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Design and Specification - BELAIR

This professional retiree couple’s new apartment in a retirement village needed an almost full set of new furniture within a modest budget.


Moving from interstate to be closer to supportive family, it was prime time for replacing old furniture with some desired modern pieces, but this felt like an overwhelming task for the couple.

They needed a furniture layout plan, curtains and blinds
selections, artwork curation, storage solutions and help with organisation of where all their
possessions should live in their new home. A fully functional study/library was needed for ongoing
tertiary study.

Deciding what to leave in QLD and what to bring to SA felt like an insurmountable task. I was tasked with assisting the whole process, which included two interstate visits to oversee and assist with the whole relocation.


The property is a 2-bedroom and 2-bathroom apartment in Belair, South Australia, within a beautiful retirement village. A balcony overlooks spectacular elevated north/western city and coastal views. Both the primary bedroom and lounge room open onto the balcony.


The open concept kitchen, dining and living room is spacious with picturesque views from large windows. The colour and style of the new interiors needed to be complementary with the existing kitchen and floor coverings. Furniture placement was important for safe circulation around the apartment, and to make the most of the views.

Privacy window coverings were required on some of the windows, and afternoon sun protection on others. Extensive storage was needed for the owner’s library collection and multiple office folders. Display cabinets were required for memorabilia. New furniture for the whole apartment needed sourcing within a modest budget. An extensive art collection needed curation and hanging.


The project began with two trips to QLD to assist in curating the clients’ possessions and furniture before the move to SA. I assisted them to decide on what was being moved to their new home, and what was required to be sourced for their new home.

For the new apartment in Belair, a functional and safe furniture layout for the whole apartment was designed. A new colour scheme of warm blues, neutrals, and browns was introduced. New custom-made sheer curtains and blinds were designed and installed. Urban modern furniture was sourced for the whole apartment; dining, lounge room, study/library, and laundry. This included custom made armchairs. The primary bedroom was furnished with a nod to classic resort style.

I curated the art collection in conjunction with the clients, and oversaw the hanging of the art.

I assisted in organisation of the client’s possessions in each room, and in each cupboard and drawer, to maximise functionality, efficiency, and aesthetics, according to their preferences and for the new season in their life.

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