Category: Interior Designers

Rafael de Cárdenas

I discovered the work of Rafael de Cárdenas this morning through the Dering Hall website…and I’m in lust!


Anne Derasse

I just stumbled over these images of a lovely Paris apartment by Belgian designer Anne Derasse. So much to love about it…

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!

This lovely New York loft is another that’s been percolating in the back of my mind of late. I love the colours…I wouldn’t mind doing something along these lines with the industrial space we are currently living in (although I WISH our ceilings were that high!). Designed by legendary Sydney based firm Burley Katon Halliday for an Aussie expat in NYC.

Funnily enough, our walls are a similar colour to this (although perhaps more of a mushroom), and our sofa is very similar to this…

This apartment was published in both Elle Decor and Vogue Living a few years ago, so I think these pics are a mix from both.

Rees Roberts

Its funny how you can kinda like a space on first viewing, but its then filed away somewhere in your subconscious, and after it has time to percolate, upon a second viewing just looks crazy amazing? Well this townhouse in NYC by Rees Roberts is one of those places. For me anyway. I love the dramatic colours in the dining room (and how great are those upholstered Prouvé dining chairs?), and the contrast of the light ethereal colours in the living space. So beautiful. I’m also kinda digging that pink tiger pattern on those footstools. The colours in that room come together so well I’m finding it rather inspiring.


Studio Toogood, that is.

I don’t know why I haven’t posted this lovely London Townhouse sooner…but my subscription to Est magazine reminded me.

Faye Toogood, previously a marvellous stylist for World of Interiors magazine, has founded her own studio and is producing some wonderful work. And not just interiors. Under her creative direction they also work on projects for branding, art installations and more.

I love this townhouse in London, particularly the Living room and Master bedroom…the colours are slightly ethereal, and at the risk of sounding like a broken record…I love the mix of furnishings.  The bespoke carpet runner down the stairs is a touch of genius, and other elements – like the wardrobe doors – help to make the space feel more youthful and less serious. Its English, but not stuffy. I love it.


Love this room by James Boyd Niven featured in the latest AD España. The mix of two of my favorite colours, the lovely chaise, interesting side table and artwork makes for a serene spot. I certainly wouldn’t mind curling up here with a book.

Wrightson Stewart

So I’m actually back in Melbourne at the moment…I snuck away without telling you!  I attended the designEX show on Friday for the first time in a long time…but I’ll let you know all about that in a separate post, probably when I’m back in HK.  In the meantime I wanted to share with you a fab warehouse conversion in Teneriffe, Queensland by the design firm Wrightson Stewart.  Love it…especially the timber detailing in the bedroom and the kitchen.
If you like these pics, go check out their website for more…I love the look of their office space too! 

Mr Blue

Spotted on Yatzer, the dreamy new restaurant in the Palais de Tokyo, Paris – Monseiur Bleu. Designed by a man who is fast becoming one of my favorite designers, Joseph Dirand. I love his use of colour in this space (I have always loved green, not just because Pantone says so)…and how he’s played around with light and dark. It looks fresh and new and so timeless at the same time. If the food tastes anywhere near as good as the place looks, I am making a reservation now!

a Rose by any other name…

 …may not be quite as stylish as Rose Uniacke.
There was something in the spare interiors of my previous post that reminded me of the work of Rose Uniacke….and that I hadn’t written a post about her.
A furniture restorer, gilder and a specialist in lacquerwork in a former life, London-based Uniacke is more likely to be known these days for her incredibly chic interiors that are sparsely furnished with a mix of antiques and 20th Century pieces, as well as her eponymous store on Pimlico Road.  Her own home is a testament to her timeless pared-back style.
The Entry / Foyer
Several views of the Living / Dining room
The Kitchen…love this!
Study, I presume…
Master Bedroom and Ensuite
And the Winter Garden…with lady of the manor…what a wonderful concept…

Lime Design

Following from my previous post about Alfred Lam’s store, L’sWhere, I am happy to be able to share a few photos of some the latest projects by his firm – Lime Design.  This one is a 9,000 ft2 home in China.  This size is probably normal in most western countries, but for those of us living in Hong Kong this is crazy huge….not to mention the luxury of having a double height living room. Enjoy!
Living Room
Dining Room
Garden room
Master Bedroom and Ensuite
Guest Bedroom

Cy Peys

Today I’m enjoying these photos sent to me by Belgian interior architect, Cy Peys. A former swimming pool has been converted into a multi-functional living room which can be raised to create a dance floor! It even has an open fire place, and a home cinema…think of the parties you could have a in a space like that…

Studio Reed

I hope for those of you who get the Easter Break that you managed to have a nice long weekend…I worked, caught up on magazines, and did some baking (who knew home made Hot Cross Buns were so easy, and so delicious!?). 

