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Colour Craze

Colour Craze


In a world full of neutrals, it is no surprise we are craving colour, as it enhances the senses and heightens emotion and mood. We look at incorporating colour into your home.

 

Colour Craze

 

Kitchen

Coloured appliances and utensils are simply delicious these days. Colour also means you can find things – they shout from a drawer of stainless steel. With a black kitchen for example, red adds drama, hot pink oozes pizzazz. Akin to the ’50s domestic goddess days, retro pastels that became so chic still charm the benchtops.

 

Colour Craze
MUSTARD MADE

 

Bathroom

Look closely at the towels, they can fade to grey before you’ve realised. A neutral bathroom can so easily have a creative change around every week. Lime green towels with a leafy indoor plant and a quirky frog by the basin, a vintage vase of fuchsia roses against raspberry-red flannels, or a watery world of aqua soaps and icy-blue bathmats.

 

Colour Craze
MUSTARD MADE

 

Lounge

Cushions; the chameleons of interior design., these plump pops of hue are excuses to show off your personality. If the dining room is dim, utilise lovely yellow. Too hot in mid-summer, cool with the blues and mint greens. Follow the palette of the flower garden outside, purple is vogue. Have an object de art in a different colour to everything else – all eyes will be upon it.

 

Colour Craze
KAS AUSTRALIA

 

Bedroom

Change the duvet for an instant mood lift – it’s a bedroom’s creative canvas. Include colour to relax and inspire in lamps, curtains, headboards and linens. It’s likely to be the first thing you see in the morning, so wake up to your favourite.

 

Colour Craze
WEST ELM

 



 

Culinary Trends 2019

Culinary Trends 2019


The world’s focus is on wellness, but pleasure-seeking tastebuds are in for a satiating year, as health and gastronomy share the table for 2019.

 

Culinary Trends 2019

 

Wild, wild greens
The king of green goodness, kale, hands over the crown to leafy cousins of equal royalty. Dandelion leaves, mustard greens, chicory, chard, sorrel and nettle will adorn our plates. They’ve been around forever, it’s just taken time for our spinach-and-lettuce tastebuds to embrace a quirkier bitterness.

 


Fermented fixations
As gut health becomes a focus, microbe-filled, probiotic, fermented food is fast becoming a staple. Tempeh joins tofu’s ranks as a diverse soy product that soaks up flavour, while kimchi and sauerkraut are capable of curing our tomato sauce addiction. Kefir and kombucha are exploding their fanbase – a delicious way to down your probiotics.

 


Plant loving
Vegan eateries are sprouting up fast, especially in burgeoning Christchurch. Plant-based menus are becoming works of culinary craft, seducing the naysayers. Expect vegetarian dishes to be mainstream now on restaurant menus, if not the stars, as chefs utilise meat rivals, like aubergines. Jackfruit is a meaty-textured newbie that absorbs savoury flavours, and vegan ice-creams are the desserts to end the decade.

 


Grains and seeds will sprout forth
From hippie to hip, watch hemp’s popularity rise in 2019. As a high-quality, sustainable protein, it’s amazing in smoothies, great as a flour, and the seeds produce the healthiest oil. Freekeh is a super grain we’ll see more of. Made from green wheat, usually Durum, it can replace quinoa or brown rice.

 


Fashionable fungi
Canterbury has joined France as a truffle producer, and the taste is enticingly unexplainable. Although ‘black gold’, truffles are affordable in slivers. Infusing oils and dusting seasonings, they’re becoming another Kiwi delicacy. There is also an exotic mushroom movement, as foraging local goes mainstream.

 


And a side of insects please…
Yes, the entrée of crunchy locusts has landed. Cricket flour will no longer raise eyebrows – we’ll be raising our glasses to its protein-packed, world-saving goodness.

 


Sharing the sumptuousness
Sharing platters became a cool thing to do. Now it’s the thing to do. Food envy is passé. Palates can explore, chefs can showcase, and it’s great for group dining. It doesn’t matter if eyes are bigger than bellies, or if someone won’t eat their greens.

 


Colour craze
It’s healthy to eat from the rainbow, but there’s another reason for the increasing colour on our plates, as tropical fruits to edible flowers become vogue – a sausage stew just won’t get the likes on Instagram!

 



 

Heart of Stone

Heart of Stone


The grounding earthiness of stone adds a particular energy to a room that nothing else can. We are increasingly seeing stone wares coming through all areas of the home.

