Choosing the Right Window Dressing

Choosing The Right Window Dressing

Choosing The Right Window Dressing

 
Curtains
 

Choosing the right window dressing for your windows can often seem like a very scary task to do. This post will inform you about three different window dressing types, as well as their placements. Don’t worry! We have you covered at Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors.

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First on our list, we have curtains. Curtains come in many different shapes and forms. In the following images, you will see the following: Double curtain track, single curtain track, eyelet curtain, and a recessed curtain track. The one you chose will depend on the application. For example, if you are wanting to make a room darker, you will install a double curtain track with blockout and a sheer. On a new build or renovation, you will have an option to have a recessed curtain track in the ceiling so you won’t see any hardware. 

 
Shutters
 

Shutters can be on the pricier side of the dressings, however, they make such an impact. Easy to open and close, shutters are perfect for those who don’t enjoy struggling to close curtains every evening. Another great thing about shutters is that you can also get security shutters, which is so helpful in the world we live in today. 

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Shutters come in various finishes and colours, so there should always be one to suit your space. Sometimes, you could always add curtains to either side of the window to soften the space. Shutters are also a great addition to a bathroom, where curtains don’t always work.

 
Blinds
 

Blinds too, come in many different shapes and forms. The following images contain fabric, synthetic and natural blinds. Blinds can also be paired with a set of curtains to soften the space. You could always add a set of ‘dummy’ curtains, which won’t actually open and close.

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Blinds come o=in sheer, as well as blockout so you can choose the right one for your space. Bedrooms will often make use of blockout, to keep out that sun from shining in your eyes too early in the morning. Natural blinds can also add beautiful texture to your space. 

Do you need help choosing the right window dressing for your space?

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Yours in design,

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

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Storage

Creating A Dream Home Office

Creating A Dream Home Office

The Desk

Right now in the world, so many of us are forced to work from home, and others already have home offices established. An office needs to comprise of various factors that aid in making it a comfortable and productive space. It is our job as designers to ensure that we design spaces with beauty and function.

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The first major factor of a home office is the desk space. Whether you work alone, or in a team, you need to have the right desk. You can either choose a desk with internal storage, or one without, and have other storage methods. You need to find a desk that suits your spacial needs and constraints. When placing your desk, try and maximise your space by either placing the desk in the centre of the room, or facing a wall. You can either have a freestanding or built in desk, depending on your needs and space.

Seating

When choosing an office chair, the most import tip we can mention is to TRY IT FIRST. While online shopping is very helpful, you have no way of finding out if you will find the chair comfortable, and any other specs you are looking for. There are various office chairs on the market, including stationary, swivel and moving, or stationery swivels. Choose one depending on your needs and wants.

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The second form of seating in a home office is the general seating. This could take the form of a sofa, recliner or occasional chair. It is important to have a comfortable place to sit and relax when you need a break. It can also be helpful to stay in the same room when having a short break, instead of getting distracted elsewhere in the house.

Storage

Storage is OH-SO-IMPORTANT in a home office. Clutter is a major deterrent to productivity. Therefore, you need to have clever storage in a home office. Somewhere to organise and hide things away from sight until needed.

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Whether or not you have the space for built in storage, we have compiled a few clever ways to store your items. This can take the form of shelves, cupboards and drawers. Remember to have places to store electronics such as printers. A helpful tip is to have a drawer with place for a charger cable. This way, you can charge your electronic devices without them being in the way, and something to distract you.

Do you need help creating your dream home office?

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Yours in design,

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

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Home Owner Magazine

Home Owner Magazine Feature

Home Owner Magazine Feature

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About the Space

One of our latest projects: “Hillside Home’ was recently featured in the Home Owner magazine. The feature displays images of several different rooms in the home. We were approached by the client to design, renovate and decorate their home. We worked with pieces of furniture that they already owned, as well as bringing in new items and decor pieces.

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The whole family are in love with their home, but have their favourites. “I love my room the most. I look forward to going to bed every day,” says the mom of the home, while for the daughter her bedroom is her happy place. “My husband is crazy about the library. If you are looking for him, go to the library.”  – excerpt from the Home Owner article.

