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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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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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Outdoor Fire Pits

Outdoor Fire Pits

The Firepit

The days are becoming shorter, whilst the nights are becoming longer, and more crisp. What could be a better way to relax and unwind than snuggling up next to a warm and cozy fire pit? This is a great idea to fill an empty void in your garden, whilst providing you with seating and of course warmth for those chilly evenings.

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When choosing a fire pit for your space, there are a few factors to consider. Would you like your pit to be cast in situ, or would you like it to be moveable? There are various type of fires that you could use. There are wood burners, gas or even more modern and eco-friendly types of pits. This will depend on the style of your space, the size you have to work with, as well as your fire preference. Here are some beautiful fire pits to get you inspired for your space.

Seating

Seating will form an important part to your space. There are so many different ways you could have your seating area. From built in deck type seating, with upholstered cushions, to concrete seating. You could have a square or rectangular setup, or even a rounded set up. This will all depend on how many people you wish to cater for, as well as your style.

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Safety will form an important part of the design, as fires, when not controlled or built properly could be detrimental. This is why it is best to have a designer who will follow safety standards and precautions to keep you and your family safe.

Other Parts to the Design

There are other aspects to the design, such as lighting, flooring, fabrics and possibly a roofing structure. This will also depend on your style, space allowance and budget. These add ons will take the design up a notch, and will have your guests in awe!

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When it comes to fabrics, an outdoor fabric would be the best to use in the space. They are UV resistant and won’t be damaged by sun rays. Outdoor vinyls will be waterproof and won’t need to be taken inside. What a joy! We have so many different options for you, ranging from bold patterns and gorgeous textures.

Are you wanting help with a ‘lit’ fire pit?

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Yours in design,

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

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Pink Affairs - A Moodboard Feature Image

Pink Affairs – A Moodboard

Pink Affairs - A Moodboard

Pink Affairs - A Moodboard
About the Moodboard

This week, we released our first IGTV video! We created a moodboard filled with various fabrics, wall coverings and other textures. This was a new and fun venture for us, as we had never done anything like it before. We are hoping to create a series of video mood boards to showcase different interior textures from various fabric houses. It will be super informative as you will get to see how we put together different schemes, whilst using such a variation of colours and textures. We will then release a blog post, just like this one, where we will add in various inspiration images, and furniture to go with the moodboard. We hope you enjoy this as much as we enjoyed making it! This week, I used the theme: “Pink Affairs”, and you can find out more about it in the link at the end of this blog post.

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In our video, which is linked below, you will notice that I spoke about incorporating natural elements, such as shell or grasscloth. The following images are of light fittings that would work beautifully in a space with our moodboard scheme. The shell light fittings incorporate gold, which I spoke about in the video. Gold adds a touch of glamour to the space, and incorporates a new texture. Shell will catch the light so wonderfully, creating a pattern of its’ own.

Incorporating Shell

We can’t wait to create more moodboards to inspire you!

If you would like this scheme, or another personally designed scheme for your space, do not hesitate to:

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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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Do you want a minimalist, clutter free home?

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Yours in design,

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

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EFFECTIVE TILE CUTTING

We are all so very used to buying a tile and putting it up on the wall or floor.  Many people don’t think much of it from there. A tile can be so much more than just a square or rectangle.

 

Cutting a tile into unique shapes which are then place together to create a splash back or an accent wall can entirely transform a space. Doing more with a tile shows consideration for a space than just placing ordinary tiles.

 

Tiles do not have to be restricted to areas that get wet or even to homes. Accent walls can be tiled and where in a home, restaurant or office. Doing accent walls in tiles is more durable and can be more effective than paint or wallpaper.

 

No need to even stress about buying a specific tile to be cut, you can use the same tile as the rest of the bathroom and just have it cut into your chosen design. This way your scheme stays the same just with a little extra thought put into it. 

 

This concept may be fulfilled by mosaic tiles but what if they do not have the design that you are looking for? What if you are looking for a geometric style tile that you found on Pinterest and they have in Europe but you can’t get it here. That is the beauty of tile cutting. Less hassle and more effective.  

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Are you wanting to re-tile in your home?

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Yours in design,

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

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( images sourced from Pinterest )

Greenery - Interior

A Travel in Time, Musgrave Home

Travel In Time, Musgrave Home

We just loved this quick room make over! It is amazing what thought out room placement does, incorporating old pieces with some new and the room was transformed. Travel in time with us in this Musgrave home.

