“Sleep that knits up the ravelled sleeve of care,” wrote Shakespeare. He was right. Sleep is a physical necessity allowing both the body and the mind a chance to recover and repair themselves after the stresses of the day so you wake refreshed and recharged. Adequate sleep is just as important for your health as eating well and exercising.
David Henderson of Dreamwool Beds says, “The best investment in tomorrow is a good night’s sleep, but unfortunately too many of us are missing out on that. There are simple steps you can take to dramatically improve your chances of getting a good night’s rest and one of these is to choose the best bed you can. We spend about a third of our lives in bed so it’s vital to invest in one that gives you the comfort and support that is right for you and your lifestyle.”
The beds at Dreamwool Beds use no synthetic materials – no glues, foams or polyesters – only New Zealand wool, Australian fabrics, pocket spring systems from Denmark and quality latex. “Wool makes for a drier bed; it’s anti-dust mite and anti-microbial, as well as being naturally cool in summer and warm in winter. We have been making our beds for 40 years using New Zealand wool from Perendale and Southdown sheep. Now we are using only 100 percent merino wool. Everyone knows the quality and luxury of merino in clothing. That’s what you get in our mattresses. They are exceptionally comfortable and supportive and we are the only bedding company that uses merino.”
David explains that merino is lighter and finer than other wools and very springy, allowing his company to put a greater density of wool into their mattresses. That means real benefits such as better comfort and insulation. “We have increased the amount of wool in each mattress by 25 percent with the queen size mattress now containing up to 7.5kgs of wool. And merino does not have that lanolin smell.”
There may be more wool in the merino mattresses, but they are still slim, fine and not bulky. The European-styled mattresses sit atop equally slim European-designed slat-system bases and visually they take up less bedroom real estate. “They are also very easy beds to make because of their design.”
Firm, medium or soft support can be customised to body weight and contouring to each partner. There are nine ranges from a basic model up to the Heaven, Paradise and Euphoria ranges. “All mattresses are manufactured onsite and made to order. There is no compromise on quality or performance across the ranges, just variation in comfort layers and spring systems. Customers can look forward to enhanced quality of sleep on our beds.”
Visit Dreamwool Beds Ltd’s new warm and bright showroom at 96 Disraeli Street, Sydenham. There is plenty of onsite parking. Phone 03-343 5105 or go towww.dreamwool.com.
It may have been inspired by some rather wishful thinking on our part, as we engage all our survival tactics to make it through the winter months. But tropical prints are gaining notoriety across interiors, fashion, prints, home decor accessories and art.
At it’s heart, this trend is about incorporating lots of lush, exciting greens into the home, whether it be a beautiful palm tree-inspired wallpaper feature wall or, for those feeling less adventurous, some exotic cushions and vases can do the trick.
The holiday-inspired trend is a somewhat natural inclination towards a more laid-back, relaxing vibe that we’re increasingly yearning for in such a fast-paced modern world.
In fact, many of the trends that are creeping into our home spaces in 2018 are related by virtue of their natural and earthy nature. And, although the tropical aesthetic most certainly meets this brief, its vibrant green elements enable you to create a natural, earthy vibe without losing any of its fresh, summery feel.
Just add elements of natural fibres and plenty of white to your tropical theme and you’ll be ready for a summer holiday. Though be warned, it may create some wanderlust for the more travel-inspired types out there.
They say blondes have the most fun and, while we’ve been on the blonde bandwagon when it comes to our timber furnishings for the longest of times, furniture is set to take a walk on the dark side this season.
From side tables, consoles and coffee tables to cabinets, dining tables or shelving, furniture in darker timbers is on the rise again, as we opt for walnut, ebony or even completely black tones.
If your home dons a neutral palette when it comes to walls, flooring or furniture, putting its dark foot forward with a statement timber piece can add drama, interest and warmth to your space.
Pair dark woods with off whites for modern minimalism, or some more down to earth décor for bohemian warmth. Whatever your aesthetic, these glamorous dark woods offer a timeless touch of retro glamour, while gold and brass handles and legs are the perfect partnership.
So why not eschew the starker for the darker this season, using our mood board for inspiration.
They say everything in moderation, right? Well that’s certainly an apt expression when it comes to the home. After all, while we’re all for dipping your toes in the colour pool when it comes to decorating, we’re equally invested in dark details.
After singing the sartorial praises of black as a wardrobe staple over on pages 34-35, we’re now here to say black and all its deep and moody relatives are anything but boring when incorporated in the home.
In fact, charcoal and black furnishings are quickly gaining popularity, particularly in the kitchen and bathroom, where splashes of deeper shades add drama and intrigue, rather than overwhelm and overpower. Don’t forget, they make a particularly powerful partnership with metallic accents of brass or copper.
It’s been playing a strong supporting role in our Instagram flat lays for the longest of times, but now it seems marble has worked its way into our hearts to play a starring role in the home. Paired with copper, it’s a match made in homewares heaven.
Its popularity is by no means a new phenomenon; marble has after all, tiptoed around the edges of popularity since its time in the spotlight in the 1950s.
