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Rocking the stone look: Armstrong Interiors


Metropol catches up with award-winning interior designer Angelique Armstrong about how we can rock the natural stone look in our interiors.

 

 


A granite or marble feature wall in an interior can look incredible, how can we match our tile choices to the feature wall?

On our Instagram and Facebook, you will see natural stone is something we enjoy using.

Timeless, classic and durable, it will make a lasting statement in any space. We admire the history that exists behind the process of sourcing and producing stone slabs, and we love knowing that each piece is original in colour and veining, ensuring that every installation comes with its own authentic sense of style.

Stone feature walls can give a home an organic texture, warmth and sense of sophistication.

When choosing tiles to complement the feature wall, we consider the overall feel and purpose of the room.

Sometimes the best result is to use something completely different so the stone becomes the feature, or another option is to pick out a colour within the stone you can work with.

Pictured is a project we recently completed at a country estate in Canterbury.

The schist worked in beautifully with the parquet sideboards we had custom made, along with the detail of the kitchen design.


With flooring in our bathrooms which natural stone do you recommend?

Natural stone is a sensible choice for a wet area like the bathroom, laundry or entrance way where durable flooring solutions are needed.

Stone options include Travertine Bluestones, marble and granite.

The finish of the tiled stone is also optional based on the look you want to achieve.

Examples include; honed, leathered, gloss and matte finishes, and the size module and lay is also optional.


Our fire places are generally a focal point of our living areas, how can we incorporate natural stone to add interest and dimension to this area?

The look you are wanting to achieve for your home will help determine the right choice of stone and grouting.

You may want your fireplace to be elegant and formal, clean and simple, contemporary or rustic.

A stone surround will enhance the room creating an eye catching focal point. Book-matched stone, along with a beautiful stone hearth can offer one of the most enchanting results.

Phone: 03 356 2636
Email: office@armstronginteriors.co.nz
Instagram: armstronginteriorsltd

 


 

Small rooms with big impact: Armstrong Interiors


Think small rooms need to eschew style? Then think again! Metropol catches up with award-winning Interior Designer Angelique Armstrong from Armstrong Interiors about how to create small rooms with big impact.

 

 


How do you make small spaces feel bigger?

When decorating a small room, ‘less is more’.

If furniture and accessories block the view into a room, it will look cramped.

Moving furniture away from walkways will open up the space and make it feel larger. Use a few large, simple pieces of furniture or accessories in place of several smaller pieces, which make a space look cluttered.

With open space and large blocks of colour, the room will appear to be more calm and comfortable.

Positioning a large mirror opposite a window will bring the outside in and create depth, while hanging a mirror opposite a doorway will give the illusion of space.


What are the best ways to add colour and flair to the WC or powder room?

Adding colour and texture helps bring the space to life.

Create interest by adding wallpaper, mirrors and feature lighting.

If your bathroom boasts a mostly neutral design with a white vanity, an accent wall behind your vanity and mirror will create visual interest.

Whatever your home’s interior theme is, it is important to have the same continuous design flow with the rest of the house.


What are the golden rules with wallpaper patterns in small rooms?

Nowadays the singular feature wall is just not quite enough and it is popular to wallpaper an entire room.

I prefer two walls if need be; it’s less predictable.

Wallpaper can be very effective in a small space; adding interest by creating a beautiful focal point, creating depth in a room with short walls and making low ceilings look taller.

Wallpaper has the ability to be the hero of the room or subtlety to pull everything together. I like to incorporate colour, depth and texture.


How can you add storage to a small room?

Furniture is a clever way to create more storage.

Look out for coffee tables and consoles with drawers and cupboard space, while a customised wall unit will help clear excess clutter from your useful surfaces and tables.

In the bedroom, invest in bedside cabinets with drawers or ottomans with storage, beds with drawers underneath are handy or you can utilise storage boxes.


Phone: 03 356 2636
Email: office@armstronginteriors.co.nz
Instagram: armstronginteriorsltd


 

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.”

A monthly newsletter has recently been launched, featuring the latest news, designs, and interesting updates on what is happening in the Interior Design world.

Email or phone the office to be added to the mailing list.

To find out how the team at Armstrong Interiors can help you with your next interior project, and make a time to discuss the options available.

Phone 03 356 2636 phone, email office@armstronginteriors.co.nz or armstronginteriorsltd on Instagram.


 

Get excited about your renovation: Armstrong Interiors


Metropol catches up with award-winning interior designer Angelique Armstrong from Armstrong Interiors about how to wrap your head around renovating.

 

Renovating can be overwhelming, where is the best place to start?

When deciding to renovate, start with your wish list, then plan the most essential things to complete, getting professional advice on the cost of materials and the price of trades.

It is important to do things the right way round, enabling you to be prepared prior to demolition work.

Plan a start and finish time. Have project management under control with a schedule of when jobs will be completed, so you can organise tradespeople and prevent hold ups.

Many people live in their homes during renovations, so working through the house, one room at a time is ideal.


Generally we think of interior designers being at the end of the process when we are adding colour and texture. Should we engage an interior designer at the start of our project?

It depends on the extent of the renovation.

If you’re changing the layout of the kitchen, bathrooms or laundry, there are lots of decisions to be made, so it is good to get professional advice before starting.

If you just want colours, drapes and furniture from your interior designer, a colour schedule can be given to your painter later on in the project after the gib stopping.


How will I know whether I need to get building consent for our renovation?

These days a building consent is expected on the smallest of jobs – adding a bathroom, building a deck, they all need to be consented.

This is not a bad thing, it also protects you when you go to sell! All the ground work is done and ticked off.


How can you choose your tradespeople wisely to avoid “cowboys”?

When it comes to choosing the right people to do the job, you need to listen to people around you.

Do they come highly recommended? Are they master builders? Cheaper isn’t always better!

We provide good advice and can recommend a handful of tradespeople we’ve worked with.

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


 

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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