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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 “Old paperwork, socks with holes, restaurant menus, school paperwork and outdated magazines are just a few things that can go into the bin.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.


 

Creating the heart of home: Armstrong Interiors


Lacey Exton has joined the talented team at Armstrong Interiors, bringing with her two years of experience working in a high-end kitchen and joinery boutique company. Metropol catches up with Lacey to get the lay of the land when it comes to designing the heart of the home.

 

 

 

When designing a kitchen what is the first step?
Making sure the plumbing is in the correct place for your sink, dishwasher and filter fridge. It is good to engage your kitchen designer early and the design stages with the architect, prior to when the floor slab is poured.


When renovating to sell, what are cheap but effective ways to give you kitchen a boost?
The kitchen bench top and the back splash are hard surfaces that can make a huge difference to modernising the look; this will also bring a new lease of life back to your kitchen. Other good ways are updating joinery cupboard and drawer fronts, and adding floating shelving or box storage.


When choosing kitchen colours, should they match with the colour scheme of the home or can it be a total contrast?
It is nice to have some continuity between the kitchen design and colour scheme and the interior colours and finishes of your home. It is a much easier process for us at Armstrong Interiors as we can provide expert guidance on colour schemes.


What is your one kitchen must-have?
An island is the one thing that is very important for today’s living. This can double as a dining space, entertainment area for coffee and drinks, or a place for the family to gather and enjoy whether someone is in the kitchen cooking or not.


What part of the kitchen should you invest the majority of your budget?
Island and bench tops needs to be of high quality and durable to last. This is the ‘wow’ piece where you can really make a statement. Today stone suppliers have a vast range of natural stones and granites from all over the world. Engineered stones have also improved over the years and there is a colour and style for all design looks. However, if you are a keen master chef, it may be the appliances that you would like to indulge in.

 

Lacey Exton

 

Angelique Armstrong
Angelique Armstrong of Armstrong Interiors Ltd

 


 

Beddy Buys: Armstrong Interiors


Armstrong Interiors is now working alongside Seneca Manchester and is excited to be stocking a small range of their favourite Seneca bed linens and sheets.

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Award-winning interior designer Angelique Armstrong is researching and getting to understand more about Egyptian cotton sheeting and bed linens. Words like long and fine silky fibres, pima cottons, ginning, and combed are all commonly used in the textile industry, but are not familiar terms in our everyday lives. “When you break it down, all you really need is a comfortable, soft, fresh feeling on your skin and a fabulous night’s sleep,” Angelique says. “So it’s comforting to know we can leave the rest up to the experts.”

When it comes to sourcing quality bed sheets, there are five things Seneca looks for when they’re sourcing the highest quality bed sheets – the cotton, the weave, the thread count, the handle and the brand. The genuine Egyptian cotton has been grown on the banks of the Nile in Egypt’s Nile Delta, which offers the perfect climatic conditions for cotton growing. Each season Seneca Manchester designs a new product range, which is ideal for the changing temperatures, while the designs and colour palettes align with trending paint colours and the European textile companies’ forecasts.

When it comes to a beautiful bed, Armstrong Interiors has found the most frustrating thing for people is that they need to order and wait for anything that is an original design of high quality. It is not unusual to wait 6-12 weeks for your bespoke manufactured furniture to arrive. So Angelique has designed a range of bedheads and matching bed cushions. “This not only cuts down the waiting time, but it also makes it easy to complement your existing bedroom interiors, or use as a base to start from when designing a whole new interior scheme.”

So if you are looking for a quality, original bedhead manufactured with special detailing and quality fabrics, this may be just what you’ve been waiting for. “When adding a bedhead into your room, it finishes the space and overall look. To me, it is one of the most important extras in completing your bedroom.”

Visit www.armstronginteriors.co.nz or phone 03 356 2636.