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How to: Hamptons kitchen with a modern take

The Hamptons style is one of our most requested from clients. The beauty of this aesthetic is that it doesn’t date. Sure there are updates to be made from time to time, but if you get the basics of the Hamptons style right, your space will stay current for years to come.

To help you identify some key ‘must haves’ when designing your Hamptons-style kitchen, we’ve put together our four biggest tips. Take a read then explore some of our favourite Hamptons-inspired kitchens below.

1.Go all out on white

White is the colour palette of the Hamptons look and should be the foundation for your kitchen. Choose white cabinetry, white walls and white window frames. However, you can add in elements of black or very dark timber – perhaps on your island bench – to provide even more sophistication and a boldness to the design.

2. Choose your pendant lights carefully

As Hamptons-style kitchens are simple in style, choosing statement pendant lights can add personality to the space. Copper is a great option to contrast the white, while steel is a look that is very current and black works well to balance darker cabinetry. Choose a series of pendants in the same size equally positioned along the top of your island bench for the best result.

3. Have fun with your furniture

A must-have for a modern Hamptons kitchen? Beautiful upholstered or timber stools and dining chairs. Because a Hamptons kitchen is very minimal in aesthetic and doesn’t rely on intricate timber or tiles, bringing in some texture and pattern through your furniture adds depth and detail to the room (as well as comfort!).

4. Contrasting timber floors

Our final must-have for Hamptons-inspired kitchens are timber floors in a mid to deep timber tone. As you scroll through the images below, look carefully at the different floor options and you’ll see that the darker tones really pop and add a wow factor to the space. Consider the rest of the timber throughout your home and be sure to match the tones so that your new kitchen complements rather than clashes with your existing designs.

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All images from our Kitchen Pinterest board.

Three amazing chocolate shops around the world

This year, instead of loading up on cheap, poor quality chocolate, how about choosing less but better? If you need convincing, how about this: more expensive chocolate is typically better for you as it is made from organic, top quality ingredients. To help you choose some artisan products, we’ve gone inside three leading chocolatiers from around the globe. Take your pick!

1.The Margaret River Chocolate Company, Perth

A former bank is the new home of the Margaret River Chocolate Company in Perth, Western Australia. Not only does the store showcase and sell the company’s expansive range of colourfully packaged chocolates handcrafted from Belgian couverture, but the team also provide bottomless tastings. In fact, the company recently crunched the sums and realised it gives away more than $300,000 worth of chocolate to the one million people who visit its three stores each year!

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Images above from here.

2. 100% Chocolate Shop, Tokyo

With Japanese design firm Wonderwall at its helm, the finished design of 100% Chocolate Cafe wasn’t going to be anything but impressive. Running above the communal table is a dark-wood carved ceiling, shaped just like a block of chocolate! Meantime, visitors can watch chocolate being created in the grand, open kitchen, then take their pick from the 56 different varieties in the cabinet, each with their own colour code. A stand out feature of this chocolatier is the view from the street, with the huge floor to ceiling windows just tempting passers-by to step in.

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Images above from here.
 3. Les Marquis de Ladurée
Renowned for its macarons, Laudree delighted fans when it opened its first chocolate boutique in Paris. Expanding on its traditional offering of macarons,“Les Marquis de Ladurée” is a new Laudree sub-brand devoted entirely to chocolate. Positioned near the Tuileries Gardens in Paris, the interior is intricate and old-worldly, with the walls decorated in Acanthus stucco leaves, and the ceiling embellished with a stucco garland and decorated with Murano chandeliers. White Carrara marble fronts the counter and is adorned with ‘marquis’ medallions.

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Images above from here.

What’s new in the world of design: April 2017

Easter, Anzac Day, Mother’s Day… there are so many special celebrations and long weekends coming up in the months ahead. The extra days off work are a brilliant opportunity to explore new product ranges, attend design events, or tick some tasks off your home renovation list. To help inspire you – whether inside the home or out and about – we’ve rounded up our top five new happenings this month.

