Just like that old adage goes – everything comes back around. Once laughed off as one of many crazy choices of the 1980s, the loud colours and zany patterns of the Memphis design movement have snuck their way back into the Zeitgeist.
This radical throwback bedroom pays special homage to the Memphis movement.
The walls are painted Resene Kandinsky with a grid in electric blue Resene Wet N Wild.
The easiest way to achieve the effect is to paint the wall in two coats of Resene Wet N Wild first, then mask off the grid using painter’s tape before painting a couple of coats of Resene Kandinsky over top.
The tape can be carefully removed once the wall is touch dry. Invest in good quality tape for the best results and use a utility knife along the edges of the tape for extra clean lines if you are concerned about the top layer of paint lifting.
Resene Wet N Wild has been continued from the base of the grid on to the floor while the plant pot and vase are painted Resene Jalapeno to play off the reds in the artwork.
The bedside table is in Resene Secrets, a paler and greyer shade of green than Resene Kandinsky to help it contrast the main wall colour, with a drawer in Resene Wet N Wild so that it still ties in well to the theme. The lamp and picture frame are painted Resene Half Black White.
The grid pattern has also been taken on to the duvet cover, pillow and cushions to create a sense of repetition while the ficus adds some freshness and greenery to break up the space yet still feeling undeniably 80s in its own right.
With its eye-popping colours and distinct illustrative style portraying one of the most popular icons of the era, the Bowie Art Print by Anna McKay fits the scheme perfectly and ties the whole look together.
Get inspired at your local Resene ColorShop, www.resene.co.nz/colorshops.
Create a sophisticated look for an outdoor living space, using the velvety depths of Resene Porter on the wall and Resene Woodsman Light Greywash Light on the framed trellis to break up the dark wall. The trellis even has the potential to act as a growing frame for a flowering climber.
The deck is finished in Resene Woodsman Mid Greywash as a tonal complement to the trellis.
The Resene Woodsman finishes on both the deck and trellis, add an on-trend look to any timber product while allowing the beauty of the timber grain to show through.
They are also available in interior formulations under the Resene Colorwood stains range.
Against the neutral appearance of the black and grey, add pops of colour in any shade you like.
This chair and tall pot are painted in Resene She’ll Be Right (turquoise) with other pots in Resene Away We Go (green) and Resene Cleopatra (mustard).
Pour yourself a refreshing drink, grab a book or magazine to read and settle in for some relaxing outdoors time.
Get inspired at your local Resene ColorShop, www.resene.co.nz/colorshops
If you want to add your own personal flair to your big day, why not DIY your own beautiful wedding bouquet? An increasing number of brides-to-be are getting hands-on with the flowers with their bridesmaids ahead of the wedding. So grab the girls and make a party out of it! Check out our top tips and tricks for DIY-ing your own beautiful bouquets.
Calculate how many flowers you’ll need by considering the venue, your bridesmaids/groomsmen, the number of tables etc. Download a free wedding flower worksheet to help you figure out if you’re going to under or over-order flowers.
As soon as you have the flowers, cut the stems at a 45-degree angle and put them in water (you might need a few buckets for this!). This allows them to absorb more water and keeps them super fresh.
Start by picking your first flower, then add a complementary flower. Keep incorporating flowers until you’ve got the bulk of your bouquet ready, then add smaller filler flowers or greenery between them.
The last thing you want is your bouquet coming apart mid-way down the aisle. If you don’t have floral tape, bind your bunches with a few clear hair elastics, then conceal them with fabric or ribbon.
Trim the stems so they are all the same length – but make sure there is room to hold it comfortably. Top tip: measure two hand lengths from the base of the flowers, then add a few centimetres of wiggle room.
Pre-purchase the supplies you need. You’ll probably want floral scissors, floral tape, pins, floral wire and ribbon. If you’re using roses, we recommend investing in a stem stripper to remove thorns and leaves without damaging the stem. You can find these online or at most specialist flower/garden stores.
