Small Spaces and Storage

When you move into a compact interior space your storage capacity (or lack of it) can become all consuming.  While we are seeing a strong influence of minimising possessions, we still have to find a home for our "stuff".  Looking at how people live all over of the world is certainly inspiring.  

A trip to K Mart or Target and you'll find some clever little bits to get you started, but its the built in solutions that are going to be game changers.  I've found some inspiration and tips from the absolute lovers of great design....The Danes.  

The Danish modernists wanted their furniture to change the way people live.  Hello Ikea!  There have been whole studies based how the Danish use shelves and storage.  Yes, that’s a thing!  Take Muuto for example.  They try to make stuff that is all not all the same kind of design.  It has a variation of design and function.  The future of interior design is in crafting things that have more than one use.  We face different problems today than we did yesterday.  Adjusting your interior to suit is fun, quirky and smart.  Working interiors can also be aesthetically beautiful.

Embrace decorative storage opportunities.

 

Muuto inspiration.  https://muuto.com/

Muuto inspiration.  https://muuto.com/

 

 

Open storage = easy access.  make the most of your entry and live in the space with ease.   As long as its kept neat, this idea is a winner.  When you enter and exit your space its a visula reminder of what you need.  Did somoneone say "where's the keys?"  nope...not here.

Open storage = easy access.  make the most of your entry and live in the space with ease.  
As long as its kept neat, this idea is a winner.  When you enter and exit your space its a visula reminder of what you need.  Did somoneone say "where's the keys?"  nope...not here.

Sometimes perfection is simplicity, and Nisse Strinning’s String shelf is a prime example. After over 75 years, the String shelf feels as contemporary as ever.

Sometimes perfection is simplicity, and Nisse Strinning’s String shelf is a prime example. After over 75 years, the String shelf feels as contemporary as ever.

Build around your doorways.  This adds so much character and installs your personality into a space.

Build around your doorways.  This adds so much character and installs your personality into a space.

An open hang space works well with clean lines - accessible coat racks are a winner.

An open hang space works well with clean lines - accessible coat racks are a winner.

Simple way to show off your best.

Simple way to show off your best.

Bathroom storage can be maximised if you keep the basin small and add a shaving cabinet and overheads in in the European laundry area.  Its tight but works.  Note that the colour pallatee is simple which adds to the appeal of a busy space.

Bathroom storage can be maximised if you keep the basin small and add a shaving cabinet and overheads in in the European laundry area.  Its tight but works.  Note that the colour pallatee is simple which adds to the appeal of a busy space.

When space is at a premium....build in.   The TV wall can be crammed full of your favourinte things and yet neat and tidy at the same time.

When space is at a premium....build in.   The TV wall can be crammed full of your favourinte things and yet neat and tidy at the same time.

Simple wall mounted storage that is as sculptural as it is practical.  

Simple wall mounted storage that is as sculptural as it is practical.  

While bunks are a space saver, getting up to them is often frustrating.  I love this idea of the stairs.  Its visually interesting and feels like you just want to jump up there.  Stacking the beds into your holiday home never looked better.

While bunks are a space saver, getting up to them is often frustrating.  I love this idea of the stairs.  Its visually interesting and feels like you just want to jump up there.  Stacking the beds into your holiday home never looked better.

And lastly...I'm mad for a drinks trolley.  Move them from inside to outside.  They are so versatile and this one....well what more can I say.  Its amazing.  you can pick one up at https://madebytait.com.au/product/trace-drinks-trolley/  

And lastly...I'm mad for a drinks trolley.  Move them from inside to outside.  They are so versatile and this one....well what more can I say.  Its amazing.  you can pick one up at https://madebytait.com.au/product/trace-drinks-trolley/

 

Christmas Home

Christmas is our favourite time of year as it brings the chance to transform your home into a creative haven.  You don't have to spend a lot to get your Christmas cheer on.  Get out you paper, scissors and branches  ( rocks are not what we are going for here ) and transform your interior.

Sit down with a drink of whatever makes you happy and friends that do the same.  Get off social media and into doing, seeing and connecting with your inner creative.  

Its so heart warming each year to unpack the decorations to find hand made objects amongst the trimmings.  You can add new designs to your Christmas decor stockpile every year and enjoy the process that goes along with transforming your home.   

