Monday, March 2, 2015

Dulux Colour Awards 2015

I'm absolutely thrilled that my Robb Street House is a finalist in the 2015 Dulux Colour Awards in the category Single Residential Exterior. The awards are open to all professionals and are divided into several categories. RBID is in some very esteemed company!

You can read more about the project here and see the complete list of finalists in the awards here.

Winners will be announced at an invitation only gala evening on the 25th March. Stay tuned!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

And So To Bed...

Sketch by Renae Barrass
Been flat out in the lead up to the end of the year! Working on some great projects - large and small - with some fantastic clients. Also been to see some finished projects which has been really rewarding. Looking forward to sharing a little more on the Blog when I get a chance.

Recently I was asked by some friends to give a bit of advice on their tricky bedroom. Due to the size of the bedroom (smallish) the only wall for the bed to sit against is the front street-facing wall with a large 3 panel window. The mirrored wardrobe (installed by previous owners) down one side of the room means the window reads as off-centre on the inside of the room. To cap it all off, there is a street light right outside the window which shines right into the bedroom through the venetian blinds. This was a tough room...

What to do?? The first problem to solve is the off-centre window. We need to create some symmetry in the room to align with the placement of the bed. I suggested block out drapes that run on a curtain rail spanning the width of the room. On the left hand side they stack back against the wall, on the right hand side they cover the third pane of the window. This reduces the visible width of the window and creates the illusion that the bed is symmetrical to the wall & window. When drawn, the block out drapes also help with the light shining in at night. The clients can choose to keep the existing venetian blinds or replace with a sheer roller blind for privacy during the day. The second issue is that the window sill is almost level with the mattress height. A new bed with a high head such as the uber stylish 'Gus Carmichael' bed from Globe West was suggested along with new matching bedside tables & lamps. The bed & bedsides just need to sit a little forward of the wall to allow the drapes to open & close with ease. 

Gus Carmichael Bed from Globe West

The final thing I wasn't convinced about were those mirrored robe doors. Sure, mirrors make a small space feel bigger but I think in this small bedroom, they reflected all the furniture back, actually making the room feel more cluttered. They also drew the eye away from what should be the focal point - the bed wall. The decision was to replace them with simple plain doors.

So voila! Problems overcome - bedroom retreat coming up. Looking forward to seeing how this one turns out!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Award Winner

I was thrilled to hear that the Inverloch House won a HIA Award this week (entered by building designers Beaumont Concepts).

You can see full details of the award here, and more pictures of the project here.

RBID was responsible for the interior design and was also instrumental in the overall look of the house selecting render & cladding colours, the chartreuse entry colour, the external stonework and the aluminium louvres which add an architectural element to the facade whilst controlling light and privacy within. The clients were fantastic to work with and were thrilled with the result - you can read their testimonial here.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Everything Old is New Again

Just uploaded a few new photos to my online folio on Houzz - In particular this beautiful Edwardian/Californian Bungalow for which I re-worked the external colours earlier this year. I was keen to give the clients a colour scheme that was contemporary yet referenced what would be appropriate to the Heritage of the house.

What a gorgeous old house - and it looks even grander now with the new colours (if I do say so myself)!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Front Door Blues

This is a fabulous external colour scheme I worked on last year where the client was brave enough to go with the bold blue colour I suggested for the front door. You can see more pics from this project on my Houzz folio.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Inverloch Project

Front Entry - Image by RBID
Last week I took a day trip to Inverloch to see a completed project. It was a wet & wild day and took over 2 hours in each direction so I was thoroughly exhausted by the time I got home, but it was well worth it to catch up with the lovely clients and see their beautiful beach home complete. My photos aren't amazing - it was a pretty overcast day - but the exterior images turned out really well. Interior images in a post to follow...

Rear Elevation - Image by RBID
Stone Fireplace - Image by RBID
Entertainers Alfresco Area - Image by RBID

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Canberra Colour Cookoff

Recently Ive been working on a kitchen renovation in Canberra. The house is a fabulous 1960's Bill Batt designed home, largely in original condition. I wasn't familiar with Bill Batt prior to taking this job and there is little about him online, but he was the University Architect at ANU sometime around 1959 (please do shoot me an email if you have any additional info about Bill Batt as myself and the clients would be keen to learn more about him). The clients were keen to rework the kitchen to retain several of the key characteristics of the original interior design such as the beautiful timber lined ceilings and timber paneling in the entry, which I was more than enthusiastic about. As we were working remotely (i.e. me in Melbourne, the clients in Canberra) I used photoshop to render up my ideas for design and finishes. This is a great tool to communicate your 'vision' for a space and makes it easy to tweek the layout and materials as the design process unfolds. We did lots of options on this job and even though we were just working with freehand sketches, the clients found it really easy to picture the suggested colours and materials in their space. 

Stay tuned for completed pics in the next month or two...