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To see more of this home, buy the October 2020 issue of SA Home Owner – on shelf now!

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An excerpt from SA Home Owner’s website on our renovation:

“Situated in a small residential suburb in Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal, this home boasts a classic, serene ambience with a modern feel.

“Our home has splendid views from the top of the mountain, and the area has narrow roads, which means there are no speeding cars, making it safer for children too. The area has big plots, extremely low crime statistics and is generally peaceful,” says the owner.”

Click here to see more of our portfolio

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If you would like to know more about us and what we do,

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Yours in design,

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

Other Tips

Styling Your Space: Table Tops

Styling Your Space: Table Tops

Tray Styling

More times than often, the surfaces around our homes become a dumping ground for all sorts of clutter. In order for our spaces to feel more relaxing, we should always try to clear our surrounding surfaces, and organise our belongings. This can be done, whilst adding decor pieces and styling them to create a beautiful space.

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Trays are always helpful when organising decor pieces, and other necessary items. They are often a staple item in homes, restaurants and even offices. The way we use trays has changed a lot over the years. They are now mostly used to store items, rather than serve off them. This means that they can now be beautiful and functional. Here are a few examples of trays on table tops, and how to style them.

Arranging Vases

Many of us fall victim to storing our vases away in cupboard, never to see the light of day (until a fresh bunch of flowers come along). This should not be the case. Vases are often crucial in a design, as they help fill up voids, and draw attention to the room.

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When styling vases, we can often follow the rule of thirds. This is a simple, yet effective trick to help when placing items. Try and gather three vases, of three different shapes and sizes (tall, medium and short). You can now arrange them with the tallest at the back, the medium off to the side, and the small at the front. Place some real or faux plants in, and you have a beautiful display.

Other Styling Tips

There are so many different ways to style your table tops, and we would never be able to go over them all in this blog post. Here are a few helpful tips and ideas to work with when you next style your tables.

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  • Try to combine various textures, but keeping them within a certain colour palette.
  • Use trinket boxes to store necessary, but not necessarily pretty items, such as keys, alarms and so forth.
  • When stacking books, place a decor item on top. This could be a sculpture, or wooden item to tie in with the rest of your decor.
  • Try to combine natural and synthetic objects together, to create an interesting, yet beautiful space.

Keep a look out more more useful tips and tricks to follow.

Contact us today for an enquiry and all your interior needs.

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Yours in design,

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

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( images sourced from Pinterest )

Fully Mirrored Wall

Choosing the Right Mirror

Choosing the Right Mirror
Mirror Wall Design

Can we let you in on a secret? Mirrors are a secret weapon when it comes to design. They help bring in more light into the space, and make it feel larger than what it actually is. We love using mirrors in spaces, as they can help full up blank wall spaces, as well as adding to the decor.

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When it comes to fully mirrored walls, the design possibilities are endless. From the shape of the mirrors, to the colour and style of the mirrors, almost anything is possible. Mirrored walls help make the room feel bigger and higher than it actually is. You could put a mirrored wall in just about any room, and it could work. Entrances are especially great places to have a mirror wall, and you can read more about why here.

Full Length Mirrors

Full length mirrors have recently become a craze, especially when snapping the perfect for Instagram. They also help elongate a room. A full length mirror can just about have any kind of frame, and the style would depend on your style.

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The following images are of full length mirrors which have been placed on the floor. By placing decor or furniture in front of them, you can create a scene. They all have different frames, from natural wood, to ornate gold. There will be a style for your space, all we need to do is find it!

Mirror Gallery Wall

One of the more difficult styles to put together, a mirror gallery wall can help create interest and texture to a blank wall. Why I say it is difficult to put together, is because it is sometimes quite hard to find the perfect placement of each mirror.

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Mirrored gallery walls are often used in farmhouse styled homes, but can be used in an array of homes/spaces. You could also style them by adding a few picture frames. You can read more about creating a gallery wall here.

Do you need help finding the right mirror for your space?

Contact us today for an enquiry and all your interior needs.

