New Sweet Dreams edition

With Spring right around the corner, so comes another issue of Adore! This one is our Sweet Dreams edition packed with a whole heap of bedroom inspiration. Here’s a little teaser of what’s inside...

Photography: Martina Gemmola  /  Styling + Interior: Michelle Hart, Bask Interiors

Photography: Martina Gemmola  /  Styling + Interior: Michelle Hart, Bask Interiors

Looking for bedroom inspiration? We’ve got you covered – including nine bed styles you’ll adore, tips and products for creating an open wardrobe, and one bedroom styled three ways – thanks to stylist and interior designer Michelle Hart. Plus, we showcase three swoon-worthy bedrooms – from a dreamy pastel retreat (pictured above) and a cosy sanctuary, to an exotic boho paradise.

You might recognise this dining room from our previous Devour edition. Well we loved it so much, we decided to showcase the entire home – it’s a contemporary abode that utilises moody blues in almost every space to create a cosy, warming atmosphere. We can’t get enough of designer Nicole Rosenberg of Little Liberty, lately, and this latest project of hers is no exception.

Pictured below is the Scandi-licious home belonging to Perth-based Sharon Sunderland and her family. By combining modern Australian and Scandinavian styles, she’s created a family-friendly home with a relaxed ambience of clean whites, neutral tones and lush textiles. I have to say, this home is a standout in this issue!

This image and two images below:  Photography: Tarina Lyell  /  Interior: Sharon Sunderland

This image and two images below:  Photography: Tarina Lyell  /  Interior: Sharon Sunderland

Another fab home in this issue is this recently renovated Paddington townhouse by The Designory (which features on our front cover). This airy, light and open home features a predominantly neutral colour palette with pops of colour scattered throughout.

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

The Sweet Dreams edition is available to purchase now in our online shop (click here) or available in newsagents nationwide from September 1. We also have a number of boutique retail stores stocking Adore – click here to view the list.

Take a seat with Sara Donaldson

According to Sara Donaldson of Australian fashion and beauty blog Harper & Harley, fashion trends are just as significant on the runway as they are in styling the home and living spaces. We take a look at her chic styling collaboration with King Living.

“From personal styling to interior styling, keep to three main colour palettes and accent with metallic and neutrals where needed,” says Sara.

In her recent collaboration with King Living’s The Room Project, Sara stuck to her three colour rule and presented her signature black, white and grey colour palette in her living room setting using the new King Boulevard sofa.

“With velvet currently a big trend in both the fashion and lifestyle arena, I wanted to hero this fabric as one example of fashion trends translating to home styling.” Using The Rockefeller Mineral fabric to create an ‘undone luxe’ designer look, this beautiful fabric illuminates the room by picking up light and creating a homely atmosphere.

To add finishing touches to the living space, Sara suggests plants are a must have interior styling accessory – and lots of them – “plants bring warmth and life to a room, making a big difference to the space.”

Click here to see more of the King Boulevard sofa.

The Sebel Kirkton Park, Hunter Valley

Looking for a country escape with a dash of timeless glamour? Hunter Valley’s newly renovated Sebel Kirkton Park offers just that, thanks to renowned Australian interior designer Greg Natale.

Photography Anson Smart  /  Words Loni Parker

It’s not often that a hotel in the countryside catches my eye. However once I got wind of Greg Natale’s latest commercial project, my partner and I, couldn’t resist booking in a few nights last week, at The Sebel Kirkton Park’s newly refurbished hotel in New South Wale’s Hunter Valley.

Upon arrival you walk through to the beautiful foyer complete with Greg Natale’s wallpaper design for Porters Paints and his range of luxe furniture in collaboration with Hudson Furniture. The cobalt-meets-monochrome colour palette is reflected throughout all of the interiors, including the rooms and restaurant/bar. I would have loved if the colour palette was extended to the exteriors as well. I think the hotel has just kept it as is (creamy yellow with burgundy trim). Painting the whole thing white, with a grey trim perhaps, would have kept it looking more fresh, while still keeping to the classic look. In saying that, it’s a relatively small thing as you’re not staring at the exteriors all day (it just would’ve made a better first impression, in my opinion).

The restaurant, whilst gorgeous, only offers a two or three course menu for dinner. I think for that reason there were hardly any customers and if it were an a la carte menu, I think more people would have dined there. We didn’t dine at the restaurant because it was quite pricey and I usually only eat one meal anyways, and possibly share a dessert if I’m still hungry. We did however try the food off the bar menu in Epoche – the onsite bar. They offer woodfire pizzas, burgers, chips etc – much more of a casual dining experience which I didn’t mind. I had hoped they would have had the fireplace in there, going every night, but unfortunately only one out of the three nights we stayed there, they lit the fireplace. As it was winter, and really cold at night, I think this would have definitely attracted more guests (it was usually pretty quiet in there).

