The Art Deco renovation

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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!’

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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.

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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.

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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!

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and what’s an Art Deco renovation

without beautiful flowers?!!!

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wFlowers bring an aliveness to any room

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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.

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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.

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Choosing a round table for this room …

also complimented the architecture

of the art deco curved wall.

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and here is ‘unexpected’ …  

for people seated at the dining table

and missing out on the lovely view …

fabulous wallpaper adorns

the opposite walls!

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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.


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This is the newly designed kitchen

with all the mod cons of today …

 black & white glossy cabinetry

says Art Deco Modernism.

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A vibrant splashback in red …

adds retro influences to the design.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed viewing …

the Art Deco Apartment Renovation!

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Design …

Styling & Photography …

by MD Interior Design

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Many Thanks for visiting my blog!

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michelle

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One thought on “The Art Deco renovation

  1. Vintageandart.

    What an absolutely outstanding
    post…the photos are a delight,l totally love what you’ve done with the apartment…it looks perfect, and what’s best is that all of this was created by YOU..l really love all the pops of vibrant colour and the wallpaper corner…the pic with the tulip table in front of the window is a dream. lt’s great how you’ve included the paint colours and your colour and design inspirations.

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