European Oak Flooring and Wall treatment

European Oak is very much on trend now and becoming more popular compared to other hardwoods as it has a unique grain pattern and variability ticking all the boxes for a modern timber flooring solution.

Oak Flooring is a slow growing extremely hard wood timber – which produces a tighter grain and originates from Europe, designed by European Architrects. It is has been used through the centuries as a superior choice for ship- building, barrel coopering, fine furniture production and today for flooring and wall treatment. There are many timbers to choose from which come in array of stunning colours- styles and finishes not only for flooring but also for feature wall panels. Its strong appeal stems from a few key natural features and benefits:

  • Very strong and durable (High density)
  • Classic authentic look
  • Environmentally responsible
  • Low maintenance
  • Beautiful tight natural grain variations making it a stunning surface
  • Environmentally responsible- A naturally high tannin content which makes it highly resistant to insect and fungal attacks, and
  • Despite its density, woodworkers will tell you it is very workable. Unlike some hardwoods it can be accurately drilled and cut, and glued
  • Versatility

European Oak provides a range of innovative finishes to accommodate the unique Australian lifestyle which includes; weathered, brushed, super matte, aged New York Loft, Coastal, Warehouse, Nordic, Hamptons, Antique Style and Urban. Included below are some variations of finishes, styles and colours.


Its no surprise that European oak is fast becoming the preferred choice of timber favouring the once loved and still loved American oak- Definitely very on trend for many architects and interior designers today! So many options to choose from helping to achieve a timeless and effortless look for any interior!!!!

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LIGHTING~ David Trubridge

David Trubridge has had a long-standing passion for the environment, deepened by his time at sea.

In 2004 he was selected for the Antarctica Arts Fellowship program, which allowed him to spend several weeks in this remote and ecologically delicate location.

This excursion also provided inspiration for a number of his designs such as Snowflake and Kina.

Wherever possible, all timber is from sustainably managed plantations in New Zealand, or the United States. Wood is left natural where appropriate, with natural non-toxic oils being used in place of harmful solvents.

From a design point of view, the products use only the minimal amount of materials and are generated with a focus on longevity, rather than mimicking quick-moving trends.



I really enjoy the “do it yourself” aspect of these designs also the light cast by the shapes and materials used. This designer has not only considered the aesthetics of his designs but also the environmental impact of manufacturing these light fittings.

I have much respect for designers who are able to work with new and innovative designs whilst prioritizing environmental sustainability even they are often creating more work for themselves in the process.

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1960s Design~ Psychedelic Culture Wes Wilson

Following the newfound American Dream innocence of the 1950s, the 1960s shattered America’s innocence with the brutality of the Southeast Asia wars, a world-rocking presidential assassination, and a growing racial divide. 

The 60s was the decade of America’s psychedelic movement, when teenagers turned away from the conventionalism of the 50s to experiment with mind-altering drugs. These LSD-inspired distorted perceptions appeared in rock concert posters to express the trippy feelings they were experiencing.

The Major players in  American design were; Wes Wilson, Victor Moscoso,Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol



Between 1966 and 1967, San Francisco rock poster artist Wes Wilson designed posters and handbills for the first Trips Festival, the last show by The Beatles, and dozens of concerts at the Avalon Ballroom and Fillmore Auditorium featuring everyone from The Association to Frank Zappa. Along the way, he defined the psychedelic poster, in which blocks of letters were used to create shapes, which seemed to bend and vibrate in place.

Wes Wilson, the father of the 1960s rock concert poster, came into the world via Sacramento, California on July 15, 1937.  As a child his interests meandered among artistic pursuits and an intense love for the natural world. His post-secondary studies reflected these interests; he focused for a time on forestry and horticulture before eventually coming to philosophy. By the latter half of the 1960s Wes found much inspiration in the avant-garde neighborhoods of San Francisco. Serendipity interrupted all of his plans (as she’s wont to do) and Wes Wilson soon found himself creating fine art for the masses. His style, inspired by the Art Nouveau masters, took what was understood about promotional art and turned it inside-out. Nearly cryptic letters filled every available space, lines melted into lines, colors clashed… and the psychedelic poster was born. The love of art and nature eventually carried Wes away to the beautiful Ozarks foothills, where he still enjoys creating and discussing art and ideas. 


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“Are We Next?” from 1965 was a self-published poster printed at West Coast Litho to express, among other things, Wilson’s opposition to the Vietnam War


In 1966, Wes Wilson designed this poster for what turned out to be the last concert by The Beatles.










