The four walls of our home are a blank canvas waiting for our creativity to work its magic. They have long provided a home for artwork and accents that see them dressed to impress. But what of the fifth wall?
This isn’t designed to be a cryptic question if you are sitting there scratching your head. Just raise your eyes skyward and we’ll be on the same page. The fifth wall, is in fact, your ceiling. It’s commanded quite the following with interior designers who have a ‘sky’s the limit’ philosophy when it comes to introducing colour and texture to their abode.
It’s a pretty big commitment practically and financially so not for the faint hearted but if you feel like your home is hankering for some X-factor, then the fifth wall might just fit the bill.
Home decor enjoys taking a walk on the wild side a lot of the time, but this year, au natural is the king of the castle.
When we think natural, we think artisan furniture – handmade with a raw edge. This aesthetic is by no means a perfectionist when it comes to looks and personality but, ironically, therein lies its perfection.
Synonymous with wicker, rattan and earthy tones, an artisan aesthetic takes on a playful vibe through its incorporation of marble, scandi-style accents, mixed metals and heavy embellishments. Homes are brimming full of these bohemian treasures – think macramé in everything from cushion to wall hangings.
From refined rustic to modern chic, artisan furniture often plays to sustainability principles reclaiming materials and supporting the time-honoured skill of true craftsmanship. Buying artisan homewares can be a great way to shop local and support the talent in your midst. Farmers and antique stores teem with possibilities.
Frankly, why ‘woodn’t’ you?
Driving through heavy new snow in early April, I got the impression that winter could be early, long, and none too clement. Which is all fine if you’re a hibernating bear, but for those who have to carry on as per normal, despite sub-zero temperatures and limited daylight, home becomes a refuge against the outside world.
Once inside, everything can change into a warm haven and the trends this year are certainly towards a cosy feeling of luxury with an emphasis on enhancing winter white with silvers and greys, using mossy greens, foam/French blue, lavender, plum and blush pink to add colour and warmth.
By adding a few key softening elements and moving furniture around for a ‘winter’ look, you can breathe a whole new feel into living areas.
Texture features strongly again this winter with linen making a real comeback in cushions, and quilted velvet adding a touch of sumptuous luxury in throws and ‘comfort blankets’. Wrap yourself up in a tasselled woollen throw on the sofa and you’ll find it very hard not to feel enclosed and cossetted. Add in plenty of cushions and the scene is complete.
Texture is definitely what it’s all about in cushions this season with cotton, linen, fur, Indian cotton, and velvet with a linen backing featuring.
Lighting is a key element in creating that warm haven to come home to at the end of a cold day and we have plenty of lamps at the moment, including both side lamps and floor lamps, with lots more to come yet.
Separate lampshades are also available if the home lighting scene needs a bit of a revamp. And, of course, candles never go out of favour – what beats a hot bath surrounded by candles to soothe and re-invigorate after a trying day? The range of scented candles is huge and some of the favourites are Sweet Grapefruit, Gardenia, and eucalyptus and lavender.
The houseplant trend is as strong as ever as an essential part of home décor and provides the finishing touch to the cosy winter scene. There’s something about houseplants that adds life to any interior décor, and of course they’re brilliant air cleaners and filters.
If you’re emphasising the luxurious look then Phalaenopsis orchids definitely add the right touch with the bonus of months-long flowering.
There are plenty of easy-care varieties like Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, Peace Lilies (one of the most effective air cleaners), Dracaenas, Monsteras, and Fiddle-Leaf Figs available.
And if you want years-long flowering the artificial option will give you just that. Our faux collection this winter is strong on both flowers and foliage with lines like grey gum nuts and amber coloured eucalyptus to add to the feeling of warmth. The peonies, iris, and artificial Phalaenopsis are so lifelike that most of our customers are fooled by them and for those who are confined to indoors for the winter the artificials are an easy way of bringing colour indoors. For smaller posies check out the bunches of heath or the soft lavender for smaller spaces.
These clever cushions are the latest trend to take over our inspiration boards and our living rooms.
With their unique look and endless colour choices, knot pillows are the creatively cosy additions you never knew your couch needed.
Playing both knotty and nice when it comes to your styling selections, they can add a playful aesthetic to an otherwise sophisticated space.
If you’re not looking for an excuse to go shopping, check out the online tutorials – they’re surprisingly simple to make!
And just in case you’re wondering where they have sprung from, it’s another understated style staple believed to have been pinched from the Scandinavians.
Though hibernation is strictly associated with the wild of both house and heart, it’s not far removed from the human instinct to hunker down at home in the cooler months.
Each passing season brings with it the perfect opportunity to introduce a new aesthetic to the home and, with the cold weather encroaching, it’s time to rug up. If there’s anything to look forward to when it comes to winter, it’s the seasonal selections it offers. After all, when the going gets chilly, the chilly get… a good throw.
Moody bedrooms in deliciously dark greys, inky blues and muddy greens are expected to top the trends over winter’s 2018 incarnation, and they look so inviting when teamed with the textures and layers of snuggly throws and rugs.
So throw caution to the wind and layer up, your home will thank you for it.
In a fast-paced modern world, it’s not hard to see why one might yearn for a more laid-back, relaxing vibe when it comes to the home.
