Monday, September 30, 2013

Interiors Out of the Ordinary

Hello All,

I hope everyone is enjoying spring, the great sunny weather and the great colours available in furniture and accessories.

Tonight I thought I'd share some fabulous places that will really show you some exciting interiors! Definitely out of the ordinary!

The stunning effect of the terracotta pots hung from the ceiling at the restaurant Gazi by George Calombaris image

Not your average bank! CUA branch at Carindale has such an inviting look book like a café than a financial branch image

The new Frozen yoghurt outlet Gurts at Gasworks has gorgeous lighting which changes colour! The kids will love it images
I love this exposed brickwork and modern stairway down to a classically styled dining and living room.  This is a Paddington abode in NSW image

More interesting interiors in the next few weeks stay tuned for some fresh ideas on the blog!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Summer Brights - Colour your world

Last post I focused on B & W interiors but this post is all about colour!

Wayne Cooper dress currently available from Myer image

We are seeing a fabulous mix of colours in some beautiful summer dresses and this style can also be reflected in your home too.

This canary yellow is such a great colour combination with the grey. This is also a very flexible palette which can be updated easily by changing the rug/flooring and a throw for the love seat. image
Mixing patterns can be tricky but when you get the right mix of colour and geometry it can work so well together, as in this stunning living area. image and great blog article about mixing patterns from 
There are some spectacular colours awaiting you in your design choices that will surely inspire and brighten your space. image
This exotic ikat print gives this sophisticated light bedroom a resort feel with the sea tones. image
So if you need help choosing a new bright and bold summer pallette just call LCD to help you make the choices easy!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

What's Hot - Black and White Interiors!

With all the rain we've been having in SEQ, we're wishing Winter away and looking forward to Spring!  The big department stores have launched their Summer fashion range and we're seeing the same trends in furnishings and homewares.

Black and White is extremely popular as well as bright colours!

Here's a focus on some of my favourite looks B & W looks.

Classic B & W IKEA image from decor dots blog
I love the eclectic mix of furniture in this classic B & W colour scheme Belle Inspirations blog
This stark white room is balance by the black and b & w pieces in the room image The Posh Home
Black and White is so versatile and can be used in a formal or more rustic/country style such as this image from The House of the Smiths blog

Monday, June 3, 2013

Winter is here again!

We might not all have a snow-capped mountain view from our living rooms, but we can still create a warm and cosy space to spend our Winter days and nights.

image from new home decor

Fireplaces like this one are suitable for outdoor rooms image find a similar firebowl at Australian supplier
Cushions can create the mood your looking for. Knits, sequins or velvet texture in brights or neutrals.  Start your search at one of the many online home ware stores or at where this neutral grey palette is given some spark with a tad of yellow.

Rugs can bring warmth and interest to a room and a welcome place to laze, walk upon and are much warmer under foot.  They come in so many designs it can be hard to choose.  Choose a rug that will suit the use of the space, fall within your budget and are practical for cleaning (ie. a white rug is not suitable in a children's play room!)  They can be stored in Summer when it's too hot. (QLD readers!) I have many more rugs and cushions pinned on my Pinterest page so stop by and take a look.
I love this rug currently available at designerrugs

Friday, April 19, 2013

Dream Update!

My kids were back to school this week after the Easter holidays and so it's back to work for LCD.  We've got a few new projects coming up and I'm always imagining more changes to make at home.  So that's why Pinterest is such a great tool for designers, would be renovators and those planning a room makeover.  It allows you to collect ideas on anything!

I'm sharing some things I love, for a dream update at home!

French Oak in Driftwood by Royal Oak Floors

Wallpaper Feature Wall image
I love this cosy velvet couch! image The Aestate

Last but not least a gorgeous rug to give a dream room warmth and bring cohesion of the elements of the room.
I love this Armadillo & Co Casablanca Rug image I love my rug


Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter!

Hope everyone is enjoying the Easter weekend with friends and family and a chocolate bunny or two!

image from

Friday, March 15, 2013

Inspirational Sights

Hello All,

I've been off the blogosphere on a fantastic and much needed holiday!  I was lucky enough to go O.S. with my family to Asia and it really was so much fun!

Our first week we spent in Singapore and the standout on the skyline was the Marina Bay Sands Hotel.  I just couldn't stop taking photos of it!

The resort was designed by Moshe Safdie Architects and includes the striking Lotus shaped ArtScience Museum.
There is a fantastic view of Singapore from the 57th floor (we had breakfast in the Skybar) and of the newly completed Gardens by the Bay.

Guests can enjoy the amazing infinity edge pool
 There was also the classically English Raffles Hotel, with its colonial style quite a contrast to modern Singapore. 

Esplanade - Theatres by the Bay houses a concert hall and theatre. The aluminium sunshades give these buildings and unique look which is known as "The Durians" to locals as it resembles the durian tropical fruit.

Next stop was Phuket, and we were lucky enough to stumble upon a stunning restaurant on Kalim Beach called The White Box.  Great food, stunning restaurant, views and lovely people working at the restaurant, what more could you want on holidays!

Images from The White Box Phuket

After a relaxing week of swimming and sunshine it was off to the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong.  The stunning skyline radiantly lit by night is a spectacular sight!
Hong Kong by Night image by chip travel
I can't wait to bring you more inspiring places & decorator items I love - so stay tuned to the blog, pinterest and facebook.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Floods 2013

Jetty image Pulsar Media
I have just made it back from being stranded in regional QLD.  We are thinking of everyone in flood affected areas in QLD and NSW. For help and assistance with rebuilding in your local area head to your local council website and also utilise Master Builders in your state.

Here's a useful link for QLD residents.

QLD Master Builders

To donate to the flood appeal head to .... Lifeline Flood Appeal

Thursday, January 17, 2013

GC Renovation - Finished Photos

It's great to show you the finished GC Unit after an intense 5 or 6 weeks prior to Christmas!

I've included some Before photos so you can see the huge changes!

"After" Dining and Kitchen
Walls have been re-painted in Dulux Lexicon Quarter.  A new Artichoke style pendant light fitting, along with black glass panelled table and replica Bellini chairs give the room a totally fresh look and compliment the new kitchen and improved view with the arched doorway and wall removed.
"Before" Dining and Kitchen
"After" Kitchen

The finishes for the kitchen as pictured include 600 x 600 white floor tiles with a fabulous shimmer, White Mist reconstituted stone for the kitchen bench top and vanity tops, and the kitchen splash tile is "Fango Sand". The Kitchen Laminate is Snowdrift Gloss.
"Before" Kitchen

"After" Bathroom and Laundry
 Wall tiles are Son of Olive Lappato with the same White Shimmer floor tiles throughout.  The in-wall cistern toilet was selected to give the bathroom a more streamlined feel.

"Before" Bathroom and Laundry

"After" Ensuite, using the same finishes as the bathroom

"Before" Ensuite

Ensuite Vanity with White Mist Stone top and laminate is snowdrift gloss. Vanity is complete with Parisi under mount basin and Caroma tapware.

New Timber frame to existing mirror
The existing Dining mirror gets a revamp with a new timber frame painted white to hide dated thin gold frame.

"Before" Dining Mirror
So if you're planning a renovation, LCD can assist with finishes selection, design and layouts; as well as planning and project management of your makeover. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Happy New Year

Wishing all our readers a Happy 2013!  Little Cove Design is looking forward to another exciting year!  Hope you enjoy our blog, keeping you posted on what's new, things we love and our renovating and styling tips along the way.

Hunting for items today and I spied this gorgeous mirror at the Woolloongabba Antique Centre
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