Roly Roundup – A year in reflection

Well, 2020 is coming to an end and I’m pretty sure that is going to make for some pretty impressive celebrations come New Years Eve, as we say goodbye to this incredibly challenging and for many devastating year and toast (hopefully) a new chapter.

When the COVID-19 pandemic first took hold, we all were very worried – we didn’t know what it meant for both the business and all of our lives.  It was a very difficult time and as a company we learnt we had the most amazing team.  Everyone pulled together and supported each other through this incredibly challenging time, and I have to say I was so proud of everyone.  As a company we have been so incredibly fortunate and have not had any downtime, we are in the building industry were considered an essential service.  Have to say Mum and Dad were probably regretting their purchases of fishing and gym equipment that was set up in the house in anticipation of time spent at home with the family.

At the start of the pandemic my Mum decided that she should put her name down for nursing, as in her previous life she was an ICU nurse, she felt that it was the right thing to do.  We know that throughout most of the World the health care service has been put under such incredible strain, however we have currently been so incredibly fortunate here in QLD that although she loved being back on the Wards, she wasn’t needed for COVID, and so she was able to return to her day job here.

When Queensland’s restrictions started to lift – everyone got to go out and celebrate Mid-Year, and what a cause to celebrate (once again leaving me behind ☹).  This time they went Go-Karting – it will come as absolutely no surprise to know they are all super competitive.

This year we decided to enter some of our stunning client’s kitchens into both the KBDi & HIA Awards.  This is the first time, we, as WMW, have entered into any awards and so we had no idea what to expect.  We are so immensely proud that in the KBDi Awards, all three entries were finalists in their chosen categories.  In the HIA awards, we were then super proud that Leighton’s design won the 2020 Gold Coast / Northern River Kitchen Design Award.  Mum’s only disappointment was – there was no gala event as I’m pretty sure she’d already picked out her dress.

We ended this challenging year with a celebration at “The Lucky Squire” in Broadbeach and as always much fun and merriment was had.  We honestly believe that during this very challenging year we have been able to truly see the support and the brilliance of our team.  They have most definitely stepped up and we consider ourselves incredibly lucky to work with them.  We truly do appreciate each and every one of them.

Year in numbers:

 

  • Posted 145 Instagram & Facebook Posts
  • Took on 7 new staff
  • Appeared in :
  • Cove Magazine – company profile x 1
    • Kitchens & Bathrooms Quarterly throughout the Year – 3 x profile
    • Kitchen Yearbook – we were given the honour of having our kitchen featured as the front cover.

I believe I speak for everyone when I tell you that we have designed, manufactured and installed some pretty spectacular spaces this year and are planning on entering a number of kitchens into the KBDi and HIA awards again next year  – so watch this space……….

WELL THAT’S A WRAP – I WISH YOU ALL A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS AND A SAFE AND HAPPY NEW YEAR – I LOOK FORWARD TO SHARING MY MANY ADVENTURES WITH YOU NEXT YEAR – WOOF WOOF X

Roly RoundUp – June 2020

3 Best Kitchen Colour Trends for 2020

This month I decided to revive myself from my COVID-19 fog.  I have to admit that I seem to be the only one at WMW that has been able to take some time out (although let’s be honest – nothing new there), everyone else at WMW has been hard at it during the entire time, as they were incredibly fortunate that the building and construction industry remained open♥.

 

With a lot of you humans spending more time at home than previously you have probably noticed how it might be time to carry out some renovations in the home, and in particular, the kitchen.  This along with the timely introduction of the government incentive to help out with the cost of these renovations, I thought it would be a good idea to look at the kitchen colour trends of 2020.

 

The kitchen is one of the most important rooms/areas in a house – it is often the place where the entire family will congregate and where most of the socialising occurs.  The kitchen is most definitely the heart of the home and so it is important that you absolutely love yours!

