Interior Design

Goode Beach Albany Project Update

The Retreat Design crew have been busy on site at our renovation project located in the stunning Goode Beach area of Albany. Boasting panoramic views of the coast, this project was always going to be impressive! With two powder rooms and an ensuite featuring the striking Honed Travarola Bianco Vein Cut Marble tiles the design [...]

The Scullery – The unsung hero of the kitchen

A scullery or butler’s pantry is now more common than ever in our new kitchen designs. The unsung hero of the kitchen space, a scullery is traditionally a second, smaller room off the kitchen in which to hide dishes, a sink and pantry items that you wish to keep out of view and away from [...]

Project Update From Retreat Design

Update from Retreat Design… To all our valued clients and suppliers, we hope you are keeping safe and well during these uncertain times. Retreat Design would like to assure people that whilst our showroom is now open by appointment only, we are working hard behind the scenes delivering several projects and working through the design [...]

Zucchetti Brim wins the Good Design Award

The Zucchetti Brim collection, designed by Ludovica+Roberto Palomba has been awarded the 2019 Good Design Award in the Bath/Accessory section. Brim was selected among over 900 product designs and graphics from over 47 nations for the oldest and most prestigious international prize awarded overseas for design products. Reassuring and essential, the Brim collection stands out for its compact design that uses a single lexicon [...]

Wembley Residence

This project was a lovely full home renovation in Wembley by Retreat Design. Featuring Arrital’s AK_Project cabinetry in matte white, Q Stone Diamond White bench tops and Caesarstone Calacatta Nuvo splash back, we were able to create a light, bright and modern kitchen space. In addition to the kitchen, we also renovated a powder room, [...]

Project Review | Dalkeith Bathroom

DALKEITH BATHROOM RENOVATION   The team at Retreat Design thinks this Dalkeith ensuite may well have Perth’s best residential bathroom view! Creating a restful retreat for this Perth couple was a true pleasure. The end result was a spa-like luxury bathroom. The theme of Statuario marble in the master bedroom balcony was continued into the [...]

Steve Johnson’s Interview with Houzz

Open Book: How 3 Kitchen Designers Went From Start-Up to Success   Check out the ‘Open Book’ interview Houzz have recently published with our Owner & Director, Steve Johnson. The article covers all bases including the challenges, turning points and must-have tools for three Australian kitchen designers. Have a read of the full interview here [...]

Project Review | City Beach Kitchen

This project is a great example of how we can work with your architect to supply cabinetry and fittings as per their specified design. Working with Hartree & Associates architect and Minchin & Sims Builders, Retreat Design were provided with design drawings and material specifications for this exciting new build in City Beach. We were [...]

From Concept to Creation

From Design Concept to Realisation..   As a team of passionate interior designers, there is nothing better than watching a concept creation come to life. Whether it be a kitchen renovation, new home cabinetry, extensive home remodel or whatever your cabinetry design needs, we go into every project hoping to truly nail your brief so [...]

Claremont – Bathrooms

As part of a entire new home build, Retreat Design supplied the cabinetry for these beautiful bathrooms. In keeping with the impressive kitchen we supplied for this residence, Arrital’s AK_Project cabinetry was specified for use as the floating vanities in the two bathrooms. Finished in ‘Noce’ (walnut) laminate, the wood grain adds warmth and dimension [...]

Project Review | Claremont Residence

This week we feature the impressive Claremont project we completed in late 2018. With thanks to Silvertone Photography for the excellent images….   Retreat Design was engaged by Gary Mackintosh​, Architect to supply the cabinetry for his new home build in Claremont. Working alongside the builder, Velocity Building, our scope of works included supply and [...]

Claremont – Kitchen

Retreat Design was engaged by Gary Mackintosh​, Architect to supply the cabinetry for his new home build in Claremont. Working alongside the builder, Velocity Building, our scope of works included supply and install of the kitchen, bathroom, laundry and storage cabinetry for this architect designed residence. Arrital’s AK_Project range was used in the kitchen in [...]

Claremont Residence

  Retreat Design was engaged by Gary Mackintosh​, Architect to supply the cabinetry for his new home build in Claremont. Working alongside the builder, Velocity Building, our scope of works included supply and install of the kitchen, bathroom, laundry and storage cabinetry for this architect designed residence. Arrital’s AK_Project range was used in the kitchen [...]

Supplier Spotlight: ARRITAL CUCINE

Our long standing relationship with supplier Arrital Cucine continues to grow with a large portion of our kitchen renovations utilising the quality Italian made cabinetry. Situated in Fontanafredda, Italy, Arrital’s headquarters and world class manufacturing facility supply kitchens to the global market, with 2019 being the company’s 40th anniversary. Renowned architect Franco Driusso has designed [...]

Project Review | Lake Monger Luxury Home

Completed a couple of years ago, this luxury home overlooks the picturesque Lake Monger in West Leederville. Working in collaboration with Luxus Homes and Palassis Architects, Retreat Design supplied the cabinetry and fixtures in the kitchen, scullery, five bathrooms, laundry and wardrobes throughout the home. Using premium finishes such as Effeti Natural Oak veneer and [...]

