The days might be getting darker as we make the seasonal shift to the cooler months, but that doesn’t mean our homes need to follow suit. In fact a clean, serene white interior might just be the antidote to the winter blues.
White may seem to be a safe choice in comparison to bold colours, but it brings an understated look that can make a big impact when styled right. The beauty of white is also its ability to be regularly restyled with ease. So how do you ‘get it white’ when it comes to incorporating this fresh favourite into the home?
Firstly choose your tone by deciding whether your white will have a grey or blue undertone, or a more yellow tint to it. Cooler tones will give the room a serene Scandi-style, while warmer tones will provide a warmer, rustic ambience.
White interiors are easy to apply to your kitchen and can maximise your space. A great way to style it in the kitchen is to pair it with indoor greenery which is a trend that has exploded in popularity. Your bedroom is another room where the all-white look can be applied.
However, you want it to be serene without it feeling like you’re sleeping in a hospital bed. To avoid this, throw in some neutral tones such as beige and cream. This paired-back look is perfect for creating an effortlessly stylish space.
It’s the colour of a summer ocean and an expansive sky. The art world’s love of this inky, energetic cobalt blue is well-documented. And they’re not alone! Rich, deep and inviting, cobalt blue is the new power player of the homewares sphere. With its electric charge and ability to instantaneously uplift, the right hue of blue is as bold as it is beautiful.
This colour is lighter than its more formal cousin navy, but has a deeper richness than cheery sky blue. Its name derives from cobalt salt mixing with aluminium oxide – creating a fathomless beauty. Its undertones can range from grey to purple.
Throughout history, dating back 3,000 years, it has been used for porcelain, tiles and glass – and was then devoured creatively by many an artist such as Monet, Renoir, Matisse and Van Gough. Ceramics and surroundings through to artworks and interior homewares have instant impact with cool, emotive cobalt blue. And it can look quite French.
The sultry shade is in love with velvet – from cushions to couches and with delicious deep buttoning. It can have a metallic quality, so shimmer with a metallic cobalt vase or bowl against a light-wood coffee table. Copper brings out cobalt’s warmth. Gold elevates it to regal status.
The colour joins other moody dark hues in interiors this season, as primary colours are set aside for now. Even in lighting or kitchen splashbacks, this deep and decadent shade will lift a dull day. It is essentially a cool colour, but its brilliance creates warmth against a grey day.
It looks almost princely mixed with the new obsession – the shade of mustard. Mixed with terracotta, it emits the exotic of byzantine era and the bazaars of Eastern Mediterranean. Paired with green, it is nature in its finest combination. The rich colour is balanced and incredibly striking against the contrast of the palest dusky pink.
If you decide on a cobalt couch, light pastel cushions and throws will soften the depth. Whether it’s a lightning bolt of this shade from a treasured collection, or painting the walls cobalt, to relaxing under a midnight sky, its jewel-like qualities are heavenly indulgence.
Anyone can appreciate the aesthetic beauty of rounded corners. Curves are said to be easier on the eye and take less cognitive effort to visually process. When American architect Philip Johnson first visited the Guggenheim Museum in Spain, it is said that he described it as “the greatest building of our time” and started to cry.
Johnson said, “Architecture is not about words; it’s about tears”. Something about the museum’s majestic curves moved him at an emotional level, and many visitors must have had a similar feeling as the building was hailed as a ‘signal moment in the architectural culture’.
There’s no denying that curves are eye-catching, and one of the biggest transformations taking place in interior design trends for 2019 is just that – curves. We are seeing scalloped edges, crescent silhouettes and graceful curved corners taking over both furniture and accessories in the home.
People are growing tired of square and rectangular furniture with straight, clean lines and are now moving towards round shaped furniture. From rounded chairs to curved coffee tables, these interior design essentials are all about comfort and elegance. These shapes may resemble furnishings from previous decades like the swinging sixties, but this returning trend brings an inviting softness to our rooms.
To reflect the trend in your own home, look to everything from curved sofas and coffee tables, to mirrors, lamps and side tables. Even curved artwork can add softness to a room and create a more inviting and relaxing abode.
Each passing season brings with it the perfect opportunity to introduce a new aesthetic to the bedroom. When it comes to the cooler months on their way, it’s all about hunkering down.
