Our brand new Escape edition is almost here and available now for pre-order through our online shop. Here’s a little taste of what’s in this issue.
Welcome to the Escape edition – inspired by my recent trip to California. This issue is all about leaving the ordinary behind and discovering extraordinary destinations, lust-worthy home tours and dreamy bedrooms. Our front cover is just one of those lust-worthy homes – we have featured Kayla Boyd in her amazing kitchen, and well I just couldn’t be happier with the end result – it’s a truly stunning cover right?! Wait til you see the full home tour – I’ve added another little sneak peek look inside, of the bathroom (pictured above). And now I’m lusting after those pink concrete sinks, sigh, just add it to my ever increasing list of must-haves!
If the Scandinavian hygge trend (Danish for cosiness and comfort) is calling your name this winter, you’ll want to step inside Hailey McGinty’s Sunshine Coast abode (pictured below), layered in muted creamy tones and accented with touches of blush.
Check out Instagram super-star Maddy Evennett of @hutchinson.house’s easy-breezy coastal home (pictured above), it will surely inspire! And for dreamy bedroom inspiration – read our feature, featuring three very different bedrooms, all of which that have embraced natural colours to create a cosy, restful space.
If you’ve ever pondered a trip to the Golden State, all of my recommendations can be found in our special California Dreamin’ feature. The Adore Escape edition is available online for pre-order now (click here to buy) and in newsagents Thursday 14 June.
Love the industrial and raw look that concrete can bring? You’ll simply adore Harpers Project’s new line of furniture combining concrete with handcrafted eco-friendly timber.
With the Scandinavian mantra, “Buy Once, Buy Well” in mind, Harpers Project produce furniture that will last the test of time. Well-known for their work with marble and solid hardwood, they’ve chosen to expand their range using concrete – introducing a new stool, coffee table and rectangle and round dining tables.
We also adore their full range of homewares and furniture and with most of their online store on sale right now, we thought we'd share some of our favourite styles below.
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Your laundry doesn’t have to be the Cinderella of your home. Follow our five tips for a zone that is as stylish as it is functional.
1 MULTI-FUNCTION APPLIANCES
The humble tumble dryer and washing machine have come a long way.
Combined appliances like Fisher & Paykel’s Washer Dryer Combo (pictured above), which washes and dries a load in under three hours, save time and precious laundry space. It’s also very efficient, says Fisher & Paykel’s Lan Nguyen. “The 8.5kg/5kg model has a 5-star water rating, a 3.5-star energy rating for the dry cycle, and a 4-star energy rating for the wash cycle.”
Meanwhile, Bosch’s ActiveOxygen washer removes bacteria from clothes without any additional chemicals besides your regular laundry detergent – and in cold water. Great news for those among us who loathe hand-washing delicates! Its Refresh Program also banishes aromas that have clung to clothes from pubs and restaurants – without the use of water – which is perfect for items that don’t necessarily need to be washed.
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2 CLEVER CONCEALMENT
While laundry design typically focuses on hiding mess, the ultimate trick is disguising the entire laundry altogether! Common in compact European homes, concealed laundries are a smart, space-saving solution.
This guest bathroom (pictured above) by The Designory hides appliances in a cupboard alongside a concealed sink.
“The client wanted the room to look beautiful first, but be packed with functionality behind the scenes,” explains Director Melissa Bonney. The luxurious bathroom includes a long bench, cupboards and a hanging rail for laundry duties, which can be scaled back when there are guests.
The Block alumni Kyal and Kara Demmrich maximise living space in a 60-square-metre holiday studio by making the bathroom multipurpose (pictured opposite). “The room primarily functions as a bathroom, and the laundry is not used on a daily basis,” says Kara.
“If you’re considering concealing your washer/dryer, ensure you’re going to be happy to open and close cabinetry often.”
3 DESIGN FEATURES
Can cool design elements make doing the laundry a less irksome task? Simone Mathews of BAM Interior Design thinks so. She enlivened this laundry (pictured above and left) with lighthearted artwork and exposed copper pipes that appear to abseil down the wall to the sink.
