The Inside Scoop: Project Macleod

Earlier this month, we saw the completion of Nectaar's latest design project in Macleod. Our client contacted us initially with the intention of redesigning the living and master bedroom spaces of her home. After an in home consult with her project designer Zhana, the scope grew to also include a renovation of the kitchen and the restyling of the dining and hallways spaces.

"After I viewed the home in person, chatted to our client and obtained a good understanding of what she wanted, I was able to identify the potential to redesign some of the other spaces in the home too such as the hallway, kitchen and dining rooms, to bring the restyle to a completely new level”, says Zhana. "Updating the other spaces as well would ensure that the home felt cohesive and coherent since they all flowed into each other. It was beautiful double storey home with good bones to begin with, lots of large light filled windows and timber flooring throughout, which tied all the areas together but the home still just didn’t quite flow properly".


Our client envisaged something light and contemporary for the master bedroom with a coastal feel but wanted to retain their existing timber bed frame, so Zhana designed a completely new concept around it. She introduced beautiful sheers from DIY Blinds, which soften and diffuse the light perfectly as well as roller blinds to darken the space when necessary. The bedroom included a small door to the client’s walk in wardrobe and considering the large size of the room, felt completely out of proportion for the space. “I saw this as an opportunity to bring another beautiful design feature to the space” Zhana said. She had the existing door removed and introduced a custom-made barn door, allowing her to widen the doorway to make the space feel more open and inviting overall. 



Before: The master bedroom.

Zhana researched our many suppliers to source the best possible solutions for her client. Zhana says ‘Whilst form is absolutely important in the design process, I always factor in functionality before committing to any items to ensure that it’s going to be the perfect fit’. Zhana sourced products and services from suppliers such as Globe West, DIY Blinds, Huset, Lights Lights Lights, The Rug Collection, Country Road, as each of these suppliers had a range of products that suited the clients’ style aesthetic and budget. The end result was a beautiful, coastal and contemporary space.

After: A gorgeous, light filled master bedroom




Our client had recently purchased some beautiful furniture pieces but felt that they just didn’t suit the space properly and it still didn’t feel homely or inviting. “As soon as I walked through the home I realised the potential to redesign the spaces so that it felt more open and inviting”. Zhana incorporated her clients' existing key pieces such as the sofa and dining table and relocated the bold vintage artwork to the formal area of the home where it was a better fit for the space. After demonstrating her vision for the space and the difference that renovating the kitchen would make to the area overall, the project grew significantly. 


Zhana presented inspirational imagery, mood and material boards as well as visual concepts, allowing her client to understand the direction she was heading in and what she was ultimately trying to create in the spaces. Finally the introduction of new artwork, soft sheers, feature lighting and styling pieces turned what originally felt like a dark and cluttered space into a beautiful and light filled airy home. “Sometimes it just takes a designer to see the space to determine what can be created there. You’d be amazed at what removing the items that don’t work and introducing some key pieces and beautiful soft furnishings that do work, can make to a home”, says Zhana. In the end, the proof is in the end result.




After: Fresh, cohesive and inviting.

If you have any spaces in your home that are feeling a little dreary, much like Project Macleod, get in touch via our website or email us at and you too could have a house as amazing as this.

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Interior Designer/Stylist: Zhana Garkinis @fourteen.oh.five
Style Assistant: Emily Jury @melt_styling
Photographer: Dylan @dylanjamesphoto