Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Wallpaper Wednesday: 'Cowboys and Indians' by The Make House

The Make House are a Portland, Oregon based design studio specialising in the design and production of small runs of hand printed wallpapers, prints and other lovely goodies.

I came across this gorgeous wallpaper of theirs called 'Cowboys and Indians' - a crisp, simple, grey-scale design printed on metallic gold base paper. This would work in so many interior applications - let your imagination run wild! Available here.

Monday, 28 July 2014

The Traditional Kitchen - Plain English

These days it seems everyone is striving for slick, shiny, contemporary kitchens, so it's so refreshing to come across examples of beautifully designed and crafted kitchens in a more traditional style that work in effortlessly with modern day families.

We recently came across the work of UK company Plain English, and loved trawling through their online portfolio admiring the soft, subtle palettes of colour, carefully considered materials and the intricate detailing and hardware selections that absolutely turn ho hum kitchens into works of art.

All you period home owners out there - be inspired!

All images via Plain English

Friday, 25 July 2014

Counting Down.....

The count down is on til our studio opening day next week. The esdesign empire keeps expanding as Eleanor and Katie are now dressing the Change House stairwell, just so it's super clear that you're in the right place when you come along... see you all on Wednesday next week!

Feature Fabric Friday: 'Raupo' by Ingrid Anderson

We've recently specified the latest textile design from kiwi designer Ingrid Anderson - 'Raupo' - for a client of ours. Ingrid is well known for her turquoise greens, burnt oranges and reds, but this design embraces an earthier colour palette with an abstracted design of the NZ 'Raupo' or bullrush plant. 

Laid out flat it's really striking and graphic, but once gathered to use as a curtain it has a real softness and movement to it which is just perfect for a relaxed interior, it's tones blending beautifully into the surrounds. 

Thursday, 24 July 2014

A Show Home of Scion

UK company Harpers Interiors have created the most amazing show home using some of our favourite Scion wallpapers and fabrics. Scion is known for very bright, bold primary colours and prints, but used cleverly they can also look unbelievably chic and smart - just check out these pictures!

Speak to us today if you'd like to know more about any of the wallpapers or fabrics you see below.

All images via Scion Fabrics and Wallpapers

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Wallpaper Wednesday: 'Mushroom Forest' by Nathalie Lete

French born artist Nathalie Lete is a jill of all trades - the designs and illustrations for her paintings, ceramics, textile designs, jewellery, books and toys are built on a foundation of fantasy, humor and childhood memories.
I particularly love this divine whimsical wallpaper of hers called 'Mushroom Forest'. Can you just imagine this lining the walls of a childs' bedroom, or even a bathroom perhaps?!
The wallpaper, and many of her other artistic mediums are all available online.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Bed Linen for the Kids - Love from Friday

If you're like me and struggle with the lack of options for kids' bed linen that don't involve a Disney cartoon character or cheesy animal print etc, then check out the sweet ranges available through Wellington based company Love from Friday, all designed and made by clever creator, Jane.

With gorgeous co-ordinating dittys and prints for girls, boys or both - you are bound to find a classic duvet or cot set here that can fit into your kiddies' bedroom schemes, no trouble. Thank goodness!

Monday, 21 July 2014

Teak Dining Chair Upholstery

The end of last week saw us beavering away in the workoom to upholster this divine set of teak dining chairs for a client of ours. They came to us with some pretty questionable upholstery work, of which we found egg carton foam underneath - no wonder they were lumpy, bumpy and not too comfy! We sorted that all out and re-upholstered them in one of our favourite go-to vinyls, 'Vintage' by Warwick in a phantom colourway. Delicious!

Friday, 18 July 2014

Feature Fabric Friday: 'Life' Collection by James Dunlop

The lovely new 'Life' collection is 'full of painterly florals, vivid birds and intense stripes'. It's a bit of a follow-up range to the hugely popular 'Art and Soul' collection from last year, so we're all for seeing more of the same! All of the designs are printed on a linen/cotton basecloth are also available as wallpapers, as well as a velvet or two. Interested in seeing some sampling? Speak to us today!

Roll It Up

I think we've all seen those kitchens with the roller doors that slide up and down to the surface of the bench top, hiding away the toaster or the breakfast things, sometimes nicely done, sometimes a little clunky - some of you may have these in your kitchen!

But check out this same product being used in a more creative way - what a great idea for adding a pop of colour and being totally practical at the same time; rolling from ceiling to floor to hide all the kids toys and board games in the living area - that's thinking outside of the box, and we like that!

This product is from Sage Doors

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Coastal Inspiration

A couple of weekends ago, Katie headed out on a walk to the lighthouses at Pencarrow on a typically wild and woolly Wellington day and basically got blown all the way out there, only to have to struggle back again in that chilling wind. Not so fun!

Here's a piccie she took while out there - you can almost feel that wind whipping off the harbor!

The outdoors can easily inspire an interior, and here's a wee cottage retreat that feels as though it had similar design inspiration behind it to the coastal feel in Katie's image; layers of texture, mixtures of crisp colours with weathered, worn undertones, nothing too fussy, nothing unnecessary... makes you want to just curl up somewhere cosy with a book and a cuppa!

Image via 

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Be In to Win on our Opening Day!

Come one, come all! We're having a studio opening day on July 30th, and you're all invited! To top it off, if you come along to our 'do' you go in the draw to win $250 worth of our services - your choice of design consultancy, upholstery, curtain or cushion making! 

Monday, 14 July 2014

Turkish Delights - Patchwork & Overdyed rugs

One of our NZ suppliers has recently brought in a wide range of ever popular patchwork and over-dyed Turkish rugs. They're available in a great range of colours, and all of a really substantial size of approximately 2m x 3m which can be so hard to come across (we find that people always totally underestimate the size of the rug they need!).

If you see something you like below, get in touch and we can supply you with an updated stock list and help you find the perfect rug for your space!

Friday, 11 July 2014

Feature Fabric Friday: Loki Collection by Villa Nova

This week we're bringing you the uber fun range of fabrics from the Villa Nova 'Loki' collection. It's a great selection of 'versatile, usable prints and weaves, both upholstery and drapery weight. There's sure to be something in here that works for your next project... speak to us today to see sampling!

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