In fact, many of the trends that are creeping into these spaces in 2018 are related by virtue of their soft and earthy nature. And, although the modern tribal aesthetic most certainly meets this brief, its decorative elements enable you to create a rustic earthy vibe without losing any of its cool factor.
Art, lighting, rugs, cushions and beaded decorative accessories are some of the key tools in your decorating arsenal, when it comes to achieving a luxurious tribal look.
We’re increasingly striving to create authenticity and a respect for handcrafted elements within our interiors and the components of this tie in well with the modern tribal look, as do natural materials and vintage eclectic themes.
For the commitment phobe, this means you can comfortably dip your toes in the tribal waters, without any kind of long term commitment. Just incorporate some cushions, a rug or some ornamental accessories and you’re on your way, though be warned, it may create some wanderlust for the more travel-inspired types out there!
Amanda Dorset and her husband Ben Wilson are on a mission to transform the way people live in their homes. Their business, Wilson & Dorset, aims to “redefine lounging”.
“People follow this old-fashioned method of setting up their living space, with the traditional three-seater couch, two armchairs and a rug with a coffee table placed right in the centre of it,” Amanda says. “We’re helping people step back and say ‘do I really need those heavy, static pieces of furniture or could I cut out some of the clutter and free up the space?’”
Enter the Intelligent Lounging System, a large collection of high-quality curly woolskin rugs, shaggy bags and stacking stones. Ten sheepskins are used to make one shaggy bag, while six are used to make a set of ‘stones’. Having previously worked in sales and marketing for Icebreaker, Amanda is passionate about how incredible wool is as a fibre.
She is keen to spread the word in an interior design context: wool is robust, repels dirt, liquid and odour, and insulates against both heat and cold, making it brilliantly trans-seasonal.
At the company’s Wanaka Concept Lounge, customers can have a play with the different colours, textures and shapes. That’s when the penny drops, Amanda says. “Once you get people off their heavy armchairs and lounging on rugs and shaggy bags, they appreciate how the lounging system can totally transform their living space. They are connecting with nature and each other, freeing their spaces both inside and out.”
Visit Wilson & Dorset Concept Lounge at 53 Helwick Street, Wanaka. Follow on Facebook or Instagram, or phone 03-443 4376.
There’s something deliciously authentic about 20, 30 and 40 year old homewares with their ability to bring a well-loved homeliness and cosy warmth to a space.
The prevailing popularity of the vintage vibe has seen it become an enduring style staple with a quality that transcends time.
And, with the cyclical nature of trends bringing things back into the fashionable forefront time and time again, vintage styles are even easier to integrate into the modern home.
Vintage pieces are not only adaptable to current trends, but are often timeless classics that can become a centrepiece in your space.
Although garage sales and flea markets can yield just the right treasure to complete a collection and make your space, sometimes time just isn’t on your side when it comes to trawling.
So designers, furniture makers and even wallpaper companies are coming to the homewares party with new ‘old’ things, so your abode can look the vintage part.
There is much satisfaction in bringing a new lease of life to a well-loved piece of furniture and that is McDonald and Hartshorne’s specialty.
“Customers are often amazed at our ability to return furniture to its former glory, or even better,” says Steve McDonald. “The work may be painstaking and require absolute attention to detail, but seeing both the finished article and the customer’s reaction is the real reward for us.”
Delight and amazement was the reaction from a customer recently at the sight of her restored traditional wing chair – handed down to her from her grandmother. “The chair was just a bare frame when it arrived in our factory, so it was almost like making a completely new chair,” Steve says.
“Over some 20 hours we built the frame up again with new springs, new webbing, foam and tetron. The frame was also reglued and cleaned and the legs were repolished. And finally, the chair was covered in a simply beautiful fabric.”
The stunning Designers’ Guild Palasini Cobalt velvet-style fabric was very carefully selected. “The customer wanted a colour and style that would represent her grandmother – a floral influence, but still modern, contemporary and slightly avant-garde. With its very wide wings and the eye-catching fabric, the chair now really makes a statement as a feature piece in the home – a ‘useful work of art’ is the way the client describes it.”
If you have furniture in need of restoration, enquiries are welcomed at McDonald and Hartshorne’s re-upholstery factory and fabric showroom at 430 St Asaph Steet by appointment – phone 03-371 7500. Or you can visit www.qualityfurniture.co.nz.
The sartorial centrepiece of so many memorable outfits, from James Dean’s rebellious revolution to Britney and Justin’s infamous denim double-up, there’s nothing more iconic than denim.
Decade after decade this style staple maintains its place on the ‘latest looks’ lists. Beloved for its timeless appeal and ‘dress up dress down’ versatility, it’s always on trend.
But this shape-shifting chameleon has sidled its way into the home and according to the powers that be, adding a dash of denim is a sure-fire way to bring enduring style to any space.
Much like its performance as a fashionable powerhouse, when it comes to homewares, denim offers a not-quite-neutral alternative to all of those whites and greys, can play to a variety of aesthetics, and provides a sought-after splash of textural interest.
With options in dark-wash, chambray, faded and even the well-worn look available, there is something to suit every style.
So shop our inspirational look, or raid the wardrobe or thrift store to craft some clever creations all of your own.