Wednesday, May 18, 2016



Interior design brisbane

Charcoal Interiors Designer - Cathie Venardos - with the finished product.

Why throw out a perfectly great piece of furniture with old bones, when you can restore it and in turn transform at the same time?
Our Interior Design service is flexible and accommodating.  This project was put together for a Brisbane couple who wanted to take their home transformation one room at a time.  We are always happy to work in with our clients and so Stage One began!

The scope of works was new carpets, paint colours and then a full window treatment service with curtains and shutters.



Pieces of sentimental value were set aside for restoration.
If you have a piece of furniture that you really love or that holds sentimental value and memories, we can not only restore it, but also bring it inline to a more updated look.
This tall chest of drawers had great bones and was a very solid piece.


Our workshop manager John, set to work restoring it with a new, updated look that our clients love.
The bedside tables were transformed and now take pride of place in the guest room.

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We are the only Interior Design House in Brisbane with our own Workshop, giving us superior quality control enabling shorter lead times for you, our valued client.
Call us today to discuss how we can assist you with transforming your home.
Charcoal Interiors.
Interior Design Brisbane.
Phone. 07 38526002 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Long Weekend Living Room Project. Plus Win A Prize For Mum!

It's a long weekend here in Queensland and how about putting that extra day to good use with a Living Room re-style?

Here are our top tips to creating a functional and stylish Living Room space with our Top Freshen Up Tips.

Project by Charcoal Interiors

1. Furniture placement is key!  Too much furniture can also make the space appear cluttered and messy.  Create symmetry and harmony with correct furniture placement. Finding it hard to throw out or donate those knick knacks?  Pop them in a box and if you haven't unpacked them within 6 months it's time to donate to a worthy cause.  If you have an unusually shaped room and are at wits end then give our design team a call, they can arrange an in-house appointment.  

2. Learn the art of layering.  Ever walked into a room and you're not quite sure exactly what it is, but the room just 'feels' amazing?  The trick is layering with textures and accessories, drapes, rugs, soft furnishings etc...  Look to our website for inspiration, and we highly recommend Pinterest as a source of inspiring ideas.  

Project by Charcoal Interiors

3.  Add some artwork.  Art is in the eye of the beholder so there are no hard and fast rules here.  If you are unsure of what kind of art you like just start googling art in the colours and styles that you have admired in the past.  Before you know it, you will be leaning towards a contemporary, art deco, abstract or impressionist style.  Keep it simple by starting with a striking black and white print if you are really unsure, but the key is to choose something that you really connect with.  That's the magic of's personal and connects you with your emotions and feelings.

4.  Balance your television size to the space.  Televisions are a part of every day life so we are not saying to get rid of it, but if the space is small choose a television size to suit. 

5.  Lighting.  Create a soothing, ambient mood with a floor lighting. A space that is too brightly lit can detract from relaxation.  Ideally floor lamps should be placed either next to, behind or between sofas. 

6.  Start small.  If you feel overwhelmed and confused with where to start, then just begin with a few small changes.  Take a step back, live in the space for a week or two and then progress further.  Great interiors are not created in a day with a quick fix.  We believe in sourcing unique collectables, fabrics and eclectic pieces to really bring your personality into the space.  Contact our design team today for more information on our Interior Design service.


We value your opinion and have found a fabulous way to collect your suggestions and thoughts on our business....what you like, what you don't like and what you think we should do more of and make Charcoal Interiors an even better shopping and design experience!
Just click on our survey link below and answer a few quick questions about what you would like to see in our showroom.  It might be more art, books, ceramics, collectables or perhaps something else that we haven't thought of?

Enter to win a selection of the Witches Chase scented soy candles instore.
Winners will be drawn 3rd May 2016 just in time for Mother's Day.
All survey participants will remain anonymous so just email us with your name and details so we can put you in the draw.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Introducing Sarah Schembri Ceramics products


We will be introducing Sarah Schembri Ceramics soon to our Brisbane store.

Now there will be somewhere in Brisbane to purchase Sarah Schembri Ceramics!  Sarah is well known for her work with Chef Pete Evans and the Asana restaurant, Donna Hay and others.

Her divine ceramics are literally works of art, crafted by hand and simply stunning.
We look forward to introducing the range to our showroom.
Please contact us if you wish to know more.

Stay tuned!
The Charcoal Interiors Team.
41 Brookes Street. Brisbane.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016



Dining Tables are a speciality of ours.  

