Wednesday, January 28, 2015



Let's face it, the dining table is a very important feature in any home, big or small.  TV meals on your lap are OUT and sitting together as a family digesting dinner and your day are IN!  Below we give you the ultimate guide to buying a dining table that you will not only love, but that stands the test of time in classic style.

Colette with a client on the delivery day of their new table.

The dining table is the centrepiece of your dining room.  It must not only complement your decor, be a reflection of your own personal style and also withstand the test of time.

Your dining table is not just a surface to gather around for meals.
Choosing a beautiful table with substance can set the tone for the entire room.

Rectangular and round tables are time honoured choices that fit most dining room spaces.  Round tables promote easy flow conversations and rectangular tables accommodate lots of guest, especially when extended.

Square table crafted by Charcoal Interiors

If traditional is more your style, complement your decor with a classic table in a richer finish and carved legs (Johns specialty...and all crafted by hand)

The ideal table serves guests but doesn't over-stuff the room.  Fill a large room with a table that grounds the space.  Expert Tip:  Make the most of a small room with a modest table with extensions that can double its capacity

Customised by Charcoal Interiors to fit the dining room space
of this Circa 1800's Queenslander.

Elegance, sophistication and functionality.  The perfect combination.

How will you use your table?  If you regularly host large dinner parties then an extension table is worth thinking about.
Talk to us about extension tables.  Clunky lift out extension leaves are a thing of the past.  Our extension tables are crafted using a convenient design that no only is easy to use, but is aesthetically pleasing too!
This extension table has leaves that tuck away with discretion whilst also adding to
the beauty of the table.

Getting the right finish for your table is important.  Factors such as lifestyle, traffic areas and functionality all come into play.  Be sure to ask the experts for help with choices.  From sleep to the rustic finish, whilst still bringing out the natural grains in the timbers.

One of the benefits of having an on-site workshop is that you get to test drive different styles of tables.  Take a seat.  Get a feel for the height.  Look through the various timbers available and discuss the finishes.

Our Workshop Manager John doing what he does best

Get it home safely.  We make sure that you get the service you deserve from initial consultation to the finished product and delivery.  Some tables will require installation and our comprehensive service covers it all.

Wouldn't it be incredible to have dinner with Mother Theresa, or Princess Diana?  We had a bit of fun this week, and came up with our Top 3 people living or dead that we could invite to our dinner party and here's the results.


"Isaac Newton (because I was fascinated with him at school).  Gregory Peck..because, just because! and My Mother who is now passed but I would give anything to sit down with her again for a chat."


"Charles Eames (so I could pick his brain), Bob Dylan for a cool vibe and Jackie Onassis for style tips and interesting conversation.


"Robin Williams (to break the awkward silences), John Lennon..because hello?? John Lennon! and John Williams the classical guitarist for the entertainment:


"John Lennon (because same as above), Elvis Presley and Freddie Mercury for a wonderful blend of entertainment and conversation" 

Contact us on 07 38526002

Visit us in the showroom and workshop at 41 Brookes St. Fortitude Valley. Brisbane.

Check out all our work and latest designs on our website

  • Function of the Table

    Think about how you use the dining table. If you host the entire family for Thanksgiving, you'll want a table that expands with leaves. If quiet conversation fits your dining habits, choose a round table that allows everyone to see each other and converse easily. Square or round tables offer ultimate flexibility -- intimate when closed yet accommodating when expanded into a rectangle or o

  • Contemporary Squares

    Choose a square table for a more unique, modern look. For versatility, watch for a rectangle table that transforms into a square by adding the leaf down the length of the table.

  • Contemporary Squares

    Choose a square table for a more unique, modern look. For versatility, watch for a rectangle table that transforms into a square by adding the leaf down the length of the table.
  • Classic Shapes extended with a leaf or 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Take A Tour Through Our Beautiful New Charcoal Interiors Showroom and Workshop

...NOW AT...


As you may know, we moved premises over the Christmas/New Year break and we are so happy to be in our new premises of 41 Brookes St. Fortitude Valley.

So, let us take you on a tour of the new Charcoal Interiors Showroom!

You cannot miss us!  We have plenty of parking space out the front and its so very convenient and safe to just drive straight up to the front doors.

As soon as you walk in the doors you will see that even though we are in a new space, our style philosophy hasn't changed.

The design team are committed to bringing you quality in all aspects of their design service.  
Stepping through the doors takes you straight into our beautiful, air-conditioned retail section where you will find our beautiful hand crafted (on premises) dining tables, an array of quality furniture, mirrors, lighting, fabrics and a huge range of quality accessories for the home, plus gift items.

There is always someone here to help with your purchases and we look forward to welcoming you into our unique retail space.

We adore beautiful fabrics and at Charcoal Interiors it is always undeniably about quality!
Here are just a few examples of what you will find in our new upstairs showroom space.  
Whether it be for curtains, soft furnishings or upholstery jobs we have a huge range of fabrics at our fingertips.

