Design Ideas

3 Year Review – Cottesloe Renovation

As part of our ‘Renovation Review’ blog series we will be revisiting some of our previous projects to get a feel for how our clients have settled in to their spaces and what their thoughts are a few years on from project completion. This month we are featuring the impressive full home renovation in Cottesloe [...]

Arrital Ak_B08 Kitchen Range

The AkB_08 kitchen range is Arrital’s latest offering and the result of a collaboration between chef Andrea Berton and designer Franco Driusso. This range aims to transfer the practicality of a professional kitchen into the family home environment. A distinctive feature of AkB_08 is the “Floating Core” door and frame which allows for a slim [...]

How To Choose The Right Finishes For Your Kitchen

Planning a new kitchen can be exciting and daunting all at once as you need to make design decisions which will stand the test of time. There are a few key design choices to be made, of which, the most important are: the bench tops, the cabinetry, the splash back and the fixtures such as [...]

New York Loft Dreaming

There is something quite eclectic about New York lofts. They often fuse a range of design aesthetics to create a completely unique and often uber hip abode. Effeti Impronta kitchen cabinetry range has been used to maximum effect in this New York loft by providing a subtle cabinetry backdrop that allows the feature pieces sing. [...]

Kitchen Design Trends 2019

Less Is More Streamlined and simple design will continue to be a kitchen design trend for 2019. Removing bold features such as bright splash-backs and de-cluttering work surfaces allows cabinetry to be the real hero of a kitchen space. The focus is on creating simple spaces where the timeless appeal of good quality cabinetry is [...]

Speed System Cabinetry | Furniture For Living

Dall’Agnese’s Speed cabinetry range recently received a re-fresh and the result is gorgeous! This system cabinetry range provides flexible solutions for any living space with the attention to detail you would expect from Italian cabinetry.   The  range features modular hanging and wall based units in a wide variety of finishes and features. The features [...]

Around the World | Bathroom Design Inspo

Quintessentially channeling Italian style, Rifra bathroom cabinetry has international appeal, being installed in some of the most beautiful residences around the world. This private home in Brussels is set among natural bush land and provides bucket-loads of bathroom design inspo. The ensuite features wall to ceiling windows to take advantage of the breathtaking bush land [...]

Project Review | Mount Lawley Renovation

Another 2018 example of Black Fenix cabinetry being used to great effect for this extensive whole house renovation! For this renovation in Mount Lawley a combination of white laminate, walnut effect laminate and black Fenix © were used to create contrast and drama in the kitchen area. Arrital’s walnut effect laminate has been a popular [...]

Claremont – Kitchen

Completed earlier this year, this gorgeous kitchen extension for a local interior designer featured heavy lashings of Fenix© contrasted against white laminate and dark wood effect wall cabinetry. The result was a kitchen space you just can’t take your eyes off with so many details to absorb and enjoy.   The island benchtop was a [...]

Claremont | kitchen extension

Completed earlier this year, this gorgeous kitchen extension for a local interior designer features heavy lashings of Fenix© contrasted against white laminate and dark wood effect wall cabinetry. The result is a kitchen space you just can’t take your eyes off with so many details to absorb and enjoy. The overextended breakfast bar sits proud [...]

Fenix Glorious Fenix

With the majority of our kitchen installations this year including some element of Fenix as a cabinetry door and benchtop finish, it’s no surprise to see international projects popping up with the same finish. This Belguim kitchen was completed in Arrital’s AK_Project cabinetry collection in a matt black Fenix finish with natural oak veneer highlights. [...]

Project in Review | 2010 Effeti Kitchen Mosman Park

This 2010 kitchen renovation is a wonderful example of how good design and Italian style is truly timeless. Featuring bespoke cabinetry from Effeti’s Autentica range in a natural oak this Effeti kitchen still has the wow factor over 8 years on. The brief was to create an open kitchen into the living and dining area [...]

Cottesloe – Kitchen

With endless views of the Indian Ocean, this Cottesloe kitchen was designed to take advantage of the breathtaking views by having the kitchen positioned on the second floor with west facing breakfast bar seating overlooking the ocean.   For this project, Retreat Design designed and installed the kitchen cabinetry for a Crothers Builders built residence. [...]

Nedlands – Kitchen

The winning formula for this Nedlands kitchen renovation was having a great design that was respectful to the home’s mid century heritage. Designing a space that works for modern lives whilst being kind to a home’s history is something the team at Retreat Design pride ourselves on doing well. This family home was no exception, [...]

