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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Tower Home Gets Transformed

Tower Home Gets Transformed

We were called one day for some serious interior help! Our client had recently purchased an apartment in Umhlanga for his parents. The only problem was that it was an incredibly small apartment. Luckily, we had dealt with many small spaces before, therefore we knew exactly what to do to help make the space bigger. With a few tricks up our sleeves, we went in to give this tiny home, a complete makeover.

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The back bedroom walls were wallpapered with gorgeous patterned wallpapers. This would definitely lead one’s eyes up, making the room feel higher than what it actually is. The client had the position of the beds up against the walls, with the side of the bed facing towards the entrance of the room. By swapping the position of the bed over to the adjacent wall, the entrance way became a lot bigger, helping the room feel more open.

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The client wanted the space to be timeless, and for the decor to age well. They certainly did not want to be redoing their home in just a few years. This is why the palettes were kept neutral, with muted colours. We popped in a small dining table as there was hardly any space for a dining room! In order to save costs, we ran three panels of wallpaper behind the tv, which became quite a striking feature of the space.

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We wanted to hang artworks in the living area, but battled to find anything suitable. This is when we got the idea to print a custom artwork, and divide it into 6 frames. This way, we could have a large artwork that was not plain and rectangular, but cut up into different sections. The image below is the artwork we used.

Before photos

Need some help with with designing and decorating your space?

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Yours in design,

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

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Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors Blog Post Room dividers

ROOM DIVIDERS

Cut Out Screens

Room dividers create a wow factor in a space. Their function is to separate different spaces within a room. There are so many different types of room dividers one could use. The following room dividers have been laser cut into different shapes, patterns and sizes.

Timber Room Dividers

Timber room dividers are often used to introduce a natural feeling to a space. This material can be crafted into such wonderful features of a room. Sometimes using timber and metal helps change the look of the divided space. Timber is often viewed at its finest with natural light beaming behind it. Leave it natural or paint it a colour to tie in with the space, the choice is yours!

Unique Room Dividers

Who said that room dividers needed to be simple? There are different techniques and ways to divide a space that completely changes the atmosphere of the space. Some ways are using unique mirror designs that help widen the space or even a simple indoor plant display that helps bring life to the environment. Water running down a glass panel in a reception area dividing the space completely invites one into the room and allows them to feel relaxed and welcome.

Are you needing help with your dream of having a room divider?

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Yours in design,

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

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Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors Gallery Wall Blog Post 2019

GALLERY WALLS

Monochromatic

Having a gallery wall filled with monochromatic prints is a great way to ensure that it won’t clash with your existing decor. Black and white prints can help add a bit of sophistication to the space. They will go well in just about any picture frame. They will also look so great on almost any colour wall! We definitely suggest trying a monochromatic gallery wall in your space. You’ll thank us later!

Vibrant

Vibrant prints on your gallery wall can sometimes be a bit tricky depending on your existing colour scheme. The following examples incorporate coloured prints perfectly into the space. They blend well with the existing colours, and do not cause too much of a stir.

Be brave!

Why stick to the norm when you can have an extraordinary gallery wall? Here are a few examples of great things to include on your gallery wall:

  • A clock (or clocks) is a super fun way to change up your normal gallery wall a bit.
  • Sculptures will add pops of 3D effects to your wall.
  • Mirrors work in just about any space, and will help it feel larger too.
  • Who said all pictures needed to be hung? Placing your frames on shelves is a great idea to prevent hours of measuring and drilling!
  • PLANTS add great vibrancy and fun to your walls. Plus, they certain plants will help clean your air!
  • Lights will help make your gallery GLOW! It will become a real feature.

If you are needing help with your gallery wall,

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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ALL THINGS WOVEN AND WICKER

What exactly is wicker?

Apart from being a BEAUTIFUL material… “wicker furniture may be crafted out of different materials such as bamboo, straw and even rattan. Recently, synthetic materials are also being used for manufacturing wicker furniture.” – Homedit.com

Headboards

Why not add a bit of fun to your bedroom by using woven or wicker headboards? These beautifully handcrafted headboards are sure to make a feature out of any bedroom you use them in. If you are not a fan of the natural look, these headboards can always be painted. In any colour you desire! The following headboards are all different shapes and sizes, using different weaving techniques.

Seating

Indoors or outside: wicker is a wonderful material to use in your home. If treated in the right way, it may last for years upon years! Peacock chairs are stunning features and will too, make a feature in your home. “Although the origins of the Peacock Chair have been widely debated, most accounts trace the throne-like chair to Asia,” explains the book. “It is likely to have originated in the Philippines, which is why it is often referred to as the Manila or Philippine Chair.” – phaidon

Other Wicker Furniture

Putting together this blog post was awfully hard, as there are so many beautiful images out there. This last category is a mix of some of our other favourite ways of adding woven and wicker items to your space. Coffee and side tables, baskets, cabinets and wall art are just a few examples of how you can add this style to your space. We sure do love them all!

If you are dreaming of having a space like the above:

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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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Yours in design,

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

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PANTONE COLOUR OF THE YEAR 2019 – LIVING CORAL

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Incorporating Living Coral in Your Space – Walls

“An animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energises and enlivens with a softer edge.” – Pantone

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Incorporating such a vibrant colour into one’s space can be quite daunting. Painting your walls coral will definitely turn your space into a showstopper! Bright walls can be paired with other bold colours throughout the room. Muted tones and colours will also work beautifully with the bright walls.

 

Furniture

Having coral-coloured furniture is also a simple, yet effective way to introduce this quirky colour into your space. The effects will not be as dramatic as having fully painted coral walls. Not all your furniture needs to be this colour. You can incorporate it by having one statement piece. There are examples of how this could be done in our inspiration images. Bed bases, sofas, cabinetry and tables are great examples.

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You can easily achieve this look without breaking the bank! Head down to your hardware and pick up some paint. You will easily be able to transform an existing furniture piece into a coral masterpiece!

Accessories

Trends are always changing! Painted walls and coloured furniture pieces can often easily become outdated. If you would not like something so ‘permanent‘ in your space, but would still like to incorporate this trend. Accessorise!

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Accessorising can be an easy and inexpensive way to liven your space. Scatter cushions, vases, clocks and other decorative elements will do the trick! If you would like to know any other tips on how to introduce bold colours, read our blog post here.

Are you itching to introduce bold colours into your space?

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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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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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ADDING GOLD TO YOUR SPACE

Gold is trending! There are so many different ways and places that gold could be incorporated into your space. This blog post will explore various ways to incorporate gold into your kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. Get ready to be DAZZLED!

Kitchen

Handles, trims, plumbing fixtures and accessories are all different ways in which one could incorporate gold into a kitchen. Gold goes beautifully with almost any colour. The chances are great that it will compliment your kitchen colour. Many light colours like white and beige work beautifully. So do darker colours like emerald, navy and even black! Did someone say GLAM?

Bathroom

I must add, the gold that we are speaking about is not actual gold. The fittings will be sprayed or powder coated with a gold pigment. This makes it a whole lot affordable than using real gold! It is sometimes easy to get carried away, and have too much of the colour. The following images are of plumbing fixtures, marble tops and tiling which make use of gold.

Bedroom

A bedroom is one of the less likely spaces to think to be suitable for gold. A bedroom does not have to be overdone. A few objects here and there will help make the other colours in the space pop. It will also add a luxurious feel to your space. Here are some great ways to use this glitzy colour in your bedroom.

Are you itching to have gold in your space?

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Yours in design,

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

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