Terrace Floors + Furnishings Spring Trends

Spring is a time of transformation, and this extends to your surroundings. Your home should be your sanctuary, a place where you can recharge and reset. And with a little help from the team at Terrace Floors + Furnishings, it can become just that.

Take your cues from nature with a soft colour palette, luxe natural fibres and a beautifully tactile rug underfoot, and you will soon have your own haven to retreat to each day.

We’ve wrapped up some of our favourite Spring trends to help you transform your home this season.

WELCOME THE OUTSIDE IN

The warmer weather is (finally) arriving in South Australia! Embrace spring by inviting elements of the outside world into your home. Throw the windows open to let the fresh air in, and place the Armadillo Mesa Nook Rug at your back door to welcome traffic to and fro between the home and garden.

Introduce natural textiles like linen and cotton to make your home feel more connected to the world around it. It can be as simple as adding a cushion or a throw into your living space with shades inspired by nature.

Our pick? The L&M Home Burton Seagrass Cushion makes the perfect Spring addition (see Steal the Style below). You can elevate this feeling further with a bunch of flowers from your local florist!

CARVE OUT COMFORT

Silly season is nearly here so finding a space where you can feel calm, collected and at peace is a must for those whose schedules are starting to fill. Carve out an interior sanctuary to rest and relax in by incorporating the GlobeWest Sketch Nysse Occasional Chair into a reading nook, or use the Armadillo Agra Rug in a light and uplifting colourway to soften your living space. The experts at Terrace Floors + Furnishing say the Agra Rug will add a sense of luxury to your room, and wool is a natural and durable material that is soft underfoot.

Organic Shapes

Harsh forms and sharp corners are fading from the interior trend cycle as we gravitate towards organic shapes this Spring. Rounded and irregular shaped furniture helps create movement in a space, bringing a sense of energy and freedom to your interior.

Soften any hard lines in your home by introducing the Armadillo Petunia Rug, which will add texture and a relaxed vibe to your space. Looking upwards, our pick is the LaForma Druciana Light Shade which is hand woven from natural rattan (see Steal the Style below). Add two or more pendants for a bolder statement and to create visual harmony.

OUTDOOR ENTERTAINMENT

Spring is also the season for outdoor entertaining, as end-of-year parties and backyard barbeques start to fill our calendars. The GlobeWest Ossa Ribbed Stool is our go-to trans-seasonal piece. Its durable concrete finish is suited to both indoor and outdoor entertainment, meaning you’ll get double the use out of this flexible piece.

Place the ribbed stool in your alfresco area as seating, a side table or even pop a plant on it for a minimalist statement. Pair it with the matching GlobeWest Ossa Dining Table for a cohesive look.

Steal the style

1.Armadillo Mesa Nook Rug, from $160 2. Armadillo Agra Rug in Duchess, from $4900 3. GlobeWest Ossa Ribbed Stool, $680 4. LaForma Druciana Light Shade, $589 5. GlobeWest Sketch Nysse Occasional Chair in Woven Red Clay, $1830 6. Armadillo Petunia Rug, from $890 7. L&M Home Burton Seagrass Cushion, $108

Terrace Floors + Furnishings
51 Glen Osmond Road, Eastwood
terracefloors.com.au
@terracefloors

Get To Know Effie Vlachoulis From Harris Real Estate

Effie Vlachoulis from Harris Real Estate knows the importance of trust and relationships better than most, and now it’s paying dividends.

We chat to the property consultant to find out more.

You’re a property consultant now, but that hasn’t always been the case– tell me about what you were doing before Harris.

Before real estate, I owned and operated a fashion boutique in Burnside and Norwood called Niki Belle. I stocked some beautiful brands including Zhivago, Lexi, Viktoria & Woods and was the go-to for any formal occasion. Working in fashion introduced me to so many people; I formed so many great relationships and really became part of my client’s lives, helping them choose outfits for special occasions and enjoying their return clientele. Helping people gave me such a great sense of job satisfaction, and luckily for me I continue to enjoy this same job satisfaction as a property consultant.

So, what made you decide to make the move from fashion retail to real estate?

I have always had an interest in real estate and, after approximately 10 years in retail, I felt it was time for a change. Surprisingly, the two industries are really quite similar – it’s all about helping people, it’s about relationships and it’s about trust. I have been able to maintain many of the relationships formed during my time at Niki Belle, and some of these people are now also clients of mine at Harris.

This is obviously one of your key points of difference.

