Friday, 30 January 2015

Converted Shearer's Quarters

We spotted these eight bedroom converted shearer's quarters over on Roomie's facebook page earlier this week ... what a delightful, laid back, rustic little holiday hideaway this is! Anyone fancy owning some property in rural Masterton?

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Things We Do Thursday - Colour Consultation

We're starting a new wee feature this week - highlighting and reminding our lovely blog followers and clients about just some of the services we offer!

First up - colour consultancy. We've met with a handful of confused clients over the summer who want to make the most of the great weather and are ready to paint their house exteriors but are truly stumped as to what direction to go in, in terms of colour and colour combos...

That's where we come in! We can give you thoughtful colour suggestions based on your likes, dislikes, the style of your home, the area your home is in and its outlook, fashion and trends (depending on whether you're wanting to follow them or not!), and key factors such as sun exposure (funnily enough this has a bearing on how dark a colour you should be painting your house!).

Drop us a line to schedule a colour consultation (interior, exterior or both) with one of our designers and get that painting done while the glorious weather holds out!

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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

A Little Light Reading - 'Beyond the State'

I was lucky enough to receive this book in my Christmas stocking at the end of last year - 'Beyond the State' by Bill McKay and Andrea Stevens. For those of you with a soft spot for the iconic NZ state house, this book is well worth getting your paws on; a great mix of history, inspiration and case studies showcasing the different ways kiwis have chosen to adapt to, alter, and embrace their state homes.

'...New Zealand's distinctive state houses from the 1930s and '40s are an enduring symbol of this country's egalitarian values. Modest houses, they were built from quality materials and with an emphasis on family and community. More than seventy-five years since the first state houses appeared, they are enjoying a renaissance as new generations of homeowners find ways to adapt their sturdy form for a more contemporary way of living. Beyond the State pays tribute to the New Zealand state house – and explores what it still offers us today....'

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

The Resurgance of Parquetry

...Or maybe it never went away!? Well we have definitely seen the parquetry trend flourishing lately, and were excited to find a new supplier showcasing their parquet wares in Designmade this year!

If any of you have been watching The Block Glasshouse you will have noted the stunning herringbone parquet flooring from Renaissance Parquet that Dee and Darren laid throughout their apartment. Absolute proof that - if chosen carefully - it works just as well in a contemporary setting as it does in a traditional environment. Totally inspired! Now who's for parquet?

Friday, 16 January 2015

Our Latest Design Work - Burger Liquor, Wellington

Our portfolio has had a wee update this morning with the addition of some yummy images of our latest commercial venture; the design of the interior for new Wellington eatery 'Burger Liquor'. Head on over to read up more on this fun design project that rounded out a great year for us just prior to Christmas!

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Wallpaper Wednesday: 'Prism' by Zoffany

In complete contrast to the last collection we shared with you from Zoffany, 'Prism' is a graphic design with a modernist edge, in a hard-wearing, washable vinyl finish and available in six colourways from bold multi-coloured through to soft tones of azure, glass and pearl. We can see this being used in a range of creative settings, both commercial and residential... be inspired!

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

The Latest from Ali Davies

We're really excited to share with you the latest work from kiwi designer Ali Davies. She is launching into the world of bespoke curtaining which means we can give you one-of-a-kind style that no one else has - perfectly tailored to the colours and needs of your interiors.

The designs are printed on one of our favourite Hemptech linens called Messina - it is extra wide which means these customised designs become even more versatile.

We have a lovely drop of the 'Flora and Fauna' design to hang in the studio, so pop by to see it in all it's glory, and speak to us about getting your very own piece of customised Ali Davies textile in your home!

Monday, 5 January 2015

Happy New Year!

Hello again and welcome to 2015, we hope you've all enjoyed, or are still enjoying, well deserved holiday breaks!

We're back in the studio this week with some exciting things hot off the press; first up is our upcoming venture to the Wairarapa to clear out the remaining pieces of furniture in our storage unit; there's nothing like a bit of spring cleaning to get the year rolling!

Depending on what we unearth there may be a few lucky pieces that come back to Wellington with us and go up for sale, so watch this space - you never know - there might be a belated Chrissie present in there for someone!?

Monday, 22 December 2014

We're On Holiday!

Things will be a little quiet over here for the next couple of weeks while we take a much needed break during the Christmas and New Year period. We have some really great projects lined up for the coming year which is always exciting to come back to after a bit of a rest.

Hemisphere dependent and be you in sun or snow, we hope you all enjoy the festive season - stay safe, relax, and we'll see you all back here in 2015. Thank you for all your support this year!

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Friday, 19 December 2014

Feature Fabric Friday: 'Makela' Collection by Villa Nova

Releases of the latest fabric collections have now wound up for the year, but there are still a few goodies that we have yet to share with you! 

We are excited about the most recent Villa Nova range called 'Makela' - it's bright, fresh, and full of versatile prints in a really usable price bracket too. 

If you see are sensing a Romo feel from looking at these designs you wouldn't be wrong; Villa Nova is the sister company to Romo - sharing designers and mills - so a certain Romo flavour and quality is always carried over to their product which is a nice bonus!

We are in the process of choosing a few fabrics from this collection to display in our studio for the New Year... watch this space!

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Before & After: Deep Buttoned Velvet Sofa

Here are the results from our latest 'before and after' endeavor - this tired, terracotta sofa has been transformed into an aqua delight, upholstered in Mokum 'Vintage' colour peacock. Absolutely stunning! We hope the client likes it too...!



Wednesday, 17 December 2014

For Sale - Vintage Amber Glass Lamp

We have a real gem for you from our collection of stored goodies - this divine mid-century glass amber lamp base, in working order - is reluctantly going up for sale! First in first serve, we will let this baby go for $250. Contact us via email or phone to secure it today...

Wallpaper Wednesday: 'Jaipur' Collection by Zoffany

Take a look at the breathtaking collection of wallpapers from Zoffany called 'Jaipur'. Such a lovely blend of Indian imagery and inspiration with traditional undertones - at first glance it is a subtle blend of designs and patterns, then on closer inspection the intricate detail and careful colour combinations used prove to be brilliantly considered and make for a very refreshing direction to be seeing in today's wallpaper market.

Speak to us today for more information!

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