On the road with Betty-Jo

On the road with Betty-Jo

Long-time KBDi Member, Betty-Jo Bleakley, has hit the road on a Rural Design Tour, and she’s inviting you to join her on her journey.

Betty-Jo kicked off her tour with a presentation at the Queensland Remote, Rural and Regional Women’s Network conference in Kingaroy. She’ll spend the next ten weeks travelling from Kingaroy to Roma and Rocky (with a few stops in between) before trekking back to her home-town Toowoomba.

Betty-Jo will be setting up a pop-up stand in a number of regional and rural locations, offering a complimentary design service (‘Ask an Expert’ style) in an attempt to bring some colour and joy to some struggling outback communities. With thanks to some generous supporters, Betty-Jo will be raffling donated goods to raise money for drought-affected districts, and we commend her on her efforts!

Follow Betty-Jo’s journey here, and #beinspired by some beautiful Queensland outback scenes along the way!

A little inspiration can make a big difference to design

A little inspiration can make a big difference to design

‘There are little gems all around us that can hold glimmers of inspiration.’
(Richelle Mead, American Author)

A little inspiration can make a big difference to a design. In this feature, we’ll share how some of our very talented Members have used some ‘magical muse’ to create remarkably timeless interiors.

Something Sentimental…

This striking kitchen by Victorian designer, Jenefer Gordon (nee Macleod) CKD Au, CBD Au of Eat Bathe Live, was a well-deserved KBDi award winner a couple of years ago. The burnt orange palette was inspired by the client’s much loved Ellis Ceramics Ram (see the sculpture sitting proudly in the shelving to the left), and the wonderfully warm kitchen is as eye-catching today as it was in 2016.

Adelaide designer, Nathan Wundersitz CKD Au (SpaceCraft Joinery), is a pro with pops of colour, and this playful kitchen was a winner for him in 2016. The client’s ceramic collection inspired the bright and cheerful palette, and the result was (and still is) delightful!

In the Bones of the Building…

Sydney designer, Darren Genner CKD Au (Minosa) had some awesomely-angled architecture to set the scene for this award-winning kitchen. Darren cleverly echoed the home’s triangular structure in this stand-out design, creating a geometric masterpiece.

What’s Outside the Window…

The view outside this rural weekender was beautifully framed in this 2016 award winner by Sydney designer, Rainer Kwast. The colours and finishes were carefully selected to complement the spectacular landscape, and Rainer’s restraint was well rewarded with a truly timeless design.

Character Creations…

When Melbourne designer, Andrew Crawshaw (SmarterBATHROOMS+), was engaged to create a practical, fun and nautically-themed studio kitchen inspired by the Kiwi ‘bach’, he immediately set about collecting an intriguing collection of found and reclaimed objects. With boat cleats used as handles, distressed wood from old packing cases fashioned into doors and an old art table repurposed as a benchtop, the kitchen is a great example of character design. (A bach – pronounced ‘batch’ – is traditionally a small, modest holiday home or beach house much-loved by our New Zealand neighbours.)

Style Statements…

Victorian designer, Patricia La Torre CKD Au, was inspired by her client’s love of the Art Deco era in this excellent example of style-centric design. Patricia played with rich colours and decadent detailing in this small kitchen space, but it’s the flourishing curves that take centre stage with a theatrical nod to the Art Deco age.

What has been your favourite inspiration in your design work to date? We’d love to share your work with our design community – email us your story and pics today!

Schweigen IN. oven range set to impress

Schweigen IN. oven range set to impress

‘Silent Rangehoods are just the beginning…’

Schweigen’s premium IN. appliances, with their unique finish and sleek lines, bring a touch of style and luxury to any kitchen. In addition to their range of stunning silent rangehoods, precise gas and induction cooktops, these appliances never fail to impress. The Schweigen IN. Oven range includes three integrated options – IN10EB Multifunction Oven with Touch Display & Selector Dials, IN10PYB Pyrolitic Oven with Touch Sensitive Display, and INMOC45BMicrowave Combi Oven with Touch Display.

