For award-winning kitchen and bathroom designer Sandy Eagle, listening to her clients is the key to the perfect result. Seeking to understand her clients and how they work is integral to creating functional spaces, which she then moulds into the look they want.
With more than 20 years of knowledge and experience, a huge passion for design, impressive talent and skill, this versatile designer can deliver any design – whether it’s bespoke, country, modern, or industrial. Sandy has always had a flair for creativity. Her background includes years in the construction industry, designing concepts for building companies and working closely with architects, builders and joiners. But her true passion is in the detail within the kitchen and bathrooms.
The mother of three has not only helped people across Canterbury and the South Island bring their individuality into their homes, but also designed and built her family’s own homes over the years, some of which have won Master Builder House of the Year awards.
Clients enjoy peace of mind, knowing they are working with a member of the National Kitchen and Bathroom Association (NKBA), of which Sandy is the Canterbury Region Chairperson. She believes in giving back to her industry and loves inspiring young designers.
Recognised nationally with awards for both her kitchen and bathroom designs, Sandy is passionate about design. She believes form and function should blend seamlessly, so spaces look beautiful, while standing up to the pressures of everyday life.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Modern is a broad design term that typically refers to a home with clean, crisp lines and a simple colour palette that uses materials such as metal, glass or steel.
Modern designs use simplicity with their furnishing and accessory statements. Sleek is generally associated with the modern look along with simple and minimal accessories.
Modern and contemporary are two styles frequently used interchangeably. Contemporary is different from modern because it describes design based on the here and now.
The primary difference separating modern and contemporary design style is that modern is a strict interpretation of design that started in the 20th century. Contemporary design is more flowing with more curving lines.
Traditional design style offers classic details, elegant furnishings, and an abundance of accessories. Traditional design is rooted with European flavour and offers depth, layering and dimension within their design displays.
Rustic design is drawn from being inspired by nature and uses raw and often unfinished elements including wood and stone.
Rustic design may incorporate accessories from the outdoors with warmth resonating from the design. Architectural details may include features like vaulted ceilings with wood beams or wood floors.
5. HOLLYWOOD GLAM
Hollywood Glam is a design style that tends to be luxurious, over-the-top and opulent. It’s a dramatic design style, perfect for a homeowner who enjoys making a statement.
No longer are shelves just shelves, today they are architectural objects in themselves.
They’re no longer just the fixed bracket storage they once were, as form meets function and drives the access to almost limitless possibilities.
When it comes to storage, taking into account storage space such as cupboards and shelving is integral to harmonious design. So we’ve got all the inspiration for how to give your home a greater shelf life.
The Rolls Royce of shelving is custom made, with its ability to maximise the space available, utilising every inch, even those tricky pitched ceilings.
If your space is tiny, you live in a city and you love organisation, the modular shelving unit is another top of the range option. With ample storage, good design and countless configurations, it’s one of our favourite investment furnishings.
For smaller scale storage, wall-mounted, free-standing and even roll-away shelving are viable options and stylish wall-mounted options include modern floating shelves.
When it comes to freestanding shelving, at least locally, earthquake brackets are a must.
While hay bales as a decorating tool at parties and events may be pronounced ‘over’, texture is still huge. In fact, you could successfully argue that textural elements in interior design have never been more crucial. Texture is basically where beauty and decadence meet.
Maybe it’s the rise and rise of fabulous-looking faux furs. More likely it’s the gorgeous feel of velvety, furry, sheepskin-like furnishings and of flocked, patterned wallpaper.
There’s logic in thinking that in the depths of the Southern Hemisphere, textures of the most opulent type are right at home. We want these fabulous items to recline on the ends of our beds, or tossed over armchairs. We like to be able to drop in total comfort to the floor-rug in front of a fire. We need the stuff around us to be sumptuously padded or silkily soft; not office-stark. It’s the glory of winter.
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!
American industrialist and Ford Motor Company founder Henry Ford once said, “Any colour, so long as it’s black”. Renoir once described it as the “queen of all colours”, while JMW Turner once said, “If I could find anything blacker than black, I’d use it”.
As physics would have it, the absence or complete absorption of visible light means black isn’t technically a colour. And yet, despite this sinister description, this stylish shade is equally dramatic, sophisticated and handsome.
Infinitely versatile, it has been recognised for its conservative elegance as much as it has for its association with counter-culture throughout history, from beatnik to bikers and black-worshipping goths.
When it comes to creating masculine interiors, black hues draw on this clever colour’s association with the mid-century gangster glamour of film noire, drawing on cinematic sets as much as real life, and bouncing off the colour psychology of power and glamour.
Yes, we’re dealing in stereotypes here. But these are open for everyone to exploit – gender aside.
Whether planning a new build or enhancing a current bedroom, there is a large range of wardrobe styles to complement your home and personal style for any budget. With customisable design details, updated sliding wardrobe doors can even
double as a contemporary room feature.
The sky is the limit, with the ability to add mid rails or detail inserts in the solid infill, upgrade to a safety mirror and even finish doors in a variety of Dulux powder coat colours. All HomePlus doors are sliding, which use minimal space by not opening directly into the room and the most popular door in the HomePlus wardrobe and interior door range is the 4200 Series.
For the wardrobe interior, ClosetPro organisers make efficient use of limited storage space. Suitable for both reach in or walk in wardrobes, ClosetPro wardrobe organisers incorporate solid melamine cabinets with strong aluminium components. They can be designed in a wide range of configurations, depending on individual needs and the space available. Rails can be configured to suit long garments, such as dresses that you don’t want dragging on the wardrobe floor or doubled-up short hanging for garments such as shirts or trousers.
ClosetPro’s cabinets are New Zealand made, open fronted, wall-mounted units with a choice of optional extras such as matching drawers.
Wire wardrobe systems can transform wardrobes. With in-built flexibility and a wide range of shelving and hanging options so you can customise your wardrobe or linen cupboard interior however you want to create well-organised spaces free of clutter.
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.
With a chill in the air and the long nights settling in, there’s no better time to up the cosiness factor in your home. So why not make your home a haven with a harmonious blend of autumn’s hallmarks.
This season, sophisticated earthy shades partnered with light neutrals will dominate, alongside tribal-inspired textured furnishings – perfect for creating the nurturing space we crave for when the temperatures start their downward descent.
A collection of rich hues inspired by traditional cultures and folklore, the Dulux Kinship Palette is one of four key themes identified in the Dulux 2018 Colour Trends.
Featuring warm terracotta, russet, soft grey-greens, cosy neutrals and pops of vibrant red that hint at an Eastern inﬂuence, the range pairs beautifully with the natural materials that are so popular right now – warm timbers, stone and linens.
Whether you choose to go all-out with these deeper shades or dip your toe in the water with a few touches, the key is to pair them with a complementary white or neutral boasting similar undertones, creating balance and allowing the bold hues to enhance rather than overwhelm a space.
A warm white, Dulux’s Cardrona sits beautifully alongside the pinkish and heathery hues of Maiko and Glen Murray, while its cooler sibling Hakataramea ensures deeper shades such as Very Terracotta, pop. So why not colour yourself cosy this autumn.
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