This laundry is simultaneously serious about storage, with cabinetry including a drawer under the sink (“often people find a cupboard awkward with the pipes”). An antique timber coat rack complements the rustic tapware and ties in with the style of the home.
Homeowner Shelley Gunton turned an existing brick wall into a design feature by whitewashing it, and installing striking timber and black cabinetry (pictured below). “The open shelves are great for easy-to-reach items, but also work as a space for styling. The matching washer and dryer give it symmetry.”
Simone and Shelley agree that greenery lifts a laundry zone. Small touches such as trays, baskets, towels, wall hooks, and storage containers also add character. “They have the different textures and functions that make a space look complete,” says Shelley.
4 HANGING AROUND
In petite laundry spaces, sometimes the only way is up: The ingenious hanging drying rack by New Zealand studio George and Willy (pictured opposite) operates on a pulley system, so you can hoist your laundry up and out of the way, and the warm air trapped in your ceiling space will help it dry.
Wall hooks, hanging rails and even traditional-style clothes airers provide other practical options for drying on rainy days. In a dual bathroom/laundry, try a generous towel rack (shown above in this clever zone by MJK Building), which can accommodate laundry as well as towels.
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5 STYLISH STORAGE
A laundry can become a dumping ground for all kinds of miscellaneous household items – from pet paraphernalia to sports equipment – and of course, piles of washing. Clever designs like these however, transform a utility space into a zone that’s both hardworking and handsome.
Anna Smith of Annabode + Co. stacked her washer and dryer (pictured above), maximising space for cabinetry and closets that hide her water heater, skis, bikes, paint cans, lightbulbs, old blankets, camping equipment, craft stuff, cleaning supplies and more – impressive!
Meanwhile, a copper-wire basket and glass canisters keep laundry supplies within easy reach. “Glass canisters elevate everyday objects like clothes pegs,” says Anna. “And it's helpful for when we have guests – they don't have to hunt for anything.”
Hanging racks, as seen in these laundries by smarterBATHROOMS+ and professional renovators Kara and Kyal Demmrich provide handy space for delicates, kids’ clothes, school uniforms and ironing. “The ironing board is recessed into the opposite wall, and we customised the door front to match the rest of the laundry,” explains smarterBATHROOMS+ Design Manager Vanessa Cook, whose laundry design (pictured above) also makes room for dog necessities, tennis racquets and sports shoes.
All three also incorporate open shelving, which is, as Kara points out, “a great way to break up the clinical feel of the laundry, and an opportunity to provide style and personality.”
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Having visited The OC in California earlier this year, I decided it was time to put my guide together to the best shopping and accommodation in the region.
I had a blast discovering so many cute boutique stores in The OC region! On top of my must-visit list was Lido Marina Village in Newport – a mix of charming boutiques and stylish shops, set in a delightful village ambience. Each store looked so beautiful - think coastal/barn/country cottage style details with a treasure trove of wares to explore. Serena and Lily (pictured at the very top of post) was drop-dead-gorgeous – the outdoor space was very inspirational (I was jotting down ideas left right and centre). Sugar Paper (pictured above) was another highlight – as a self-confessed stationery addict, I could have easily bought one of everything in store! You can even enjoy al fresco dining overlooking the marina. A handy hint for those visiting in the Spring – Malibu Farm (pictured below) is opening a new restaurant on-site soon.
Looking for a stylish stay in Newport Beach? Designed with an effortless sense of style and a definitive beach-house vibe, Lido House is Newport Beach’s newest designer hotel. The hotel’s design and iconic architecture celebrates Newport Beach’s Cape Cod aesthetic with elegant twists on a variety of nautical themes. This hotel is just another reason for me to visit The OC again. This beauty wasn’t around when I visited, but I’ll be sure to book a stay next time.
I am so bummed that McGee & Co.'s brand new Costa Mesa store didn’t exist when I visited in February. Oh how I adore Studio McGee’s interior design style, and now that they have a shop, well that’s just too much temptation for me. Hmm, maybe it was a good thing they weren’t open when I visited, as I probably would have come back with a few extra suitcases and a dent to the old credit card! Their brand spanking new store is on my list of places to visit next time I visit the OC. Make sure to put it on yours too! Click here to check out this cute video of the store.