 

Heart of Stone
SLABSBYDESIGN SIDE TABLE

 

Marble, as an interior design element, began beautifying abodes many years ago – and we are craving more. The quirk of this classically white, veined beauty is that it’s equally at home within a minimalist or Scandinavian theme as it is amongst opulence.

 

SLABSBYDESIGN SIDE TABLE
COUNTRY ROAD STONE VASES

Kitchens and bathrooms are havens for its charm. However, the likes of clocks, coasters, candlesticks, lamp bases and side tables look magnificent in marble. Decadent against golds, velvets and rich tones, it also partners stunningly with concrete and gun-metal silver.

 

Heart of Stone
CAPRA DESIGNS DOME HANGING POT

Other guises of stoneware add drama and quality to living spaces. Plinths, statues, or urns invite at an entranceway, staircase, or patio. A granite coffee table, beautifully crafted onyx bowl, hand-carved sandstone sculpture, quartz vase or Romanesque wall art will inspire its surrounds.

 

Heart of Stone
JAMES LANE POLISHED CONCRETE TRAY

Design pieces can also blend with other natural elements, such as a clear glass dining tabletop with the juxtaposition of a solid stone base. The contrast of wood, and metal also combine well. Stone is as old as time, but a new and solid trend that will last.

 

Heart of Stone
SHERIDAN PEYTON BOWL

 



 

Statement Accessories

Statement Accessories


Sometimes bold accessories are what’s needed to give your wardrobe a seasonal pick me up.

 

Statement Accessories
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Accessories are certainly getting braver. They can create a statement of personal style. Seize the opportunity to splash out on the vivid side of the colour wheel, even if you prefer plain fabric. Wear a mishmash of gemstones, something that shimmers or shouts from your wrist or your collar, or perhaps invest in a funky original piece from a local artist that’s a conversation starter.

 

Statement Accessories
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The little black handbag is temporarily overshadowed by colourful prints, metallic embellishments and floral features. Even with elegant blush pink, there’s most likely a glamourous adornment attached somewhere.  Wide corset-style belts create hourglass silhouettes – perhaps contrast the colour for a fashionable impact. Hair is daring in dazzling diamantes, feathers and crystals for hair-slides and clips, on the catwalk this season. Knockout nails continue to bedazzle and statement scarves are the go-to accessory.

 

Statement Accessories
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You might be feeling a little bored of your favourite summer dress. Just put on an out-there pendant in azure blue or molten metallic and voila, a fresh new outfit. Oversized earrings also glam up a look. Jewellery especially, exudes the effervescent part of ourselves. Demure or daring, it paints a picture of how we are feeling. If you are off to a party, a standout geometric necklace, a multi-beaded choker, or a collection of beguiling bracelets, will get you in the festive summery mood.

 

Statement Accessories
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It’s the season of celebrations and frivolity, and absolutely nothing is going to look too loud or too lavish.

 


1. WMEN THE LABEL EARRINGS
2. TK MAXX ROUND CREAM HANDBAG
3. MARC JACOBS WATCHES RILEY HYBRID
4. PARED EYEWEAR GLASSES


 

Christmas Style

Christmas Style


Decorating for Christmas doesn’t just have to be about adorning your home. We have some clever ways to bring Christmas into your wardrobe. Whether subtle or celebratory, taking the Christmas spirit to the streets will bring cheer to one and all.

 

Christmas Style
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Metallics are this season’s fashion star. Harness this timely coincidence and exude celebration. Silvery blues, shimmery blush pinks, and lustrous lilacs are metallics at their most beautiful. Mimic decorative baubles and adorn in over-sized pearls. Put on a filigree snowflake pendant, crystal drop earrings, sparkly diamante hair slides, and a dress and heels in materials of ethereal fairy-like lustre.

 

Christmas Style
B

 

Certain colour combinations are Christmas on a candy stick. Go bold with gold against anything red, or pair shiny silver upon beautiful blue. Try ultra violet – this hot-right-now hue will fall in love with anything metallic. A white satin belt cinching the waist of a white cotton shirt dress teams great with silver shoes. Last season’s star prints can even come out to shine.

 

Christmas Style
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Pick out this season’s florals of rich red blooms and green foliage. Cute cherry patterns on everything is vogue right now in Europe, but ironically a bowl of juicy cherries epitomises Christmas day to us. It’s the same with pretty strawberry prints. Vintage pinup style dresses often sport Christmasy patterns or red Polka dots. Think red and white gingham or elf-green anything – just search amongst Santa’s colour wheel.

