There was one very clear stand out entry in this year's House & Garden 50 Best Rooms Competition and that was a stunning bathroom designed by Architect and Interior Designer Madeleine Blanchfield www.madeleineblanchfield.com it was such a stand out that of course it ended up winning "Room of the Year". I delved a little deeper into this very talented architects projects as i just knew i had a Monday Muse on my hands and thankfully my style radar did not disappoint.

After 10 years at BKH Madeleine started her own Architectural firm in 2009 and has not looked back; her firm provides the full service from designing a house to the furniture selection. And i would trust her in doing both - her style is refined and timeless, you can detect the influence of BKH with the clean and modern lines yet there is a softness that sometimes BKH lacks - Madeleine describes her spaces as timeless, elegant and delicate - by delicate she means that she likes to bring lightness to spaces and uses fine detail to bring interest. Her architectural muses are varied ranging from modernist Frank Neutra to the Colonial styled Sri Lankan Geoffrey Bawa and Minimalist Belgium Architect Vincent Van Duysen. 

From this inspiration its not surprising that Madeleine creates individual places with flexible and functional spaces. She has designed houses in Sydney to Perth to Fiji…let the home tour begin!

Of course i was keen to know her favourite shopping spots in Sydney and online: Vampt www.vamptvintagedesign.com for unique Vintage furniture and lighting, Hub in Surry Hills www.hubfurniture.com.au and www.royaldesign.com for discount homewares.

Madeleine in her Bronte house which was featured in Real Living, she has a penchant for these sea grass patterned matts which i love; you can see the influence of Neutra's Modernist style on her furniture selection;)

Her kitchen - love this solid pine bench top; must be good ventilation to get away with having the gas cooktop on the island bench without a range hood exhaust above (not often seen but looks amazing and so nice to cook without having your back to guests)

Beautiful tongue and groove wall cladding provides a a scandinavian beachy feel; am head over heals with the leather Saarinen womb chair

And of course am also obsessed with this yellow quilt from Spence & Lyda; i recognise the armless chair from MCM House

The other side of the built in bed head joinery…Madeleine obviously measured up her gorgeous Ginger Jars before designing this joinery;)

Now for the House & Garden 'Room of the Year'; got to love floorboards in a bathroom and custom carrara marble bench with built in sinks and THAT view over Gordons Bay, such a clever use of mirror to enhance the view and enlarge the room

The Gordons Bay house was a new build - love the simple lines and the vertical external shutters..such a fan of these Pandan trees

Beautiful concrete slab walls form a dramatic window that looks out to the pool and ocean beyond

Making the most of a hallway - storage and display space on the left and a wide opening overlooks the atrium and concrete wall; the floorboards look to be the same as ours - engineered Porters wide American Oak

A close up of the Cararra formed vanity with built in sink and mirror cabinets; no need for a door in this ensuite - one sure way to open up a space is to do away with unnecessary doors 

A beautiful lap pool - love this slated fence and the custom outdoor furniture

Overlooking the stunning backyard and pool - yes i could definitely live here!

Vertical timber lines continue their theme with this custom sun bed on the lower level of this home

Stunning lower level - love the limed wooden ceiling with inbuilt lighting and the v groove panelled wall - they add the perfect amount of warmth and texture to this otherwise minimal space; here is the seagrass matt again;)

The other side of this room - a stunning stone clad fireplace - a perfect example of Madeleine adding her delicate touch to her elegant spaces…makes me want to do a build all over again;)

 

 

There was one very clear stand out entry in this year's House & Garden 50 Best Rooms Competition and that was a stunning bathroom designed by Architect and Interior Designer Madeleine Blanchfield www.madeleineblanchfield.com it was such a stand out that of course it ended up winning "Room of the Year". I delved a little deeper into this very talented architects projects as i just knew i had a Monday Muse on my hands and thankfully my style radar did not disappoint.

After 10 years at BKH Madeleine started her own Architectural firm in 2009 and has not looked back; her firm provides the full service from designing a house to the furniture selection. And i would trust her in doing both - her style is refined and timeless, you can detect the influence of BKH with the clean and modern lines yet there is a softness that sometimes BKH lacks - Madeleine describes her spaces as timeless, elegant and delicate - by delicate she means that she likes to bring lightness to spaces and uses fine detail to bring interest. Her architectural muses are varied ranging from modernist Frank Neutra to the Colonial styled Sri Lankan Geoffrey Bawa and Minimalist Belgium Architect Vincent Van Duysen. 

From this inspiration its not surprising that Madeleine creates individual places with flexible and functional spaces. She has designed houses in Sydney to Perth to Fiji…let the home tour begin!

Of course i was keen to know her favourite shopping spots in Sydney and online: Vampt www.vamptvintagedesign.com for unique Vintage furniture and lighting, Hub in Surry Hills www.hubfurniture.com.au and www.royaldesign.com for discount homewares.

Madeleine in her Bronte house which was featured in Real Living, she has a penchant for these sea grass patterned matts which i love; you can see the influence of Neutra's Modernist style on her furniture selection;)

Her kitchen - love this solid pine bench top; must be good ventilation to get away with having the gas cooktop on the island bench without a range hood exhaust above (not often seen but looks amazing and so nice to cook without having your back to guests)

Beautiful tongue and groove wall cladding provides a a scandinavian beachy feel; am head over heals with the leather Saarinen womb chair

And of course am also obsessed with this yellow quilt from Spence & Lyda; i recognise the armless chair from MCM House

The other side of the built in bed head joinery…Madeleine obviously measured up her gorgeous Ginger Jars before designing this joinery;)

Now for the House & Garden 'Room of the Year'; got to love floorboards in a bathroom and custom carrara marble bench with built in sinks and THAT view over Gordons Bay, such a clever use of mirror to enhance the view and enlarge the room

The Gordons Bay house was a new build - love the simple lines and the vertical external shutters..such a fan of these Pandan trees

Beautiful concrete slab walls form a dramatic window that looks out to the pool and ocean beyond

Making the most of a hallway - storage and display space on the left and a wide opening overlooks the atrium and concrete wall; the floorboards look to be the same as ours - engineered Porters wide American Oak

A close up of the Cararra formed vanity with built in sink and mirror cabinets; no need for a door in this ensuite - one sure way to open up a space is to do away with unnecessary doors 

A beautiful lap pool - love this slated fence and the custom outdoor furniture

Overlooking the stunning backyard and pool - yes i could definitely live here!

Vertical timber lines continue their theme with this custom sun bed on the lower level of this home

Stunning lower level - love the limed wooden ceiling with inbuilt lighting and the v groove panelled wall - they add the perfect amount of warmth and texture to this otherwise minimal space; here is the seagrass matt again;)

The other side of this room - a stunning stone clad fireplace - a perfect example of Madeleine adding her delicate touch to her elegant spaces…makes me want to do a build all over again;)