About Design 618

A typical crazy woman juggling home and work with a love of all things home and design. I love working in the furniture and design industry and my blog is a way to share the homes and designs that I think are really special .

Luscious Timber

This post is just a nod to beautiful , rich natural timber . Most of the images are stunning furniture pieces by Mark Tuckey , whose store on the Northern beaches is well known. His   whose simple designs and respect for the material  speaks for itself. Enjoy…..


Crisp, solid bedhead – to fit any room, let the bedlinen define the style.

Mark-Tuckey-12The Coffee table anchors the space and just as a side comment … what  about that artwork !!


This room is light and bright, yet still has a warmth to it as well. The sofa with the solid  timber frame just screams comfort yet practicality  – perfect for a big crowd – or stretching out  – just you.

dining eames chairsThe circular dining table is a well known design by Mark Tuckey. Love it teamed with these Eames dining chairs. Once a gain timeless.


This Bathroom vanity is so individual – love the fact you can display or store whatever takes your fancy below and this too helps define the style of the bathroom – keep it neutral or add splashes of colour .


Another fabulous bed – love  the solid timber bedside stool as well. Basic black and white never disappoints!

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This shot gives a taste of all things Mark Tuckey – Living , Dining, storage.

Definitely is a unique, high quality and timeless brand – Australian made and a great source of inspiration and ideas. Love it !


More Loft magic

That word “loft Style’ is more and more common out in the design world lately . I admit I am definitely a fan of the look. It seems the high, sometimes “lofty” ceiling heights, the contrast of textures with wall finishes and the often Industrial  edge all are things I personally love. Here a few images that I wanted to share Brooklyn Loft_01     This space has it all – light, height and a fabulous mix of the industrial ( overhead pipes, exposed wiring, window frames) blended with the texture of the leather, touch of greenery and a beautiful lived in feel. masculine-industrial-loft-space This one is similar with the element used, but has a real warmth to it – once again exposed wiring, light and texture. Especially love the spiral staircase – they are enjoying a rebirth lately! industrical chic loft style living-industrical chic loft style living Yes!  A clever mix of furniture and accessories create what I call a loft with a touch of elegance.  The  Monochromatic colour scheme and  beautiful mix of accessories give this room a very calm feeling. An-Industrial-Style-Loft-Living-1 This one is almost a little retro – love that pop of colour in the sofa and the shape of the fireplace echoed int he pendant light in the dining zone. Ochs Design loft.jpg4 Had to include this one – almost a little Cinderella  like  – but look at those walls and ceiling.   industrial-loft-with-white-and-navy-blue-665x665 This  image above I have featured before., but I just love how the whole room is put together, I thought it was worthy of another post. The light is just amazing for this space, plus the artwork leant casually  along the window frame is also perfect too. For those lucky few with loft spaces in Sydney, which are not that common ,  I am very jealous.


Design to Die for…

Just a series of gorgeous rooms that took my eye . They seem to have a common theme of pops of colour and texture against a white or neutral back drop.

tumblr_n04p4lM30q1qztjh2o1_500Love the tones of this room- warm and earthy, yet still very contemporary

tumblr_mth158fLaI1qgmb5ao1_500 (1)Crisp, white and organic…. love the stair well and mix of greys and timber accents.

tumblr_mzd3irgUjd1qb83abo1_500Fabulous use of pattern with pops of colour – this room has real personality

tumblr_n0tuh8H4wn1qb83abo1_500 Love this bedroom – the timber headboard and lighting, once again a mix of textures and finishes.

tumblr_n0xfal8F7n1qb83abo1_500Just a simple white window sill – but just love the whole feel of this image with the bright green contrast of the plants

tumblr_n0yd4fGzDN1qb83abo2_500Loving the colour pops again in this bedroom , casual and fresh.

tumblr_mymdtjLbKC1rcztogo1_500Monochromatic and crisp , I love the light in this photo – the rich chocolate accessories against the stark white.

tumblr_mxnsabDC961qb83abo1_500A gorgeous reading nook – rich and warm.  Love to be curled up here with the latest Home Beautiful Magazine.

coloured basketsJust love this fun, Mediterranean vignette…

Have a great weekend! Maria.