And, although it’s a power player in white, its modern incarnation is featuring a much broader colour scheme, with browns, greens and blacks all coming to the décor party.
Whether you’re looking to incorporate investment pieces such as kitchen benches, flooring, or dining, coffee, console, side and bedside tables, there’s an increasing range of smaller pieces to make your room pop, including lamp bases, drink coasters and book ends.
In the kitchen, marble trays, platters, salt and pepper shakers, rolling pins, utensil holders, utensils themselves, fruit bowls, herb planters, wine chillers, cake stands and chopping boards are all popular ways to make this stone shine.
With the likes of the beautiful set pictured by Williams-Sonoma, it’s obvious what the Romans made such as fuss about.
Pink is the pretty new palette that is winning affections in homewares and we’re head over heels for all things in soft blush tones because, although we may be inevitably heading into the colder months, that doesn’t mean our homes have to plunge into darkness with us.
A relaxing, peaceful colour, it makes the perfect partnership with shades of grey, while a pale blush champagne can complement metallic highlights and contrasts perfectly against a white wall.
This heavenly hue isn’t just for the ladies, in fact, pair it with black or charcoals and it can pack a powerful punch. But perhaps the best part of this colour crush is that it looks elegant, sophisticated and simply timeless paired with other neutrals.
Don’t want to take the plunge with statement furniture? Add pops of colour with tableware or an artwork. Some sweet accessories for on the coffee table, a new print for on the wall or some new cushions for on the bed can add an elegant touch to a room.
Check out our mood board for looks that might just make you blush.
Carpetbinders, formally Rugs Ltd, is a true family business. Continuing as Christchurch’s specialist rug and binding company and part of an intergenerational succession plan, Michelle MacWilliam and her brothers, Richard and Mark Cassidy, have taken over the business from their mother – 40 years after she started it.
Offering a professional rug binding service for the homeowner, as well as carpet retailers, contractors, architects and designers, the siblings have more than 85 years of experience in the industry between them. The company prides itself on its one-on-one service, Michelle says. “We provide two different types of edging services, for a seamless, quality finish – the woollen blanket stitch overlocking, or the sleek, narrow tape binding.”
Homeowners who have surplus carpet pieces from new carpet being installed can take advantage of the company’s pick-up and delivery service. “We can create beautiful and useful rugs, designed to fit any area or space you wish. We specialise in catering to any odd shapes, such as in caravans and motorhomes, as well as extra-large squares for open plan living.”
Embracing the digital era, the company’s extensive selection of rugs is available to browse and purchase online – from traditional to contemporary-style. “We have a depth of knowledge that stems from where the business began and we’ve changed our format of delivery to meet the changes of the market. We work with selected international rug buyers and being online also opens up the opportunity to sell to wider South Island. And over the coming months we will be further updating and expanding our selection and the options available.”
Visit www.carpetbinders.nz for more information.
Triboard TGV is an innovative, engineered wood panel, offering an alternative to plasterboard, manufactured by Juken New Zealand Ltd (JNL).
“This product is specifically designed for the lining of high-impact areas such as garages and rumpus rooms,” explains JNL Sales and Marketing Manager Gordon Wilmshurst. “These areas are commonly lined with plasterboard products. Holes in the plasterboard are often caused by car doors being opened onto the wall lining or kids’ bikes scrapping down the wall which often enough, requires a trade person to carry out remedial repairs.”
Triboard TGV tongue and groove panels have been developed specifically for high impact resistance. Because of the panels’ inherent strength and size – available in 400mm sheets – they can be joined off frame and bear weight.
“There’s nothing better than having positive fixing in the garage or rumpus room. To be able to fix a shelf or the dryer directly onto the walls without fixing to studs is hugely beneficial. Their manageable size means the sheets can be installed easily by one person, reducing construction time and cost.”
Triboard is a three-layered panel with a wood strand core sandwiched between MDF outer ‘skins’. The result is a clean-lined panel that has high resilience and impact resistance, and greater stiffness than other similar products.
If you would like to know more about Triboard TGV, contact the team at jnl.co.nz.
When it comes to home décor, colour has transformational abilities that are only limited by one’s imagination and the speed of a brush stroke.
Paint is all about making big changes for small change and this year the latest colour trends are getting a sophisticated makeover.
With tech-free sanctuaries a key colour trend this year, the calming effect of blue is making a big splash in the home. Pantone named Ultra Violet the 2018 Colour of the Year, with this rich, thoughtful shade of purple capable of adding energy and depth to any room.
We’re currently crushing on all-black rooms and 2018 is totally onboard with the sleek and sexy trend. Meanwhile dusty rose offers a beautiful reimagining of modern neutrals, with its pared-back elegance combining the simple chic of ecru and the vivacity of a classic pink.
On the other side of the spectrum, we’re seeing fiery reds, vibrant yellows, turquoise and rich earthy tones, while metallics never really left the colour party.
Chalky paint from the likes of Annie Sloan (pictured) is all the rage right now, with a matte finish that creates the soft, rustic incarnation of the urbane hues of 2018. If you need some help imagining how they might play out in your own space, then look no further.