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Bella Vie Interiors
Perth, Australia
Bella Vie Interiors is an inspiration to creating a beautiful life by being surrounded by beautiful objects... some ordinary and some extraordinary.
Interests: Things I love... My life, my family, design books, travel, reading home magazines, design, decorating, learning new things, keeping fit, baking, cafes, lattes, cupcakes, Paris, New York, Melbourne, Louis Vuitton, being pampered, my iPhone, sewing, pink, gardening, my home and being happy.
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Today I'm featuring an Australian renovation completed by John Wardle Architects featuring shearers quarters on a sheep farm on North Bruny Island, Tasmania. It occured to me that this renovation utilised natural materials - wood, stone, metal, and used a palette of muted colours and the emphasis was on sustainability and recyclability. The exterior features corrugated galvanised iron, and the interior is primarily lined with Pinus Macrocarpa sourced from many different suppliers principally as individual trees from old rural windbreaks, and the bedrooms are lined in recycled apple box crates, sourced from the many old orchards of the Huon Valley where the timber remained stacked but unused since the late 1960s. Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2012 at BellaVie Blog
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Wabi sabi is a Japanese design philosophy 'Objects and environments that embody naturalness, simplicity, and subtle imperfection achieve a deeper, more meaningful aesthetic'.* It focuses on the nature of impermanence, imperfection and incompleteness but it's not disordered, it's ordered in the way that nature is ordered. With sustainability on the increase, wabi sabi is sometimes unknowingly being incorporated into designs with the use of recycled and reused materials. Typical materials used in wabi sabi are wood, stone, and metal with a palette of muted natural colours such as brown, green, grey and rust, which feature highly in sustainable interiors. So this brings me to the stunning renovation of the La Muna Residence by Oppenheim Architecture & Design. A sustainable project in in the ultra-exclusive enclave of Red Mountain, Aspen, Colorado. The complete renovation of this rustic chalet pays homage to the Japanese sensibility of wabi sabi. Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2012 at BellaVie Blog
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Designed to be not just another library the 'Book mountain + library quarter' is centrally located in the market square in Spijkenisse, The Netherlands and integrated as part of local neighbourhood incorporating 42 social housing units, parking and public spaces. Inspired by traditional dutch farms to reference the agricultural roots of the village a mountain of bookshelves is contained by a glass-enclosed structure and pyramidal roof. Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2012 at BellaVie Blog
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This stunning penthouse captured my curiousity. It so reminded me of New York that I had to read on. The work of Coco Republic Interior Designers, this luxury penthouse apartment is located not in New York, but the equally beautiful Sydney. I read further to discover that one of the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2012 at BellaVie Blog
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London-based Gold & Co. will soon be offering the iPhone 5 in 24 carat gold and rose gold. Super extravagant, I wonder what sort of market there is for this type of thing. Don't worry if the iPhone 5 is not your thing, I've checked out the Gold & Co.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2012 at BellaVie Blog
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I follow a lot of different blogs and when one of my favourites featured this house recently I found myself saying... "Wow, they slipped that house in there". I read on and the name of the house as you may have guessed is Slip House. Designed by Carl Turner Architects... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2012 at BellaVie Blog
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During this years London Design Festival, critically acclaimed British designer Lee Broom completely transformed his East London studio into a Crystal Bulb Shop. An old-fashioned general store filled with over 200 of the ever so stylish hand blown Crystal Bulb. The bulbs are presented in a combination of dark timber crates, mahogany cabinets, weighing scales and jars as well as hanging from the ceiling and reflected in mirrors. Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2012 at BellaVie Blog
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For this Boutique Hotel project, I submitted six presentation board. I used SketchUp and SU Podium to create the 3D images of the interior spaces and PowerPoint for the final boards. These presentation board would be used to sell a scheme to the client and were created toward the end of the design process. As a visual tool used to convey the design intent, I've included a couple of three dimensional representations of the space along with the materials, fittings and furniture I'm recommending for the project. The final board shows the layout of the hotel created using ArchiCAD. Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2012 at BellaVie Blog
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Love it, love it, love it... an eclectic mix of design and art, boasting colour, glamour, style and luxury, the new QT hotel in Sydney has a quirky side that has me intrigued. I stumbled across images of this amazing hotel prior to it opening as I was researching the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2012 at BellaVie Blog
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The brief calls for a 5 star boutique hotel that appeals primarily to patrons attending ballet at the Sydney Opera House with a specific request to deliver an interior that reflects social responsibility to the environment throughout construction and during its lifetime. Reflecting the heritage architecture of the building was at the core of the approach to this project. Built in 1884 as a bond store, it is made up of distinct ‘bays’ divided by solid brick walls, with exposed beams and columns throughout. Not only does this reveal the building’s past, it also prevents significant modification of the building. Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2012 at BellaVie Blog
