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Knot Cushion

Knotty & nice: why you need these super on-trend cushions

These clever cushions are the latest trend to take over our inspiration boards and our living rooms.

Knot Cushion

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.

Wilson & Dorset

Redefining lounging: Wilson & Dorset want to take people into a 21st century approach to living areas

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”.

Wilson & Dorset

“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.

Soho Bedhead

Popular new pairing: black and blue is trending it’s way into our homes (and hearts)

Not so long ago, black and blue were considered a sartorial sin. Now, not only has this match-made in heaven pairing marched its way down the catwalk, but it’s equally marched its way into our homes and hearts.

HEATHERLY DESIGN SOHO BEDHEAD
HEATHERLY DESIGN SOHO BEDHEAD

Taking their cues from the fashion world, design darlings of the décor world have been taking this trend into the home, where it’s found its way into almost every room.
Dark and moody in all the right ways, black and blue are a crowd favourite and for very good reason. But if you want to lighten the mood, consider marrying black with vivid tones of cobalt, teal and sapphire and lighter blues like robin’s egg and sky blue.
So stay ahead of the style game with some creative combinations.

ADAIRS HOME REPUBLIC MAIA BEDLINEN

Bohemian bedrooms: how to get this easy-going carefree look in your own home

Bohemian decor can’t help but be a stand-out style in any room. Bohemian is too hip to be square; it’s a welcome digression away from the conversative; proudly eclectic. Whoever partners with this concept must appreciate an adventurous aesthetic.

Bohemian bedrooms

A free-spirit, bohemian decor embraces culture, colour and carefree style – from compelling patterns and fiery orange, saturated purple, terracotta and metallic shades, to ornate boxes, mismatched china, vintage finds, and striking tapestries, every feature in your bohemian space should tell a story.
The best part about bohemian decor is that it can be done on a budget with repurposed and reclaimed items offering a cost-effective way forward. And when it comes to dressing your bedroom in this down-to-earth decor, it’s not hard to uncover some charming features and accents that will see you resting your head in boho heaven.
Rugs, curtains, duvets, lighting and accent pillows can all play their part in creating the ultimate boho style story. Trinkets like lanterns, antique candelabras, shabby chic throws and mystical artwork will add to the ambience.
Pinterest is a great place let your imagination run wild before you bring your ideas to fruition.

ADAIRS LISBOA BASKET IN BLUE NATURAL
ADAIRS LISBOA BASKET IN BLUE NATURAL
COTTON ON THE ROUND TOWEL IN BLACK AND WHITE MANDALA
COTTON ON THE ROUND TOWEL IN BLACK AND WHITE MANDALA
Conversation Starters

Conversation starters: making use of a statement piece

Is the traditional décor in your home all just a little too ordinary? While not every item in your home should make a statement, there’s certainly room to rock a few unique pieces to stop your visitors in their tracks.

Conversation Starters
JAMES SAID GREG NATALE DESIGNER RUG

Whether it’s a large-scale centrepiece like a cabinet or rug, or simply some dip your toes in the water statement accessories, conversation starters are all about creating unique focal points and bringing visual interest to your interior.
Travelling mementoes are a great option, as are unique one-off furniture items, but equally anything which catches the eye can make interior magic.
While too many statement pieces can end up creating competition, a standout centrepiece is an attention seeker in all the right ways.