Opening of the Snowy Mountains Ski Season June 02 2014

We are so pleased Rockpool Lodge - Thredbo has won the World Ski Awards 2013 Winner of Australia’s Best Ski Chalet                   

The Rockpool owners commissioned us to design, oversee the build and complete their home for occupancy. This was one of those wonderful projects where the building structure was sound, the existing layout was easy to change and the client/ designer relationship was excellent. Of course the expected renovation work included underfloor heating, new lighting, media, security, bathrooms and kitchen. The extras were a large sauna and separate spa room. French fabrics for the master bedroom, trimmed with crystal beads and tassels catch the reflected light from the snow. Possum throws add that touch of pure indulgence. Aging the hinges and tiebacks took ingenuity. Paint colours are subtle and warm with one feature wall in the study nook pulled from the client’s Brumby painting


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What are we up to now?

To put our timeline in perspective I am writing this article 3 weeks prior to the opening weekend. Before our summer projects - lodges, apartments and private homes can be occupied for the winter we still have the finishing touches to add.

All the building work including kitchens and bathrooms are complete. New lighting installed for greater ambience and functionality.  Paint dry. Carpets laid. Curtains and blinds hung. Sofas, beds, lounge, dining furniture and art work to be installed next week. Then the finishing touches - accessories, table lamps, feature mirrors, cushion’s runners and throws are last but not least completing the big picture with texture and colour.


What I am loving at the moment! are the darkest charcoals, just one long wall is enough. Throw ochre yellow onto an adjacent angled wall and team with mid grey walls, gloss white skirtings and doors. At Sequoia we’ve tied it all together with cushions in ochre suede and a chevron design fabric in linen, deep velvet, dark charcoal and ochre on deep grey leather sofas          


I am very impressed with! our new grandson’s cuddles and my son Chris and daughter in law Nikki who are so competent these first few weeks of their baby’s life. Also on top of my very impressed list is Nikki’s creation of Harrison’s nursery. The charcoal carpet sets off the navy and chartreuse walls contrasting with the white ceiling, architraves and doors so crisp and clean. This clever lady also created the wall art, curtains and pin board.


We have just returned from DESIGNEX in Sydney where new products from the building industry design solutions and soft furnishings are featured. This is an annual learning experience and a must for any interior designer working to achieve the very best for their client.

Total inspiration came from an exhibition by Supercyclers a collective of international designers focused on incorporating and expanding sustainability into our designed and built world.

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Yours in design

Gaye Kable