• Courier Mail, Brisbane (08 Jun 2013)

    Eastwood Apartments - Fully-furnished display apartment – decorated by Gold Coast interior designer Liliana Madigan, of Designing Spaces and Places – now open
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    Let’s face it: no one really wants to live in minimalist surroundings that resemble a sleek furniture show room. Most of us crave warmth and softness in our living spaces. We want interesting textures, soothing natural colours and materials and a touch of the eclectic. Residential design has relaxed in recent years. We want an emotional connection to our living environment. We seek things that are personal and unique.

    This was the challenge facing local designer Liliana Madigan, from Spaces and Places, when she was engaged to upgrade five display apartments at the $700million Hilton Surfers Paradise, and tasked with giving them five unique personalities. In line with Hilton’s mantra that ‘the greatest luxury is the luxury of being yourself’, Liliana drew on 18 years of experience turning clients’ dreams into tangible design to create five stunningly individual styles, from a classic Chanel-inspired theme to a St Bart’s-style beachside retreat.

    The two- and three-bedroom display apartments across both towers have been designed to showcase the versatility of the contemporary apartments and to help potential purchasers visualise their lifestyle in the dual residential-hotel development. Liliana’s design concepts (illustrated on the following pages) were influenced by the beachside location and use tasteful accent pieces and carefully coordinated artworks to enhance the living spaces and tie the look together.

    Trent Milburn from 360 Project Marketing, which is marketing the apartments, is delighted with the results. “There’s something to suit every type of buyer, from those looking for low-maintenance coastal living at a relatively affordable price, right through to professionals wanting to live the high life,” he says. For further information on Hilton Surfers Paradise, visit the sales centre at Shop 1, 3113 Surfers Paradise Boulevard between 10am and 5pm daily, call 1300 695 040 or visit


    Exotic Rouch
    This luxury three-bedroom skyhome exudes a vibe of relaxed refinement and understated opulence. It is inviting and comfortable – easy to live in. It has been designed to appeal to the international traveller, with a collection of exotic decorative pieces collected from around the globe, such as a traditional African headdress, Moroccan tagines in an array of bright colours, Egyptian perfume bottles and travel books. A beautiful textural oversized rug and honey-coloured timber detailing add warmth and interest.

    Channelling Chanel
    This apartment is all about sophisticated glamour. It speaks of luxury and sensuousness, enriched by the timeless combination of black and white. The monochrome colour scheme, with a contemporary feminine edge, is enhanced by mirror finishes, layers of graphic patterns and drama in a cowhide rug. Statement pieces emphasise the elegance: Ikat graphite and white Indian cotton cushions in the living room and eye-catching side tables, all set and ready to serve high tea.

    Superb Simplicity
    A piece of art at the entrance states: ‘Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.’ This sets the scene for design aesthetic of the apartment. The ensemble of eclectic elements works beautifully. Spaces and objects are ready to explore and touch. Liliana has styled this apartment with funky industrial and vintage pieces, such as leather stools with steel frames, a collection of vintage books, a black and white graphic striped mat and a gold industrial clock. It is a joyous mix of art and design objects combined with enticing collectables.

    SophiSticated St Bart’S
    This apartment in the Boulevard Tower apartment is beautifully composed with a palette of textured raw materials and natural surfaces bolstered by the playfulness of turquoise highlights. In this light and open apartment, luxury and relaxed beach style harmoniously coexist. Liliana has incorporated some original sketches from emerging artist Greta Carlson, with subtle water colours that introduce burnt orange and repeat the splashes of turquoise

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