How to Reinvent the Side Table

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This dressing table once belonged to the client’s grandmother, and has been reinvented as a bedside table.

By reinventing side tables you can add the unexpected and put your own personal stamp on a room.  Forget about matching pairs, think beyond boring and ordinary.  Really all you need is a flat surface next to your sofa, armchair or bed that is about 600mm off the floor- correct?  Would a milk pail (milk gone, turned upside down!), a rustic wooden chest, or a trunk that was left to you by your Great Aunt Edith, do the trick?  Have a go as these ideas will all add interest and an unexpected touch to your room. Plus it will make it individually yours – no store bought things here!  Add your own interesting combination of lamps, drinks, books and you will not only bring new life to an older piece and your room, but you will preserve your chosen ‘table’ at the same time.

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A small table reinvented as a bedside table, carries on the nautical theme of a child’s bedroom.

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A cane chest reinvented as a bedside table, adds texture, provides a landing surface for accessories, and has much needed storage within.

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A vintage table painted and then topped with a mirror to spruce it up, adds glamour and texture as well as surface reflection.

So get creative with side tables – go around your house and see what could be reused to add character and interest to your scheme.  You will not only add your own personal style, but also the unexpected.  (And your house will not look like any one else’s!   Perfect.)

For help with reinventing side tables feel free to get in touch with Room Service Interiors.

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Seasonal Change for Autumn

“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” – George Eliot

Seems like Autumn has started to arrive this week with southerly winds and rain blowing up the country.  It is a little sad that summer maybe on the run, but by keeping things a little warmer on the inside  you will feel nurtured and cocooned.  Bring in a few accessories and welcome being a little more snug and happy about the cooler weather approaching.  A bowl of gourds/pumpkins one way to comment that autumn is here, along with some beautifully coloured autumn leaves – all the colour inspiration you need.

Autumn/harvest colours are warm – reds, burgundies,oranges, rusts and yellows.  Rarely do you see the fresh blues and greens of summer in Autumn.  Add spicy touches of colours to your space with throws, pillows and natural accessories.

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Change cushion colours to cosy things up

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Re-staging the neutral backdrop you may have in the room with tactile delights helps you to snuggle in. Layer & layer again wool throws, lushly textured pillows, a basket of pine cones, fire wood and a plush area rug.

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Oh and don’t forget the candles and fireside lamps to help cosy things up even more.  Lamps and candles add another layer of contrast and depth to a room’s lighting scheme and help to create a warm friendly ambience to cuddle down in.  Only thing missing could be the bottle of warm coloured Pinot Noir?!

Related Articles:

http://www.thedesignchaser.com/2014/03/autumn-new-things-moodboard.html

http://justdecorate.wordpress.com/2013/09/18/3-things-you-should-do-to-get-your-home-ready-for-the-next-season/

http://abigailahern.wordpress.com/2013/10/02/fall-decorating/

Making Plans

Hallo everyone, sorry it has taken me so long to get back to writing, though there are still lots of subjects/posts to share so here we go!

Today’s post was inspired by a chat on the beach with a lady who was planning to build a new beach house and have it done by Christmas this year.  She was serious.  Assuming she had plans already under way it was disconcerting to find out she hadn’t even had the concept plans drawn up yet by an architect.  Hmmm.  Yes it still would be possible if she was planning on a kit set, pre fabricated type of building.  However she wasn’t.

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Getting plans done for a house takes time – it is a little like slow cooking, for a project to be successful and completed on time it needs to have had careful thought and preparation about needs and wants.  Make a basic plan with your wishes and then cut it back budget wise to fit your project.  It will take careful consideration and several visits to your architect to get it right, and it does take time, not to mention money.

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After that there is the challenge of getting the plans through council, which is never an easy or quick process.  During the time spent working with architect and council you should also be looking at styles, finding out about builders, project managers, or any interior designers you want to work with. Collect together  or make a scrapbook of pages of interiors/exteriors of houses that you like in order to convey to everyone who will be involved with your project what you want and like.  It is a really useful tool for yourself to narrow down what you like.

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House plans are the most important part of building, so  you need to consider the location, lifestyle, family size, environment and budget as well as spatial, future requirements, building materials, aesthetics and local and government laws. Little details can be added later once the house layout has been done. Get yourself a professional and recommended architect who has the knowledge and expertise to outline those things you want.  Once you have the plans in place the details of style, colours, etc can be done. Pinterest and Houzz are useful places to search for ideas.

 

So, be prepared to be patient and keep pushing ahead.  Be sure to include everything you will need now and in the years to come in .  You’re the project driver but be realistic about your time line.   Trying to reach an unrealistic deadline will make for a stressful lead up to Christmas this year for all involved. (And a big disapointment when you are camping on a building site!)  So start the planning now for Christmas 2015 is being more realistic about the outcome. With time, lots of thought in your favourite swing chair, looking at your fabulous beach view, your plans will come to fruition and your holiday home  project will be a success.

 

If you would like help with your holiday home, we’d be delighted if you contact us.