 

Christmas Style
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Saying someone is dressed up like a Christmas tree is not normally a flattering compliment, but for the next few weeks, go for it – with bells on!

 


A. JETS BEHIND THE SCENES MBFWA18 BY TIM DA RIN FOR FLAUNTER
B. MAC COSMETICS STRAIGHT FIRE LIPSTICK
C. DIANA FERRARI MIKKI RED CRINKLE PATENT
D. DIANA FERRARI SADI ROSE GOLD GLITTER


 

Swish Storage

Swish Storage


Modern storage is about much more than the classic wall unit – although even these are evolving into creative pieces in their own right, as space becomes a premium. Options are clever, unique and fantastically functional.

 

Swish Storage

 

Locked up
Lockers became the coolest thing out when industrial retro was hot – and their sheer practicality now lives on. However, school-corridor grey has blossomed into new versions of dusky pinks through to mint greens – akin to a New York apartment. Single tall storage lockers are perfect to slot into those once-redundant narrow wall spaces. Metal is fire proof, so keep precious documents and mementos under the locker’s lock and key.

 


Down the ladder
Whether it’s a retro ladder with added shelves, or an affordable new version, cascading ladder shelving is perfect to store handy items or to showcase beautiful things. Transportable, they are great in bathrooms for towels and toiletries, bedrooms for toys and trinkets, or for book collections and plants in the lounge. Either weathered vintage or beach-house white, the trend reflects all themes.

 


Furniture hide ‘n’ seek
It’s very James Bond – secret drawers built into everything such as bed bases, couches with hidden cavities or tables with draws. What about an ottoman: is it a seat, a table? Yes, but it’s also a huge storage space.

 


Custom design it
Incorporating clever custom-designed shelving enhances home living to the max. Go as high as the ceiling in that narrow bathroom space, utilise an awkward kitchen corner, make an entranceway enviable, get creative with cubes, or style up a wardrobe to movie star status.

 



 

Bell bottoms

Bell of the Ball


Bell bottoms are swinging their way back into our wardrobes this season.

 

Bell of the Ball
HAUS OF SONG NYFW RUNWAY

 

It’s funny to think that this fashion style was originally created for sailors to readily roll up their trousers, when on messy deck duty. The ’60s has since embraced this look and the ’70s exaggerated it even further. But now, you don’t have to wait for the next fancy-dress party. This fabulous, fun and surprisingly flattering fashion statement will be swooshing down a street near you. Twiggy, Mary Quant, Cher and Farrah Fawcett have handed the trend over to celebs from Katie Holmes to Kate Beckinsale, who relish in the practical comfortableness and sassy style.

Unlike the former bootleg cut, the truest bell bottoms flare from the knee and can also start flaring out loosely from the thigh. The bottom can be as wide as the retro originals at around 65cms. They are not exactly the satin-white Abba variety – this season’s bell bottoms are beautifully boho in dusky denims and suedes and flower-child prints, through to the sharp electric hues of this summer. They are great-fitting, like the NYDJ jeans, and high-waisted this time round – a pair of high heels are a must to balance out all that fabric.

It will be so nice to slip your jeans on without having to take your shoes off first. And the down-to-the-ground length covers the craziest of heels. Anything that creates a bit of longer-leg magic will be whole heartedly embraced. I would like to place a bet that this look may very well linger on!

 



 

Old World Glamour

Old World Glamour


Design cues from the past are injecting old world glamour into our interiors. Make a luxurious style statement and bring a little French antiquity or Victorian manor into your world.

 

Old World Glamour

 

Chic chandeliers
It doesn’t matter if your home is all downlights, hang one from the rafters anyway – just for the romantic effect. Glamorise a plain bathroom, accentuate a dining table or enchant a bedroom. Whether Phantom of the Opera crystal drama or candle styles, chandeliers are the cliché of timeless class. Identical versions of the classics are illuminating lighting stores everywhere.

 

Claw foot and slipper baths
A ‘have to have’ for a glamorous-era bathroom, they are pure luxury to look at and to soak in. New versions of this past-century style come in varying lengths and designs. And some can be colour-matched to your décor.

 

Antiqued fittings and fixtures
Ironically, modern techniques can be thanked for the large inflow of antique-style allure. Today’s tapware for bathrooms and kitchens is not just a chrome affair. They are expertly antiqued, or shiny in copper, brass, gold, and pewter effects. This finishes a chosen theme, as much more than a functional necessity.