With 100% extendable telescopic shelving racks offering full support for your heaviest dishes, impressive soft open and soft close door system, and cooking results simplified with the use of the ultra-precise temperature probe, the IN10EB sets a new benchmark for multifunction ovens.

The IN10PYB is a stunning centrepiece in the finest of modern kitchen designs. Cook at a touch-of-a-button and give yourself the gift of an effortless clean with the 480-degree pyrolytic cleaning system.

Learn more at schweigen.com.au.

AVENTOS Lift Systems adding magical motion to modern kitchens

AVENTOS Lift Systems adding magical motion to modern kitchens

Blum’s versatile range of lift systems extends the scope of design for lift systems in almost every application in the entire home. Blum’s AVENTOS lift systems bring enhanced convenience to modern kitchens, allowing ease of motion and proving the ideal solution for any wall cabinet.

Diverse in application and design

With proven stability and elegant design, AVENTOS lift systems are ergonomic and attractive. With the ever-growing trend for handle-less furniture designs, they’re a sought-after design solution for both designers and homeowners.

Blum’s AVENTOS range offers a multitude of applications – not just in the kitchen but throughout the home. Whether you need a bi-fold, up and over, the lift up or stay lift – Blum has the right lift systems for virtually any application. No matter what height, width or material, AVENTOS lift systems provide countless design possibilities.

Inspiring Convenience

For opening with ultimate ease and soft and effortless closing, AVENTOS Lift Systems can be combined with Blum’s motion technologies: BLUMOTION, SERVO-DRIVE or TIP-ON.

Unsurpassed Quality

A comprehensive durability test that comprises of more than 80,000 opening and closing cycles is one of the many quality tests performed on the AVENTOS lift system, guaranteeing a high quality of functionality for the lifetime of the furniture.

For more Information on Blum’s AVENTOS Lift Systems contact your local Blum representative or visit https://www.blum.com/au/en/products/liftsystems/aventos/overview/

Gentle Geometry

Gentle Geometry

Shape is one of the elements of design that most often presents itself in interior trends. The hard and sharp lines of the nineties have all but left our homes, and a new ‘gentle geometry’ is well and truly working its way into Australian interiors.

We loved the ‘softer side’ of many of this year’s Designer Award entries, and share three of our favourite ‘gentle geometry’ designs here.

New South Wales designer, Gavin Hepper CKD Au, added hotel luxe and harmony to this ensuite renovation with a stunning suite of natural finishes and a thoughtful repetition of curves. Gently carved marble basins sit atop a beautifully detailed cabinet; rounded profiles soften the corners of the otherwise masculine unit, and are mimicked in the mirrored cabinets above, while matt black oval vanity handles add a finishing touch. The addition of smoked glass shower screens and black tapware and accessories ensure that every angle of this stunning bathroom is easy on the eye.

When Patricia La Torre’s client shared his love of Art Deco during their briefing, she knew they’d make a great team! The KBDi Certified Kitchen Designer had been collecting and sourcing Art Deco items for many years, and her passion for this style was reignited in this Footscray revamp.

Patricia played with a range of vibrant colours and decadent detailing in the fit-out, but it’s the flourishing curves that take centre stage with a theatrical nod to the Art Deco era. From the leather-finished stone oval benchtop perched upon bright chrome curved legs to the gently curving shelving detail, cylindrical rangehood and glamourous circular pendants, Patricia has cleverly used curves to great effect.

Queensland designer, Darren James CKD Au, had great bones to work with in this architecturally-designed abode: the clients loved the existing curved walls, vaulted ceilings and timber detailing of their newly purchased home, but they were less enamoured with the uninspired kitchen and its 1990s vibe. Darren re-worked the architectural details with style, opening up the kitchen with a warm and contemporary design. The gently curving wall was clad in a stunning Japanese textured tile which proved a perfect backdrop for a monochromatic colour scheme. A beautiful American Oak solid timber top draws attention for all the right reasons; with a Black Japan stain and beautifully detailed edge profile, the curvaceous table takes pride of place in this lovely home.