This is such a tricky question for us. Eleven years of practice has produced many different projects. Different people. Different sites. Different existing conditions. This difference is what has kept things interesting for us.
A particular design aesthetic is not something we actively pursue in our practice, aside from the time when Patrick was in love with black grand pianos. However, people can often pick our projects, so there are obviously identifying characteristics. I guess our website speaks volumes with regard to this question.
Having said that, there have been some consistent approaches to design that we are committed to. The opportunity for the garden to play a key role in the enjoyment of domestic life is one in particular that resonates with the way I live in my own home.
My personal sense of style in my own home is a different thing. I renovated a derelict house 2 years ago, foolishly timing moving in with the overdue delivery of my third baby. The house is nothing near what I would design if we were to start from scratch. We recycled and renovated without extending. Making an energy efficient home was a high priority.
Recycled Oregon floorboards & joinery, natural sisal floor coverings, stained black timber ceilings and black& white hand-made marble wall tiles form a very relaxed & peaceful backdrop to our beautiful view over the Yarra river. We live on a magnificent, bushy block of land in Fairfield. My husband has spent the last 2 years clearing the neglected block & we are getting ready to tackle a 20 year plan for our garden. Looking beyond the house gives me the greatest joy at home.