Some interesting and related links:

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/query/planning

http://colourvintage.com/2014/02/03/howtochoosetherighthouseplan/

http://buildingacoastalhome.com/2014/01/23/plans-and-approval/

Adding Soul to your Interior

When designing a space for yourself think about how you might add a bit of soul.  Add an interesting layer or two of soul and suddenly a room takes on a different dimension. “More Grown Up” a client said to me this morning.  It is easily mastered by not buying everything new. If you have everything new and blingy it just looks well, shiny and a bit like a magpie has decorated a motel room.  This is because everything has the same texture, no interest or character and the pieces haven’t been on the planet long enough to develop what is called a Patina.Good word that….Patina is something that happens over a long, long  time, and can never be duplicated no matter how much stressing and antiquing you do. Wood, Mirrors and leather are surfaces that show Patina and age really well.

Older pieces tell a story about who else has reached out and touched it over the years.  Am sure most of you have seen that in an old building where they step has worn down where everyone stands or on a fountain or piece of stone that people have touched for centuries.  Below in an otherwise clean and contemporary interior the dining table, is what is adding the Soul and Patina to the space.  It looks so much better than a smooth shiny new piece don’t you think? 

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Josephine Gintsburger via http://www.urbankaleidoscope.com/

So, in your scheme consider adding pieces that are old, a little beaten up or worn. Things that have lived a little and been around a while.  This gives a textural play and depth to an interior along with heart. Something that you just can’t get when you buy new.  This is seen with antiques and is what makes them more valuable and yes, more expensive.  So, before you go and buy something new think about the pieces that you have that could maybe reinvented with furniture wax or stain or with different accessories.  Perhaps even move your older pieces to a new place for a new lease on life and give them some TLC by dusting and polishing.

This photo above shows how adding an ancient mirror in amongst clean, contemporary styled furniture adds that special soul that a new mirror just wouldn’t add.  If you have had something for a while, or it has been passed down from family, it does say something about you and therefore makes your interior scheme unique to you, and adds your style.  You don’t want your house to look like everyone else’s do you? 

If you would like help adding soul to the interior design of your home please contact us .

For more ideas and inspiration have a look at these Related Articles:

http://greigedesign.blogspot.co.nz/2013/09/by-invitation-only-patina.html

http://www.europeanantiques.co.nz/

http://blog.damasketdentelle.com/index.php/category/styles-de-deco/antiquites/

Display your Personal Style

Have you ever come back from holidays with pieces you have collected en route?  Not sure what to do with them? Often they are not quite as easy to mix into your interior upon return.  Need a Solution? Think about  displaying your collected treasures together in groups that have similar colours or are the same objects (eg baskets or necklaces).  Do not be afraid to group them together with other personal items that you do not want to part with. Below is a lovely idea from ‘me & alice’ a Swedish Interior Stylist and photographer. She has created a ‘memory cupboard’ in which you could include all your souvenirs along with other personal memorabilia…….MemorycupboardMe&alice

This does not have to be the main focal point of the busiest room in your house, but could add interest to other spaces – eg hallways.  They are often a neglected and uninteresting area of the house so a perfect place to add something interesting.

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A tablescape like the one we have created above is also a great way to display and remember trips to Egypt, Morocco and Turkey.  All pieces collected on our travels.  Alternatively you could make your children’s or guest room into a themed one – for example a Chinese theme- add interesting bedsides, use a Chinese themed pillow on the bed.  A Moroccan themed Rumpus using cushions, pouffs, rugs and lamps ex Morocco makes for a very hip and cool place for teenagers to hang out in.  The trick with any themed room is not to add too many accessories of that theme. You only need touches to add the interest.  Do not make every last thing Chinese or Moroccan.  The majority of the furnishings should be in your original style so that it links back and relates to the rest of the spaces in the house and where you are in the world. We touched on this in a previous blog – the problem there was the lack of relating the theme back to its surroundings and the original. Below is another idea for displaying shells and personal things courtesy of greige design.   Pinterest is full of these kind of ideas – so have a look and get pinning.

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Mixing it Up Style-Wise

Over the weekend we were lucky enough to visit a Mediterranean styled house on the shores of Lake Rotorua.  Superb views over a misty lake made us realise (yet again) what a gorgeous place New Zealand really is.  Could have actually been Lake Como in Italy which I guess is where the Mediterranean styled house came from.  Inside was luxurious and comfortable, styled with antiques, original fittings from a 1920’s house.  All good so far, but then the elephants started popping up, then the tigers on the cushions, then the leopards in the pictures, more elephants peeking around the corner of the terrace outside our room and the African animal themed sheer curtains. Somehow that didn’t work…..how does African relate to Mediterranean to New Zealand?  Short answer, It doesn’t.

What had happened here is that they had added too many themes/styles into the mix. Mediterranean styled on the exterior is very common here, and again that is all good, but inside it didn’t really relate with the African animal thing. 1920’s antiques and decoration does, as that relates to the original and hints at our past.  More appropriate would’ve been to continue the Mediterranean style and add more antiques-Mediterranean style so the place had a cohesive whole. Something like this would have been ideal:

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