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Detox and Design Tour -Phuket Cleanse Thailand- November 2016

Detox and Design Tour -Phuket Cleanse Thailand- November 2016

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Summer in coming.

That reality often sparks Summer body panic in most of us. It’s now that we scramble to get motivated and shed the winter layer that ever so quietly creeps on. Get ready for less clothing, warmer days, and if you’re like me, the agony of the annual swim wear purchase.

Well, what if I could tell not to panic. Stay calm, and it will all be fine.

I can. And it starts right here with Wanderlust Luxury Travel, in conjunction with Phuket Cleanse, and our ‘Design and Detox’ Tour to Thailand.

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Phuket Cleanse is the world’s most exciting health retreat!  I know for a fact, because I was a guest there earlier this year and really changed my whole attitude to health and fitness. It was amazing.

The Phuket Cleanse package is all inclusive, and this November, it also includes the never done before Design Element, at no additional charge.

You package includes absolutely everything – accommodation, food, cleansing protocols, fitness classes, detox master classes, transportation, excursions, laundry, 4 evening massages per week, and complimentary airport pickup.

Once you have flown into Phuket you need not spend another cent whilst you are there.
It is very flexible and you can arrive at any time of the day or night, on any day of the week, for the duration that suits your travel plans.

In November, the Interior Design team from White Chalk Design,  will be heading over to Phuket Cleanse to consult on the upcoming renovation and makeover of the current villa and retreat facilities. So we have decided to incorporate a “Design” element into the amazing current cleanse and fitness program. Design and Detox is born!

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The Design Element  

You can join us as we shop for the furniture, art and accessories in the local stores and shopping districts.

Learn the art of creating a beautiful functioning bathroom, whilst staying on budget.

How to choose the right tiles, cabinetry materials and fixtures for wet areas.

What is the best paint colour in dark rooms versus lighter rooms.

How to arrange furniture, hang art, and when to use special feature lighting and other bespoke pieces.

Come with us and learn the skills to enable you to design and manage your own renovation at home. Watch and learn as we do site and spatial plans, then arrange concept sheets and imagery for the re-design of the villas.  We can then bring 3D colour concepts to life in the construction phase.

The Design Element is scheduled during  various times in the day, so it won’t interfere with your training, yoga and fitness programs. You will be able to join in on all activities, at your own pace.

It will be very relaxed, informative and most of all, lots of fun.

 

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The Health and Fitness Element 

Experience the Raw Food Lifestyle!

Your chefs in the Phuket Cleanse Raw Food Laboratory will create for you mind blowing dishes that will stimulate your every taste bud. What’s more exciting is they will teach you how to do the same in your raw food cooking classes. You will indulge in a menu that will get your body into peak operating condition.

Each day the kitchen creates the most beautiful raw food cuisine – unique masterpieces some say. They rarely make the same thing twice unless it is a guest favourite. The raw food menu is second to none. It is comprised of fresh organic vegetable and fruit juices along with raw foods that naturally detoxify and assist in restoring the optimal function of the digestive system. We will work with you to tailor your nutritional program to fit your goals.

Click here for more info on the detox and raw food  :

Raw Food Link

 

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Fitness Goals 

Your fitness program is designed to allow you to play in your body every which way and
discover the workouts that make your body sing.

At Phuket Cleanse you create your own personal fitness program from any of the one-hour daily group exercise classes. There are many to choose from:  you can attend workouts from a diverse range of cardio, strength, and flexibility classes. Beach classes, hiking, boxing, TRX, HIIT, kettlebell, running, stretch classes, core strength ..the list goes on and on. And the variety is huge.

Plus..the timetable runs all day. From sunrise until sunset and then into the night. Plus…there are nutritionists, personal trainers, life coaches, wellness coaches, onsite supplements and vitamins, O2 therapy, infrared saunas, massage therapy, cooking classes, ice baths, bikes plus a beautiful pool and relaxation area.