 

Magical mirrors
If nothing else, the gilded mirror is the epitome of yesteryear glamour. Double up a view of the garden, city or seascape by facing one out to the window. Lighten a dim hallway, make your bathroom feel like The Ritz, and romance up the bedroom. Old-style options enchant – round mirrors, bevelled edges, thick ornate framing bearing grapes and cherubs, through to art deco geometric in silver.

 

Old World Glamour

 

Recline in grandeur
The classical chaise lounge is a charming Victorian-inspired piece to fill a purpose in any room. The decadent deep-buttoning on couches to cushions, originally hails from the 1700s, as in rolled-armed Chesterfield couches. This immortal style is now very in vogue.

 

Curtain glamour
Curtains can draw in the dramatic feel of an opulent era. It is imperative to drape generously down to the ground. Choose luxurious linens, sumptuous velvets, or baroque-themed prints. Embellish with pompoms, fringing and gold tassels, and tieback with brass crystal-knobbed brackets.

 

A floral throw-back
Victorian floral wallpapers make the finest of feature walls. Damask-pink old French roses through to granny’s garden bouquets enhance everything from vases, vintage crockery, paintings, to tablecloths and throws.

 

Time travel
Aboard the Orient Express. A brass luggage rack in the entrance way, an antiqued globe or map, a purposeful pile of leather vintage suitcases secreting a long journey had. Perhaps include a dome-studded pirate’s chest, nods to Jules Verne, or gilt-framed paintings of old sailing ships. It’s escapism through historical adventures from the comfort of home.

 



 

Straddle the seasonal divide

Straddle the seasonal divide


Some clothing is for winter, some is reserved for hot summer days – and then there are those clever pieces that straddle the seasonal divide. We look at some ideas to create an all-season wardrobe.

 

Straddle the seasonal divide

 

Double-up dresses

A fabulously fitting dress, structured in well-made quality fabric, can look perfect for a summer’s day with bare legs, strappy sandals and a smile. However, teamed with tights, boots and a jacket, it can see the winter through. Whether it’s a shirt dress or a shift dress, strong colours, bold florals and little black numbers can all sail stylishly through the calendar.

Shoes that breathe

The cut away shoe style is open-toed and possibly sling-backed, but still with plenty of structure. They can be worn with warm tights, or just tanned feet and painted-toes. Best of all, they allow the feet to breathe in summer and not be suffocated in winter. They are great for undecided spring/autumn weather – you can just take your socks off. Cute flat ankle boots with little pinholes are a trans-seasonal must-have.

The denim jacket

Teamed with floaty summer shorts and skirts, or cosy jeans and boots, the denim jacket is your forever-edgy fashion friend. The all-year-round staple is a real faithful. Whether embellished with bling, or a simple faded classic, they suit us all.

Natural-fibre knits

The latest fabrics in knitwear mean not having to pack away winter woollies. Cotton knits and the finest merino give layering options and style for all seasons. In zip-up cardigans, jackets, jumpers and slinky tops – it’s natural, breathable, trans-seasonal warmth without the bulk.

 



 

On-form florals

On-form florals


Various moods of floral fashion bloom at least a little each season, but this time it’s flowers gone retro wild. They are untamed and they’re out there; bold, bright and garishly gorgeous.

 

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It is a season that flower power has never quite seen before, plucked from the sentimentality of the vintage curtains, sofas and wallpapers of yesteryear. It’s not the demure fade-away antiqued look – it’s purposeful and striking. This trend emerges in a contemporary, fresh statement of joie de vivre.

 

On-form florals

Adorn a mixed bouquet upon black, hot Hawaiian hibiscuses, a glamorous rose that takes over an entire skirt frontage, electric fuchsia petals on a lime-green background, psychedelic yellow or mustard florals in swirly dizzying patterns, foliage merging with botanical flowers, or you can choose a ditzy posy-print for a change up. Reminiscent of carefree summer days in the ’60s and ’70s, these florals add feminine flounce to off-the-shoulder, baby doll, maxi, wrap, and floaty-sleeved dresses.

 

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Clash if you can with items sporting spots, stripes, or checks. The welcomed carnival of colour means mixing without matching. If you love to stand out, and even shock, this is certainly the season to bloom – but for the shrinking violets, there is plenty of flora to hide behind.

 

On-form florals
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2. ASOS POLYSATIN MIXED PRINT BANDANA
3. WE ARE KINDRED GRACIE MINI DRESS
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