Yes, and this is because I understand the importance of trust and commitment. My clients know that I will put 100 percent effort into their property campaign, from arranging trades and getting them sale ready, to doing the negotiating and ensuring the settlement runs smoothly. When I am selling a property, all of my attention is about that property, I’m not just thinking of the next one.

What other attributes make you a great property consultant?

Being personable, friendly, genuine, approachable and humble are attributes that I believe make me a great property consultant. Positive energy and a capacity to work under pressure is also very important.

You made the change just before COVID hit, at a time when interest rates were low and house prices were on the increase – what impact did this have on your entry into the industry?

Fortunately, it was the best time for me to get into the real estate industry. Properties were selling quickly for increased vendor expectations. Everyone was very optimistic and everyone was getting great results. I believe you still need to work hard when selling a property in any market as there are high and low times and managing buyer and vendor expectations is essential.

Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

I hope to be able to help as many people buy and sell in Adelaide. I am committed to ongoing training and development and want to be known as Adelaide’s most honest, genuine and successful real estate agent

Effie Vlachoulis
Property Consultant
0412 677 189
effiev@harrisre.com.au
@effievlachoulisrealestate

White Wash Minimalism

It is time to bring the outdoors in with light and airy home interiors. The team at Oz Design Furniture show you how.

Minimalist, open plan homes with tonal décor are having a moment, but will this trend continue into the coming season? The experienced team at OZ Design Furniture say spring is all about having a fresh look and feel using vibrant colours to connect to nature. Natural textures will be huge, with handcrafted rattan furniture filling homes. Rattan can also be injected through décor such as baskets and lamp shades.

Slip-cover fabric sofas will also be resurfacing, providing both style and functionality. Easy to clean and offering the perfect relaxed look, slip-cover sofas pave the way for a fresh and light interior (the Whitehaven three-seater from OZ Design Furniture is our pick). Finally, the use of vibrant décor will see a shift away from winter with the use of oversized artwork, vases and table centerpieces.

Shop in-store or online at OZ Design Furniture and discover the latest sofas, dining, storage, homewares and more!

 Whitehaven Armchair in Skye Cloud, $1399; Airlie
Side Table in Natural Rattan, $399;
Simpatico Cushion 50x60cm, $109.95

OZ Design Furniture
800 Marion Road, Marion
08 8472 3630

Gepps X Home HQ750 Main North Road, Gepps Cross
08 8472 3640
ozdesignfurniture.com.au

Simple Ways To Add Value To Your Home

There is so much behind the scenes work that goes into preparing a home for sale. Nick Tirrell, project manager at Presenting Beautiful Homes, shows us through their latest transformation in Kensington Park.

The Brief

A rundown villa, set on 1227m2 of premium land in Adelaide’s eastern suburbs, had sat vacant for an extended period of time, and a lack of regular maintenance had the property in need of some love and attention before it hit the market for sale. It was important that the home presented as ready to move in and appeal to a broad demographic of buyers, including families and professionals

The Project

The goal was to return the run-down property to its former glory in a modern and sophisticated way, capturing the attention of as many potential buyers as possible. This involved updating the colour palette throughout, replacing and updating light fixtures and fittings, re-tiling, landscaping and more.

The Results

When the hard work and vision pays off for the owner – as it did with this project – it’s a win for all. This resulted in a staggering sale price of$3.15 million. More than 100 groups viewed the home throughout the duration of the campaign and there was a huge turnout on auction day with competitive bidding. The home also achieved the highest sale price in Adelaide for the week it went to auction.

“Presenting Beautiful Homes managed the whole process of delivering and project managing all required trades, and then furnished and presented the property magnificently during the sales period.”

Simon, client

Simple Alterations That Added Value

  • Interior and exterior painting with a modern colour palette of whites, greys and blacks.
  • Replacing old worn flooring and carpet throughout with lighter and more modern selections.
  • Updating old-fashioned light fixtures.
  • Repairing and installing new fencing along the boundary and a compliant pool fence to match the new exterior colour palette.
  • Retiling and filling the existing swimming pool.
  • High-pressure cleaning of all outdoor areas and paving.
  • Landscaping of property, including planting.
  • General maintenance repairs.
  • Full styling of every room.

Discover This Quaint Seaside Cottage

This old weatherboard cottage started life in Sweden, it now sits proudly overlooking the Spencer Gulf in picturesque Marion Bay.