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Yours in design,

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

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( images sourced from Pinterest )

Tables

Custom Furniture Design

Custom Furniture Design

Seating

“Seen that”, “boring”, and “too common” are NOT the words we should be using to describe furniture. Often, store bought furniture can become too over used, and chain sold. This is why custom furniture is a great option when it comes to furnishing your space.

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First of all, we will be looking at seating. The possibilities are endless when it comes to custom furniture. There are so many different materials and fabrics to choose from. From leathers to velvets, cool tones to warm tones, patterns to plains, we know them all! Timbers and metals work so well with softer fabrics, and can be shaped into so many different forms. The following images are all examples of different seating options. We can’t choose which one we like best!

Tables

Do you battle to find a table that caters to a lot of guests? We certainly do! This is why custom – is often best. Tailored to your needs, a table can be made to suit your every wish.

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More times than often, store bought tables can be uncomfortable to sit at, and plain to the eye. When designing a table, we take into account comfort and practicality. Your spacial restrictions will also play a big part in the design, as this shapes the design itself. The following tables are all beautiful designs, filled with little details, which make them so different to others.

Other Noteworthy Styles

This was such a hard category to put together, as I have mentioned before, there are SO MANY options out there. They are all begging to be made up! There are bed frames, head boards, storage units and other designs that do not have to be left plain and simple.

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We love playing with colour, which is why there are a few designs that are rather colourful indeed. Another great part about custom made furniture, is that is can be locally made. This is better than buying from certain shops, as some mass import from other countries. By supporting local, you are helping designers all across South Africa to showcase their work.

Are you itching to have custom-designed furniture in your space?

Contact us today for an enquiry and all your interior needs.

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Yours in design,

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

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( images sourced from Pinterest )

Shelving - 5

Storage Solutions

Storage Solutions

Built in Cabinetry

One struggle that homeowners constantly seem to struggle with is: storage solutions. Depending on the size of your home, there may not be tons of space for storage, but we have some tips on how to help. Let’s get started shall we?

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The first, and best way to combat a lack of storage is to create new ones. This can be done by adding built in cabinetry, what we sometimes call: BIC. We taylor make cabinetry to suit your every need, and house the items that you need to be stored. There are so many finishes that can be applied to your cabinetry, and we have a blog post on that here. We also have some other tips on how to organise your home here.

Shelving

If built in cabinetry is way out of your budget, or if you have spacial constraints shelving may be the way to go. Floating shelving is a beautiful way to display and store your items. However, heavier items may not be suitable for these kinds of shelves.

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Shelving with brackets is a better way to store heavier items. If you are worried about bulky, ugly brackets, fear not! There are so many different and new bracket styles on the market. Placing baskets on your shelves to hide clutter, is a great way to utilise space, but we will speak more about that in the next section.

Baskets

Incorporating woven baskets in your space will help you hide clutter, as well as bring in more natural materials into your space. Baskets are super easy to bring in and out of a cupboard or shelf, as well as lightweight. This makes them good for children’s rooms too. Purchasing baskets from a decor store can become quite expensive, however, we often have them custom made for your space. This can help lower the price, and make sure that they fit perfectly.

Would you like your bathroom to stand out above the rest?

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Yours in design,

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

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( images sourced from Pinterest )

Interior Door Designs - Sliding 2

Interior Door Designs

Interior Door Designs

Standard Swing Doors

Sometimes when it comes to a new build, or even a renovation, the interior doors are often forgotten about. More times than most, a door becomes an afterthought, and are left plain. This should not be the case! If you think about the number of times we interact with our internal doors, they definitely deserve to be thought of and designed. 

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The following images are of the standard swing doors that you find in most spaces. However, they each have unique designs.Glass is a great material to use in your doors, unless it is into a bathroom of course! Places like pantries and living areas are a perfect spot to have glass in your door.

Sliding Doors

Sometimes, a room is too small to have a door opening into the space. This is where a sliding door, or sometimes known as a barn door, would be perfect. Sliding doors are a great place to get creative. Why not add a mirror? Whether it is closed or open, you will always see the same side, therefore it should be something you would be happy to look at.

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The following doors are of all different shapes and sizes. Some are even reclaimed antique doors! The options are limitless.