 

Black is back

According to 2020 Elle Décor we shall see a lot of black kitchen cabinetry this year, and from what I have seen being designed in the showroom and created in the factory I would have to agree.  Black is so classic and versatile as you can pair it anything from warm woods to crisp whites. This is an absolutely beautiful example of this trend, we loved the end result as did the client.

 

Image of one of the best kitchen colour trends in 2020

 

Mixed Wood

This trend is very ‘now’ and is most definitely the talk of the town, having been covered by everyone from Elle Décor to Home Beautiful.  The older style of this trend was mixing different paint colours, so overheads in one colour and base cabinetry in another.  The use of the wood grain provides a warmth and texture to the cabinetry, whilst the use of colour provides interest.

 

Image of an Australian kitchen colour trend we love!

 

Sea Green

Now I know that my Mum was never so happy as to see this colour re-emerge as a 2020 trend.  This colour takes her back to her favourite pair of shoes when she was younger.  This gorgeous  colour immediately creates a feeling of tranquillity and serenity, and it goes with nearly everything.  Here in all its glory is our stunning example of this kitchen colour on the front cover of the Kitchens & Bathrooms Quarterly Yearbook ♥ (we were so proud when we got the phone call to say that they had picked our kitchen).

Image of a magazine focused on kitchen designs and trends

 

Well hopefully I have whetted your appetite and set your tongues wagging.  If you had to pick a favourite – which do you think you would be going with?

Until next time – Toddle Pips 

 

Roly RoundUp – January 2020

3 Best Bathroom Trends for 2020

This month I decided that as it has been so hot and I have spent a lot of time lying in the bathroom as – ahhhhhhhh – those tiles ♥, we will be celebrating the humble bathroom.  No longer is this a space to be forgotten.  Dog lovers of the World unite to make this a space that your pampered pooch can escape to – that is beautiful and functional (and an absolute sanctuary from the heat).

Although one of the smallest rooms in the house – bathrooms are now becoming a luxurious and beautiful statement, all of this without losing the core functionality of this space.

All that glitters is Gold

One of the hottest trends to hit 2020 is Gold – very apt considering we live on the ‘Gold Coast’ and so if anyone can pull it off it should totally be us.

You can fully embrace the trend, or you can look at adding subtle accents throughout the bathroom, think gold taps, gold light feature, possible a gilded framed mirror then you can add layers by utilising gold accessories such as soap dispensers, maybe a candle or two.

The image below is courtesy of Pinterest.

Image of one of the best bathroom trends in 2020

Black is back

According to 2020 Home Design report from Houzz

‘A surprising addition to the most popular search terms this year (2019) was “black bathroom” which wasn’t in the charts at all in 2018.  Some of the most popular photos at the end of 2019 back up this emerging trend, with images featuring black painted walls, black metal-framed screens and even black slate wall covering all finding their way onto the site’.

This a truly beautiful example of this trend, that has been perfectly encapsulated by @alisa-lysandra. https://www.instagram.com/p/B1TWfncBS0B/

Image of Australia's best trends for bathrooms

Statement Bathrooms

Following on from the ‘Black Bathroom’ is the emergence of bold, beautiful and colourful bathrooms.  We are no longer happy to accept the ‘all-white’ bathroom.  We will see a lot of bold colours.  The October edition of Ideal Home talks about the use of contrasting tiles that make a statement, used behind your sinks, back wall of your shower and especially across the floor.  Houzz’s 2020 Design Report talks about the use of pastel colours such as pink (now anyone that knows https://www.instagram.com/katiadesign_/ will know that she is in her absolute element with the mere mention of the word pink), greens and blues, these will be used in the sanitaryware.

I don’t think I could have found a picture that more perfectly fits this trend, the bathroom was created by @lbinteriors, and the sink is from @nood_co. https://www.instagram.com/p/B7OkkUMFxrK/

Image of a trending bathroom design in Australia

Well hopefully I have whetted your appetite and set your tongues wagging.  If you had to pick a favourite trend – which do you think you’d be going with?