Order your flowers well in advance and have them arrive the day before the wedding to ensure they’re still fresh. Utilise the help of the florist if you’re not quite sure on the blooms you want. Traditionally, most flowers in a bridal bouquet stick to the colours of white with delicate greenery like eucalyptus. Splashes of pink or other pastel colours are commonly incorporated – think peonies, lilies, pink statice and of course, roses. Got your own unique colour scheme? Pick beautiful blooms to match.
Loose petals or excess flowers? Save them for eco-friendly confetti! Keep the shavings in a vase for guests to toss at the newly-weds. You could also get creative with floral ice-cubes – just press petals into an ice tray filled with water and freeze.
When Leanne Lovell of Victoria Florist began her floristry career 35 years ago, dried flowers were all the rage and now they’re back, mixing it up with fresh flowers and looking lovelier than ever!
“The differing textures and fabulous colour variations add another dimension of quality to the bouquet that’s simply stunning,” Leanne says.
Popular with brides are hydrangea, statice, nigella, gypsophila and limonium, while dried grasses, like bunny tails, wheat and yarrow, contrast beautifully with roses, freesias and proteas.
Leanne recommends going onto the new Victoria Florist website to check out the dried flowers and foliage available, or call and chat with the experienced and lovely team about any bridal bouquet requirements.
Thrilled to be back in action again, Leanne has this to say to her supportive, loyal clientele: “A mighty big thank you, everyone!”
Find Victoria Florist on the corner of Wairakei and Idris Roads. Phone 03 351 7444.
Rooms decked out in dramatic shades from top to bottom are everywhere right now. But while you might be in love with the look of these schemes, implementing them can be intimidating for many.
If you’d like to dabble in a bold or moody look, bathrooms and ensuites are the ideal place to try out dark or vibrant Resene paint colours or Resene wallpapers.
If you’re investing the time, money and effort to do a bathroom renovation, why not make it one to remember?
Try something courageous and it’ll surely be the talk of every guest you host.
To start building the look, find a focal point that you are drawn to when you walk into the room – that’s the best place to create a feature with interesting materials, textures or colour that give some real oomph to the space.
This master ensuite is inspired by Resene Wallpaper Collection E384534.
Contrary to the popular belief that they make spaces feel smaller, fully saturated shades can work well in bathrooms.
This deep blue tongue-and-groove panelling in Resene Bunting makes the glossy white bathroom fixtures pop.
The rest of the colours in the space coordinate perfectly with the wallpaper – from the bright coral Resene Apple Blossom on the towel ladder and stool, the dusty rose Resene Coral Tree on the soap and lotion dispensers, and the soap dish in Resene Coriander, to the side wall in Resene Pewter and the rich Resene Coconut Cream floor.
Finish the look with a large statement mirror to help reflect more light around the room, add in layers of soft towels and no-care plants.
Get inspired at your local Resene ColorShop, www.resene.co.nz/colorshops.
We’re slowly getting back into the swing of things post-lockdown, so why not add some stylish new pieces to your work wardrobe? We’ve pulled together some of our favourite things in office wear for 2020 for inspiration.
POWER UP: Black and grey are no longer top of the power suit hierarchy; they’ve been pushed out of the top spot by the statement suit! We’re talking animal print, floral and punchy block colours. We’re also loving that you can wear this clever style chameleon in three different ways – make it a twin thing and wear it as a co-ord, or wear the jacket and pants separately.
SILKY SMOOTH: Nobody wants tight skirts or pants that cause discomfort during work hours. You won’t regret transitioning to a silky slip skirt that bounces with your legs when you walk. Like the power suit, one signature skirt is all that is required to create multiple different looks.
A DRESS FOR ALL WEATHER: Sweater dresses are a nice and easy option for the workplace, especially if you’re in a rush in the morning. They’re also great for those awkward days where it’s cold in the morning but hot when you leave for the day.