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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

INTERVIEW WITH CHARLIE ALBONE OF SELLING HOUSES AUSTRALIA

INTERVIEW WITH
CHARLIE ALBONE,
SELLING HOUSES AUSTRALIA


INTERVIEW

IF YOU ARE like me you may be hooked on lifestyle television. Are you? One of the shows I watch often is Selling Houses Australia and I always admire Charlie Albone's calm when dealing with small budgets and a large project. I recently had the opportunity to interview Charlie and to share with you one of his recent projects outside of the show.

Charlie and his stylist wife Juliet Love have teamed up with Mirvac create their ultimate outdoor space this autumn and the images here are of the space they created. I asked Charlie to share some of his tips for creating an inviting outdoor space:

What elements do you think are essential to creating an outdoor space for this season and what are some considerations when dealing with a small space or garden? 

It is really important to zone your areas so the space can be multi-functional. Balcony living can support a dining and lounge area. Just ensure you tie the areas together with some complementary furniture to make it look designed as one rather than a mismatch of styles.

In 'Selling Houses Australia', you often create great outdoor spaces with a limited budget. Can you suggest some tips for cost-conscious home owners trying to spruce up their outdoor space? 

The best way to make your dollar go further is to do as much DIY as possible, for example a Greenwall costs $1200 a square meter installed by a professional and a DIY kit costs only half of that. Pick one piece of furniture that can be a hero piece that you spend a bit more on, looking for the best quality and then make up the rest of your pieces with the budget in mind.
What outdoor trends do you think are currently strong? 

Vibrant colours and textures are great in small spaces and across the board. Spaces that are personal and intimate are growing and moving away from simply practical gardens.


What is your proudest project or most memorable project to date? 

The Mirvac Live Outside the Box project has been a great experience that I had the opportunity to be a part of alongside my wife Juliet and up next I will be exhibiting at the Chelsea Flower Show 2015 with a large show garden.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Living Room

LIVING ROOM

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OUR LIVING ROOM has changed significantly since I last shared it with you. It has been re-decorated based on mine and David's style and even the location is different having swapped places with the dining area. The new space feels more 'us' with a deep soft velvet sofa that we can all share, a couple of items purchased on our trip to Palm Springs, and lots of indoor plants. We have worked out that we don't have a black thumb after all.

I was able to get a sneak peak into the new Freedom Autumn / Winter collection which is hitting the stores this week. Using some of their beautiful pieces I have styled our living room for autumn.

Autumn in Australia can still be very warm with the nights becoming quite cool. Rather that restyle the whole space with borrowed pieces from the new collection (which was tempting!), I wanted to share how I would realistically change my space for the cooler months by adding a few more cushions to snuggle into and thick knitted throws to wrap ourselves with.

I traditionally think of moodier colours for the cooler months but this time I wanted to still keep things light and fresh and add various texture to the space with chunky knit throws, leather and fabric upholstered ottomans, as well as cushions that look as though they have been hand knitted. Together with freshly painted white walls and the natural grain of our old floorboards the living space feels warm.
Even our fiddle leaf plant hasn't escaped being rugged up with a new weaved plant holder. The armchairs have also been painted and I am very happy with the way the Christopher Farr fabric looks in the space.

So this is our new living area all dressed up for the new season. The details for each of the items which you can purchase from Freedom can be found below.


ALL THE DETAILS

Cushions (second from left to second from right): PIVOT CUSHION IN LAGOON ($34.95) STANFORD CUSION IN GREY ($39.95), PEAKE CUSHION IN ICED LEMON ($34.95)
Fabric ottoman: HANDLE OTTOMAN IN DOVE / TAN ($149)
Throws above fabric ottoman: TALI THROW IN SPEARMINT ($79.95), STANFORD THROW IN GREY ($89)
Leather ottoman: TUCKER SQUARE OTTOMAN IN UNION TAN ($449)
Throw on armchair: FRINGE THROW IN DIJON ($79.95)
Striped vase: FRENCH STRIPE VESSEL IN NAVY ($39.95)
Marble cross: CROSS DECO STATUE IN MARBLE ($39.95)
Lamp: METRO TABLE LAMP ($149)
Coffee table: LOVETT COFFEE TABLE IN WHITE (Previous season and now on sale $129)

Please let me know if you are interested in any names of plants in the comments below. Also please note: Some plants are toxic especially to children. I suggest researching plants for their toxicity before introducing into your home. Christopher isn't mobile yet but once he is some of these plants will need to be moved out of reach.

Friday, February 27, 2015

IKEA BENCH SEAT

IKEA BENCH SEAT

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GOOD OL' IKEA came to the rescue for us when we created a seating area for Robert's bedroom. The idea started of with needing more storage to keep his toys and also all the homework and activities he completes at school. Rather than add a whole lot of storage cabinets to his bedroom I thought it might be nice to double it as a seating area and a place where he can play his instruments, read a book, throw his clothes (!!). Custom joinery looks beautiful but we didn't have the budget for it this time and so I headed off to IKEA with a sketch to find the pieces we needed.

The cabinets consist of two Alex drawer units flanking a double and single BESTA shelf unit with Vassbo door panels. After building all the pieces, David fixed the bottom cabinets together with screws so that they stay in place. The cabinets are not as deep  as the drawer units and I wanted all units to be flush, so he had a piece of thick MDF cut to similar depth to the drawer units and fixed it to the top of the base cabinets with screws.

We chose not to fit skirting boards because it would have made the entire configuration higher and the current height is perfect for a child. It also lines up nicely with the chair rail we have installed on the walls of his room.

I sourced some lovely fabric and gave it to my upholsterer, along with my dimensions, for him to work his magic. So, that's it really! Pretty simple.
Eventually, I would like to swap out the doors and drawer fronts for something that gives it a more pulled together look but it works just fine for us now.

If you would like to try something similar I have noted all the dimensions and details at the bottom of this post. A few people asked me to post the details and I hope you find this useful.

ALL THE DETAILS

Left and right side drawer units: Alex drawer units from IKEA
Dimensions: H69cm x W39cm x D58cm

Double base cabinet: BESTA shelf unit with Vassbo door from IKEA
Dimensions: H38cm x W120cm x D41.5cm

Single base cabinet: BESTA shelf unit with Vassbo door from IKEA
Dimensions: H38cm x W60cm x D41.5cm

MDF cut to size
Dimensions: Ours is L180cm x W60.5cm because we have a chair rail but if the seating area was to sit against a flat wall it would be L180cm x W58cm.

Fabric: Barmer French Grey and Barmer Bleached from No Chintz
Bottom cushion: 180cm x 60.5cm x 8cm
Back cushion: 180cm x 24cm x 8cm
Side cushions (x 2): 24cm x 53cm x 8cm


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