Urban Road's New Element Range

Let me introduce you to Urban Road’s newest Spring/Summer 2016 collection titled ‘Element’. From tropical, to abstract, to striking photography – there’s an abundance of exciting themes that look beautiful in any home.

Urban Road were inspired by the urban landscape, as seen in this moodboard of theirs pictured above. I love the muted tones, cityscapes and architectural detailed close-ups that feature throughout the new Element collection. It’s very diverse overall, however there are consistent colour palettes that make it easy to mix and match and come up with a gallery wall that feels effortless and collected over time.


Urban Road’s tropical moodboard pictured above served as the inspiration for many of this new season’s artworks. I’ve selected my top three finds (further below) with a distinct coastal feel. Think swaying palm trees, deep emerald ocean waters and surreal abstracts that evoke the feel and colours of the sea. Be prepared to be transported to paradise – even if it is just on your walls! 

The photographic prints are exceptionally good, and reasonably priced. I love that you have the choice of having your artwork either framed as a print, or box framed around a stretched canvas.

Bring on Summer with Basil Bangs

With summer right around the corner, we’re longing for balmy nights spent with family and friends, burnt sausages straight off the BBQ and holidays by the sea. Our go to accessory for this summer? A colourful Basil Bangs beach umbrella of course!

I have to say, the new summer collection from Basil Bangs is absolutely sensational. It’s hard to pick favourite designs, but this Botanica print (above) designed by Louise Jones for Basil Bangs is super lush. There’s both a rain and beach umbrella available in this design, along with a cushion and love rug. Can I please have one of each?! The new campaign images seriously make me want to take a mini vacation, with the weather warming up quickly, I think it might be the perfect time to take one of these new beach umbrellas for a test drive. Kick-start your summer a little early this year, and get shopping by clicking here.

Current Crush: Subway Tiles

Subway tiles are one of those enduring classics – whether they’re laid in a traditional brick-style or herringbone pattern, there’s no denying their beauty.

I love a good herringbone pattern, pair it with a long and lean subway tile, and black grout, and you’ve got instant chic. A perfect example of this, is fashion stylist Kristin Rawson’s neutral kitchen (as featured in Adore Home’s Annual edition). After living in the home for a few years, Kristin decided to make a few changes to her kitchen including a new tiled splashback, natural wooden floating shelves and copper pedant lights from Dunlin. The combination of all three give this space a luxe, yet personalised feel– the open shelving allows Kristin to display the things she loves, along with giving easy access to the things she uses on a regular basis.

“The water candle by Tom Dixon smells so wonderful. I light it every evening when making dinner. When using all the items on the shelf I restyle them around just for fun,” comments Kristin.

If you prefer your subway tile laid in a brick-style pattern, there’s certainly no shortage of inspiration out there. Studio McGee in the U.S are also big fans – you’ll find subway tiles in a number of their design projects including this stunning modern mountain home pictured below (you simply must check out the full home tour by clicking here - it is amazing)!

Studio McGee kitchen Photography: Travis J Photography

Studio McGee kitchen Photography: Travis J Photography

In the new Sweet Dreams edition of Adore, we took a tour of Sharon Sunderland’s Perth family abode (pictured below), with a distinct Australian/Scandi style. Subway tiles laid in a brick pattern with the addition of black grout create a classic yet graphic look in her dreamy kitchen. It also provides the perfect backdrop for all of her designer kitchen accessories.

Sharon Sunderland's kitchen Photography and styling: Tarina Lyell

Sharon Sunderland's kitchen Photography and styling: Tarina Lyell

I love what Amber Lewis (of Amber Interiors) has done with these black subway tiles – laying them vertically and in super sexy black . It’s masculine, sophisticated and a bit more daring than laying them horizontally. It works in a space like this where you can tile all the way up to the ceiling.

Amber Interiors' images Photography: Tessa Neustadt

Amber Interiors' images Photography: Tessa Neustadt

Another interior by Amber Interiors, (pictured below) this time laying long black tiles horizontally and stacked directly above each other. I think if it were just white it might have looked a bit boring in this configuration, but in black, it’s genius.

Cantilever Interiors introduces WANDA

Cantilever Interiors are best known for their beautiful custom-made kitchens and joinery for some of Australia’s most respected architects and developers. Now, Cantilever are proud to introduce their first range of cabinetry systems –  the flexible Wanda Shelving System.

Photography: Mike Baker  /  Styling: Heather Nette King  /  Words: Loni Parker

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The Wanda Shelving Systems is a series of adaptable, multipurpose designs that accommodate even the trickiest storage needs that modern life presents. Melbourne-based Cantilever Interiors is renowned for its design and manufacture of beautiful, functional and sustainable kitchens and cabinetry and Wanda is the latest inspiring example. Manufactured in Cantilever’s Brunswick workshop from high-quality sustainable materials sourced within Australia, the Wanda Shelving Systems are flexible in configuration, colour and use.

Inspired by playful designs of mid-century modern, Wanda’s timeless form and contemporary palette is perfect for all sorts of applications – from kid’s rooms to home offices. They are available in three product styles – Wanda Library, Studio and Utility (pictured opposite). Their unique configurations suit various storage requirements.

The variety of colours for the shelf and backing board means each product style is suited to a variety of environments, aesthetics and functions.

Want to know more about Wanda and the various configurations available? Shop the range, and get all of the pricing details by clicking here.

Finding the perfect armchair

This image and image below: Photography: Hannah Blackmore  /  Styling: Claudia Stephenson  /  Interior: The Designory

This image and image below: Photography: Hannah Blackmore  /  Styling: Claudia Stephenson  /  Interior: The Designory

Finding the right armchair can be tricky, so we’ve rounded up a few of our favourite designs in a whole range of styles.


