We took you inside Darren Palmer’s Bondi home last year and while it looked fabulous, it was a self-confessed work in progress. Something of a kitchen expert (the one in Darren’s Edgecliff renovation was a real beauty), his latest effort is a super stylish Scandinavian inspired space. And while the home’s original kitchen wasn’t old (it was installed in 2010) it was along basic lines and Darren wanted something more high-tech.
Darren in his new kitchen
In keeping with the high-tech vibe, the kitchen features a hero wall of sleek metallic cabinetry – Darren chose the anthracite-toned Titan from Freedom Kitchens. “Metallics have been popular in interiors for a couple of years now, but the Titan cabinet doors are an evolution and expansion of the use of metallic surfaces in interiors which also lend a subtle, sophisticated sheen to the kitchen,” says Darren.
The indoor plants are a highlight of the space
Darren was drawn to the grey metallic finish as it complemented his smart new French door fridge. “The metallic range from Freedom Kitchens was the perfect way to achieve the integrated look I was after,” says Darren who further enhanced the sleek finish by using push button doors rather than handles on the upper cupboards. “I chose touch-catch doors to keep it sleek, but then tied back to the metallic with anthracite handles on the timber-look lower cabinets.”
A standout feature, the kitchen’s myriad indoor plants really pop against the upper cupboards that feature Freedom Kitchen’s Iceland White finish. The plain white cupboards really help create Darren’s desired modern Scandinavian feel.
When designing Urban Road’s Autumn/Winter 2018 collection Continuum, creative director Suzie Atkins wanted to create something akin to ‘easy listening’ artwork. “I was inspired by the mid-century modern design movement which was very soft, minimal and inoffensive,” says Suzie of the brand’s new range that boasts organic curves, simple lines and more than a nod to Abstract Expressionism. Interiors Addict readers get an exclusive first look today!
Urban Road’s ‘Discord’ print
Inspired by the work of artists Ellsworth Kelly, Victor Pasmore, Jean Arp and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, the collection is also super versatile given its muted colour palette and focus on form, shape and texture.
Urban Road ‘Desolate’ and ‘Wildness’ prints
There’s plenty of green on display too including two fabulous photographic feather prints that are a favourite of mine – I love their bold, oversized texture.
‘Pompon’ and ‘Green Jay’ prints
“We also really dove into oil paints with this collection – we adore the texture and mood that they add to what are essentially really simple images,” says Suzey of the range that features a second drop due to arrive in a month or two. Suzey remains tight-lipped other than to say there will be some exciting new items Urban Road hasn’t offered before.
The ‘Pelican’ print
Of her favourite design from the new range, Suzie loves the pair of minimalist prints ‘Solace’ and ‘Succor.’ “They really embody the inspiration behind Continuum. I love how playful they are, without compromising elegance or softness. The shapes are interesting and overall the artworks are very versatile. I’m looking forward to seeing how these are styled in our customers’ homes,” says Suzie.
‘Solace’ and ‘Succor’ make a gorgeous pair
Another collection highlight for Suzie is a black and white photographic design called ‘Stripes’ that features a pair of graphic zebras. “The black and white photography is a really exciting new path for us, and we’re excited to see how it takes off. I feel like it taps into that edgier, more editorial market. As soon as I saw ‘Stripes’ I knew I had to have it! Again, I think it’s a striking, yet playful piece. It’s definitely a conversation starter,” says Suzie.
Urban Road’s ‘Stripes’ print
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Imagine buying a brand new dream house and then getting to keep that show home look and everything in it! Well, it doesn’t just happen on The Block, it could happen for you. Plus, you’d know everything you paid for it went to an amazing cause: the Royal Childrens Hospital Melbourne’s Good Friday Appeal!
This is the 25th year Henley has built and donated a house to the Good Friday Appeal (with land donated by Villawood Properties) so they wanted to make it extra special. The no-reserve auction house comes furnished thanks to friends of Interiors Addict IKEA, Early Settler, Incy Interiors, the Print Emporium, Willow & Wood and Clarke Rubber. It was our pleasure to help source and choose the furniture and homewares for this special project.
You can take a tour of the double-storey Emperor 41, situated in Villawood’s boutique Waratah community, below.
While Early Settler have been impressing me with their latest collections for some time now, their limited edition pieces released this week just took things to a whole new level. So I’m here to highlight the best bits and urge you to get shopping ASAP, because stock (as the name suggests) is limited and once they’re gone, they’re gone! No just that, but one lucky reader will get to win a beautiful luxe velvet sofa. Keep reading…
The best thing about these new limited pieces is there’s not just one look, there’s something for all tastes: the ever-popular industrial, French and vintage looks, on-trend luxe (hello velvet!) and (moody) floral and last but not least, storage. Can you ever have too much storage?!
