Take a quick look at these copper door knobs and let me tell you where I found them...
Easter Sunday I found myself caught up amongst hundreds of parents and young children following the Easter Trail around the corridors and rooms of Old Parliament House, Canberra. Excited children running in and out of rooms that one day housed the Commonwealth Parliament. Me... amazed that the premises are readily made available for events like this and that I haven't visited it since living in Canberra. If you are at all interested in design or history, I urge you to put it on your list of places to visit when in Canberra.
Being a designer I was drawn to the beauty and simplicity of both the exterior and the interior design. Designed by John Smith Murdoch in the simplified or 'stripped' Classical style used in the 1920s and 1930s for Australian Government buildings, the design is both simple and functional but also extremely beautiful.
Timber panelling throughout showcases stunning Australian timbers including Tasmanian Blackwood and Black bean wood - both timbers incorporated in an Interior Design project I'm working on. Look at this beautiful example of timber panelling in the bathroom of the Prime Minister's suite. Such a contrast to the simple and functional white laminate joinery butting up to it.
Hand woven carpets feature Australian Eucalyptus leaves and Wattle blossom are dotted with equally beautiful timber furniture and upholstered seating designed by Murdoch in simplified classicism.
But my gem from the day is this snapshot of the bathroom. If you've followed any of my social media, you'll know I love mosaic tiles, and this is not what I have in mind when I'm thinking mosaics.
I'm sure it would have been an eye-catching bathroom in its day. What do you think?
Founder and Interior Designer - Bella Vie Interiors.