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Armstrong Interiors – Looking ahead


Metropol catches up with award-winning interior designer Angelique Armstrong about supporting local and plans for Armstrong Interiors moving forward.

 

 

The vibe in the studio is buoyant and positive.

“I get so much joy from being surrounded by our inspiring Work Room environment; the colours and textures, my staff and wonderful clients,” Angelique says.

The team at Armstrong Interiors are looking ahead with enthusiasm.

Although working from home had its challenges during lockdown, it gave them an even stronger desire to get back to work, because that is what they love doing – being together, and creating beautiful spaces.

Angelique has long been a supporter of ‘buy local’ and loves the phrase ‘back your backyard’.

“Going forward I have no hesitation on continuing to support our local manufacturers and fabricators. We have beautiful New Zealand designed products in all aspects of design and manufacturing. I encourage you to think twice and make a conscious decision when shopping. When you buy New Zealand products, you not only buy quality, you are supporting a local business.

“Armstrong Interiors is boutique in size, which allows us to really get to know each and every client. Working closely to my clients’ briefs; I present mood boards, floor plans, product boards, and source furniture, art, rugs, wallpaper, lighting and accessories options. Our in-house CAD designer creates 3D images of kitchens, bathrooms and joinery. She creates plans for you to review throughout the design process, which will then allow you to see the end result.”

Armstrong Interiors proudly offers a bespoke design service.

This means you can select the size, material and colour of your choice, to best reflect your style and space.

Angelique’s passion for design and a love of all elements related to interior design, art, furniture design, product design and textile design enables her to create exclusive items.

“I love to create beautiful unique pieces in collaboration with our clients.”

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New Year, new design looks


Metropol catches up with award-winning interior designer Angelique Armstrong about how to maximise the potential in your investment through renovating.

 

 

When you delve into the reasons why we renovate, it’s about finally getting the opportunity to have our homes align with how we want to live, Angelique explains.

“When you look at the reasons to renovate, it is very clear.

When we sign up to sell our houses, we have advertising fees, auction costs, selling costs and then moving costs… this all adds up, so why not stay where you are and put that extra $20-$30,000 into your own pocket and renovate?”

When it comes to renovating, the world really is your oyster. “A new kitchen, bathroom, paint; wallpaper, lighting, adding a room – anything is possible.”

So what is this style maven seeing coming through in interiors in 2020?

“Our homes are getting a more international feel with lighting available in beautiful finishes like steels, coppers and gold,” Angelique says.

“There’s also beautiful new stones in colours we haven’t seen in New Zealand before and from all over the world, such as greens, greys and taupes.

“If you are looking at Pinterest and at all the designs and the new products available, it becomes very exciting.”

There’s plenty of product options and at both ends of the pricing spectrum, so there really is something for everyone when it comes to renovating.

“International brands and also our lower end suppliers are bringing out products that are exciting when you’re looking at upgrading and renovating,” she says.

“It’s so exciting to see the stunning new products coming in from suppliers.

Angelique is currently working on two large renovations and we are looking forward to profiling these projects in the 5 March issue of Metropol.

“Over the next couple of issues of Metropol I am going to be touching on renovation work; how to make your renovations easier and how to ‘do it once and do it right’.”

Phone 03 356 2636 or check them out on Instagram armstronginteriorsltd.


 

Merry Christmas!


Award-winning interior designer Angelique Armstrong has been sharing her top tips for creating successful interiors throughout 2019.


This issue, she simply wants to wish all her readers a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

“Enjoy the break with your family and relax!” she says.

“It’s been a fabulous year and I thought I would inspire you all with some images we have worked on.”

If you’re looking for something special for friends this Christmas, there’s plenty of options at Armstrong Interiors. “Come in and see what we have,” Angelique says.

“We also have some special works in from ceramic potter Kim Henderson if you’re looking for a one-off, original piece.

“In the meantime, we wish you all a Merry Christmas, from the Armstrong Interiors team.”

Visit www.armstronginteriors.co.nz, phone 03 356 2636 or check them out on Instagram armstronginteriorsltd

Find Armstrong Interiors at 27 Papanui Road, visit www.armstronginteriors.co.nz, phone 03 356 2636 or check them out on Instagram, armstronginteriorsltd


 

Enhancing spaces: Armstrong Interiors


With our busy schedules, it is often difficult to find the time and energy to put towards our living spaces.