And so we venture downstairs to our design and manufacturing area...........

Our workshop manager John now has his own space!  We love the fact that our clients can now see the stages in the manufacturing process.  All our custom made pieces are crafted right here in our own workshop downstairs from the retail section of the showroom.
There is nothing nicer than arriving to work with the fresh smell of newly cut timbers in the air. 

We look forward to welcoming you into Charcoal Interiors new space!
If you would like to arrange a time for a more comprehensive discussion with our team about design or custom made furniture call us on 38526002 so we can ensure you are given the time and attention that you need and deserve.

PHONE - 07 38526002

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Get Organised, Get Comfortable and Get Real in 2015 with our Top 5 Interior No-No's And How To Correct Them.


Welcome to the New Year of 2015 and to kick things off this week we would like to share with you a little list of the Top 5 No-No's when it comes to creating balance and comfort in your home.

Walking into a beautiful space is a bit like walking through the waft of a divine Jasmine scent on a Spring day.  It feels familiar, comforting and agreeable.  You just cant put your finger on exactly what it is, but somehow it just feels right.  However, a harmoniously balanced home does not just happen by chance.

There is a lot of advice out there about design and what 'not to do'.  So, we have reduced it down to the Top 5  simple suggestions we feel may help you to gain some direction with creating the space of your dreams this 2015.  

Rule Number One:
Avoid Too Much of the 'Same-Same'

We have all been there...walked into a home where there is a specific 'look' from a specific shop.  Everyone has their favourite retailer, but it can create that 'sameness' to an interior space.

This combination of textures (cow hide rug, European Velvet fabrics, silks, asian hand painted cabinetry etc...) create warmth and interest to the room.

Save up for a quality, timeless piece, like this divine feature chair.  The extra cost gives you a product that will endure the test of time and bypass the expendability of trend.

Add interest to a room by shopping around for unique pieces that you absolutely love, or save up for example, a feature chair in a sumptuous European fabric that you wont find 'just anywhere'.
Learn to master the art of eclecticism!  Unsure?  You can always enlist the help of experts.  A good Interior Designer will work with you to find the perfect pieces, and with so many products and resources at their fingertips, can take the time and stress out of it all for you.

Rule Number Two:
Keep The Flow

Make 2015 the year of De-Clutter.  Trinkets from travels and key pieces that you love to have around you are fine and also a representation of you and your personality.  

De-cluttering and refreshing key rooms, like the bedroom will not only look so much better, but also introduce a sense of calm and aid with a better nights sleep.

Too many accessories or misplaced furniture just creates clutter and sometimes can convey feelings of stress and confusion, which is definitely not the kind of vibe that you want to bring into your tranquil space.
Take a good look at the room.  Be brutal.  Remove what you can live without and either sell, give it away or if you just cannot bear to part with your treasures, store it for a reminisce.

Rule Number Three:
Light Your Space Correctly

The Rule of Thumb is usually 3 separate light sources in any main room space.  

Go all out with a chandelier that you absolutely love the look of.  They are worth the investment and really add old Hollywood style if placed correctly - ask for a designers help if you are unsure.

Vary heights and strengths of lighting to create mood for a restful, romantic yet functional surroundings.

Rule Number Four:
The Art of Hanging

We are not here to critique your choice in art, that's for sure.  Art is a personal choice and most purchases are borne from a sense of belonging to the piece.  However, if art is hung incorrectly...either too high, or too low, it can mess with the balance of the room.
An example of perfectly placed artworks by Dean Reilly.

Clients chose this Ancestral Painting as a point of interest in the study.

Aim for hanging at eye level as the rule of thumb.

Rule Number Five:
Get Started On Your List

During the holiday break I made a big list of all the home issues that I wanted to address for the year.  I was exhausted with previously making mental notes daily on 'this' wall colour that was irking me....or 'that' paint chip that constantly distracted!

A nook, uncluttered, yet still with interest and character.

A simple, elegant display.

It is empowering to take action and address what is not working in your home interior.  So, the spur of the moment idea to paint that wall a hideous green (because it just looked soooo fabulous in the magazine)...or the bright yellow pineapple lamp that was given to you 3 Christmases ago because your friend thought it would look so terrific on your bedside table??...all needs to go.
Start making a list and acting on it when you have time.  There is such a sense of achievement in crossing off all the issues that niggle and at the end of the year just think...your home will be just as you want it to be.

We built this shelving to our clients specifications, so they are now super organised, plus its a gorgeous feature in the study.

We offer expert advice on Interior Design, coupled with our impressive on-site furniture workshop, where we craft tables and furniture pieces of distinction.  

You can find more examples of what we do on our website
visit us in our new Showroom from 19th January 2015
41 Brookes Street
Fortitude Valley.  Qld.  4006
Ph. 07 38526002