Floreat Kitchen Joy | Making Memories

In many family homes the evening meal is created whilst homework is being done, kids are de-briefing on their day and balls are being kicked indoors with the faint shrill of “take that outside” heard over the din. Adding a neighbourhood friend that drops by will create even more happy chaos. So the kitchen really [...]

Watermans Bay – Kitchen & Bathrooms

At Retreat Design we are genuinely proud of every project we do but sometimes a project comes along that seriously blows our minds. The design of this Watermans Bay project was heavily influenced by the client’s vision and we are pretty sure we nailed the brief. Some of our most cutting edge products, including a [...]

Large Format Porcelain | Design Forward Functionality

One of the emerging products at this years Eurocucina 2018 was large format porcelain. Large format porcelain has really started to push through into the Perth market and we are really excited to see how creative applications of this product come to life. Here, Neolith’s arctic white is used with stark effect to create a [...]

Best of Houzz 2018

Retreat Design is thrilled to announce our portfolio was voted most popular by the Houzz community, receiving a ‘Best of Houzz 2018’ badge for both Design & Customer Service to add to our profile. We update our profile regularly with professional images of all of our projects and links to our exclusive products. The Houzz platform has [...]

How To Maximise Space In The Kitchen

Homes with smaller than desired kitchens come with a range of natural restrictions you have to deal with. Nevertheless, smaller kitchens can be renovated in creative ways to maximise functionality and capitalise on the available space. Here’s our top tips for renovating a small kitchen:     Knock Down a Wall The most obvious solution [...]

Why You Should Choose Us Over A Local Cabinet Maker

If you’re in the market for a new kitchen you’re probably busy researching all your options and saving a wish list for your dream design. It can be hard to know which company is the best ‘fit’ for your project. To make your job easier, we have written a few points on what sets Retreat Design apart [...]

How To Design A Timeless Kitchen

What are the secrets to designing a timeless kitchen?   A new kitchen is a big investment. With kitchen trends fickle and potential buyers increasingly design savvy, we have compiled a list of our top tips for creating a timeless kitchen that will provide decades of use without looking dated.   Neutral Colour Palette │ By [...]

Space Saving Bathroom Ideas

Given that bathrooms are often the smallest room in the house, we have put together a list of space saving ideas to help maximise your bathroom floor plan. Wall Mounting │By selecting cabinetry and fixtures which can be wall mounted you free up valuable floor space. (e.g floating vanity or wall mounted toilet) Mirrors │As with any [...]

Best of Houzz 2017

Retreat Design is proud to announce our portfolio was voted most popular by the Houzz community, receiving a ‘Best of Houzz 2017’ badge to add to our profile. We update our profile regularly with professional images of all of our projects and links to our exclusive products. The Houzz platform has proved to be an excellent source [...]

Top tips to create a functional kitchen

Since we deal with kitchens day in day out, we thought we’d compile a list of our top tips to creating the perfect, functional kitchen. Here are some handy hints for making the the most practical design decisions. Choose finishes wisely. Mosaic tiled splashbacks may look fabulous but who wants to spend all weekend scrubbing cook [...]

Arrital Gallery

For lovers of a traditional kitchen, the Arrital Gallery cabinetry range is the epitome of refined luxury. Featuring shaker style doors with a classic aesthetic, this kitchen is a perfect alternative to our more modern, streamlined kitchens. The key design element, being the inset frame on the cabinet door, gives this kitchen collection a Hamptons [...]

Introducing the Agora Collection by Zucchetti.Kos

Agora is a complete bathroom collection designed by Ludovica+Roberto Palomba which includes taps and accessories (by Zucchetti) and a free-standing bathtub and washbasin (by Kos). The designers have re-worked a project from the Zucchetti archives where they have kept the original imprint from 1930’s and added contemporary details. A classically elegant collection, the lines of [...]

New Year… New Kitchen?!

With the start of the New Year, we often see clients who are keen to embark on a home renovation or install a new kitchen. Below we have compiled some of the key trends for 2015 which may be worth considering when designing your new kitchen or living space. Design finish: Moving away from glossy [...]

Macalister Mansion Malaysia

“A 100-year-old colonial mansion is the basis for Macalister Mansion, a quirky yet sophisticated lifestyle-orientated residence where visitors can experience Penang’s rich heritage – without even leaving the building.” Completed in 2012, the Macalister Mansion in Penang’s Georgetown is the first Malaysian member of Design Hotels. This cutting edge boutique hotel pays homage to Penang’s [...]