Selections really are an excellent pastime; nevertheless, if you have already been at this for some time, you will begin to understand that a person shed the area inside your home in order to containers and containers of antique memorabilia.Read More
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A multitude of rooms inside a small home
Aurelio “Ray” Costarella says it was a real challenge to create a small home that didn’t feel like a small home. With only 174 sq m of space to play with, he linked up with local Perth architect/builder Wes Blackie. The two put their heads together and came up with an inspirational two-storey home, which, despite its small size, manages to include two bedrooms, bathroom, powder room, laundry, home office, open-plan kitchen, dining and living area, and even a double carport. Now that’s savvy design!
Inspired by Japanese architect Tadao Ando – famous for his concrete buildings – Ray wanted his home to have an industrial theme. So a concrete block was built on the land and all the external walls were rendered. Polished concrete floors, which feature exposed aggregate, complete the look.
“I still have people walking past [the house] asking when we are going to paint the facade,” Ray laughs. But he believes his home’s grey patina is “ageing beautifully”, with its weathered markings and discolouration.
Interchangeable interior wanted
Wanting the interior to act as an “interchangeable blank canvas”, Ray decided to paint the walls white. “When the actual environment is quite neutral or minimal it’s easy to change the dynamic of it by adding interesting pieces such as sleeper sofas or sofa beds,” he explains. Combining sentimental items with contemporary buys like reclining chairs, stools, and a special living room sofa set- many brought home from his stylish concept store Post Emporium in North Perth, WA – Ray has decorated his home with an eclectic mix of vintage and modern furnishings.
Among the designer’s intriguing finds are a white Marc Newson “Orgone” armchair (a 1993 design), a 1950s dining table – given a whitewash for a new lease of life – and multicoloured perspex letters from an old cinema strung up on the first-floor balustrade.
“I love mixing old and new,” Ray says. “Part of the charm of vintage pieces is wondering where they came from, who they belonged to and how they came to be. The only things we have in the home are the things we really love.”
Another transformation of a small home
Nadia Sakey drove past a tiny, two-bedroom 1930s Auckland cottage as a real estate agent was hammering a “For Sale” sign into the ground. She and her husband Dave had been looking for a house for over a year, but with one child, and another on the way, this small house wasn’t what they were after. But as soon as they saw it, they could see its potential and room to expand. So they bought it.
An advantage of many 1930s homes is that the simple floor-plan consists of a central hallway with symmetrical rooms leading off it. “Basically, we just took off the back of the house and expanded out into the garden, creating a third bedroom, an extra bathroom, and an open-plan living space, which opens onto a large deck,” Nadia says. The original bathroom became an ensuite for the master bedroom and the original kitchen was transformed into a new family bathroom, a budget-friendly option as the plumbing was already in place. “It’s essential to build a good partnership with your builder, to ensure both parties work successfully and minimise any bumps along the way,” Nadia recommends.
As soon as the building was completed, Nadia got cracking with her favourite part of the renovating process – the interior. This has taken a dramatic turn from the original neutral palette. “Colour is something I have a deep interest in – I’ve taken time to understand its meaning and what it can do,” she says.
“The base palette is black and white so that I could have fun placing accents of rich, bold colour in areas that pop and draw the eye. While I appreciate soft toning in the right places, I’m not a big believer in playing it safe.” Nadia is also a fan of wallpaper, which introduces texture, glamour and variety into a room. She particularly likes the designs by her friend Deb Bowness, who produces papers that “play” with real life-size images – such as the trompe l’oeil bookcase in the hallway recess. “There is a new breed of wallpaper designer emerging,” Nadia says. “They are pushing boundaries with technology and becoming as recognised as any other celebrated contemporary artist.”
The house may look complete, but there are plans to put in a pool, and as the family grows, to “pop” the roof and add a parents’ retreat. A tiny cottage is turned into a family home!
What To Do In The Garden This Month; Indoor plants and planters have sometimes been considered a little daggy, but now there is nothing cooler. Check them out
Easy Care INDOOR PLANTS
INDOOR PLANTS have made a real comeback this year, with the trend set to continue well into next. The resurgence in their popularity can be attributed to a couple of factors: the new range of plants available and a crop of great pots.
Innovative PLANTER POTS
It’s goodbye to black plastic tubs, fibreglass office planters and chipped terracotta pots and hello to smart, new polymer planters, chic ceramic pots and stylish stainless-steel beauties.
