Photographing a Living Space


The space I have chosen to photograph is my own living area. The style is a mix match with predominantly Danish & vintage items I have accumulated or been given over time. I also have my own paintings to add more colour, as the furniture is mostly timbers and olive greens.

Interior Styling Precedents

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I have used these interior styling photographs as inspiration because I think they look fantastic! Not only are the furniture and fittings on trend, bright and modern, the styling is beautifully arranged in terms of the placement of furniture, the balance of the space and overall composition. The images are also relevant in regards to the furniture and materials chosen as they will suit my living space I am to redesign. Pinterest and Fenton & Fenton were my main sources of inspiration.

Design Refinement

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After the last meeting with the client I decided to research more sustainable and eco-friendly products, as the client & I both decided their wasn’t enough evident in the spaces. The images above show some examples of fantastic suppliers in the Sydney area who are making and supplying eco-friendly & sustainable products. Some stores were Mama Green, Eco Chic & Armadillo & Co.

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The concept board of materials & surfaces was also further refined to also incorporate more sustainable products. Some examples are fabrics from Armadillo & Co which are sustainable natural fibres and Modwood do decking made from recycled timber & plastic.

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The plans were further developed to look at green spaces, public spaces, and private spaces within the dwelling to further understand the spatial qualities and what furniture will be needed. The sketches of the spaces were also further developed as were furniture choices.

Design Development

design development (dragged)Principles of design were analysed using similar precedents so I could also use these qualities and design decisions in my interior for Dulwich Hill

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This concept board shows precedent images of interior spaces and decoration ideas.

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Samples & more samples! I love to research and receive sample from suppliers so that I can touch and feel what I will be specifying for the client. It’s also a great way to show the client how the colours will all tie into the project also.

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The sketches of the plans were looking at cross ventilation and locating key areas that I needed to keep open so as to no impend this. I then began locating where I wanted to locate furniture and how it will fit and be arranged in the spaces. By doing this it helped the client and I better understand the spatial qualities of the dwelling that existed already, and what we wanted to create within.

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3D hand sketches were then developed looking at what furniture will be located in these specific spaces I want to create. Precedents were also looked at to see how they represented their sketch ideas.

Concept 1

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This industrial style inspired concept board was shown to the client through the ‘imaging’ generation technique, similar to the IDEO method cards. The style was developed from the history of the site context and existing site conditions of Dulwich Hill, where the area was once predominately warehouses and factories. Soft furnishings & coverings would be incorporated to soften the interior. I found this technique to be very successful as the client could a see range of images and select spaces or individual furniture pieces they liked

Concept 2

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This minimal with splashes of colour concept board was shown to the client through the ‘mood board’ generation technique. The style was developed by the european population & dominance of artists & creative writers living in the area. Sustainable elements & Aboriginal subtleties, inspired by the history of the site context and existing site conditions of Dulwich Hill, will also be brought into the interior of the terrace dwellings. I found this technique to be very successful as the client could see examples of spaces but also touch and feel samples.