So how do you create a homely haven in time for winter? We’ve got our top tips right here along with a mood board of our favourite creature comforts.
Tap into textures Velvet bedheads and plush, comfy cushions are two ways to warm up your rooms, along with woven plate hangings and textured window shades.
Luxe layers Blankets and throws are the darlings of the design world, playing a role in both form and function – ready to pull out on a whim or layer up on the back of a couch when they just need to look the part.
Knitty and nice Knitted materials have a way of creating cosy and the same can be said about our living spaces as well as our wardrobes. Add some knitted ottomans or throws to create spaces that are knitty and nice.
Light it up Layers of lighting is a beautiful way to add warmth to a space, from table lamps and floor lamps to differing lengths of hanging lights.
Rugged up Always have a good supply of soft wool and fleece throws. They look inviting spilling out of a basket to soften a corner of the room and they’re always on hand when the mercury starts to drop.
Craving curves Curves are a move away from the stark sharp corners of furniture and they’re great at softening and warming our homes.
“Your bedroom is a very personal space,” says Gavin How, Manager at Station Road Home.
With winter on the horizon, many people consider a change to their bedrooms, creating a new look and feel with either the introduction of a statement piece, or a complete reinvention of the whole room. When it comes to restyling, the temptation is to play it safe. “Somehow, we’ve decided it’s all about this absolute plainness and straight lines,” Gavin says. “But many of our clients are well-travelled; they’ve lived overseas and have an understanding of the wider choices in terms of international design styles.”
Station Road excels at pushing the boundaries of style and design, and bedrooms are on Gavin’s mind. “Our bedroom ranges are very popular, there’s such a lack of good quality bedroom furniture with some flair to it.” Flair is Station Road’s specialty. No matter what look you may be going for, its vast catalogue will have it. A ‘French’ look, with soft lines, embellishment and slightly more feminine is very popular. The deco, Parisian Salon feel, is a winter favourite. Perhaps a more ‘Glamour’ look – blacks, whites, and silver or gold with elegant, fine lines is what you are going for.
“Then there is what we might call a ‘plantation’ look with a resort feel,” Gavin says, featuring darker timbers, strong shapes, perhaps with woven cane. Or possibly an ‘artisan’ look is more your style; imperfect materials – knotted timbers, exposed metals – but beautifully crafted. These looks and more are currently in store at 148 Victoria Street and on the website at www.stationroad.co.nz.
Immerse yourself in a 20th century haven at Dusty Old Things which has recently taken up residence in Burnside.
Browse the store’s one of a kind collection of items from every decade of the 1900s, which are sourced from both New Zealand and abroad. Owner Glenis Parker, who completes all furniture painting and restoration herself in her onsite workshop, describes the business as a one-stop shop for antique collectors.
Check out the dedicated Crown Lynn room with over 2000 pieces and find stunning vintage estate and costume jewellery perfect for weddings, birthdays and other special occasions. Transform your home with timeless items that would suit both modern and vintage abodes, such as linens, lights, kitchenalia, furniture and collectables.
There’s ‘a little bit of everything’ at Dusty Old Things! Phone Glenis on 03 359 0454 or visit 526 Wairakei Road.
Forget the toasters and towels; giving glamour is the way to go when it comes to engagement and wedding presents! Even those starting married life on the most stringent of budgets need some sort of glamour in their lives. The bare necessities don’t always cut it when it comes to presents.
The renaissance of house plants as an essential part of the interior home décor scene makes a living present easy, and healthy. We know now what great air cleaners houseplants make. The spectacular phalaenopsis orchids are one of the most popular houseplants. Their flowers last four months and they come with care sheets to ensure success. Peace lilies are the most popular foliage plants with striking glossy bold leaves and the bonus of pure white flowers and with one of the strongest air-cleaning abilities of all. The contemporary foliage on both the fiddle leaf figs and the trendy monsteras make them some of the current easy-care favourites.
