How We Use Our Outdoor Spaces For Entertaining.

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Outdoor spaces were once used for entertaining in very limited ways. A place to sit, away from the interior space of a home and not much else. Today we are looking at unlimited design possibilities in terms of what is possible to create state of the art outdoor entertaining spaces. The image here from a recent project, and is a good example of taking a space that had spectacular views of Brisbane city, and creating a complete outdoor entertaining area. The space underwent an extensive rebuilt first to deal with water issues. Then after some consultation with the clients, we suggested creating a space not just for outdoor dining, but where total food preparation can take place, creating ease in entertaining or day to day home dining. Running water, refrigeration, commercial exhaust extraction and top of the rage BBQ, teamed with stylish finishes has created the perfect outdoor space that can be enjoyed throughout the year. It has surpassed the clients expectations ten fold, and it is rewarding to have clients that trust your design concept from the start. The only thing is, its the one time it would have been good to have a before shot of the space, because then one can really appreciate the total transformation that has occurred.  

Elegant Bedroom

An Elegant Master Bedroom, that faces South, filled with natural light. A soft pallet of beautiful textiles were chosen to create understated luxury, teamed with custom designed furniture and large scale hand woven woollen rug. The result is a peaceful retreat, a haven from the outside world.

An Elegant Master Bedroom, that faces South, filled with natural light. A soft pallet of beautiful textiles were chosen to create understated luxury, teamed with custom designed furniture and large scale hand woven woollen rug. The result is a peaceful retreat, a haven from the outside world.

Elegant Contemporary Interior

A modern, cleaned lined, minimal contemporary interior was the brief from clients who lived in a Colonial Home in Inner City Brisbane. The space had wonderful light, and the walls had the original linseed oil finish, that homes of this era had. Mid 20th Century pieces of furniture were selected, [ Danish Modern ] to furnish the space, and the centre piece being the original Italian Murano Glass light fitting, dating from the early 70's. At night this piece is spectacular when illuminated, and when not, the sculptural quality makes a wonderful focal point within the space.

A modern, cleaned lined, minimal contemporary interior was the brief from clients who lived in a Colonial Home in Inner City Brisbane. The space had wonderful light, and the walls had the original linseed oil finish, that homes of this era had. Mid 20th Century pieces of furniture were selected, [ Danish Modern ] to furnish the space, and the centre piece being the original Italian Murano Glass light fitting, dating from the early 70's. At night this piece is spectacular when illuminated, and when not, the sculptural quality makes a wonderful focal point within the space.

London Blind a Perfect Choice.

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The choice for window furnishings is vast. Curtains, Shutters, Roman Blinds, Bonded Blinds, Roller Blinds, Swags; one could go on and on. But are these choices always right for the application required ? Very often the answer is no. The image shown here, is from a project where a window covering was required, space was a crucial factor, as well as privacy. The window was in a gentleman's Dressing Room. A London Blind was designed and made from a selected fabric in shades of brown, cream and pale blue.  The London Blind creates total privacy when down, but elegantly draws upwards, to allow light into the space with the greatest of ease. Its the perfect choice, creating a elegant yet masculine blind that finishes the room perfectly.      

Secret Doors

We have designed and worked on many residential projects where clients have their own studies and libraries. The study we are discussing here is in Melbourne. The design of the cabinet work has integrated a ‘secret door’. It could have been a simple everyday door, but it was far more interesting to create a concealed hided door. We used old book covers to create the illusion of book shelves filled with books. We took the covers of old encyclopaedias that were out of date, and books that were damaged and heading for land fill. It was a great way to recycle part of something that had no further use. When the door is closed it looks like continual book shelving running across the back wall of the room. With the touch of a concealed lock, you are  able to enter into the room behind with the greatest of ease. We’ve all seen the Agatha Christie movies with secret doors in stalely homes that lead to mischief and mayhem. Well this is certainly different, nothing sinister going on here. What could have been just a plain doorway, is now an interesting architectural talking point that is both practical and unique.     

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Beautiful and very Functional, Describes this Bathroom.

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A Bathroom from a past project,  that is a wonderful space filled with natural light. Finishes of Carrara  Marble, white Subway Tiles, quality sanitary fixtures, and costumed designed cabinet work painted in neutral tones, creates a perfect bathroom. A space that's a sanctuary, beautiful but also very functional at the same time, that's the hallmark of good interior design, that Thomas & Alexander has built it’s reputation on.