The Americans have always been known to have a 'bigger is better' mentality to all aspects of life; food, architecture, cars etc. So it makes sense that their bathrooms are typically large, full of life and personality.
They have no fear of wallpapers and colour; dark finishes such as brass, copper and heavy timbers are combined with decorative lighting and textures to achieve an elegant end result.
We see a lot of traditional designs and very classic forms, over-all very furnished bathrooms that are an extension of their homes.
Australia is a young country with a young and fresh design aesthetic. Natural light is an important part of Australian design and bathrooms are often light, airy and quite practical spaces.
We are seeing more bright colours introduced into the bathroom, but the stark white is a consistent design base, almost like a white canvas ready for its splashes of colour. Features such as lighting, tiles and stools create a personalised touch to the Aussie bathroom.
We all know that inspiration for an interior can often come from the most unexpected places and on my most recent trip to my home town Siracusa (on the Italian island of Sicily) I found myself imagining amazing colour schemes for interiors just from the natural landscapes.
Gorgeous greens with brass accents, brilliant yellows with natural timbers and red highlights on white backdrops. So if you're stuck on colour/concept ideas, use this as an excuse and go on a holiday!
With a hectic 2011 wrapping up, Candana had no time to celebrate Christmas. So we decided to take a wonderful weekend away in the new year to relax and have some fun before starting up again in 2012. Kangaroo Valley was the perfect place to do that.
The tiny NSW town of Kangaroo Valley (population 320) is so hidden that you wouldn't know it existed unless you went looking. It's located midway between Moss Vale and Nowra, about 140km southwest of Sydney.
It is surrounded by lush greenery and curious wildlife (yes, there are Kangaroo's everywhere!)and some of the most beautiful and delicious wineries in Australia.
We spent the first day exploring said wineries including Silos Estate, Two Figs winery and Mountain Ridge winery. Then spent the next day enjoying the gorgeous surrounds with a round of 9-hole golf (my official role of golf buggy driver was just as enjoyable).
If you get a chance to visit Kangaroo Valley, do it. Its a stunning little town that will remind you of the amazing places we have right in our backyard.
P.S. Make sure you stop at the Old Store to try the 'World's Best Pies'