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Design all over: Inside-Out Design


Their clever name sums up their focus – on the inside and the outside of a home. Boutique company Inside-Out Design delivers a personalised design service across a range of design fields, but with an emphasis on landscape and interior design.

 

 

It’s a family business with brother and sister, Ben McMaster and Jane Rennie. Ben’s speciality is landscape design while Jane’s is in enhancing interiors.

Each of them leads a small team dedicated to creating sophisticated environments for the modern lifestyle.

Having several design fields under one roof makes for a very creative environment that enhances the design process between house and garden.

Homeowners all over the country have benefitted from the expertise of Inside-Out Design, including here in Christchurch.

A recent design and build project by Inside-Out Design of a large property in Bristol Street (above) entailed a total remodelling of an existing garden.

The contemporary house is now complemented by a modern, functional garden with a classical essence that Inside-Out Design is renowned for.

It caters for all seasonal interests throughout the year while maintaining structural elements which anchor the garden with the house.

Moving towards the coast Jane and Ben have loved working closely with the residents of an inspiring Godley Drive.

Balancing bolder hues and natural tones found within the coastal environment was all part of the design philosophy.

The stunning handmade wallpaper carefully hung by Apollo Painters in the entrance really set the stage.

The guest bathroom (right) gave the opportunity to play with contemporary forms and materials with the beautiful natural travertine stone laid by Terra Nova Tiling providing the perfect backdrop and compliment to the warmth of the bespoke timber cabinetry and stone basin. Statement pendants were carefully selected to add a unique design element.

Contact Inside Out Design on (03) 355 3120 or  info@iodesign.co.nz.


 

Trend to know: Japandi


We’re not going to lie, 2020, we won’t miss you. In fact, we’re already looking ahead to your replacement. But it’s not all bad news; we are going to use you for inspiration for a bit of lounging around in 2021.

 

 

That’s right, if you would rather put 2020 behind you, we’re with you! But this rather average year is shaping up to play a pivotal role in our living spaces.

We’ve checked out the ways 2020 is influencing our 2021 living rooms – and would like to introduce trend to know, Japandi.

JAMES LANE LANTERN

We’ve long honoured and admired the Scandinavian aesthetic in the home; a design movement characterised by simplicity, minimalism and functionality.

Now we’re taking that to the next level with Japandi – an amalgamation of Scandinavian and Japanese design aesthetics.

IN THE SAC AVENUE THROW IN TOBACCO

Each has a focus on simplicity, natural elements and comfort. Combined, the look is minimal, functional, warm and calming, with touches of wabi-sabi enthused imperfection.

Etch Soapstone Vessel from Citta

So, it’s no surprise we’re craving Japandi and all it represents in a Covid-19 world.

KETZ-KE X CLAYBIRD MUG AND CAKE PLATE

 

Wanaka’s Wieliczka: HM Design


In the eyes of Hannah Withy, good interior design involves working to the client’s brief to ensure they are happy. Which is exactly what landed her three awards for the beautiful bathroom (pictured) at the NKBA 2020 Excellence in Design Awards. Metropol catches up with the first-time entrant.

 

 

WHAT DREW YOU TO DESIGN, SPECIFICALLY KITCHEN, BATHROOM AND JOINERY?
“I studied a Bachelor of Industrial Design, and I loved doing the furniture design paper. When I finished up, I thought maybe I could combine my love of cooking and furniture design into kitchen design and I just went from there. I’m very fortunate to have discovered that passion at a young age.”


WHAT WAS THE BRIEF GIVEN FOR THE 2020 NKBA AND HOW DID YOU ACHIEVE THIS?
“The client wanted the bathroom to be like a cave. They were an owner-builder so wanted to be able to do a lot of the work themselves. So, instead of doing a huge amount of tiling on the walls I chose a material that the owner was able to install. When the client mentioned the word cave, I instantly thought of the Wieliczka cathedral-like Salt Mine in Poland I had seen on my OE.”


WHAT DOES THIS RECOGNITION MEAN TO YOU?
“I am ecstatic to have my hard work rewarded during what has been a tough year. I am humbled by this award and am so happy I made the effort to enter.”

 


 

Why an interior designer? Petronellas Interior Design


Petronella’s Interior Design managing director and designer, Ineke Winkelman, tells Metropol how a professional can help create a well-balanced and integrated interior design whether you’re building, renovating or re-decorating.

 

WHAT DOES GOOD INTERIOR DESIGN LOOK LIKE?
“Good interior design is achieved by a well thought out and co-ordinated colour scheme across your whole house. From paint colours and wallpaper, to soft furnishings including drapes, rugs, cushions and throws, all the way through to hard surfaces such as benchtops, cabinetry and fixtures – even key furniture pieces. All those elements need to complement each other to create a finished interior that speaks volumes.”