In post-war South Australia pre-fabricated kit homes were rife, imported from Sweden by the South Australian government to help with the social housing crisis. That’s where this 1950s home originated, although it occupied a block in Adelaide for years before being relocated to the beautiful Marion Bay on South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula.

Seven years ago, it was then snapped up by renovating sisters Emma and Sarah, who have stripped it back, sanded, painted, restored and refurbished to create what is now an idyllic seaside getaway.

“It was in great structural condition when we bought it,” says Sarah. The renovations were therefore mostly cosmetic and completed ad-hoc during summer holidays, and on odd occasions when the girls could make it to the seaside town from the irrespective homes, just around the corner from each other in Willunga. “We would drive down with recycled materials like salvaged doors and windows and add them as we went along,” she says

The white-washed home was repainted throughout with Dulux Vivid White, while a large deck was added out the back, along with an indulgent out door bath. The garage was converted to a large rumpus room, thoughtfully decorated in a modern, eclectic style to compliment the rest of the house. The bones of the cottage (and the stunning location) were obviously a big part of the appeal for the co-owners when they purchased the property, but post-renovation it is now the impeccable styling that is the stand-out. The girls’ ability to pay homage to the original home while also injecting a decent dose of luxury with simple styling is a big part of its appeal.

The result is a space that is warm and inviting, incorporating a mix of modern and vintage. “We like to use what we have and source the perfect piece, but we will not compromise when it comes to French linen bedding, a good room scent and handmade ceramics”, says Emma.

Other non-negotiables are a generous sofa, the type that engulfs you, enveloping you as you sit – “comfortable seating is a part of creating an environment where you feel like you can rest, and that is important to us” – that and modern kitchen appliances.

The cottage is an original wooden shack, so while having a modern kitchen didn’ts eem like the right fit, the inclusion of high-end appliances was high on their list. Their solution was to work with the existing kitchen to maintain the authenticity of the space – they painted the cabinetry, added brass handles and exchanged the existing upper cabinets for open shelving so everything was in easy reach – while adding an induction worktop and a new oven perfect for holiday baking.

Other rooms that were given a quick cosmetic fix included the bathroom –“when we first bought the cottage, we considered that at some point we would renovate the bathroom, however over time we grew to love the authenticity of the room – the large windows, the layout, we even grew to love the mustard tiles,” laughs Sarah.

It’s the simplicity of it all – the earthy colour palette, the natural textures and the sprinkling of collected treasures and curiosities – that breathes life and love into this home away from home. The carefully curated interior has been executed to perfection, with each lick of paint, cosy nook and upcycled piece thoughtfully placed to evoke calm and beach holiday vibes.

mysisterandthesea.com

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A Day in The Life of an Interior Stylist

We chat to Monika Tirrell, Director and Head Stylist at Presenting Beautiful Homes.

What does a typical day in the life of an interior stylist really look like?

Well firstly, no two days are the same! Most days we start very early, this could be straight off to a home with our trades to consult on renovation work or it could be straight into our warehouse getting ready for the day’s styling installations.

We also visit new homes and meet real estate agents and new clients every day. Travel is a big part of our days, sometimes we are visiting clients and agents up in the Adelaide Hills or others right along the coast. Then comes the office work…proposals, emails, accounts, stock buying and much more.

The other major task is the packing of product for each job. This is individually done for every job and can take many hours, depending on the size and complexity of the property.

You have a large furniture warehouse to select pieces from – tell us a bit about this space.

We have enough furniture in our warehouse to style more than100 homes at once! Everything is set up and displayed in categories such as cushions, artwork, side boards, occasional chairs, sofas, mirrors, accessories and more. It’s set up so that our team of stylists can seamlessly work their way through each category, making their selections for each home.

You work with so many different clients and each space is unique – how do you continue to come up with new concepts and ideas?

We like to draw concepts and ideas from each home based on their era and come up with a style and layout that will best compliment the property and appeal to the demographic it is being marketed to. You will often find our team having a huddle in the warehouse, brainstorming ideas together, which is where a lot of the magic happens!

Where do you get your inspiration from?

There really is inspiration everywhere– magazines, books, art, travel, shops, the outdoors. Of course, Pinterest and Instagram are also a fabulous resource.

Describe the process, from the first client meeting to the final product.

Firstly, we always meet with every client to discuss their individual requirements –styling, partial styling and/or trade work.

After the initial consult, we will then present a home styling and/or trade quote to the client. Upon confirmation of a provided quote our team will book the job in with the appropriate contractors, trades or logistics. For any trade work, our project manager will provide a schedule of works and manage the project through until all the trades have completed their work.

