This week marks 2 years since Bella Vie Interiors first opened it's doors for business and it's got me thinking about the many projects we've worked on; the people who've helped Bella Vie Interiors to grow; the achievements and the friendships formed.
I remember taking the leap of faith into the unknown when I secured my first big new build project. Since then I've met and worked with some talented and dedicated designers, builders, tradesmen, manufacturers and suppliers who've left their mark upon the growth of my fledgling business.
The name Bella Vie has been with me for many years... Inspired by Italy and France, two of my favourite places in the World. 'Bella' - Italian for Beautiful, 'Vie' French for Life. Bella Vie Interiors signifies creating a beautiful life.
In the past two years, I've seen and felt the gratitude shown by so many clients as we've transformed their homes and businesses into something that enhances their life. While we don't photograph all our projects, here's a few that make me grateful for the experiences I've had in the past two years.
Watch this space for the next two years...
If you or someone you know needs help renovating or building their new home please contact us for a Design Consultation.
Credits: Images by Nathan Lanham Photography; Window Treatments by Chadwick Designs; Builders - D3 Projects, David Howell Constructions
The first time I watched an iMovie made by my then seven year old daughter, I was amazed. How can a seven year old make a trailer for a movie? I wanted her to make me one for Bella Vie Interiors.
So this morning, after months of watching her iMovies about pugs, cats and unicorns, I suggested she make one about Bella Vie Interiors. I showed her my website and answered a few questions and away she went. She even knew the client names for each project. Amazing what she's remembered from conversations about my work.
I think I might hire her... what do you think?
A unique project with pared back, industrial interiors and finishes that look like they belong on a building site make a statement in this Canberra AirBNB.
Builders D3 Projects approached Bella Vie Interiors to design and document the industrial style kitchens, bathrooms and bedroom storage for this very unique property in Canberra. The client's brief was to create a pared back, industrial interior with a finishes that looked raw and unfinished.
The client was very hands on with the selection of fixtures and fittings and had a clear vision from the outset. Bella Vie Interiors designed custom joinery from black ply and timber with simple drilled holes to the fronts instead of handles. The raw timber look tile makes a dramatic statement in the wet areas. Brace board, corrugated iron and concrete are used extensively throughout to create the desired aged, industrial aesthetic.
The builders worked very closely with the client to ensure every detail met their vision to create a unique interior to suit their needs.
See more of this unique project here.
Credits: Images by Nathan Lanham Photography; Builder: D3 Projects
A minimalist interior designed by Bella Vie Interiors, complements the crisp, clean exterior of this new Passive house in Googong.
Situated in the self-contained township of Googong, this Passive House makes a bold statement with its monochromatic colour scheme and a skillion roof soaring high into the sky. Its glazed facade designed to capture the winter sun, warming highly polished concrete floors and basking the living areas with sunlight during the cooler months.
Triple glazed windows with zipscreen external shade blinds, allow seamless integration between indoors and outdoors, providing privacy, blocking UV rays and keeping insects out.
Bella Vie Interiors created a minimalist interior scheme to suit the client's brief for a home with clean lines and a neutral colour palette.
A black linear custom pendant hangs over a simple concrete kitchen island. Dark, minimalist bathrooms create a dramatic contrast to the crisp white walls throughout the living areas and bedrooms.
With the building works completed, the client can now move into a new home, enjoying the benefits of living in a Passive House as Winter approaches.
See more of this new build project here.
Credits: Images by Nathan Lanham Photography; Architect: Hugh Gordon Architects; Builder: D3 Projects
The Interior Design Process can be long and drawn out, and for both clients' and designers', it's important to celebrate our wins along the way. From a client's perspective, they may have had the desire to see their project evolve for many years. As designers, we create the vision and gain great satisfaction from seeing the joy it brings our clients' when it all starts to come together.
So whether it's the first day on site for the builders or the day when furniture or furnishings arrive near the end of a project, we love to celebrate the milestones that bring us one step further to bringing a vision to life.
To see more of the recent moments enjoyed by our clients and our team, visit Instagram or Facebook.
A monochromatic colour palette with a strong graphic element, has transformed this 60's Canberra House into a stylish yet relaxed retreat.
The owners moved into this partially renovated 60’s house in 2014 and quickly set about having plans drawn up to add a master suite to the home's existing three-bedrooms. With a builder engaged and facing the daunting prospect of making the finishes selections, they sought professional guidance and called in Interior Designers, Bella Vie Interiors.
Designing a restaurant for two young Canberrans with a vision to create high quality, quick service burgers...
Canberra’s Kingston Foreshore has quickly become the place to eat following the opening of a whole array of new eateries in the ELEMENT complex. Canberra-based Interior Designers, Bella Vie Interiors was engaged to work with D3 Projects to bring to life the vision of two young Canberrans, who were inspired by the UK to create high quality, quick service burgers.
Whether your new kitchen is for a new house you are building, or part of renovation, there is no doubt it requires a significant financial investment. Working with an experienced Kitchen Designer can save you time and money as well as help you create a kitchen you’ll love.
An independent kitchen designer can recommend a preferred supplier and installer to suit your specific project or give you the design and specifications to shop around local kitchen suppliers and get quotes based on your inclusions.
So what is the best way to prepare before you start working with a kitchen designer?
Simplicity is core to creating Scandinavian interiors. Focus on creating light; using natural materials and a muted colour palette along with de-cluttering to give your home a Scandinavian feel.
Read more on creating a Scandinavian interior here and see how we created a Scandinavian inspired interior here.
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As we enter 2016, and new projects come into our design studio, we take the opportunity to explore the colour trends that may influence us in interior design this year.
Pantone Colour of the Year 2016
Pantone have, for the first time ever, released two shades for the year of 2016; ‘Rose Quartz’, a soft, warm pink hue and ‘Serenity’, a tranquil cooler blue. Together the colours have been selected to work in harmony in response to consumers who are seeking a sense of calm and well-being within their stressful lives.
It can be expected that in the coming months, ‘Rose Quartz’ and ‘Serenity’ will be seen in many interiors. The two colours complement each other well, making it easy to incorporate them into wall finishes, furniture, furnishings and accessories.
Dulux Colour Forecast 2016
Closer to home the Dulux Colour Forecast 2016 has been released.
Founder and Interior Designer - Bella Vie Interiors.