06 Mar 2019

Hayley McCunn's Grand Design

A classic mix of natural stone, oak timber, grey terrazzo with pops of crisp whites
Sydney Opera House Sails Detail
David Goldblatt photography exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

Hello, my name is Hayley McCunn and I am an Interior Designer for National Tiles. After winning the National Tiles / Grand Designs Australia flat lay competition, I was flown up to Sydney to spend three days working alongside the incredible Grand Designs Australia team. This opportunity not only provided me with a detailed insight into the magazine and television series, but also a once in a life time experience that has inspired me creatively and professionally.

Working with Debra to create her dream beach holiday home was an incredible design experience. She wanted to build a home that not only her but also her children and grand children could use together and create lots of precious family memories.  
Debra, a Professor in academia at Monash university, expressed her love for the classic Hampton's aesthetic with the intention of injecting a coastal style twist.  
When I envision the creative combination of Coastal Hampton's, I see a mix of light oak timbers, layering of organic patterns, grey tone base palette, soft linen sheers and natural stone features.  
The Mexicana Silver Italian porcelain tile was the starting point of bringing Debra's vision to life. She instantly fell in love with the natural stone veins, soft grey tones and its textured finish. She wanted to create a more contemporary feel to the smaller guest ensuites, which is where I selected the trendy terrazzo look tile, Castello Silver Fox. This was the perfect way to introduce a different texture with a coastal feel that compliments the rest of the homes overall aesthetic.  
Debra loved the look of fresh pops of white through out her home as she wanted the space to feel bright and open. The Masia Blanco Matt White feature tile to the kitchen splashback and ensuite feature walls, introduced a soft and sophisticated feature enhancing the homes overall Coastal Hampton's theme. 
Being only a five minute walk from the beach with stunning views of the ocean, Debra wanted to have an inviting and functional outdoor space for her balcony and terrace. To ensure that these spaces remained functional and easy to maintain, I selected the Roma Anti Slip tile in a contrasting Charcoal colourway with light natural stone veins that boasts Coastal Hamptons. The darker colour would mean the tile would be easy to keep clean with being exposed to the beach side elements.  
It was such a joy to work closely with Debra in designing her dream family beach holiday home. Seeing her excitement once we had completed the consultation, cements why I love what I do everyday. 
The Grand Designs Experience 
Day 1: Fremantle Media

- Met the Grand Designs production team and creative director Briana Kirsh. 

- Briana ran through her latest creations : Grand Designs coffee table book, magazine front cover designs and Grand Designs homewares collection.

- Started working on Design Trend Report for 2019/2020 which Briana would then use for the next release of the Grand Designs homewares collection. This included trend and style research for colours, shapes, textures, materials, finishes, art, furniture, lighting, tiles etc.

- Briana and her team took me out for lunch.

- Briana and I headed into the CBD and saw the David Goldblatt photography exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. This was to gain further design inspiration for my trend report. From this exhibition, I was mainly inspired with how David used colour in his work and how he also but also applied colour to curate and display his large collection of work.

- Briana and I walked around the Sydney Opera house. She gave me a full run down of the Opera house history and design influences. I was inspired by the Opera houses’ use of curves and detailed patterns. 

- The two visits had a significant impact on my Design Trend Report

Day 2: Fremantle Media

- Continued with Design Trend Report

- Worked with one of the Grand Designs TV show producers, Mike, he ran through their list of up and coming episodes as well as the houses/couples that they will be filming for future episodes and seasons.

- Worked on design research task for Mike which required me to find a comparison house for one of their new episodes. They require a pre-existing house that is of the exact same architectural style as the house in this particular episode. This is for the purpose of showing the couple what their house could look and feel like. The house had to be located in Australia and had won an architectural design award. I managed to find them a great house for the episode :)

- Completed Design Trend report for Briana which consisted of a written report along with folders of design images and descriptions. By creating this Design Trend Report for the Grand Designs team has provided me with great insight into all the up and coming trends for not only just tiles but also colours, patterns, finishes and decor. This design knowledge and inspiration is something I can share with my team, apply to all my client tile selections and visual merchandising design concepts. 

Day 3: Universal Magazines

- Met the Grand Designs Magazine team which included the editor April and her team of talented design contributors. 

- April ran through the content of the magazine along with who their audience are, the style of the magazine, main features and who inspires them.

- Started working on some content for their up and coming magazine issues. This consisted of finding an interior design inspiration image and then sourcing products for a mood board which then allows their readers to easily re-create the look. 

- Amy and her team took me out for lunch.

- Completed design task, produced two ‘Creative Edit Mood Boards’ using home décor items from their specific list of suppliers. I have also included National Tile products to feature in these mood boards. 

- Spending the day with the magazine team provided me with a first hand insight into the interior design and architectural magazine industry. I learnt about what it takes to create content for a high end magazine as well as ensuring its relevant for their readers and ahead of the design trends.