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Kylie Jenner’s Hidden Hills Home

I think we can all agree that during these trying times, being stuck at home during a worldwide pandemic, pops of colour in our home can really brighten the mood.  Kylie Jenner’s hidden hills home has an abundance of light, colour, and drama.  Jenner spoke with Architectural Digest, “… I wanted a fresh, fun vibe to match the way I was feeling. Color was essential. I love pink, and I wanted a lot of it!”.

Colour is something that can be added and changed easily in any home with paint, decor, throw cushions etc… Jenner’s use of colour has a very Andy Warhol feel about it, including artwork by the artist himself.  The mix of monochrome design in black and white with colour has a dramatic effect.

Join us as we take a look and get inspiration from this beautiful, bright space.

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A designer twist on the Moncler puffer jacket

The puffer jacket has become a staple in the winter months, it is simple, sleek and most importantly toasty warm.  The iconic Moncler puffer jacket has been keeping people warm while looking stylish for nearly 70 years.  They have created a stunning collection by introducing the Moncler Genius series which takes a designer twist on the Moncler puffer jacket.

We take a look at the collaboration between Richard Quinn and Moncler in the latest of eight collections.  Quinn is a London based designer creates bold patterned designs in both runway collections and ready to wear.  His collaboration with Moncler is definitely in line with his bright bold style.  This collaboration was released in March this year, right at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Quinn stated, “I wanted to create a 60s meets space age dynamic, a transition from the past to the future in my signature prints that match and clash, with strong headpieces for a vibrant idea of total luxe”.

You can view the collaboration between Valentino and Moncler in our blog post here.

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Be Inspired: French provincial

Warm and cosy, the French Provincial decorating style is a reflection of the homes in Provence in the South of France in the 17th and 18th century.

Think colours inspired by the landscape, sprawling farmhouse tables, stone floors and rough plastered walls. It remains one of the most popular interior design aesthetics in the world and can be integrated into any home. In this article, we share some helpful tips to show you how to bring a splash of French provincial into your home.

From our projects with our clients, it’s clear that the French provincial design style remains popular because it combines elegance with functionality. Those who lived in rural France during this period couldn’t afford ornate pieces of furniture found in many city dwellings, so for this reason French provincial furniture is sturdy and often beautifully simple. Signature pieces include armoires, buffets and of course farmhouse tables where the family can gather.

Today,  the popular and aspirational ‘Hampton’ style of homes draw much influence from the traditional French provincial designs. Adding hints of metallic, statement pendent lights and whites rather than creams can modernise the look.

10 ways to get the French Provincial look

  1. Feature an elegantly carved armoire in your home (a tall cupboard with shelving). You’d always find an armoire in a French house during this period because they did not have closets. Why? Well closets were considered a room and people were taxed according to the number of rooms they had.
  2. Mirrors are a wonderful French provincial accessory and a great way of reflecting light around the room. Choose a carved wood mirror or something gold.
  3. Shutters are a popular feature of these homes and were normally painted in cheery bright colours. White, however is a classic, timeless choice.
  4. Opt for natural raw materials. Natural stone floors look stunning in a French provincial home, as do distressed ceiling beams, rough plastered walls and lots of wooden details.
  5. The colour palette of a French provincial home is inspired by the landscape. Lean towards warm gold, earthly grass greens, brilliant cobalt blues, and russet reds. Base colours should be creams and whites.
  6. Another common characteristic of a French rural home is a fireplace which the family can gather around during the chilly months. Baskets full of wood add to this homely aesthetic.
  7. Women in France in the 17th and 18th century spent much of their time embroidering so include some of this lovely needlework in your home, whether it be an embroidered pillow, drapery or bed linen. Don’t forget plenty of upholstered furniture – we can recommend our expert upholsterer for this.
  8. When choosing textiles look out for traditional prints that take their cue from nature, such as vines, sunflowers, olives and roosters arranged in geometric patterns. A particularly famed French fabric is Toile de Jouy, a cotton or linen material with a white and beige colour scheme.
  9. A great deal of the charm of the French provincial style is how inviting and personal it looks.  Accessorise your home with rustic baskets, old copper pots, colourful ceramics, wrought iron and fresh flowers.
  10. For a modern look, mix French provincial pieces with modern furniture. You can always give antique furniture a contemporary twist by adding crystal knobs or having a sheet of glass or mirror fitted to the top.