Laguna Beach in the OC is such a sweet little coastal town, filled with art galleries, cafes, and boutique stores, and a bustling beach scene. I stayed at Casa Laguna, a charming boutique hotel – small in size, but big on personality thanks to interior designer Martyn Lawrence-Bullard! Wallpapered ceilings, encaustic patterned tiles and fully stocked bar cart are just some of the endearing features of this hotel. Oh and did I mention the ocean views from the balcony, complete with loveseat? The complimentary breakfast, sangria on arrival, and freshly baked cookies in the afternoon are just some of the sweet additions to make your stay an unforgettable one.
Whilst Pacific City is technically an outdoor mall, it’s a really cool one, designed well and oh-SoCal in style. It also helps that there’s some great shops to explore too. Plus a bonus is that there’s some great gourmet eateries in their Swell Eats food court. We popped in for some lunch after working up quite the appetite from a little retail therapy. There was even a place selling Aussie meat pies, that sold me! What can I say, it was the end of our trip and I was missing home. You ought to add Pacific City in Huntington Beach to your itinerary if you’re visiting The OC.
Maegan Brown, a Melbourne-based photographer who documents dramatic landscapes around the globe, will be debuting her first solo exhibition at the ‘Apartment’ by Sisalla Interior Design in South Yarra.
Photographed throughout Death Valley National Park and the Mojave Desert, After—Form depicts the isolated, enduring and prehistoric landscapes which were formed more than 150 million years ago, during the age of the dinosaurs. From dramatic canyons to peaceful valleys, Maegan Brown explores celestial terrain, focusing on the relentless and prevailing nature of the vast and expansive environment. Multi-coloured rock formations, geologic textures and fascinating displays of erosion create a conflicting sense of force and calm; everlasting, primitive wilderness.
Join Maegan Brown and the Sisällä team at the opening night on Thursday May 3 from 6 – 9pm for a celebratory drink. The exhibition continues Friday May 4 to May 31. For a catalogue and to register for pre-sales head to maegankb.com/exhibitions. Pre-sales open 10am 2nd May.
1 PRETTY PINK
With my cheap chest of drawers now on its last legs, I’m on the hunt for a new option – here’s what has caught my eye.
I love the colour pink in the bedroom – there’s something so pretty about it, and I’m very tempted to pop a pink chest of drawers in my bedroom. Whilst this Sienna Console from Adairs (pictured above and opposite) isn’t technically a chest of drawers, it does have a couple of drawers for storage. Ok so it would probably work better in a guest bedroom, but isn’t it pretty (and currently it is under $200)!
The next category is timber drawers – they certainly can warm up a space, and there’s so many to choose from! I’ve rounded up some of my favourite styles including this clean and contemporary Balmain Tallboy in oak, from Urban Couture (pictured above). I love the two open compartments at the top – this would be great for stashing jewellery and other accessories that you want to access easily.
I couldn’t help but also share this Mod Dresser from Ubabub too – I love the juxtaposition of the white geometric metal detailing down the side with the Ash timber. Could be used as a change table in a nursery – or as a chest of drawers for an adults bedroom.
This style above – the Charlie chest of drawers from Lilly and Lolly – might be aimed at kids’ rooms, but I think it fits equally as well in adults bedrooms (the size is certainly comparable with other full size chests of drawers!). And I love the Natural Tassie Oak and White Wash (pictured above) finishes it comes in.
3 BRASS DETAILS
I think you’ll all know by now I’m a sucker for anything with a brass detail, so naturally this had to be a category of contenders for my next chest of drawers. West Elm seem to be leading the way with options – and this Audrey three drawer dresser (pictured opposite) is probably my favourite at the moment. It also comes in a 5 and 6-drawer option for those needing more storage.
I swear kids furniture online stores have the best selection of drawers – no joke! I spotted this sexy number, pictured above, with shiny gold legs and handles on Potterybarn Kids website. It’s the Flynn Dresser - and again - the proportions aren’t just for kids’ rooms – this one would look great in any adults’ room, in fact I think I might want it for myself.