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Home Office Style: 13 of the best Australian Made desks for your home office

Is your current home office setup a temporary make-do situation like the one above? It’s worth taking some time to investigate local furniture manufacturers before purchasing a new desk. When you’re looking for something special for a project, something a little unique, it’s quite hard to find the perfect thing when there are soooo many […]

Planning a Bathroom renovation when you only have one bathroom

One of the biggest obstacles to renovating a bathroom is the thought of having to live and manage while the work takes place. The key to success here is planning. A bathroom renovation generally takes 4 – 8 weeks, depending upon the amount of work involved, and if there are any items like the shower […]

How to choose an Interior Designer for your Project

How do you choose an Interior Designer for your Project? There are many different firms, large and small, that offer Interior Design services at various levels. How do you wade through these options when selecting a designer for your project?

The Design Process

When you flick through an Interior design magazine and admire the numerous perfectly presented homes, or if you’re invited to the opening night of a new retail shop or office, you’re seeing the finale of months (if not years) of hopes & dreaming, planning, design and construction. Each project is unique, and the outcome reflects […]

What Colours should I use in my Workspace?

Your work environment can have a positive affect on your energy, focus and creativity. Evolution and a person’s experiences and cultural background are a few of the fundamental mechanisms by which we translate colour into meaning. Our colour preferences are highly personal and generally relate back to experiences and objects that we like of the […]

Why do I need an Interior Designer?

Whether your interior design project is residential design, commercial, retail or hospitality, hiring an interior designer is the first essential step for the success of your project. Your Interior Designer is on Your team. When you engage an Interior Designer directly, they are a client side designer. This means they are on your side for […]

Absolu Hair Salon – Opening night

Finally, after 11 months of preparation planning, design and construction, the Absolu Hair Salon celebrated their opening night last Saturday, with perfect Melbourne spring weather to accompany it (the evening was the most mild we’ve had since last Autumn). The owner of Absolu purchased this shop in a shell and core state (no floor coverings, […]

Planning your Bathroom Design

Why use an Interior Designer for your bathroom design project? In most cases, bathrooms have a very significant impact on the resale value of your house. A bathroom with a wow factor is as much about investing in your asset to improve the value of your house as something that you can enjoy in the […]

Creating a Business Lounge – How to give your clients the VIP treatment

An accounting client asked me recently why I design offices and Airline lounges; they are quite dissimilar sorts of projects.  To me they’re not, as often my clients are one in the same;  I’ll be in the midst of designing their office in Melbourne and they’ll discover that I was the chief designer for the […]

How to make your Co-working space your own

The rise of Co-working spaces are one of the most exciting and innovative movements I’ve seen in corporate and workplace design in recent years.  As a new twist on the activity based working & hot-desking that lends itself neatly to entrepreneurs, sole proprietors and small companies, it provides all the benefits of larger support structure […]

Walk West 2017

Thanks to everybody who donated and supported myself and family during the Walk West 2017 fun run.  This is what I do when my daughter asks to participate in a fun run for her birthday!  It’s not too late to find out more & make a donation here supporting the new Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s […]

Creating a Workplace that reflects your Vision – Part 3

Inspiration Series Nº 3 YOUR BUSINESS HAS SOUL Imagine having a business that reflects the culture of your team, and enhances all of you best qualities, and where working together is easy and enjoyable. As I mentioned a previously, I love working with small business.  Each company is sort of like an extended family (and […]

Creating a Workplace that reflects your Vision – Part 2

Inspiration Series Nº 2 CREATE A MOODBOARD & SHARE YOUR VISION Do you have a clear visual image of your goals?   Think of how focussed you’ll feel when you can picture exactly how your Vision looks.  Start simple with a collage to solidify your ideals in your own mind, and which you can then […]

Creating a Workplace that reflects your Vision – Part 1

Inspiration Series Nº 1 THIS IS YOUR VISION Like me, I bet you have a Vision of your business.  You spent all that time imagining, massaging and perfecting your “Unique Value Proposition”.  It consumed you, it fired your Passion.  You may have a Manifesto.  I always loved that word:  a public declaration made to the whole […]

Creating a Workplace that reflects your Vision – Introduction

Introduction THIS IS YOUR VISION As you sit here reading this remember that when you started your business, you had a Passion, a Vision for the future, and you Focused wholeheartedly on that.  You where, and still are the heart of your business.  Do you remember that Vision?  Do your clients & staff know and feel the excitement […]

10 Ways to save on office space for your Small Business

Finding a suitable space or tenancy for your small or medium business can be a challenge.   If the tenancy you already occupy is perfect in all but space, there are strategies you can consider to plan ahead to create an ideal office design for the long term. Your business needs to squeeze in all […]

Creating a Workplace that reflects your Vision

As you sit here reading this, remember that when you started your business, You had a Passion, a Vision for your future, and focussed wholeheartedly on that. If you know someone who owns a small business, I encourage you to share this – it could be the one big thing to Inspire them for the year […]

Pascoe Vale House – A fresh approach to Vintage (Concept stage)

Location: Pascoe Vale, Melbourne Client: Young family Builder: E.A Constructions Status: Work in Progress (Commenced April 2015) Project: Interior Design in a tiny existing single story Art Deco brick veneer house in Pascoe Vale, originally built for a WWII war veteran, which is currently undergoing extensive structural renovations to suit a young family. The design […]

Pascoe Vale House – A fresh approach to Vintage (Planning Stage)

Location: Pascoe Vale, Melbourne Client: Young family Builder: E.A Constructions Status: Work in Progress (Commenced April 2015) Project: Interior Design in a tiny existing single story Art Deco brick veneer house in Pascoe Vale, originally built for a WWII war veteran, which is currently undergoing extensive structural renovations to suit a young family. The design […]

Small Living in Style – Halcyon days bathroom ideas

This is the third update on the design of our small house.  I’m planning to update our bathroom, and am exploring a few ideas.  Our current bathroom, which I designed the layout & cabinetry for in 2002, still looks fresh but being a designer I get a bit bored with what I see everyday (“familiarity breeds contempt”). […]

Small Living in Style – A kitchen which is still “On Trend”

This is the second update on the design of my home.  Like many people we’ve spent the Christmas holidays doing a spring clean, clearing out the cobwebs and the old toys that the kids have grown out of.  I made a commitment to clean and style my kitchen, which I designed ten years ago when […]

Granite Consulting & Thomas Frost’s Office is in Construction

Granite Consulting & Thomas Frost recruitment agencies moved to a larger tenancy within the same building they already occupy. When the decision to move was made to relocate, the firm’s co-founders key commitments where to create an open, light and comfortable environment for staff. A modest budget for the front of house area set a […]

Small Living in Style – Landscaping and a Lap Pool

My family lives in a small house (a cottage really) with a small back yard, and although it’s a tad squashy from time to time, I look back and think of all the benefits: less cleaning, less cost for utilities, lower mortgage. Compared with all the McMansions that surround & dominate our little house, I […]

Tiernan Parsons’ Office is in Construction

Tiernan Parsons Pty Ltd accounting and financial services firm are moving to a larger tenancy within the same building they currently occupy. When the decision to move was made to relocate, the firm’s co-founders key commitments where to create an open, light and comfortable environment for staff. Our streamlined approach of the designer working directly […]

Start on the right path with a designer

Your opening date is right around the corner, but the lease hasn’t been finalised, the plans aren’t ready, and the design is over budget. Sound familiar? Planning a restaurant or cafe doesn’t just happen. Having the right team to support you from the outset will ensure every milestone is met & every box is ticked, […]

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