5 minutes with…Danielle Cross

Posted by on Jul 23, 2014 in blog, design, news, products, store | No Comments


This week we’ve been chatting to the lovely local artist, Danielle Cross, who currently has a few of her works on display at The Design Hunter.

Please tell us a bit about what led you to become an artist?
My artistic background started from a early age in a very creative family, within both fine arts and performing arts.
My secondary school years where always spent in the Visual Arts studio. Upon leaving school, I studied Interior Design at Enmore Design Centre. This gave my a great knowledge and ground in design elements and colour psychology.
I was consistently painting during those years and while living abroad I started receiving painting commissions. Through this process I started to take my career as a professional artist more seriously and on our relocation back to Sydney I held a successful pop up art show in which over 85% of artworks sold. “The rest in history” as they say!


Where does your inspiration come from?
A lot of my inspiration come from visual and emotional memories of times spent abroad. My Italian heritage and time living in France, the European way of life in general are all great influences! Inspiration also can come from the everyday experiences. There is magic that happens in our everyday lives when we let ourselves go and experience.


As a local Eastern Suburbs girl, what are some of your favourite local spots?
Ruby’s Diner for a dingo (3/4 Latte) and a raw breakfast salad, amazing!!
Vacanza, Charing Cross for seriously the best italian pizza! Il Pizzaiolo del Diavola is my fave.
Summer afternoons at North Bondi Beach and cocktails at The Cubby House in Randwick.
As we just adopted a rescue dog, Frankie, we also spend most afternoons in Varna park.

Besides creating stunning paintings, what else are you passionate about?
Considering my interiors background I continually change design elements including furniture, layout, colours etc. It has become a running joke with my husband and daughters as the house is never the same as when they left it!
I’m also passionate about making more time for Yoga and green juices and teaching my girls, (Marley, 9 and Evy, 5), that they can achieve anything they set their minds to.

How would you describe your personal style?
My personal style is based on mood and comfort. It mainly consists of jeans & killer shoes, Nike sky high’s are on high rotations at the moment! Bold heels for evening.
I would say my style is edgy, blended & bold.


What are the three words that sum up your work?
Layered, abstract, bold.



I never leave home without:
Unfortunately I’d have to say my phone, as my whole life is in it! And red lipstick!

I buy furniture, art and homewares that:
Speaks to me! I strongly believe that you have to fall in love with key pieces. Home interiors need to connect with you as it’s your sanctuary and place to feel the most relaxed, comfortable and connected.

I leave by the philosophy that:
“Luck is a skill.” We work hard to put ourselves in a position to be lucky, therefore I believe luck is a skill.
Also that taking a step backward after taking a step forward is not a disaster, it’s more like a cha-cha!!

Danielle has two of her work’s, Ruby Sky and Cold Snap, on display at The Design Hunter and is also currently holding an exhibition of her work entitled Xamoré, at the Sydney Children’s Hopsital, Randwick which runs until August.


Before & After: Vaucluse Residence

Posted by on Jul 23, 2014 in blog, design, news | No Comments

This stunning family home in Vaucluse needed a few updates to give it a fresher, more modern look and to better reflect the owner’s personal style. We’re still in the process of finishing off some of the rooms, but we thought we’d unveil some of the latest changes.

Kitchen: The large kitchen was already quite functional, so all that was required was a bit of a revamp. The Design Hunter team had the cabinets resprayed in Dulux Vivid White and added new drawer handles. A fresh coat of Dulux Vivid White was also applied to the walls and ceiling throughout the home, the overhead lighting was updated and vintage Vietnamese fish traps were hung as pendant lights. The look was completed by updating the charcoal paint on the rear wall to Porter’s Paint Thoroughbred and adding a set of beautiful Seville bar stools.