Rough + Smooth = Beautiful

Thought I might share some images of some great rooms that use texture as a key feature  –  I personally love the contrast of an old brick warehouse wall against a  smooth glossy floor and velvet sofa .

stone wallCrisp, clean white and the natural tones of the old bricks and blonde timber accents. Stunning!

warehouseOnce again original bricks, this timber with rich warm timbers and clean smooth flooring. Rich and welcoming a very homely, yet urban look.

kitchen wallWhite render with an unusual backdrop to the kitchen sink area – love the light that comes through and once again the contrast of the crisp white and earthy bricks.

polished concreteSomething entirely different , how fabulous is this polished aqua concrete floor! Room yet to be completed, but who cares – I Love it!

textured roofI chose this one because of the rough textured ceiling – in contrast with the very slick, straight lines of the timber dividing wall below.

rendered wallJust love the whole feel of this image – the wall, lights and the singular piece of timber as the main feature.

concreteThis stairwell is the perfect example of using different textures together to get an original and beautiful space in your home.

Till next time

 Maria x


Container Magic!

I just had to post this one . A company in the USA who create Architect designed shipping container conversions.  This one is so very clever – with everything you can think of.

Plus all done with good looks.



The colour is fabulous and the addition of the glass doors just make it the real thing – love it!


Internally there is a galley kitchen, bathroom and living area, plus the deck. All  finished with clean lines and good looking fittings.

shipping-container-house-7Sofa bed in the living area – light  timber floors give the feeling of space. shipping-container-house-9

Compact bathroom adjacent to the kitchen  – although not too sure about the clear glass for privacy?

shipping-container-house-5The view down towards the kitchen from the living space. The doors on each side give so much light and create a real sense of space.

shipping-container-house-6Functional kitchen with complete with bar fridge and cook top.



The view looking down inside the container from the other end .

I truly love the whole thing . Its is clean and modern and very clever. The creators are Hybrid Architecture in the USA.   You can visit their website at www.hybridarc.com

Starts to get me thinking of all the possibilities for creating on of our own…. another thing to add to the wish list.

Maria x






More Modernist Love

Just a few gorgeous rooms to keep the creative juices flowing.I have  Been at work all week re doing the beautiful La Maison showroom floor – very french, classic and eclectic all mixed together , which is wonderful – But I  need to have a fresh hit of my favourite modernist/retro style.  Here’s a few I love.

Contemporary-Home-Library-Living-Room-with-Olive-Green-Modern-Curved-Sofa-900x618Love this sofa …. and the mix of all those personal pieces behind…. gives the space a very real, lived look, but with SO much style.

imagesJust adore the sideboard and accent chair in this fresh all white room. Simple and crisp.


Once again the furniture pieces in this amazing space are so fabulous.I never tire of  chairs of any description!

Plus that picture window and colour palette they have used to connect the outdoors with the room. Calm, relaxing and somewhere you can just imagine curling up with a good book.

chris barrett designWhat can I say – those colours and once again those chairs!!!  Stunning by Chris Barrett Design.

living-roomjohnkandersonA well put together room, by John  Kanderson once again a beautiful mix of furniture pieces that work together so well, plus that great pop of colour from the print!

Internal_03lukestanleyarchitectsThis open plan kitchen dining by Luke Stanley features a beautiful modernist design dining setting and pendant light . The kitchen itself is relatively simple, but by teaming it with the dining creates a more mid century feel.

kitchen- Nest architects -Nest Architects in Melbourne created this amazing kitchen – classic colours and lines for the mid century look….. Love it!

Hope you enjoyed these beautiful rooms – it is a very unique and special style that I know has a loyal set of fans who appreciate great design, clean lines and some personality!

Maria x

Stormy Greys… love this colour scheme


Just adore this bold and fabulous combination…. orange and grey works beautifully


Amazing bedhead and rich rustic feel to this room. The tones pulled together with the deep charcoal grey of the throw and curtains


Just love this room, the soft greys mixed with the citrus and green tones are inviting and very welcoming. This is a room by Abigail Ahern – her style is just right!


Striking and strong grey feature wall in this kitchen gives drama and clean lines .


This kids bedroom is stylish and contemporary. Great storage and the use of grey and white makes the space clean, modern and timeless.


Love the use of orange in this geometric wall, combined with the modernist furniture and simple space.


Love this bedroom space – the simplicity of the bedlinen, strong contrast feature wall and accent chair. Plus love that pendant light!

Greys can be soft and subtle, striking and strong and work with so many colours  – a change from the whites and cream neutrals we so often use.

Till next post