Kitchen Reveal

Building, Styling

The heart of our home.

Classic and elegant – the design brief for our kitchen. It also needed to be really functional, bright and seamless, with a gentle flow through to the butlers pantry…the next reveal to come! If you love our kitchen, then this will be right up your alley too!

The stunning ILVE oven is the central focal point and the show stopper of the kitchen. It was 100% on my ‘Must Have’ list and something that I wasn’t willing to compromise on. The white and brass had me heart from the beginning.

As much natural light as possible was another ‘Must Have’ and was incorporated into the kitchen through three gorgeous Velux skylights which sit centrally above the kitchen island. Window splash backs were also incorporated into the design for a few reasons…We wanted to let as much natural light into the kitchen as possible. We also love gardening and landscaping and wanted to bring a little of the outside in. Lastly, being able to be cooking in the kitchen while also being able to see Aoife playing in the garden was really important. Ticking three boxes – winner!

Functionality is important to making any space efficient. I am not a massive cook, so the least amount time that I have to spend doing it is winning in my eyes. Deep drawers are so much more practical in a kitchen, as they allow you to be able to access everything that is inside, rather than trying to rifle and fumble around in the dark back of a cupboard. We installed banks of drawers everywhere possible and it makes using the kitchen much more enjoyable.

Flow and continunity from one space to another makes for a seamless and smooth flow throughout the home. We have used gorgeous Lo&Co Interiors brass handles throughout this whole home. Being open plan living, I love that the brass touches are able to be seen from so many different areas of the home. We used Aver Pull handles on the lower cabinets and complimented them with the brass knobs on the upper cabinets.

Calacatta stone bench tops by EssaStone were an absolute must, and we complimented the benched by using the same stone as a splash back as well. The soft veining that runs through the stone is classic and elegant.

Brass, brass and more brass. Gorgeous ABI Interiors tap ware and sinks feature throughout the kitchen and into the butlers panty to create cohesion and flow.

Under mounted brass ABI Interiors sinks bringing a touch of luxe and are a gorgoeus compliment to the Calacatta stone bench tops.

I love a fully integrated appliance. They help to create a seamless and uninterrupted flow throughout the kitchen. Placement of your dishwasher is also really important – you need to make sure that it is close to your sink so you can rinse and stack with ease.

One of my favourite functional pieces in the kitchen, is this spice draw, located right next to the oven. When cooking, it is as easy as pulling out the drawer and adding your favourite flavour.

Under mount range hood details, with these classic timber corbels.

Shaker style cabinetry, painted in Deluxe Vivid White, complementing the classic and crisp design of the kitchen.

In kitchen design, I really like everything to be as seamless as possible. And that includes hiding as many power points as possible. A decision we made to support this was to incorporate power points into our ‘tech cupboards’ on each end of the island in touch-open cupboards. Inside are a bank of power points and USB points where iPhones and laptops can be popped away off the bench to charge, but also allows for other kitchen appliances to be plugged in.

Another seamless addition to the kitchen is an integrated bin system. Bins can often take up space if you need to find somewhere on the kitchen floor to put it. Integrated bins are a great space saver.

I couldn’t leave the kitchen reveal without including a pic of the main man himself, Winston. He’s figured out that posing for pics equals treats, so he’s very happy to oblige.

I’m so delighted to be sharing this gorgeous space with you. Thank you again for your continued support of my design projects. I can’t wait to bring you more spaces and projects this year!

Much love,
 Jo

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Stone Bench top – EssaStone Unique Calacatta

Cabinetry – Dulux Vivid White

Flooring – QuickStep

Door Handles – Lo & Co Interiors

Brass Sink and Tap ware – ABI Interiors

Ensuite Reveal

Building, Styling

Light. Bright. Timeless. Airy. Elegant.

This was the design brief for the master ensuite. And I think this was achieved to a tee.
In entering the ensuite, I wanted the main focus to be on custom joinery that was designed specifically for this space. The timeless shaker style vanity is complimented beautifully by brass handles and tapware, a Calacatta stone top and gentle curvaceous polished concrete double bowls.

