Beautiful Interior Design & Plantscapes for the Eco-Conscious
Northgate Eco Styling and Plantscaping
Wattlebird Eco was commissioned to style and plantscape this classic queenslander to bring together our clients exisiting artwork and furnishings in a more considered scheme. Existing plants were augmented through the addition of larger specimens as well as wall-mounted staghorns and hanging baskets. Foraged bouquets of neighbourhood flowers feature in the entry sunroom as a reminder of the days travels.
A styled vintage daybed surrounded by lush foliage invites a moment to pause
Lush foliage, colourful cushions, terracotta wind chimes and natural fibre floor rug give a relaxed and welcoming feel to this sunroom
A textural timber log becomes a rustic side table, perfect with a vase of foraged blooms
Colourful cushions and lush foliage, we think the wall-mounted staghorn is as wonderful as any painting!
Foraged flowers beside the existing white vintage daybed
A trailing devils ivy in a macrame hanger was all this corner needed
A natural fibre rug, plants, flowers and the right artwork tie this mid-century scheme together
The rich wooden tones of the mid-century sideboard sit so well with natural objects like textural seedpods and autumnal foliage
Books always make a lovely addition to a living room surface
Original furniture in a mid-century style, made from recycled Tasmanian Oak and upholstered in green certified textiles, made in Brisbane.
All shapes, sizes, colours and textures - Seed pods are wonderful to decorate with, here we have used Bunya Pine leaves, Banksia pods and a dried palm frond all found locally.
Northgate Outdoor Garden Styling
Wattlebird Eco was commissioned to furnish and style this rustic outdoor space for a family with two young children. The brief was to make it more habitable and functional for relaxing together as a family. With the client’s input, we chose to utilise existing outdoor wicker chairs that had weathered beautifully, and updating them with new cushions upholstered in quality outdoor fabric. Locally sourced timber logs were brought in as stools and side tables and their flourishing little veggie cart was brought closer to the scene to get the kids more involved with harvesting their own leafy greens. A hammock chair swings in the breeze inviting some quiet reading when time permits!
Relax and unwind, we refreshed the cushions on these weathered cane chairs in durable outdoor fabric. Log stools are perfectly suited to the existing sandstone pebbles and reclaimed sleeper pathway
Lazy afternoon reading in the shade amongst fragrant herbs and singing birds
This little veggie cart was overflowing with herbs and lettuce, we love its personality in this rustic family setting
A pop of colour from a watering can lying around the yard! Both charming and useful.
Weathered seating and timber logs harmonise with the existing timber sleepers and pebbles. A shady refuge.
Having the veggie cart as part of the scene allows for conversation, picking, tasting and enquiry during family time.
Swing chairs are fun, no matter what your age. We couldn't go past this lovely simple hammock chair that hangs peacefully under the small fig.
It was interesting working with freshly cut logs - they gained more character as the timber dried, with these unique star-shaped splits in the centre
The Design Process
The design process can be mystifying to those that aren’t initiated. What Interior Designers do day in and day out is a little out of the ordinary you might say. Taking photos of floor tiles and textures of tree trunks, collecting sea shells and seed pods, labouring over the perfect image of foliage for a concept board, selecting 1 perfect white from an array of different whites! Indeed, the way we see our world is unique. But all these activities involve what we call design thinking and they lead us through a creative process that has an important end point in mind - your design scheme. Every colour, finish, furnishing and plant we put forward is well considered according to your design brief. While at the same time we are working with time frames and cost constraints. So, in this gallery we wanted to take you inside our design process from early concept development using imagery to communicate a general mood, to sketch planning, sourcing of finishes, furniture and preparation of finishes boards, through to documented joinery , prototyping, manufacture and site delivery.
We are passionate about what we do and we love working with our clients. We hope you enjoy the imagery here and find it a little helpful in understanding the journey you may be about to embark on.
Yours truly, fluffing the foliage during our photoshoot!
Beautiful timber slabs saved from being discarded for their awkward forms. We loved them, at Crystal Waters Eco Village
Inspiration is everywhere in nature - mango roots at Port Douglas
Variegated leaves in the Brisbane botanic gardens. Inspiration for a rug design
Eco Interior Design concept board for a holiday cabin, Crystal Waters Eco Village
Eco Interior Design concept board for a parents retreat and library
Eco Interior Design concept board for a wellness treatment room at Crystal Waters Eco Village
“Hayley transformed our living room, sun room and outdoor garden spaces with some simple but hugely effective elements. She was able to work with our existing style and pieces to create impact, by repositioning existing furnishings and adding considerable green foliage to bring a totally fresh perspective. The spaces are livable and lush, and will continue to evolve as she instills a confidence to work with the natural and seasonal elements. We can’t thank Hayley enough. Her energy and enthusiasm for simple natural living is inspiring.”
Holly, Northgate, Brisbane, April 2019
“Before Hayley’s eco-styling support I had incomplete areas on my country property which were drab, out-dated and really needed some love and attention. Her enthusiasm and ideas inspired me to put the energy into transforming the communal shed kitchen, improving the functionality of the small sized retreat cottage and giving my clinic, waiting room and garden entrance a totally fresh, natural and welcoming feel. These spaces feel so different now and it makes my heart sing with happiness that just about brings tears. Hayley is so easy-going in her approach yet highly efficacious in the impacts she evokes. I learned alot from her about interior design and it has sparked my desire to return to my eco roots. She was also very welcoming of my input and ideas and I love her ability to be flexible so that the end result beautifully exceeded my expectations.”
Izabella, Crystal Waters Eco Village, February 2019