Click here for all of the fitness programs available :

Fitness Link

 

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Yoga Time

Bikram Hot Yoga. Haha and Yin Yoga. Aerial Yoga. Power and Astanga Yoga. Partner and Acro Yoga. Beach Yoga. Sunrise and Sunset Yoga.

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Whatever your yoga style, you can experience it all here. Or, it is the perfect time to try something new. I loved aerial yoga when I was at Phuket Cleanse earlier in the year. It was really incredible. And something that I am so glad that I learned to do.

Click here for the Yoga schedule :

Yoga Link

 

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Mind 

When you meditate in the group meditation, you will experience of ‘quantum coherence’. When a group meditates together, they achieve a group synchronized brainwave state, a potent state for prayer, sending love, and doing manifestation work.

Click here for the mind series inclusions :

Mind Link

 

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The Program 

Head into Summer feeling amazing, in both mind and body.

Learn some important interior design skills .

Cleanse and feel alive again.

Make new friends.

Go to the local markets and enjoy the festivities.

Spend the day on a nearby island, via a traditional Thai fishing boat and then do some snorkelling, swimming, a beach massage or just lie in the sun and breathe it all in.

Hike up to Big Buddha, high on the hill and take in the amazing views over Phuket.

Swim in the pool and then doze in the hammock.

Stand Up Paddle Board in the ocean.

Wander down to end of the street for a mani – pedi, or more massage and beauty treatment options. (Cost not included, but very reasonably priced.)

Watch the sunrise over the water as you do your yoga mediation. Or sleep in…. The daily activity level is entirely up to you. Go hard, or go slow…your choice.

Click here to see the full Phuket Cleanse Program :

Program Link

 

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If you think this might be something you would like to do. Please send me an email and we can book you in.

The Dates

November 15th – November 22. You can choose to join 5 or 7 nights …or more.

The Price

5 days 1 person USD 2,000
5 days 2 people sharing a room USD 3,000 (USD 1,500 each)
7 day 1 person USD 2,660
7 days 2 people sharing a room USD 4,060 (USD 2,030 each)

To convert to AUD, we use –  AUD Convertor

 

Booking

Please email:  serena@whitechalkdesign.com.au to discuss booking your stay, plus anything  you want to know about this tour. We can answer your queries and send you a FAQ sheet.

Also jump onto the Phuket Cleanse site, and get a detailed view as to what it is all about.

If booking with Phuket Cleanse direct, please make sure you mention  you are wishing to book in for the ‘Design and Dextox’ tour.

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Looking forward to seeing you in November!!

 

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Inspiration from the Milan Design Fair 2016

Inspiration from the Milan Design Fair 2016

 

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What a busy month we have had at White Chalk Design!

Our projects are varied and exciting, ranging from decorating beautiful residential properties, redesigning bars and hotels and our all time favourite… designing and building new kitchens.

It is such an progressive time in the design world, with the new trends coming through from the Milan Design Fair.

Kitchens are getting darker and more textured, with the accent being on creating a harmonious work space that is timeless, yet cohesive with your family environment.

Consider using dark oak timber cabinets, with soft grey veined marble and slim lined feature pendant lighting.
Very simple, yet completely adaptable to any home.
Take a look at what Milan delivered this year.

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Thinking of renovating your old kitchen?
White Chalk Design is offering a ‘free of charge’ initial consultation to discuss your kitchen plan. We can design, quote and install your new kitchen. Take advantage of our new ‘3D walk -through’ option to ensure you are completely comfortable with your plan before we commence construction.
This offer is valid for the month of June.
Contact us now to book your free site meeting.

 

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White Chalk Design is proud to be nominated as one of the Top 100 Interior Design companies in Australia.

 

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Project of the Month.

Contemporary Family Home. Bayside.

‘The owner of this magnificent home, built recently in Bayside, had one main design request in his brief…to successfully incorporate a live fish tank into the plan, and thus creating a magnificent feature and focal point.
We think we hit the brief perfectly. ‘

Serena Elise,
Principal Designer,
White Chalk Design.