 

 

Award-winning interior designer Angelique Armstrong from Armstrong Interiors says there are several simple yet effective ways to enhance your existing space and it’s not as hard as you may think.

“Decluttering the house is the best way to start home enhancement,” she says. “Old paperwork, socks with holes, restaurant menus, school paperwork and outdated magazines are just a few things that can go into the bin.

“Focus on areas in your home that need to flow; passageways, around furniture, doors and windows.”

Enabling these spaces to ‘breathe’ creates what Angelique likes to call ‘energy flow’ within your interiors. “It’s not everyone’s terminology, but it’s one that for me is important for people to understand.”

Angelique’s pro tip: Set a timer for one hour. Choose one space to clear. Soon you will find yourself in a clear and open environment with the space for new ideas to flourish.

For Angelique, visualising the space and planning how it will function is the most exciting part of the design. “When I walk into a room, I look for areas that will enhance the space. Which wall best suits the position of your TV? Where is the furniture layout best sitting? Do you have enough wall space? Too many windows and doors? Which wall best suits the bed to sit on?

“Your home must function as your family needs it to.”

When it comes to form, timber is warm to walk on and very rarely requires underfloor heating. “One thing that is very popular in Europe is multi-widths of flooring boards randomly laid. I love this look, especially with a natural oak finish and I prefer to have all my boards oiled naturally.

“Forêt is my preferred supplier for timber flooring and Director Alan Stuck’s family history of timber knowledge has put this company’s designs on the world stage. His use of reclaimed timber and getting back to the ‘real deal’ with flooring designs sets him apart.”

There is a wide selection of carpets available and she’s seeing a move away from dark colours and back into neutrals, particularly soft greys and caramels/beiges. “They’re all very natural and fit well with our climate and interior pallets. Our carpet manufactures are always up with the latest colours and trends to keep designers and homeowners happy.”

 

 


 

Go Alfresco: Armstrong Interiors


With hot days and balmy nights ahead, there’s no better time to update your outdoor living area. We chat to interior designer Angelique Armstrong about outdoor living design.

 

 

 

With daylight savings now making our evenings warmer and brighter, what should we consider for our outdoor living spaces?
Indoor-outdoor flow is one thing Kiwis love about our summers. Gone are the days where the architects put kitchens on the south side of the house. Now our kitchens are at the forefront of living spaces, so consider maximising flow and space and extending this idea outside. Set this up like you would inside, and consider situating the barbecue in good proximity to family and guests you are cooking for as well as whether there is appropriate shelter from the wind and sun.


When choosing outdoor furniture and accessories, do we need to match the colour palette that we have in our interiors or is this a good place to add more colour?
When choosing outdoor furniture, it is good to continue the feel of the design theme you have within the rest of your home. However, a nice way to add colour is with cushion scarabs and scatter cushions, bean bags and accessories like an outdoor dining set or placemats. These can be changed yearly for a different aesthetic if desired.


What are your tips for creating an outdoor kitchen/barbecue area?
At Armstrong Interiors we have experience with designing outdoor barbecue areas. Using UV-based materials and hardwearing options for extreme weather elements is a must. Outdoor kitchen taps and sinks all need to be of marine quality. Fireplaces also complement and tie in the materials, scales and proportions for an overall timeless design.


What are some exterior must-haves for summer?
It is more and more popular to have an outdoor seating/lounge area. I recommend either a modular sofa with side tables and a centre table, or two outdoor sofas of the same size and a couple of matching chairs and perhaps an outdoor rug. The idea is to treat this like an outdoor room – keep the space intimate and not too spread out. Have some big blankets on-hand ready to wrap around yourself when the nights become a bit cooler in temperature.

 

Angelique Armstrong

 


 

Make a spring transformation: Armstrong Interiors


Spring is the season of transformation when it comes to our humble abode. But according to award-winning interior designer Angelique Armstrong from Armstrong Interiors, this season is about so much more than the archetypal spring clean.

 

 

With spring finally here, what does this mean from an interior design perspective?
Consider your family – how do they want to live, what makes them feel good, what do they need to improve about their living space and minds? The arrival of spring brings freshness, fragrance and finally opening the doors to let the sunshine in. So a nice way to freshen up your home is to have a good tidy up of things you have accumulated during winter. It’s a chance to simplify your bench tops and re-style your furniture layout. Your interiors have the power to change your mood.

