So much nicer than eating your dinner on a tray in front of the TV.
My clients had downsized from a large, long-term, family home into this apartment in a brand new building. The finishes were all of excellent quality but were bland … with the exception of extensive burgundy exterior shutters. Rather than being deterred by this unusual building-wide colour choice we worked at tying this in to interior colours from the same spectrum. The installation of ‘blossom’ wallpaper not only helped add colour but introduced a sense of nature within a very urban context.
Colour and comfort
This dining area is in a converted church. A large Eames boardroom table helps ground the scale of the room and, with a mix of super-comfortable designer chairs, happily sits up to 12 people.
The proprietors of the fabulous Himalayan Kitchen purchased new premises in North Adelaide and needed a fast refurbishment, but with only a limited budget. Previously a (failed) restaurant, the interior decor was cold and lifeless. Taking cultural inspiration from the rich and vibrant Nepalese tradition, Stewart Kirby Design created a similarly rich and warm colour scheme for both interior and exterior that breathed new life into this commercial space.
Banquet meets boudoir
This table setting might well be described as being a little OTT ("over the top") but was very much in keeping with the desired theme of Feast and Style at DOMO. I used heavy velvet fabrics, candelabra and colourful lamps on a twelve seater dining table to create an intimate setting for two. OTT? Possibly. Fun and stylish? Definitely.
Sharp but traditional
This room was previously a confused space. It was part study, part dining room and part sitting room. The study and living components were moved to another room, giving this space over to a full-time dining space. Drama was added with the deep rust-red chimney breast, white walls and chocolate carpet. Furniture items added to the room included two Kartel 'Louis Ghost' carver chairs that added additional seating and a simple Japanese black timber side table. Subdued lighting was achieved with the addition of new floor lamps. This eclectic space now has a sharp but traditional feel.
Petaluma's Bridgewater Mill’s Restaurant is housed in an extension that is constructed of heavy timber framing with glass walls and ceilings with relatively small sections of solid ceilings ‘floating’ within the glass. The original ceilings were constructed of canvas that had become stained with age and a more durable replacement was required. In keeping with the rustic aesthetic of the rest of the building a perforated mini-orb was used for the new ceiling. This met acoustic, maintenance and aesthetic requirements. The gloss finish of the new ceilings reflect light and compliment the chrome legs of the classic Arne Jacobsen chairs. The fire place flue was painted a deep red to contrast with the greenery of the atrium behind. The changes, while minor in nature, provided a dramatic update to this space.
Al fresco dining
This balcony has become a favourite gathering space for evening entertaining. The addition of comfortable and robust outdoor chairs and table with a splash of colour provided by the yellow Magis Easy Chair were the starting point of this design. Plants added to the existing planter boxes has softened the edges of the balcony and help screen the adjacent utility balcony and neighbouring roof tops.
The tiny budget of this project necessitated working with what was available. Fortunately the building had a lot of interest, and the existing kitchen and walls were white. A new white dining table and second hand black leather chairs were sourced and all the existing too-bright light globes were replaced with more suitable varieties. The end result is a quietly sophisticated space that enhances the entertaining potential of this home.
The Davery Establishment engaged Stewart Kirby Design to transform this previous characterless retail space into a gourmet cafe. As all food was envisaged to be cooked on the premises, within view of customers, the entire fit-out had to work seamlessly style wise. The cafe desired a welcoming domestic feel with inspiration taken from 1960s and 1970s domestic interior design. The majority of furnishings were sourced second hand or were gifted by family and friends. Whether you visit for during the day for food, or when transformed to a cocktail lounge on occasional Friday evenings, the space feels hugely comforting.