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White Chalk Design Rewards You…

White Chalk Design Rewards You…

White Chalk Design | Luxury Lifestyle & Design

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We want to thank you for being a loyal White Chalk client.

Do you have a friend who is thinking of renovating or building?
White Chalk Design can help ease the stress associated with the process.

This month, White Chalk Design is offering a special referral gift to you.

Refer a friend or colleague to WCD and you will receive a free 12 month subscription to any magazine of your choice.
Its as simple as that.
Remember to tell them to mention your name when booking their initial consultation and we will contact you to arrange your magazine subscription.
It’s our way of saying thank you.

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Project of the Month.

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Modern Family Home, Bayside.

‘We loved working with our client on this decorating project in Hampton. The client had full faith in White Chalk to execute a modern and striking monochromatic palette, whilst still keeping the home family friendly. The grey velvet sofa, paired with the black leather tub chairs, created a very masculine feel, and by adding a feature chair with the pop of soft blue, this created the warmth we needed to avoid a stark environment.”

Serena Elise,
Principal Designer,
White Chalk Design.

 

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48 hours & Sydney’s Finest Bars

48 hours & Sydney’s Finest Bars

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This week was fun.

I flew to Sydney to attend the annual design trade fair, where I am able to source new furniture and homeware accessories for our current design and interior projects at White Chalk Design.  (http://www.whitechalkdesign.com.au)

It is always a productive few days and there is nothing better better than sourcing new products for clients as they are being released hot off the press.

But…what I enjoy more, is finding inspiration out of the design fairs. Out and about. Researching and staying in new hotels. Checking out the latest bars and pubs. Sampling what I can from the real world and determining whether elements can be utilised in our projects.

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Primus Hotel Sydney : (http://www.primushotelsydney.com)

Art Deco Glamour.

Recently launched and located right in the heart of Sydney at 339 Pitt Street, this brand new, seriously stunning hotel,  housed the Sydney Water Board’s offices from the building’s construction in 1939 until 2009. The former Sydney Water Rating Chamber, once a bustling office space, is now the hotel’s lobby, a grand room with cathedral-like dimensions. Eight spectacular red scagliola columns, each eight metres tall, surround a large, beautifully restored skylight.

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It is truly stunning. The old world vibe mixes beautifully with the original restoration and the new design elements.  The ground floor used to house the 30 or so secretary offices partitioned by frosted glass, and a bustling work place.  You can literally close your eyes and be instantly transported to the chic 1930s. Glamorous women in pencil skirts, high heels and cigarette holders, typing on manual typewriters, whilst the male boss barks orders in a charcoal suit and hat. I swear I heard them echoing around the walls!

As and to the old, the designers have kept the old drinking bubblers on the walls for authenticity. Ceramic bowls with rust anchored on geometric wall paper walls. Classic old meets new. (the bubblers are for show only)

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Also occupying the ground floor is the lobby bar and the Wilmot, a high-end restaurant serving contemporary Asian cuisine. The design and vast material selection is mix of Art Deco,  Hollywood Regency and New York 5Th Avenue. It soothes the senses and is indeed aimed at the highest 5 star market.

There is also a roof top deck with pool and bar which is very calming and much needed in the hustle of the busy Sydney CBD. The perfect spot to sip on a refreshing Whisky Sour and unwind.

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Even the bathrooms are fancy. I mean seriously, what is not to love here??  Limestone, marble, gold, black,  white…Tick. Tick. Tick. Heaven. Thank you Primus Hotel.

 

Bondi Icerbergs: (http://icebergs.com.au)

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A slight change in pace, after walking most of the day through the design fair at Homebush,  we headed down to the famous Bondi Beach and on to Bondi Icebergs for lunch. The sun was shining, the beautiful people were lounging around the pools and the almost famous celebrities were eating lunch in the main restaurant. If you’re visiting Bondi, you can visit the surf club section for a bite to eat, the main Icebergs Bistro or Terrace Bar for a fancy lunch or dinner, or simply pay $6 and laze in the historic ocean sea bath. The choice is yours and any option is a winner.

