When Design Matters

Mirror Mirror on the Wall

May 3, 2013
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Who’s the fairest of them all?

We can’t decide but we love mirrors! Round, square, small, large, vintage or new!
A single mirror or a collection of mixed frames, mirrors can add depth and dimension to a space or just simply a decorative touch.


Photo Credit (Left to Right, Top to Bottom)
Bella Mumma, Aida of Nubia,
AJ the Purple, Laura Casey Interiors,
Heaven’s Gate Home & Garden, Thomas Gannan,
Llamas’ Valley, Nordic Bliss

White O White

December 17, 2012
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People often have a misconception that the use of white results in a cold and heartless interior space.  We couldn’t disagree more, the right combination of whites often results in the warmest most inviting spaces.

A simple and elegant palette of white finishes and textures brings about a calming affect, especially to the home.  Layering white on white can also bring depth and definition to a space.

We all know food looks best contrasted against a simple white plate, we believe the same theory can apply to an interior.

We love the soft white hues used in these ‘white o white’ interior examples…

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Photo Credit; Leibowitz and McLachlan

Wrap me up

December 3, 2012
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With Christmas less than a week away we thought we would give you all some last minute wrapping inspiration. Our advice is to think outside the gift box and avoid the typical Christmas wrap.  Use ornaments, doilies, fabric, string and even newspaper to make your gifts stand out under the tree.  Remember that your gift wrapping doesn’t need to match and you don’t have to stick to red and green!
Be inspired and get wrapping…


Let’s go shopping ….

November 27, 2012
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Just the other day, whilst meeting with the CEO of a well known and respected Australian fashion label, we were asked who we thought were doing a good job at designing retail spaces in our current market.

After coming away from this meeting we gave it some further consideration and decided to share our thoughts based on what is happening in our own back yard…

Sass & Bide consistently maintain and reflect their brand authenticity through their retail environment. Their black and white interiors provide a sophisticated colour palette to showcase their vibrant and eclectic collection whilst slight quirky touches are sympathetic to their edgy fashion style.
Although their white floors wouldn’t be much fun to clean everyday, their store environment certainly comes across as squeaky clean and polished!

Seed Heritage have hit the ground running!  First as a children’s fashion brand and now branching out to include woman’s fashion.  We feel they take on a similar approach to their interiors as Ralph Lauren, it is the warmth and romance they seem to capture within each store that is where we find alignment between the two brands.

The division of space into smaller rooms allowing the customer to experience the collection as a series of stories rather than being inundated with product  adds a sense of mystery and heightens the romanticism.  In addition it is this home-like feel that Seed Heritage have been extremely successful in creating within the shopping experience.  It makes you feel like sitting down on the nearest sofa and putting your feet up with a cuppa!

Last but not least, how could we go past the iconic French fashion house – Louis Vuitton, the masters of visual merchandising.  Whilst their VM budget per year could easily equate to the value of an apartment on Sydney harbour, it’s important to recognise the value that visual merchandising brings to a brand and its retail presence.  These magical shopfront windows truly excite, capture and mystify their audience.

Speaking of VM, has anyone seen the latest Oroton windows…pick a flower, any flower…

That’s just a snapshot of some of the best in town – according to us.  Thank you to the person who prompted this post and we look forward to potentially working with them in the near future.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Oroton Website

Photo Credit (left to right, top to bottom):
Calida Website, Retail Design Blog,
White Floors Blog Spot, CalidaWebsite,
Seed Heritage Website, Seed Heritage Website,
WWD, Vogue Website,
Flickr Website, World of Amici Website,
World of Amici Website,     

A few of our favourite things….

November 22, 2012

With Christmas fast approaching we thought that we would be self indulgent here at Morris Selvatico and select just a few things we love.

Marble tables with antique brass details.  Hanging glass bottles and blooming peonies.   The Love seat from Ercol in any of its colours.  Brown paper packages tied up with string.  These are a few of our favourite things….

Photo Credit (left to right, top to bottom):
The Style Salon, Father Rabbit,
Lisa Madigan, Country Style Magazine,
Project 82, Love Loans & Linen,
Armadillo, Bambini Blooms,
Café Culture, My Scandinavian Home,
Temperature Design, Rifle Paper Co

M&J Bakery

August 22, 2012
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Our latest completed project – M&J Bakery located in Stockland’s newest development south of Sydney at Shellharbour.  Branding, interior & signage was designed in-house by Morris Selvatico.

Check out more photos of M&J Bakery at: http://www.morrisselvatico.com/work.html

Hello world!

August 21, 2012

So here we are in the world of blogging!  Morris + Selvatico = Morris Selvatico.   The design duo from Surry Hills, Sydney, Australia.  We hope to keep you updated with our latest projects plus general design news and anything designer we love!

Stay posted or check out our website: http://www.morrisselvatico.com/