Designers in the City Shops SCMP

By May 29, 2015INSPIRATION

Designers in the City Shops SCMP

Designers in the City is a diverse and cohesive interior design practice in Cammeray, which interprets and fashions our client’s visions into timeless and distinctively unique interiors. Our philosophy is to be approachable and transparent whilst creating unique spaces that are renewed and perceptible. With extensive experience within the industry, we have obtained an appreciation and understanding of individual client requirements whilst displaying flare, creativity and attention to detail.

We took a morning out of our busy schedule to visit Sydney’s indoor interior decoration hub, encompassing several of our favourite retailers to give you an insight as to what’s hot this season…

Since the colder months essentially means spending more time inside than out, Supa Centa Moore Park is the perfect destination to indulge in some much needed must haves. You would think that because we design homes day in and day out, shopping would be the least of our priorities, but this one stop design hub is just what every girl and fabulous man needs…retail therapy – with inspiration everywhere!

Interiors, shopping, design and everything in between is what Supa Centa does best. It was such a buzz to experience so many fabulous stores all under one roof!

A girl always bases her opinions on first impressions and Supa Centa didn’t disappoint… Walking through each level, there is a huge emphasis on good design and high finishes for winter 2015. Each store was on-trend with exaggerated knits, layered tactile textures, quilted velvet fabrics, faceted object d arts, brick patterns, combining organic materials with mixed metals and mid-century simplicity. You certainly don’t have to be a design guru to recreate similar in-store looks by bringing home that special something new.

We were in awe by the range of stores to select from, with different price points, featuring not only designer pieces, but fabulous quality items for less that are totally aesthetically pleasing and not to mention ever so functional.

We are always saying to our clients that accessorising is the key to a complete interior. With so many current style trends, whether its metallic and high glamour, industrial, neutral, mid-century or bold and bright, Supa Centa has it covered.

If you are like us, nothing is more fabulous than embracing this current metallic trend and every store was on board with some high fashion glam finishes.

Accessorising is always so easy with metallic. The key to this season’s must have pieces is to not be shy about mixing up and combining your metals. In style all year round, metallics are readily available here in each of the stores in the form of rich polished golds, brushed brass or the coolest of coppers. We can’t get enough of these accent pieces to accentuate any interior, whether it’s just a dash or a full luxe effect.

Stepping into Top3 by Design is never disappointing. We could have locked ourselves in there for hours on end. Their interior styling within the store is nothing less than inspiring; think favourite labels, with the likes of Kate Spade and Missoni… We two were just like kids in a candy store. Dried maple leaves adorn this store with fabulous winter installations that knock the winter chill out of this shopping expedition. Both their top selling Stelton Jug in copper and Australian designed Silhouette desk lamp with its precious copper shade on a stand of bent metal and black cloth cord, were two necessary items to add bling to your decor. Pairing these with Adairs’ fashion forward, bit-o-bling, Copper Aztec crossed cushions in black with metallic painted details and you too could have a winning interior.

What better way to announce winter by injecting some of the cool statement pieces that popped up throughout the centre. We were both so inspired to see so many faceted geometric shapes, lots of colour blocking in emerging tones of warm raspberries and cool teals with the added dash of nudes which could easily ground any interior scheme. We couldn’t wait to utilise these new colour combinations in our next client’s home.

Speaking of cool, Top3 by Design has the brick geometric cushions. So modern and yet so elegant, that plays with shapes, colours and materials. Clearly, they are inspired by the vintage technique of patchwork. Brick is made up of various structures and shades of textile cut into simple squares and geometric shapes. The addition of this item is an easy way to add a dash of colour to the home. I could easily use a single cushion as an eye catch or combine a mix of colours to create a soft and inviting space. From Top3 by Design, we then sailed into our next destination; BoConcept… Well hello design heaven, this place is where the urge for that necessary spending splurge took hold. They have the widest selection of lamps, rugs, textiles, quirky yet beautiful little details that would so complete any home. All items in store are co-ordinated and affordable, Danish designed furniture and accessories, with cool graphics and architectural images showcase in a series of glass art. Walls are adorned with oh- so affordable mixed works of art which are becoming such a popular trend at the moment. These pieces styled solo on a wall or as a montage would be such a talking piece and boy, did we talk about them!