For all home stylings booked in, we individually select each item of furniture, artwork, layering and accessories that will be used in a property, producing a bespoke and personalised look every single time. This process is time consuming but gives the best end result. Once selections have been made, it’s then install day where our team of removalists and stylists will rally together to complete the job on time.

When the property has sold or you notify that you wish to cease hire, our team will pack up and collect all hired items. The goods are then returned to the warehouse, checked, cleaned and re-stocked.

What are the advantages of engaging an interior stylist to style your home for sale?

There are many benefits of interior styling for sale – most importantly it helps to create an emotional connection and allows buyers to picture what it would be like for them to live in the home, often resulting in them being willing to pay more.

Our interior stylists are very good at what they do and know how to highlight the best features of a home to help it stand out in a competitive real estate market. As stylists, our job is tofocus on the property’s potential buyers’ needs and wants, to work hard to create a space they will want to live in, and to make more money for the vendor.

Presenting Beautiful Homes
10 Transport Avenue, Netley
08 8297 8339
pbhomes.com.au
@presentingbeautifulhomes

Smart City Living Solutions

Look to any of Adelaide’s most impressive buildings and you can see architect Enzo Caroscio’s detail reflected back, his celebrated portfolio spanning high-end developments to luxury residential homes.

Enzo Caroscio Architecture, a contemporary design practice in the heart of Adelaide, is dedicated to creating stunning contemporary environments of all scales and typologies – an ethos that is reflected in its innovative projects, including unique bespoke residential builds.

“The Tennyson residence was completed in April 2020, and is a sanctuary with in a suburban setting,” says Enzo. “We crafted it with materials and textures, creating strong connections between inside and out, allowing for the full advantage of the beachside setting.”

Offset living areas in the Tennyson residence create courtyards and terraces, connecting peaceful living spaces drenched in natural light to the outdoors.

Tennyson Residence. Image: Sam Noonan

On the other side of town, the Torrens Avenue residence is a luxury family home sitting 100 metres from the River Torrens. Completed in 2018, Enzo utilised folding forms at the rear to create protected outdoor areas, while variable height ceilings in the large living areas contribute to a feeling of infinite space.

Just down the road from well-known residential development (and Caroscio masterpiece), Bohem, sits the Wright Street residence – a masterpiece in its own right.

The Wright Street residence is Enzo’s own home. Nestled between buildings, the three-story architectural design creates sophisticated inner-city living. “Upper-level living areas allows the home to have better natural light, and a large open roof terrace allows for a unique entertainment space with amazing city skyline views. Integrating gardens on the rooftop and behind the privacy of an articulated brick screen wall also creates a green serenity that surrounds the house.

“Living in the city is becoming more attractive,” says Enzo, “we just need to create better homes and not just small apartments for people. Limited land area doesn’t necessarily mean a compromise on good design and luxury.” Enzo Caroscio Architecture, and its director, are changing the face of residential living, designing modern, airy spaces and adding a new luxurious meaning to coming home

enzocaroscio.com

@enzo_caroscio_acrhitecture

Springtime Flooring Fashion

Spring is just around the corner – and with the warmer weather impending, there has never been a better time to do in some spring cleaning, freshen your inside space and find interior pieces that ‘spark joy’.

Levelling up your home is a great way to feel refreshed and re-energised after a long winter, and there’s no better place to start your interior project than from the ground. Natural flooring options are an easy way to add instant warmth, dimension and depth to your favourite living space. 

But flooring isn’t a universal solution. We all have personal styles and preferences, and placing a boho-chic rug on the floor of an art-deco room won’t work. 

That’s where Natural Rugs can help. The South Australian-owned and operated company are expert in the field, having laid natural fibre flooring for the last 30 years. Their range of rugs subtly elevates any living space. But it’s their studied style that helps flip a house into a home.

Flooring utilising natural fibres like sisal, seagrass and wool/jute blends are durable and perfect to place in a busy household. Here’s how to use natural rugs in your home this season:   

For beachside bliss

Pair your laid-back, boho beach home with a statement sisal rug. Its naturally hypo-allergenic coating and smooth weave components make it the perfect family-friendly flooring option for homes near the beach. In beach-toned, neutral and beige shades, this natural rug option is also ideal for families that enjoy entertaining in the living room.

For quick and busybodies

Stop sand, salt and seawater ruining your floor with a seagrass rug. The natural wax coating ensures spillages of something don’t ruin your rug, making it the perfect piece for high-traffic areas or rooms that grubby little fingers might enter. If you’re a family of adventurers, busy beach bodies or tots under two, this is the option for you. 

