Zanui homewares in Inside Out Magazine

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On Wednesday 26 November Inside Out invited us to their second Open for Inspection event, showcasing a sun-lit Bondi residence styled with Zanui homewares. It was a rare opportunity to hear design insights from stylist Jason Grant and Inside Out Editor Claire Bradley.

Jason and Claire talk us through using bold hues in cushions and rugs to add textured visual interest to your interiors. In Belinda Everingham’s Bondi home, oppositional colours work together against a neutral base.

An astute extension has transformed this tranquil coastal home from a 1930s Californian bungalow into a chic modern abode. Featuring high ceilings and generous door frames, the architectural design evokes a spacious and inviting ambience.

The delightful spoodle Roger tests out the cosiness of the Xavier & Me Chevron Cushion and Aura by Tracie Ellis Triangles Cushion, whilst the LS Collections’ hand-carved timber bowls and Olive Ringlet Vase adorn the kitchen bench, available online @ Zanui. Image source: homelifedotcomdotau.

From the street, this four bedroom + study house is unassuming, retaining elements from the original design in its cladding and simple elegance. And perhaps that’s where the true magic of this home resides – in the gradual unfolding of its spatial narrative.

From left: Amalfi Rio Tray Set of 2, available in a range of vibrant hues and Sophia, Jason’s imminently charismatic off-sider, enjoying the briny air. A natural model!

Tracing a path through the foliage that fronts the house, you’re drawn through the intimacy of the bed and entertainment rooms to an expansive living/dining space with an enclosed garden beyond. Sleek louvres set just beneath the ceiling open up the room to the sky, spilling soft light from a height, whilst the bifold doors work to blur the lines between indoor and out.

You don’t need an extensive garden or even a green thumb to add natural accents to your home. Fine quality artificial flowers and foliage can add striking organic nuances with no maintenance.

This is the home of Belinda Everingham, owner of Bondi Wash, a range of natural household products derived from the Australian bush. So, it’s no surprise that nature features heavily in the overall design.

Inject bold shades and intriguing organic shapes into your interiors with Australian natives paired with chic modern vases. Here NF Living’s Cedra Vase (which comes in a set of 2) creates a striking colour contrast with the ruby-red waratahs.

On all sides, oversized windows look out on greenery, from the feature wall of jasmine that takes the place of a splashback in the kitchen to the window of strident palms framing the banquette seating. Conversely, the landscaped garden becomes a kind of external room. Bordered on all sides with high hedges, it evokes an air of the secret garden, adding fragrant nuances to the aesthetic.

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Lanterns, hurricane lamps, candles and natural accents soften the linear elements within the room: the modern sofa, the stone surfaces, the external architecture…

Fusing subdued metal finishes and glass with opulent neutrals, the palette throughout is relaxed yet sophisticated. Once again drawing the outside in, the open-plan lounge/dining room showcases a series of vignettes of Australian natives. These natural accents collude with the organic shapes within the furniture and rugs to soften the room’s clean-lined modernism.

Fruit, foliage and finely crafted vases. From left: NF Living’s Cedra Vase, 23.5cm (comes in a set of 2), LS Collections Hand Carved Thick Bowls and Tarnished Metallic Vases, available online at Zanui.

The long lines of the furnishings and the sleek surfaces present the perfect space for vases and other decorative accents. The soft blonde timbers talk to the neutral hues, creating the perfect canvas for pops of colour. Jason has chosen décor accents to match the shades of the definitive artwork.

Working with oppositional colours creates a striking colour contrasts that engage the eye. Amalfi Rio Tray (Set of 2), available online at Zanui.

Décor elements establish and ground each zone to accommodate various uses at the same time: the pendant lighting installation above the dining table, the plush rug in the living area and the island in the kitchen. The result – a perfect family hub for the everyday or an entertainer’s dream.

A striking wall of jasmine creates an organic feature in the kitchen in the same way that the lush palms frame the banquette seating as a space in its own right. The Tolix-style bar stools tuck neatly out of the way beneath the breakfast bar.

In the master bedroom, textured neutrals reign. The delicacy of the sheers collaborates with the Sheridan Abbotson Quilted Bed Cover to create a rich and nuanced scheme. But the light fixtures are the heroes here, picking up the movement of the wall art to great effect.

Pristine white pairs with soft neutrals for a soothing aesthetic in the bedroom. The Sheridan Abbotson Quilted Bed Cover contributes delicious textures, available online at Zanui.

Comfort is of the essence, with a daybed tucked in at the top of the stairs, promising breath-taking views of Bondi. Sleek shelving houses the entertainment unit as well as catering for bowls of shells and other knick-knacks to be displayed for a touch of charm. It is the ultimate parents’ retreat.

So there you have it – another foray into the glossy pages for Zanui. We’re a little bit proud, if a little bit envious as well. 😉 What a house!!!

Who wouldn’t love to recline on this daybed with that view?? Luxe cushions and throws make this look. Pair with ratttan and other organic materials for rustic charm.

Hero image source: homelifedotcomdotau, featuring LS Collections’ Capiz Striped Votives and a Tarnished Metallic Vase, available online at Zanui.

Kay is a feature, blog and copywriter. She collects empty jam jars, academic degrees and tawdry dreams in the hopes of turning them into something useful someday. Her work has been published in ACP magazines, ABC fiction, Overland, Brittle Star, Seizure, trade publications and online forums. Her creative writing has won several awards.