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Californian Bungalow - Design Process

Inspired by a family trip to Avignon in the South of France, situated in Sydney’s inner west the Parisian motif tile in this Californian Bungalow references the use of wallpaper in this between the wars Australian interior.


Our design needs were to create a kitchen dining space that maximised the sensation of afternoon sunlight that floods this mid-century sunroom. Incorporating passive thermal design was integral to achieving this. The 1950s windows were double-glazed,  some were replaced with frosted louvres for privacy and cross-ventilation and the original floorboards were covered with a slab of concrete and Peronda’s exceptionally delicious timber tiles.

Tile selection is the next decision to be made in all bathroom design. Selecting a durable tile, made from a certified supplier with a great slip rating that won’t show the dirt always rewards you in the long term. Larger format tiles create elegance, but can cause problems with the fall and water drainage in shower areas.   Apart from functionality, tiles are a brilliant tool to add personality into your interior.

SJW Design Tip:
Spend time devouring the colours, patterns and tones in the tiles. Select products that you simply can’t live without and then design the detail around this hero. It helps to relate your pattern choice to the architectural style of your home.


Californian Bungalow - Design Concept

Houses carry history. The reality is that families come and go, people age, functions change and spaces are constantly adapted and modified to meet those needs. Renovating an existing space is often more challenging than designing from a plan as you have to work within fixed parameters with existing materials and spatial layout. Our home was no exception. Purchased in 2006, this modest two-bedroom Californian bungalow in Sydney’s inner west had previously been in one family since its creation in 1927. Adaptability was essential to maximise family functionality of the space; the island bench on caster wheels, constructed from a Tasmanian oak professional butcher’s block, adds warmth and old-school charm to this foodie haven. It floats above and reflects the extendable dining table — a contemporary interpretation of a traditional drop-leaf table characteristic of 1920s furniture design. The island bench houses separate rubbish and recycling drawers and can also work independently as a breakfast bar on a busy weekday morning. It is a delight to slice, dice and serve from, and is the central preparation hub of the kitchen.


Arguably the most controversial street artist in the world, Banksy has developed an entire art subculture devoted to his works. Banksy’s art can impact any location at any given moment. His identity remains unknown, even after over 20 years of being involved with the graffiti scene. He has worked with many different types of street art media and street art types. His work not only includes many powerful, often controversial images, but they may also be found throughout the Internet as viral images.” http://www.streetartbio.com/banksy 

Bathrooms are unique interiors that we relax entertain and in some cases …even work out in! One very unique bathroom project was for a Californian Bungalow in Sydney’s Inner west. The brief was to design a bathroom uniquely male for teenage boys  that could also store some gym equipment and create a contemporary WOW factor in the home. So naturally we used the Bansky Museum Design collection by Peronda Group and a commercial 250 kg pull up bar to create a teenage boys haven!

Inspired by street graffiti, the Bansky Museum Design collection by Peronda Group features over 60 different designs, printed with NCT HD printing technology to ensure high-definition results. Suitable for use on walls and floors.




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