The Timber Whisperer's Blog

New Entrance Door and Divider

June 22, 2021
by Matthew

We were asked to create a whole new entrance and walk in divider for a well loved residence.

This new entrance gives the whole place a new fresh feel and look inside and out.

The divider is designed with random placement of timber pieces to create shadows and light movement.

The timber divider creates a lovely warm welcoming entrance to the home.



We approached Matthew from Finer Living to give us some fresh ideas on a kitchen renovation in our home.

Matthew not only came up with some amazing kitchen ideas, but he also gave us great ideas on remodelling the whole living areas of the house.

The result is an amazing functional bespoke kitchen, a feature bookcase in our lounge room with matching partition screen in the newly created entrance way to the house.

Even the new front door stands out as a work of art.

The quality of the work is amazing and has inspired us to redecorate the whole hose from floor to ceilings.

Finer living handled all of the contractors required for the whole job and came in within our budget.

Our home now has more features than a new home and a lovely warm feel.

Nice Job Matthew

Yours Sincerely

David & Kriaten McKinnie McKinnie


Walk In Robe for a Grand Home

June 2, 2021
by Matthew

Our brief was to design a grand walk in robe ,

We chose to use America oak for stylish impact, with solid timber doors and drawers.

We used a warmer stain in the open section and for the finishes on the doors we used a soft 2 pack finish, keeping the grain visible.

In this wardrobe there is a place for everything and the owners are overjoyed with this space to create their stylish look.

I would like to thank Mathew and his Team at Finer Living for assisting in delivering our Dream Home.

When we were selecting our cabinet maker we knew we needed to partner with a cabinet maker that could deliver the high level of detail that our project required.

Finer Living  surpassed our expectations in quality and detail from the dovetail draws to the solid timber external finishes.

I have no problem recommending Finer Living  for any high end project for future work .

Romolo Bos

Bar Cabinet, Creating Timeless Furniture that Serves

June 1, 2021
by Matthew

Our Client wanted to bring a unique bar cabinet into their dining room space, that leads onto the deck. This cabinet doubles up to serve the dining and deck dining spaces.

Our client, came to us and asked for a bar with character and style. They selected this timeless style, that works with all other styles of decor.

We used Am Walnut timber , with a leather insert in the pull down section for serving. The inside of the cabinet is also Am Walnut, with solid brass supports and we added two leds lights in the display area, to give this section a soft glow at day and night.

Queenslander Renovation

April 1, 2021
by Matthew

Trebilcock Architects engaged us to craft all the joinery for an old Queenslander having a complete make-over. Working with an old house can bring many dilemmas; how to work the old into the new without losing the integrity of the historical elements. We created a Hamptons style interior with a difference.

Working closely with the clients and the Architects we were able to achieve a flowing and timeless modern home.

Kitchen Reno With Many Moods

September 3, 2020
by Matthew

Our Clients, Peter and Dianne wanted to bring a modern feel to their Riverside Apartment. We discussed the use of their kitchen area and they expressed they wanted to be able to create a soft feel, through the use of timber and lighting.

They wanted to keep the marble bench tops uncluttered, so we built the coffee maker into the pantry, all hidden behind the warm stained oak doors.

The working area of the kitchen is finished in a Hamptons, raised panel design. Finished with a Satin white 2 pak look.

Dianne chose the sleek black metal handles, which worked really well and brought curves into the linear cupboards, complimenting the curve of the ceiling. And the stone finish has only a limited overhang, and this shows off more of the handles.

All these little details work well, adding to the feel of the kitchen.

We included lighting under the breakfast bar, to create a evening bar feel as well when needed.

This kitchen is multi purpose, with lots of bench space to work with or use as a kitchen or bar service area, and the stained oak cupboards on one wall bring the warmth and softness.

We also created a new office area, from a disused balcony space. We built a sliding door from oak, which nicely frames the wall space as well as bring warmth into the new found office space.

Peter and Dianne are overjoyed with how the kitchen turned out and love having the extra office space.

See the before and after photos below.

Apartment Renovation

March 8, 2020
by Matthew

We have just completed another Apartment Renovation on a 10 year old apartment in New Farm.

We worked alongside Anju Designs and the owners to renovate the kitchen, laundry, staircase and front entrance.

The brief was to “turn this apartment into a modern Home, within a tight budget”

We replaced the kitchen cupboard doors and the island bench, repainted the whole apartment. Stripped back, stained and repolished the staircase in a black finish and added a glass hand rail. Replaced the front door with a solid Oak door and custom built handles, to match the staircase and compliment the entrance.

The owners are really happy with their new look home, all completed within budget.

Library, Fireplace and Built-Ins in French Walnut

June 25, 2019
by Matthew

We were contacted by Turul Building to design and build an old fashioned Library and Mantel Piece and make storage with built-in cupboards, all to bring character and a sense of warmth into the home.

We decided on hand made mouldings and fluting, and to work with French Walnut with use a 20% Finish, and brass shelf supports were also included.

We designed the Mantel Piece to compliment the character of design, and to add to the feel of the room.

The client is very happy with the final result and now has a beautiful relaxing sanctuary to read, relax and entertain, all in front of a warming fire.



Bespoke Kitchen in Toowoomba Homestead

March 7, 2019
by Matthew

We were asked to create a unique kitchen with a big WoW factor for this historic homestead.

This kitchen is stunning with Stone benchtops  and wall backings from Granite, along with a soft moulded edge detail that works well with the fluting on the cabinets. The doors are layer moulded, made in three sections.

The timber in the display cabinets is French Walnut, with soft interior lighting installed.

Window bench seat near the wine chiller creates a space to relax and chat while the flavours are simmering.

After many consultations with our client, considering all the needs of the family we built this bespoke kitchen and the client is very happy with the final result.

There are before shots included here also, so you can see the transformation.

Built In Fireplace for Apartment Living

October 5, 2018
by Matthew

We installed this stunning fireplace. The fireplace is controlled by remote and has built in speakers for sound. It is run by electricity and water and we had to install all of this and needed to remove a wall.

To give the top section a floating look and feel we needed to build a inner support from steal and suspend this from the ceiling,  the steal gives strength to the top section. The apartment is very high up and strong winds can be known to blow in and this added to the brief to make this unit extra sturdy, as it is close to the balcony doors.

We covered the interior columns with 24 carat gold leaf which add a warmth and glow to the living area. When the morning light comes through onto the columns a beautiful golden glow fills the whole living area.

The owner is extremely happy with the level of detail and installation.

We worked with the interior designers Wrightson Stewart Interiors on this project.



Dressing Room in the Sky

October 5, 2018
by Matthew

We were asked to turn one of the bedroom spaces in the Abian Apartments into a walk-in dressing room. There needed to be a sensational space to display handbags and shoes and it needed to be protected by glass. We decided to add LED lighting to highlight the viewing. We used American Cherry Solid timber and veneer to create all the shelving, doors, sliding draws, jewelry pocket draws, hanging spaces and mirrored sliding doors. We also covered the interior column with 24 carat gold leaf which really adds a glamorous feel to the whole room.

The owner is over the moon with their new dressing space and highly complimented our level of detail.

We worked with the interior designers Wrightson Stewart Interiors on this project.