So on to the rooms. When we checked in, we were pleasantly surprised to have been upgraded to a suite at the Manor House. It was very spacious with separate bedroom and living room area, overlooking the Pokolbin Valley. The bathrooms were kept as is (i.e. no budget for renovation I’d say) and felt a bit dated. This wouldn’t have mattered so much if it were clean, however there was a lot of black mould on the tiles and bottom of the shower door screen. To me, this let the room down. Also at night time, a group of middle-aged party-goers staying in the room below us decided to have a bit of a get-together outside which was loud for us (no double-glazed windows here folks). We asked reception if we could be moved to another room and thankfully they were really friendly and helpful in moving us. It was a smaller room, however we only paid for that, so weren’t expecting to stay in a large suite anyways. I actually found the smaller room to be nicer and the bathroom was a bit more cleaner than the last one (however there was still mould at the bottom of the shower screen!). It was also much more quiet. I dare say they don’t get too many noisy guests so it’s safe to assume this was an isolated incident. It’s mostly couples wanting a romantic escape to the countryside.

So overall, what do I think? Well, I would definitely recommend this hotel, despite a couple of small things which I’ve outlined in my review. If I were to give it a rating, I’d give the interiors which were renovated, a 10/10 and would rate the hotel’s attention to detail a 7/10. I probably should point out that I am quite fussy about hotels that I stay at, and it’s very rare that I can’t find any faults (I guess it’s the perfectionist in me). I think anyone who is a fan of opulent interiors, will just adore The Sebel Kirkton Park. And hopefully with a few slight tweaks from the staff, this hotel will come pretty damn close to perfection.

Click here to book.

Mustard + Pink Colour Crush

It’s the hot new colour trend we’ve fallen in love with – mustard and soft pastel pink. Team it with black or charcoal greys and you’ve got a winning colour combination, that’s part feminine, part masculine.

Kicking off this lush colour trend, is Brent Rosenberg’s newest print collection (in the 2 pictures above), beautifully styled by NC Interiors (for Greenhouse Interiors) and photographed by Annette O’Brien. If you love these prints you can purchase from Greenhouse Interiors (click here). The pink velvet Coco chair from Clickon Furniture in the top image, and camel Croisette velvet armchair from Bastille & Sons pictured above, are so sumptuous looking (and possibly my favourite two chairs of 2016). Team them with bold black like in the Taj hexagonal bone inlay coffee table from GlobeWest (in the top image) and in the Halo buffet from Zuster (above) and you’ve got some serious edgy sophistication.

This is an oldie, but a goodie – the bedroom of Hayley Neal pictured above (which appeared in our Family edition), photographed by Hannah Blackmore, and styled by Claudia Stephenson. That dramatic black wall just totally works with the white tufted headboard, and Castle pillowcases in the rust cloud design and pink velvet.

Another bedroom setting (above) that embraces this colour palette, comes from Melbourne store Feathered Arbour. How divine are all those layers and textures! You don’t get much better than velvet and sheepskin teamed together. I could literally jump right in. Photographed by Armelle Habib and styled by Julia Green of Greenhouse Interiors. We’ve rounded up more products in this colour palette below.

Artist Profile: Kimmy Hogan

Artist Kimmy Hogan is back with a new range of prints – the ‘Foliage’ collection. We caught up with Kimmy, who shares with us, her gorgeous print designs.

Photography: Cricket  /  Styling: Anna Chisholm for Greenhouse Interiors  /  Styling assist: Joy Design Co

Tell us about your new ‘Foliage’ collection of prints.
My new ‘Foliage’ collection is once again a tribute to my love of plants and bottles. It’s somewhat an extension of my ‘Still Life’ range from last year but a bit more free flowing and less formal. There is a lot of sunlight in my new work which I hope people can see and feel when they look at them. There are a total of four new illustrations but I expect to keep adding to this range over the next year.

Is this your first range you’ve worked on since giving birth to your son late last year?
Yes it is! It’s been lovely being home with my baby and taking my time to work on this latest collection. I have more drawings in process at the moment too, which I plan to release in the coming months. Stay tuned!

Tell us about the process behind your prints.
All the pieces are digitally drawn – that means it’s still a ‘hand drawn’ process with every line and shape being created with the stroke of my hand, I’m just holding a mouse instead of a pencil! The process starts with me raiding the local florist and I really study each plant and take loads of photos. I draw from a photo rather than from real life as the drawings take such a long time to create (especially with two kids to look after). I like to capture the arrangement with the right lighting and aim for the best reflections on the bottles, so then I have the perfect capture to go by when creating the artwork over the following weeks and months. To create one collection I might experiment with about ten different drawings before honing in on a final collection.