There’s loads to see in store and online, but these are my top picks.
There are several velvet sofas (gosh, I love velvet sofas) and I couldn’t pick just one. First up, the Lisette 3.5-seater (shown in peacock green velvet) which also comes in dusty pink, purple and indigo velvet). And the price? $1299! Yes, velvet, 3.5 seater and just $1299 for a limited time (full price $1699)! I know! I love its classic shape and proportions and comfy cushions.
If you’re looking to go all out with your statement sofa, look no further than this beauty, the Juel 3.5-seater Chesterfield at $1499. Shown in vintage indigo and vintage gold below, it also comes in vintage peacock, vintage duck egg and vintage plush rose. You can coordinate (or contrast) with the Juel occasional chairs too.
I’m so in love with this ultra luxe, bold, jewel-toned look.
Early Settler have always had great vanities and this 2-door Nico French Vanity with Bluestone Top is no exception. It’s also just $899. Say what?! You can completely change the look of your bathroom by replacing the vanity (without the need for more expensive renos) and I am a big believer in going for something other than the standard white gloss. This piece would add some warmth and character to your bathroom and the stone top is both practical and luxurious. I love how it looks more like a freestanding vintage furniture piece than a bathroom cabinet.
While we’re talking about storage, I absolutely love this Monde Shelving Unit for $1299. It would look amazing in a living room full of books and/or decor items, in a dining room filled with your favourite ceramics or even in a kids or teenager’s room (secured safely to the wall, of course), filled with toys and treasures. This is a great, affordable way to add a great display option to your home.
We’ve seen a growing trend for moody florals and this Louisa 2 Drawer Bedside Table is an unexpected way to add the trend to your bedroom for $399.
Do you have a buffet in your home? Let me tell you, they are so useful! Every home should have one and they can work in your living room, hallway, dining room or even kitchen! They’re not just for storage, they’re the perfect place to display and style up some beautiful vignettes, perhaps with a great lamp, and they can be the perfect item to ground some artwork or a gallery wall of family photos above. The vintage-look Coralie 3 Drawer Buffet comes in indigo (I know, such a surprise for me choose the navy version of something!) as well as turquoise and an easy-to-work-with light cloud. It’s $1299.
I bet you never knew you needed this Juan Bench either. And now you’re trying to work out how you can incorporate it into your home. It’s $499, also comes in white, and looks like you shipped it home from your last overseas holiday. Love it!
If you’re a fan of a luxe gold accent in your home, you’ll easily find a place for this elegant Exford Marble Side Table, which looks a lot more expensive than its $299 price tag.
If you have a bedroom without built-ins, storage can be a real challenge and wardrobes don’t come cheap. I love the clean lines and industrial look of the Sleek Hanging Cabinet. At $499, I think it would be perfect in a guest bedroom.
So, what do you think of my picks? Which is your favourite? Would you agree that Early Settler have seriously upped their game in the last year?
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Never have Autumn homewares borrowed so literally from the season. Terracotta, clay, burnt orange, cinnamon, ochre and russet – these colours are ubiquitous of late and they’re a lovely antidote to the ever-present cooler toned interior trends.
Last time we caught up, our kitchen and laundry had just been installed but the finishing touches were a mere pipedream. Fast forward to 2018 and we’re done and dusted. If we’d ever questioned the notion of love at first sight, we don’t anymore. These spaces have far exceeded our expectations and we’re walking around with all the heart eye emojis. If you’re not yet familiar with our design and installation process, you can read about it here. Go on… I’ll wait.
Now we’re on the same page, it’s time for the fun stuff. We’ve always loved the process of fixing stone bench tops as it pulls the entire look together and adds an element of luxe. We opted for Caesarstone in Calacatta Nuvo for its marble-like appearance and ability to blend classic meets contemporary. It’s also extremely low maintenance and more cost-effective than natural stone. At this point in the renovation, any saving is a good saving and we’re thrilled to bits with the end result. We opted for a frontal waterfall on the island as it defines the sink from the prep area and looks bangin’ to boot.
There’s still more than enough room for three stools and ample space to hang about. Our island measures 3000mm x 1200mm, the maximum when using only one slab of stone. We’re not big fans of longer benches as they require multiple slabs, resulting in an extra join on the surface.