Spatial Flooring for a Dinning room


Stone Flooring for a Dinning room

The sophisticated grey-brown tones of Pietra Bronzea limestone include striking bronze metallic inclusions. The nature of the product has made it the stone of choice for leading architects and designers.
Natural stone has been an all-time favourite for flooring and other applications. There have been several innovations in tile design but new technology has not been able to take away the charm and glory of natural stone flooring.
When you combine the enormous range of colours and textures of stone with the many different cuts and edge treatments available, you have an almost unlimited number of designer options to choose from. You can then choose whether or not you want a natural, semi-gloss or gloss surface treatment. Every stone floor is a unique work of craftsmanship.
In warm and hot climates, nothing is better than stone. If you experience cooler winters in your area, it gives you the opportunity to add area rugs during the cooler months, for a seasonal decorator change. If you prefer, you can even install a heated floor for warmth on even the coldest nights.
Unlike carpet floors, which often hide allergens that can be difficult or impossible to remove, stone floors can be easily vacuum cleaned or washed. This makes them a hygienic choice.
Yes, your initial investment in a stone floor is likely to be more expensive than most of the alternatives. However, when it comes to value for money, you will discover that there are many advantages to stone floors. They will last a lifetime and add tremendous value to your home should you decide to sell. In the long run, stone flooring is one of the most cost effective investments you can make in your home.

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Polardur Brushed:

An anthracite/grey quartz-limestone with 40% quartz and 60% limestone, Polardur is highly resistant and durable with a beautiful homogeneity in color (sprinkled with occasional very art-like white quartz-veining).

Price: If it was just a small project/ order (say for just one living room), we would probably price the Pietra Bronzea (brushed or honed finish) tiles at $130+GST per squ. metre and 20mm thick honed slab at $320+GST per sqm. (slabs vary in size, current ones are 2750x1500mm).

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Artedomus is Australia’s leading supplier of unique, high quality stone, tiles, architectural surfaces, bathware and furniture for commercial and residential architectural projects. 
Founded in 1985 as Domus Ceramics, the company was built to import exclusive Italian floor and wall finishes to Australia with a focus on sourcing unique products that have a simple and natural intrinsic beauty; shunning short-term fashions and trends. With this philosophy and resulting outstanding product offering, Domus soon became a source of reference and inspiration for leading architects and designers.


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Moroccan lighting

Moroccan-style lights have a rich, exotic history and their design sense is a mix of many cultures: African, Middle Eastern, and European. They have a rustic feel, and yet they add a sense of otherworldliness. Their pendants, lamp shades and lanterns bounce light in unique patterns around any space. Today they are a popular choice among designers due to their style and overall craftsmanship. Moroccan-style lighting is a unique work of art, so adding some into your home design can add something super special to your decor.

Moroccan lights come in wide choice of shapes and colors. The traditional Moroccan-style light uses tinted stained glass mixed with rustic tin or brass stylised metalwork. The Metal work lattice patterns can be extremely intricate and even awe-inspiring. You will discover Moroccan-style lights shaped like stars, diamonds, and even rounded-corner ovals reminiscent of balloons. Moroccan lights are not mass production items. Each piece is hand crafted by the talented artisans from the region- Morocco itself. Their life long skills passed down from generation to generation.

Henna Moroccan lamps are another style of Moroccan lantern. They use shades made of leather (often from goats or sheep) that are patterned using henna dyes. Henna Moroccan lamps also come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours- some very dramatic. The lamp shades of Henna Moroccan lamps give any rooms lighting a more subdued feel compared to stained glass Moroccan lanterns. see images below.

Moroccan lanterns have become another popular choice for lighting; adding ambience to any space. Some Moroccan lanterns are only a few inches high and are usually designed using colours- blue and amber although the colour palette varies. These lanterns are designed to hold candles and were created well before man harnessed electricity.

Moroccan-style lights are an excellent choice for design. They can bring an exotic look to any space, or they can add a sense of style to areas of the home which tend to be overlooked like staircases, floor corners, bedrooms and home entrances. Because of the wide variety of style choice the price can vary- starting at just $7.00 for a basic lantern.

Today, Moroccan lighting has become a trending favourite world wide!!!

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Self-adhesive Wallpaper

With self-adhesive wallpaper trendy designs can be custom fitted to your exact room dimensions and in some cases they can be custom colored to match your décor upon request. Wallpaper patterns are graphic and stylized, yet maintain an expressive, organic aesthetic that enlivens any space. From bold patterns to gush over, large patterns to inspire you, damask wallpaper to add romance to retro designs to add flair, there are a plethora of designs and patterns to choose from. Traditional and classic, to bold and graphic, wallpaper is surely trending in interior design nowadays. With its ease of installation and the variety of prints available, this is one trend here to stay.