Use your favourite colour or follow the key trends in what's going down with interiors in 2018.  Popular accent colours are black forest, emerald green and watermelon red.  Both geometric and organic shapes are everywhere in interiors right now.  What’s really hot: Warm colours, natural stone, cacti, curved shapes, wicker, and cord.  

Being authenitc and courageious is its own reward.  I can't say it more simply than that!  Merry Chirstmas and have a wonderful silly season.

We've collated some ideas below to get you started.  

 

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Outdoor Design

While we do love a great interior, the outside has to have a link.  A beautiful exterior is viewed from the inside of your home or apartment and you want to look out and appreciate the link between that the two spaces.  Improving your health and well being needn’t involve hours of stretching or meditating; you can create your own harmony within your outdoor space.  

Keep you colour palette simple by using no more that three different colours and finishes.  Natural finishes look great.  You can add colour with accessories which can be easily changed if you get tired of the look.   It should look like you want to get out there and enjoy the fresh air and relax.  Minimise clutter and get your green finger on.

Create your own soul filled garden.  Think about growing some herbs, and having a space that a pet can co-exist in.  It can be a fun space, or a relaxing space but draw on some elements from your interior in the outdoor area.

Soulful gardens have a strong sense of feeling completely right and in balance. When we come upon these gardens, my first response is one of pure joy and my second is sadness knowing I have to leave.

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Timber, White seating and Dark Grey - layer your garden and connect it to the interior by using a seamless floor

Timber, White seating and Dark Grey - layer your garden and connect it to the interior by using a seamless floor

Side ways can be tricky.  This water feature is a clever idea to break up the long space.

Side ways can be tricky.  This water feature is a clever idea to break up the long space.

Bamboo looks great topped with loose pebbles for a low maintenance side way.

Bamboo looks great topped with loose pebbles for a low maintenance side way.

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Great idea to hide those garden tools or pool equipment. Keep it natural

Great idea to hide those garden tools or pool equipment. Keep it natural

We do love a hedge!  

We do love a hedge!  

Create your own art work using plants

Create your own art work using plants

Overhead cover idea.  Repeat pattern always works.  Pavers or tiles look good laid in varying sizes.  Head on over to Signorino for some amazing outdoor tiles.

Overhead cover idea.  Repeat pattern always works.  Pavers or tiles look good laid in varying sizes.  Head on over to Signorino for some amazing outdoor tiles.

think angles in a large space - change your floor materials to break up the area.

think angles in a large space - change your floor materials to break up the area.

Les not forget you best friend.  Make it comfy for them too!  The black wall is bold but looks amazing.  Be bold!

Les not forget you best friend.  Make it comfy for them too!  The black wall is bold but looks amazing.  Be bold!

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Kitchen Love

When it comes to kitchens you really want to get it right!  Its such a big investment and a major selling point of your house.  What's the trick?  There probably isn't just one but keep in mind the kitchen is not an isolated room, it should reflect the entire interior.  

Think about finishes in relation to everything else in the space.   If you have an idea of what you like, how do you interpret your picture into your space?   Where do the finishes go?  The most successful kitchens keep it simple.  Try to stick to only 2 or 3 finishes.  Think about using the bench top on the splash back for a seamless design.  The design and finishes should be resolved in unison.  When it comes to line - don't break it.  If there is a window, line cabinets up to suit.   Try a 700mm wide bench top over the standard 600.  Its looks so much better and gives you more allowance for the cook top.  Choose appliances first so that you have the exact specifications and dimensions for the designer to work with.

When it comes to design, we're seeing a trend in either really thin bench tops (6-10 mm) or really thick (80 mm).   We've seen the standard 20-40 mm bench tops used for about 30 years - it might be time for a change.

So what about those finishes? Matt is where its at.  Combine a nice stone with a matt finish and add some Metal like brass or brushed nickle tap ware.  Black looks sharp for trims like kick boards and finger pull details.  What's a finger pull you ask? Its the gap where you put your fingers in to open the cabinets.   You'll see some examples below - if you're using a more traditional handle try something amazing with a leather finish.

While modern streamlined kitchens are on the rise, there is a trend for the more traditional in the form of shaker cabinets and v grooved doors.  These look great when combined with a modern colour palate and nice stone bench top. 

Think natural finishes, concrete,  marble, brass, steel, timber and you're on the right track. Or come see us at Concept Design Colour Finish and we'll draw up you kitchen and take you though a range of finishes that will work beautifully in your space.   