1 ELEGANT LUXE

For me, an elegant chair choice is determined by both its shape, and texture. Velvet is always my go-to material for a little bit of modern day luxury. My all-time favourite chair has to be the Croisette velvet armchair from Bastille and Sons (pictured in the two images above), in this luscious petrol blue colour. In fact, I love it so much I’ve pre-ordered one for my own living room! It comes in so many great colours and also a cotton version with a white frame, for a more casual look. I love this chair so much I’ve also included it in pink further down.

Another elegant option is this Jonathan Adler Maxime lounge chair (pictured left) from Coco Republic. The sumptuous shearling upholstery teamed with its sleek brass frame makes it a fab choice for a glamorous boudoir or living room.


2 LEATHER

There is something unmistakably sophisticated about leather. Normally though it’s not a material I would choose for my home – perhaps it’s a little too much on the masculine side of things. However these contemporary chairs have totally changed my mind. In particular, I’m loving The Stanley armchair (pictured directly above and right) from Urban Couture.

Designed with a black steel metal frame and Italian tan leather, Urban Couture have given this chair an industrial yet modern twist. And the back of it – super sexy, am I right?! Priced at $2495 it is a little pricey, although to be fair, most leather armchairs are because of the material. Consider this an investment piece – a chair that will last the test of time.


3 PINK & GOLD

When it comes to the colour blush pink, you really can’t go wrong. Combine it with golden brass accents, and well, it’s fair to say that I go completely weak at the knees. There seems to be an abundance of pink and gold armchairs at the moment, and with good reason – it’s a feminine look that looks equally good in a bedroom or living room.

The Roar + Rabbit Swivel chair in dusty pink, (pictured above) from West Elm is currently on the top of my favourites list, thanks to its pleating, super soft velvet and swiveling gold legs. I could imagine this chair in a super sweet nursery too. Oh the possibilities are endless with this one.


4 SCANDI

There’s no denying that Scandinavian-style’s popularity is currently at an all time high in Australia, thanks to its enduring minimal clean lines, and soft monochromatic colour palette. I personally love to see this style infused with pops of pastel colours to give it some life. For this reason I’ve thrown in some lovely pastel coloured armchairs below, all of which have distinct Scandi style. Harpers Project’s Scandinavian armchair pictured above comes in light grey or white and is currently on sale – bonus!

The Tamarama armchair from Urban Couture, pictured left, is another great choice for Scandi homes. I can definitely see this contemporary style of chair working in a coastal style home too. Its removable slip cover also means you can wash it and keep the white cover looking nice and clean.

everyday luxury with oon

Nothing defines luxury more than the finest quality cashmere and lucky for us, we now have our own Australian label that goes by the quirky moniker, Oon

Photography and styling: The Design Villa  /  Words: Pip Miller

From its home base in Sydney, Oon which means ‘wool’ in Nepali, combines the age old tradition of an artisan made textile with the fashionable edge of contemporary garments and homewares. That is right, cashmere is not confined to wardrobes of the rich and famous, but is now an accessible bit of luxe to wear or enjoy in the home, everyday. Check out their range of wool rugs, vases, baskets and ottomans in earthy tones with soft pastels in ombre tones – greys, pinks, ivories and then there are delicious pops of brighter hues – lemon, sky, rose and caramel tones in a host of geometric shapes.

If you ever needed another reason to introduce cashmere into your life and home, Oon has it well and truly covered with a covetable range in which each piece is crafted individually in looms and low tech machines to produce hand spun yarn. The company take protection of the environment, sustainability and fair trade very seriously – everything is made with natural, renewable materials with natural sunlight and non-toxic dyes.

When it comes to wearable cashmere, the Oon essential and basic ranges offer trans-seasonal, layering pieces that make the perfect travelling companion – soft and light, warm and trans seasonal and believe it or not, gets better with age.

What we are really excited about is the homewares – Oon’s delightful organic shapes are reminiscent of its creator’s formative years, growing up in the traditional, whimsical and colourful city of Kathmandu.

Click here to shop Oon’s range.

OZ Design Furniture's Spring/Summer 2016 collection

OXFORD 3 seater sofa (available in October) and MYLES buffet and coffee table

OXFORD 3 seater sofa (available in October) and MYLES buffet and coffee table

OZ Design Furniture have launched their new Spring/Summer 2016 collection, and it’s a real stunner! Featuring contemporary pieces that translate across a broad range of styles, you’re bound to find something to adore.

MYLES dining table with JARVIS dining chairs and MYLES buffet

MYLES dining table with JARVIS dining chairs and MYLES buffet

LEONA 3 seater sofa and BAGRU coffee/side tables

LEONA 3 seater sofa and BAGRU coffee/side tables

BRODY 3 seater sofa + corner chaise

BRODY 3 seater sofa + corner chaise

When sourcing products to feature in Adore Home Magazine, OZ Design Furniture are continuously my go-to furniture retailer for products that are on-trend and a right fit for our demographic. So many of the pieces of furniture can adapt to a variety of styles, whether it’s contemporary Australian, Scandinavian-inspired, laid-back coastal, or global/eclectic. I wanted to share with you today, a glimpse of some of the new styles available now and in the coming couple of months.

So what are my personal favourites? Well I can’t go past the Charlie and Brody styles of sofas, they’re both classic in style – with clean lines and both are easy to update as styles/trends come and go.

Be sure to check out OZ Design Furniture’s website for more great styles by clicking here.

CHARLIE 3 seater sofa (due in October) and SCALLOP coffee table

CHARLIE 3 seater sofa (due in October) and SCALLOP coffee table

MONTY dining table with DIMA chair

MONTY dining table with DIMA chair