Friday, 19 September 2014

Feature Fabric Friday: Italian Gardens Collection

Fresh and new this month from Charles Parsons is the Italian Gardens Collection. It's a divine range of traditional prints for drapery and accessory use, with a great Sanderson like feel to it but without the price-tag, so a really affordable way to get a gorgeous, classic, long lasting botanical look for your character home.

See something you like? Speak to us today!

Thursday, 18 September 2014

One from the Archives: A Furry Project

When esdesign was first born in Thorndon nearly ten years ago, we had a special sewing machine for making rugs out of sheepskin. On hearing this we were approached by a lovely elderly chap with a special request; to sew a multitude of vintage rabbit furs into a large bed quilt!

No matter your thoughts on animal products these days, these furs that had been stored for half a century were put to a much better use as Eleanor and I sewed and patched these beautiful pelts together until we couldn't see for the mist of fur in the air and up our noses! Once the cover was completed, it was backed and edged with a beautiful soft faux suede, however Eleanor and I declared, 'Never again!' as we were cleaning up fur for months on end. Oh the things you do when starting out in business!

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Wallpaper Wednesday: 'Peggy' from Mini Moderns

The 'It' material of the moment in the design world is pegboard. This good old garage wall paneling is enjoying a total resurgence, finding it's way into kids rooms and family areas, as well as items of furniture. You may have even seen it featuring on 'The Block NZ' last week!

If it has taken your fancy like it has ours, take a peek at this great new wallpaper from Mini Moderns called 'Peggy'. It comes in a great range of colours, capable of creating that classic pegboard look on just about any surface you like!

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

New Ribbon Stripe Lampshades

We've just had this adorable pair of lampshades custom made for a client of ours - she has very limited space on her bedside tables so we specified this unusual, elliptical shape to maximise that gorgeous stripe, but minimise the space they take up. The fabric is a multi-stripe ribbon weave called 'Sapphira' by Harlequin!

Monday, 15 September 2014

Meet us on Pinterest!

Pinterest has transformed the way we interact with many of our clients - when we first meet up with new clients we generally suggest that they come along prepared with images of the things they love, loathe...  or the look that they might be aspiring to have but have no idea how to achieve. And now Pinterest makes it so much easier! Just sign up, start an inspiration board for your home and share it with esdesign and we can instantly get inside your head. It's all about speeding things up and ultimately making the process even easier for you!

We also pin - A LOT - just because we wanna! Things that we love, that inspire us, that often act as precedent for many of our designs. So if design inspiration is your thing (or inspiration in any form for that matter) sign up and follow us here, here, and here!

Friday, 12 September 2014

Feature Fabric Friday: 'Explorer' by Sekers

This week we're introducing you to a great classic fabric called 'Explorer' by Sekers. With a travel and exploration theme to it, this printed cotton features a collage design of flora, fauna, text and stamps. It has a fabulous aged feel making it perfect for character homes, studys, family nooks, libraries... pop in to esdesign to check this great fabric out in person and order today!

Thursday, 11 September 2014

A Kitchen Design by Jane Powell

This week we're swooning over a contemporary kitchen in London by designer Jane Powell for Roundhouse Design.

With the design brief calling for 'industrial' style, you could be forgiven for thinking it would be cool and clinical with the use of corian, stainless steel, glass and iron detail - however using warm grays, the inherent warm tones of brick and blonded floors, the designer has managed to balance 'industrial' and 'contemporary' style with a homely feel perfect for a family environment.

Getting the balance of tones and materials can make or break an interior, but this has success written all over it!

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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Wallpaper Wednesday: A Selvedged Fishing Village Scene

Katie - our fabulous CAD designer - is a busy bee this week re-designing a kitchen for a client of ours.
Their house was built in the early 1900's and still retains some of it's original character features, including a divine traditional fishing village scene wallpaper that has barely seen the light of day. We've used it as the basis point for the kitchen design, pulling from it sympathetic tones and textures so that the whole kitchen design flows perfectly. The plan is to use the wallpaper as a splash back along one wall of the kitchen counter, sealing it carefully beneath glass to keep it pristine for many more years to come!

Monday, 8 September 2014

Velvet 'Eanda' Bar Stools by Brabbu

Take a look at the sleek, delicate design of these velvet bar stools from Brabbu. They would be the perfect addition to a sophisticated dining or kitchen area, and their classic style complete with brass detailing will stand the test of time and fashion fads.

We are regularly asked to source and supply bar stools and chairs for our clients - what you may not know is that we have access to a whole world of wholesale furniture that the public never sees! And that's where we can get our paws on some great pieces of design like these gorgeous bar chairs, and many more. So if there's something specific you're looking for but can't find, speak to us today!

Monday, 1 September 2014

Honey Skins from Wanaka Living

Our favourite supplier of all things fluffy - Wanaka Living - has just introduced a new colour to their great range of sheepskins; a yummy warm honey tone. They come in four sizes and two different wool lengths, and start at $140 each. For more info on these or their other great product such as the 'shaggy bags', cushions and rugs - speak to us today!

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

For the Love of Velvet

We've recently finished some refurbishment work for the lovely team at Haylo - Skin & Body in Miramar, which included swathes of curtaining in the treatment rooms out of this divine velvet called 'Zegna'. It's ultimately an upholstery fabric but works fabulously as a luscious, thick drapery fabric!

Monday, 25 August 2014

Do the Banana Leaf

I mentioned on Facebook on Friday the HUGE interiors trend appearing at the moment for all things banana leaf! It's a bit of a tricky one to know how to incorporate this design into your home without making your guests feel like they've gone bush, so check out these images below for a bit of clever inspiration... a top tip: these types of pattern often work in very small amounts like a cushion or two, or used all over but in the smallest rooms of the house - like the loo!

Via Coco + Kelley
Via Sarah Sarna
Via Tim Ticks
Via Fashion Squad
Via The English Room
Via Interior Design Article
Via Designmade

Friday, 22 August 2014

Feature Fabric Friday: Vintage 'Hemisphere' Wools by Hemptech

Helllooooo glorious vintage inspired linen wool mixes from kiwi company Hemptech!
We are all about this great new range of upholstery fabrics whose swatches arrived to us on the courier this morning. They have a great vintage feel and a colour palette of subtle neutrals through to a poppin' great orange and turquoise. Speak to us today about getting your retro on!


Images via Hemptech

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Wallpaper Wednesday - Delights from Lazybones

Check out these amazing wallpapers from Australian company, Lazybones. Inspired by the Royal Botanical Gardens in Melbourne and the work of artist Euphemia Henderson, this collection is sure to warm the hearts of you botanical lovers out there!

Images via Lazybones

Friday, 15 August 2014

Feature Fabric Friday - 'Lulu' by Harlequin

This would have to be one of our most popular fabrics at the moment (though it also comes in a wallpaper!) - the playful, colourful design of 'Lulu' by Harlequin from the Jardin Boheme Collection.

 It comes in four gorgeous colourways and is a wonderfully versatile print - so far we've made master bedroom curtains, lounge cushions and a teenagers upholstered headboard from it...we also have it in drops and cushions in the studio and it gets many a great comment, so swing on by if you'd like to see it in the flesh... trust me the images below don't do it justice!

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