They say time flies when you’re having fun, so I suppose I really shouldn’t be surprised that we’ve passed the halfway mark for 2017 because my team and I have been here, there and everywhere and having a blast! Without trying to make you too jealous, I want to share with you what we’ve been up to for the last couple of months and the great things we’ve learnt in our travels.
An island adventure
With three clients owning properties on the prestigious Hamilton Island, I flew up to assess the impact of Cyclone Debbie that tore through this beautiful island getaway in March. I had an idea of what to expect, but I was shocked at the extent of the damage and the power of Mother Nature. In one apartment the glass windows had been sucked in and became embedded in the walls at the far end of the hallway and I even found shards of glass in the mattresses – luckily no one was staying there at the time. After a trip back to Melbourne to discuss the damage and restoration plans with the three owners, we’re now working on replacing, renovating and restoring these glamorous homes.
International inspiration… destination USA
In my last newsletter I briefly hinted at an interior design tour of LA and NYC that I was to co-host. From 9-18 May this trip saw a group of 10 Australian designers explore the best in residential design across the East and West Coasts of America. We stopped in at Hollywood, Pasadena, Palm Springs, Kips Bay House, Manhattan, Brooklyn and more.
We visited internationally renowned furniture and textile showrooms, met world-class designers and absorbed the latest U.S. trends. I soaked in all the design, culture and inspirational atmosphere to bring home to share a whole host of new ideas.
One standout of the trip was visiting Palm Springs in California. I was transported, not only into the desert, but into a time that seems to have stood still. Somewhere between 1950 and 1970. No other city in the whole of the United States represents mid-century architecture as well or as prolifically as does Palm Springs.
The introduction of several steel framed houses in the sixties, by renowned architect, Donald Wexler, cemented the tone for the desert-style, low pitched bungalows that now are the icon of this beautiful, quirky city and a must-see for all architecture devotees that come flocking to see the simple, yet perfectly formed, tiny houses. Drinking in the atmosphere (and the Pina Coladas) and meeting the most wonderful, generous-spirited locals, I immediately regained the sense that life is a colourful, wonderful, diverse journey, filled with extraordinary experiences, one of them being PALM SPRINGS.
Back in the Land of Oz…
I have such a fantastic team and to thank them for their tireless work and further develop our team cohesion, we set off on a trip together to the Hunter Valley for 3 nights. Picture this – 8 people, 2 two-storey homes, 2 golf buggies, delectable food and plenty of wine… as I’m sure you can imagine, we had a great time. Perhaps even a little too much fun… let’s just say we may not be allowed back to the golf course. The Hunter Valley is an incredible place, and in just 3 days we experienced as much of it as possible including vineyard tours, wine and cheese tastings, yoga, bike riding, international cuisine at award-winning restaurants and golf cart races (the golf course didn’t like this as much as we did!).
Then we were off again, homeward bound for some, but for Jaye and I it was straight on to New Zealand for a huge installation.
Across the ditch to the land of the long white cloud…
Although the Queenstown weather gave us single digit cold days, we hardly noticed as we were running around, heaving and lifting for a 7-day intensive install. We unpacked an entire house, washed every single item, brought in a 4m long dining table, 150kg outdoor coffee table and many other large furniture items including a bedhead that had to be craned in by a HiAb lift. Getting us to this 7-day install required almost a year of planning, designing, selections and trips to NZ to get it just right. The end result is a very happy client and a very proud team.
Wow, I’m almost puffed just writing about the last few months, but I’m also really excited about what’s in store for us. More design trips, team days, trade shows and I’ve been asked to judge the upcoming HIA Women In Building & Construction awards this year.
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Until next time,
Di Henshall FDIA MBIID
Accredited Designer DIA