1.Ash Keating’s Gravity System Response exhibition

Melbourne-based artist Ash Keating creates vibrant 20 metre-high wall murals using none other than recycled fire extinguishers filled with paint! Keating has translated his huge murals into large linen canvases for his exhibition, ‘Gravity System Response’ showing at North Melbourne’s The Meat Market from 7th to 13th April. The exhibition will bring together 20 paintings, the largest of which is 3.5×2 metres: just a shadow of Keating’s normal physical, performance-style work.

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Photos above: Sean Fennessy for The Design Files.

2.Floral wallpapers by Murals Wallpaper

Whether it’s your mum, grandma, mother-in-law or step-mother, celebrate all the women in your life this Mother’s Day with one of Murals Wallpaper’s beautiful floral wallpaper murals. There are hundreds of floral prints to choose from, all using modern digital printing techniques that capture the intricate detail of the floral prints in HD on quality textured paper. The prints can be hung just like normal wallpaper, but allow for a huge impact. All products are made-to-order and custom sized according to the customer’s wall dimensions.

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3. Sand Collection by Dinosaur Design

Dinosaur Designs have launched their latest collection, which explores the natural beauty and perfect imperfections of rocks and mineral properties. ‘Sand‘ features castings and patterns that have sand mixed into the brand’s signature resin finish, futuristic metal armour pieces and stone-based homewares. The result is an arresting tension between structure and fluidity; nature and manmade. In a fitting partnership, Dinosaur Designs’ creative directors, Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy, engaged National Geographic photographer Tim Georgeson to shoot this campaign on Sydney’s Maroubra beach, and the models were Georgeson’s and Olsen and Ormandy’s daughters.

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4. Comme des Garçons Homme Plus x Fornasetti

Comme des Garçons Homme Plus has partnered with iconic Italian design brand Fornasetti to produce strong, graphical garments and decor. Premiered during the Spring-Summer 2017 Comme des Garçons Homme Plus show ‘Naked King’, this collaboration sees tailored jackets and matching pants printed with the iconic images of Italian painter, sculptor, interior decorator and engraver Piero Fornasetti.

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5. Milan Design Week

If you’re lucky enough to be travelling through Europe at the moment, be sure to add a stop off in Milan. The city is oozing creativity as clever minds descend for the Milan Design Week – otherwise known as the Salone del Mobile – between April 4th and 9th. Now in its 56th edition, the worldwide-renowned furniture exhibition features 2,500 exhibitors and attracts more than 300,000 visitors coming from over 160 Countries. Alongside the main exhibition, several events, meetings and presentations provide a holistic look at the present and future of furnishings and design.

This year, five exhibitions will run concurrently in the creative and design hub for the home furnishing sector: the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, the International Furnishing Accessories Exhibition, Euroluce, Workplace3.0 and SaloneSatellite.

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Celebrity insider: Hilary Swank’s Paris Apartment

She moved to Paris for a relationship, but when that ended, Hilary Swank had fallen so in love with the city, she stayed. Now, the award winning actress has set up her own home in an historic building on the Left Bank.

Adding to her properties in Los Angeles and New York, this apartment features stately, traditional Parisian elements, such as huge windows, grand proportioned rooms and intricate mouldings.

Swank brought in Axel Huynh – founder of event-planning agency CrazyBaby and creative director of furniture company Henryot & Cie – to design a piece of furniture for her new home. However, Huynh’s role morphed into somewhat of the Interior Designer, as he brought Swank’s vision for the space to life.

Swank worked with Huynh to channel a European timelessness blended with a midcentury flair in the apartment using handcrafted pieces by Henryot & Cie, retro daybeds in jewel tones and Ginger and Jagger wall lamps. However, this bolder aesthetic was turned down and the couture elements increased as the design moved to Swank’s bedroom, creating a moodier, more subtle space. Take a look…

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Images from here