PD Tuesday | All about indoor plants

PD Tuesday | All about indoor plants

Tuesday | 13 April 2021 | 4pm AEST

Rhiannon Meertens has a qualification in interior design and a certifiable obsession with indoor plants. As the owner of two thriving plant stores in Brisbane, Rhiannon is the go-to guru for green-thumbed stylists. In this one-hour session, you’ll learn what to consider when allowing space for greenery in your designs, and discover the best types of plants for bathrooms and kitchens. Rhiannon will share the biggest mistakes people make with indoor plants, and show how thoughtful plant selection can change the vibe of your interior space.

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KBDi Kitchen Designer of the Year joins Super Design festival

KBDi Kitchen Designer of the Year joins Super Design festival

KBDi’s Australian Kitchen Designer of the Year 2020, Simona Castagna (Minosa) is joining a stellar line-up of speakers at this year’s all new Super Design festival.

Simona will sit alongside Meryl Hare (Hare & Klein), Joanne Lawless (Lawless & Meyerson) and Greg Natale (Greg Natale Design) in a digital design discussion proudly sponsored by Sub-Zero Wolf.

Under the banner of ‘The Rebirth of the Kitchen’, this super-talented panel will discuss the pivotal and changing role of the undisputed ‘heart of the home’. From sustainability to technological innovation, to family-friendly design and accommodating working from home, you’ll leave with plenty of pearls of wisdom sure to inspire you in the year ahead.

Learn more and register for this digital event here.

KBDi is proud to partner with Indesign in their new Super Design concept. Learn more about the full line up of events here.

Getting a handle on handles

Getting a handle on handles

We all know that cabinet handles and knobs can make or break a kitchen. But clients are sometimes decision-fatigued by the time they get to the handle-question, and this very important selection is often rushed. We’re building a resource to help designers and consumers ‘handle their handles’, and decided to start by surveying Australia’s finest kitchen and bathroom designers about their most commonly specified solutions. Following is a summary of the responses we received.

Handle-free cabinetry is a popular option for KBDi members. Push-to-open options, bevelled edge panels and finger pull features allow a streamlined, clutter-free look, as successfully achieved in the examples below.

Above: kitchen designed by Matthew James (Better Bathrooms & Kitchens)

Above: kitchen designed by Alicia Jeffries (Mint Kitchen Group)

Above: bathroom designed by Frank Iaria CKD Au (Mint Kitchen Group)

Delicate little pulls add a nice detail, as demonstrated in these all-class kitchens below.

Above: kitchen designed by Hilary Ryan

Above: bathroom designed by Penny del Castillo (IN DESIGN INTERNATIONAL)

Post and rail handles can made a grand statement. The following are two stand-out examples in which the handles are an absolute highlight.

Above: bathroom designed by Gavin Hepper 

Above: kitchen designed by Eliesha Paiano

Oak and leather can add an au naturale appeal to kitchens and bathrooms. We love the look achieved in these two spectacular spaces.

Above: kitchen designed by Kia Howat (GIA Bathrooms & Kitchens)

Above: bathroom designed by Kia Howat (GIA Bathrooms & Kitchens)

In more traditional spaces, handle and knob combos were a hands-down winner for KBDi Members.

The combination of cups and knobs works a treat in this bright little number.

Above: kitchen designed by Shelley Fynn (Kitchen Capital WA Pty Ltd)

The delicate little knobs in this award-winning kitchen are on point: they suit the styling of the era and the proportion of the space, adding detail without distraction.

Above: kitchen designed by Nathan Wundersitz CKD Au (Space Craft Joinery)

Cup handles work perfectly in this traditionally-styled bathroom.

Above: bathroom designed by Caitlin Slater (Smart Style Bathrooms)

Do you have a handle preference or pet peeve? We’d love to hear your thoughts – start a conversation below.

PD Thursday | Exploring the colour trends of 2020

PD Thursday | Exploring the colour trends of 2020

As the Colour and Communications Manager for DuluxGroup, Andrea Lucena-Orr researches colour trends across the globe and presents her findings to media, trade and retail markets. In this professional development session, proudly supported by Lincoln Sentry, Andrea will be sharing her thoughts on the colours we can expect to see making their way into Australian interiors in 2020.

About Andrea Lucena-Orr

Andrea Lucena-Orr has been working with colour for over two decades at DuluxGroup, delivering colour training, researching trends and colour forecasting, and presenting her findings to trade, retail and media. Her recommendations play an integral part in Dulux marketing strategies, and ultimately factor into many of the colours we specify for our clients on a day-to-day basis.

