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A Sleek White Art Filled Parisian Apartment

I find the houses of architects and interior designers particularly interesting as they are the ultimate showcase of that person’s work. This is certainly the true of the Parisian apartment of Patrick Gilles and Dorothee Boissier who run the the architecture and design practice Gilles & Bossier.


This minimal white, almost monastic, home honours its history complete with herringbone floors, wooden paneling, high ceilings, large rooms, French windows and intricate plasterwork. And yet, it is a modernist shrine. In many ways, it is a blank canvas for an incredible art collection which mostly leans against walls. Indeed, it feels like you could be in a modern art gallery rather than someone’s home. I love the sparse aesthetic that celebrates art and artisans. The white furniture fades into the background. There is no colour nor patterns throughout the house, yet texture used to create visual interest and warmth.


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There is something incredibly calming and peaceful about what they have created. While I am not sure I would call it inviting, it is certainly inspiring.

photos Birgita Wolfgang Drejer / Sister Agency

via Yatzer



A grand, yet relaxed Melbourne Family Home

One of my favourite blogs, The Design Files, featured this beautiful home a few weeks ago. Architecturally it is a grand Victorian mansion complete with its own flagpole. While no expense has been spared on the furnishings an fittings the results are surprisingly relaxed: a sort of high class boho. It’s the work with interior designer, Caecilia Potter who lives there with her husband and two children. Here are my favourite rooms and the living room  is totally divine. I just want to curl up on the sofa with a book and a cup of tea.

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Photos Sean Fennessy, Styling Lucy Feagins

via The Design Files


Quirky Masculinity: An East Village Apartment

Today I am featuring a strikingly unconventional apartment in the East Village, New York. Originally it belonged to the current owner’s Italian migrants grandparents who bought it in 1945 and lived there for over six decades. Eight years ago, their grandson, Michael Reynolds and his partner, Eric, moved in and made their own. As the building held early childhood memories for Michael, they decided to keep the layout in tact and focused their attention on redecorating. What they have achieved is quite remarkable: the place is both respectful of the past while also embracing the tastes of the current occupants.

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I love the kitchen with the tiled floor Michael remembers from his childhood. This is now accompanied by an industrial kitchen sink, original art works and vintage items.




The walls of the dark and mysterious bedroom are jammed packed with photographs.


The apartment is strongly masculine in its aesthetics mixing art, modern design and ethnographic objects with touches of quirky humour throughout. The results are reminiscent of an 19th century natural history museum, but somehow it all works.

I love this place as as it is so unusual in the current landscape of interior design which is on the whole very tasteful and ultimately bland. I also adore that you have a sense of who the occupants are. Having said that, I am not sure I would want to live there. Would you?

Photos: François Dischinger

via the New York Magazine

“Aesthetically Flawless”: Septime Restaurant, Paris

I have just returned from Paris with my hubbie and son. While junior has been aboard before, this was the first time on a long-haul flight (12 hrs from Singapore to Paris). We had heard horror stories of children suffering from jet lag so we psychologically armed ourselves with plans of lego in the middle of the night. We’d take turns and reasoned we will be in Paris, so it’s just one of those things you do if you want to travel with a child. And like most parental expectations, it did not come to fruition: Jasper went to bed late (10pm) and woke up late (9am).

We had an amazing time and 10 days was still not enough. What struck me about Paris was the amount of non-franchised small owner run businesses: whether it be clothing, food or other retail. Almost totally absent from the landscape were the global brands. Of course, they exist but not to the same level of market saturation as elsewhere on the planet (think of London and New York).

Today, I bring you Septime, a small restaurant owned by chef Bertrand Grebaut in the 11th arrondissement. The New York Times critic described the food as ”aesthetically flawless” and I would say the same about the space. It is minimal, yet complex.


The beautifully designed space is industrial meets rustic with its heavy old wooden tables, modern Tom Dixon chairs, industrial Dutch lamp shades, cement clad walls, traditional tiled floors and large antiqued industrial mirrors. The results are a warm, yet understated interior.








I love the interiors and can see loads of ideas which could be effectively used in residential homes.Do you like it or do you like more grandeur?

Sadly, I did not go to Septime as I did not know of its existence, but there is always the next trip.

Images via Remodelista

Grit and Glamour: the new look for Unico Hair Salon, Melbourne

As I move into interior design, I am finding less and less time for my blog. While I love what I am doing, I am really missing posting regularly. So with my new found resolution to post more often I thought I’d start by sharing my latest project.

It’s a revamp for of a tiny salon for Unico Hair in Degraves St, a gritty little lane way in Melbourne.


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 And here are the after shots.



The most transformative change involved covering the walls with an exquisite wallpaper from Merci Paris, a concept store in the Marais. Entitled “Brooklyn Tin Tiles”, the paper features a realistic photographic image of a pressed metal tile that has been aged with peeling paint, rust spots and cracks.




The next step was designing the all important lighting concept. I teamed up with Volker Haug, a leading Melbourne- based lighting designer, who creates industrial/glam lights. We eliminated basin boredom by installing one of Haug’s lights, Famous Five, made up of spectacular Edison Spherical bulbs. In the shop window we installed one of Haug’s Mega WOW lights in green.

Everything else was painted black, from cabinetry to counters, wooden floors and splash back tiles so the wallpaper and the lime green products really stand out.

Photos: Derek Swalwell