My first heart stopping moment was the discovery of some of their tiny origami inspired metal bowls. How quickly could I get them home to accessorise my personal coffee table. Following this purchase I couldn’t resist the freestanding black lacquered metro hall stand. To no surprise, as an oversized item, this piece had to be collected from BoConcept’s local warehouse. Not only did the irresistibly smiley and design savvy staff members make this whole shopping experience totally delightful, they printed off maps and directions to ensure a successful collection – definitely a place I wouldn’t hesitate to return to.

With inspiration of mid-century design, King Furniture has the Seymour designer chair, (ohh-la-la) which is so generous and inviting with custom features, our pick is the high back version in luxurious teal velvet. Teaming this with a woven felted rug from Freedom to add texture underfoot would make the perfect duo. Remember, selecting pieces with interesting colour palettes, lines and shapes are the key to achieve this look. For those of you that are a little more tactile and neutral, Supa Centa certainly caters for simple solutions to add warmth and soft textures to cozy up your home for winter.

You are spoilt for choice when walking into Adairs. A store filled with beautiful bed linen, bathroom accessories and the must have Home Republic Santona Silver Foil blanket that met us at the door. For that ultimate organic experience, don’t leave without purchasing their scrumptious linen sheet sets. These will ensure the best winter nights sleep you have ever had. This is one item we could not resist going home without and they just keep getting better with every wash.

Selecting less pretentious neutral pieces as a statement piece does not have to focus on mixing and matching colours. The focus is rather the subtlety of layering textures and colour palettes with organically natural elements, exaggerated knits, shapes and textures such as leather, linen and wool. To sum up, it’s a little bit boho, with a Scandinavian relaxed vibe that is so apparent in Contents International Design. We spotted this exquisite chic chunky, over scaled grey felt knit throw with such a relaxed weave it was crying out to be draped over the end of any bed or sofa to add that textured element.

Unique in size and colour, they also stock the fascinating Fossil stone side table that can be utilised as a solid timber stool for extra seating. We were also drawn to the versatile caramel leather deep buttoned Boheme ottoman which doubled as a coffee table. Layered with a unique styled tray I know this piece would work in any interior, accessorised with a few ethnic influences such as ceramic crosses with a hint of brass, antler horns, coffee table books and an Ecoya scented candle from Bed Bath N’ Table. Again, we couldn’t resist the temptation to pop back into BoConcept to revisit their Ebony blue multi-coloured cushion. We could see this teaming perfectly with the leather accessories, ready for a cozy night in.

Industrial and vintage schemes are still very apparent in the world of design and popping into the likes of Orson & Blake and Freedom just confirmed it. You will be inspired by their use of layering all things rustic and tactile to bring their interior schemes into your personal style. Texture with aged leathers is a big focus, with organic shapes juxtaposed with harder accessories or vice-versa. Take note of the suspended rope lights and crate pendants – so fun! Steal the styling tricks that feature throughout the stores. Like us, they don’t stick to just one pendant. Their use of clustering single lighting pieces together could just be your perfect arrangement to offset your lighting feature over a kitchen bench. This may be just what your kitchen island needs to create an urban-warehouse feel.

Freedom has a range of soft furnishings in plaids, checks, botanicals, felted stripes… The list goes on. The Marcus flame red plaid woolen cushions were my final purchase and just what my own interior required.

For those a little more conservative, the addition of black accents will tone down the industrial vibe to a chic level. Try mixing a black and neutral hand woven sisal Armadillo rug supplied by Contents International Design, this will insure added warmth and give defined opulence to any vintage scheme.

Did we not mention before that Top3 by Design features the ever so clever photo-real fabric prints in textures of leather, wicker and wood grain. The wicked Wilfred cushion is just the perfect amount of hipness, in 100% soft velour.

It was such a treat to spoil ourselves with a visit to Supa Centa and to renew our love affair with retail shopping, not to mention selecting some favourite basics combined with some unique alternatives – it certainly inspired us!

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