The lead up to winter has been busy for us here at the studio, both our landscape and interior design teams have been working on a few new projects as well as continuing on existing ones. Some of our bigger projects go on for months, sometimes years, and for this reason it is important to establish a good relationship with all of our clients, a relationship based on trust and care because when that happens something magical takes place and the design process becomes easier, less complicated. Melbournian architect Clare Cousins said once that “great clients lead to great projects” and we must say that we totally agree with her.

As of lately we have also been on the hunt for talented new players to join our team and bring a much needed ‘breath of fresh air’ to our office. At caldesign we like diversity and changes and therefore we strive to find individuals that are multitaskers and that possess a range of skills – this is absolutely paramount for a small business like ours.

Last month we were joined by Jacqueline and Stephanie, welcome to our team girls! We hope that you enjoy your time with us.

The interior design team is wrapping up some of their projects with quite a few deliveries and installations scheduled for the months of June and July, very exciting!

Our landscape team has been super busy with new and old projects and have just started to work on an exciting new venture – will reveal soon, watch this space!

With winter comes the need to cocoon and cuddle up and our spaces always reflect that need. Here are a few tips to make your home cosier this winter:

Inside – Start from the floor and work your way up…Roll out those rugs that have been stored away in the warmer months for extra softness and warmth underfoot. Bring out blankets, throw rugs and cushions to make your living areas and bedrooms cosier. This is also a great time to update a colour scheme or re-paint a feature wall. Don’t forget to burn candles and start stacking some firewood for those super cold nights ahead.

Outside – Gather around the fire to roast marshmallows (for the joy of our littlest ones) and sing songs or play music. If sunny it’s lovely to go for a picnic and find a spot in the sun, bliss! Keep blankets handy and leave gumboots and raincoats by the front door, you never know when you are going to need them. Use your outdoor pizza oven if you have one, winter is a great time to get creative in the kitchen and it’s a great way to keep warm too!

This winter we are looking forward to doing all of the above and to enjoying time with our beautiful family and friends. We also like to enjoy our beautiful city, Sydney is a beauty in winter!

These are a few of our favourite things…

Go and immerse ourselves in the lights and music of Vivid Sydney. It’s a spectacular display that always delights everybody, young and old…

Enjoy a pre-show drink at the Bennelong Restaurant at the Sydney Opera House. We love to enjoy the beautiful architecture of the Opera House and take a stroll to the Rocks, so much history and beauty…

Visit the always colourful and inspirational markets on the weekend – for young and old – our favourites are Kirribilli, Rozelle and the Grounds (for fresh produce) is a must!

Visit Taronga zoo at night when all illuminated by the spectacular Vivid lights. And the look of joy on the little ones always makes it worth the trip and the queues…

So what are you waiting for? Get out there and enjoy this winter season!

Until next time…

From the Caldesign team.

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Electric Garden installation lighting up The Royal Botanic Garden during Vivid Sydney 2016.

Electric Garden installation lighting up The Royal Botanic Garden during Vivid Sydney 2016.


Family enjoying a close up view of the Sumatran Rhinoceros lantern at Taronga Zoo, Vivid Sydney 2016.

Family enjoying a close up view of the Sumatran Rhinoceros lantern at Taronga Zoo, Vivid Sydney 2016.