I’ve had quite a break over Christmas and New Year but back now and kicking the year off with a project from one of my favourite designers… Mixing pattern, textures and materials are the key to Studio McGee’s designs, for example juxtaposing a leather sofa next to a linen sofa. A dark almost black buttoned […]
Another fabulous project from Studio Mcgee, contemporary meets traditional… What’s not to love about this space, a mix of contemporary pieces and traditional give it a modern look with a heritage nod. Textures are big with Studio McGee and if you look closely at the coffee table in image 5 you will see it has […]
Crib Creative If we want to make a personal good impression we will want to dress our best, this can also be said of the first impression one receives as they step inside our home… When someone visits our home for the first time, it gives them an impression of the person we are, it […]
Described as “Cape Cod meets West Indies”, another fabulous project by one of my favourite design companies. The exterior architecture of this new build leans towards Hamptons, however Black Band Design have also injected a tropical feel inspired by quote, the “vibrant waters of the Caribbean”. When planning a new build by oneself with no interior designer […]
1. Image via Mercer Interior The word, ‘boho’ may conjure up a riotous mix of colours and patterns, muddle these together in a messy but creative way and throw in some greenery and you may have the boho of the past. However, today boho can be far more chic, in fact…..’boho chic’. ‘Boho’ stems from the word […]
“Casual and sophisticated, modern and timeless, serene but colourful” is how the designer describes this relaxed, South Carolina home. The designers, Guest House Studio, have used varying shades of blue for this project, with paint, soft furnishing and artwork. Blue is ‘cool’ on the colour charts but can evoke a moody or calming affect when you […]
Peek inside a gorgeous cottage of blue and white with the addition of a few surprising colours. Designed by award winning interior designers and home builders, Cottage Company of Harbor Springs, this sweet home has the perfect balance of style for coast or country. Specialising in creating “beautiful, classic cottages where generations of families can […]
Breeze Giannasio is an interior designer to the stars and I literally have stars in my eyes when I see the transformations she makes to these Hollywood homes. I’ve been in love with the distinctive style of designer, Breeze Giannasio since I viewed a video of her transformation of Mila Kunis parents condo on Houzz. Breeze takes […]
Casual Elegance from a Melbourne Interior Designer
Today’s blog post features an Australian designer who is sharing one of her recent projects, with her take on ‘casual elegance’.
Jemden Interiors is run by Andrea Davison and based in Eltham, Victoria. Andrea is mainly hands on visiting clients in their homes in and around Donvale, Kangaroo Ground, Plenty, Lower Plenty etc but also works on the Mornington Peninsula on clients beach homes.
Today’s blog post features one of Andrea’s recent projects in Essendon. Andrea said “the client was a dream, which always means the end result is good” although personally I would say this project goes beyond good. The project was the renovation and total decoration of an older house in Essendon. The renovation was already under control when they hired Andrea who oversaw the kitchen/family area and total decoration. Items like mirrors and wall lights in the bathrooms were also chosen by Andrea, alongside furniture and soft furnishings. The only item the family chose to retain was their dining room table so everything else was completely new and as they are a busy family they allowed Andrea to choose everything, right down to tea towels and cutlery.
The client’s brief was for a beautiful but comfortable family home with casual elegance. They also required plenty of storage which Andrea loves to provide. For example, in the kitchen/family area a rustic but elegant console was chosen with plenty of drawers for storing all the smaller items needed for a busy family. The blue and white lamps on the console add that touch of elegance. The entrance was another place that Andrea chose to provide more storage selecting a console with drawers and a wicker trunk that can store shoes, keeping the entrance tidy. I love this idea as shoes all over the floor really detracts from a welcoming but smart, entrance.
Andrea says she “wanted to create a family home that is not only beautiful but an absolute pleasure to live in so it also needed to be comfortable and durable.” Being a family home, Andrea wanted to make sure it was also child proof and she felt that she has achieved this without compromising this beautiful home.
Andrea describes the style of this particular project as “casual elegance”, she says it is not a “particular style but definitely shows her signature style which she describes as timeless, elegant and comfortable.” I feel Andrea has a fresh approach to a classic look which incorporates timeless pieces with a touch of country and Hamptons.
If you would like to contact Andrea about a particular project, I have placed a link to her website (above). Also if you are out of her locale, there is the possibility of on-line consultations via email: