The great thing about Interior Design, is that no two projects are alike. Here at Bella Vie Interiors we've had the exciting addition of being engaged to design custom furniture for two different clients last week.
As part of the design process we undertook a tour of Herzog Steel in Fyshwick, to further our education on steel and it’s capabilities to enable us to push the boundaries in our furniture designs.
Manager, James, embraced the opportunity to share his knowledge on the various materials and their fabrication the deal with daily at Herzog Steel.
Our eyes were opened to the wonderful world of steel; the huge array of types, shapes, and thicknesses, as large beams of steel moved above our heads via well-programmed cranes. James took us through a tour of the workshop showing us different types of steel profiles available; the computer-aided machinery that drills and cuts at the press of a button; and the various workshop stations where different projects were taking form. James was fantastic in showing us around the work shop floor and more than happy to answer any questions.
Most impressive were the latest technologies in cutting and bending steel… A CNC cutting machine that can cut through large masses of steel more than ten times faster than if done by hand and a CNC bending machine that can bend steel to 90 degrees like it is paper. Our minds were running through all the possibilities these machines could bring to life.
As our projects develop we look forward to working closely with Herzog Steel to bring our custom furniture creations to reality.
A huge thank you goes out to Herzog Steel, especially James for taking time out of his busy schedule to help with our design education; and to D3 Projects for pushing us to the next level.
This week we were invited to Reece to preview some of the exciting new bathroom trends they’ll be introducing following their visit to ISH 2015 bathroom fair. With bathroom design now rating high in importance in Australian homes, the range of products being sought is growing rapidly as we strive to personalise our bathrooms.
Our Top 7 bathroom trends are...
Trend #1 - Fine lines
Fine lines is prevalent in tapware, basins, joinery and storage and this is a trend that’s growing in strength. Possibly our favourite is Laufen’s SaphirKeramik with its super slim edges and elegant design. Their newest designs incorporate integrated shelving into the basin to enhance its aesthetic and practical appeal.
Trend #2 - Muted tones
We love the muted colour palette being introduced in bathrooms as a swing away from the bold splashes of colour of recent years. Australian bathrooms are increasingly featuring natural and muted tones in tiles and timber so it will be interesting to see if our nation embraces the muted palette for basins and shower trays.
Trend #3 - Metallics
Urban-luxe is a trend growing in popularity across interiors and fashion with copper enjoying its time in the spotlight. A new spectrum of metallics was previewed ranging from golds, brass, nickel and chrome and incorporating finishes including brushed, tumbled and polished. So whether you want to create an urban-luxe or high-glam bathroom there is a colour and finish to suit your style.
Trend #4 – Dial Taps
A strong trend is Europe is a shift away from the single mixer to two tap dials or controls. The Pol range from Sussex available from Reece is a perfect example displaying smooth curves and contemporary style. Incorporate this design with your favourite metallic colour for a completely individual look.
Trend #5 – Smart Toilets
A trend popular in the Japanese market for years, we’re finally starting to see this take off here. Smart, multi-functional, integrated toilets feature a bidet function and come with intelligent customisable features such as remote control washing and drying functions, a night light and a user detection sensor. This is real luxury!
Trend #6 – Comfort meets Technology
Smart bathrooms incorporate Bluetooth technology enabling you to talk on the phone while you shower. Fully customisable showers automatically adjust water temperature and pressure and even colour to suit individual programmes. Every member of the family can enjoy their perfect shower at the push of a button.
Trend #7 – Customisable Concepts
Personalise your space with mix and match vanities, basins, toilets, storage and shower trays to suit your unique needs. Some companies even feature products that can be tailored in size to suit designers’ needs for individuality. We should start see more size options to suit more applications here in the Australian market.
If you're redesigning your existing bathroom or designing a new bathroom consider incorporating these bathroom trends previewed at ISH 2015 bathroom fair to personalise your space.
Images via Reece, Pinterest, Stylepark
Most people are unaware of how much light can impact an interior. Whether it is natural or artificial, lighting can make or break a space and is often an area overlooked during a renovation or new build.
If you’ve gone to the effort, spent the money, and invested your time renovating or building, you want your newly created interior to look its best. Effective use of lighting can make your space appear more desirable. You want your lighting to draw you into a space and keep you there. If the lighting is perfect, you’ll never want to leave!
Here are our top tips to consider when applying lighting to any interior space…
1. Consider what activities will be carried out in the room. This will help determine what type of lighting should be used. If it is a walk-through space, then general lighting from an overhead source is appropriate. If it is an area where studious activities take place then consider dedicating task lighting to that area.
