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The Art Deco renovation


Welcome! …

 to the Art Deco Apartment renovation …

one of my favourite Design Assignments for 2012!

My Brief …

‘contemporary but with retro influences,

a little quirky with something unexpected!’



See the bulkheads below the cornice?

Well, we needed power to the tv and split system 

but, because the Apartment was built in the 1930′s …

 nearly all the walls were made from concrete!

This meant that 

all the wiring had to be hidden in newly built bulkheads …

 so to be sympathetic to the art deco architecture …

any original cornice that had to be removed,

was subsequently replaced with new matching cornice.



Now for the paint and colour design …

I had just received a new Dulux fandeck,

so I really wanted to use all newly released colours …

colours that ‘spoke to me’

so I chose 

‘Dulux Subdue quarter’   for the walls

which is a beautiful white with a purple undertone …

(but not cold looking)

and for the fireplace …

‘Dulux Caboose’  …

a purple undertoned grey.

Painting the fireplace a little darker

makes a great focal foil for the t.v;

 adds atmosphere and drama to the room,

as well as complimenting the curved architecture

of the fireplace.

The dated 1970′s heater was replaced

with a new gas log fire.

 The floorboards were then sanded

and sealed with a clear lacquer.



In the living area …

I also included a small table and chairs.

Here the window is north facing

with beautiful light …

perfect for reading magazines

and drinking endless cups of tea!




and what’s an Art Deco renovation

without beautiful flowers?!!!



wFlowers bring an aliveness to any room



This room is the ‘quirky’ room …

originally just an empty walkway

that led to the front of the apartment …

but it seemed to me …

to be the perfect spot for a study.

So a desk was built-in

and the above wall was decorated with prints

 created by my client back in her school days …

Don’t they look perfect!

I chose ‘Dulux Smokebush’ …

a  subtle purple undertoned grey

for the desk wall.



Here is the dining room …

with Spectacular views over Ballarat.

My love of Swedish style

along with the brief for retro …

allowed for a Tulip Dining Table

and Harry Bertoia chairs.



Choosing a round table for this room …

also complimented the architecture

of the art deco curved wall.



and here is ‘unexpected’ …  

for people seated at the dining table

and missing out on the lovely view …

fabulous wallpaper adorns

the opposite walls!




Now we’re back in the living area

and heading towards the kitchen ….

 vintage posters from the 30′s

‘Gone with the Wind’


‘Wuthering Heights’

decorate the walls

and tie in with the history

of the art deco era.


This is the newly designed kitchen

with all the mod cons of today …

 black & white glossy cabinetry

says Art Deco Modernism.



A vibrant splashback in red …

adds retro influences to the design.



The original art deco design

made no allowance for a laundry

so this was carefully intertwined into the kitchen design …

so that both the kitchen and laundry

had their own separate identity.

The lower kitchen cabinetry was designed in white

along with the partitioning pantry …

and the laundry cabinetry was designed in black gloss,

more masculine and industrial …

but also contemporary and sophisticated.



now for the Master Bedroom …

my client requested ‘wallpaper and moody’

I choose the stunning blue turning to purple

‘Dulux Strap’    for the walls

with flocked metallic wallpaper for behind the bed.



I actually spent quite a lot of time …

matching the colour of the wallpaper flocking

to the wall colour ….

 because I wanted them to be perfect partners …

 in the design and decoration

of the art deco Master Bedroom.



I hope you’ve enjoyed viewing …

the Art Deco Apartment Renovation!


Design …

Styling & Photography …

by MD Interior Design


Many Thanks for visiting my blog!




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I’ve been thinking I’d never get back here!

I’ve been so busy with my work …

and my phone hasn’t stopped ringing!

It’s exciting and exhilarating,

 at the end of some days …

creatively exhausting

   but it’s always …

 such a privilege

to create for and with my clients

and oh the joy!



With beautiful orange turning to pink roses

flowering in the garden

I did not want to miss the chance

to admire them …

photograph them

and breathe in their gorgeous perfume.



I’ve decided …

what I really need to organise is …

a little spot for my own creativity

somewhere to set things up to photograph

(without having to keep packing it up to work)

so I can create in my spare time

and see you back here soon!



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md at home

Hello friends,

I’ve been enjoying doing some spring cleaning

so I thought I’d take some photos

to share with you

and tell you a little more about my kitchen.

I’ve been renovating for almost 20 years

For me it’s fun,

and I consider it to be ‘my thing’.

I designed my kitchen myself

and 4 years on…

 I still love everything.

See where the fridge is?

Well, in my original 1950′s kitchen

(which was such a joy….not!)

 this was a wall oven

and there was actually no space allocated for a fridge!

Can you see the tall glass doors at the end?

Well, when we moved in

this was the cavity for a laundry

which we immediately relocated

to make way for a fridge and makeshift pantry.

(which was better…

 but not ideal)


 15 years on,

when the time came to renovate the kitchen

the whole area was gutted

 to make way for a totally new design.

The fridge and pantry

 now live in the kitchen

which is sooo much better!

 Although, for the first 3 months…

 I must have walked a millions times

out to the old spot to get the milk.


For this area I designed

tall elegant glass fronted cupboards,

they’re quite deep

and are a much needed requirement

in a 1950′s house.

See the benchtop?

It’s a blue grey composite stone

with bits of mirror crushed into it.

So when the downlights go on…

there’s a bit of sparkle and bling happening

and what girl doesn’t love a bit of bling?

When I was initially planning my kitchen

and spotted this benchtop sample…

  I absolutely fell in love with it!

I believe, that’s how it should be for anyone

who is planning a new kitchen…

You MUST love your benchtop.

With the average lifespan of a kitchen

being 14 years,

(before it starts to look shabby and tired)

loving your kitchen finishes

will give them longevity

long after fashion has come and gone…

and it does.

So choose

a cabinetry finish that appeals to you as well

and it must be tough and hardwearing.

Here I’ve used a vinyl wrap gloss

and I chose white because

it’s light and bright

 very easy to clean

as well as being pretty much timeless.

 (photography & styling by me) 

My white kitchen

with it’s complementary white walls

makes a great foil for bright pops of colour

 (my favourite)

and I can include these

 in the way of fresh flowers

or kitchen accessories

which can be changed from time to time.

The original timber flooring was kept…

because it’s honest and relaxed

and it’s what you would expect to see

in a home of this era.

When renovating an older home…

removing all the original features

can result in it losing it’s personality and soul.


I really like how the design and colours

 reflect scandinavian influences

which for some reason

 I am naturally drawn to.

Thankyou for visiting me here today

and if you like…

you can see more of my kitchen

 here and in the gallery.


If you live in the Ballarat area

and need help choosing

paint and kitchen finishes for your home…

please contact me here.

MD Interior Design

obsessing over colour and design…

so you don’t have to!