For luxurious living

Luxe living requires flooring options that subtly elevate your interior, and wool-based rugs are the choice for families who crave a style that is also sustainable. Natural Rugs use a blend of wool and jute, a durable mix of materials meaning the flooring option can withstand mess while being soft enough to sleep on. Wool fibre rugs are perfect in your living and bedroom, softening the interior space with their gentle touch and colour palette.

Natural Rugs are the experts are elevating your interior space from the ground up. Find out more about them online, or visit them in store 33 Henry Street, Stepney. Keep up to date with Natural Rugs on Instagram.

Light Houses

These two thoughtfully planned architecturally designed homes by Urban Habitats are flooded with natural light, strong clean lines and plenty of texture.

Creating a natural sanctuary in an inner-city suburb was the aim of integrated design and build firm Urban Habitats when they purchased an old property in Adelaide’s east in 2019. The existing home was knocked down and two architecturally designed, light-filled residences have since taken its place, breathing new life into a suburb that continues to earn its keep as one of Adelaide’s most sought-after addresses.

In juxtaposition to the original dimly lit home that once sat on the block, the two new homes are filled with natural light, flooding in from purposefully placed full height windows and large-scale sliding doors that lead out to sun-drenched courtyards and balconies. 

“This property provided Urban Habitats with a unique opportunity to showcase both the in-house design studio capabilities while also continuing to show the construction team’s highly efficient, detailed and quality focused capabilities,” says Urban Habitats’ Jock Merrigan.

The incorporation of elongated skylights in the corridors, which link the front ends of the homes to the cleverly designed open-plan living spaces at the back, is another addition that further welcomes in natural light. “The expansive skylights provide a light filled void and a space that takes your breath away,” says in-house architect Sarah Stephen. 

The well-planned light-filled spaces are a theme throughout, as is the mid-century and Scandinavian style that can be seen in both properties. The palettes in both homes are different yet complimentary, with one favouring a moody Manhattan vibe while the other sticks to its Scandi roots with lashings of white and blonde timbers. “Both residences were purchased while under construction [and] the buyers resonated with our style, aesthetic and aspiration. We worked with them individually to further develop the interior,” says Sarah.

Classic mid-century moments include the custom curved cabinetry (such as the softly curved island 
bench and the statement fireplace breast in the south residence) and the connection between indoors and out. “We really wanted the external materiality to extend internally, blurring the line between the spaces,” says Sarah. The placement of large-scale windows and doors was paramount to successfully executing this vision – the hallway is a great example of this with a floor-to-ceiling window offering views to a breakout garden at the side of the home. 

The team also played with horizontal and vertical lines, an element that provides both functionality, aesthetics and another hit of mid-century. Fixed and operable louvres on the upper-level windows offer privacy and create a linear element that draws the eye up, creating the illusion of space and height. Other notable elements include polished concrete flooring, concealed lifts and custom concealed timber clad garage doors. 

But high-end gadgetry aside, the real winner in these two impeccably designed and crafted homes is the feeling of calmness you get when you enter – and that’s due, in large, to the abundance of light-filled spaces. This was no accident, careful planning and consideration went into every corner of these homes and it’s evident. Light, airy, ambient and calming all at once. Good lighting is everything.

urbanhabitats.com.au

How to Elevate Your Space

Adding contrast using black can be daunting, the team at OZ Design Furniture show you how.

Incorporating black into your interior home style can be daunting, especially when you are used to the classic white palette that many Australian homes favour. When styled correctly, black can elevate your home by creating interest and depth to contrast your light décor. 

To make a strong impact you need to be bold, using black accents within your furniture – accessorising with dark-coloured homewares just isn’t enough. Try intertwining black with natural fibres for a safe and easy way to introduce darker tones into your space without creating a harsh contrast.

With the launch of OZ Design Furniture’s new season, you can refresh your living space with their Belmont dining chair (pictured). Featuring a black frame crafted from bentwood birch timber combined with webbed rattan, this piece is the perfect way to introduce a bold but natural look and feel into your home.

For the risk-takers, this collection also features full black stools that will make a striking impact in home bars or kitchens.

OZ Design Furniture 

800 Marion Road, Marion

08 8472 3630

Gepps X Home HQ 
750 Main North Road, Gepps Cross 
08 8472 3640

ozdesignfurniture.com.au