This wall of timeless design provides ample privacy for the generous shower and toilet, which are hidden behind this wall. As much as a toilet is practical and essential in a toilet, I really believe that they should be out of sight where possible. Choosing to install floor to ceiling tiles provides an extra element of luxury to this space.

…And can we just stop for a minute and appreciate these mirrors! They took over 12 months to source the perfect shape, scale and size that accentuates the height of the ceilings of the ensuite. But I really believe the they were worth the wait!

I’m so delighted to be sharing this gorgeous space with you. Thank you again for your continued support of my design projects. I can’t wait to bring you more spaces and projects this year!

Much love,
 Jo

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Tiles – Beaumont Tiles Lux Calcatta 600 x 600mm

Brass Taps – ABI Interiors

Brass Cabinetry Handles – Lo&Co Interiors

Polished Concrete Sinks – Nood Co.

Mirror – Oval Mirrors

Turkish Towels – Miss April Towels

Marble Dish – The White Place

Handmade Soaps – Saarde

Black Pot- Gorgeousness Home

Magnolia Stems – Floral Interiors

Plantation Shutters – Inland Shutters and Blinds

Dining Room Reveal

Building, Styling

It’s time for another one!

This space is one of my favourites, but it was also not planned from the beginning. Where the dining room sits, was going to be an extension of our alfresco area. During the period of waiting for our land to register and become available to stat building on, we decided that this space would be utilised best if it was turned into a dining room.

And it is the best decision we made. As frustrating as the wait was, and as angry as we felt about it, it was also a blessing in disguise, because it afforded us time to make some really smart decisions about the layout of our home. I will be filling you in on this at a later date, trust me!

The reason that I love this space so much has to do with its functionality. When we were eating to begin this build, we were renting a house that we were only supposed to be in for a few months. It was a smaller house and FILLED with carpet, so putting a dining table in was very tricky. We sat up at our bench for every meal, and I HATED it. For me, sitting around the dinner table at the end of the day and chatting is so important for us as a family. Staring at the kitchen cupboards rather than each other while we ate in our rental was so disconnecting – it really drove me kinda batty!

So adding in a designated dining room was an absolute must. And this is why I love interior design and floor plans – each person’s situation is so different, and everyone has different priorities. For someone else, eating at a bench really serves their needs, and a separate dining room would be an absolute waste of space and money. This is why you really need to consider your lifestyle and your priorities when you are planning your own home.

So come on through and take a look below at our dining room.

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Chandelier – Elok Chandelier

Beaded Garlands – Elok

Sheer Curtains – Blinds Online

Farmhouse Napkins – Elok

Wingback Arm Chairs – Brosa

Dining Chairs – Brosa

Champagne Bucket – Similar one here

Candle Sticks –Horgans

Gold Cutlery – Similar ones here

Flooring – Quick Step

Table – Restored with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Pure White

Mirror – sourced from Facebook Marketplace

Walk-in-Robe Reveal

Building, Styling

It’s my own little slice of heaven.

When planning my walk in robe, I wanted a space that was functional as well as beautiful. It’s the first space I enter when I wake in the morning, so I wanted something serene, crisp and allow me to set myself up in a positive way for the day ahead – so having a place for everything was a must. The IKEA PAX wardrobes have been installed in our last 2 builds, and they work so perfectly if you do a little planning beforehand. They are also super easy to install – I was able to construct them myself with a little help from Dave at the end to put it all together – some pieces need an extra pair of hands.

We of course happened to be installing them on THE HOTTEST DAY IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD…before our air-conditioning had been given it’s final tick – so there was a LOT of sweating involved, and looking back now, I love that we have yet another little story to remind of us of all of the hard work that we put in together to bring this home of ours to life.

When we were planning the build, my wardrobe was one of the first spaces that I already had mapped out in my head. I needed wall space for the robes, wall space for a mirror and lots of natural light. A few pretty little pops like a stunning chandelier – and you know Elok are my favourite! A custom colour to suit the space really brought my vision to life.

I used the process outlined in my ‘Planning the Perfect Wardrobe’ blog post that you can find here.