Beautiful raw industrial style kitchen.  Matt Black with concrete bench top.  Try Quantum six for concrete look tiled panels that look like the real deal.  Heat proof impervious surfaces that can take a pounding.  We love the custom rangehood.

Beautiful raw industrial style kitchen.  Matt Black with concrete bench top.  Try Quantum six for concrete look tiled panels that look like the real deal.  Heat proof impervious surfaces that can take a pounding.  We love the custom rangehood.

Warm inviting design by David Flack Interiors - hand pick your marble.  When you have timber floors try using a 2 pac on the island so that you don't overload on timber.  It breaks up the kitchen.  If you have one design feature - don't compet wth it.  Let it talk.

Warm inviting design by David Flack Interiors - hand pick your marble.  When you have timber floors try using a 2 pac on the island so that you don't overload on timber.  It breaks up the kitchen.  If you have one design feature - don't compet wth it.  Let it talk.

Funky angles and quirky tiles for those who like to have fun with design.

Funky angles and quirky tiles for those who like to have fun with design.

Simple yet classic.  Island bench's that are framed look great.   

Simple yet classic.  Island bench's that are framed look great.   

Shaker cabinets with subway tiles for a more traditional kitchen.  Matt white stone bench tops and beautiful grey 2 pac doors give this look a modern edge.

Shaker cabinets with subway tiles for a more traditional kitchen.  Matt white stone bench tops and beautiful grey 2 pac doors give this look a modern edge.

Black + White + Terrazo +marble = Sharp.

Black + White + Terrazo +marble = Sharp.

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Custom Handles by Made Measure add to any kitchen. We Love them.

Custom Handles by Made Measure add to any kitchen. We Love them.

Monolithic shapes look great in large spaces.  Make use of the island for storage if you don't need the seating.

Monolithic shapes look great in large spaces.  Make use of the island for storage if you don't need the seating.

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Clever use of framing.  The island is its own unique piece of furniture. Works well with the concrete floors.

Clever use of framing.  The island is its own unique piece of furniture. Works well with the concrete floors.

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Panelling love.

Panelling love.

Once your dream kitchen is built, accessorise - have you faves on hand.

Once your dream kitchen is built, accessorise - have you faves on hand.

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All this talk of kitchens is making me hungry.  What we do in the kitchen is create food to serve the people we love.  Why not enjoy being in that space as you cook away.  It's a place to congregate, share your stories.  When I think about all of the great conversations  I had in my kitchen, it makes me nostalgic.  Give your kitchen a lift and enjoy.

All this talk of kitchens is making me hungry.  What we do in the kitchen is create food to serve the people we love.  Why not enjoy being in that space as you cook away.  It's a place to congregate, share your stories.  When I think about all of the great conversations  I had in my kitchen, it makes me nostalgic.  Give your kitchen a lift and enjoy.

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Design Confidence

People are often intrigued by Interior Design.  They love the idea of living in an amazing space. Some people have a natural eye for it, and others struggle with getting the whole interior to gel.  We love working with all types of people but the best clients put themselves in our hands and have the confidence to step out of their comfort zone.

The thing about interior design is that its not as easy as it looks.  There is a whole lot of thought behind every element.  Proportion, colour and shape play a huge part in achieving a look that is unique and aesthetically beautiful.  One of the more difficult aspects of our job is convincing clients to run with ideas.  We often get comments like "its a good idea but ......"  When we present a risky idea the question that often pops up is " will it date?"  The simple truth is that eventually everything dates.  Even iconic designs will advance and change as time passes.  So don't play it too safe.  You'll get the best result if you actually see taking a risk not only as a danger but as a chance.  Be bold and willing to really go with us where no man has gone before!

If you're paying an interior designer, or architect - let them do their thing.  Have confidence in them.  Good designers will consider the space, your lifestyle, personal style and preferred colours.  They will interpret your interior into a work or art that is beyond what you could have ever imagined.  (if you let them!)

 

 


A Timeless and well executed interior, yet convincing clients to use black flooring and white walls isn't as easy as you would expect.  This stunner reeks of style.  Bold and beautiful.

A Timeless and well executed interior, yet convincing clients to use black flooring and white walls isn't as easy as you would expect.  This stunner reeks of style.  Bold and beautiful.