Workshop Manager, John, crafted this bespoke Round Dining Table for a lovely client who wanted something really special.

So why choose a round dining table and what are the benefits?

Round dining tables are perfect for small spaces and you don't knock yourself on sharp corners.

We have friends with a round dining table in the formal dining room and a rectangular one in the kitchen area and they gravitate nightly to the round one in the formal dining room...why?..because it is a lot more intimate and cosy, encouraging good conversation and family friendly mealtime!

You can fit more people around a round table and with more comfort too, especially with a pedestal base as it provides more legroom!

All the work on this beautiful table was done by Workshop Manager John on-site, here at Charcoal Interiors 41 Brookes Street. Fortitude Valley.

John uses time honoured artisan techniques when making your table, a refreshing change in a world of flat pack products of questionable quality.

More of our bespoke, hand crafted dining tables and previous projects can be viewed on our website.

We currently have a range of dining tables on our showroom floor for your viewing and purchase.
Contact us today or visit for a chat about how you can own one of our exclusive dining tables.

41 Brookes Street.  Fortitude Valley. Qld. 4006
Phone - 07 38526002

Wednesday, March 2, 2016



Visit our website for all our custom made product photos and scroll down to see what we have on the showroom floor this week

Our ever-changing showroom floor currently has a selection of custom made tables available for viewing.
We have parking right out the front of the showroom at 41 Brookes Street Fortitude Valley with opening hours 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and Saturdays from 9am to 1pm for your convenience.

From intricate Parquetry crafted all by hand in our on site workshop to contemporary, industrial and traditional dining table designs we can craft to your exact specifications.

Quality timbers all sourced by our workshop manager John.

Currently on the showroom floor we have this tall bar table with trestle base.  These do not last long, so viewing is a must!  Contact us for further information.
Phone 07 38526002
or visit our website

Our extension table (below) is finished off beautifully and with extension leaves on either side that fold conveniently away, you can accommodate extra dinner guests in comfort and style.

Lovers of Industrial Style will adore this newly crafted vintage caster wheel Coffee Table (below) in reclaimed Oregon Timbers and with our inimitable stamp of quality.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016



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French Inspired Cabinetry made by Charcoal Interiors Brisbane

How many of you would have given anything to have a beautiful study space like this when you were at school and Uni?

This impressive cabinetry was crafted by the Charcoal Interiors workshop right here in downtown Fortitude Valley Brisbane for one very lovely young lady.

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Workshop Manager John creating and planning.

Her parents contacted the Charcoal Interiors team to discuss having a desk space and cabinetry made for her bedroom.  After much discussion and deliberation, the team got to work with the end goal in mind to craft something truly impressive....I'm certain that they fulfilled this goal and then some!

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Cathie Venardos and John going over ideas and rough sketches for the cabinetry project.


Today I sat down with Cathie Venardos - Director of Charcoal Interiors and asked her a little bit about this project.  

What was the client brief?:
Cathie - "Our clients wanted a versatile study space and their daughter loved the French look.  She loved the Louis XVI inspired turned leg style and the cabinetry had reflect that.  Another 'must have' was Glass doors, pinboard, lots of storage with 'olde world' charm ornate features and detailing"  So we took all of this into account with the collaborative design, whilst also keeping in mind the architecture of the home so there is a modern twist in there too" "We had worked with this lovely family before on various projects and after a while you get to understand on a deeper level what their style is and how to interpret and translate their ideas into something's very exciting!"

Colette Venardos looking over the space and measuring up!

Why did you choose the white finish on the cabinetry?
Cathie - "White was chosen because of the size of the room.  White keeps an open feel and doesn't enclose the space, keeping a nice flow through the room.  It's a large piece yet when you walk into the space it has balance and feels like it just belongs there."

What were some of the challenges you faced with this project?
Cathie - "Well, this was floor to ceiling cabinetry to be installed on the top level of the residence, accessed via a curving stairwell.  Clever design made for ease of installation"

I understand your clients were overseas during install.  What was their reaction to the cabinetry?
Cathie - "Yes, that is correct that the clients were away during install.  They were absolutely thrilled with the end result and their daughter now has a really gorgeous space to study and get creative.  It's a real thrill when you get that  client phone call or email to say Love, Love it!"

We made a youtube video of this project.

For further information on our Custom Made Furniture Service you can find a gallery full of our designs at the Charcoal Interiors Website

or visit the Showroom - 41 Brookes Street. Fortitude Valley. Brisbane.  
FREE and convenient parking right out the front.
Interior Design Brisbane

Phone. 07 38526002

Thursday, December 10, 2015


Our Annual Sale continues and we have some incredible bargains with further discounts on showroom floorstock.