I’ve done all the hard work for you – each product is linked below so you are able to click straight through to shop.

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Wardrobes – IKEA PAX wardrobe frame

Chandelier – Elok Chandelier

Ottoman – Brosa

Floor Mat – Similar style from IKEA

Barn Door – Corinthian Doors

Candle – Glasshouse

Brass Canister Jar – Zakkia

Jewellery Box – Purchased through Gorgeousness Home

Entryway Reveal

Building, Styling

As I step foot inside the door, I immediately feel calm. I feel safe. I feel joy. Within these walls we laugh, we dance and we slide down the hallway in our socks. We are 100% ourselves and I would never ever want it any other way.

Our entryway is made up of a few spaces, each of them with their own purpose and each of them I love equally because they work together to welcome us home.

I love bright, white and fresh interiors, so knew that the interior of our home would be predominantly white. White walls and white ceilings with a few pops of interest here and there. During the planning stages of our home, I informed (read: warned) Dave that we would be having timber mould panelling EVERYWHERE. I am sure he thought I was either joking, or that I would grow out of the idea. I can tell you that neither will ever happen. I take my moulding very seriously and it’s possibly one of my favourite design features that help to bring texture and character to a space. Believe it or not, we’ve actually added more to our home since we moved in! Being such a white space, I was looking for ways to bring warmth and interest to our entryway. I chose to install Shiplap on the ceiling (also known as VJ panelling). I love the way it draws your eye upwards. We’re planning to install some gorgeous feature lighting in the hallway, but i just haven’t found EXACTLY what I am looking for in Australia yet. Another little project to look forward to creating later on down the track.

Our hallway leads down to the part of our house that we call the ‘entryway’ – even though technically it all is. This space has changed in the 4 months we have been in our home….and probably the space that has changed the most dramatically! I never, in a million years thought that I would be painting any wall in our home black…..but it happened. And I LOVE it! It has added real depth, mood and a touch of luxe. Another thing I love is the gorgeous stone bench. Originally we were going to have a piece of stone floating between the two walls, but I am delighted that we went with the downwards return (also, the stone floating was ridiculously heavy and we would have needed brackets, really taking away from the look we were trying to achieve). The gorgeous stone legs add another view of our stunning EssaStone Calacutta, and I couldn’t be more obsessed with it. I love that it can be styled as either a welcoming space, or that it can also be used as a quiet little study nook and a place of peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the home. We popped some power there too to charge laptops and power lamps if we want to change it to a study nook. The versatility of this space is going to be great down the track. But for now, it’s just a peaceful and welcoming space as we enter the home.

…and can we all stop for a moment to appreciate that exterior pendant? It’s a little (big) showstopper, and I adore it. As soon as I saw this style, it was love at first sight. I have another of this pendant featured somewhere else in our home…can you guess where?

As you would have expected, we have used the same floors throughout all of the home. And we used them all through the last build. Yep – we are obsessed. The quality is BEYOND and their durability will rival any other flooring. Not to mention that colour. *smitten*.

Throughout our designing, planning and building stages, I asked you, my beautiful Insta Fam, what colour door you thought we would go with, and a majority of you said pink…UNDERSTANDABLY! And to tell you the truth, I really did have my heart set on it. But I asked Dave how he would feel about being the guy who lived in the house with the pink door. He thought about it for a bit and said he was ok with it….but I could tell he wasn’t 100% keen. Completely fair. We decided to choose another colour together and used a lot of inspiration from our last trip to Paris. We had light blues and forest greens picked out and didn’t totally love them. Black was the one colour that we really loved – and I am so glad we went with it – it really makes the brass finished POP!

Speaking of the door and the brass finishes (excuse me while I wipe away my drool), do you remember the struggles I had trying to find a brass door handle?! I searched high and I searched low. I trawled the internet and looked in all the hardware shops both local and in Sydney. And none of them were quite right….you know how fussy I am about these kinds of things. They were either too orange in their brass, or not the right style. But when I found these, they were meant to be. So happy that we could make them work on the exterior and in the interior of the door. The other brass accents including the bell, dummy door knocker and kick plate just work together to finish it off.