Cabinetry Doors

There are so many different finishes for cupboard doors, so we might even have to do another full blog post on the subject. But for today, we will be looking at a few different door finishes and designs. 

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Many cupboard doors require openings in order to let in air. A few of the following examples make use of various textures to do so in a beautiful way.

Don’t leave your doors for last!

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Yours in design,

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

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Shower Feature Walls

Shower Feature Walls

Tiles & Mosaics

The days are long gone where showers are shoved into a small corner, with no detailing! An inviting shower is a must-have for relaxation after a long day at work, or for those mornings where you are in a rush. There are a few simple, yet effective ways to take your shower to the next level. Carry on reading to find out how!

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The first way is to add a feature wall with tiles or mosaics. Pebbles are another great feature to add to your shower wall or floor. There are so many different tile options on the market, and millions of more designs to use. If you would like to see some custom tile cutting, follow this link to our blog post. If you would like your feature wall to pop, using colour can easily achieve this. Hand-made tiles offer great texture, and glazing can add a gorgeous shine.

Windows

Let the light in! Imagine being able to look out at nature when you are in your show. Feels serene right? This can be achieved by adding a simple window to your shower. Depending on the positioning of your room, you might not want the whole world to see you in the shower. However, this can be fixed by adding a high, but a narrow window.

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Or if you would prefer a larger window, the glass can easily be frosted to prevent anyone from seeing you. A gap can be left at the top so you are still able to look outside. Depending on how high the window is from the ground, it could also be a great way to store your cleaning products. This leads us to the next important item: storage.

Storage

You may or may not be a culprit of having one too many shampoo or body wash bottles. However, you always need more space for storage. Storage can sometimes become an afterthought, and we end up buying steel, screw-in racks that rusts to pieces.

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Storage should not be an afterthought! When building a new shower, one has the opportunity to incorporate beautiful ideas. This can take the form of an inset, that could be tiles the same as the rest of the shower. It could even be tiled a different way. This would make the space pop. Shelves are also a great way to have more space for your bottles, soaps and brushes. Hooks will also help to store loofas and facecloths. Click here to see our blog post on plumbing fittings. 

Make your shower a space you want to be in.

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Yours in design,

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

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( images sourced from Pinterest )

Adding Warmth to Your Home - Fireplace 3

Adding Warmth to Your Home

Adding Warmth to Your Home

Rugs

Before I started this blog post, I sat and shivered because of the cold spell we are currently having in Durban. Luckily, I live by my own advice, and found some great ways to warm up. By reading this blog post, you too, should have some simple and good ways to bring warmth to your home.

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The first way is to introduce rugs into your space. Fluffy and soft, or natural and hard wearing, a rug is a perfect way to help bring warmth to your space. Why stand on cold hard tiles whilst brushing your teeth on crisp mornings, when your toes could be warm instead. This goes the same for a kitchen. Some might think it impractical to have a rug in the kitchen, but can be very helpful to warm you up, whilst providing comfort.

Throws

Feeling cold while watching your favourite Netflix show? No problem! By adding a few throws to your space, whenever you feel a chill, simply throw on, well, a throw!

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Throws are a great way to soften a space, as well as adding warmth when needed. There is a wide variety of throws on the market, as well as fabrics to have your own manufactured. There will be dozens to suit your space, and we could easily help you find the right ones. These will help bring pattern, colour and excitement to your space. Or if you prefer, neutral throws. They will always be helpful, and when not in use, there are various ways to store them. Roll them up and pop them in a basket, throw them over your bed or sofa, or just fold them up and put away in a cupboard.

Heating

Other ways to bring warmth to your space, is by adding a fireplace, underfloor heating, portable heaters, or even heated towel rails. These are just a few examples, but there are many on the market. Here is a link to our Outdoor Fire Pit post or our Fireplace Design post which are both bursting with inspiration.

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As you can see in the following images, it is possible to have a fireplace in nearly every room in the house. This could be the bathroom, bedroom, living room or even dining room. Remember, there are options as to what type of fireplace you can have, which you can find out more about here.

Let us help you add warmth to your space.

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Yours in design,

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

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