After winter’s heavy throws and blankets, how do we style beds for spring?
This is a nice time to take the darker, moody, warm tones away and replace them with soft greys and whites. We still need warmth, so maybe change things up with a lighter throw on the end of the bed and new cushions. Try sleeping in linen sheets; this will be lovely change.

 

 

With the end of the year fast approaching, when is the best time to get started on home projects?
Spring is always a busy time, coming into the silly season, with Labour Weekend and Show Week just around the corner. Easy yet effective changes include adding cushions, painting a room (a cost-effective way to get a fabulous new feel), changing accessories or new curtains to instantly change the feel.

We have been spoilt with choice of colours over the winter with mustards, oranges and dark greens. What colour trends are we looking at for spring?
I have just painted and restyled my own bedroom for spring. I used Resene Quarter Rice Cake. This is a creamy white; warm and fresh. Great for villas or for someone looking for more than just white. I have accessorised with a soft floral pot plant, new cushions on my bed in Liberty Florian, with piped edge and backing in velvet, and very soft dove grey linen duvet and white sheets. Feminine colour tones and patterns. This summer, florals are in and I was in the mood for ‘soft and pretty’.

 

Angelique Armstrong
Armstrong Interiors Ltd

 

Visit www.armstronginteriors.co.nz, phone 03 356 2636 or check them out on Instagram, armstronginteriorsltd

 

 


 

Serious decorating punch: Armstrong Interiors


When it comes to the home, accessories have the power to make or break your space. We sought the inside scoop from award-winning interior designer Angelique Armstrong from Armstrong Interiors about how to use accessories to pack some serious decorating punch.

 

 

 

What are your top tips for picking accessories for the home?
When choosing your accessories, they could be favourite pieces handed down through the family, or a new piece that you like for some reason or another. Everyone is different, so personal needs are different when dressing your home. We live in a very disposable world these days. When you choose something, it is best to love it. Buy things you will treasure, look after and even enjoy for many years.


What accessories are worth investing in, rather than those with a lower price point?
This really depends upon your priorities and budget. Some people love to collect objects, paintings, coins, bottles, pots etc. These can all be used in clever ways, displayed for decorating your home. For example, choose a vase that you love that is beautiful on its own – this way it may not need dressing, or if it does, try a small amount of greenery from the garden or a tea candle, rather than expensive flowers. I believe you can cleverly put together items from high and low price points and make them work together.


Art is a great way to add colour and interest to a room, how do you make sure the accessories complement and not detract from the art?
Art again is a very personal taste; for some people, the more colour the better, while others prefer a more neutral palette. I believe anything in wall/sculptural art goes. You can put a new frame on a classic old water painting and it will look fabulous in a new home. Be clever, think outside the square and do what is right in your heart and home.


The trend of odd numbers of items together is very popular in interiors and even floristry, does this apply to accessories?
Unless we are specifically working on a symmetrical look, this definitely applies, because for some reason it is more pleasing to the eye. One, three and five are good numbers to work with, and different sizes create different levels and shadows, which is interesting.

 

Angelique Armstrong
Armstrong Interiors Ltd

 

European design inspiration: Armstrong Interiors


A small island in the bottom of the South Pacific, New Zealand has long taken design inspiration from offshore, in particular, from Europe and its diverse range of countries.

 

 

Metropol caught up with award-winning interior designer Angelique Armstrong of Armstrong Interiors about what we can expect to see heading our way, based on European summer trends.

“As I sit on a train travelling from Venice through to Florence, I have been asked to write about forecast trends in Europe,” Angelique says. “Since leaving our Christchurch winter, I have experienced Paris, the UK, Monte-Carlo, Milan, Venice and the region of Tuscany, Europe’s summer holiday destination. Throughout these wonderfully inspiring places, you start to recognise that each region has its own particular trend.

“Italy is of course using the latest in luxurious fabrics from our favourite fabric houses, while staying true to tradition by sticking to the colour traditional colour schemes of the region,” she says. “Paris, on the other hand, takes a more contemporary approach to fabric colours and textures, while the closer to the sea you get, the more soft blues and greens, patterned cottons and thick heavy linens you will find in trends. Meanwhile, stone tops and nested coffee tables are still very hot across Europe.”