We stuck with the same stone for the splashback in the kitchen but changed it up in the butler’s pantry. The zone opened up ten-fold by using a smoked mirror and we love how it defines the spaces. There’s still a seamlessness as the cabinetry and bench tops are consistent but the use of mirror adds depth and interest. It’s also really easy to keep clean which should always be the MO in any prep area (or so I tell a very messy Sasha).
Among our favourite things are the soaring Sierra cabinets in Matt White from Freedom Kitchens. The Sierra range is a beautiful Shaker-style profile which looks modern yet classic at the same time. We love a generously proportioned space and one of the best ways to achieve this is by taking joinery sky high. The upper cabinets are readily available and measure 1250mm. There’s more storage than you can poke a stick at and they make the room feel infinite. It’s a great trick to implement if you have limited floor space but want to increase the grandeur of your kitchen. You can thank us later, alligators.
Drawers were always big on our list of must-haves and we crammed in as many as we could. They’re so much easier than cupboards when storing everyday items like crockery, containers, and pots and pans. I once did my back while searching for a mixing bowl which was very inconvenient as I had a party to attend and wound up sitting at the dessert table with my friend’s grandma all night. There’s no chance of that happening at Little Willow as we have drawers for days! Freedom Kitchens are clever folk and added some nifty storage solutions like cutlery dividers, a walnut knife holder, and our amazing spice rack. We could buy all the spices from the supermarket and still have room left over. Clever, indeed.
Of course, cupboards are still handy for those things used less often and they’re in abundance in the butler’s pantry. I’m crazy for the corner carousel shelves they installed in the corner cupboard, previously known as the place ‘where things go to die’. It makes such perfect sense and is also really fun to play with. The added depth of our island made way for extra storage in the seating area. Big props to our designer Jack for working so hard to maximise functionality by utilising every inch of available space.
Another big hit are the white sinks. When we settled on the gold tap, we knew we had to skip the standard stainless steel as it can be hard to mix metals. White was a natural alternative and the effect it has is seamless. The sinks are made of composite granite so they’re durable and virtually scratch-resistant. We’re more than happy to share the love so if you need one in your life, head to Reece and ask for the Franke Impact Granite Undermount in White.
On The Block, we were lucky enough to work with Gaggenau and we loved them hard. We didn’t think it possible to develop an affinity with any other appliance brand until NEFF came along. Golly gumdrops, they’re amazing! Our oven stack is so impressive – the doors actually tuck themselves away when you open them. If you haven’t seen them in action, hit up our Insta for a Boomerang demonstration. Our stack includes an in-built Coffee Machine, Compact Oven with Microwave, Slide&Hide Combi-Steam Oven, and Slide&Hide Vario-Steam Oven. That’s a lot of ovens for one house so the new owners best enjoy cooking. The piece de resistance is of course the FlexInduction Cooktop with Integrated Downdraft. Rather than going up into a regular rangehood, steam is sucked down into the vent. How’s that for forward thinking?!
The kitchen is complete with two NEFF dishwashers and our double fridge/freezer from Bosch. Where are they, you ask? Hidden behind four integrated panels right near the island bench. It’s such a great way to dress large appliances and something we’ll be doing in every property moving forward.
We utilised the working triangle when designing this kitchen and it really does make a difference. The general rule of thumb is there should only be a few steps between your sink, cooktop, and fridge. Ours are positioned just so and the space sings because of it.
Of course, we’re all about lightness and brightness so we decided to splash out on three VELUX skylights. They let in a phenomenal amount of natural light and we can’t recommend them enough. Even if you’re not doing a full renovation, it’s worth considering adding a few throughout your home as they truly offer bang for buck. They’re such a focal point and amplify everything in the space, including our White Smoked boards from Royal Oak Floors. Together, they bounce the light around and are a match made in Heaven.
Laundry and Mud Room
If there’s beauty in simplicity then this is it. We carried through the Sierra profile to maintain consistency and added functional shelving to break up the look. Our penny round tiles from Beaumont work so well with the Intense White bench top from Caesarstone. The gooseneck tap from Sussex pops against all the white and marble and collectively elicits the most serene vibe. There’s a high chance I’ll be rolling around in dirt just so I can use this space. (OK, maybe not rolling around but I won’t crack it if I spill coffee on my white dress, that’s for sure).
It’s hard for me to admit but Sasha’s mud room came up trumps. Originally I wanted a whole bank of cupboards but she insisted on creating an Insta-worthy space so I relented and let her at it. It’s such a usable zone with outdoor access so there’s no reason for muddy footprints to be dragged through the house. After endless harping, I managed to get my way with tropical wallpaper and I love how it pops against all the white.