2. Consider what sort of mood is trying to be achieved. Is this space somewhere to relax and unwind or is it a workspace? The choice of light levels and intensity of light needs adjusting to suit the type of environment you are creating.
3. Consider using multiple sources of light in the one space. To create a multipurpose space you can apply several sources of light, such as LED down lights (general lighting), wall lights (ambient lighting) or LED strip (task lighting). The result is a room that can be used for different purposes depending on which type of lighting is in use at any given time.
4. Where possible opt for environmentally friendly lighting technology. With the fast rate at which LED technology is moving, and with such successful lighting techniques, there really isn’t an excuse not to apply sustainability into your space through lighting. Whether it’s LED down lights, LED strip or simply replacing your existing lamps with LED options. You will not only reduce your energy bills in the long term but will also reduce your carbon footprint on the environment.
5. Consider colour temperature (Kelvin). This is especially important when it comes to the finishes and colours that you have selected for your interior. Whilst a warm white (3000K) will make your space feel comfortable, it can make your space appear yellow. Likewise, if you use a cool white (4000K) you may be able to see better in the space, but the space can feel colder. It can be a good idea to test different colour temperatures to see which makes your space look its best.
6. Make your lighting a feature! This can be achieved by hiding the light source, creating beautiful lighting techniques and making the spread of light a decorative element that is also functional. When choosing pendants, wall sconces or lamps select something that has a wow factor and that is beautiful in its own right.
Designer Advice... In a renovation or new build the lighting will be one of last jobs to be completed and no doubt you’ll be tiring of the endless list of decisions that are required during this process. Our advice is to take the time to consider the impact of lighting in your space. Incorporating the right light sources into your home will make all the difference to your interior space.
Remember, the careful considerations undertaken when choosing lighting will accentuate your home’s beautiful features, by highlighting them and making them look as perfect as was your intention.
Images via Pinterest
London-based designer Lee Broom is someone who’s work we, here at Belle Vie Interiors, go weak at the knees over.
Within the four-year period that Lee Broom has been operating, the company has won countless awards for their prestigious lighting & furniture pieces, as well as their sophisticated interiors that can been seen around the UK.
It has been stated that “Lee Broom is to furniture what Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford are to fashion” – The Guardian. Looking at any of his designs makes this statement obvious.
The company’s most recent collection, featuring over twenty new pieces, debuted at Milan Design week this year, which showcased an array of elegance and undeniable beauty. The collection explores a range of high-end materials such as marble and brass, resulting in designs that have immaculate detail.
Here’s a selection of our favourites from the new Lee Broom collection...
Read more on this amazing new collection and see further images showcasing the inspiring work of Lee Broom here.
It’s been far too long between blog posts so today I’m catching up on some rather overdue sharing with a kitchen, bathroom and laundry completed earlier this year.
Recently one of my former clients, photographer Rowanne Bowman, spent some time photographing one of my completed projects. Working on this traditional-style kitchen, bathroom and laundry was a wonderful opportunity to collaborate with a client with a definite style in mind, and was a chance to transform three lack-lustre rooms into rooms with style and personality.
In this renovation the laundry between the kitchen and bathroom was removed and space given to each of these areas to create a more functional home for the client. The laundry was incorporated into the bathroom providing valuable storage and a feature butler’s sink. The bathroom standout is undoubtedly the beautiful floor tiling featuring greens, cream and burgundy. A luxurious bath sits along side a window to the rear garden allowing light and greenery to enhance the room.
The new kitchen opens into living areas featuring bold colour choices with traditional storage and display cabinetry and my role was to design a kitchen that matched this style and provided the client with the dream kitchen she desired. V-groove paneled doors, a large corner pantry, silestone bench tops and glass display cupboards were all features included to deliver the required outcome. The bold burgundy subway tiles and cornices are a standout and the final finishing touch is a contemporary timber tile which adds warm and and delivers a durable, practical floor for the space.
The client was very hands-on making all the selections for fixtures and fittings and I was on hand to bring her vision to life by designing a practical layout that took into account her requirements now and into the future.
With so many requests for contemporary kitchens and bathrooms, it was great to be involved with a project that offers diversity and broadens my portfolio. While a traditional style may not be something you’d incorporate into your own home, you must agree that seeing someone bring his or her vision to life is certainly heart-warming.
Founder and Interior Designer - Bella Vie Interiors.