Tag: design inspiration

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.

tips on exterior colour combinations for your house

  • 7 April 2020

Working on a new build project the first job on the to-do list is to decide on the exterior colours, most clients find this really difficult.

We all know the value of street appeal and, if we are honest, the desire to own the best looking house on the street is within us all. The exterior is the first impression of your home and is comprised of products that will last the lifetime of your build, the colour combination also sets the style of the interior, ….. so much PRESSURE and you haven’t set foot inside yet!!

Don’t panic, there is just one easy rule to follow; aim to use a maximum of 3 colours – simple right?

Try to package together the elements, most homes will use more than one type of cladding, for example, brick + cedar so already you have used 2 colours now combine the roof, window joinery and garage door as the 3rd colour.

Villa style homes offer an opportunity to highlight features without breaking the 3 colour rule, below I have used Resene Double Linen on the weatherboards with Resene Half Sea Fog for the trims, Pearl White window joinery and garage door, topped with a colorsteel Flax Pod roof

2019 Colour forecast trends for your home

  • 20 February 2019

For 20 years Pantone’s colour of the year has influenced what we wear and how we furnish our homes, this year’s colour is Living Coral.

Don’t panic, challenging yourself to inject Coral into your interior is not necessarily what its all about.

The colour of the year signifies a change in direction, this year we will see a move towards feminine hues, natural fibers, and organic textures as we strive create spaces of comfort and wellness.

So how do you add this years trend to your home….

Start by saying farewell to those shades of Grey (yeah!) as Cool Whites will morph into Warm Whites and Neutrals.

Leading fabric houses are showing  soft chalky shades of vanilla, rose and pistachio. Large scale floral blooms are replacing the tropical vibe and will feature in fabrics, wall panel murals and rugs.

Curtain fabrics are sheer loose weave natural fibers that drape softly.

100% Wool carpet is back, adding an important layer of texture and helping to make a warm healthy home.

Kitchen bench tops are thin, combined with timber veneers and metal accents.

Bring it on!

 

Templeton Architecture

  • 7 November 2018

Take a browse through the project gallery of Melbourne based Templeton Architecture and you will see refined sophistication. Their bio describes an ethos of focusing on light, colour and proportion whilst respecting the Architectural history of each project.

The Matilda project is a weekend getaway built on the clients childhood land Northeast of Victoria. The layered rawness of the Rammed Earth construction is breathtaking, it appears to hold history.  While the product was chosen for its thermal properties for me the solid timeless beauty of the earth surpasses any technical advantage!

 

Aptly described by Templeton Architecture as “The honest warmth of the material, and the depth of its construction, grounded the project into the natural contours of the land”

Templeton’s  homage to history can clearly been seen here in the Delatite Station  project as well

Beautifully elegant!

 

Guest Powder Room Inspiration

  • 27 September 2018

Many new build plans are now including Guest Powder Rooms. They are a fantastic opportunity to go a little wild.

You can forget all the practical restrictions that the main bathroom and ensuite will command, no steam to worry about, limited storage will be required … basically it just has to be pretty! As a space you nip in and out of you won’t tire of a bold statement decision. How do I achieve all that I hear you ask, the answer is simple ……..WALLPAPER.

The Powder Room is a tiny space that should pack a big punch, think about not only the vanity but the mirror, and the lighting. Surprise and delight your guests with pattern and colour, are you bright and cheerful or dark and moody..

 

I have found these little beauties on Pinterest, saved to my bathroom board for further info.

 

2018 Spring & Summer by Designers Guild

  • 13 September 2018

Spring seems to be here at last, I have to say I’m definitely a summer girl and eagerly look forward to longer days and warmer temperatures. With summer on the horizon there is a subconscious shift in our decision making when it comes to Interiors.

While the Eurpoean fabric houses focus on their Winter collections we are ready to take on their tested Summer collections.

If you have been following my blog for a while you will know I love to use colour and that Designers Guild has been a reliable source of inspiration for many years.

The Jaipur Rose collection will not disappoint, printed on linen, cotton and lustrous velvet the collection is based on the work of 19th century explorers and naturalist. Boasting elegant timeless prints of exotic new lands vibrant colour sits along side peaceful soothing tones.

 

Traditional Japanese Art was the inspiration for  Palace Flower Grande. Digitally printed on tumbled linen the soft pastel shades are super user friendly with the dove grey base cloth.

Above left the exotic Kashmiri fabric is also a digital print on linen, muted watercolour floral softens the sharp geometric hexagons. Vibrant Kashmiri Magenta or for a softer scheme Kashmiri Orchre  with the textural hexagonal velvet Manipur Orchre below is an elegant option.

 

Clarke & Clarke collaborate with Emma J Shipley

  • 5 July 2018

Late last year Clarke & Clarke collaborated with designer Emma J Shipley releasing  the stunning  Animalia fabric and wallpaper collection … I have to admit pawing over the samples for the first time resulting in foot tapping excitement oh my goodness how I LOVE this!

Inspired by a recent trip to the Amazon Jungle the collection features the foliage and creatures Emma observed whilst there.  Mixing creature sketches, a fascination with mathematical symmetry and the human skeleton Animila explores the link between all living things. Printed on super soft tactile velvet’s and flat 100% cottons the detail in the upholstery weight fabric is stunning.

BUT wait it doesn’t stop there, Clarke & Clarke have launched a range of upholstered furniture showcasing the Animilia collection.

Villa Textiles are the New Zealand agents for Clarke & Clarke.

Timorous Beasties

  • 13 June 2018

Its always exciting to discover a new resource, my first few hours wandering around the super user friendly  Patternsnap site has been like opening Pandora’s box! To share all of the new discoveries at once would risk sensory overload so you will need to stay tuned as I drip feed the goodies.

First up my favorite discovery is Timorous Beasties the multi award winning  studio of Alistair Mcauley and Paul Simmons based in Glasgow offers a stunning collection of fabric, wallcoverings, furniture, lampshades and ceramics.

The collections are diverse, ranging from designs based on traditional copperplate engraving techniques to designs that playfully combine time honored motifs of plants and animals with a modern spin …. and a scrumptious colour pallet.

From the intricate repeat pattern of  White Moth Allover Fabric.

White Moth Allover fabric

To the pure colour explosion of Chic Blotch fabric

Chic Blotch fabric

Kaleido Bee Custom Velvet Fabric on this foot stool is incrediable

Superwide Iguana Wallpaper is a crazy combination of birds, thistles,  iguanas, and bugs

Superwide Iguana wallpaper

I love the tiny details that stop you in your tracks and force you to take another look.

Ultimate Homes Mount Maunganui Show Home

  • 23 March 2018

Working on show homes is a perfect opportunity to try something a little bit different.  The challenge to the Architect, JMAC  Architecture, the Designer – me  and the Builder Ultimate Homes is to stretch the imagination of the savvy show home punters by presenting something just outside the visitors comfort zone, something not see before but at the same time a home that is very livable.

Feedback to date on Ultimate Homes show home at The Coast Papamoa has ticked these boxes, it has become a memorable talking point in a sea of beige show homes.

The cathedral ceilings of the living area are enhanced by  Dulux Rangatiki River a deliciously deep stormy blue green, daylight floods the open plan living space and the pure White ceilings compensate for the dark paint choice.