The Design Files Open House Sydney 2013

By on 06-12-2013 in Architecture, Inspired By, Interior Design, Obsessed With, Shop There, Uncategorized

If you haven’t heard of The Design Files Open House, it’s an annual event which is kept relatively simple: transform a residential home into a walk through retail space filled with beautifully arranged furnishings and objects. If you missed out on visiting the Open House in Melbourne this year, don’t worry,  The Design Files have also visited Sydney, and they’re throwing open their doors from this Thursday to Sunday the 8th of December. Visit anytime between 10am – 5pm. So today, we’re covering the impeccably styled home in Surry Hills. Every single space in this house has been furnished, where even the wall paint is a preview to next year’s colour trends. It is the ultimate interior inspiration for design enthusiasts, and with an open invitation to buy what you like, it’s first in, best dressed. There’s plenty of new crafted homewares and furnishings from up and coming designers, including Country Road and Dinosaur Designs.



The furniture in this Surry Hills home, is all by Jardan, an Australian furniture company that designs and makes everything in Melbourne. Jardan believes in “making locally, acting mindfully and minimising all waste and by-product”. Their products are all in classic shapes, with a little retro twist. Here we see the ‘Nook’ sofa, ‘Fred’ coffee table with marble top, ‘Kelly’ armchairs, ‘Navy’ dining table and accompanying ‘Bay’ chairs. The bright blue wall really sets off the room, and creates a perfect contrast against all of the neutral coloured furniture.  The soft furnishings and decorative accessories provide a little more interest as well.



Here we come to more specific stylised spaces, which really showcase all of the new up and coming homewares for 2014. The beautiful artworks with the swirly organic shapes are done by Kirra Jamison, and the corresponding stools below them are again by Jardan. The woven black and white rug is by Loom, flowers by Lisa Cooper and ‘Companion’ paint colour by Dulux. The wall paint seen in the rest of the home is by Dulux, and really sets the mood in each room. I love how The Design Files team have placed all of those fun Kirra Jamison artworks above those Jardan stools. It seems that bright pastels will be the new trending colours for 2014.



We have transgressed from stunning royal blues and navy, to a brighter salmon pink in the second lounge and dining room. This room appears to be the more feminine of the two, with more delicate pieces in lighter tones. The ‘Seb’ stools are my favourite, with the pink powder coated steel frame and light grey upholstered cushion seats. They tie in well with the light salmon ‘Archie’ armchairs and wooden ‘Tuck’ coffee table. The hand screen printed linen cushions on the sofa are by ‘Bonnie & Neil’, another Melbourne company. All of their cushions are handmade and hand-printed using water-based inks mixed onsite at their Brunswick studio.



The study is filled with brilliant stationary pieces, some from Inky Co. and Country Road. I’m usually a fan of the monochrome look, and keeping the colour palette quite neutral, however the paints in this home have completely changed my mind. The peach colour in this room creates such a lovely and warm atmosphere, and when combined with cute little accessories like these, I don’t think a white wall would’ve done it justice. Obviously, there are going to be big changes for home decor trends in 2014, and I for one am really excited!



And we’re back to the blue theme! We see a cozy corner setting in one of the rooms, which displays a beautiful ‘Waterworld’ paint colour by Dulux. The ‘Wilfred’ armchair is teamed up with pastel blue and white ‘Hendrix’ stools, fabric cushions by Penelope Durston, artworks by Rachel Castle and flowers by Lisa Cooper. The outdoor setting has the most magnificent hand woven rattan lights by ‘Lightly’. These lights have a highlighted of colour to bring a dash of the Caribbean into an interior or outdoor space. Overall, The Design Files team have worked their wonders, and produced an amazing space that will surely inspire home owners for years to come.

Source: The Design Files

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