At Via Sollertia on New Regent Street, Clare and the team are adding sophisticated sparkle – and colour – to their clients’ lives.
Ever-evolving styles are ushering in a new era of striking coloured stones and Via Sollertia is at the forefront, with an exceptional and exquisite selection. “We’re noticing a strong trend of people choosing something with colour versus the traditional white diamond,” Clare explains.
“Sapphires and diamonds are the most common stones used in engagement rings, but I’m not sure everyone would know that sapphires are available in not just blue.”
They also come in green, yellow, orange and pink. Even rarer sapphire colours include the padparadscha sapphire – a deep peachy pink. “Diamonds don’t just come in white either; they come in champagne, chocolate, yellow, pink and even grey/silver!”
Tourmaline is also winning affections as an affordable stone that comes in a range of colours. “They come in varying shades of green, pink/red and blue. The designs you can create around a coloured stone are fun and interesting and you can hand-select a particular stone yourself. We have a large range in store as well as fab suppliers who can send us particular stones for clients to view.”
The secret is out about Villa 23 Café, New Zealand’s first and only Dutch vegetarian café with the ambient charm of a rare city treasure. Hedwig Dunbar-Keek and family have infused creativity into this gorgeous stand-alone villa. It’s now seeking a new owner, with new passions.
“It’s a central location, with little competition, between Blenheim and Riccarton Road. It would be perfect for any restaurant, culinary dream, or a combined office space,” she says.
An interior designer from Amsterdam, Hedwig wishes to move on to her next project spending precious time with her gorgeous new granddaughter while concentrating solely on her Dutch-style catering business.
The landlord let Hedwig recreate the once drab, unnoticeable villa with colourful imagination. Amazing Dutch-designed wallpapers add delightful difference to the disco-glam ‘Arabian nights’ room, the light-filled ‘colour room’ and the must-see optical illusion bathroom. Husband Gregory restored its soft-pink exterior, polished floors and sturdy structure to its 1911 glory.
Her son and barista Quentin greets customers, while Hedwig conjures no-nonsense-great food from the spacious new kitchen. The café oasis serves Peruvian-origin coffee to the lucky customers working in the area – and many pop in for Dutch grocery items. The healthy award-winning smoothies, little Dutch poffertjes and oliebollen are delectable and specialties which are also sold at their Dutch stall at Deans Bush market on Saturdays.
Hedwig is off to Amsterdam this winter for her annual inspirational research. However, for interested parties, she can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org, anytime.
Villa 23 Café, 23 Mandeville Street, Riccarton (next to Flow Hot Yoga). Phone 03-343 3375. See Facebook/Instagram for details.
Simple living is easier said than done. Not dissimilar to the skill involved with writing a concise, compelling letter, the art of creating a minimalist space that makes an impact takes creative courage and a sense of conviction that less truly is more. It’s a challenge not for the faint hearted.
If you’re a minimalist at heart and hold sustainability in high regard but find yourself giving in to overdressing your environment for fear of it looking bland, we have some top tips to help you on your way to pared-back perfection.
Space out your pieces: Minimalist spaces benefit from an uncluttered aesthetic. A living room, for example, may only have the essentials, including a few key furniture pieces with adequate space between them and clear surfaces – few, if any, knicknacks; smart storage solutions to hide anything superfluous to requirement. Quality over quantity is the aim of this style game.
Limited colour palette: A calming, easy environment will always downplay its colour. That’s not to say you have to stick to plain white, but a gentle approach to colouring your home life is key. Muted tones like soft greys, creams, greige (beige and grey) are all great companions to a minimalist space. Laid back luxury is only ever just one lick of paint away.
Worry about the small things: Sounds ironic doesn’t it? But really, attention to detail is absolutely everything when you are taking a step away from a relaxed, layered vibe, to an intentionally barer look. Take time to consider any additions to the space, and don’t be afraid to remove things. Less is always more with this aesthetic.
Though it’s more commonly known as autumn on this side of the world, the fact this season’s moniker is known to some as fall is a fashionable little irony, as we’re falling for this shade in all its seasonal glory.
Whether you think of it as plum, burgundy, deep red, maroon, wine or even oxblood as it was known when it broke out as 2012’s seasonal shade, this moody tone signifies that the warm weather is officially coming to an end.
Incorporate it with some snuggly accessories or snap up a coat in this colour. It is after all, the hottest look around – both in the figurative and literal sense of the expression.
From muted metallics, to single stripes, we’ve hunted out the must-have nail trends straight from the runways.
Cleverly applied ombre polishes have been a big hit on the catwalks this season, seen at Tom Ford in a combination of black and glitter. It was more metallics at Michael Costello, with rose gold ombre created using three Essie polishes.
Stripes have been a big hit everywhere, but different every time. At Tibi a nude manicure was upgraded with black diagonal stripes across both index fingers, at 3.1 Phillip Lim it was one single horizontal line on the ring finger, at Kate Spade it was single vertical line on the index and, at Area NYC, Swarovski crystals made vertical lines running down each nail.
The French manicure too has had a 2018 upgrade, with a stripe of green at Alice + Olivia and a check French look for Opening Ceremony.