I’m calling it – of the four kitchens and laundries we’ve created, these are my absolute favourites. They’re so striking and functional. Some people think all-white spaces are boring but I truly believe there is nothing better. They have an elegance all their own and give off a feeling of light. As Bill Murray said, ‘There has to be a lightness; you have to be as light as you can be and not get weighed down and stuck in your emotion, stuck in your body, stuck in your head. You just want to always be trying to elevate somehow.’ Sure he was talking about something deeper than kitchens and laundries but his advice rings true. We have all the lightness there is and I hope you love our spaces as much as we do.
Our sincere gratitude to all our suppliers for working tirelessly with us. Their knowledge and commitment has made all the difference and we’re forever indebted for the time, energy, and care they’ve shown. There’s something extra special about companies that not only supply product but eagerly anticipate the end result. That kind of enthusiasm is hard to come by but they have it in spades.
It’s no secret that kitchens and bathrooms are the highlights of the modern home. A tacky blue tile in the shower or 70s floral design can make your home look tired and dated. Before you take out a second loan and throw a sledgehammer at those eyesores, there is a quick and easy way to freshen up your bathroom – without leaving you shower-less for a month or hurting the hip pocket.
The budget-friendly fix? Tile paint. If your bathroom tiles are free from chips, cracks and other major damage, a simple refinish with White Knight tile paint can quickly turn your bathroom from drab to “va-va-voom” (as Neale Whitaker would say). Not only will you give your tiles a new lease on life, you will also help the environment by keeping them from becoming landfill.
Click on the image to see more of this amazing bathroom transformation using tile paint by The Painted Hive (before photo below).
Clean, repair and prepare
Before you crack open that tin of paint, remember: preparation is the key to success. A DIY refinish can quickly turn into a DIY disaster if you decide to skimp on the pre-painting steps. Think of this as an essential ingredient to the perfect cake – miss it, and the whole cake won’t turn out.
As clean as your tiles may look, a thorough spray and scrub using White Knight’s tile and laminate cleaner will ensure your tiles are squeaky clean and ready for their grand makeover (think residual soap scum or bath oils). Zap away any pesky mould with bleach, and fill in any grout or tile cracks with fresh grout or poly filler. If a tile is badly damaged, replace it with a tile of the same size – you don’t have to worry about matching the colour as it will be painted over anyway!
Use tape (you can go fancy with painter’s tape or use any masking tape you may have lying around) to protect non-tiled walls and taps, and lay down drop sheets (old blankets and rugs will work) in the bath tub and floor. The goal is to protect these parts from an accidental paint makeover.
Before you can begin sprucing up your bathroom tiles, you need to calculate the amount of paint required for your DIY. Since everybody’s bathroom (and the amount of tiles in it) is different, buying a tin and hoping for the best is probably not the right way to go. Luckily, there is an easy way to determine how much paint you will actually need to use. Just multiply the length and height of the tiled walls, divide everything by 12 and voila! The final number is the amount (in litres) of paint that you will need.
Once your tiles are clean and any cracks and gaps have been filled in, it is time to prime. White Knight’s tile and laminate primer provides a base coat that helps your final coat of paint stick to the tiles and prevents peeling and scratching (ensuring your DIY efforts aren’t wasted when the kids knock the tiles during bath time). It also contains an anti-mould ingredient to further protect your refreshed tiles.
Use a roller to zig-zag the primer across your tiles, finishing off corners and edges with a paint brush. Avoid painting straight from the tin, otherwise you will ruin the primer for future use – use a rolling tray instead. The key here is to focus on small sections at a time to ensure good coverage. Just two coats of primer four hours apart, a light sand after each (wait for the coat to dry first!), and you are ready to paint.
BEFORE (Pic source: Littlepinknotebook.com)
The beauty of White Knight’s tile paint is that you can tint it to whatever colour you want, as well as enjoy either a traditional glossy finish, or opt for a satin effect (with their laminate paint option). Apply your paint in the same manner as your primer: use a roller and tray, and paint brush for corners and edges. Zig-zag your first coat, leave to dry for six hours, then finish off with a light sand before applying the second coat using long strokes. Stir your paint every now and then – it will prevent streaks and help you achieve a smooth finish. And remember: two thin coats are better than one thick one!
Your beautiful new tiles will be fully cured in a week, so take extra care to avoid bumps or harsh cleaners. If you would like to create a little contrast between your tiles and grout, simply apply White Knight’s grout pen to the grout.
