cool kitchen with exposed beams, raw timber and art


This is part of the awesome residence inhabited by Claire Bigbie and Jay Shapiro.

The clean lines of the joinery against the worn flooring, stripped back ceiling, stark wall paper and art that was apparently contributed by the owners’ friends, makes this an exceptionally utilitarian space; much more than a kitchen.

You can just imagine inviting your guests to have a seat on the couch or even the robust island bench to enjoy a drink while you bang out a batch of pot stickers for the rest of the crowd, or you could entertain the whole party right there.
Look out for this guy though.

I think there is even a TV in the back corner…

See more of this amazing house here.

Photo via Peter DaSilva for The New York Times

floor art for your bathroom


If you have a very basic bathroom then consider paring back all the extras to just one.

I often feel people think they need to pump a room full of accessories to make it interesting. Not always the case.

The addition of a simple talking point like the bathmat above immediately lifts this space.

The neutral backdrop of the large format grey tiles makes adding anything to a space like this easy so don’t feel confined to making your accessories match your space.

Even the bath sponge looks as though it’s been plucked from the mat. Have a bit of fun.

schamburg + alvisse pete lounge


The Pete Lounge is 100% Australian made and comes from the wonderful Schamburg + Alvisse’s award-winning furniture designs.

All Schamburg + Alvisse designs are 100% Australian designed and manufactured, and classed “Product of Australia”. S+A are one of the most trusted “green” furniture suppliers in Australia, committed to independent certification of our furniture by Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA).  S+A recently became the first furniture maker in Australia to receive Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification.

Being an Australian based company this also means ultra low “furniture miles” and short lead times to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Canberra.

To find out more visit their website: Schamburg + Alvisse

simple contemporary kitchen


Kitchens like the one above can add huge value and versatility to any home. While the layout ticks the boxes on function the cupboards or joinery also make it a very refined, simple contemporary space.

Storage running from floor to ceiling is a great thing to consider even in small spaces and the lighting is hugely successful from the practical recessed task lighting along the bench to the over counter feature lighting which gives the island a sense of table.

The same material is used on the cupboards and splashback and note the way the grain in the timber changes direction on certain elements. These subtle details are used by designers to break up slabs of similar materials and create visual interest. It’s a smart way to work within a neutral material/colour palette.

seasonal bathroom


Bathrooms don’t have to be victims of function over form and expression.

Overscaled elements such as the vases and foliage work well in this large space but if your space is tight you can still create impact by using elements like this in isolation.

With modern joinery techniques cupboard fronts can have just about anything printed on them and can be easily interchanged. Why not consider a seasonal response with cool colour combinations during the warmer months and warm colour combinations during the cooler times of the year? This could be achieved by using a neutral backdrop and utilise one or 2 interchangeable elements and complimentary sets of accessories.

Who says that you can’t keep a spare set of vanity doors in the linen cupboard with your spare towels?