21 October 2010

On my bookshelf: "Best Australian Interiors" by Gary Takle

Featuring 56 of "the best" Aussie interiors from Brisbane to Perth, Best Australian Interiors really is is a bookshelf-must-have for anyone in the Architecture/Interior Design industry. Bit of a bargain at $39.95 too, just quietly. One of my faves would have to be this easy, breezy 1920s "Spanish Mission" apartment in Sydney's Darling Point - designed and decorated by Arent & Pyke (from memory, either Juliette Arent or Sarah-Jane Pyke lives/lived there?). Anyway, let's have a looky:

(above) A Melbourne church is cleverly converted into a cosy home. Yes, I could happily eat Vegemite toast in that "space"!

(above) The triple level staircase is a sculptural statement in this Sydney home, designed by Hare + Klein
(Those floor tiles! I'm dying a bit...)

 (above) A Manhattan-styled loft in Melbourne's 
inner city, designed by Carr Design Group
Talk about the best of both worlds!

I asked editor of Best Australian Interiors, Gary Takle to share his top 3 tips for creating the ‘Best Australian Interior’:

Tip 1: Design around who you are
"When designing a room, it should always communicate who you are. It should shout out your individuality just the same as your taste in fashion or music does. Your abode should be an extension of your own personal mantra, because, after all, you are the one who will be spending the most time in the space!"

Tip 2: Use colour wisely
"While darker shades of colour can add an air of sophistication to your room, be mindful of the rules of colour: the darker the shade, the smaller the room feels. Don’t go over the top with navys, maroons and greys and make the room seem confined. Minimalism is the key to excellence when it comes to the use of vibrant colour in your interior." 

Tip 3: Placement counts
"Remember: in any room there will always be a focal point one’s eye is drawn to upon entry, whether it’s a fireplace, piece of artwork or television. In living spaces its great to create a focal point that encourages conversation. Endeavour to direct the focus of the space to an aspect of the room worthwhile of the attention! If you are unhappy with the focal point of your room, rearrange and update this space, as the focal point will essentially epitomize the entire area."

Best Australian Interiors ($39.95) is available now in all leading Australian bookstores, or you can buy it online at the "American Bookstore" (it's Australian!), here.

PS The American Bookstore is a "100% Australian" business (and online shop), founded by an American in 1957, the store imported titles from the USA and Japan not commonly available in Australia." PS You must check out their Architecture & Interior Design section, they have an amazing collection. And PPS Delivery is $9 within Australia, no matter how many books you order!

PPPS Best Australian Interiors is part of a beautiful series, and I'll be giving you the lowdown on Best Australian Architecture (also by Gary Takle) soon!


  1. Wow, I NEED this book! Lovely images. Thanks for sharing. Michelle

  2. Oh nooooo .. your post is going to cost me a fortune. I think I need each and every one of those books.

    I must run from the computer right now!

  3. I love design books, hadnt seen this one before.... :))))))

  4. Beautiful books, I just love the Melbourne Loft! Mimi x

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