Until next month – Toddle Pips 

 

Roly Roundup – A year in reflection

Well I’ve got to say – whoever came up with the term ‘it’s a dogs life’  have no idea how good I have it – I spend most of my days between the showroom and factory, getting more love, hugs and fusses than is naturally possible!  If I’m honest it might be starting to go to my head a bit and I now drink out of a water bowl that has ‘Diva’ on it.

It’s been a pretty big year for Wood, Marble and White and so it seems only right that my first blog looks back at the year.

During this year, we moved factories.  We had been in our factory for the past 4 years, but had definitely outgrown it, and so it was time to move to pastures new.  The opportunity arose to take on a huge space (1600sqm) at the old “Gold Coast Bulletin’ building and we jumped at the chance.  The space is amazing, and it now means we have the perfect manufacturing set up.  I love going out on the floor – I always get lots of pats and fusses, although sometimes the big machines freak me out a bit – I totally accept that I am the biggest sook.

We also attended our very first Expo – ‘The Design Expo’ in Brisbane in July, which was a lot of fun, but a huge undertaking.  We made a complete enclosed box that housed a full-size kitchen. The ‘Blue Beast’ is now on display in our showroom on Brisbane Road, you must come along and visit you will be pretty impressed (if I say so myself).  I couldn’t go to the Expo, for some reason dogs are not allowed in these events?

This display was such a huge undertaking that we felt it was important that the humans went and had some fun – cue – visit to Top Golf.  This really highlighted what a competitive bunch they really are.  I have to say I am not sure where my reward was in this whole process as I once again wasn’t allowed to go to the event.

Not ones to rest on our laurels, we have made some changes this year to the showroom – so it is always fresh and exciting.  We have completely pulled out and replaced one of our kitchen displays – in pride of place is ‘The Blue Beast’ as we affectionately call it.  We have also made modifications to the two front displays and really love how these have made such a difference to the overall feel of the kitchen.  We are in the process of completely changing one of our wardrobe displays and that will be all done at the beginning of next year – so something to look forward to.

I was fortunate to attend a couple of events that we held at our showroom – the Kitchen & Bathroom Design Institute held the October QLD chapter event, which was a huge success and we also received a visit from the wonderful staff at Farmers Doors.  The morning was so good, as our very lovely Rep from Furnware Group provided us all with a superb breakfast to really top the day off.

This year was the year of colour with people moving away from the traditional white kitchens, we incorporated pinks, greens, lots of wood grains, black and of course the Pantone colour of 2020 ‘Classic Blue’.

Year in numbers:

Moved from 1050sqm to 1600 sqm factory

Posted 108 Instagram posts

Took on 3 new staff

12 publications in the Kitchens and Bathrooms Magazine and editorials in the Luxury Kitchens and Bathrooms magazine. To top it off we got the Front cover of the December issue of QLD Kitchens and Bathrooms Quarterly

Some plans for the year ahead …….

Well currently we are drawing up and putting into manufacture a new bathroom centre in our showroom.  WMW don’t do anything by halves and so believe me when I say it will be pretty impressive

We are in the process of redesigning and installing a new Robe in the showroom

WMW are very excited to be putting a big team into the ‘Raw Challenge’ in March 2020 to raise money for CanTeen – there are a number of our suppliers jumping on board as well and so it will be so much fun (unfortunately another one of those events that I am not allowed to go to :(.

‘Awesome Women in Construction’ are hosting one of their amazing events at the showroom.

I believe I speak for everyone when I tell you that we have designed, manufactured and installed some pretty spectacular spaces this year and are planning on entering a number of kitchens into the KBDi and HIA awards – so watch this space……….

WELL THAT’S A WRAP – I WISH YOU ALL A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS AND A SAFE AND HAPPY NEW YEAR – I LOOK FORWARD TO SHARING MY MANY ADVENTURES WITH YOU NEXT YEAR – WOOF WOOF X

 

Here are the wonderful WMW Team – My Mum, Dad & I, cannot express how truly grateful we are for each and every one of them.  Their passion, professionalism and commitment is absolutely second to none.