Parisian Apartment.  A simple and timeless colour palette.  Chevron flooring has been used for centuries in Paris, yet this look is very now.  How so? Today's chevron floors are matt finished using warm engineered timber.  The bold marble is the hero of this interior.  That marble could be a difficult convince for many clients.....Swapping it for a safe white stone would break my heart.

Parisian Apartment.  A simple and timeless colour palette.  Chevron flooring has been used for centuries in Paris, yet this look is very now.  How so? Today's chevron floors are matt finished using warm engineered timber.  The bold marble is the hero of this interior.  That marble could be a difficult convince for many clients.....Swapping it for a safe white stone would break my heart.

Who says you have to conform?   We've shifted so much as a society that anything goes. Don't get stuck in a rut.  Push your personal style.   "You have to try it. You have only one trip, you've got to remember that." Iris Apfel.

Who says you have to conform?   We've shifted so much as a society that anything goes. Don't get stuck in a rut.  Push your personal style.  

"You have to try it. You have only one trip, you've got to remember that." Iris Apfel.

Nothing better than a mezzanine in a big space.  The curves help soften a large space and add visual punch.

Nothing better than a mezzanine in a big space.  The curves help soften a large space and add visual punch.

Decisions decsions.  "There's no right or wrong.....its all about how you put it together!" Said someone somewhere once.

Decisions decsions.  "There's no right or wrong.....its all about how you put it together!" Said someone somewhere once.

What would you say to some teal cabinets?  Say yes!  you won't regret it.

What would you say to some teal cabinets?  Say yes!  you won't regret it.

Its a simple as Brass, stone and black joinery.  Proportion is everything sometimes.  Custom stools and the range hood are things that make you go ooooh!

Its a simple as Brass, stone and black joinery.  Proportion is everything sometimes.  Custom stools and the range hood are things that make you go ooooh!

A good curve can relax a space and take it to that next level.

A good curve can relax a space and take it to that next level.

Think of your island bench as a piece of furniture.  Would you?  Could you?

Think of your island bench as a piece of furniture.  Would you?  Could you?

There are so many beautiful tiles around today, how do you choose?  Creativity starts with an idea - try it, use that tile, take a risk and wait for the response.  

There are so many beautiful tiles around today, how do you choose?  Creativity starts with an idea - try it, use that tile, take a risk and wait for the response.  

According to Iris Apfel, great personal style is about knowing yourself, staying curious, and maintaining a sense of humor. Her career as an interior designer and textile maker has taken her to far corners of the world.  To Quote Iris " There is no how to road map to style. Its about self expression, and above all, attitude."

According to Iris Apfel, great personal style is about knowing yourself, staying curious, and maintaining a sense of humor. Her career as an interior designer and textile maker has taken her to far corners of the world.  To Quote Iris " There is no how to road map to style. Its about self expression, and above all, attitude."

Live Well

We've just finished a house for a beautiful client who's undergoing Chemo. We spoke about the importance of health and she mentioned how the material things in life have taken a back seat while she gets well.  Having said that, it's so lovely that she has an organised, crisp, light filled home to be in during her journey towards wellness.

It got us thinking about how our homes can promote wellness.  There are simple things you can do to improve your world.  De-clutter, organise and discard anything that no longer has meaning for you.   You don't need a big budget to achieve an interior that makes sense to you. Don't know where to start?   Press Control, Alt, Delete.  Push the button in your life to start afresh.  This creates clarity.

We've transformed peoples homes who have just come out of relationships.  They just want to start over with a new look home.  Makes sense right?  New you!  Here's our tips for your interior start over.

De-clutter.  Get rid of things without regret.  Go through your cupboards and throw out anything you  a) don't use b) don't like and c) is broken.  Then clean each drawer and shelf to begin the journey.

De-clutter.  Get rid of things without regret.  Go through your cupboards and throw out anything you  a) don't use b) don't like and c) is broken.  Then clean each drawer and shelf to begin the journey.

Purchase some simple items to give your space a new look.  Keep the colour palatte nuetral and timeless.  Match utensils and have them on display for easy access.  

Purchase some simple items to give your space a new look.  Keep the colour palatte nuetral and timeless.  Match utensils and have them on display for easy access.  

Lables - simple yet effective.  No one said you had to have clear containers.  Go white.  There's something timeless about black labels from the old label maker.  Think 1950s office filing systems for your kitchen. 

