VILLA AMOR BY ARENT & PYKE
This large, top-floor apartment set in a Spanish mission-style building in Sydney’s Bellevue Hill exudes romance with its eclectic, Parisian style decor. The interiors include original French-style archways, large windows framing Sydney harbour views, and vaulted ceilings concealing all the room’s lighting… take a look inside….
Photography by Anson Smart – See more of Arent & Pyke’s projects here.
SIR the Label’s New Boutique Store by Designer, Merci Maison
Photography by Jiwon Kim l Photographer
Celebrated Sydney-based fashion brand SIR The Label has opened its first stand-alone Australian store in seaside Manly. Owners Nikki Campbell and Sophie Coote worked with interior designer Merci Maison to create the light and airy, luxe minimalist space located just a block from picturesque Manly Beach.
The interiors celebrate craftsmanship and showcase the works of local artists against a calming canvas of natural and raw materials. With curved walls, beautiful archways and bespoke design elements, this space reflects the elegant yet directional aesthetic of SIR The label.
We caught up with one half of Merci Maison, Jade Yarbrough, to chat about the inspiration behind this inviting retail space…
What was your inspiration for the space?
As it was SIR’s first footprint in the Australian retail space, I needed to ensure the design spoke the language of the brand, in an elevated and contemporary tone, staying cohesive to the aesthetic of SIR The label. The design concepts take inspiration from galleries, museums, artist installations and primitive stone structures.
Describe the materials used and why did you choose these?
It was important for me to carry through design elements from the Indonesian retail space into this sphere, remaining cohesive and consistent with their existing spatial identity. I was able to carry this through with the use of raw elements, limestone, textured designs and opulent marble against the otherwise neutral colour space.
Setting the foundation for the brands first physical space in Australia, the curved walls and beautiful archways formed a beautiful interior space for the display of product and installations while the use of materials including curved brass rails, limestone sculptures and three variations of marble are all custom to the space.
How does the interior aesthetic reflect that of the label and its designs?
Focusing on craftsmanship, we used both local artists and the use of natural and raw materials to execute the vision. The interior is layered, merging bespoke design elements and raw materials with a narrative to create a space that is not only a sensory retail experience but speaks to the aesthetic of SIR the label.
What were the challenges in creating the space, or was it all a breeze?
With any project comes challenges – that’s what makes the design process so rewarding. Achieving the beautiful backlit marble installation in the archway wasn’t without difficulty – the lighting we selected threw a different shade when reflected off particular backdrops and was impacted by the depth of the space. But it’s all in the details and being meticulous with the execution. I have painful attention to detail, especially with a space like this that is so clean and minimal. I’m fortunate to work closely with suppliers and a builder that understands this (although might want to rip my hair out at times).
What’s next for Merci Maison and your design work?
I had dipped my toes in a residential project in Los Angeles, working remotely from Sydney on this project and contemplated more work over there … but I have had a flow of projects here in Sydney so will be staying put to continue establishing my brand here. I am currently working on a few residential projects, creating custom furniture pieces for clients and a few event installations. Exciting things in the pipeline! Stay tuned x
Check out more of Merci Maison’s work here.
Globe-trotting Designer Michelle Nussbaumer’s
Bohemian Luxe Getaway in San Miguel
Globe-trotting and super stylish Dallas designer Michelle Nussbaumer likes to go big and exotic. So it was no surprise to us that when Michelle and her husband, Bernard Nussbaumer (movie producer and cofounder of Texas’s Buda Juice beverage bars), found a dated building to do up as their holiday home in San Miguel de Allende, that the end result was only going to be as visually captivating as her Dallas home – dramatically furnished, with a mix of global treasures.
Nothing Michelle Nussbaumer had seen in the romantic Spanish Colonial city of San Miguel was pleasing her eye. She was after something ‘unusual’ so one afternoon when Nussbaumer spotted a dilapidated wall and decided to climb over it, she knew when she saw the stunning U-shaped building dating back to 16th century that it was absolutely perfect. With the help of friends, she tracked down the owner and bought the home on a handshake (which is apparently very uncommon in Mexico). Thus the name that she and her husband chose for their new home away from home: Hacienda Buena Fe, the House of Good Faith.
Not surprisingly, the interiors are anything but minimal with the home giving off an authentic, Mexican vibe, exactly what Michelle desired. Many of the details bear witness to her inspiringly collector approach to design, architecture, and landscapes and perfectly compliment the inspirational and vibrant city of San Miguel. Click here to view the entire house tour on Architectural Digest and to read the full editorial.
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This stunning 4 bedroom, 6 bathroom, sophisticated home is the epitome of beachside luxury and only a few minutes walk away from beautiful Avalon Beach.
Coonanga Beach House is a stylish, five star northern beaches home, bathed in beautiful northern light. The stunning open plan interiors and entertaining spaces offer an immediate connection to the natural environment and we love the earthy vibe and effortlessly chic design and styling it offers. We have added this little beauty to our Air Bnb hot list! You can find more details here on how to book.
Images via: Airbnb
We came across this stunning property on the Contemporary Hotels website earlier this year and completely fell in love! Featuring sweeping views across North Bondi beach, this luxury retreat was designed by leading stylist Tamsin Johnson, reflecting a modern Australian sensibility with high quality furnishings and tasteful artworks.
To see more photos of this gorgeous Bondi abode, head to the Contemporary Hotels website here.
Source: Contemporary Hotels