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Complete New Farm Apartment Renovation

October 17, 2019
by Matthew
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Anju Designs contacted Finer Living to carry out a full transformation of a very tired looking 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom Apartment in New Farm.

Penny (Manger Director) From Anju Designs arranged a meeting with the owners and myself (Matthew Hunsche) to discuss  how we could open up the space and create a very modern but timeless feel.

Anju Designers and Finer Living worked very closely together throughout this project, every detail was taken into consideration, from lighting, to extra storage under the bed to even considering the water filter. Every room had to fit into the brief from the owners, from Sarah’s bathroom to Craig’s office.

Since there is no room for a dining room table, Anju Designers took the risky move of making the stone island bench larger and longer, which fitted into the space beautifully. The kitchen design with builtin LED lighting, works wonderfully with the stone material.

We also created a new feel in the bedroom by way of new joinery furniture, with LED lighting and more storage space in the upper cupboards.

New BBQ Area , with a pop up Tv  makes the courtyard a really relaxed atmosphere to sit and unwind.

Everyone is overjoyed with the success of the project and the apartment now looks like new, breathing a fresh life into the space and creating a living environment that works perfectly and compliments the lifestyles of the owners.

Our Clients Testimonal:

I recently used Finer Living for a complete apartment renovation which included full custom designed kitchen, bedroom, office and bathroom.  In conjunction with Anju Designs, Finer Living tailored and delivered a clean modern living space that presented as desired; minimal, clean and functional.  Attention to detail was immaculate, and the organisation was effective in communicating and solving any issues that arose.  Matthew is easy to contact and committed to completing all minor touch ups without extra charge.  Both build and design worked hand in hand in order to produce the home I visualised living in.  I would recommend Finer Living to anyone looking for a custom high-end result with minimal issues.”

Craig Waterhouse

 

 

Built In Fireplace for Apartment Living

October 5, 2018
by Matthew
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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
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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.

French Walnut Dining Table

August 31, 2018
by Matthew
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This dining room table is a real eye catcher, made to look as the legs are coming through the tabletop, creating depth and structural curiosity. Our clients loves this table and the look it achieves.  It is made from French walnut with solid oak stain black legs.

Round Oak Coffee Table with Off Centre Leg Design

August 30, 2018
by Matthew
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Solid Oak Coffee Table with 70mm top. This table has an off centre leg design to add a little bit of interest to the look of the table but still keeping it highly practical. The table is very solid, indestructible and yet also small enough not to be intrusive. Made for the second living room to accommodate children, this table will sustain and maintain it’s look of playfulness and fun design keeping the room fresh and inviting.

Desk for 2 with Designer Legs

August 30, 2018
by Matthew
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Our clients both work from home and wanted an office environment that had style and was welcoming for them everyday. The brief was to make it modern but also very simple and practical. We used a Satin Black Laminate for the top and edged and made drawers from Solid Spotted Gum. The leg design was a way to create something interesting and eye catching, two tone legs in the Satin Black Laminate and the Spotted Gum also. The desk allows alot of space and legroom for more than 2 people if required. The legs are definitely a feature of the office. Our clients love their new workspace.

24 Carat Gold Leaf Interior Poles for City Living

May 9, 2018
by Matthew
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Bringing life and intrigue to four interior columns in our clients apartment overlooking the Botanic Gardens in the CBD, we decided to use 24 carat gold leaf. You can see the work in progress here and the achievable effects of using gold leaf. Going to look stunning when finished.

Natural Oak Wall Unit for Beach Apartment

March 12, 2018
by Matthew
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We built this beautiful wall unit from natural oak creating a fresh modern look for this beachside apartment. This unit is space saving, creating surface space and storage space utalising design, space and functionality.

This unit is 6 meters long and is built in natural oak.

The unit was designed by Gary Hamer from Gary Hamer Interiors.

Booth Seating for City Night Club

February 22, 2018
by Matthew
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We were asked by Wrightson Stewart Interior Designers to help them complete booth seating for a major club in the city.  We had to work within a small area to create more seating.  The back wall in like a wave wall, and the curve on each seat is slightly different so the booth flows within the space. The seats had to be soft, durable and supportive.

The lighting is controlled by an ipad from the booths, as the customer wishes.

Wrightson Stewart and the client are very happy with the Booth seating.

Circular Velvet Sofa

March 28, 2017
by Matthew
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This custom piece was ordered by Highgate House for one of their clients and both are extremely happy with the end result. The client is overjoyed and the piece has become a ‘WOW’ talking point for their new home.

This custom booth is five metres in diameter, made in royal blue velvet with over 150 buttons. The frame is made from 25mm ply and the seats have three layers of foam, to give ultimate comfort.  The curved back is made in one complete section, no joins were used.

This piece has given the home not just a place to relax, be comfortable and enjoy the company of others but it has given the home a unique special feel and richness to the space.