Beige has long been considered the nemesis of fun in the home sphere, with no more ability to bring life to a space than a teaspoon can. But in recent times it has been shaking off its ‘plain Jane’ vibes and introducing an exciting new aesthetic.
Warm and welcoming, beige is one of those clever colour chameleons that can make the perfect pairing with almost any other colour. And, when it comes to mixing and matching with this shade shifter, the bigger the design risks, the bigger the potential payoff.
Create a clean palette by incorporating white, go dark and moody with deep blues or charcoals, or go cool and classy by incorporating a range of beige tones, from light through to dark.
When it comes to colour psychology, pair beige with soft and relaxing tones of muted green, dove greys and soft pinks to create a calm and restorative environment.
Its earthy tones lend themselves to the use of organic materials, with indoor planting, woven artwork and ceramics making popular pairings. Spaces can be brought to life by adding texture through soft furnishings like wall hangings, sheepskins, wall rugs or furniture featuring organic materials.
This colour trend pairs well with woven artwork and indoor planting helps add a lush element to the neutral palette.
Soft and muted pastels have sidled their way back into the home sphere recently, and they’re having a refreshing effect on these internal spaces.
Although our hero pastel this season would have to be pink, there’s something in every shade when it comes to this style selection – from mauve to baby blue and everything in between.
It’s the sweetest of looks and features in everything, from bedspreads to velvet chairs. But if you’re wanting to tone down the ‘pretty’, pastel tones can be overlaid on shades of grey, black and white or contrasted against the light woods and crisp whites of Scandi design to stop it from overpowering.
From mint greens to yellow sorbet, forgive us if you’re suddenly craving candy and icecream!
It’s the underdog. Never a narcissist about what it has to offer. It gets on well with its counterparts. And it’s the colour of chocolate, a great form of escapism. Quite frankly, there’s little to frown about when it comes to brown.
It may have born the brunt of some misguided criticism at times; heckled for being boring, chastised for being too conservative, overshadowed by more ostentatious shades. But come what may, brown has always stood its ground, and with good reason.
From beige and burnt umber to chestnut and cocoa brown, this composite colour was a favoured colour choice in the seventies and in late 2017 it made headlines as the ‘new neutral’ thanks to retail giant Net-a-Porter singing its praises.
Touted as a counterpoint to other beautiful autumnal shades like forest green, teal and deep red, shades of brown marched with their head held high down the runways of designers like Simone Rocha and Victoria Beckham’s autumn collections.
Brown has, in fact, knocked navy blue off its perch and has been unified with black in holy sartorial matrimony. Black and brown are one of the ‘it’ colour couples of the season with white accents and other natural shades the perfect complement.
A power dressing shade, brown has become synonymous with empowerment, authority and equally, being grounded; an interesting combination of qualities.
In the spirit of celebrating this once controversial hue, we’ve put together a moodboard of wardrobe must-haves. Go on, take a big bite out of this new aesthetic, it’s sweet like chocolate!
Planning a hair shake-up? Need some inspiration from professionals around the world? H&B has been taking notes on the colour trends for autumn 2018 and is ready to help you transform your locks!
With leaves changing and temperatures dropping, red and copper-based colours are making their comeback. The latest autumn trends point towards burgundy and purple-based reds being the must-have. With Pantone’s Colour of the Year being announced as Ultraviolet, many homages to this within the hair industry have been seen already. A dash of purple in a red or brown colour can give a striking result.
With moisture in the air, cold temperatures creeping in and heaters blasting in the office, you may feel a little lacklustre. The Keratin Blowout is an essential treatment for anyone struggling with frizz, fluff, or unmanageable hair. It leaves your hair significantly smoother for up to eight weeks, making blow-drying and flat-ironing a breeze. If done immediately following a colour service, Keratin Blowout will lock in your colour, helping it to look fresh for longer.
Along with its superstar stylists, H&B has beauticians armed with the best and brightest technology. The new Ultraceuticals Sonophoresis service is the perfect add-on to a facial. Using ultrasonic vibrations, it allows your skin to absorb the products used in your facial more efficiently. Pop into H&B now to get a glimpse of the day spa progress – opening this year!
If you would like to make a consultation appointment with a stylist or beautician, contact Hair Art & Beauty on 03-381 8939, email@example.com, or book online at hairart.co.nz.
In the past, yellow has suffered from a bit of an image problem. But it seems interior designers have launched a full-blown PR campaign advocating for its acceptance into the colour hall of fame and public perception of this sunny shade is looking up.
Once treated as somewhat of an enigma, it’s now embraced as energetic but equally relaxing; an ally to homes that want to generate an authentic aura of warmth. The more dulcet tones perfectly offset a dependable grey or if you want to turn up the volume on yellow, even a spritely purple will make an impact when paired with this hue. Of course green, cream, white and black also make the cut as faithful companions to the colour.
Capable of lifting the spirits, the challenge with yellow lies in striking the right balance. If it is too heavily concentrated in one area, it can dominate and overwhelm the space. If you want to take a conservative approach to introducing this aesthetic, start with the accents in your space – curtains, lighting, cushions, throws and even rugs. A colour block feature wall is also an option but more of a commitment.
Trawl Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration and take advantage of online tools that let you digitally experiment with your space so you can try yellow on for size before you make any final decisions.
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