I spotted this lovely apartment in London by a previously unknown to me designer, Jonathan Reed, in the latest French Architectural Digest.  It seems like such a charming and warm space that I think I would have quite liked to have spent the long weekend here. I love the mix of the industrial elements and shaker-like simplicity of the space, the rich colours, and that copper bath is just to die for, is it not?  Aside from the bath, I quite love how he’s made the bathroom an actual room…I’m also coveting that Fritz Henningson armchair. I’m not sure I would have made it out of the bathroom had I been given the keys for the weekend.

How about you lot…do anything interesting over the holiday weekend?

Photographed by Tom Mannion for AD Francais April 2013
Speaking of holidays…I’m off to South Africa at the end of the year to attend a wedding (very excited!)…and as its our first time, I’d love to hear any recommendations you might have for Cape Town and surrounding areas.

Boundary Space

One of the unexpected advantages of writing this blog is the many wonderful and talented people I have met, either in the real world, or the online one. Thomas Furse-Roberts of Boundary Space is one of those people. If he hadn’t sent a lovely tweet about the blog I wouldn’t have even known they existed. Although considering their talent, I’m sure I would have discovered them myself eventually. Boundary Space, in case you don’t know, is a small architectural and interior design practice based in Fulham, London, specialising in creating one off residential projects with interiors which reflect the personalities of their clients and the spirit of the project’s location.  The company was founded by Thomas Furse-Roberts and Graeme Martinow, and with them both being Architects their projects tend to have a strong architectural leaning with an emphasis on detail and materials. Details and materials. Two of my favorite things.
Mr Furse-Roberts has been kind enough to share some photos of a recently completed project in Notting Hill.  He says of the project, “It was a traditional London town house in which we tried to create a beautiful architectural ‘white’ box in which pieces of art and furniture could be shown off. In order to create the modern open plan living space within the existing house, which our client required, we demolished walls but chose to retain and restore ceilings, cornices and architectural detailing in a period manner so that the house is both contemporary but aware of its historic context.”
Just fablous. And check out those materials and details. That last photo almost made me do a backflip…

as easy as A, B, C…?

I’m not entirely sure why it has taken me so long to write a post about AB Concept. Not only are they one of Hong Kong’s preeminent design firms, they happen to be the first design firm I worked for in Hong Kong.  If you haven’t heard of them before, you’re sure to very soon.  They’ve just published their first monograph – “The Language of Luxe” – covering the last 10 years of their work, some of which I was involved in.  Very sweetly, my name features in the list of dedications at the back, along with all past and current staff.  Its available now for pre-order on Amazon, and is already in bookstores in Hong Kong.

One of the many finished projects featured in the book is the somewhat recently completed Shàng-Xí restaurant in the Four Seasons Hotel, Shanghai. Its a good example of the level of detail and refinement in their designs and the selection of unusual and luxurious materials.  Its been forever since I was last in Shanghai, and its definitely on my list of places to return…so I might just have to make a special trip to check this place out…



I particularly love the use of real bird feathers here, I have wanted to use those on a project since I first saw them.

Chalet Chic – part II

My fantasy of a mountain-top retreat has been fuelled this week by more discoveries…

A cottage in Gstaad, Switzerland designed by Thierry Lemaire, from AD France

A family home in Colorado by Studio Sofield, photographed by Scott Frances for AD USA

And yet another Aspen beauty, a home by Atelier AM, photgraphed by Pieter Estersohn for AD USA.

And, a post on mountain retreats would not be replete without the inclusion of Aerin Lauder’s uber cool Aspen home…Love, Love, Love. Photographed by François Halard for Vogue.