Comparatively, in New Zealand we’ve still got a lot of love for timber and moody dark colours, with black tapware and dark accessories that have been on trend for a couple of years now. “But if we look at what’s coming through now, we’re seeing more greens, blues, natural fibres and various tones of natural, ranging from soft grey to beige and caramel to complement a lighter and softer approach to interior design,” Angelique says.

One of her favourite pieces during the trip that she wouldn’t mind investing in herself, was a sofa. “The design function behind this piece is that it is not easy talking to people on a long 3-4 seater – well this sofa is the perfect solution!”

Visit www.armstronginteriors.co.nz, phone 03 356 2636 or check them out on Instagram, armstronginteriorsltd

 


 

Warming up winter: Armstrong Interiors


With temperatures plummeting, we’re craving warmth in the home. So we sought out the inside scoop from award-winning interior designer Angelique Armstrong from Armstrong Interiors about focus areas for your home to get you through the chilly season.

 

 

What are some of the best ways to create the feeling of warmth?
We’ve talked previously about the importance of thermal backing on your drapes. This will make a huge improvement to warmth and your power bill. Using lovely thick drape fabrics, like thicker linens, cottons and velvets, is ideal at this time of year. There is a huge variety of colour and price points available and we can help you narrow the options down.

A gas fire adds both warmth and ambience. We can help you find the best installer and talk you through what is needed architecturally. Meanwhile, a quick fix could be painting your walls with warmer tones – Resene Fashion Colours is a great range of interesting options. Soft lighting at night creates a cosy atmosphere, so add candles and soft scents from a diffuser.


What are some of your must-have winter warmers – those accessories you can’t live without at this time of the year?
An extra soft and luxurious comforter on the end of your bed you can pull up, while cashmere and woollen blankets are great for cuddling up on a winter’s night. We stock Seneca bed linens, so come into the work room and see what we have to offer.


What are your favourite colour combos this season?
Rust, burnt orange, golds, rich dark greens – all colours that scream depth and cosiness; anything with warm tones.


Why is now the ultimate time to start looking at renovation projects?
Whether it is a new deck, interior paint, new drapes, a new modular sofa or designer bespoke furniture, most people would like their renovation projects finished for summer and the Christmas holidays so they can enjoy it with family and friends.

When looking at an architectural fit-out like an entertainment wall, new bathroom, ensuite or kitchen, it can take a good couple of months to design and order, and joiners can be booked up months in advance, so it’s a great time to start planning and beat the Christmas rush.

 

Visit www.armstronginteriors.co.nz, phone 03 356 2636 or check them out on Instagram, armstronginteriorsltd

 

Angelique Armstrong
Armstrong Interiors Ltd

 


 

Small rooms with big impact: Armstrong Interiors


It may be one of the smallest rooms in the house, but this tiny room can have a big impact on your overall interior design scheme. Metropol catches up with award-winning interior designer Angelique Armstrong from Armstrong Interiors about how to maximise your bathroom’s potential, with or without costing a fortune.

 

 

How can you create a great bathroom on a modest budget?
Cleverly pick tiles that can enhance your space. A feature tile on the vanity wall is a nice way to add colour and texture into your design. When visiting your local tile supplier you will see different selections for floor and wall tiles. Be creative.


If you’re going to spend money on anything in the bathroom, what are your key investment pieces?
Quality stone tiles and tapware. I personally love the Axor Hansgrohe range of tapware; the colours available within the range can match with any look you are trying to achieve. If the freestanding bath is your feature then you may look to invest in this.


What are some quick bathroom ‘pick me ups’ if you want to create some simple changes each season?
Mirrors; circular, oval, square – anything goes. Consider painting the GIB in your bathroom a different colour, remembering to use a water-based paint for wet areas.


What are some of the hottest bathroom looks you’re seeing this year?
Adding a hint of timber, whether it be timber looking tiles, timber vanity or freestanding timber stool beside the bath. White tiles are out. Natural colours and adding feature wallpapers seem to be on trend also.


How can a professional – like Armstrong Interiors – help create a space that captures both form and function?
When asking us to look at your bathroom design, we will look at all aspects of your needs and expectations within your space. Drawing 3D models will help visualise the layout of the tiles and fixtures; working with colour options and choosing the right tapware and mixers to flow through the rest of your home. We can work with your plumber, builder and electrician and provide them with detailed plans to minimise costly errors.