in Willoughby back in May and it will go to Auction at the beginning of November.

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Before – Custard and Ocean Blue

Funnily enough I had visited this house a year or two prior for Book Club when one of the members was living there.

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Rear Deck before

It never ceases to amaze me what a fresh coat of paint in contemporary colours can do for a house.

Back Deck Finished

Rear Deck After

Colours used were Dulux Teahouse for Gutters, Barge Boards, Fascias and Verandah Top Rail and Posts.

Dulux Teahouse

Dulux Teahouse

Dulux Powered Rock for Walls

Dulux Powered Rock

Dulux Powered Rock

Dulux Vivid White for Window Frames, Eaves and Verandah Balusters.

Dulux Vivid White

Dulux Vivid White

If you would like assistance selecting a colour scheme for 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.

Creative Colours

A few weeks ago a staff member from the Warringah Council phoned to ask if I could help with a colour scheme for a new building. Of course I said yes and made a time to visit the site and discuss the requirements. Council were remodelling a disused Scout Hall and turning it into a Creative Space.

Front view of new Art Space before

Front view of new Art Space before

View of front door after

Front view of after

The feature of the build was, that apart from the roof, every product was recycled. The materials which were in the building that would not be required were being sent away to be used elsewhere and any new materials were sourced from Kimbriki.

Rear of building before

Rear of building before

Rear of building after

Rear of building after

The council had fairly recently updated their image and brand and had new corporate colours which they hoped to use on the building.

Council Corporate Colours

Council Corporate Colours

The building was set on the edge of playing fields and opposite a residential area. The council needed the building to stand out so it could be seen on approach yet didn’t want it garish and offensive to the neighbours. They also wanted the integrity of the building and the recycled materials to remain a feature yet not look like a shack.

Side view of building before

Side view of building before

Side building after

Side building after

The building opened last month and it looks great. The building sits amongst she-oaks and so the building didn’t stand out too much I chose a grey for the body of the building. Using the orange and purple from the Council’s corporate colours, I selected different areas to highlight and give the building life. It will be used as a creative space and these two colours ooze creativity.

Open studio before

Open studio before

Open studio after

Open studio after

I chose to leave some of the timber beams unpainted as well as the recycled colorbond sheeting which forms the subfloor walls. The side area which will form a breakout or semi open studio had beautiful rusty walls. I wanted to leave them unpainted but painted the recycled pool fence and ladders to tie this area in with the main building.

Back verandah before

Back verandah before

Back verandah after

Back verandah after

I think it looks great and will breathe new life into what could have been just another abandoned building.

Signage If you would like assistance choosing colours for the exterior of your building, contact us for an online or in-person consultation.

Blooming Flowers

I’ve been passing dress shops lately that are starting to bring in their Spring stock. I love seeing all the windows change from black, grey and red to pink, yellow and light blue.

Floral Peony Skirt from David Jones

Floral Peony Skirt from David Jones

I’m definitely a warmer climate type of girl. Anything under 25C and I’m freezing so I’ve been enjoying the very mild winter we’ve had in Sydney this year. It’s been feeling like Spring already for the last couple of weeks and even the blossom trees are starting to flower.

Spring Blossom Trees

Spring Blossom Trees

Flowers look like they are going to be the in thing for spring fashion this year. There’s quite a few dresses and skirts and even trousers I’ve been passing that are contemporary floral prints. The colours are strong and bold and the prints are large.

Floral dress by Diana Ferrari

Floral dress by Diana Ferrari

If you’ve been following my blog, then you’ll know that what we see in the fashion industry very quickly transpires to the home decor industry.

Floral fabric by Casamance

Floral fabric by Casamance

Now when you think of floral fabric, you probably think of small delicate flowers like Liberty Prints.

Liberty fabrics

Liberty fabrics

And when you think of floral decor you may very well think of the Laura Ashley style of decorating.

Floral fabric and matching wallpaper by Laura Ashley

Floral fabric and matching wallpaper by Laura Ashley

But these patterns have been reinterpreted and appear bigger and bolder than ever and a little bit abstract but boy do they look good.

Wallpaper wonders

Wallpaper wonders

Bring on the warmer weather and let the flowers bloom.

Floral fabric

Floral fabric

If you would like to add some new look floral fabric or wallpaper to your home, contact us for an online or in-person consultation.

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