Friday, 28 August 2015

Brit Decor: Inspires/ Kitchen Kewl

All Images / Robson Rak Architects

Over the years I have learned an easy way of confirming if a minimalistic design has worked, or not:, by asking this very simple question: Does the finished scheme require accessories? By the very nature of the term 'Minimal' we are looking for clean lines, simple no-fuss designs, and smooth seamless surfaces, or thereabouts. Accessories, should these even need to make an appearance in such schemes, should take a backseat. 

As you can see from this 'sex-on a drawing board' kitchen design by Robson Rak Architects, the strong and clean lines created by the warm-meets-cool contrast of the wood and marble delivers colour and texture in one big hit. Light is flooded into this space via a long rectangular skylight which sits directly above the kitchen island, and through the charcoal framed bi-fold doors. The cabinetry has no protruding handles, only concealed ones, and the utilities in brushed stainless steel, are tidily recessed.

Although by nature I am a bit of an accessories addict, I can't help but draw a deep breath of inspiration from minimal no clutter designs such as this. It's refreshing to see the interior architecture doing all of the talking here.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Brit Decor: Loves / New AURA by Tracie Ellis Ceramics Collection

The 'Crosses' range

'Double-dip' bowls

'Double-dip' plate in Peppermint & Charcoal

'Patch' bowl in multi.

'Kami' plate in fiery coral

'Nio' plate and mug in 'Maize'

All Images / AURA by Tracie Ellis / Graphic Compositions by Mike Ahern

It's Wednesday and I am in need of a colour pick-me-up, are you? Fortunately, this brand new collection of vivid ceramics from one of my favourite Aussie homeware brands, AURA by Tracie Ellis, is serving up some midweek cheer in abundance.

This exciting new range has got my creative pulse racing and comes in all of the signature AURA designs, each emblazoned onto high-fire porcelain pieces so I can now enjoy this label in my kitchen too (bank balance beware!).

Apart from the array of mouthwatering colours on offer here, what I really love about this collection is its versatility - any combination of these designs will partner up for an eclectic fusion of colour and pattern, pick 'n mix style!

There are a total of 12 designs to choose from in mugs, side/tapas plates and stacking tapas bowls. The full range is available to buy now at

Wishing you a colour-fuelled day!


Monday, 24 August 2015

Brit Decor: Travels/ Vienna

 All images / Copyright Mike Ahern

How many times must I get caught out by a pre-booked trip sneaking up on me? Or maybe I am just in denial that I am finally travelling to Vienna? Either way, I'm hopping onto a British Airways plane today, with or without everything I intended to pack, but at least I have Brit Decor with me.

Speaking of packing - I thought it might be fun to share with you some of the items I will be taking with me (see 'above'). One of my travel essentials, wherever the destination, is a pair of chinos for comfort and style. I picked this particular pair up in a grey flex from newbie on the block; Spoke menswear, London.

Lately I haven't been anywhere without my new favourite 'Spicebomb' scent by Viktor & Rolf, and for my weary traveller's skin, I'm taking along Dr Jart+ BB cream to keep those dark circles concealed - after all, first impressions count, right?

Vienna, Austria's capital, has been on my wish-list of must-see cities for as long as I can remember, not least because of my penchant for fine cakes and pastries. But the sweet culinary delights of the glamorous cafes won't be the only rich ingredient sampled during my time there. At the heart of Europe, Vienna has one of the world's most beautiful ensembles of architectural styles, which I can't wait to lap up like a cat who has discovered the cream!

For those of you instagrammers amongst us, I'll be posting as many pics as I can of my trip so please do come and join me!

Wishing you all a great week,


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