Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Bauhaus Design, a German Style home in a historical Israeli Avenue.

 With the Australia Day long weekend ( living in Byron Bay we had lots of visitors ) and painting the living room in Pink ( Porters Paint colour Man Pink ) this is just a short blog for a short week.
This week the home we have chosen from Germany has a bit of a twist. The home is a Bauhaus School inspired design, but was built in Israel. The famous German design school was founded in 1919 by Walter Gropius, and the schools basic belief was Form Follows Function. The students studied Artistry and Craft across all designs, keeping it simple, down to earth and ornament free. The Bauhaus movement basically started the minimal style that we still see today in beautiful homes around the world. I think this private residence built in the historic centre in Haifa's French Carmel  district Israel, is a great example.

Source: www.miss-design.com
Modern Design can be too simple or too cold, but if well planned can bring Calm and Simplicity into any room. The modern style suits apartments and small spaces because it makes a room seem bigger. Minimal textures, Geometric shapes, Neutral tones and pops of Colour are major keys to Bauhaus modern Design.

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Out of Africa

Out of Africa
Africa sprawls from Egypt and Morocco in the north, and down to Namibia and Mozambique and South Africa in the south, making the interior design style incredibly interesting and very eclectic.
African style has become a popular look over the last couple of yours, and I have to admit it's not a style that I have used that often, but I think that's all about to change. I now realise that African Style and Australian Style are very alike, and it's all about the inside space becoming the outside space.
As quoted by designer Suzanne Kasler (article from House Beautiful magazine)" It's the ultimate indoor-outdoor living. As long as your OK with rhinos on the lawn and cheetahs sitting on the sofa."
I realise that not all African homes have animals roaming around, but the idea is very foreign but romantic, and I would personally love to live in a place were you are so close to nature and the beautiful wild life.

African style usually incorporates neutrals, earth and wooden tones with a splash of colour.
The new
Dulux colour range Digital Nomad will give you plenty of ideas to put together a colour range using these neutral creams, coffees and taupe's, then add splashes of Regalia, Red Clown or Hot Chillie to feature walls, cushions and accessories



 www.blossomstudio.com/african d├ęcor

 Great ideas to add pops of colour to an African themed room with mainly neutral tones

 Wooden tribal masks, carvings and figurines are a quintessential African style and will transfer any neutral space into a striking room, along with wooden flooring in plain hard wood either in Teak, Mahogany or Bamboo, sisal or sea-grass carpet, tribal rugs, African art work of animals, tribal prints or batik will all come together to make your home feel like you have been transported to Africa.

African animals play a big part in African interior design, and are commonly seen on walls or floors
Animal hide rugs are not every ones cup of tea, so just replace your cow, zebra, tiger or what ever  you like with faux hide rugs

 Tribal baskets, and easy solution for a bare wall

 African masks all have a special meaning to each tribe.Try to find out the story behind the mask and their history. Every face has a story.

 Tribal rugs with amazing hand died colours make the wooden floors become more exciting.
Finally this beautiful home from Kenya designed by Suzanne Kasler.
The brief from the owners, mix African and British Traditions together, keeping it organic, with a seamless connection from inside to out.Any animal or person can simply stroll inside ,it's a whole new way of living.

Saturday, 11 January 2014

The Queenslander. Australia

The Queenslander originated in you guessed it, Queensland, and even though the name comes from that state it can been seen all over Australia. The Queenslander dates back to the 1850s, and was basically a wooden house  on stilts to keep the air flow moving underneath, cooling the home from the hot Queensland weather and in case of flood, surrounded by verandahs to get out of the scorching mid day sun, lattice shutters to be closed when a cyclone hit, open plan living interiors, again to keep the home cool and to circulate the air,  and capped of by a slanting tin roof for the rain down pours to flow the water off easily. The Queenslander represents a unique way of life in the sub-tropical part of Australia, and boy it's come along way. This week in beautiful homes around the world, Alida and Miller have chosen Killarney House in Byron Bay. This home is my favourite of all time, I know it happens to be in my home town, but if it was on the moon I would still love to call this place home. Killarney is owned by Jessica Ducrou and Dain Thomas, well know locals in the area for bringing the festival Splendour in the Grass, to Byron Bay a huge festival with musicians and music lovers coming from all over the world, and has know become one of the biggest musical venues in Australia. The couple worked alongside Strange Trader Design team Andres Duff and Robert Schwamberg, that once owned a interior design shop in Byron Bay, this was my favourite shop in town, and I have bought quite a few beautiful pieces from Strange Trader over the years for my home, and on clients requests. The shop is not here any more and I was sad to see it go, but I have heard that Robert and Andrea are sailing around the world to find new and interesting things for Strange Trader Design.


From this old run down Queenslander to the beautifully renovated, the Queenslander is always a standout in any neighbourhood.


Queenslanders come in all shape and sizes, but the one thing they have in common, they are quintessentially Australian.
But the fairest of them all is Killarney House.
Front view of the house from the street

The Sitting room, my favourite room in the house.

 Dinning Room

Master Bedroom

 The Entrace

 One of 5 Bathrooms
 Sitting area in the Master Bedroom.
One of 5 Bedrooms

 The Kitchen

 My Grandson has a Tee pee in his bedroom and it gives the room a whimsical Peter Pan feeling. Jump into this space, and you can take yourself away any where, or be any mystical character you like.
The Back Yard and Pool area

I am sure you can see why we picked this home as number 1, the tall ceilings, the amazing interior design, the sympathetic restoration to the 109 year old house making it one of the oldest homes in Byron Bay, the quirky nick knacks, positioned on a 3/4 acres block, 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms 4 of them en suites, and only 7 minutes walk to the beach, adds up to this Beautiful Queenslander a winner, and it can be yours for $3.5 million.
 Every one needs to have dreams, and this home is mine