|Justine and Rachel are on summer holidays.|
We wish all our readers and followers a very happy New Year
and we look forward to bringing you more wonderful, inspiring homes in 2011.
Jeanette Budak admits she gets distracted when watching Baz Luhrmann's films. We can't blame her though. Catherine Martin's gorgeous sets get the eyes wandering and the imagination firing. We're not sure if this is a good or a bad thing for Baz's movies but Catherine's designs are certainly a wonderful inspiration for home styling.
This art deco apartment is very much decorated with Jeanette's own signature style but amongst the antiques, cherubs, ornaments and art there are some nods to the Luhrmann-Martin collaboration in rather surprising ways....
We have to admit we found ourselves distracted from cake and conversation
by Jeanette's glamorous and fun take on home decoration.
There is so much to look at in this richly embellished apartment!
The iconic Trash 'n' Treasure market in Canberra really does throw up some gems sometimes. Treasure hunters need plenty of dedication to unearth finds like this fabulous chandelier candelabra.
Biber loves his spot on the antique French dining table. Jeanette found the 1950s
dining setting from Canberra based dealer Fox Antiques.
Richly coloured velvets and Baroque influenced furnishings give Jeanette's
living room a luxuriously theatrical feel - not unlike a set for a slightly quirky
Several pieces in this room were featured on the set of Luhrmann's 'Australia'.
The wardrobe and dressing table were used in the bedroom at Faraway Downs.
Jeanette even found a framed 'family portrait' of Nicole and Hugh in the dressing
Despite some of it's furniture's origins, there's nothing cattle station about this
room. Jeanette has such a flair for evoking a sense of European romance.
Overnight guests are treated to a French bed and Italian patterned chenille coverlet. The gorgeous shield cushion features the coat of arms for Florence. Pure romance!
|We love a good foyer. |
Potts Point, Sydney. 1929.
|The vast spaces, light and view in this rather grand apartment|
make it feel more like a house.
|We adore this simple black and white kitchen!|
|The family's "surrogate dog" sits quietly on the sofa below |
Annie's favourite painting of a wave at night.
The Louise Hearman work was Annie and Roland's
wedding gift to themselves.
|The striking piece on the wall is by the Strutt sisters.|
The sheet music was made by Roland's old flatmate, Angela
Spring who used it as a backdrop for a woman's
We love it's new home here.
|This stunning light piece is by Tse Tse Associees, |
designer friends of Rolands based in Paris.
Annie loves these lights and also their hand blown
wine glasses and ceramics.
We think this piece looks quite Christmassy.
See http://www.tse-tse.com/ for divine French
design (and a really cute website).
|An original Bestlite shines on bedlinen which was hand dyed|
by the talented Genevieve Blewitt who is a dying and ageing
specialist in the film industry.
The multitalented Roland, a film and documentary editor,
painted the work above the bed.
|A Bill Henson photograph is lit from above by a stunning original |
1975 Pistillino wall light by Italian Studio Tetrarch.
|Who wouldn't be inspired in this work space?|
Justine recently took some photos for Sydney based interior design and architecture practice, Nextspace and we couldn't resist putting them on the blog. Designer Peter Martignago has reconfigured this classic Bondi bungalow into a sleek and sexy house and owner Christian Edwards has brought it home with a restrained palette and designer pieces. We commend the boys on their collaboration in creating a stunning modern building. But don't be deceived by the minimalist overhaul. Christian's home is brimming with heart and sentiment. And just a little bit of mystery...
|A few hits of citrus add zing to the moody black and white and grey. |
The concrete look feature wall is a product called Pandomo which
goes on like plaster. Christian admits it's "expensive but worth it."
We agree. It's a fabulous look and is a great contrast with
the original pressed ceiling and ornate chandelier.
The low-to-the-ground Japanese style bed is from Spence & Lyda.
See http://www.spenceandlyda.com.au/ for really sexy furniture.
|This light fitting came with the house. |
We love it's eighties oppulence!
|The original hallway at the front of the house hints at what lays |
beyond and frames the old shed.
|Sleek furnishings like the sofa from Koskela and minimal |
accessorising keep this room simple and stylish.
But there is an incredible warmth of sentiment here.
The photo by Rosemary Laing and the floor light below it
belonged to Christian's late brother. Christian refers to
that part of the house as "his little corner".
Christian says that after turning all the lights off at night the floor
lamp continues to light up the whole room as he makes
his way to bed.
see http://www.koskela.com.au/ for more great furniture.
(and a fabulous coast shack available to rent)
|errr...sorry mum. |
Thanks for sharing your wonderful home with us Christian.
It pleased the eye, brought on a tear, made us smile
and left us wondering...
The crew on this project were;
design Nextspace http://www.nextspace.com.au/
build Jimmy Eltenn
landscaping and deck Tim Hewitt & Ben Sutton