Queensland Homes Spring 2016

Find inspiration in each and every edition with our colourful and in-depth pictorials, Australian Style and global design trends, colour schemes and interior design ideas, as well as a showcase of the best architect and building products and services to assist you with your renovation, building and or design project both in-house and outdoors.

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in this issue

2 min
editor’s letter

As I write this, my desk is stacked high with the pages of this issue, our Spring 2016 edition. And I have to say, I am so in love with it. All of the beautiful homes and projects that we have featured herein have personally inspired me, and I’ve found myself already re-arranging my home, de-cluttering, refreshing, getting ready for the new season to arrive. While it may be cold and raining outside right now (at time of writing we are still in the late throes of winter!) here in the QH office, it’s all about spring. It’s a strange side effect of working on a quarterly publication– you’re always somewhere in between seasons! The bonus being, I’ll be ahead of the hordes once the weather finally warms up, with my…

1 min
interiors with style

The team at John Croft Design will tailor each project to suit your personality, lifestyle and budget, and guide you through the transformation process to achieve your desired results. Their expertise takes the stress away from you, whether it be selecting furniture and accessories for your home, or specifying all building finishes, as well as drafting building plans as required. “A lot of the time residential work consists of redecorating or redesigning existing rooms using possessions that the client already owns. Our approach is always very personal,” says John. “The feedback from clients time and time again is virtually the same, they no longer want to try and decorate themselves, making costly mistakes they then have to live with. What they want is to eliminate hassle, get help and advice, and a look…

1 min
perfect living

After spending 15 years working in the interior decorating industry, Kylee Aitcheson’s innate love for styling, decorating and renovating homes culminated in her pursuing a dream to open her own retail store in Brisbane. Her treasure trove, Perfect Living, is located in the fashionable, inner-city suburb of Bulimba – an area renowned for beautiful, picket-perfect family homes showcasing some stunning examples of stylish interiors and impeccable outdoor style. With new stock arriving daily, Perfect Living is aptly described by many visitors as an “Aladdin’s Cave” of treasures. Rather than catering to a specific style, Perfect Living includes all manner of pieces that can perfectly complement any look – whether your taste is Classic Hamptons, French Provincial, Parisienne Chic, Classic Contemporary, or just about anything in between. Plus, there’s also a fabulous…

3 min
the trove

Woven Threads Oh-so-crafty Melbourne designer JESSICA BLUME has been making these woven chairs that combine modern furniture design with traditional arts and crafts. She also creates beautiful tapestries and wall hangings that explore her love of weaving. jessicablume.com A Fine Fetch Art meets fashion in the trans-seasonal, sans-trends range of scarves from DOG&BOY. The bold and punchy colours and prints will take you from street style to sophistication. dogandboy.com Tick Tock Understated style is at the forefront of the unisex BLAAX watches. Leather, Japanese stainless steel and hardened mineral crystal make for a timepiece for design lovers. blaax.com.au Paradise Found Catherine Martin brings her signature visual exuberance and storytelling style to her third collection for Mokum, PARADISO – a celebration of tropical colour and vibrancy. It’s also her first indoor/outdoor range, with the dramatic and durable textiles…

3 min
the creatives get to know bonnie hislop

“These are just joyful, colourful droplets from my brain, coming to life.” MY BACKGROUND I’m largely self-taught as an artist but have been drawing since I can remember. Growing up, I could keep myself occupied for hours with only a pen and paper. Ceramics was something I fell into by chance. When I was eight my mum took my sister and I to a ceramics painting class, which led to her ultimately establishing her own ceramics business, creating custom pieces and also teaching. By the time I was 13 years old our house had a kiln and a studio, with shelves of hand-poured clay homewares ready for painting and full of possibilities. The tools were there for me to play with, learn and explore – and I did. By the time I was…

1 min
west end co.

Brisbane’s colourful and multi-cultural West End is a fitting home for West End Co. – a popular store selling a wide range of Persian, Afghan,Tribal,Village and Kilim rugs and foot stools that can add a touch of global culture to your home. Also tying in with the suburb’s organic, bohemian vibe, all rugs are authentic and made of hand-woven natural fibres not mass-produced through unethical methods. Owner Daniel Axiak has been in the industry since he was a teen, working part-time in his family’s rug store in his hometown, Sydney. “Handwoven rugs have been ingrained in my heritage for as long as I can remember. I started out working alongside my cousin, and he gave me an education in the industry that I thank him for to this very day.” Daniel identified an…