Where you are from/live:
I live with my (large) family in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, Australia
What you do:
I’m an architect and at times a creative advisor.
Your latest project:
We have projects on the drawing board and in construction that are very diverse and exciting, from a Spanish Hacienda, several Paddington terraces, an exotic Hawaiian tropical retreat in Darwin, a beachside bungalow, a Hamptons style villa. Commercial projects include a conference/ business centre in Darwin and various medical facilities. We enjoy finding the right way to encapsulate Client’s preferences into their particular environment.
Where do you find inspiration?
We facilitate the creation of our Clients’ dream environments so each project has the capacity to take us somewhere quite different.
I find enormous inspiration in the opportunities and challenges that Clients present to me when we work together. It is very much about responding to a challenge – or capitalising on an opportunity to make the most of an environment or lifestyle.
Inspiration is everywhere, but it is the challenge that focuses that creativity for me.
Which room do you spend more time in, kitchen or bathroom?
I live in a communal household, where life is very group-orientated and often revolves around food! I spend most of my non-working life in the kitchen!
What would your dream kitchen look like?
The kitchen is the centre of our home in many ways. From here we cook, chat with family, direct homework preparation, listen to kids reading, and watch TV. Ideally I love a lively, warm, tough and extremely well organised kitchen that can easily handle supporting our daily activities.
I enjoy a kitchen that is seamlessly integrated into its surroundings and doesn’t look too ‘kitcheny’. This open layout is ideal – and is even better if you have a secondary living area to retreat to from time to time.
In a large household the kitchen is a truly public space – when you are in the kitchen it is important to me that you are a part of the family life.
What do you think every kitchen should not be without?
I am particularly fond of a beautiful, generous bench.
What does the kitchen represent for you?
To me the kitchen is the public control centre of the home and is usually a hive of activity and energy.
Describe your dream bathroom?
For me this would include a beautiful spacious bath with a bench beside it for my book. Plenty of hot water and a heated floor.
Ideally there would be an outstanding view from the bath and the shower – and a hefty lock on the door!
What does this room mean to you?
A fortress of solitude!
What is your favourite…
Kitchen appliance: This is a tie between the pyrolytic self-cleaning oven and the breville toasty maker.
Recipe book: Stephanie Alexander or my mother-in-law’s secret notebook. She is a genius!
Meal to cook: Slow cooked moroccan lamb
Place to eat out: For a relaxed Friday night dinner I love Fratelli Paradiso, Challis Ave, Potts Point. For workday lunches, nothing beats Michael’s or Perons salads in Double Bay.
Bar: I don’t get out to that many bars. The most memorable bar for me has to be the Delano Hotel, South Beach Miami Beach.
Cleaning product: Baby wipes
Skin/hair care range:
I love this blue moisturiser by a German brand Dr Spiller that I get from Dee at the Clear Skin Clinic in Double Bay. She has also introduced me to Environ products, which are lovely.
Functional bathroom product:
I love my tweezerman foot pumice stone.
Decorative bathroom product:
My beautiful Missoni bath towels that we got for our Wedding.
What does the term ‘Design Hunter’ mean to you?
A great resource for people to share ideas about their favourite parts of the home.
Georgina Wilson Architects