Maybe it’s because I shop a lot (hopefully my husband doesn’t read this confession, although I’m sure he already knows) or because I work in marketing for a shopping centre developer but I’m always finding inspiration in retail fitouts and tenancy design.
There seems to be no limitations on what can work within a space, stores are always pushing the boundaries with design, trialing new products and fixtures and open to a wider colour/texture palette. Perhaps it’s because they are constantly upgrading/reinventing the stores (well the good ones anyway) or maybe because they need to overcome challenges and problems we don’t have in residential designs.
My phone is full of photos from our local shopping centre, my favourite stores or cafes I frequent. Whether it’s lighting (love the strip lighting down the side of the mirrors in Country Road) or the tiles at the cafe around the corner I’m forever taking photos of what must seem like random things – I’m sure I get bizarre looks and people must think I’m so strange. Rob always comments on it when he looks through my phone for photos of our daughter and finds a ton of photos of floors.
At the moment I’m researching air-curtains used in shopping centre entrances as a way to keep the insects and mozzies out of our new house. The huge trees in the yard are what attracted us to the property, but they also mean half the yard (and therefore the new deck) will be shaded and there are loads of mozzies. I really don’t want to give up a huge entertaining deck with doors opening from the lounge/dining so I hope this might be a solution.
My latest inspiration is for the baby’s room from a gorgeous little Scandinavian store in Newcastle, Pappa Svens, with their grey scalloped detail painted on the walls.