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.
The concept of ‘earning your stripes’ has its foundations in the military chain of command and, although it refers to hard work and accumulated experience, we wholeheartedly believe you can earn your stripes by adopting a stylish striped selection.
A staple of both wardrobes and fashion collections the world over, stripes seem to sidle their way into the sartorial consciousness every few seasons, with a refresh courtesy of the biggest designer powerhouses that quickly trickles through to street level.
This season stripes are putting their sweet foot forward, with the ‘candy stripe’ pegged as the pretty new player in the fashion game.
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.
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!
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, or book online at hairart.co.nz.
Grey hair is on trend right now so there has never been a better time to transition from your permanent coloured hair.
Going grey is a big decision and many, if not most, women freely admit they’re afraid of looking old or that people will treat them differently because of their salt-and-pepper tresses.
When going grey, you need to consider if you want to blend it subtly or fully embrace it.
The good news is, there are many ways Salon E can make the transition an easier one. With Schwarzkopf Professional’s new Absolutes range with Silver White Tonal Refiner, the talented team can eliminate the six-weekly regrowth problem and transition clients close to their natural grey hair.
Now there is no need to cut your hair to a very short length in order to make that change. Call Salon E now to arrange a consultation.
Once upon a time, wedding cakes were a one size fits all affair – that is to say, dried fruit and white fondant were the order of the day. That was – of course – pre-Instagram.
As our cake creations have become increasingly elaborate, they are taking a bigger bite out of the bridal budget. But as we’re sure your inner sweet tooth will assert, it’s a worthy cause, with their painstaking design details an opportunity to stamp one’s personality on the big day, as much as the wedding dress itself.
If you’re looking to make a statement at your dessert table, it seems 2018 is living up to the culinary hype. We have hunted out the wedding cake trends 2018/2019 couples will totally adore.
We’ve long been seduced by the culinary cool cred of the edible flower trend to add flavour to salads and soups. Now our clever cake makers are having a dalliance with decorating of the floral kind and it’s got our mouths watering.
Brushstroke cakes are currently trending in a big way. These art-inspired creations consist of melting chocolate onto wax paper and using a paintbrush to create ‘feathers’ which are placed on a cake once they harden.
The beauty is in the simplicity of this tasty trend. All dressed in black, she may appear dark and moody at face value, but like the LBD, is actually chic and understated, especially when brought to life with several textured tiers.
This romantic trend is right at home with a spring wedding. A new take on the watercolour trend of recent years, hand-painted floral details are one of the prettiest wedding cake trends of the year.
Gold leaf is being added to fondant or buttercream frosting to create a gilded finish. Strategic scattering gives a rustic shimmer or cover one or two tiers to truly dazzle your guests.
Fig-ment of your imagination
Many brides to be are going back to basics, with simple buttercream cakes featuring one fruity flavour – figs. Though fruit wedding cakes are not new by any stretch, figs are the fruit of the moment. Expect to see these dark purple fruits dotting wedding cakes throughout 2018.
Naked & famous
The so-called ‘naked cake’ – which boasts little to no frosting – is the shabby chic of the cake world; a little rustic but oh so glam and its popularity shows no sign of abating in 2018.
The most clever of our culinary creators have been taking clear isomalt – a sugar substitute – and colouring and shaping it to create a stained-glass effect.
Metallics have been having their ‘moment’ in the homewares spotlight for the longest time now, with their prevailing popularity suggesting they won’t be leaving any time soon.
Which is rather an exciting prospect, when it comes to our inner-magpies. Long gone are the days when the fixtures in our houses – taps, handles, pipes, shower heads – lacked personality. And the creatively clever are using metallics in unique new ways – with accessories, cabinetry, furniture and even flooring getting the metallic makeover.
Not only are we seeing a renaissance of copper, but also bold golds, striking silvers and charming brass hues are creating clean, modern and vibrant environments within our homes – even in the less ‘sexy’ spaces like our bathrooms. With accessories like the Round Champagne Kitchen Mixer pictured, Meir demonstrates how metallic finishes can add glamour and sophistication to a room through some of the smallest items.
The ultimate aesthetic pick-me-up for your abode, the magic of metallics will no doubt continue to endure.
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.
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