Integrated Appliances for the Kitchen

At Retreat Design we love taking inspiration from European design trends. We believe the way forward is with integrated appliances, which means that clunky-looking fridges, freezers and dishwashers are a thing of the past. With many of the big name appliance brands such as Miele, Liebherr, AEG and Siemens now offering integrated options, it’s easy [...]

Kitchens Sell Houses

  One of the most important areas of any property is arguably the kitchen. Not only do they sell houses but they also bring family and friends together. Once considered just a space for food preparation, the kitchen is now the heart of the home being a key hub for entertaining and socialising.   A [...]

Bathroom Renovation Inspiration

Planning a bathroom renovation or new build? Looking for inspiration to create the perfect bathroom retreat? Here’s our top tips for creating your dream bathroom:   Floating cabinetry makes the space feel larger and more spacious. Floating shelves are also a gorgeous way to display perfume bottles or indoor plants. Large wall mirrors with integrated [...]

Retreat Design | Our Point of Difference

If you’d like to know what sets us apart, then look no further. Our reputation and portfolio of past projects is proof of our continued relevance in the Perth market. Have a read below for our point of difference to local cabinet makers.   UNIQUE At Retreat Design, we have exclusive access to a world [...]

Project Review | West Leederville Kitchen Renovation

This West Leederville kitchen renovation is not only super stylish but also highly functional for the needs of a growing family. Black powder coated stainless steel was used to great effect on the kitchen island and storage highlights; giving the space a slightly eclectic feel. Arrital’s AK_Project cabinetry range, with 22mm thick doors in a [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Sneak Peak | Kitchens 2018

Photoshoot days are definitely a highlight for the design team at Retreat Design. Being on site once the dust has settled, trinkets have been put in display cabinets and the oven has had a chance to burn a few meals provides a great sense of validation for our team. It provides a chance to see [...]

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 [...]

Petria Field | The Importance of Sustainable Styling

Thanks Petria Field from Coco Rose Interiors for this wonderfully refined and timely blog on sustainable styling.   Decorating in a sustainable way doesn’t have to be ugly!  Sustainability is here to stay as more and more people are becoming conscious of turning their carbon footprint into green thumbs!   It doesn’t mean that you have [...]

Petria Field | 5 Simplified Styling Tips

5 Simplified Styling Tips – By Petria Field of Coco Rose Interiors   I often think when it comes to styling, most people think too much. Sometimes styling a room is simply just feeling. If it feels good or makes you happy, then usually it’s the right place for your piece. Sometime you need to [...]

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 [...]

Italian Cabinetry – Made in Italy

At Retreat Design we have worked hard over the years to ensure the Italian cabinetry manufacturers we have relationships with assist to provide the best quality kitchens and bathrooms for our Perth clients. Two of our five suppliers, Arrital and Altamarea, hold the exclusive Made in Italy badge. This badge is no small feat as [...]

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 [...]

Beautiful Basins For The Bathroom

If you’re looking for a stand-out feature piece for the bathroom then you’ve come to the right place. Here at Retreat Design we have access to some of the world’s most beautiful basins from our European suppliers. Take a look at some of our stunning options below. For more information on these products, drop in [...]

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 [...]

Project Highlights From 2017

As 2017 draws to a close, we thought we’d share with you some of our favourite projects from the year. We are thrilled with the work we’ve completed and the clients we’ve met along the way. Here’s just a snippet of some of our great home transformations!     To view more Retreat Design projects, [...]

Our Expert Advice Interview on the Complete Home Website

Check out the ‘Expert Advice’ interview Complete Home have recently published with our Owner & Director, Steve Johnson. The article covers all bases including the design process, his inspiration & advice for anyone undertaking a new project. Have a read of the full interview here //   Steve Johnson is a Perth-based kitchen, bathroom and laundry [...]

The Arrital ‘Gallery’ Kitchen │Timeless Elegance

For lovers of a traditional kitchen, the Arrital Gallery 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 feel [...]

Project Feature: Leederville Renovation

Retreat Design renovated the kitchen of this Leederville home in 2016 for our client who wanted a contemporary looking space. Using Arrital ‘Village’ cabinetry, a Falcon oven with recycled timber railway sleeper and a statement butler’s sink, we achieved a classic looking kitchen that ties in perfectly with the Jarrah floorboards and character features of [...]

BEFORE & AFTERS – What a transformation!

There’s nothing more rewarding at the end of a project than looking back on how far you’ve come. Renovating can be messy and time consuming so it’s nice to have a before and after shot to see the wonderful transformation of the space. At Retreat Design we have some great photos to compare our projects [...]

New Project Inspo

We have recently completed some great new projects which have been professionally photographed by our friends at Silvertone Photography. Here’s a sneak peek of the photos to get you motivated and hopefully inspired for your own home project! All of the projects are now up on our webpage under ‘Portfolio‘. To enquire about a renovation [...]

