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W – Melbourne

Want to experience an extraordinary weekend away in the heart of Melbourne? Sip a cocktail with a loved one or indulge in some delicious food? W, Melbourne will provide the goods with an elevated aesthetic.  

Marriott’s W, Melbourne was designed by Woods Bagot with NYC based architects. The exterior is inspired by New York buildings whilst the interior takes inspiration from Melbourne’s laneway culture.

W Melbourne contains 294 guest rooms that include curated design features whilst producing a sense of understated elegance. Additionally, the complex holds 29 suites that can include 40sqm balconies, gorgeous views of the Yarra River and amenities that’ll make your stay unforgettable.

Regardless of your chosen room you’ll be able to mix cocktails at your very own W MixBar and play music through your own high-quality speakers. Each room will have unique features with a stylish and futuristic design.    

The building complex contains four restaurants, Warabi, Lollo, Culprit and Curious. Curious being a stylish bar which offers nibbles and delectable cocktails.

A fitness centre and pool are at your disposable with an indoor pool accompanied by a poolside bar and DJ booth.  

W Melbourne is a must see! Indulge and unwind in one of the coolest hotels in the heart of Melbourne. It’ll surely have you coming back again and again.

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Lighting for your home

There are many components to a successful interior, lighting being one of them. Artificial light is needed when natural light is limited. The correct lighting can elevate an interior and also develop a mood or ambiance depending on the setting.

Before we get started, we must know the different types of lighting when it comes to interior design.

Ambient Lighting

Ambient lighting is the overall lighting of a space. Ambient lighting is usually located on the ceiling but can also be in the form of wall-mounted fixtures.

Task Lighting

Task lighting is a light source that is directed at a specific area. This type of lighting aids users in tasks that they are performing, for example reading a book or preparing a meal.  

Accent Lighting

Accent lighting is intended to highlight a specific focal point such as art, sculptures, textures and furniture. This type of lighting adds drama and emphasises decorative or architectural elements of a room.

Each room in a home requires various types of lighting to make it well-designed and functional. The kitchen needs a mix of task and ambient lighting for the room to work. Taking into consideration the use of the space such as preparing food, cleaning, reading and entertaining. When choosing bulbs for your kitchen ensure that they are high-lumen so visibility is easy. Cool light bulbs are often recommended.

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Bedrooms need to feel cosy, calm and tranquil so it is important that you don’t over-light this space. Choose warm light bulbs that are low-lumen so you don’t over stimulate your eyes when trying to relax. Task lighting is important for reading so ensure bedsides are lit appropriately to prevent straining.

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Living and dining areas are multi-purposed so a combination of lighting should be used. Task and accent lighting should be added to create a gentle and layered wash of light across the room. Warm, low-lumen bulbs are recommended for living / dining areas to create a relaxed environment.

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Investing in dimmable lights will give more freedom and flexibility in how you want your rooms to be lit. Dimmable lights can add a sense of luxury whilst creating the perfect lit room for any occasion.

Additionally, Smart lighting is growing traction within interior design, controlling light form your smart phone or a voice control system will allow users to choose from different colours, features and options to take your home lighting to the next level.

Australia’s lavish commercial interiors

Commercial interiors can be extremely exciting and unique. The principles of design can be used to create interesting environments and memorable atmospheres in our public spaces. Ambiance and quality materials are key for attracting clientele and repeat business.

Below we explore some of Australia’s most creative communal and interior design orientated spaces and venues.

POODLE BAR AND BISTRO, South Fitzroy

Located in Melbourne’s South Fitzroy, Poodle Bar blends old and new with its materials, shapes and tones. A sense of nostalgia is created with layers of marble and leather that draw from Art Deco design. Rich dark wood panelling exudes character along with the deep colour pallet that creates a sense of intimate warmth.  

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SHUTTERS, Coogee

Located in Coogee, New South Whales, Shutters is a restaurant that explores French-Italian inspired food and beverages. Placed next to Coogee Beach the venue allows patrons to export themselves to a Mediterranean oasis. Bright, luxurious and comfortable, the interior is designed to easily transition from day to night. Pale blues, whites and creams are scattered throughout in various materials and fabrics creating a harmonious space.

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BLACKSMITH, Lake Mulwala

Situated in Mulwala New South Whales, Blacksmith is a trendy bar with Mid-century characteristics. Southern Californian vibes are projected from the materials and light wood tones. Lush greenery is scattered throughout creating the ultimate destination for a cocktail or two. Classic and timeless with a touch of rock’n’roll makes a playful and desirable atmosphere for everyone to enjoy.

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THE CALILE HOTEL, Fortitude Valley

Positioned in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, The Calile Hotel produces a sense of luxury and escapism. Luxurious materials of stone, marble and expressed concrete are seen throughout the building’s interior and exterior. The hotel allows its guests to escape to a tropical resort whilst still being situated in an urban area. Dusty, earthy tones are used to contrast against shiny metallics such as brass and copper creating an extravagant sanctuary.

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Inside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’s Breathtaking L.A. Farmhouse

Sustainability and tranquillity with the use of natural, rustic materials are the highlights of Ashton and Mila’s soulful modern farmhouse. The couple wanted a home that looked like a converted barnyard with all the characteristics of raw, hard materials whilst still being current and contemporary with soft furnishings.

Architect Howard Backen from Backen & Gillam Architects steered the couple to bringing their visions to life. Kutcher and Kunis worked closely with Backen throughout the planning and construction phases from the tiny details to major structural components.

Additionally, the interior was curated by Vicky Charles from Charles & Co who is a master of mixing fabrics, patterns and textures. The furnishing choices provoke warmth and comfort with a cohesive visual language throughout.

Front of mind, Ashton and Mila wanted a sustainable property with the environment being prioritised. The home is completely powered by photovoltaics which generate power for the whole property. The couple highlights regenerative farming through their soil quality, water consumption and the food they eat.

Natural light is a reoccurring focal point throughout the home, it allows the surrounding views to hero and acts as the ultimate escape from busy L.A. Finding serenity in a home is exactly what Kutcher and Kunis achieved and has become a solid foundation for their family to grow into.

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