Creating something special

Creating something special, 11 trigalana place

I am not an interior designer and don’t pretend to be one.

I am an accountant and accountants are generally known to be boring, number-crunching nerds devoid of good aesthetics and creativity, except perhaps, for creative accounting. But I do believe there exist in each of us, however large or small, a sense of appreciation for goodness and beauty that defines who we are. Aesthetically, I find darker colours like charcoal, grey and black exude its mystique when combined with natural textures such as wood and timber motifs.

Beauty is, of course, subjective and it begins with our own perception of what it actually is. In the context of interior design and home decor, I like the notion of minimalist, where less is more and how neutral colours play a role in defining a particular space. Thankfully, Mysaucepan shares this same view so we are on the same page and there is one less argument. But when it comes to choosing colours and textures for say kitchen cabinetry, floor and wall coverings, our opinions differ vastly and this is where the fight, or fun and games if you like, begin. Like most home renovators, the constraint of a budget also determines, and in many instances, limits our choice for materials and home appliances.

Creating something special - floor tiles for 11 trigalana place

I am standing on a 600mm x 1200mm charcoal shade porcelain tile for our kitchen and living areas

Being an accountant, I am ever so conscious to not overcapitalize our proposed renovation. I have my own due diligence methods on how to buy real estate and have completed townhouse developments in Melbourne. But Sydney’s property market is a totally different ball game and I have invested in upgrading my knowledge as a graduate student of “Australia’s renovation queen” Cherie Barber. Subconsciously, I have secretly (not anymore now) adopted her as my mentor and confidant.

Mysaucepan and I generally agree on white ceasarstone kitchen benchtops and she is also proposing a matt white polyurethane finish for the kitchen cabinetry as well. I like the idea of a predominantly white kitchen but cautioned that we are surrounded by nature and greenery. Therefore, I reason that our ceasarstone benchtop would really come alive when juxtaposed against more earthy elements such as a dark slate floor and warm wood paneling.

In my mind, good home aesthetics come from finding unique objects or focal points and connecting these points with a common theme. It might sound easy but given a budget, time and logistical constraints, it is tempting to waver from the theme and just buy it “off the shelf” because it is the easy thing to do.

Creating something special requires patience, time and most importantly, an unwavering determination to find different elements that perpetuate a chosen theme and in our case, black against wood motifs. It took me three weeks to finally track down wall-mounted bathroom vanities in the correct shape, size, colour and finished texture that would complement the benchtop colour, the style of hand basin, taps, towel rails and floor and wall tiles.

And I am determined to do this all over again for every piece of fitting because collectively, they will perpetuate the significance of our theme. It is back-breaking but I know the end result will be worth the effort.


Illustration of proposed material (clockwise from top):

  • Blanco maple (white) silestone (sample from Nobby’s Kitchen)
  • Materia 04 Black Crusted (sample from Di Lorenzo tiles)
  • Polytec Ravine Sepia Oak (sample from The Good Guys)
  • Textured wood finish porcelain tile (sample from Royal Tiles)
  • Materia 01 Honed (sample from Di Lorenzo tiles)
  • Centre tile (and my favourite one too!): PGJ RH (sample from Royal Tiles)
  • I am standing on Slate Grey porcelain tile (sample from Royal Tiles)

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So dear readers, can you share with us your tips on creating something special for a home renovation?