Hanging Plates on the Wall

A meeting with a  client yesterday brought about a conversation about what to hang on the walls after her upcoming renovation. On this project we are creating a fresh take on the cottage style, where we are mixing clean lines with traditional details. I suggested to her to hang plates on the wall, especially by the dining table - a vintage idea that can be interpreted in so many ways, including by composition, colour, pattern and sizes of plates you use. She was intrigued. So after having a look around the vast world of Pinterest, here are some visuals I found to get the idea rolling.



All photographs found via Pinterest.
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Newly Reupholstered Chairs

My client showed me two chairs several weeks ago - they been handed down through the family to her and she wanted to keep them, however they needed serious repair and updating. There was sagging seats, no foam, old worn fabric, beaten timber - in general, they had been much loved over the years and were looking worse for wear. So last week, I happily delivered these newly refurbished chairs back to her house - she was delighted.

Photographs by Charlotte Minty.
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Drapery Details

My client had their new curtains and blinds installed this week. They looked great and I have shared a close up detail here.
The previous traditional net curtains were replaced with sheer roman blinds - which is a more contemporary and elegant solution, and they sit so well within the window frame. To bring some contrast and detailing to the room, navy drapes were installed with this beautifully detailed beaded ribbon on the leading edge. The sheer fabric and ribbon were paired together as they shared the diamond motif and the vertical direction. There are a few more details to go before finishing this room - however, this made a great start.
Photograph by Charlotte Minty.
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Apartments in a Former Chocolate Factory

After admiring the Lyceum apartments by Stockholm property development company, Oscar Properties last week, I delved further into their portfolio and found these lovely apartments located in a former chocolate factory. Again, the historical character building, typical of factory buildings in the 1920's in Stockholm, have high ceilings and large mullioned windows which are so desirable in a living space. And to top it off, these spaces are well designed, have a beautiful palette of materials and styled with sophisticated pieces. Tick, tick, tick all the right boxes.

Photographs via Nordic Design
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L'Oiseau from Vitra

Today is my Mum's birthday and the family all gathered together on the shortest day yesterday to celebrate the grand occasion. Several birthdays ago, we gifted Mum the Eames House bird from Vitra, something that she loves and had admired for years previously. So this year, we gave her the latest version - Vitra's L'Oiseau (french for 'bird') designed in 2011 by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. Made from solid maple and sanded smooth, this delightful creature is so lovely to hold and you can't help but admire the simplicity. It looks good wherever it may be placed. Happy birthday Mum!

Photographs via Vitra
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Stunning Modern Apartments in Stockholm

This is a amazing example of how great apartments can be! These beautifully staged apartment interiors, showing off the high ceilings and large windows are part of Lyceum, a new development in Stockholm, Sweden by Oscar Properties. Three buildings are combined to contain around 80 apartments and were once homes to classrooms and laboratories. These sophisticated apartments are unique and truly impressive. This is the Scandinavian style I admire most - modern, rich and warm.

Photographs via Nordic Design.
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This Week's Office Happenings...

This richly embroidered Jane Churchill fabric called Santana has been ordered to create new cushions for a client.
This lovely fabric will be tying together a range of colours and textures in their living room, including a newly
re-upholstered sofa in cream zebra stripes!
Another week in the office has whizzed by and some lovely jobs have been coming together - here are just some of the things that have been happening. Have a great weekend all.
This Cole and Son wallpaper, Columbus is going in a client's new powder room. Their new house has lovely views
of the sea and this room happens to be at the back of the building so why not take the view with you?

I saw these lab bar stools in white while having coffee with my boyfriend in a café and knew they would be perfect for
a client's new traditional style kitchen that I've designed for her - even better that they are available in duck egg blue,
her favourite colour.
I was given this divine T-lab rabbit as a gift of thanks from a friend - (whispering) who may be opening a cool new store
in Wellington. Don't worry I'll keep you posted! She's looking sweet on my book shelf.
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Studio Apartment above Garage

This studio apartment located in Auckland was recently featured in Remodelista  and it is a great example of well designed small-space living. Designed by Karin Montgomery Spath, this stylish loft was created above the garage for her clients to reside while their main house was undergoing extensive renovations. Since completion, this loft has become the house's guest quarters. Read how Karin approached this project and her small space ideas here.

Photographs by Matthew Williams
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Margot House Hotel, Barcelona

Check out these soothing and elegant bedrooms belonging to Margot House hotel in Barcelona. They are so appealing after a busy week! Have a great weekend all.

Photographs via Margot House
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