Foyer: The floor boards were in great condition, but the yellow tone of the timber looked dated. To freshen it up, the floors throughout were sanded back and refinished in a more muted, custom tone from Porter’s Paints. Interiors Consultant, Stephanie Waterman, sourced a new rug, pendant light, table and indoor plants to complete the space and complement some of the owner’s existing furniture and artworks.



Study: Previously used as a storage and entertainment area, the owner wanted to turn this into a functional study space with a desk and overhead storage that related well to the rest of the home and reflected her eclectic taste. The open shelves now display books and treasures and the custom pin-board is a stylish way to incorporate the owner’s favourite green and blue tones.


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Stay tuned for more before and after shots of this home in the next few weeks! If you would like to make similar updates to your home, why not give us a call! We’re available Monday to Friday between 10 and 5 on 02 9369 3322 or email info@thedesignhunter.com.au.

Designer Kitchen Tips with Margo Reed

Posted by on Jul 9, 2014 in blog, design | No Comments

There are many things to think about when designing your perfect kitchen. Whilst functionality is first and foremost once we’ve mapped out what works best for you and your space the fun starts with selecting the right colours and finishes.

Due to the kitchen being a work zone we recommend finishes to be hardwearing as well as visually appealing. The splash back is a great area to be a little more creative either with colour, pattern or finish.

Below are some examples to think of for your next renovation.

1. A simple but effective option is to continue the benc htop up the wall. Here the simplicity of the bench and splash makes the texture of the stonewall be the focus.


2.For a glamorous look, this wall of glittering metal mosaic tiles are a standout feature.


3.To add extra natural light into your space swap your splashback for a window and bring the outdoors in for your view.


4.For an industrial look stainless steel is a winner and ages beautifully over time.

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5.Bold patterned tiles create character and a wow factor. Add colour to bump it up even further.


6.Natural stones like marble add beautiful patterns with each slab differing from the last.


Work In Progress: Glebe Residence

Posted by on Jul 9, 2014 in blog, design | No Comments

This beautiful three storey Victorian terrace is currently being updated by The Design Hunter and B2 Construction teams. Renovations including brand new outdoor decking, a stunning, modern bathroom and laundry and a stylish new kitchen are all set to add functionality, value and beauty to this family home.

Other works include:

Opening of entrance wall into kitchen
Extension of kitchen window onto deck – including DA
New built-in robes to bedrooms
New traditional wrought iron railing to front and back balconies
New paint throughout – using Resene Quarter Tea with Dulux Vivid White trim
New exterior painting
Timber flooring to be sanded and stained
Bi-fold doors to lower deck
New exterior lighting
Glass balustrade to staircase throughout all three levels to open up the entrance and general spaces
General building repairs

Stay tuned to see the finished project in the next few weeks!





Beautifully Dark & Moody Interiors

Posted by on Jun 26, 2014 in blog, design | No Comments

One of the hottest designers in the UK, Abigail Ahern is renowned for her edgy, eclectic taste and her bold use of dark colours. We love how she is able to create dark, moody spaces that have a warmth and brightness about them. You can achieve this look by combining dark paint colours such as Porter’s Paints Obsidian, Dulux Domino and Murobond Dark & Stormy and then adding splashes of metallics, bright colours, neons and white with lighting, accessories and soft furnishings.










Welcome to 316 Bronte Road!

Posted by on Jun 11, 2014 in blog, design, news, products, store | No Comments

Our new store is open for trading! Pop in to at 316 Bronte Road, Waverley, to see an amazing array of new homewares, furniture and more!

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The Design Hunter Property Styling Tips

Posted by on Jun 11, 2014 in blog, design, news | No Comments

We’ve outlined our top tips for styling your home to entice potential buyers.

Display only your best pieces. Have someone you trust help you decide what needs to go into storage and what can be displayed. The more minimal and light your home looks and feels, the easier it will be for potential buyers to imagine their own furniture and homewares in the space. Subtract, and then subtract some more.


