Ever since moving to Sydney, I keep hearing about Melbourne. I could not imagine there being a city more suited to my favorite things in the world, let alone in the same country. I have fallen for Sydney’s many beaches, coffee culture (yes, there is such a thing), people, restaurants, festivals, markets, shops, and art. What other city could possibly compete? Finally, I will see what all the buzz is about this weekend. We head to Melbourne for a couple days before a much-anticipated excursion to New Zealand. I will report back with my findings.
In honor of finally traveling to this chic cosmopolitan city, I am featuring Melbourne-based interior design firm Adelaide Bragg & Associates for today’s Friday Favorites. I came across Adelaide Bragg’s timeless designs via social media even before moving to Australia. It’s no wonder that I immediately related to her aesthetic, as she has a background with London-based Colefax and Fowler, a well-respected textile company known for its classic prints and high-end fabrics. I specified many of their products while working for Kelley Proxmire. C&F textiles have a “tried and true” quality to them that people seek, similar to the look of Adelaide’s interiors. There is a welcoming comfort to her designs that sets her apart from the rest.
Bragg excels in blending well-known, traditional patterns with a clean, coastal, often contemporary flair. I adore her constant use of white or light, neutral walls, allowing pops of color, an array of artwork, and patterns to take the lead. But perhaps what I admire most is her range, making it clear that she designs around her clients’ distinct personalities. She can pull off the minimalist, contemporary look for a hip Kings Cross apartment just as well as a cozy, traditional farmhouse in the country. Of course, she has the blue and white coastal composition down pat. Her variety of styles is so appealing, the common threads being attention to detail, a careful mix of old and new, and fine-tuned color palettes that make any space feel easy and beautiful. Thank you, Adelaide Bragg, for your inspiration.
Below are some favorite photos from her portfolio. Mind you, it was difficult to pare them down to a small selection. What are some of your favorites? Do you fit into the contemporary or traditional category, or do you prefer a mix of both?