Monday, 20 October 2014

A Website Update

Our website has just had a wee tickle up to go along with our new physical presence... we've simplified things and cleaned up the links so it should be nice and user friendly... take a peak!




Friday, 17 October 2014

Where Interior Design Meets Artistic Photography

As interior designers we have new product shown to us all the time - and each week we see numerous catalogs and brochures advertising the latest release fabrics and wallpapers, so it can often take some clever styling and photography to make us sit up and take notice!

Russian Architectural Digest - an architectural and interior design magazine - turned to Africa for their latest product shoot inspiration; layering furnishing fabrics and papers in an African head wrap style, perhaps more akin to fashion photography. I love it!




All sourced and credited via Bon Expose


Thursday, 16 October 2014

In Memory of Brian

This past Saturday the Wellington paper featured a lovely article on the life story of our dear friend Brian Wallis who passed away at the end of August after a long battle with cancer.

Brian has owned Form Furniture on the Old Hutt Road in Thorndon for many years, and it was he who took the esdesign girls under his wing when we first set up ten years ago - leasing us a small studio at the front of the Form Furniture workshop, among the dust and the wood shavings and the treasure trove of antique furniture that streamed in and out of the premises. He taught us a host of invaluable furniture restoration skills, (as well as an endless supply of questionable jokes) - and the knowledge he has given us adds to the wealth of advice we too can now give to our clients. 

Brian's son Reuben has taken over the Form Furniture reigns and continues to do a brilliant job for both their own clients and many of ours. Brian will be sorely missed, however Form Furniture remains as strong as ever, and we look forward to seeing where Reuben takes the company in the future!


Monday, 13 October 2014

The Hexagon is the New Black

The hexagon is taking over all things interior at the moment; from tiles to paneling, from wallpaper to shelving... there are lots of ways to use this geometric delight in your home or commercial environment.
Like the well-loved rectangular subway tile, it is still a classic shape that can cross traditional and contemporary divides easily, but somehow is just that little bit more fun...!

Hexagonal wall mirrors from Ikea
'Hick's Hexagon' wallpaper by Cole & Sons
'Pembroke' natural stone tiles by New Ravenna Mosaics
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Hexagon wall planters from For Keeps
Hexagonal side table by Urban Outfitters
Hexagon bookshelves by Dot and Bo
Ceramic tiles featured on The Block Australia
'Wood Wool' acoustic panels by Form Us With Love

Friday, 10 October 2014

Feature Fabric Friday: 'Abracazoo' by Little Sanderson

Sanderson have just released their first ever children's collection - 'Abracazoo' - and it is a divine mix of prints and embroideries with some classic designs, great traditional ditties and co-ordinating wallpapers to tie it all together... here are some of our favourites from the book, just sing out if you'd like to see the sampling!




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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Wallpaper Wednesday: 'Deco Monkeys' by De Gournay

Here's a very relevant and quirky wallpaper design for you, but yet an all time vintage classic. It's called 'Deco Monkeys' by the French masters of hand painting, De Gournay. How perfect is it in this child's room below in a terracotta colourway? I could also see it working brilliantly in a commercial setting... oh the options are endless!




Tuesday, 7 October 2014

The Latest from the Sewing Room Table

The midnight oil was burned to get these dining chair seats re-upholstered and a few co-ordinating cushions made, but it was so worth it!

All in the gorgeous new velvet from James Dunlop, 'Mauritius' colour paradise and piped in 'Zegna' colour mediterranean. Hope the client loves them!




Monday, 6 October 2014

A Quirky Bar Design

We have a second commercial project on the go at the moment - totally quirky, totally left field which is so much fun to work on! More details to follow, but in the meantime here's a sneak peek into some of the inspiration that has kick-started the design...!


Friday, 3 October 2014

Feature Fabric Friday: 'Coolum Collection' by Warwick

Warwick has done it again with a great new collection of indoor/outdoor fabrics called the 'Coolum Collection.'
It features bold plains, stripes and a range of smaller, very versatile ditty designs - all featuring the properties that make them UV, stain, mould and mildew resistant, water repellent and easy clean...just perfect for both indoor and outdoor use where robust is a must!

Speak to us today to learn more about these fabulous fabric technologies now available, or to see sampling of this great new collection.







Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Wallpaper Wednesday: 'Little Whales' by Pottok Prints

This wallpaper called 'Little Whales' by Pottok Prints would have to be one of my all time favourites. Graphic, whimsical and fun - the design comes in three colourways and though it obviously works fabulously in a bathroom or wet area, it would also be great to see in a family area or kid's room! 














Images via here and here


Tuesday, 30 September 2014

The Wellington Curtain Bank

You know that we love to spend our time finding great options for your new window treatments, but spare a thought for the drapes that are being replaced - often fine condition wise, just in need of an update - did you know you can donate them to a very worthy Wellington cause?

The Wellington Curtain Bank is run by the not-for-profit organisation, Sustainability Trust. Their hard working team professionally tailors pre-loved curtains and donates them to low-income Wellington households, for free!

Every family deserves to be in a snug, warm, draught free home - particularly over winter, and this is a great way to help that cause.

Jump to the website here for more information, or drop in to see them at 2 Forresters Lane off Tory Street.



Monday, 29 September 2014

Contemporary Shower Curtains - Ferm Living

Over the years we have encountered many a client desperate to find a cool shower curtain - it just seems to be one of those items where the options in little old NZ are so limited!

Well how about checking out these curtain designs from one of our favourite homeware companies, Ferm Living. Their fresh, clean, graphic style fits so well in a crisp, clean bathroom. Talk about soaping up in style!








Friday, 26 September 2014

The Finishing Touches - A Restaurant Project


Katie's putting the finishing touches on a really fun commercial project this week - this is where the real fun begins; putting together a great palette of materials and textures! Watch this space for more sneak peeks in the coming weeks...

Feature Fabric Friday: 'Dynasty' Collection by Mokum

Fresh from Mokum is their latest orient inspired collection called 'Dynasty' - a lovely grouping of fabrics with a subtle infusion of 'east meets west' style to suit a range of classic, luxury interiors; including luscious velvets, silks and weaves. Pop on in to discuss sampling if this is your kind of vibe!





Thursday, 25 September 2014

Oh Hello There!

Check out these great doormats from Don't Be A Doormat - get yourself a quirky greeting for your guests! And all hand made by a Kiwi company to boot. We love that!

'Dontbeadoormat' is all about creating fun, quirky and playful doormat greetings to really make your visitors feel loved and welcome when turning up on your doorstep.'







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