colour me green

  • 21 October 2013

Response to our bold choice of colour for Ultimate Homes show home at  The Lakes subdivision in  Tauranga has been nothing but positive!

The show home boasts a stunning cliff top location with an unexpected panoramic view. The decision to use Dulux Wright Hill was a simple case of bringing the outside in.

Wright Hill is a soft shade of green with a slight yellow base so the effect is both soft and refreshing at the same time, the walls have become a back drop to the view and the home has buckets of personality!

I always encourage my clients to be bold with colour, don’t be afraid to stamp your home with YOUR personality after all at the end of the day it’s just a pot of paint!

Go on …. do it!

industrial furniture

  • 10 October 2013

Continuing the search along the lines of my last post for design elements with an Industrial theme I was delighted to find this gem.   The Metro Table by De Castelli. The Metro is made with acid-etched iron sheet or natural black iron, folded to hold the two firewood trestles

De Castelli is an Italian company with generations of blacksmiths and steelworkers passing down their craft. In true Italian style De Castelli combine traditional craft with future technology and innovation.

The Italian eye for detail is clearly seen here on The Metro. The shapes are so simple, the contrasting materials stunning! Is it necessary? …Yes, is it Beautiful? …Yes! 

Visit  and www.decastelliit/it for more.

industrial kitchens

  • 30 September 2013

I’ve  stumbled across a kitchen image that made me lean a little closer to my laptop screen just to make sure my eyes weren’t deceiving me … no deception just inspiration!! The VIPP Kitchen is really something special.

You may need to lean a little closer too … see how each gas trivet is integrated directly into the Stainless Steel top, so  streamline, so simple!!

Gas hobs alway seem cumbersome and difficult to clean, VIPP have resolved this and made the cooking pattern flexible.

VIPP a Scandinavian company recognised world-wide for their iconic VIPP  rubbish bins are a family business with a strong focus on quality materials, mechanics and function.

 The resulting kitchens and bathrooms are breath-taking.  Kitchen door and drawer fronts are Stainless steel, streamline bench tops are seamless Stainless Steel allowing the integration of the sink and cooking areas.

Even the hot-pot trivets are stunning!

The strong  industrial aesthetic is fantastic, the cabinetry legs give the look of furniture, the finely profiled top sits discreetly. Its a look that would fit comfortably within any sleek architectural home. enjoy!

Super cool bungalow renovation

  • 9 September 2013

I recently had the pleasure of working with Kyle and Karen on the renovation of their home in Mount Maunganui. During our  first meeting I could see instantly it was going to be a great project, they both clearly had excellent taste as their bungalow  was oozing with a fantastic collection of much-loved goodies.

My brief was to provide them with a concept floor plan that would improve the flow of the home focusing on the entrance, laundry, kitchen and bathroom. The changes  needed to keep within the original footprint of the home and work around all existing windows. 

The current layout was a dated and inefficient use of the limited available space, so we combined the well proportioned laundry into an entry, laundry and scullery space, changed the kitchen to a functional galley and added a free-standing bath and wet area shower to the bathroom.  With all the boxes ticked we continued onto designing a kitchen to suit the  elongated galley space.   Karen requested a lowered desk area that could accommodate a bar stool, a space that would work  for a guest to hang out while cooking was underway, or for every day laptop use.

I suggested a turned table leg to support the lowered area, an interesting end to streamlined kitchen cabinetry creating a sence of weightlessness and  the illusion of extra space….. it works a treat!

clever storage

  • 21 August 2013

“More storage” is often part of a clients design brief, here is a clever New Zealand made solution…Ecobox by Lundia. 

Lunda is a N.Z based company that design, manufacture, supply customised timber storage solutions. Respect for the planet is central to Lundia’s philosophy they are fully certified by Environmental Choice NZ and further verified by EnvironSpec.

Ecobox is modular storage system available in 4 different sizes, boxes are made of sustainably harvested plantation grown 18mm pine. The concept is a result of recycling smaller waste pieces left over from larger shelving projects. Brilliant!! I really admire companies that strive to limit their environmental impact, Lundia is an excellent example of sustainable business.

Mix and match to suit your needs ….  beautiful and functional.

new kitchen bench tops by Caesarstone

  • 15 August 2013

It’s always nice to have something new to work with, this latest release from Caesarstone is no exception! Inspired by some of the world’s most beautiful natural marble, Caesarstone’s supernatural designs represent the four newest additions to the Classico Collection, all with a unique blend of earthy tones and delicate infused veins.

While Natural Marble is beautiful it’s just way too soft to use as a bench top in a hard-working environment like your kitchen, however these new colours have all the stain, scratch and water-resistant qualities of quartz combined with the sophisticated look of Marble. win win!

Emperadoro, London Grey, Piatra Grey, Frosty Carrina

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.