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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.

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Yours in design,

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

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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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Home Bar Design

Cabinetry

You may be dreaming of having your own bar at home – or you could be lucky enough to already own one. Either way, this post will inspire you with various elements of a home bar design. From cabinetry design to lighting, your bar could be a space you would never want to leave!

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When designing a bar, cabinetry is one of the main elements of the design. You need somewhere to store your drinks, equipment, as well as a countertop to work on. There are so many different kinds of cabinetry materials. From veneer, to solid wood doors, or doors wrapped in metal, there is something for everyone. This is the same when it comes to the countertop. Depending on your space, there are countless possibilities. Luckily, this is what we specialise in, and would love to help you.

Seating

Now that you have your beautiful cabinetry and countertops, you will need some seating. Then you will be able to sit back, relax and sip on your drink. Depending on the size of your bar area, you might be able to have bar seating, lounge seating, or even both.

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The following images have tons of inspiration for your barstools or lounge seating. The style and design will depend on the style of your bar. We are able to custom design and manufacture the bar furniture of your dreams!

Lighting

Lighting will form an important part of your design. There are various forms of lighting, depending on the application. Most bars rely on ambient lighting, to set the mood. This could be in the form of soft, strip lights within your cabinetry. A fun way to add lights to your space is by having LED lights that take the form of words, or other designs to suit your space.

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Down-lights, pendants and wall sconces can also form part of your bar design. The following images will give you tons of lighting inspiration.

For a bar that will have you never wanting to leave,

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Yours in design,

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

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Creating a Welcoming Entrance

Lighting

An entrance or a foyer is often the first room you walk into when entering a house. It will help set the tone of the entire home, therefore needs to look beautiful! The following post will help you gather ideas and inspiration for your entryway, whether you need a redesign, or a brand new one.

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Would you feel comfortable walking into a dark and dingy space? If the answer is no, then your foyer should be no different! Lighting will make a huge difference in the space. The correct lighting can help make the space look and feel bigger and brighter. Depending on the size and volume of your space, the lighting will differ. Double volume spaces can often afford to have a large, statement light fitting. Smaller spaces might need to have smaller sized fittings. Don’t forget about wall scones too!

Storage

Am I the only one guilty of walking into my home and leaving my belongings all over the space? No? Good – then the following images will inspire you to have some form of storage in your entryway. This could be a large statement table that instantly greets you as you walk in.

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For those of us with smaller entrances, a server with some storage would do the trick too. Bench seating with storage options is also a great way to maximise your space and storage. Leave your shoes, your coat and your keys all in one place, looking neat and tidy.

Mirrors

We have said the following, a few times, because it is so true! Mirrors are a great way to make a space feel bigger, as it lets more light into the room, and reflects its surroundings. Mirrors come in all different shapes and sizes. The following images are great examples of incorporating mirrors into an entrance.

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We love putting custom cut mirrors onto an entry wall. We are able to custom design and manufacture mirrors in nearly any design imaginable. They help us to check ourselves on our way out, and often provide the perfect tool for an “insta-worthy” photo. What’s not to love?

Are you full of ideas for your entrance, but have no clue where to begin?

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Yours in design,

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

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Interior textures

When it comes to interior textures we do not only mean paint, wallpaper and furniture. There is a vast range of materials that can be used to create interest in a space.

 

Stone, marble, timber cladding is not only for patios and water features. Consider cladding a fire place in your bedroom or living room in a white marble. The cladding will give the space depth and the light will end up catching the rough edges. Which will sparkle and catch your eye, creating interest. Consider then pairing the clad with a detailed darker wallpaper. The juxtaposition of the two becomes an unusual design element.

 

Timber cladding is quite popular in commercial spaces but are used in a very similar way, and it can be used on ceilings, walls, counters. Because timber is a good way to bring in warmth and soften a space we often pair it with a ‘cold’ feeling texture such as a tile.

Incorporating raw brick textures and a concrete look textures is one way to break the norm when it comes to designing a space. Using ordinarily external textures inside introduces contrast into an otherwise everyday space.

 

Using these different textures is our way of starting above the crowd and breaking the norm from the ordinary interior designer. We are able to create interesting and unique spaces. Interior design can be made much more interesting by bringing the ordinarily used outdoor textures, inside.

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Are you needing to create some interest in your space?

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Yours in design,

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

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OUTDOOR UTOPIA

With comfortable seating, your natural greenery all round, and some vibrant colours and textures, your outdoor space could be completely transformed and updated. Outdoor living spaces tend to only be used in summer on the most perfect days. With a beautifully designed outdoor space. This space could become your second living space.

Whether you have a closed veranda or an exposed poolside lounge area, that you never seem to utilise, we can help. Theses spaces can be so much more than just a cold steel 2 seater bench. Fully upholstered sofas, dining tables and chairs are all suitable if done correctly.

There are a few key elements that create the right feel for this space. Lighting is one of them. Many people think that because it is outdoors that they can not have beautiful lighting. There are so many different option theses days with regards to outdoor lighting and even just unique ways in which to incorporate garden lighting to create the magical feel in our own back yard.