Andrea is a member of the international Colour Marketing Group (CMG) and International Color Association (AIC), and a truly passionate advocate for all things colour.

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Boot room, mud room, what room?

Boot room, mud room, what room?

Australia may be an island, but we’re far from isolated when it comes to interior design. We have a plethora of international design blogs streaming to our phones, tablets and PCs every day, and so do our clients.

And when American and European interiors are ‘pinned’ and filed by these clients, so too is the international terminology, adding a few more tweaks to our complicated vernacular and more opportunities for confusion.

In this feature, we’ll look at the subtle differences between three rooms increasingly popular in Australia today.

Powder Room
The term ‘powder room’ has been used by Australians for some time, most often for the small bathroom to be used by guests. The room essentially houses a toilet, sink and mirror, and often adjoins the living/entertaining areas of a home.

Boot Room
The term ‘boot room’ appears to have originated in the UK, defining the room that football teams broke to for their post-game cheers or commiserations. As home-owners looked for a similar space to facilitate muddy boots and wet sporting gear, along with the necessary ablutions, the boot room made its way on to the home design wish list.

Over the years it has evolved to a bathroom near an entranceway that houses a bench to sit on while you pull off your muddy boots, along with coat hooks and storage, a sink, toilet and shower or bath. For obvious reasons, the boot room is best finished with hard-wearing, easy to clean products, but by no means need it look like the ‘man cave’ some would imagine!

Mud Room
The mud room is virtually the American equivalent of the boot room (without the amenities) and until the last few years, has most often been found in snowy, damp northern American climates. The sensibility of such a room can be appreciated in any climate, however, and as a place to store outerwear, boots, sports gear and the like, could be considered a practical must-have. The location of the mud room will generally dictate its contents and finish: by the back door, it may contain storage bins and shelving, and have a floor finish well suited to muddy ingress and egress. By the front door, a more welcoming arrangement would be required, with decorative hardware and cabinetry.

We’d love to see examples of your home-grown versions of these internationally inspired rooms. Send us your best projects and we’ll add them to this feature.

Mirror, mirror, on the wall

Mirror, mirror, on the wall

So much #mirrorlove in this year’s KBDi Designer Awards…! In this feature, we’re reflecting on five of our favourite mirror installations, and sharing some tips for selecting the best-fit mirrors for your bathroom designs.

This 1915 Federation home had several stunning architectural features, giving designer Sally Woolfenden (Lavare Bathrooms), some great bones to play with. We love how Sally’s oval-shaped mirrors duplicate the stunning archway, while adding a touch of contemporary detail to the space.

A matt black metal framed custom mirror suspended in front of a window makes a striking statement in this bathroom beauty. This out-of-the-box thinking allowed Melbourne designer, Penny del Castillo (In Design International) to practically position the mirror while maintaining natural light and ventilation.

Melbourne designer, Alicia Jeffries (Mint Kitchen Group) added a contemporary touch to this period-style bathroom with a bright and bold circular mirror. The curved-end vanity and circular accessories finish the space with class.

Gently curved corners soften the edges of these striking black-framed mirrors. Perth designer, Sally Woolfenden (Lavare Bathrooms) replicated the black detailing in the room’s barn door handle and rail, cleverly linking the bathroom to its adjoining bedroom.

This custom curved mirror makes a grand statement in this beautiful bathroom by Melbourne designer, Olivia Cirocco (GIA Bathrooms and Kitchens). The geometric detail is replicated in the overhead shower roses, making for a very smart and unified space.

Our top tips for selecting the perfect mirror

#1 Size Matters

All of the above mirrors work so well because they’re in great proportion to the vanities they’re sitting above. Intentionally oversized mirrors can be magical, too, but avoid making your mirrors too small.  

#2 Get the Height Right

The height of your mirror may depend on how tall (or short) your clients are. Your clients will want to see the tops of their heads, so ensure your mirror sits at least 300mm above their eye line. Likewise, they’ll want to see below their chin, too, so make sure you consider where the bottom of the mirror will fall.

#3 Lighting for Love

You may have picked a stunning mirror, but poorly placed lighting could make reflections far from pretty. Allow space around or above your mirror for one or more wall lights, and avoid placing downlights directly over the vanity.

Have any other tips to share? As always, we welcome your feedback, so feel free to comment below.