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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.

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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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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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Decorating for Easter: DIY Style

Centrepiece

The good news is that it is Easter Weekend! The bad news – our country is still in lockdown. Therefore you might not have had a chance to do your usual Easter preparations. Fear not! We have found you some simple yet beautiful ways to decorate your Easter table: DIY style.

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Why settle for a plain, usual table setting? By DIY’ing your centrepiece, you will end up with a lovely feature, one that you can be proud of! By poking two holes at either side of an egg, you can blow the whites and yolk out. You can still use the insides to make your scrambled eggs or omelettes. Once you have washed the eggs, it is time to get creative.

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Paint your eggs to match your desired colour theme. Use patterns and textures to create cute designs on your eggs. String them up onto some dried branches in a vase, and you have your centrepiece done! Another good way to create this without using eggs, is to use paper or cardboard.

Place Setting

By using your existing crockery and cutlery, and adding a DIY element, you can turn your style into nearly any setting. This could be Halloween, Christmas or in this case: Easter.

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By using the same method in the centrepiece, you can create Easter eggs. These can then be incorporated into your place setting. You could wrap the napkin around the egg to make a bunny. You could place the egg in a bed of twine, or simply put the egg on the napkin. The possibilities are endless.

Other Ideas

There are so many other ideas out there, but this post would be way too long if we had to include them all. You could paint some Easter bunnies or any other related images onto paper or fabric, and frame them.

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Another idea is to enclose your Easter memorabilia into a jar and display it on your table. Grab some painted eggs, put them into a basket with flowers on top. Remember, there are so many things you could DIY without having to step out your home.

Stay safe and have a Happy Easter!

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Yours in design,

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

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Organize your home

Every day is a great day to get your home organized. There are many ways to organize your home, here are a few tips that we have picked up along the way.

 

INFORMATION CENTER

 

Information centres where post, papers and magazines can be collected, prevent piles from collecting on flat surfaces. A great idea is to make this centre your entrance table as this is generally where things would get dumped.

Make your entrance table multi-functional with storage for older papers or spare keys. It isn’t enough to just have a table where these things are collected, include trays, boxes, pen holders. You will find that things have a designated spot and can be put away.

For example, keys that we all lose and have to search for before we go to work.

 

GALLERY WALL

 

We all love our picture frame collection, but it does take up surface area and can look unorganised. Consider wall mounting your pictures and creating a gallery wall instead. You are creating a feature out of your clutter but maintaining all the memories.

 

CABLE MANAGEMENT

 

One other major contributor to clutter, is the cabling that lies around. We all have it. There are many ways to hide these cables. For example, Multi plugs are made to mounted onto walls or even underneath your TV unit, sideboard or desk even. Cable management systems can be bought at most hypermarkets and prove to be very effective. Cables collect dust and look untidy when they lay around on the floor.

 

It can be daunting to organize your home but it is well worth it in the end. A clean, organized home is a good, happy home.

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If your home needs some help before it can be organized,

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Yours in design,

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

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Dressing your windows

Dressing your windows has been seen as old fashioned and percieved to clutter a space. This is not necessarily true. Modern design has alternative ways to incorporate curtains into a home. Designers have access to many different curtain rails, tracks and rods. We also have a variety of unique and modern curtaining options available to us. For example, sheers, blockouts, patterns, patterned sheers and many more.

 

Alternative rods.

 

Curtaining is now something that we consider from the start of a new build or renovation. Ensuring that the right curtain allowances have been made to suit the design of the home. Popular trends are to create a cavity in the ceiling where the curtain tracks can be mounted. This is to ensure that they are not visible. This becomes part of the shadow lines and bulkheads, as intentional design choices.

 

Curtains are traditionally the last thing to be installed. Therefore the rods are mounted to the wall and therefore need to be disguised as opposed to being worked into the design. Wall-mounted curtain rods are dated and have been replaced with many neater alternatives. However, there are a few sleek designs available for the more traditional homes.

Sheers are the way to go.

 

Curtains, they are a great way to soften a space and play a large role in the overall scheme.

A common design choice is to incorporate a sheer curtain. As opposed to a full blockout curtain in the living areas. In the bedrooms, we allow for a double track so that we are able to hang a full blockout curtain as well as a sheer in the front. Sheer curtains are organic and soft, allowing the space to feel fresh and open but still filtering natural light through.

 

Dressing your windows is a great way to express the design of a space. As well as add the softness thar can often be overlooked by modern interior design.

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Do you love the idea of curtains but worry that they do not suit your space?

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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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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,

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