The key to turning beautiful houseplants into glamour wedding presents is using great containers to add the finishing touch; the strong trend in houseplants has encouraged a much wider choice in the ‘cover pot’ range, from ceramics to baskets to hand-finished aluminium. Add a stylish pot, have it gift-wrapped and hey presto, you have the complete present with minimum fuss. So real you won’t believe they’re not real! Not sure if the happy receivers of the living, breathing present will be committed to houseplant care? Then check out the artificial options because these days they’re so realistic only an expert can tell the difference and the artificial range opens up the possibility of having a big show-stopping vase of flowers or foliage all year round.
Less is definitely more when it comes to making an impact with flowers, so choose less varieties – or better still, just one – and use good numbers to get the best effect. The most effective and most popular varieties are peonies, hydrangeas, magnolias in flower and bud, roses and sweet peas. Once again the arrangement is set off to perfection with the right vase or container and, with using the artificial flower option, a waterproof container isn’t necessary so the world’s your oyster. Baskets, funky tins, cardboard, aluminium, unglazed ceramics and glass all make good containers.
When it comes to glamour there’s plenty in the homewares department to make an engagement or wedding present easy, from the more classic to the latest in contemporary décor. Hand-finished, lightly burnished aluminium ware works with just about any décor style and is one of the most popular timeless wedding present lines – champagne buckets, salad bowls, candelabra, trays etc. Glass is another easy winner, from cut-glass vases to cocktail glasses to decanters, to wine glasses. The small, round, hand-forged black iron folding occasional tables fit in with any style and are super useful – they’ve been around for years but are always popular.
Find all this and more at the city’s literal and figurative oasis, Terra Viva Home & Garden on the corner of Wairakei Road and Roydvale Avenue or visit www.terraviva.co.nz.
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.
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.”
Dug deep from within the earth, natural pigments like ochre and terracotta, sourced from clays and volcanic rocks, have been used by artists all over the world for generations.
This year we’re expecting to see a rich, authentic colour palette of terracotta, umber and spiced reds coming through in homewares, creating warm and inviting spaces. As the leaves begin to fall from the trees, one can’t help but notice that autumnal change has occurred. The vastly varying colours of each leaf as it meanders its way down to the ground presents a montage of new autumnal hues that on-trend décor borrows from more than any other season.
The overall natural shift towards earthy tones can be seen everywhere from makeup on the runway to the revival of clay pottery in modern art and the growing popularity of sourcing sustainable wood in today’s architectural designs. Homewares are naturally no exception. The appeal of the auburn palette could be that the neutrality lends itself to pairing with other colours in its family, with options such as mustard, gold, rust and tan. Mother Nature offers up a seemingly endless amount of décor options for your home.
For small colour changes, consider swapping out white dinner serviettes for a pumpkin coloured set adorned with gold-leaf rings when the family visits. Swap a clear glass vase with a natural clay one to liven up a floral centerpiece. If you want to make a statement, a rich, red armchair or burnt orange sofa boldly accomplish the season’s homeware trend.
At the heart of the desirable Merivale shopping precinct, you will find the iconic destination store Corso Merivale.
The exquisite boutique is characterised by notable brands not found elsewhere in Christchurch and it is their goal to ensure that Corso Merivale sets itself apart in quality, selection and service. As we head into autumn it gives us an opportunity to embrace the cooler weather and all its characteristics. Strong rich colours in whisky, dark inks and saffron can be found in a beautiful range of hand blocked linen cushions made at the hands of talented artisans. Natural materials are the focus at Corso Merivale; cashmere, wool, linen and organic cotton, just to touch on a few.
Along with the change of season comes an exciting change in beautiful quality homewares and lifestyle ranges on offer, from the comfort of Danish house shoes Glerups to the stunning fragrances from Belgium, Baobab candles. Cashmere separates by Laing Home are enduringly stylish, while Missoni’s very latest towelling selection will add vibrancy to your bathrooms, and layering textures and colours will give you depth, creating a rich and inviting ambience.
For the fashion savvy, R.M. Williams’s boots have marked their territory firmly at Corso Merivale. These iconic boots will endure for many years and only get better with age. Bassike continues to be a firm favourite, while Good & Co.’s unique winter range of merino and silk scarves are a touch of luxury either as a gift or for yourself.
Corso Merivale invites you to come and be inspired at 209-211 Papanui Road, or visitwww.corsomerivale.nz.