Savvy garden centres are stocking fabulous pots from a European company, Elho (www.elho.com – the Australian distributor is European Trade Network, etn.com.au), which offers a huge range of plastic pots, including ones that hang over verandah rails and others with built-in lights. There is also a gorgeous range by Robert Plumb By William Dangar (Robertplumb.com.au). For something different, the modular planters from Queensland’s Just Add Plants (Justaddplants.com) come in various innovative fi nishes including coloured stainless steel, coloured metal, acrylic with stone and marble effects, and timber.
So, it’s out with the sad umbrella trees and struggling African violets and it’s in with large leaves, savvy succulents, Zen-like mosses, flowering orchids and fab pots.
Caring for your INDOOR PLANTS
There is no such thing as an indoor plant; they are just plants that are suited to shade. Most will need a spell outside every so often, or – at the very least – a clean with a damp cloth to remove dust from the leaves. Air-conditioning can dehydrate plants; regular misting helps to overcome this. If the aircon or heating is on most of the time, such as in an office, steer clear of palms and ferns and go for tougher plants such as cacti and peace lilies.
Watering needs vary according to the plant, the room it is in and the season, but in general, once a week, take the plant to the bathroom for a long drink and a short shower under a shower-head or tap. Likewise, a regular dose of a liquid fertiliser, such as Seasol or Maxicrop, will noticeably improve your indoor plants’ health and vigour. And for when you go on holidays, place pot plants on a towel in the bath and leave the tap slightly dripping. The plants will absorb the water through the towel and you’ll return to a healthy crop of new leaves.
What To Do In The Garden This Month; Bring a touch of the tropics to your garden with waterlilies. Here’s your “how-to” growing guide
WITH FLOATING leaves, exotic blooms and a beautiful fragrance, the waterlily (Nymphaea) is a popular aquatic plant that makes a sensational statement in the garden. Available in a wide variety of colours and different sizes, there’s a lily to suit all spaces. So whether you have a backyard pond or a miniature water feature on the balcony, read on
Hardly or tropical
Miniature waterlilies are available in both hardy and tropical varieties. With smaller fl owers and leaves they’re perfect for shallow tubs and make great water features on the balcony or courtyard.
How to grow
Sun The one thing all waterlilies need is lots of sunlight to grow (at least six hours a day) – the more sun, the more blooms. No waterlily will flower in the shade. Pots Waterlilies should be grown in strong, squat plastic containers, about 20 to 25cm diameter; smaller for minatures. Provided your pot or pond is at least 40cm deep (or up to 60cm), waterlilies will grow and flower happily. However, they don’t like fl owing or splashing water so don’t position them too close to a fountain spout.
Decor with your Home
Mix & fertilise Use a good-quality, heavy topsoil or garden soil (not potting mix), and add a fertiliser that’s specially formulated for fl owering aquatic plants. Cover with a layer of pea gravel or sand to help keep the dirt in the pot when submerged.
Care Lilies should be repotted every two to three years and can be split into two or three containers at this time. All varieties die down over winter, so don’t throw them out thinking they’re dead when they’re just dormant.
SPLASH OF COLOUR
Waterlilies are available in a huge range of colours: the hardy group generally has softer shades of yellows, pinks, creams and white, such as the vigorous grower
“Colorado” with its lovely coral pink flowers. The tropicals are bolder and more vibrant with some stunning deep purple and blue shades, like the “King Of Blues
FUN & PLAYFUL
If you’re a parent, morning can often mean little visitors bounding into in the bedroom and wriggling into bed with you. A place to cuddle and a place to play, a comfy and colourful bed can make the perfect spot for family time. Grey 300-threadcount Egyptian cotton sheets provide a soft, nurturing base on this bed, teamed with patterned linens in bright green, white and shades of blue to liven up the scene. And just like the stories Dad reads, a bed isn’t complete without a few quirky characters – these fun cushions are just the ticket.
CREATIVE & COSY
Is your bedroom the heart of your home? Then it’s only natural that it should be an inspiring space that suits your personality. Indulge with a rich, decadent palette for your bedlinen – shades of deep purple, pinks and oranges – to create a space that’s warm, welcoming and comfortable. You want your bed to be a place where you can happily spend time doing the things you love. Go all out with fl orals and don’t hold back on the ruffles and ruching to create a cocooning, feminine vibe. This is your zone so be creative, and don’t be afraid to mix and match. Sweet dreams.