Kimmy Hogan’s artwork can be purchased through Greenhouse Interiors (both retail and wholesale), various retail stores (for a list of stockists click here), and through Kimmy’s website: www.kimmyhogan.com.au

KMART’S INSPIRED LIVING

Kmart has taken its design cues from Cuba, the Hamptons and Scandinavia to inspire its new August ‘Inspired Living’ range in stores now.

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You’ve got to hand it to Kmart, lately their range of homewares and furniture is on point! Inspired by international trends, and adopting a bold approach to colour and print, their new August ‘Inspired Living’ range has me totally excited. And on top of that everything is so affordably priced. Not everyone has thousands of dollars to completely decorate their home, so Kmart is really making it easy for the majority to really get the designer look for substantially less.

Kmart Australia’s General Manager Living, Julie Miller-Sensini explains, “We never rest at Kmart – we’re always looking for the next hot item, the latest trend and how we can bring this to life. Each season, we put more emphasis on new designs, improved quality and more of what Australians love. We take pride in helping people create the homes of their dreams.”

Embracing daring palm prints in beautiful hues of emerald green, Kmart’s design team has curated the Daintree Paradise range, which mixes monochrome with leafy motifs to striking effect. This tropical vista is juxtaposed with a riot of colour, reminiscent of lively Cuba streets, brightening the mood in light-hearted patterns.

Moving toward a more classic aesthetic, the Classic Cove range nods to the calm quiet of the Hamptons. Tranquil tones of blue are brought to life by natural textures such as wood, marble and cork, with pops of brass adding instant warmth to the palette.

Rounding out the August Living offering is the effortless, form-meets-function design of the Eco Urban range. Perfectly suited to the Southern Hemisphere lifestyle, the Scandinavian simplicity speaks for itself as matte black ceramics and clean-lined colourless glass are mixed and matched for a playful, yet refined look. Below we’ve rounded up our favourite finds from the new range – and the best bit, everything is under $50.

STOOL  /  PENDANT LIGHT  /  PRINT  /  THROW  /  SIDE TABLE  /  BASKET
CUTLERY SET  /  POT  /  DESK  /  CUSHION  /  OUTDOOR RUG

Harper by The Rug Collection

We’ve fallen in love with The Rug Collection’s new nursery to living room collection – Harper.

Photography Jeremy Blode  /  Styling Little Liberty Interiors

The Rug Collection’s new Harper collection is just adorable. These rugs work so well in kids’ rooms or nurseries. They’re available in round and rectangle sizes like 110 x 160cm, 160 x 230cm, 150cm round and 200cm round (priced from $499), making them perfect for smaller spaces – even a study would look cute with one of these pastel coloured rugs. They could even be used in small living rooms.

Available in four pastel colours - Dove, Azure, Peppermint and Blush, the Harper collection features a loop pile design, made from a NZ wool blend, giving it a warm softness and cosy feel. Click here to view the collection.

These rugs work so well in kids’ rooms or nurseries.

MINT/BLUE COLOUR CRUSH

We’ve developed a new colour crush – seafoam and dusty turquoise hues! Here, we’ve rounded up our top 3 interiors that utilise this refreshing colour palette to fabulous effect.

1 KYAL & KARA

Former The Block contestants Kyal and Kara proved to be a formidable couple on the hit renovation TV show, and now the talented duo are sharing their own home renovation journey on their website! Their coastal dwelling couldn’t be any more perfect, mixing tones of sea blues with plenty of beautiful timber accents (which the couple were known for on their time on The Block). Their bedroom wall painted in Taubmans’ ‘Silver Mink’ suits the Easycraft VJ wall panels to a tee. The overall look is unmistakably contemporary coastal.

In the kitchen, they made the slightly risky move of painting their cabinetry in Taubmans’ ‘Midnight Hour’, a deep turquoise blue. But the risk paid off and the look is totally delicious don’t you think? Paired with the timber stools and gold tap and hardware, we think it’s a match made in heaven. Click here to check out their full renovation journey.


2 WRIGHTSON STEWART

Brisbane architects Wrightson Stewart certainly had some fun with colour in this Toowong apartment. The design utilises colour-blocking in a refreshing mint and dusty jade palette. The overall effect feels youthful and fresh. That painted front door has given me the idea of painting my own apartment door (well on the inside at least). A great way of injecting extra colour into a space. Click here to see the full apartment tour.


3 BIASOL DESIGN STUDIO

Photography Ari Hatzis

Photography Ari Hatzis

I personally think a restaurant/cafe’s interior is crucial to its success or failure, (and obviously the food needs to be equally as amazing). Melbourne has possibly the best designed eateries in Australia and just one example is this one – Kitty Burns. I absolutely love the way in which designers of the space, Biasol Design Studio, have dispersed this lush minty blue colour throughout. Against the blonde timbers it really is a fresh look. Even though this is a commercial space, I feel like a lot of the design principles and ideas could be applied to a residential design.