Kingston Apartment by Kathryn Trentini

We are so excited that the Kingston Apartment renovations are well underway!

Set in a gorgeous leafy street in Kingston, the owner's of this apartment were looking to modernise their living spaces while also taking advantage of the existing outdoor spaces the apartment offered.

The plan was designed around their desire to create a homely space in which they could engage without tripping over each other. Key elements of the design included maximising storage and reconfiguring the kitchen to create real connectedness.

Follow along as we renovate this apartment on Facebook and Instagram 

Kingston Apartment

Website Development by Kathryn Trentini

Joanne Trentini, a Melbourne based actor, voice-artist, producer and workshop facilitator knows how to push the boundaries in the artistic scene. She was looking for an online presence to showcase all aspects of her work as well as a space she could point potential funding opportunities to. Joanne wanted her website to make a big impact. And she wanted it to be seen fast. Incorporating video and images with limited text made sure her message was heard clear and loud. Joanne said I nailed it.

Melissa and David Get Hitched by Kathryn Trentini

Liz is one of my best mates. We have been friends for more than 15 years so being asked by her and her fiancé to create their wedding invitations through an online format was such an exciting privilege I jumped at it! My feeling of excitement soon turned to disappointment when I discovered that dedicated wedding invitation sites whilst highly functional were aesthetically disappointing (or at least I couldn't make it look the way I wanted it to!) and there was no way one of my best mates was having that! 

So, me being me, I of course had to take it up a notch and decided that nothing less than a full-blown website was needed. Fast-forward 8 hours, they had a dedicated website, a dedicated email address linked in the back end to a simple database, a social media platform, their own hashtag and they are all set for the big party to come. The most wonderful moment came when I was told 'I had a tear in my eye' for what they were seeing online. They love it and I love them for loving it! Melissa and David Get Hitched


Website Design by Kathryn Trentini

Towards the end of last year some unexpected but interesting projects landed on our desk and website design has to be one of the most far-removed from our core work. This was our first foray into website design and we loved every minute of it! From image selections to content editing, page layout and simplifying the overall navigation of the site we were given very few guidelines within which to overhaul the client's website. I'd love to know what you think so head to Australian Pet Boarding now! 

Indoor Gardens by Kathryn Trentini

An indoor garden instantly brings life to any space; it can completely brighten a gloomy day, it gives you a connection to the outdoors, and it's beneficial to our daily health and well-being. No matter what size home, or office you occupy an indoor garden adds another living element to another wise static space. To find a good indoor planter though can prove so difficult! And of course I have a long checklist that the planter must meet.

Firstly, it must be practical and easy to use. I can't tell you how many self-watering planters I've had where I can't seem to actually get the water into that teeny tiny hole that's at a really awkward angle. I find it completely frustrating because I can never find the right 'watering can'! Secondly, it must look good! I want it be as interesting and stylish as all my other ceramics and vases and lovely little items that I collect. 

Chromo Self Watering Planter from Light + Ladder

Chromo Self Watering Planter from Light + Ladder

Chromo Self Watering Planter Tall from Light + Ladder

Chromo Self Watering Planter Tall from Light + Ladder

An indoor garden doesn't end though with the self-watering planter. There are so many interesting vessels available with a modern take such as the hanging planter with leather straps, tiny vessels for air plants, and indoor wall planters. If you're looking to create an indoor garden over the weekend here is a collection of some of my favourite self-watering planters and ways to display and arrange an indoor garden. Happy gardening!

Assemblages Leather Shelves from Lightly

Assemblages Leather Shelves from Lightly

Classic Stand by Ivy Muse

Classic Stand by Ivy Muse

Wall Garden by Woolly Pocket

Wall Garden by Woolly Pocket

The Art of Curating by Kathryn Trentini

Collecting, curating and displaying items is, in my opinion, an art form unto itself. To marry that perfect mix of everything you love (and buy on a whim!) into a resemblance of ordered chaos without looking cluttered is a very special skill. The owner of this apartment has completely nailed it!  

All images via The Design Files - click on any image to be taken there!

All images via The Design Files - click on any image to be taken there!

Doors by Kathryn Trentini

Exposed barn door track

Exposed barn door track

Door hardware has been a big talking point this week for clients located in Kingston. They are doing a complete renovation of their two bedroom apartment and to add volume to the space we are installing an oversized sliding door with exposed tracking leading to a quasi-butlers pantry. Even though doors perform a completely functional purpose within a space, sometimes, making the door the hero can pull an entire room together in a completely unexpected way.

Full height barn style doors

Full height barn style doors

Wooden church style doors

Wooden church style doors

Asymmetric wooden door

Asymmetric wooden door

Coloured sliding door

Coloured sliding door

Navy Blue Interiors by Kathryn Trentini

Navy stars in this moody lounge

Navy stars in this moody lounge

There is nothing neutral about navy or inky blues. Blues are seriously moody and heavily robust and they make a big impact on a space. Unlike duck egg blues or greyish blues, navy and inky blues can readily establish the tonality of the space and for those of us lucky enough to find ourselves within such a beautiful space it can almost immediately instil a sense of being in a big bear hug. And because navy and inky blues pair so beautifully with raw natural materials it's not hard to see why these colours are easy to use in your home. 

Navy paired with olive is divine!

Navy paired with olive is divine!

Navy and tan suede perfection

Navy and tan suede perfection

Navy and a pop of lime brings a playfulness to a space

Navy and a pop of lime brings a playfulness to a space

Navy, tan and copper - the perfect trio!

Navy, tan and copper - the perfect trio!

Eco-conscious design by Kathryn Trentini

Vanity made from recycled paper

Vanity made from recycled paper

Working on bathrooms for the past few weeks I'm always searching for great design - not only on an aesthetic level but products that are great design on another level altogether. Lately this has been products that are produced from interesting materials or those that have an environmentally conscious design. Amazingly, this vanity from altamarea is made from recycled paper!   

Vanity made from sustainable bamboo

Vanity made from sustainable bamboo

Slate-like tiles made from recycled scrap paper laminate

Slate-like tiles made from recycled scrap paper laminate

Champagne corks used for flooring

Champagne corks used for flooring

Hand basin made from recycled coconut husk

Hand basin made from recycled coconut husk

Pinspiration 04 by Kathryn Trentini

There's something about great design that just never goes out of fashion. As an interior designer I tend to look across many design fields in search of inspiration; whether it be to bring context to a project, to define a colour palette, to bring cohesive spatiality to a set of adjoining rooms or simply to find that something a little bit special and incorporate that into the design process. And the list goes on and on.....