With so much focus on preparing your tiles and bathroom, it can be easy to forget about the actual equipment you use. Paint brushes, rollers, sponges and trays should be washed as soon as you are finished with them – unless you don’t mind throwing them out after one use! However, after your bathroom revamp, you might just get itching to make over your kitchen tiles next!
Given the success of same-day online flower delivery services and the continued popularity of indoor greenery, it makes sense that someone would transfer the concept to pots and plants. The Huffington Post recently reported on research that reveals that indoor plants are wildly popular with millennials – evidently humans have a need to nurture and if we don’t have children or pets, plants are the next best thing! They’re also a relatively cheap way to brighten up apartments. Anyhow, I digress…
Based in Sydney (with a view to expanding into Brisbane and Melbourne soon), Leaf Supply was launched in late 2016 by Lauren Camilleri and Sophia Kaplan. “Both Lauren and myself saw a gap in the market for an accessible, interesting and beautifully curated indoor plant delivery service. We were always wanting to send plants as gifts ourselves and were frustrated at the lack of availability of such a service. We both love plants with a passion and wanted to share the happiness they bring to the world! We know that some people are nervous about owning plants so another goal is to build a community of confident plant owners,” says Sophia.
Leaf Supply’s Sophia Kaplan and Lauren Camilleri
Delivering Monday to Friday (same-day for orders placed before 11am) to most Sydney suburbs within 15 kilometres of the CBD, Leaf Supply deliver potted plants with care cards and are on hand to answer any customer questions too. “Each month we hand-select three new plants and match them with three pots – a calico wrap, standard pot and handmade ceramic planter,” says Sophia.
“Plants just aren’t being presented in a beautiful and approachable way – people can be overwhelmed by the choice and then afraid of investing in a plant they’re not confident in keeping alive. We take the guesswork out of plant care by sourcing plants suited for the indoors,” says Lauren.
Leaf Supply has a book in the works too
With a background in advertising, Sophia turned to plants after longing for a greater connection to nature. “As well as Leaf Supply, I run my namesake floral styling business Sophia Kaplan Plants & Flowers. Personally, my homes have always been filled with house plants and I believe hugely in the therapeutic power of gardens, both indoor and out,” says Sophia.
The Leaf Supply studio
“According to a 1989 NASA Clean Air Study, a lot of indoor plants provide a natural way of removing common household toxins from the air. There is also evidence that plants improve productivity and I’ve personally found that the act of caring for plants has a nurturing and therapeutic effect on our wellbeing. Plants are also just so beautiful and intriguing. They are an easy and super stylistic addition to any home or workplace. Greening gets addictive!” says Sophia.
A ‘Lipstick’ plant
The other co-founder Lauren has a magazine background (specifically art direction and design). “She is the design wiz behind all the great branding we have here,” says Sophia. In addition, the company welcomed a third team member recently, Ariella Werner-Seidler, who comes with a business background but has always had a passion for plants and has grown them for food too.
Excitingly, Leaf Supply has a book in the works, due for release next month. Not only does it profile a large variety of house plants but it shows how some prominent creatives integrate them into their homes and work spaces.
Leaf Supply’s book details a variety of house plants
Aside from the leaves turning brown, Autumn brings with it plenty of opportunity to mix up your décor and what better way to look at the latest trends than to find out what people have been pinning on Pinterest. A trend nerd, I find that this kind of data always makes for interesting reading and the latest findings don’t disappoint.
Herbariums Essentially dried plant or flower arrangements (how oddly 80’s?), herbariums deliver botanical flare without any of the plant care associated with their living, breathing cousins. Typically, the dried flora is placed between two sheets of glass for display and given searches for the term are up 345 per cent compared to last year, it’s clearly a trend to watch.
Green A tranquil, soothing hue, green is a great way to bring nature indoors. Sage is the shade du jour (it’s being embraced as a neutral) and searches for green marble accessories are sky high too. Plenty of pinners are into the colour in an all-inclusive way too – monochrome green rooms have been pinned 115 per cent more than this time last year.
Vacation vibes Initially identified as a top trend in this year’s ‘Pinterest 100’ (a collation of the top trends), resort-inspired living is having a moment with pinners. A cheap and simple way to inject greenery, the single palm leaf (housed in a vase) is a strong trend with searches up 136 per cent.
A favourite for weddings, pampas grass is having a major moment with saves up more than 500 per cent. Imparting fabulous texture, the feathery foliage is right at home on a mantelpiece or the centre of a dining room table.