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The atmosphere here is pretty chilled. The view and ocean is the key player, so it is very cathartic to just sit and sip a chilled Rose and enjoy the ambience. So thats what we did. Until dusk.

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Coogee Pavilion: (http://merivale.com.au/coogeepavilion)

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Deciding to stay beachside, I was keen to explore the latest quirky hotel fitout by the Merivale group and Justin Hemmes. Famous for Sydney bars such as The Ivy, The Establishment, Hemmesphere…to name just a few from this ever growing empire.

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This Hotel is located right on the beach at Coogee. It has 180* views of the ocean. It is amazing. 3 floors and a roof top bar, this pub is probably the quirkiest of all the Hemmes thus far.

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You wander through the rooms and can feast your eyes on hundreds of vignettes set around the 3 floors. I can’t even begin to imagine where they source these items from, but this is what certainly adds the eccentric character to this beachside pub. Its a focal and talking point. Especially if your table has critters under glass looking at you.

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The roof top bar was my favourite. Sitting upstairs, with the ocean summer breeze, cocktail in hand, it felt very Bahamas mixed with Maui, and a sprinkle of Out Of Africa thrown in for good measure. Apparently the design brief for the roof top bar was based on a fictional character… an eccentric botanist in his conservatory. That works!

The Rooftop houses four indoor and outdoor bars each with its own exotic flair.

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Walk the famous beachside track from Bondi to Coogee and then you have no excuse to indulge at the Coogee Pavillion. Life’s a balance after all.

Hotel Palisade: (http://hotelpalisade.com)

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Switching gear on Day 2 (not really..another bar) and I was determined to find the latest roof top bar Henry Deane, at The Palisade Hotel in Millers Point. I had seen images of it on Instagram and wanted to see it for myself.

I should point out, my 20 year old daughter accompanied me on this ‘work trip’ and was quite surprised (aka pleased) to hunt out bars and hotels, rather than the more traditional mother /daughter get away of shopping and mani / pedis.

So, this stunning 100 year old building, sits alone and is now a multi-level boutique pub/cocktail bar/hotel. It was once an overnight nap-and-grog stop for Anzacs and “wharfs”.  A newly built rooftop cocktail bar, above the pub,  pays homage to the Australian engineer-architect who designed the building, Henry Deane.

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The cocktail bar, which sits over two levels – the top floor and rooftop of the original hotel is very fresh and light.  It’s complete with pink-leather sofas, copper furnishings, double-hung windows and marble everywhere.

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Separate to the Henry Deane bar, there are nine boutique hotel rooms opened in December and each named after an Anzac. Half have views over Barangaroo and the waterfront. The other half look out over Millers Point towards the bridge. It is quite small upstairs, cosy in fact… but this just adds to feeling of being in the right place. And that view!

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Downstairs is more black and white and geometric, with wall panels and custom papers plus exotic leathers and masculine sofas. The ground floor is a typical old school pub. We actually thought we may have been at the wrong spot when we got there. Its very understated. But very busy.

As a designer it is so refreshing to see a shift away from the cold retro, prohibition style bar design that seems to be everywhere at the moment.

Every new bar these days seems to have red exposed brick, copper exposed bulbs, no soul and is bare, boring… and on every corner.

Let it go people. It’s time.

Lets do more Detail. More Design. More Accessories. More Products. More Glamour.

More everything.

Thank you Sydney for the inspiration and being a perfect host.

 

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White Chalk Design | New Name | New Site |

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Welcome to the new and exciting launch of our new website, name and branding for White Chalk Design.
We are super excited to show you our brand new site and hope you will take a peek at our most recent projects now online.

 

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At White Chalk Design we have been very fortunate over the last 16 years to work on some amazing projects with incredible clients and this has helped us grow into the design firm we now are.

When the business was first set up we were a small bespoke decorating and homewares studio located in Sandringham.