I have found a beautiful custom wallpaper by Colourcraft Ink that I believe fits in perfectly with my tropical theme. It has a gorgeous watercolour finish ranging from greens to aquas to purples that I believe would give a nice relaxing vibe to the bedroom. Another perk with this wallpaper is that I think its pretty without being to feminine for a male.

The Wallpaper from this company is self-adhesive, which means you literally just peel and stick, it sticks on its own without any other adhesives or paste. It looks and feels like traditional wallpaper, but it is actually made of self adhesive wall sticker fabric. Self-adhesive wallpaper is also just as easy to take off as it is to put on. Also with Custom Wallpapers by Colourcraft Ink you can upload your own design, which makes getting exactly what you want even easier!

~Contemporary French Lingerie~





Contemporary Lingerie & Corsetry designs have been strongly inspired by traditional designs.

refer to ” History of Lingerie” blog

Design of lingerie as with all fashion and clothing has been directly influenced by the culture of the day.

As we can see by the images of past to present day clothing and especially lingerie they have been designed with far less fabric, minimalistic craftsmanship and cheaper fabrics / materials i.e.polyster, lycra, elastin compared with pure cottons, silks and satin of days gone by.

Generally speaking modern and more contemporary lingerie shows more flesh to almost nothing  in some instances.

Of course fashion is personal however from my observations quantity and production has taken over quality and design.

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Jean-Paul Gaultier

Coco Chanel

La Perla

Louise Feudalere

Chantal Thomass: Photograph by David Prince, Styled by Robyn Glaser

Engineered Flooring


Engineered Oak Range in the Vintage Oak – White Dove

Timber flooring is a natural product where every board has a different appearance and will mature with age.

It is easy to keep clean. It can be cool in winter but by adding a rug it can warm it up and change the appearance, and in the summer has a nice cool feeling

All Engineered hardwood planks are coated with a UV matte finish to preserve their natural look from sunlight and minimize the visibility of scratches.

Inspired by the rugged nature of timber, each plank is separated by a random and distressed beveled edge to add a natural finish.

Hardwood floors are equipped with a tongue and groove join for the most secure and reliable installation, achievable.

Timber is a natural material and variations in colour, texture and presence of naturally occurring features are expected. Timber flooring will react to direct sunlight, moisture and humidity in its environment and can be managed by the homeowner.

Royal Oak Floors- Danish White

Is an architect collection is composed of timber top layer bonded to an engineered based to keep stability.  The boards will come pre finished with an opaque white colour so all the knots and grains can show through, making them look very natural.

Both of these companies are based in Melbourne making the flooring easy to source

Travertine Tiles

Bianca Navona Travertine is a light, ivory Italian travertine. The epitome of all the ivory travertine on the market and the measuring stick by which all other Ivory travertine is compared.

Bianca Navona Travertine contrasts well against light and dark fixtures and fittings making it suitable for all interior modern and period style homes and commercial spaces.

Natural stone flooring in general is seeing a surge in popularity, as it is beautiful, durable and timeless.

Travertine is a luxurious natural stone that is used as a building material not just as flooring, but also for countertops, backsplashes, facades, and other decorative purposes. Travertine is a sedimentary stone, which, if you’ll recall your elementary school geology, refers to stones that are formed by deposits of minerals and other materials (sediment), in contrast to igneous or metamorphic rocks. The sediments that make up travertine are usually found in geo-thermally heated hot springs and geysers, or limestone caves. Travertine is actually a type of limestone, which is also a sedimentary stone, whose sediment is made up of calcium carbonates such as aragonite and calcite, just like travertine. Travertine goes through an extra procedure, though, wherein hot and mineral-rich water flow through the limestone, and the carbon dioxide released creates the distinctive porosity of travertine. Most travertine tiles are about half an inch thick, and the surface of a travertine tile can come filled or unfilled. Most of today’s travertine comes from Italy, Turkey, and Mexico

Travertine, like most natural stone flooring options, is a very durable material that will stand up well to heavy traffic. Travertine is a very hard material, comparable to marble in its Measurement of Hardness (MOH) rating, so it’s perfect for high traffic areas.

Travertine will require more maintenance than some flooring options, although sealed and filled travertine will be a bit easier to manage. As with any flooring option, regular cleaning is key to keeping your floors looking beautiful for longer. As we’ve said, travertine is porous, and so can be susceptible to spills and stains. › Categories › Stone Tiles › Stone Tiles Articles