Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

Lemon Luxe

I have always been very hesitant when it comes to using yellow in interiors. It is such a hard colour to work with, and can easily look kitsch. However, I… Read More.


Warby Parker: From Clicks to Bricks

I’ve always wanted glasses but never needed them – until now. The realisation that you’re “getting on” is a tough one to grasp, so even though I have always been… Read More.

Anthony Spon-Smith

Canvas On Trend

From French safari, to boho, to contemporary industrial, using canvas is in interiors is more chic than shabby. oem software downloads The heavy weight of canvas holds its shape and… Read More.


Welcoming Winter Whites

Here in Sydney, the winter chill has settled (morning fog and all).  Soft grey Bemboka throws have been scattered on the sofa and at the end of beds.  Ugg-boots have… Read More.

Beth F

Gatsby: A Kaleidoscopic Carnival

There is much hype surrounding the opening of Baz Luhrman’s film adaptation of The Great Gatsby, and with it comes a new design trend – it’s time to revisit the… Read More.

Alexandra D

Milan 2013: Best of New Lighting

The biennial Euroluce, International Lighting Exhibition at this year’s Salone del Mobile was responsible for producing many examples of beautiful new lighting. It seems to me that 2013 was the… Read More.

Dana Tomic Hughes

Global Trend Forecasting with Amanda Talbot

Amanda Talbot has some serious design credentials: editor, design consultant and author, blogger – she’s the real deal when it comes to interiors, living and style.  Over the years, Amanda… Read More.

Beth F

The Endless Possibility: Stools

Stools are one of the most versatile items for all interiors. Personally, I love to change things around all the time. But there only so many ways you can change… Read More.


Objets Nomades: Louis Vuitton Pays Tribute

Louis Vuitton was originally founded in 1854 in Paris as a specialist leather trunk and travel bag producer.  In tribute to this historical craft, last December the legendary fashion house… Read More.

Alexandra D

Tabletop Glamour: Oscar de la Renta Home

A homewares collection with history – each unique piece significant in design and material – is exactly what Oscar de la Renta Home is all about.  The exquisite range of… Read More.

Beth F

Cocktail Hour: The Perfect Home Bar

If you’ve tuned into the first few episodes of the new season of Mad Men recently, you’ll understand my latest obsession with timeless glassware, cocktail classics and late night entertaining… Read More.

Beth F

The Romance of Cuba

From the moment I stepped off the plane and found myself trapped in slow moving airport queues, I realized there wasn’t much point in doing things quickly in Cuba.  That… Read More.


Room within a Room: The Book Nook

Now that the days are getting shorter and the mornings are crisp, there’s nothing more comforting than snuggling up in your favourite spot, with a good book and a cup… Read More.


Making a Come Back: Faux Bois

Faux Bois (French for false wood) is making a come back, appearing in fabrics, ceramics, wallpaper and furniture. Oly San Francisco does Faux Bois perfectly, mixing up different colours and… Read More.


Autumn on Trend

While summer weather here in Sydney lingers on, the undeniable flip of the calendar has us all contemplating the shorter days and inevitable cool breeze of autumn on the horizon.… Read More.

Beth F

High Drama Homewares by Jean Paul Gaultier

Internationally renowned fashion and fragrance icon Jean Paul Gaultier has teamed up with French fabric house Lelie’vre on an adventurous collection of fabrics and accessories for the home that live… Read More.


Japanese Wabi Sabi: Living in Perfect Imperfection

Wabi Sabi is a Japanese aesthetic that can be quite a challenge to define.  When applied to the field of interior design, I like to think of Wabi Sabi as… Read More.

Alexandra D

A Tribute to the Classics

Lately, I’ve been more than a little inspired by interior designs that cross the divide between past and present, harmoniously combining classic designs from years past, while at the same… Read More.

Beth F

Imperfect Beauty: Wood Casting by Hilla Shamia

Israeli based product designer Hilla Shamia has always been interested in imperfections.  This is especially clear in her Wood Casting Series, where wood and aluminum are combined to preserve the… Read More.

Beth F

An Antique Adventure in Copenhagen

Green Square Antiques is the perfect place for a furniture lover to get lost. The business started as a little corner shop in 1974 and has grown into a Copenhagen… Read More.


Karen McCartney’s Sydney Favourites

The 2013 Coco Republic Design School Speaker Series is delighted to introduce Interiors Editor extraordinaire, Karen McCartney, sharing her Sydney Favourites: Kepos Street Kitchen – Kepos Street, Redfern This relative… Read More.

Karen McCarthy

The New Black: Alexander Wang Hits Home

2013’s fashion poster-boy Alexander Wang is making waves off the runway with his ultra cool, black-on-black homewares range.  The newly appointed Creative Director of iconic Parisian fashion house Balenciaga and… Read More.

Beth F

Painting by Halves

Choosing the perfect feature wall colour can be a gruelling decision – you narrow it down from 10 to 5, 5 to 2 and then you’re stumped for weeks!  But… Read More.

Beth F

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

Read on if you dare; charcoal walls are not for the faint hearted.  Or so you may think…  With a frightening ability to suck light from a room and create… Read More.

Beth F