Add texture and colour with plants and fruit
Instead of the usual bunch of flowers that need replacing regularly, go for hardy, indoor plants such as Agave or a Fiddle Leaf Fig, that will look fabulous for the duration of your sales campaign. Fresh fruit displayed in a beautiful bowl is also a great option for adding colour to kitchen and dining areas.

Colour palette
Your photographs will look great if you maintain a limited colour palette in each room, which can be achieved by layering a selection of neutral colours and textures and adding a pop of bright colour or flash of metallics with accessories or artwork.

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Groups of items on a coffee table, bedside or sideboard always look better in odd numbers. Pick the best 3 or 5 items to display depending on the size of the surface area.


Focal Point
Use one large-scale piece, such as an upholstered armchair, an artwork, or a colourful rug, to create a focal point in each room.


Fear not!
If you don’t have time to worry about styling and if you’d rather have a professional manage it for you, The Design Hunter styling team are more than happy to help! Rather than completely clear out the entire contents of your home, we organise a simple edit of your existing belongings, and then add elements including art, soft furnishings, candles, indoor plants and small furniture pieces to bring out the best features of your home and create the ideal ambiance for potential buyers. Click here to read more about our Property Styling services.


Our Grand Opening Event

Posted by on Jun 9, 2014 in blog, news, store | No Comments

Some photos of the Grand Opening of our new store, 316 Bronte Road, Waverley! Thank you to everyone who attended. A big thank you to House and Garden, The Charing Cross Hotel and 7 Star Supermarket for supporting the event with magazines, wine and cheese, and to Haikoo Massage, Elysium Spa, The Gallery Store and Bellagio for supplying some wonderful prizes. Stay tuned for more exciting events and workshops to be held in our store and studio in the coming months, including a fabulous workshop with Australian artist, Lisa Madigan! More details to be announced soon!


















Welcome to our New Store!

Posted by on May 27, 2014 in blog, design, news, products, store | No Comments

Thursday the 29th of May will be the official launch event. We’ll be open extended hours from 8:30am-8:30pm. Join us throughout the day for fantastic prizes and giveaways and in the afternoon, enjoy a glass of bubbles while you browse from 4pm! Prizes and giveaways include products from Leif, Annabelle Stone, Atelier Lumira, Uashmama, and vouchers from Haikoo Massage, Elysium Spa and much more!


Don’t forget to enter our InstaGiveaway Competition! Simply take a pic of your favourite new piece in store, and post to Instagram with the tag @designhunter and #thedesignhunter. The winner will be chosen on Sunday 1st of June at 5pm and will win a beautiful Australian Sheepskin valued at $225!


The Ideal Office Space

Posted by on May 10, 2014 in blog, design, news, products | No Comments

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The Design Hunter styling team recently assisted one of our favourite suppliers, Almira Armstrong, Director of Lumira Candles, with a photoshoot of her home office. Home offices needn’t be grey and drab! Create an inspiring working environment in your home with these tips from our stylists:

1. Indoor plants are a great addition to any workspace. They’ll help to filter your air and look beautiful too! Our favourites are Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees, succulents such as Agave or Money Plants/Jade Trees or Zanzibar Gem plants.

2. A comfortable office chair is important if you’ll be spending a lot of time at your desk, so make sure you choose a chair that is both ergonomically supportive and aesthetically pleasing. A popular choice is the classic Eames Aluminium Group task chairs.

3. Incorporate inspirational books and photographs to give your space personality. Shelves can store a combination of essential office supplies as well as a few fun, decorative pieces to create a functional, yet inviting work environment.

4. Try to position your workspace near natural light and avoid depending solely on overhead lighting, as it can make your space feel flat and lifeless. Use a stylish yet practical desk lamp instead for functional, task based lighting.

5. Don’t forget to add your favourite scented candle as the final touch for your workspace. Lumira has just released their latest fragrance, No. 352, which is available now at The Design Hunter. Click to view more of the Atelier Lumira candle range.

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