colour and texture

  • 25 July 2013

Textiles are my favourite part of any Interior project. I can quite happily while away hours searching through fabric houses for the perfect upholstery or drapery fabric.

The right combination of fabric is such an easy way to add personality,  drama and of course comfort and warmth….its the icing on the cake  of any project.

Unfortunately fabric is often overlooked in budgets, with the thought of “I’ll just put up something cheap and cheerful for the time being”      Aaahhh don’t do it!!!       The cheap and cheerful never get around to being replaced, invariably they aren’t a great fit, and don’t wear well. Do it once do it right. Money spent on a quick fix is better invested in something that will last and that you LOVE. With a little thought and lots of imagination you don’t have to blow the budget. 

Try these Window treatment tips; A simple single pleat to the front of drapes (Mono Pleat) will use less fabric, use a combination of Roman Blinds and Drapes in the same room – blinds take less fabric and make furniture placement easier, Install curtains 100mm down from the scotia … instant elegance. Block out roller blinds behind a sheer drape/roman blind for softness. Don’t forget colour, colour, colour, COLOUR!!!

Check out Mr Fox from UK base fabric house Scion…he’s long, low and cool!! The image above is also from the Scion collection.

cool stools

  • 12 July 2013

Searching for bar stools I stumbled across these super cool stools, with a little more digging I discovered they are not only New Zealand made but made right here in Tauranga!

I love the simplicity of them, the seat and collar detail. American Ash available both as a low table stool and a high bar stool….yeah!!

They are designed and made by Y.S Collective.
Definitely Beautiful and Functional.

country kitchen

  • 29 May 2013

I really enjoy working on renovation projects, the end results are always rewarding. This project was no exception. John and Fay’s family farm house needed serious attention. The layout was typical of its era, dark cramped separate rooms with no thought given to the sun or the stunning rural views.

Walls separating the dining, lounge and kitchen were removed connecting all 3 rooms into a bright family friendly space. We used the large existing laundry as a combination scullery, home office,  laundry room with direct access into the kitchen, the remaining kitchen space suited a functional galley layout.

Original timber floors, simple white cabinets and bench tops, Italian glass mosaic tiles the colour of the summer sky, some funky lighting….. perfect!
 

wallpaper

  • 9 May 2013

A slight shift in wallpaper trends is underway. This stunning Harlequin paper is a great example. Patterns are becoming smaller creating a subtle background to an Interior rather than the bold single feature walls we have become accustomed to.  These new wallpaper patterns are small enough to use on every wall of a room.  It’s a nice change!

outside the square

  • 15 April 2013

Thinking outside the square when using an ordinary product like this white brick tile for a kitchen splash back can transform ordinary into fantastic.

This is Ultimate Homes new “Lakes View” show home at The Lakes, Tauranga.  When I first suggested it the tillers knees went a bit weak but the end result was worth it.

Tuscan bathroom

  • 3 April 2013

I have a new project under way… a bathroom renovation in a stunning Tuscan villa.  The current layout is dominated by a corner spa bath and very dated wall tiling.    As with most renovations its going to involve some compromises, this time its the terracotta floor tiles which run through out the entire home and therefore have to stay. 

So I’m going to add some clean modern lines while keeping with the overall Tuscan style, maximum storage with a custom-made vanity and  the Robertson Zen basin will be a perfect fit along with tumbled marble mosaic tiles.

My new blog

  • 18 March 2013

I have created this blog so I can share with you my inspirations, knowledge and favourite products, all of which are a constantly evolving part of my daily work as an Interior Designer.

“Don’t make something unless it is both necessary and useful… and if it’s both necessary and useful then don’t hesitate to make it beautiful”

I love to live and work by this Danish Design Institute quote; I hope I can inspire you to live by this idea as well!

I am blessed to have such a wonderful career, I love working with people helping them to create homes that are uniquely theirs, join me on a bloggers journey of design and don’t forget to remind yourself of the quote as you surround yourself with the things you love.