As the years have flown by, we have adapted to suit the design requirements of our clients, and can now boast that we are a full interior and exterior design and architectural design company.

Our scope of work includes both residential and commercial client and each project is different from the last so its always exciting.
This also includes business branding, 3D images and project management.

With 3 in-house architects, graphic designers, specialist contractor and builders, landscapers, furniture makers and suppliers, we are able to co-ordinate any level of project size at ease.

So a very big thank you to our clients both past and present for helping us achieve such success…without great clients the work would be just that..work!

Wishing you all a very safe Christmas and New Year and here’s to a fantastic 2016.
Serena and the White Chalk team…. xx

Clink the link to go to the new site http://www.whitechalkdesign.com.au

 

 

Halcyon House…

Halcyon House…

Travelling, hand in hand with design, inspires me, motivates me, propels me forward, I swear it makes me a better person! …and sometimes I choose a destination based on one ‘must see’ item.

It could be a restaurant fit-out, a fashion store design, a boutique hotel lobby or even a house that I may have seen on Instagram or social media. I adore turning fantasy into reality and my life is pretty much based on this theory.

Enter stage right – Halcyon House.

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Halcyon House is located in Cabarita Beach, New South Wales, Australia and was the brainchild of sisters Elisha and Siobhan Bickle. The girls purchased the property when it was the The Hideaway Motel.  At that time the idea was to turn it into a family beach house, according to Vogue Living who profiles the hotel and restaurant in the July/August 2015 issue. Instead they turned it into a 21-room hotel that evokes the feeling of a 1960’s beach motel with a modern interpretation.

Upon landing on a recent family vay-cay in Surfers Paradise, Qld, we made a sharp right turn out of Coolangatta Airport, and headed due South to Cabarita, with full intent on seeing this magnificent property in real time, and determine if it stacks up to all of the hype.

That would be a solid Yes.

It evokes chic Hollywood Glamour, but in a refined beachy Miami Keys kind of way. Bleached white buildings, striped navy and white detail everywhere, old school pink and blue bikes parked out the front for beach boardwalk rides, and the sound of the gentle waves rolling in.

The restaurant, Paper Daisy has a menu to die for. But it ain’t cheap. However, the food was fresh and quite magnificent and service was brilliant. And the Rose was chilled just right.

Think… Palm Springs. 1965

Imagine… The Classic Hamptons Style.  With a twist.

Daydream… The Bahamas. Necker Island.

Halcyon House is the boutique hotel you go to when you are wanting to step back in time and remember Summer Holidays passed. Old school. Create new memories.

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White Chalk Interiors Design Video – Get Out of Your Comfort Zone..Now!

White Chalk Interiors Design Video – Get Out of Your Comfort Zone..Now!

Our White Chalk Interiors Video tip this week is all about exploring new things in the home…..Get a little risky and jump head first out of your comfort zone..

Click link below image and enjoy.

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Houzz. The Art of Cornering Your Walk-In

Houzz. The Art of Cornering Your Walk-In

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The trick to designing a great walk-in-wardrobe, is more than just a clever utilisation of space.

It needs to be functional, look amazing and be a haven to daily dressing…

Click the link below to read about the Houzz Idea Book article on creating just the right space…

http://www.houzz.com.au/ideabooks/41626538/list/stop-no-right-turn-the-art-of-cornering-in-your-walk-in

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Mirror Mirror on the Wall | The Mirror of the Future

Mirror Mirror on the Wall | The Mirror of the Future

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I saw this post on MotherBoard and thought it was quite fascinating…the way of our future…Enjoy.

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Austral Bricks + Camilla Franks = Prepare for Brick Envy

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Austral Bricks has teamed up with fashion icon Camilla Franks to bring a bold new collection.

 

Click on this link direct from InDesignLive to take a peek at this stunning colour palette inspired by exotic locations…I want to design a project with these bricks…….Now!

 

http://www.indesignlive.com/parties/camilla-for-austral-bricks-launch-night

 

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