Team Faves: Rachel

Hello and welcome to the next edition of the Team BD Blog Series: Team Faves.

First cab of the rank is delightful Rachel who is a homegrown Birdblack Design designer. If you haven’t read our Meet the Team Series, we encourage you to read up on Rachel’s hometown, education, and life passions. Rachel is a fireball of productivity, an absolute asset to the team and such the helping hand to all the staff.

Rachel amongst nature: bushwalking, taking photos and enjoying natural beauty.

Rach loves the country, nature, and all the wonderful things that are found there: beautiful homewares, good food, delectable wines and local artists. Rachel is also fond of international travel. If 2020 had panned out vastly different, Rachel would have been travelling Scotland, Morocco and Paris over the New Year.

Throwback to Rachel’s last trip to Paris, France.

Team BD Q&A:

1. CREATIVE DIVERSITY WITHIN TEAM BD: Describe your favourite kind of style, detailing why you love it.

From Rachel:

There is no one particular style that I love. Given I grew up in the country; I do love a Contemporary take on Farmhouse or Traditional styles. I appreciate Cabin and Barn inspired designs (again with a modern fusion). I love dark colour schemes; an eclectic mix of antiques, rustic items & new pieces; I love warm timbers and natural marbles. Whilst travelling, I love staying in hotels or cabins with maximum natural lighting and often pick locations with stunning views. The more windows, the better! Allow the outdoors to be the artistic masterpieces.

Some examples:

A) Biosol – Prahran Home Design: Jean-Pierre Biasol

This Kitchen! A modern spin on a traditional Parisian design – that dark Chevron timber flooring is absolutely perfect as a base for the black and white. This design also honours the original features of the home.

B) Fearon Hay Architects – Alpine Terrace House Fearon Hay’s project team is Gordon Gallagher and Piers Kay. Tim Hay and Jeff Fearon are the design architects.

Such an unassuming black building in the open landscape, this home very much takes on the shed inspired aesthetic. This may look simple from the outside, but from the inside, we see the genius of this design with panoramic views of vast green pastureland all around. Breathtaking!

C) Steve Cordony – Rosedale Farm Steve Cordony redecorates every week with new floristry or new bric a brac.

I love everything about this home and have loved watching the renovation journey. This traditional farmhouse is currently a Christmas Wonderland!

2. Summer Holidays in 2020.

From Rachel:

Like so many others, I originally planned on being overseas this holiday season! I was looking forward to gaining plenty of design inspiration in Scotland, Morocco & France. Instead, I’ll be kicking back at home in Canowindra on the farm, getting cute photos on the farm machinery for the rest of Team BD.

I’m looking forward to visiting Jumbled and The White Place in Orange for homewares. The Japanese Gardens in Cowra for floristry, maybe checking out Dubbo Zoo. For delectable food and wine, I’ll be heading to The Quarry in Cowra and popping into the Cellar Door. I’ll also visit Rowlee and Borrodell Wineries both just near Orange. After the craziest year, I’m looking forward to spending quality time with family and friends: enjoying the country sunshine and enjoying cocktails and good food by the pool!

3. Fave BD project you have personally worked on and why.

From Rachel:

I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing ‘Lucinda Residence Bathroom’ come to life, especially as I was Lead Designer on this project as well as Design Manager; interacting with the builder and all the trades.

This Bathroom is truly a transformation! The burgundy checkerboard flooring absolutely had to go. Instead we opted for a modern look with timbers and subtle greens. The colour green is wonderful for creating a relaxing atmosphere.

The BEFORE shot.
Rachel utterly transformed this space!

With tiles imported from Italy, the Campo Verde wall tiles (a natural quartzite stone) are featured on all four walls. These act as a base for the green terrazzo floor tiles. The green and grey tones contrast beautifully with the white base. Of course, everything in this space is centred on these tiles, allowing them centre stage.

The solid Blackbutt timber features throughout the entire space, introducing warmth. We built out a wall which houses both the mirror cabinetry and a shower niche. This mirror cabinetry sits flush with the wall tiles, resulting in aesthetically pleasing clean lines.  The custom cabinetry provides all the extra space to toiletries, lotions and soaps. We utilised the ceiling height by extending the mirror cabinets to the ceiling. The doors on the custom cabinetry have mirror fronts, aiding light to be bounced around, creating the illusion of a larger space – a tried and true Birdblack Design trick of the trade.

Hope you have enjoyed this Blog and getting to know some of my Team BD Faves. See you on site or in the Studio soon!
Rachel from Team BD x