I’VE LOOKED ON PINTEREST AND SAVED SOME IDEAS, SURELY I COULD DO THIS MYSELF?
“Pinterest is a great place to start but pulling all the elements together takes skills and experience. I enjoy using my product knowledge and supplier relationships to deliver desired looks clients have seen. Or, creating a stunning space from one key element – such as a chair, cushion or bedspread – and pairing these with complimentary colours, patterns or textures to create a considered space.”

NOW YOU MENTION IT, THERE’S A LOT OF INTERIOR TRENDS OUT THERE. HOW DO YOU CHOOSE WHAT TO GO WITH?
“It’s not always about following trends, everyone has a style or mix of styles. That’s why it’s important for me to meet a client and understand how they live and their style. From there I use fabric, wallpaper and colour to create the right drama and impact outlined in their brief.”


 

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

 


 

Take a Seat: Resene


Weathered blues and whitewashed plywood create a soothing space to relax and read as we seek to escape the hectic world beyond the front door.

 

STYLING BY CLAUDIA KOZUB, IMAGES BY WENDY FENWICK

 

This space has a soft, beachy, eco vibe that would work with any interior from the bach or tiny home to a renovated mid-century home or new build. The built-in plywood bench seat brings an architectural dimension to the room, with the wall and bench seat top finished in Resene Colorwood Whitewash.

The cupboards in front are finished in Resene Colorwood Greywash stain and Resene Raindance paint. In keeping with the natural theme, the floorboards are in Resene Colorwood Natural wood stain, then protected with Resene Qristal ClearFloor.

Pull up a chair and add a coffee table painted in Resene Poured Milk (top) and Resene Quarter Baltic Sea (legs). The walls, painted in Resene Sea Fog, make for a cool-based white backdrop.

Add a collection of ornaments painted in Resene Poured Milk (candlestick), Resene Lazy River (honeycomb vase), Resene Raindance (textured vase) and Resene Influential (diamond-patterned pot).

Working superbly as neutrals, these soothing colours are easy to insert into most interior schemes. The palest watery blue works as an alternative for icy white yet still allows stronger colours to come and go as accessories, or to marry with more grounded tones in warm browns and sandy taupes.

Tactile accessories and texture are made for these colours, whether it’s translucent sheer fabrics, rubbed metals, roughened basketry or aged timbers.

 

Background in Resene Colorwood Whitewash, Resene Colorwood Greywash and Resene Raindance, narrow vase in Resene Raindance, wide vase in Resene Lazy River, A4 drawdown paint swatches in Resene Poured Milk, Resene Quarter Baltic Sea and Resene Sea Fog.
For other stains to try, see the Resene Colorwood range for interiors and the Resene Woodsman range for exteriors.

 

Accent colours to try with pale blues and whitewash:

  1. Acid greens to stay with the natural theme
  2. Sharp mustards for an on-trend combo
  3. Deep charcoal for extra dimension
  4. Smoky purples for a twist on the tonal look
  5. Warm medium browns for added earthiness

Get inspired at your local Resene ColorShop, www.resene.co.nz/colorshops.


 

New Neutrals: Resene


Our concept of what a neutral colour looks like is changing. No longer are we talking only about whites, creams, beiges and greys – some surprising new neutrals are in the mix.

 

STYLING BY LISA MORTON, IMAGES BY BRYCE CARLETON

 

Among them are a range of terracotta shades, from subtle apricot tones all the way through to sun-baked clay. While not traditional neutrals, these shades are extremely versatile and work well in lots of – and often unexpected –combinations.

This bedroom is a perfect example of one such surprising but effective combination. Walls in Resene Raindance are given extra drama and interest with graduated layers of terracotta shades; the Resene Just Dance footstool topped with the small vase in pale peach Resene Sorbet, the mid-sized vase in Resene Shilo through to the bold Resene Sunbaked finish of the taller vase and the lightshade. The floor anchors everything with a subtle shade of Resene Colorwood Greywash. The overall result? All the drama and beauty of a desert sunset.

 

Background in Resene Colorwood Greywash. A4 drawdown paint swatches (left to right): Resene Despacito, Resene Just Dance and Resene Raindance. Top vase in Resene Shilo, bottom vase in Resene Sorbet, circle in Resene Sunbaked.

 

Get inspired at your local Resene ColorShop, www.resene.co.nz/colorshops.