The Design Process With Retreat Design

Our team of designers are often asked about the design process and what is involved in the scope of works with our company. At Retreat Design we offer a complete yet flexible service from initial design through to handing over a completed project. We can be involved in your kitchen and bathroom project as little [...]

Arrital AK_Project Kitchen Range

Introducing AK_Project, the streamlined new kitchen collection from Arrital with a greater range of product offerings and standardisation.   The old AK_01, AK_02, AK_03 and AK_06 have been amalgamated and refreshed to offer more variety for our clients to select the perfect function and finish. A completely customised approach to kitchen design, the AK_Project range [...]

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 [...]

An Affordable Designer Kitchen

The photos of our recent kitchen project in Melville have just come through and we couldn’t be happier!   Completed in 2016, this project is a wonderful example of how we can achieve a high end finish with a medium sized budget. By using matte white laminate for the majority of the cabinets and the [...]

Swanbourne – Kitchen & Bathrooms

Working in conjunction with MacCormac Architects and Ian Collins Homes, Retreat Design was engaged to design and install the spectacular kitchen, bathrooms, laundry, wardrobes and fireplace for this contemporary new home in Swanbourne. The interior brief was to create a space which worked harmoniously with the striking exterior of the building with open plan living areas and a [...]

Kitchens + Bathrooms Sell Houses

HOW CAN A GREAT KITCHEN HELP YOU SELL YOUR HOUSE? When it comes to selling your house, minor transformations can go a long way toward attracting buyers. Since the kitchen is considered the heart of a home, the area where the family can spend time together during the day, one that’s in optimal condition will [...]

XLight Large format porcelain tiles

Introducing XLight, by Porcelanosa, the slimline porcelain slabs which offer a fabulous new cladding solution for walls & benches. Characterised by its extra-large format and minimum thickness, XLight is extremely versatile. Perfect for use in bathrooms and kitchens, it eliminates the need for grout lines, making cleaning easier and mimicking the look of natural stone. New to the Perth [...]

Top tips to create the perfect bathroom

Planning a bathroom renovation or new build? We’ve got you covered! Here’s our top bathroom tips for creating your dream space:   Floating cabinetry makes the space feel larger and more spacious. Floating shelves are also a gorgeous way to display perfume bottles or indoor plants. Large wall mirrors with integrated lighting help to reflect [...]

Luxury Powder Room Design

Having recently completed this project for our client in North Perth, we wanted to share some of the luxury details that went into this spectacular powder room design. Cutting edge accessories from the Gessi ‘Cono‘ range were specified to give a masculine and sophisticated feel. The leather fronted cabinetry from Karol’s ‘Urban Chic’ collection pairs beautifully [...]

Swanbourne Residence

Working in conjunction with MacCormac Architects and Ian Collins Homes, Retreat Design was engaged to design and install the spectacular kitchen, bathrooms, laundry, wardrobes and fireplace for this contemporary new home in Swanbourne. The interior brief was to create a space which worked harmoniously with the striking exterior of the building with open plan living areas and a [...]

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 [...]

CONO by Gessi + Karol

Newly released, the Gessi Cono (meaning ‘Cone’ in Italian) collection of tap ware and ceramics combines a naturally curved shape with angular lines, to create a sculptural piece of art. Innovative in form, Cono is designed in Italy by Prospero Rasulo and includes taps, basins, baths and accessories that are ideal for both contemporary and [...]

15% OFF your dream kitchen during February + March

Retreat Design are offering 15% off your dream kitchen when you order during the months of February + March 2015. Call us today to arrange a consultation with one of our experienced designers | Ph. 08 6101 1190 or drop in and see us at 307 Hay St, Subiaco. Take a look at our Arrital [...]

The West Australian | 2015 style forecast

Style forecast PELE FINDSON January 16, 2015, 2:00pm Picture: Edwards Moore for Dulux  From colours to kitchens, five industry insiders share their predictions for the trends that will shape our homes in 2015. THE FURNITURE RETAILER   The style gurus at Perth showroom designFARM are forecasting that our love affair with mid-century Danish design will [...]

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 [...]

Feature taps on trend

We love interesting tap ware and if our suppliers’ latest offerings are anything to go by, taps are set to become a stand out feature in our bathroom designs. From the fluid form of Gessi’s Goccia range to the architectural lines of Zucchetti’s Wosh collection, we can help you choose taps that become a focal [...]

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 [...]

Make your own idea book on Houzz.com.au

Get on board Houzz.com.au and make your own ‘ideabook’ with all the amazing Houzz images to choose from. It is a great way to share & collate ideas and imagery if you are planning a renovation. To see the Retreat Design Ideabook and Houzz profile complete with images from some of our projects, please click [...]

Tubes radiators have arrived in store!

We are excited to announce that our Tubes Radiators from Italy have arrived in the showroom….. Just in time for the Perth summer!!?! The ‘Milano’ Tubes Radiators (pictured) can be ordered as an electric or water version with both wall mounted and floor standing models available. Thanks to a special support base, the free-standing version [...]