Sometimes when I get chatting to some of my lovely students I get asked what my personal interior style is like. It's a hard one for me as I like, and can appreciate so many different types of interiors. I try to make every project individual and specific to the client and their requirements. However I do have a signature 'style' and that would be to approach each project with the clients lifestyle in mind and for the space to reflect their personality, with a quiet luxury and unexpected details. When I saw this studio space by Marcus Hay, for me it does all of those things. It actually looks familiar to me, it's totally my vibe.
I suppose you could say that yep, this is my style. It's eclectic and there are 'things' however it doesn't look cluttered or chaotic. It's unpretentious and there are moments of inspiration all around. I was never a 'blue person' however more and more I'm drawn to it and I love this blue that Marcus has selected, along with the black, white and grey walls. There are books, mis-matched chairs, artwork, interesting objects, vintage things and flowers. Perfect.
ps. Check out Fluff 'n' Stuff which is Marcus' blog, and he's prolific on pinterest too, with over 10,000 pins!
Photos by Jonny Valiant. Tara Hurst has an interview with Marcus on her blog.
You may notice a theme occurring here with some of my favorite furniture selections, I'm looking to 'baby-proof' our apartment so really it's just a thinly veiled excuse to get some new stuff! So I want to get a floor lamp that has a small footprint, which one is your favorite and did you pick the Ikea ones here?
This house if off the chain! This interior is a little different to the types of interiors I usually post here on the blog, but beauty is beauty, and this one is amazing! During my time in London I worked on some pretty impressive interiors which gave me a real appreciation for historical buildings. In Melbourne we have some outstanding examples of Victorian architecture however not quite like this. I was fortunate to work on a building of this era in Belgravia and it was amazing to experience the scale of these rooms, and see the original decorative mouldings up close. I really love the way the originality of these spaces has been respected and how they are filled with antique furniture but in a contemporary way.
This is the amazing home of interior designer Rose Uniacke whose signature style is raw, minimal. luxurious and with a genuine appreciation of antique furniture.
"If the space is properly balanced, then the rooms can be simply furnished and allowed to breathe," Rose says, "I like to know where I am, and in that context you can be very minimal."
I think this loft really appeals to me at the moment because I am longing for some space. I love the minimal and well selected furnishings which is a world away from my little apartment here in Melbourne. I am just trying again to work out how to best use the space which also involves making our apartment baby-friendly without putting those ugly plastic corner things on everything. So an apartment like this with it's wide open spaces and cool furniture would be blissful! This is by ese studio which are based in Athens. Found on Trendland
Selecting an armchair for an interior can be the most fun, but also the most time-consuming and tricky, would you agree? An armchair can really determine the style of the whole interior so it's important to select 'the right' chair. Armchairs become a feature of the space, whereas we can play it a bit more safe and neutral with the sofa. I like the armchairs to be in a feature colour or patterned fabric, or even leather whilst the sofa is in a neutral fabric (double leather is way worse than double denim!). So it can be tricky to select that perfect armchair that is unique, comfortable, the right size and makes a statement. Also in budget, now that is a challenge!
But for my own place it's even more difficult because I see so many great pieces that it's impossible to decide. I'm the most indecisive client! I want something I can curl up on which is not too enormous and looks cute and super comfy. So here are a few options I'm looking at. Would love to hear from you which one is your favourite!
Oh my gosh, there are heaps more I could have included, where does it end!!!
Hi there friends,
Is anyone still there? It seems that I have been neglecting this space these days. Very bad I know. I've been busy with client work and juggling a whole new job of motherhood. It's been a wonderful time. Of course I still love getting out and about into the design and art community. Baby Indigo and I have already visited MONA in Hobart, Heide MOMA and ACCA amongst many furniture showrooms. She is getting very familiar with art gallery etiquette! So if you're around, I'd love to see you on instagram. If you'e not on instagram well it's a great way to follow some pretty inspiring people out there by viewing their photos all day, every day! My photos are not nearly as cool as many out there but I still have fun. You can find me @LAUREN_MACER. Hope to see you there!
Materials and finishes for bedroom concept
Materials and finishes for living area
Some delicious HAY my friend Andy bought back direct from the HAY House in Copenhagen - Thank you!
Did you know that Emerald is the Pantone colour of 2013? I thought it was quite an unexpected colour but then I started noticing it around. Funny how that happens! Sometimes green can be a tricky colour to use in interiors; pale minty greens literally make me feel ill and sage green is so 80s country style. But Emerald is so fresh!
"Lively. Radiant. Lush… A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony."
I love this home of stylist Muriel Verbist. The green here looks totally fresh and I'm loving it mixed with blue too. Whoever said that 'blue and green should never be seen' were complete liars, obviously! My latest interiors project features accents of green, turquoise and blue inspired by the clients amazing artwork - it has been a pleasure to work with these colours!
Fibreglass rocker by Charles and Ray Eames. 'Mountain Spot Rug' by Donna Wilson. From Elle Decoration June 2011, styling Suzanne Stankus - photography Paul Raeside
Just looking at this space makes me feel relaxed, the lighting is soothing and the limited materials are subtle and restrained. This is The Silent Room at Selfridges London, it's designed as a retreat from the sensory overload of the shopping experience all around. Customers are encouraged to sit or lie on the benches and apparently people have been seen meditating and even praying. It's amazing how interior design can really affect your mood.
This is not the first Silent Room for Selfridges however. The founder Gordon Selfridge included a Silent Room when the store opened in 1909. It's interesting that even back then when department stores were quite a new concept, that a space like this was conceived to entice customers to stay longer in the store. With my experience with retail interior design, I can attest that every inch of the floor plan is precious, and expensive. So bravo for Selfridges to invest in such a beautiful and thoughtful space for customers to enjoy.
I've recently become a Mum and have spent some time at Chadstone shopping centre recently to escape the hot hot days (along with the other Mums and old people!). So I am proof that with the lovely parents rooms and facilities, I spent more time there and a few hundred dollars on things I didn't really need. Don't panic - they were on sale!
The Silent Room is built by London studio Alex Cochrane Architects with the idea to take your shoes off, follow the dark passage around with a single globe showing the way and just relax. It's not intended to be totally silent but I could imagine the space would encourage you to speak softly and unwind. A good place to just take a breather and then when you enter back into the chaos of the store you'll feel so good that you'll think those gold hi-tops are a great idea. That's where they get you! Found on dezeen
To those of you out there who have studied interior design or architecture, you are probably familiar with shipping container projects, but I just had to share this one with you. It's the Port-a-Bach holiday home by atelierworkshop - I love it!
At uni we researched shipping containers that were adapted for emergency situations, high density living options like student accommodation and the holiday house. Of course the most 'famous' of them all is the Sean Godsell 'Future Shack' a shipping container adapted for emergency housing, it is such a clever design. But most of the examples I've seen I just wasn't convinced that a converted shipping container is a space I would like to live in. They were often dark, pokey and I imagine would get quite hot. Not this one though!
The side folds down to create a porch which is like another outdoor room and a wall of glass louvred doors keep the interior light and airy. Timber is used throughout the interior which gives continuity with fabric partitions used to divide up smaller spaces. To me it is actually an interior I would want to spend time in on a holiday, could you imagine all of the beautiful places you could plant this baby? Sand dunes on the beach, a forest, by a lake or heck- why not fly your helicopter and land it on a city rooftop!
atelierworkshop are based in New Zealand, the Port-a-Bach is a prototype was built in Hangzhou, China and shipped to New Zealand.