Have you noticed a profusion of African inspired decor lately?
I know, it’s always been around but of late there seems to be a bit more of it and in all sorts of items. I don’t think we’re heading down the path of decorating a complete room in African style but more touches here and there. What do you think?
Perhaps it’s our climate and love of the outdoors that resonates so well with the African Safari Style which is then translated into our decor. There’s also a big push back to handmade items which any ethnic culture has valued for years. And African style is more simplistic which balances our love of technology and helps create a soothing, relaxing space.
Much of the strength of African Style emerges through texture. Natural fibres of Jute, sisal and seagrass are used for flooring while banana fibre and papyrus are used in woven baskets.
Rapee have recently released a range of cushions in bright colours and rich textures which would give an African lift to your room.
Lighting is warm and golden, utilizing rustic iron candelabra and wall sconces. Table lamps incorporate palm or pineapple motifs in their bases, whilst unique shades made from feathers or quills convey the safari ambiance.
Furniture features rich timbers with stylised accents or folding furniture which would be used on Safari.
These gorgeous pieces are based on the campaign furniture used on Safari and are available from one of our suppliers here in Australia.
Comfort is foremost in an African decor, with an overall effect of effortless luxury, a sense of adventure, but always relaxed and in harmony with nature.
Last week I visited one of my suppliers, Sentosa Designs.
They specialise in colonial style furniture as well as a range of campaign furniture.
I noticed the profusion of pineapples in their styling so started to hunt around and see what else I could find.
The pineapple is associated with welcoming and in my mind also says SUMMER!
I went in search of other pineapple inspired home decor and found cushions, lamps and even ice cube trays.
What do you think? Could you add some pineapple decor to your home?
If you would like assistance choosing accessories for your home, contact us for an online or in-person consultation.
Whilst I have been working on my own home renovation, I’ve also been helping a number of clients to achieve their harmonious environment.
We had favourite armchairs reupholstered and placed them in our client’s new bedroom.
We also sourced an elegant bedroom chandelier and bedside lamps.
A client we have been working with for the past 12 months finally moved in to their brand new home.
After assisting with paint colours, floor board selections, generated ideas for the walk in wardrobes, bathroom vanity design, lighting options the clients are now ensconced in their home and look like they have always lived there.
The kitchen was designed by us with specifications of door finishes, colours, handles and benchtops.
We also sourced the fabrics for their window coverings and arranged making and installation.
Both clients are absolutely thrilled with their new homes, stamped with their own personalities.
If you would like assistance with colour and design for your new home, contact us for an online or in-person consultation.
And another week begins!
Last week was a busy one as we move closer to Christmas and start to get to the pointy end of our own home renovation.
I spent the week in the car, or so it seemed. Not doing anything terribly exciting and collecting all the necessary bits that are essential for the home. It’s all those things that seem to just appear but are very important and need to be selected, ordered and installed.
Like window hardware. The windows were all put in at the house over the last two weeks so then I had to choose latches, fitches and lifts.
We have a mixture of double hung and casement windows so I had to make sure I had the right hardware for each window. Not very exciting, but very necessary!
Door hardware was selected last week too. But door handles are only a minor part of door hardware.
You also need to consider door stops, whether you need privacy locks and roller latches for french doors.
Thank goodness for the knowledgable staff at Mother of Pearl & Sons who know exactly what you need.
I took in my list of doors and what I needed on each door and they carefully went through all the components.
And, I took delivery of taps and other fittings for the bathroom and laundry.
I love the Smart Tile to use in the floor of the bathrooms. The end result is a streamlined floor.
One exciting trip I did have, was to collect all my pretty light fittings.
We’re using LED downlights throughout the hallways and family living areas but adding a selection of wall lights and feature pendants.
I just can’t wait to get them all installed.
Enjoy your week, and remember, if you need assistance selecting all the odds and ends for your home renovation, contact us for an online or in-person consultation.
I’ve spent this week looking at lights.
