The house had a very strong architectural flavor built in 1973 open spaces big entertainment spaces.
The openness of it was very very appealing to me I had a very clear almost immediate vision of what I wanted the ultimate feel to be.
I had to respect the architectural boundaries that I was working within but I needed to bring my antiquities so to speak my elements of history to really make it mine I’ve always been a visual person, I would not say that I’ve always known that I wanted to do this kind of work but I think I’ve been blessed or cursed with what one might call it a greedy eye.
If I don’t always have something new to look at I become a little grumpy, so I’m always looking at things whether it’s ugly worn out distasteful spectacular.
It’s always feeding my emotion so when I’m doing design work for my clients using my eyes and my vision and my mental repository things that I’ve looked at always guides me my favorite space to relax is probably the living room.
Because there’s a comfortable coach it’s not a structured environment there’s free-floating furniture that almost borders on art pieces and then the fireplace one of the reasons, why about the home in the first place was that it had a working wood burning fireplace and it became the starting point for the rest of the house so there’s a lot of natural elements in here elements that speak to a rural as opposed to an urban setting and then the house demanded.
What other pieces I should bring to it which were a little more modern a little more urban so it’s quite a blend of both scenarios on my trips overseas for work.
I had seen a trend that had emerged in Paris and that was sort of mosaics bohemian qualities to hard surfaces in particular tiles and Patricia aqualia designed this tile background, that was a complexity of different colors and elements together and stone tile had.
This tile on display and I fell in love with it when I thought of my design for the kitchen I knew immediately that was the tile I was going to use a lot of the pieces were basically thieved for my store, so it became a new show space so to speak for pieces that I loved something I’ll always make room for in my home.
wherever I am is likely my collection of books their historical they represent a life in transition so they change as you change and you have an intimate relationship with them my personal point of view on design begins with the architecture, because that’s the envelope that you’re working within so ultimately you have to respect that and the hardest part was the compromise.
I had to make in terms of space so although the living room the lower lounge the kitchen all integrate in a very sort of illuminating way I did have to compromise on my space, in my master bedroom and my ensuite the master bedroom is not overly large and neither was the ensuite and because of the multi-levels in the house I couldn’t get space from anywhere else.
So I adopted sort of a theme that I had seen in higher-end hotels which were integrating the ensuite with the master bedroom, I cheated and I took out a wall and I made it part of the closet space and I daringly stepped the bathroom inside the master bedroom and it worked I’m always changing things and my personal spaces are never done.
I sort of feel that you create a little more energy when you move objects or artwork around and I like to do that it’s fun it keeps things fresh, so I could describe my home in one what would that be.
Wow, could I say multicultural I would say that because number one it spans time boundaries and number two because there are elements in here from all over the world I think it’s a happy blend and I would call it multicultural you?