This trestle base tall console table was crafted by our Workshop Manager John, using reclaimed timbers and would make a fantastic alternative to a dining table on a covered deck with limited a bar for in or outdoor...perfect for a hallway.  It is a very versatile piece we know you will love and reduced right down to just $390!  A fantastic price for a bespoke piece of furniture.

This round pedestal based table in opium black finish is 850mm in diameter, making it the perfect size for small space dining, or as a table to house your treasured books, photo frames etc...everyone needs a table like this at home and the classic style means that it will always suit the space.
Reduced right down from $745 to $390.

Fill our Traditional Turkish Urn with blooms for a thoughtful and stunning gift this Christmas!
WAS $225 and NOW $160
We have this, and more in the traditional Turkish Urn style available in various shapes and sizings.
Ask us about our Interior Design service Brisbane

We have this beautifully classic Round Pedestal Dining Table to sit 4 to 6 people included in our sale and you will not believe the discount on this one.
WAS $2200 and now just $890.
Timber and stained in black, this table has a unique pedestal base.
Priced to sell and must go to make way for new stock in 2016.

Own a piece of history with function.  Our Indian cabinet with hand forged metal detailing and so much space WAS $1750 and NOW reduced right down to just $650.
Features 2 Doors and 3 very deep drawers giving you plentiful storage.
Measurements are: 1500L x 460D x 900H

Very large Planter Pot for Indoor or Outdoor use.  
Concrete Fibreglass composition.  Very sturdy and a supreme quality product reduced to sell.  We have a Large pot for sale and a medium...medium sold separately.  The medium pot is $490...see other listings for more info.
Large pot dimensions - 1000 high and 830 square width.
Ridged detailing.
Selling at a fraction of the retail price.  Must sell to make way for 2016 stock arrivals.
Can be viewed at 41 Brookes St. Fortitude Valley or contact us for more info.

Large Uli Urn in a beautiful patina for sale
Was $1170 and reduced down to sell at just $390.
1020 in diameter and 530 high. 
Would make a really beautiful water feature or perfect as a feature pot in the garden.
Will not last.  Contact us today to secure or feel free to ask questions.
Can also be viewed at Charcoal Interiors 41 Brookes St. Fortitude Valley any day but Sunday.

Traditional 'Kaidan Dansu' Japanese Step Chest Cabinet.
Circa 1860's
Cypress and Cryptomeria Timbers
Meiji Era
2070 high at highest point and 1700 width at widest point
Multi drawers
Hand forged warabite handles
Reduced down from $8795 to $4500
In excellent condition.  A must see.

We pride ourselves on crafting tables of distinction in our onsite workshop in Fortitude Valley Brisbane.
This square dining table in Recycled Oregon timbers has a trestle base.
Dimensions are 1600 x 1600
Price is for the table only.  Any chairs or accessories shown in pics are not included.
Table can be viewed at Charcoal Interiors 41 Brookes St. Fortitude Valley.
Feel free to ask questions.  This table has been discounted by over 50% and will not last

This beautiful 3 panel floral painted screen is for sale.
Reduced from $1825 to $490.
1975 in height and each panel is 560 wide.
A gorgeous French style screen.  Photos do not do this item justice.

Standing at 2.2 metres in height, our Standing Buddha would look fabulous inside or out in the garden.
$1790 - drastic price reduction
Made from concrete and fibreglass composition this is a quality statue. 
2 available.  

This is a large feature statue for your garden or home entrance.
These urns are very rare and you will not find anywhere at this price for brand new.
Must sell to make room in our Fortitude Valley business.
2300 in Height and assembles in 3 parts.
Concrete and fibreglass composition.  Supreme quality item

Below, our flame urn must sell.
2300 in height and reduced down to just $1990

This is a luxury Custom Built Timber Storage Unit.
We have an onsite workshop where our products are crafted.  This piece is very special and we have reduced it down to $5,990 to make way for new projects in our showroom for 2016.
Dimensions - 1800 in width and 2400 in height.

Visit the Charcoal Interiors Showroom and On-site workshop for more incredible bargains while our Annual Sale lasts.
Speak with the team who are on hand to answer your questions, take product measurements etc...
We are open Monday to Saturday.
41 Brookes Street.  Fortitude Valley.  Brisbane.
Phone - 07 38526002