Saturday, 22 February 2014

English Designers

Instead of showing you our favourite houses this week in  England, we decided to let you know about our 2 favourite English Designers. One lives in London, Abigail Ahern and the other Martyn Lawrence Bullard lives in Los Angles, but still every bit the English gentlemen.
These two designers have influenced me greatly, with their eclectic and glamorous styles.
So this week we are going British.
I would like to start with Abigail Ahern, at the moment she is my favourite designer. I love the enchanting take she has on interior design and her style is glamorous, edgy, eclectic and witty, every thing we try to aspire to at Alida and Miller.
Abigail is the hottest designer in England at the moment and it's easy to see why, Abigail fuses a bygone style with tongue in cheek whimsy and I think its very important to bring humour into your home with interior design.
Abigail,s designs include The Grand Spa for The Ritz Carlton in Palm Beach, renowned chef  Heston Blumenthal, a chain of luxury hotels in the Middle East and countless residential and commercial projects. Abigail also has published many coffee table, Design and Cook books and has a on line store that has an abundance of beautiful products for you to choose from

Abigail at Home

Some of the beautiful products you can buy on Abigail's on line store

Believe it or not the pressed metal background is wallpaper

This couch, unfortunately a bit costly to ship to Australia

Love these mirrors

Cute cushions

One of Abigail Ahern's beautiful books

Martyn Lawrence Bullard was Englished raised, but headed to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. Martyn has been collecting antiques from a small child, so he really has been styling for most of his life..
Martyn's style is eclectic and sophisticated with an amazing sense of style and attention to detail, that becomes obvious in his latest book Live, Love, and Decorate. The book covers the last 10 years of his work and is an insight to the glamorous  world of the designer and show cases some of his famous clients. Martyn's clients over the years  include Cher, Eva Mendez, Ozzy and Sharon Osborne, Kid Rock and Edward Norton just to name a few.
Like Abigail Ahern, Martyn also has a collection of wallpaper, candles, fabrics, mirrors and furniture and are available through MLB Design.

 One of my favourite out door setting areas

Some of the products you can find on Martyn's on line store

 Martyn Lawrence Bullard Wallpaper

I have this book and the pictures are beautiful.
Even thought these two amazing designers have completely different taste in their interior style, both are inspirational and inspire me to be a better designer.  I never get tired at looking for what they might come up with next.

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Real Estate in Byron Bay

This week we are delighted at Alida and Miller to be featured in the McGrath Weekly Real Estate Magazine. Over the past couple of years we have had a great relationship with Tim Miller Sales Agent, Nick Dunn and Ian Daniels Principals of McGrath Byron Bay. Tim Miller was kind enough to recommend Alida and Miller to the magazine, and they asked us to be on the cover and the inside story.


I thought I would tell you a little bit about Byron Bay, and a look at some of the amazing homes McGrath Byron Bay has on their books.
Byron Bay is situated at the most easterly point of Australia and is surrounded by some of the worlds most beautiful beaches and stunning hinterland. It is a mecca for sea and tree changers who want to leave urban life behind them. Just as we did over 10 years ago and have never look back.

1/11 Marvell St Byron Bay. 

1/11 Marvell St 3 Bed 2Bath 2 Car
Only meters from the beach this stunning apartment would be perfect as a holiday home or investment property, with north facing outdoor entertainment terrace that seamlessly flows into the living room and kitchen. If the beach is not your thing, there is a outdoor pool and wrap around sundeck for those lazy afternoons.
Could you see yourself holidaying in this great apartment, if so contact McGrath Byron Bay

Our second choice is Villa Gabriella, an architecturally designed home over 3 levels and only footsteps to the beach. With sweeping ocean views, 4 bedrooms, 5 baths and 3 car spaces this could be that dream home. I will let these pictures tell the story. Offers over $5,000,000.
144 Lighthouse Rd Byron Bay

McGrath Byron Bay Shop 7A/21-25 Fletcher St Byron Bay 02 66391200
If you are looking for a place to stay while you are house hunting, we recommend Atlantic Byron Bay. Atlantic has 3 original beach cottages, The Lodge, Driftwood and Coconut Cottage, that have all been styled into stunning Caribbean plantation homes. Right in the heart of town the accommodation is like no other in Byron Bay.

Atlantic Byron Bay
13 Marvell St Byron Bay Phone: 02 66855118

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