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Explaining the Design Process: The Sketch Plan

During the Data collection stage, an initial site investigation & survey is done, and the info gathered in that stage is used to create a series of sketch plans. We generally allow for 1 – 2 options, but this can differ depending upon the individual project. It’s called a Sketch plan or Space plan, because…

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Explaining the Design Process: Just what is Concept Design?

The definition of Concept Design varies a bit from designer to designer, to fit into their individual design process when designing an interior. In our design process, Concept Design happens in the early stages of a project, after I’ve taken a brief from you, and Initial information gathering and sketch plan stage is complete. Concept…

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A Contemporary Californian Bungalow Renovation

The Melbourne owners of this 1930’s Californian Bungalow were in the midst of a major renovation. The home was dated and didn’t function for our clients in it’s current state. Lisa Elliott worked collaboratively with the builder to design this Californian Bungalow modern renovation. The existing interior had already seen multiple renovations, and many heritage…

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How can I make my salon stand out? Salon Sleuth: Part 2

Here we explore in-depth how to make a salon unique, by analysing real-life salons. I aim to make it easy for you to find real-life Inspo in a one-stop place that you can relate to, learn how other Salons have created their own unique look, and take away tips to help you find your vibe.

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How can I make my salon stand out? Salon Sleuth: Part 1

Here we explore in-depth how to make a salon unique, by analysing real-life salons. I aim to make it easy for you to find real-life Inspo in a one-stop place that you can relate to, learn how other Salons have created their own unique look, and take away tips to help you find your vibe.

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Simple ways to make your home feel more stylish & luxurious

Many people ask me what they can do to make their home look put-together and ‘expensive’. What makes a home look luxurious? Luxury style is subjective, however there are some key characteristics that are common, regardless of the style of your home or your budget. Luxury is not just about how much you spend, but…

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How to plan a Bedroom Makeover

We spend so much of our time in the bedroom, it’s important to create a space for relaxation and to get a good night’s sleep. Many clients have been dreaming for years of their bedroom redesign; when the opportunity finally arrives, it’s important to get the planning right to ensure that the end result was…

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How much does it cost to furnish a Master Bedroom?

Clients often ask me how much does it cost to furnish a house? What we imagine it will cost to furnish a room and what it actually does is very different.  Not many people actually plan to purchase the furniture and accessories for a whole room (or even an entire house) all at one time.  Unless you’re luck enough to win…

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Pedestal Drinking tables to Elevate your Guest’s Experience

Single drink tables are making a comeback; and it’s a chic trend that I haven’t seen for a long time and perfect for improving your customer service and create an elevated customer experience (and ultimately perfecting your beauty salon customer retention strategy). This is the prefect piece of furniture for your lounge, or even your…

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On our drawing board

Currently on my drawing board for the last 2 weeks, I’ve been working on an exciting project at the Paris end of Collins st (love that description). I always have a job on the go doing interior designer for builders near me. The day the Vic Lockdown ended was my first chance in 112 days…

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Creative Ideas for Instagrammable Backdrops

In my last blog post we discussed The Golden Rules of creating an Instagrammable backdrop for your Retail space which is keep it eye-catching, relevant & on-brand in your hospitality space or salon Here are some Ideas for creative Instagrammable walls and selfie stations; put your own spin onto these, and elevate the ‘selfie-station’ into…

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Create an Instagrammable backdrop for your retail space

One of my Blog articles, When Your Client heard about you through Instagram…, explained why it’s important to align your physical premises & quality of service with your social presence. How do you do this, and keep it eyecatching, relevant & on-brand in your hospitality space or salon? Maximise the space you already have and…

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Translating your brand into Touch Points for the senses

My last Blog article focussed upon discovering & Honing your Brand Archetype, and why it’s important to translate that into your physical premises. Here I look further into how that is achieved. Many business advice blogs touch upon branding your interior, and will clumsily suggest using up to 3 colours derived from your logo as…

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Hone your Brand Archetype

Align your Premises to your Social Presence. My last Blog article focussed upon Business branding and how it can be translated into the physical environment of your shop fit out, cafe or salon. Here we deep dive into this in greater detail. Why Incorporate your Branding into your premises? Affirmation that your company is upholding…

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When your client heard about you through Instagram….

Align your Premises to your Social Presence. Business branding is a hot topic that small business owners are slowly becoming more aware of these days, but there is less understanding of how it can be translated into the physical environment. Now more than ever, emphasis is being placed upon aligning your physical premises with your…

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Salon & Hospitality Faux Pas – Avoid these client service mistakes

It’s such hard work attracting your perfect client; please don’t scare them away unintentionally. From my own observations as a hospitality and retail designer and from my own experience as a customer, there are a few key areas where you have total control over how customers perceive your brand. Designers notice every detail, how they…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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”).…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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