And then there is the actual door itself….it’s a beauty! It’s gorgeous and is from Corinthian Doors. We knew we wanted something traditional to really support the exterior architectural moulding and painted brick finish, and this was the only door from the beginning. In previous houses we had chosen pivot doors which were a LOAD more expensive, just for the way that they close. Having had one house previously with a pivot door, and one without, we really couldn’t justify the expense of them and decided to invest the money somewhere else. And it’s not a decision we’ve ever regretted. If you’re looking for great quality and beautifully solid doors, I can 100% recommend Corinthian Doors.

I hope you have enjoyed this little welcome to our home. If you have any questions about anything, you are always welcome to leave a comment below or send me a quick email through the Contact Us page. Be sure to sign up to become an email subscriber here…my subscriber recieve all the goods before anyone else…and more!

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Front Door – Corinthian Doors

Tiles – Beaumont Tiles

Fiddle Leaf Fig – Pillow Talk

Doormat – Pillow Talk

Architectural Moulding – Mould It

Light – Beacon Lighting

Stone – EssaStone

Flooring – Quick Step

Mug – Cristina Re

Brass Pendant – Canalside Interiors

Mood Board Monday – Elegant Entryway

Styling

Welcome to this weeks Mood Board Monday, Elegant Entryway! I decided to do things a little differently this week, and boy has it been fun! Rather than you guys choosing the space and me creating it to my style, I wanted you guys to take the lead on this one! Thank you to everyone who responded to my stories today and sent through a piece of furniture, a rug, an artwork or a gorgeous decor piece. You guys have amaaaaaazing taste! (Let’s be real, I’m not even surprised!)

SO – the piece i chose to work with was one of the first that came through and it COMPLETELY knocked my socks off! It was beautiful, elegant and so versatile. The gorgeous Insta Pal (you know I HATE the term followers!) who sent this trough wanted to see it styled in an entry way, and boy would this space look SENTATIONAL brought to life. The piece she sent through was a gorgeous Fenton & Fenton blush bone inlay console table. I’ve popped it below so you can see what I was given to work with. Isn’t she a beauty?!

This whole Mood Board Design took me just under an hour, that console gave me so much inspiration! You know that I am a massive fan of the texture and character that timber moulding gives, so it was a no brainer that that entryway included the elegance that it provides.

You know I am a MASSIVE fan of beaded chandeliers, so this gorgeous Elok chandelier was my first choice. I love the curved lines in this lighting fixture that compliment the arches in the beautiful mirror that rests on the console. As it would be located in the entryway, this console needed a beautiful little trinket tray to catch your keys and sunglasses when you walk through the door. And you know that I can’t go past a marble tray, especially one adorned with that brass trim….(drool factor!)

Just because something is beautiful doesn’t mean it can’t be practical as well, so this chic little blush Black mango chair and basket from Ollie Ella are in the entryway for you to be able to sit down, take your shoes off and pop them into the basket out of the way. what a gorgeous rug to land your feet on, while also being ridiculously practical. Did you know Jute rugs are one of the best wearing rugs, while also being environmentally friendly? Win…and win!

And hey….what’s a solo chair without a gorgeous print sitting above it? And this one from The Paper Collective has been on my list of perfect prints to use FOR EVER and it was worth the wait, it just ties everything altogether here. So here she is, and all of her elegant glory. What do you think?

Listed below are the individual pieces used which have been put together to create this stunning Elegant Entryway. These pieces are linked straight to the business websites, so click on through to check them out!

Console – Fenton & Fenton

Tray – Coco Republic

Rug – Miss Amara Jute rug

Flooring – Quick Step Impressive Ultra Soft Oak Light

Basket – Ollie Ella stocked at Norsu

Chair – Black Mango

Artwork – Paper Collective

Chandelier – Elok

Mirror – Temple & Webster

Cherry Blossom Flowers – Pottery Barn

Hope you found a little bit of inspiration from this gorgeous Mood Board Monday. I’m already looking forward to creating next weeks design. Make sure you vote on my Insta stories what you would like to see me create next!

Much Love,