Lables - simple yet effective.  No one said you had to have clear containers.  Go white.  There's something timeless about black labels from the old label maker.  Think 1950s office filing systems for your kitchen. 

Get some decent bowls, crockery and plates.  Something that you enjoy the look and feel of.  We use this every day!  Enjoy it and keep it neutral to stand the test of time.  We personally love a thin edged cup or mug.

Get some decent bowls, crockery and plates.  Something that you enjoy the look and feel of.  We use this every day!  Enjoy it and keep it neutral to stand the test of time.  We personally love a thin edged cup or mug.

Add some baskets in the living room for winter throws or bits and pieces that find their way into your living space.  They're' handy when a quick clean up is in order.  

Add some baskets in the living room for winter throws or bits and pieces that find their way into your living space.  They're' handy when a quick clean up is in order.  

A simple pop of colour is enough.  We work on the ten percent rule.  Just enough to keep things interesting but not overkill.  Put your things in boxes out of site.  Check back in a month to see what you actually need and use.   Take the emotional attachment out of your de-clutter.  Its just stuff!

A simple pop of colour is enough.  We work on the ten percent rule.  Just enough to keep things interesting but not overkill.  Put your things in boxes out of site.  Check back in a month to see what you actually need and use.   Take the emotional attachment out of your de-clutter.  Its just stuff!

feeling good?

feeling good?

Get creative - A weekend project gets your head out of technology and into real life.  Nature provides an amazing colour palate.  Its perfect really.   

Get creative - A weekend project gets your head out of technology and into real life.  Nature provides an amazing colour palate.  Its perfect really.   

Step out with confidence.  You are ready to take on anything.  No matter who you are or how you live - you got this.  Set some goals and remember - quality over quantity.  Its an age old philosophy that will last years and look amzing in every aspect of your life.

Step out with confidence.  You are ready to take on anything.  No matter who you are or how you live - you got this.  Set some goals and remember - quality over quantity.  Its an age old philosophy that will last years and look amzing in every aspect of your life.

Bathroom or Day Spa?

After a long day in the fields (or office) who doesn't want to come home and relax. Enjoy some quiet time and wash away the day. Hotel bathrooms captivate and evoke a feeling of luxury with their tempting little freebies and products.  Create your own haven and enjoy the ritual of personal beautification.

How can you create your dream bathroom? Use organic materials like stone, timber, concrete and of course metal. These are found in nature and are currently translating beautifully into our homes. When it comes to bathroom design the current design direction is clean colours, seamless lines and practical arrangement of spaces.  We love some elegance here at Concept DCF.  And always remember - clutter smothers, simplicity breathes!

Here's a collection of some elegant, simple and we think,  pretty special havens.

 
black outlines define the space. 

black outlines define the space. 

 
brass works beautifully and adds a luxurious look to any space

brass works beautifully and adds a luxurious look to any space

 
add a round mirror to soften hard lines and surfaces

add a round mirror to soften hard lines and surfaces

 
oval shapes create a less conventional bathroom. thin edges and lines with beautiful seamless design

oval shapes create a less conventional bathroom. thin edges and lines with beautiful seamless design

 
play with finishes

play with finishes

 
sometimes all it takes are two simple finishes. less is definatly more in interiors

sometimes all it takes are two simple finishes. less is definatly more in interiors

 
 
black accessories create drama.

black accessories create drama.

isn't she perfect?

isn't she perfect?

oooh la la.  

oooh la la.  

Crystal Ball

What's coming up in Interior Design?  Trends come and go but style.....well that's eternal right?  Looking at what's happening in Milan we are drawn to warm colours, natural stone, cacti, curve shaped furniture, wicker, cordless lamps, black kitchens and portable lighting. Classic furniture pieces from Thonet bring a timeless appeal to any interior.  

With a lean toward terrazzo, velvet, ottomans, side tables, lamps, brass objects, handmade glazed ceramics, mouth-blown coloured vases and wooden vases,  we can't take our eyes of that crystal ball.  

It's all about how you use your colour, materials and design together.  There is no right or wrong!  if you don't like tangerine, try green.  We're seeing a lean towards interesting shades of sage, celery and avocado greens.  

These a few of our favourite things.  Break out into song just like Maria did as you design your way into interior heaven.