The next element is obviously furniture. With the wide range of outdoor furniture and fabrics that we have today, there is no limit to what we can do in a space. With the fully upholstered furniture, the outdoor fabrics are made to handle the sun and the outdoor conditions but covers can be made for theses pieces. This ensures that there is no hassle with having to move furniture back indoors and out of the rain.

Do not let the weather or outdoor space intimidate you. Create a beautiful space that you can enjoy on these upcoming warm summer days.

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Are you dreaming of having a gorgeous useful outdoor space?

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Yours in design,

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

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MINIMALIST DESIGN

Minimalism often has a sterile connotation to it. But real minimalist design can be beautiful if done correctly.

Minimalist design is simple, sophisticated, uncluttered and mostly monochromatic. Colour would be used as accents as opposed to features. Minimalist design utilises open plan living spaces. This allows light to spread through the areas freely. This creates an even uninterrupted feeling through the space.

True minimalism will not only ensure a comfortable, clean feel but will highlight the true nature of the architecture around it as there are not many distractions. Often it is used in spaces that are architecturally interesting as this way the building gets the attention that is deserves.

 

Minimalist homes can be simple and well designed, not boring. In kitchens it is as simple as taking the built in cupboard fittings to the ceiling allowing an uninterrupted view as well as utilising the space to its fullest. In a living room we then have the opportunity to pick out good comfortable furniture, that allows us what we need in a space. As opposed to all the added knick-knacks that we would ordinarily buy, to make a space feel fuller.

Theses solutions are functional and are the essence of what we need. Having a well design minimalist space allows us to truly make things stand out where they need to.

 

Minimalist homes can often feel cold and uninviting but with a good design this can be avoided. We would introduce wood and jute into spaces to give the space warmth. We find that a play on different textures creates interest and a great between spaces.

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Yours in design,

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

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RECEPTIONS

Reception Desk

A reception area often represents the brand whose space it is in. This is often one of the very first things you see when you walk into a commercial space. Therefore, it needs to put forward a great first impression on its’ viewers. Having a reception desk that is full of interest and flavour, will leave a good impression on its’ market.

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Would you rather be in a space that dazzles you and invokes emotion, or a plain old space that bores you? We would totally rather be in a vibrant space, full of life. The following reception areas represent just that. These desks combine various colours, materials and textures to create a lasting impression. Wood and stone are great materials to use in a desk, and are sure to age well.

Lighting

Lighting can make or break a space! Dark spaces often make the spaces feel much smaller and cramped. With brighter lighting, the space will look and feel larger and more open. Many reception areas have high ceilings. In this case, large chandeliers or pendants will make a statement, whilst lighting up the area. If the ceiling is low, smaller pendants above the desk, and downlights around the room will do the trick too.

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Strip or rope lighting will help light up certain areas, and create ambient lighting. Using this lighting along passage ways help make the space feel less imposing, and more spacious. The following ideas can easily be altered and integrated into your room.

Flooring

Flooring is an important part of any reception. There is bound to be many people tracking all around this space. The flooring needs to be suited to high traffic areas. Therefore, it needs to be durable, easy to clean and safe! We can help you find the perfect flooring for your space.

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

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Yours in design,

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

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COUNTERTOP DESIGN

Marble

Marble has been used in homes long before sliced bread! This timeless and elegant stone can be used in many different applications all throughout the home. A countertop is a great place to use marble. Marble, being neutral in tones can go beautifully with so many different colour schemes and styles.

Granite

Granite is often thought of as a common and ‘boring’ countertop material. This does not have to be the case. Granite, being a natural material, differs from block to block. It too, is mined from under the earth. It can differ in colours, texture and patterns. Granite is a very strong stone, and is very suitable as countertops in kitchens.

Other types of Stone

There are many other types of stones out there. Onyx is a beautiful and unique stone. However, it can be quite breakable if not installed and treated properly. It can be lit up because of its’ translucent properties. This makes a stunning feature in any space.

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There are other manmade stones such as quartz. These stones are easily available and come in many different patterns and colours. The following are combined examples of various other countertop-worthy materials.

If you would love to be a proud owner of beautiful countertops…

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Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

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MODERN MARBLE OBSESSION

Bathroom

Marble has become such a statement design piece in many spaces all over the world. Marble is a natural stone, formed under the earth over millions of years. It is then cut up into chunks, sent to factories who transform it into usable slabs. As the stone is porous, it needs to be sealed. We can then use it throughout various applications. The first place marble can be used in the home is in the bathroom. Bathtubs can be cladded in marble. Tiles can either be used on the floor or walls. Countertops are a great way to make use of this stone. It will most certainly give your space an opulent feel!

Kitchen

There are so many different places where stone can be used in the kitchen. From countertops to splash-backs, it will be sure to make your space ooze with glamour! As we mentioned earlier, marble is porous and will need to be sealed. This will prevent water and dieting getting into the stone, and damaging it. There are various other stones that can be used, such as quarts and onyx.

Living Room

Stone can be used to clad fireplaces and walls. Marble look tiles can easily be purchased and tiles on your walls or floors. This will give the look, without necessary blowing your entire budget. Coffee tables and side tables are a great way to incorporate stone into your space. Many decor and furniture stores sell stone top tables. Remember that marble goes very well with metals such as gold and rose gold. Our previous blog post help you know more about how to use gold in your space.

Are you dreaming of having marble in your space?

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Yours in design,

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

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