Looking for clients and looking for me. Just like paint colours everyone is different and every person wants something different in their home.
Quite often, downlights are placed in grid formation without giving much consideration to optimal locations. Standing under a downlight, without any light around the face creates exaggerated and unflattering shadows. This can also result in insufficient lighting for tasks like shaving, tweezing and applying make-up. More than any other room in the house, it’s important to get the lighting right in the bathroom.
Appropriate facial lighting is key. Ideally, mirrors should have a light source at face height or above that provides both reflected and direct light to the face, minimises shadows and provides even light distribution. These can be wall lights on either side of the mirror or on/above the mirror.
Once you know where you want to place the lights, it’s then a matter of finding the right light that meets your style, task and budget requirements.
If you would like assistance sourcing light fittings for your home renovation, contact us for an online or in-person consultation.
There are many reasons people choose to use an Interior Decorator. It might be that they haven’t any time to visit shop after shop after shop to find the illusion piece of furniture they have in their mind.
It might be that they have trouble trying to visualise what the piece they love will look like in their own home with the rest of their special pieces surrounding it.
Or maybe they just don’t know what to look for in the first place.
From my point of view, I endeavour to push my clients a little out of their comfort zone and suggest things they would never consider. And I am always conscious of the fact that I want to give them something that is a little different to what they will see at retail stores or in their neighbours’ home.
Strand Agencies is one of my haunts. Agents to a number of suppliers from outside Sydney, it is a treasure trove of delightful furniture and accessory pieces.
Last week marked the opening of their new showroom at Mascot. It’s a beautiful space styled to the brim with gorgeous pieces of furniture from Cromwell, Globe West and Home Cargo, lighting from Leather and Lamps and H & H Collection and rugs from The Rug Collection.
The showroom is only open to the trade and their clients. So if you are looking for something a little different but still within your budget seek the assistance of an Interior Decorator.
We would love to assist you with furniture and accessories for your home. Contact us for an online or in-person consultation.
I was recently asked if I had designed an entire room around a small piece of artwork or an accessory.
The answers to my questions have appeared on Patricia Davis Browns‘ blog, Dig This Design.
You can check it out here.
Sometimes a piece you love will take you on a fascinating journey and you end up being surrounded by colours and patterns that will appeal for a very long time.
If you would like assistance creating an entire room design from one of your treasures, contact us for an online or in-person consultation.
I’ve been Ooohing and Aaahing over the basket chandelier for a while now. I’ve only seen images of them in overseas magazines and online.
They certainly make a statement.
So I was delighted to find that one of our suppliers has just started stocking a version here in Australia.
They would look great in a bedroom, over a dining table or in an entry. I can’t wait to use one in a project.
What do you think? Do you like this look?
Contact us if you would like to purchase one of these new light fittings or if you need assistance finding the perfect light fitting for your home.
I am currently working with clients who are renovating their home by adding a new extension. It will be the new hub of the house containing the kitchen, dining and living areas.
The electrician has been in this week so our attention has moved to light placement and fittings.
Most of the area will have downlights installed but the dining table deserves a feature light. In a wide open space, it’s always good to define the areas. The kitchen will be a galley style, so a bench will separate it from the rest of the area. Placement of the sofa will define the living area and a large light fixture will define the dining area.
An oversized light fitting creates drama in a dining room. When the table is set ready for a meal, the crockery, cutlery and napery add interest to the room but when the table is not in use, it’s usually the light fitting that becomes the focal point.
The light fitting in an open plan dining room doesn’t need to be the sole source of light so it’s not necessary to swamp the room with maximum wattage. Often times, the table will be decorated with candles and there will be lamps on in the adjacent living room and a light on in the kitchen.
My advice in choosing a dining room light fitting is to choose more for aesthetics than pracitcalities – form over function!
You can find these images and more on my Dining Room Pinterest Board.
If you require assistance with choosing light fittings for your home, contact us for an online or in-person consultation.