Tuesday, 21 May 2013

A makeover on a budget

I’m an advocate for recycling, up cycling and repurposing too, so when I was given the challenge of this interior design project I jumped at it.

I’ve had the pleasure of working on a budget makeover of a dated and tired apartment.  Gone are the 1980’s apricot walls, dirty cream carpet and dated sea green tiles!  As this was very much a practical project to a budget, (dressing up for new tenants), some of the existing finishes needed to stay (such as the kitchen benches and bathroom vanity).

We updated the original kitchen by doing away with the old mid blue cupboard doors with plastic handles and replacing them with a deep donkey grey timber laminate/chrome bar handle combination that tones in with the remaining soft grey bench tops.  The original kitchen tiles were painted to the off white trim colour of the skirting boards and architraves.

The walls were painted in a soft grey (Dulux Duck White) and a practical warm grey carpet was selected along with a blond plank vinyl floor to the wet areas.  New light fittings were selected to tie in with the new style.

Gone are the vertical blinds in the living room, updated with roller blinds to block out and floor to ceiling sheer curtains (made by BQdesign) to soften the look of the room while also adding daytime privacy.

The bathroom was given a lift with new white tiles, bath and vanity mirror.

Overall the result is one that brings the apartment to look as it belongs in this decade, without having to toss out objects that still serve their purpose.  The apartment is now ready for new tenants.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Finding Sofas & Soft Furnishings

Trade Event season must have started! 

Today I kicked off by visiting the Furnishings in Focus event.  It was an excellent opportunity for me to review a range of Australian soft furnishing manufacturers local to Melbourne, no imports.  I was able to see a wide variety of products and this allows me to stay in touch with quality makers (with, I must add, varying price ranges).  Again I have to mention the products are all strictly proudly made in Melbourne (the show is working its way around the major national capitals with local product at each city), something I strongly support.

Here are a couple of sofas I loved. 

This gorgeous velvet sofa looked very luxurious (can you imagine the armchair version upholstered in cigar coloured leather?... I’ll take two for my family room thanks.)

And this loose cover sofa in brushed cotton would sit comfortably in a home decorated in the Hamptons style that is so popular at the moment.

The big event on the Interior Designers calendar is DesignEX, to be held late this month (Yay its Melbourne’s turn this year!).  I look forward to updating you on what’s new, innovative and on trend for your home in 2013.