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Translucent sheer curtains

  • 26 May 2022

Sheer curtains have come a long way since the days of doily nets …. remember the frilly scalloped hems and double layer café curtains?  Fast forward to today’s interpretation of old and we happily discover a myriad of gorgeous fabrics to transform our spaces with a valuable layer of texture and femininity.

With our homes designed to capture expansive views and maximum sunshine translucent fabrics are the perfect solution. Softening windows without obstructing views, filtering light, providing privacy, and protecting our furniture from UV rays – like sunscreen for our interiors.

Something for every scheme … Raw organic linen, dry open weaves, metallic threads, wool blends, the only difficulty will be deciding which to choose!

 

Image features Beech by James Dunlop

Mind The Gap Wallpaper

  • 11 March 2022

The Curator’s Cabinet is the latest offering from Mind The Gap, a wallpaper collection of exotic delights rich in detail and colour. Of course it’s impossible to select a favorite, but these are amongst mine …

Samurai and Geisha Wallpaper depicting traditional Japanese characters in a midnight forest, with heavily patterned kimonos flowing, wild animals and swaying trees the scene is alive

 

Gardens of Jaipur wallpaper has you lost in a sprawling garden filled with intricately detailed wildlife and buildings

 

The Former Emperor pays homage to Japanese woodblock prints of the 1800’s crests of the waves glimmer with metallic highlights as the wooden boats battle the elements.

Described as A journey in search of beauty, from the walls of Persia to the Palaces of India and the upper echelons of Japanese society, this collection is a visual expedition around the world.

ātaahua – beautiful

 

Designers Guild Madhya

  • 10 September 2021

Inspiring images from the new Designers Guild Madhya collection.  Madhya features digitally printed cotton velvets in graphic tartans, checks and a graceful botanic.

DG signature vibrant shades are often challenging to lovers of ‘white on white’ schemes, the additional muted chocolate and berry tones in this collection are well suited to our homes here in Aotearoa.

Love those chairs!

 

 

 

FP Kitchen handles in Antique Brass and Matt Black

  • 13 August 2021

Cabinetry handles have the ability to transform kitchens from modern to traditional, Archant’s latest release from Furnipart include the FP Manor range. The two finishes, Antique Brass and Matt Black, allows them work across a number of styles.

Manor T, Manor Back, Manor Knob and Manor.

Add to this a dash of Crofton Dark Oxide woven mesh panel Archant Wovenpanel for additional texture … beautiful

 

 

 

 

Family bathroom design

  • 28 May 2021

No surprises that a recent bathroom design brief for teenage sisters came with a hefty check list!  Maximum storage, natural lighting, good size bath and a spacious shower were hot on the list,  Mum’s final instruction was for a clean minimal aesthetic in keeping with the rest of the new build project.

In order to maximize space the bath was placed within the shower wet area, making the back to wall free standing bath a practical solution. A full height glass screen cleanly separated the room into two areas. Recessed mirror cabinet provided additional storage for smaller items and the wall hung vanity added to the illusion of space.  Matt white wall tiles in three different sizes and orientation added texture.

 

 

Beautifully constructed by Harwood Homes

 

Crossing threads

  • 19 April 2021

Growing up my aunt had a weaving loom which I loved to tinker with, at the time the Macramé era was also in full swing, I think this was the beginning of my fascination with textiles.

Stumbling across Crossing Threads blew my mind!  Sisters Lauren and Kass Hernandez create the most incredible large scale richly textured hand woven pieces. Inspired by their heritage and the Australia’s natural resources the ladies work is truly unique.

View the gallery here

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Mike Greer Hamilton show home

  • 5 March 2021

The latest Waikato show home for Mike Greer Homes embraces indoor outdoor living.  External corner sliding doors allow a seamless transition from the family room to the north facing covered living area which provides shade in the summer and shelter in the winter.

The interior palette was driven by the architectural features of the impressive 2 story home. Working along side the Mike Greer team we curated a moody industrial interior, the depth of colour was balanced by the light filled spaces.

The entrance features an impressive Oak open tread stairwell, the Oak flooring continues through to the open plan living  and compliments the matt black kitchen cabinetry.  A sprinkle of metallic wallpapers and an oversized barn door add texture and depth.

 

Show home is situated at 32 Kimbrae Drive, Hamilton

master builder house of the year 2020

  • 10 December 2020

Design Builders latest show home wins the coveted Bay of Plenty Gold Award and Regional Category Winner 2020 award at the Master Builders 2020 House of the Year.

 

This project was a real treat to be involved with, the home is truly a testament to Design Builders attention to fine detailing. Careful planning from conception allowed layer upon layer of traditional Hamptons-style inspiration and texture, the white on white interior features board and batten linings, hand finished polished plaster, subtle wallpapers and ceilings with exposed rafters and white washed sarking.

The central open plan living flows seamlessly to a covered entertaining area overlooking the Omokoroa Golf course.

 

Images by Amanda Aitken

Oast houses

  • 29 May 2020

Comprised of a series of 5 tile clad towers this family home by London based ACME Architects is quite magical. Set in rural Kent the concept was inspired by 18th-century Oast Houses – buildings used for drying beer brewing hops, the construction and detailing are mindblowing.

A central triple-height space connects the 4 outer towers and serves as the entrance and family hub.

Plywood curved stairwells access Bedrooms on the upper floors

Plywood shingle ceilings echo the exterior cladding

Discover more about the project here at Dwell

Incredible images by Jim Stephenson.

Virtual tour of Ultimate Homes show home

  • 20 April 2020

Show homes are a great source of inspiration, being able to stand in a space similar to the one you have planned on paper brings the process to life.

With perfect pre lock down timing, Ultimate Homes produced this virtual tour of their new show home so now you can browse from the safety of your own home.

Images are showcased on my projects page

Showhome located at 129 Whakaturoa Crescent, The Lakes, Tauriko, Tauranga.