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My favourite critically acclaimed British product and interior designer, Lee Broom, has added another stunning product to his collection. This time it’s a light known as the Crystal Bulb. Like his other products it’s to die for. It combines industrial influences with decorative qualities to deliver a unique and very beautiful ornamental light fitting. Taking inspiration from the delicate craftsmanship of crystal cutting, and following his hugely successful Decanterlight, Crystal Bulb combines industrial influences with decorative qualities, transforming the everyday light bulb into an ornamental light fitting. Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2012 at BellaVie Blog
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Why should a Grant Featherston Contour chair make it onto my list of must-haves for Creating a beautiful life? It’s a wonderful example of Australian furniture that continues to remain a contemporary, while maintaining its charm. Designed in 1951 by Grant Featherston as part of the Contour Series, the R160 was a significant departure from the lack-lustre furniture, typical of post war Australia. I’m a huge fan of the tapered legs and organic shape which draw inspiration from the Arts & Craft Movement and the minimalism embodied in Bauhaus design. Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2012 at BellaVie Blog
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The classic Beni Ouarain carpet design is borderless and consists of a network of diamonds made up of relatively fine black lines on a white or cream ground. A traditional Moroccan rug hand-crafted by the Beni Ouarain, a group of seventeen Berber tribes in the mountains of Morocco. The traditional nature and simple styling of this iconic décor item make it possible to use it to create high-end luxe or low-key comfort. I tend to lean towards the former however just looking at these gorgeous rugs, made by hand-knotting wool, conveys a message of comfortable and cozy to me. They can add a global mood to a space and can be used successfully with traditional or modern décor. Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2012 at BellaVie Blog
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Decorating with kelly green is makes a bold statement especially when applied to the walls. Combine it with a colour palette of black & white and you'll be right on trend. Green contains the powerful energies of nature, growth and the desire to expand or increase. Balance and a sense of order are found in the color green. In Feng Shui, green enhances new beginnings, growth and abundance making it a great colour to use for the east or south east of your home. It’s also said to stimulate career productivity and success... perhaps this explains my new found passion for green! Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2012 at BellaVie Blog
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If you see it on the catwalk, you’ll see it in interiors and the latest news by personal stylist, Gabrielle Teare, highlights the dramatic update to animal prints in her Spring/Summer fashion trends. Being a lover of animal prints, I find I'm often drawn to them when designing a space.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2012 at BellaVie Blog
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I've seen this new range, launched by Bisazzo twice this week and both times it took my breathe away. The beautiful blonde timber, known at Larch, is commonly used in saunas, but here it is showcased as perfect, understated elegance. This new series of bathroom furniture called the Nendo Collection,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2012 at BellaVie Blog
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via www.apartmenttherapy.com I'm amazed at how incredibly cool (and small) some of these places are. I love how different they are and it will be interesting to see the winners. Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 21, 2012 at BellaVie Blog
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These doors used to grace the façade of the internationally renowned Le Louvre in its former locale on the “Paris end of Collins Street” a term that was coined in honour of the Parisian inspired salon. In true French style, its beautiful interiors were decorated with huge gilt mirrors, leopard skins draped over sofas, swags of fabric and crystal chandeliers. A high-end boutique for the rich and famous; hence for all the years I lived in Melbourne and passed these doors, I never opened them. After over 70 years in Collins Street, Le Louvre now resides in nearby South Yarra in a 1930’s Palladian style former Tram depot. The French inspired interior now has all the glitz and glamour of a high-end fashion show. Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2012 at BellaVie Blog
Thanks for reading Anna. I've followed your posts for a while and love them.
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If you’ve experienced the joys of renting you will know you sometimes just have to forego some things like painting walls. Is it impractical to paint walls for two years so your child can be indulged with their dream bedroom? Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2012 at BellaVie Blog
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I love turquoise so found myself instantly drawn to this incredibly chic Toronto condo. The simplicity of the black and white scheme and a bit of sparkle goes a long way with me. This stylish home of Toronto designer, Stacey Cohen, ticks all these boxes. The bold turquoise blue door with gloss white trim, the touch of zebra on the console stool and the black décor makes me want to see more. Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2012 at BellaVie Blog
Bella Vie Interiors is now following Erin Vale
Apr 9, 2012