 

 


 

Timelessly Tactile


Natural materials are moving to the forefront of our interior styling as environmental impact begins to dictate many of our purchase choices. Wood: it’s earthy, rustic, homely, timelessly elegant and sustainable… what’s not to love?

 

LINEN HOUSE

 

New home décor trends are constantly emerging, tempting us with their new appeal. But there’s one material that never goes out of style, that’s versatile and that transcends the trends and seasons with its timelessness.

 

JAMES LANE

This tactile material is none other than natural wood. Weathered or polished, natural wood brings the outdoors in. Wooden highlights can carry through the house from the bathroom to the bedroom; turn any lacklustre room into a cosy haven with simple wood accents.

 

MOCKA

Swapping out shades of wood makes a simple seasonal change no matter the style. Dark woods bring a wintry depth, while lighter, chestnut-coloured woods channel an organic autumnal warmth.

 

OZ DESIGN FURNITURE

Summer is just around the corner, so now’s the ideal time to update your space with pale-coloured wood accents – think side and coffee tables, lamps, chairs, shelves, chests, baskets, mirrors (the list goes on!) – complemented by greenery and other natural textures such as neutral woollen throws, shaggy rugs and wicker accessories.

 

WEST ELM

Browse our moodboard for inspiration.

 

OZ DESIGN FURNITURE 2

 

 


 

Touch of gold


Nothing delights the eye quite so much as the glitter of gold. Wherever gold is, gloom is dispelled. Be it the ring on your finger, the scarf around your neck, or the coverlet adorning your bed, there’s something about gold. Here are a few ways to get a touch of gold in your home this season.

 

FREEDOM FURNITURE

 

  1. A gold chandelier: Choose an elegant chandelier that concentrates less on the metal but more on the glass – one with touches of gold on the arms will render a soft illumination without harshness.
  2. Window treatments: A single gold sash above the top of your curtains gives instant eye-catching glamour, or curtain hooks of antique gold that deserve to be seen. But for sheer drama, hang drops of gold organza over your existing drapes!
  3. Gold furniture: Swap curtains, linens, rugs and pillows with ones that have colour accents of gold. Create a glimmering gold feature wall, or if that seems too daring, paint a coffee table or the legs of footstools.
  4. Table touches: An exquisite gold runner along the dining room table cannot be underestimated. Pair it with a contrasting centrepiece, such as a dark bowl filled with gold decorative balls, or a black-based candelabra with long gold candles and you’re set for a year of beautiful dining.
  5. Light dark spaces: Gold wall sconces, mirrors with gold embellished frames, or photos framed in gold, will gently effuse a room in light, while side-tables dressed with a neutral lampshade with a gold base, or a black lampshade with gold lining, add that extra touch of warmth and illuminated drama.

 


 

Where the wild things are


We modern-day humans have long harboured a fascination for all things tribal and, thanks to children’s books and Hollywood, our collective imaginations have run riot on the subject.

 

LINEN HOUSE

 

Think of Tarzan swinging across the jungle; the dashing daredevil Lawrence of Arabia striding desert sands; Hepburn and Bogart pitted against the mighty Ulanga River aboard The African Queen and, for pure tribal embracement, nobody did it better than Eartha Kitt, famous for punctuating her songs with cat-like growls while slithering over sofas clad in figure-hugging animal prints.

In fact, the very word ‘tribal’ immediately conjures thoughts of perfumes, spices, exotic places, and err… seductive faces.

 

RAJA HOMEWARES

Tribal art is often ceremonial or religious in nature and has a global reach across Africa, the Americas, the Middle East, Asia and Oceania, which encompasses Melanesia, Polynesia, Australia and New Zealand.

Many artists have been inspired by tribal arts; Pablo Picasso once stated that “primitive sculpture has never been surpassed”.

When it comes to home décor, tribal design and artware has long reigned supreme with its strong patterns and natural elements. In the latter part of the 20th century, tribal interiors tended towards the warm tones, but in the 21st century we’re trending towards the cool monochrome of black and white.

 

OZ DESIGN FURNITURE

At first glance it may appear as a Scandinavian take on tribal, but with an imposing ethnic artwork in dominant position and a few large handcrafted vessels strategically placed, the look is much bolder than the gentle Scandi interior.

To really ramp up the tribal, think enormous basket-weave lightshades, low-level wooden coffee tables, and for eye-catching wall-art, horned animal skulls, feathered arrows, shields and spears, or a magnificent kilim of mural-sized proportion.

For a final flourish of monochrome tribal, whitewashed floors and walls contrasted with dark doors, louvres, storage shelves and screens deliver the ultimate in tribal chic.

 

BAREFOOT GYPSY