Take a look at our favourite spaces below for inspiration

If you’re feeling inspired and would like to learn more about the French Provincial Design style and how it would work in your home please call Bernadette on 0417 088 602 to book a consultation.

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How Epidemics Impact Home Design

Since isolating inside your home you may start to notice small details of your house or apartment you hadn’t thought about before—like why your older home doesn’t have a wardrobe, or how white subway tile became so ubiquitous.  You may also be wondering if there’s anything you can do—aside from the usual cleaning and disinfecting process—to help keep your home as virus-free as possible during the coronavirus outbreak.  This excerpt from an article that appeared in Architectural Digest dives into how epidemics impact home design.

Whether you realise it or not, a number of the design features in our homes today originated, or were popularised, because of previous infectious disease outbreaks, like the 1918 flu pandemic, tuberculosis, and dysentery.  Here are a few examples of home design elements tied to attempts to prevent or slow the spread of infectious disease.

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White Kitchen Tiles and Linoleum

White subway tiles are classic, shiny, and easy-to-clean.  They may even make you feel as though your kitchen is a more hygienic place to prepare food, and that’s exactly the idea.  In the late 19th century, as people were beginning to understand how infectious diseases spread, public buildings—hospitals in particular—installed white tiles so workers could immediately spot any dirt or grime, and easily wipe it clean.  Along with tiles, linoleum replaced hardwood floors and oilcloth as the sanitary flooring of choice, also thanks to being easy to clean.

Wardrobes

Though household wardrobes have been around in some form for centuries, what we think of as the place where we store our clothes is a more recent innovation. In fact, up until the beginning of the 20th century, most clothing and related items were kept in stand-alone furniture. “It used to be that almost everything was [kept] in armoires,” Lloyd Alter, a former architect and design historian who now teaches sustainable design at Ryerson School of Interior Design, tells Clever. “When you look at the plans from the turn of the century, the closets are tiny, tiny, tiny—if they exist at all.” The switch to closets was to make rooms easier to clean. Bulky furniture items like armoires were difficult to move and therefore collected dust, which was thought to pass along germs. By the mid-1920s, Le Corbusier was writing about the importance of minimalism, cleanliness, and hygiene in home design, advocating for built-ins throughout the house, which eventually became the norm.

 Sleeping Porches

Though porches themselves have been around for a long time, and have been used as a place to sleep while escaping the summer heat, sleeping porches became popular during the tuberculosis epidemic of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  In a time before antibiotics, sunlight and fresh air were the best-known “cures” for the deadly disease.  People with tuberculosis flocked to the American Southwest—Tucson in particular.  “One thing that we have as a result of tuberculosis is the ‘Arizona room,’ which was basically a sleeping porch,” Jennifer Levstik, an architectural historian and consultant with Logan Simpson, tells Clever.  “They are basically porches that are screened in and usually on the back of the house—and that’s something that was part of treating the illness.”

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Powder Rooms

Half baths on the ground floor of a house near the front door—are also the result of the attempt to prevent the spread of infectious diseases in the early 20th century.  Those were the days of having daily coal and ice deliveries.  Every day, at least one delivery person would traipse inside your home after being inside many other homes, including some where people may have been sick with something contagious. You wouldn’t want delivery people to come into your house and use the bathroom and sink that the rest of the family was using.  And, as Alter points out, having an accessible sink on the ground floor of homes made it more convenient for people to wash their hands—which, as we’ve been reminded of a lot recently, is crucial for health and hygiene.

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It is too early to tell what kind of home design innovations will come from the COVID-19 outbreak.  Chances are good that features to help prevent or stop the spread of infectious disease will be top of mind again.  Alter predicts the return of the vestibule—this time, with a sink immediately as you enter.  A vestibule serves as a transition zone between the inside of the home and the outside world, and a sink in that area could provide a good sanitation area providing some much needed peace of mind.