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When called in to consult on this project, the space was just collecting junk and not being used or appreciated. The space has now become a comfortable reading area as well as a beautiful entrance feature.

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We were inspired by a British Colonial style with modern twist.

We wrapped the room in grasscloth, pulled in some gorgeous leather occasional chairs, display units and paired them with hand painted scatter cushions selected from Weylandts.

Before photos

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Yours in design,

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

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GET THE LOOK: AFRICAN INSPIRED DESIGN

Living in Africa, we are so privileged to be able to live in such a diverse landscape. There are so many different African cultures and traditions, each with its’ own unique style and taste. From the sunny, white sand beaches of Mozambique, to the snow capped mountains of Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, there is such diversity.

Bedroom

Using textures in your space is such a key factor when drawing inspiration from the diverse African theme. Africa is known for its’ fine craftsmanship when creating woven and carved pieces. Using woven rugs, baskets and even light fittings is an ideal way to incorporate natural elements into your space.

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Traditionally, many African buildings were crafted from wood and clay. A stunning and simple way to incorporate more wood into your space, is by having wooden ceiling beams. (The faux version can work just as well too!) You can easily add in more of an African feeling by having beautiful tribal prints. Throws, scatter cushions and upholstered furniture can make such a difference in the space.

Living Room

We most certainly feel super proud when looking at spaces with African inspired features. The following living spaces look so comfortable and inviting. Once again, neutral earthy tones have been used in the colour pallet. Beaded and woven bowls are great items to collect. You can buy beautiful items, whilst supporting local craftsmen and women.

Dining Room

We are loving these African inspired dining room settings. The tables have been crafted from various materials such as wood and cement. Malawian chairs are a great way to add in some more woven and handcrafted elements. Clay pots and crockery will emphasise the African theme, but still look so gorgeous in just about any space.

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One of our clients constantly travelled all over Africa, and had many unique pieces she had collected. We used them throughout her living area renovation. Have a look at this beautiful space here.

Support local! Love the beautiful continent you live on.

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Yours in design,

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

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( images sourced from Pinterest )

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Dolphin Coast New Build – Cutting Edge Design

About The Project

In the new year, we will be doing the full interior design of a new build on the Dolphin Coast, Zinkwazi.

The intention for this holiday home is a no mess no fuss space. Simple lines, minimal feel but most importantly effortlessly functional. Our clients want to arrive and simply relax in a beautiful space whilst taking in the ocean views.

 

The architects Boogertman & Partners drew inspiration from the Magney House, designed by architect Glenn Murcutt, an absolute love of our client. When planning their dream holiday home there as no doubt that that is the look they wanted.

 

The home will feature cutting edge, modern designs with simple finishes to show off the style. The most special part of the home is that being the globe trotters our clients are, along with their love of architectural beauty they also share of love of beautiful artworks. Herein lies a challenge we are excited to tackle head on, the home should function as a rotating gallery. We have some amazing ideas on how to achieve this and cannot wait to share with you.

The Plot
Elevations of the Home
General Inspiration

Large parts of the home will feature concrete, such as off shutter on the walls, and polished concrete on the floors. This will give the home a modern and contemporary feel. Dark colours and natural materials will be seen throughout the home to give it interest and depth. The double storey home will boast a large floating staircase, which will certainly be a feature in the home.

Love this off shutter look? You can read more about off-shutter in our blog post here.

Kitchen Inspiration

Being a holiday home, the kitchen is going to most definitely be a gathering space. So we thought it best to make a bold statement by using dark cabinetry with a touch of washed oak to tie in with the internal doors – spoiler alert, oak too! This space needs to be functional and everything will have its place. I simplistic seating area to be added will make for a cozy area for the family.

Need some kitchen inspiration, you can find some more here.

Bathroom Inspiration

The bathrooms will be understated and simple, yet luxurious. The bathrooms will boast beautiful tile styles and designs, along with modern san-ware.

With the plan of having open plan bedroom and bathroom areas, we really want to capsize on the full glass front of the home facing the ocean. Again the no fuss approach will be taken in these areas but designs will be thought out and practical.

Bedroom Inspiration

Bedrooms are such an important part of a home, especially in a holiday home. They need to be comfortable and a space to relax and unwind in. The headboards will be unique and tie into the wall behind the bed. The bedrooms will have access to balconies with breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean.

We will keep you updated with this new build! Are you dreaming of your own?

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Yours in design,

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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