Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors KZN Interior Designer Blog

BRINGING THE OUTDOORS… IN

As much as we are found inside concentrating on the interiors of the home, we never take for granted the importance of the connection between the outdoors and the inside. Landscaping and the interiors need to coexist and compliment each other.

What we like to do is create a connection, a talking point between the two. Therefore, this can be achieved by introducing a external texture like stone cladding, a live wall and even concrete works beautifully. Bringing in plants and decorative slips in votives is also a fantastic way to show the connection between the two spaces.

Wood Cladding

Cladding a wall is a great way to bring a sense of the outdoors, in. By using the same cladding material that is used on the exterior: inside, a seamless flow is created between the two spaces. Here are some beautiful examples of interior spaces that use cladding to create a link with the outside.

Stone Cladding

Using stone to clad your walls is also a great way to form a link from the outdoors. By using the same stone found on your exterior cladding, flooring or in your garden, a flow is created between the two spaces. This is the same case when you use a similar shade from the stone found outside.

Plant Wall

There could not be a better way to incorporate nature into a space, than by literally bringing it indoors. Be it real or fake, bringing greenery indoors will liven up the space, making it feel more open and fresh. You are creating a connection from the outside to the inside which is most important.

For more help with this matter, see our blog post: Tips on Using Plants Indoors

Would you like to incorporate aspects of nature into your space?

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

.

Yours in design,

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

.

( images sourced from Pinterest )

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors KZN Interior Designer Blog

FIREPLACE DESIGN

One of the many simple joys of life can be sitting next to a fireplace, bundled up in blankets, drinking your favourite hot drink. Do you dream of having a fireplace in your home, but do not have the right structure for it? Or, are you dreaming of incorporating a fireplace in your new build home? I am going to take you through a few examples of fireplaces, to suit your style and your structure.

 

.

1. Traditional

.

A traditional fireplace is commonly found already built into the structure of a house. This simple, yet elegant fireplace can be dressed up with accessories, or left plain, whichever suits you! It is possible to add on this fireplace. It can also be found as an extension on a home, bound to the external wall.

 2. Traditional… with a twist

.

If you currently have the traditional style fireplace in your home, but wish to liven it up a bit more… Do not fret! There are different ways in which this can be done:

.

  • A colourful coat of paint could do the trick.
  • Wallpaper those walls!
  • Cladding, be it wood, brick or stone will turn your fireplace into an unmissable feature in your home.

3. Space Savers

.

If there is no way you can alter the structure of your home… A Bioethanol Fireplace would be the perfect compromise. This form does not have a chimney. Therefore there is no need for a bulky fireplace, or the need to alter your structure. It does not give off smoke, and does not need a gas pipe.

It could be perfect for any bedroom or living space!

4. Ultra Modern

.

The possibilities are endless nowadays with the constant expansion of design. There are so many shapes and sizes of fireplaces that could suit your space.

Furthermore, there are also many different materials you could use for your fireplace: marble, cement, metals, stone, etc.

Winter is coming! If you have any fireplace queries:

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

.

Yours in design,

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

.

( images sourced from Pinterest )

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors, KZN Interior Designer

Sister Secrets in Musgrave

Sister Secrets In Musgrave

Project description

.

When approached to design 2 little sisters new bedroom we couldn’t help but get creative. All we wanted was to create a space that beamed with fun, incorporating loads of different patterns and colours. The brief was greys and dusty pinks, with the sisters being a few years apart the space needed to be able to withstand the years as they grow.

.

These precious little girls loved playing on the floor with there abundance of toy supplies from mom and dad. So we went for a soft carpeted floor, a ‘reading’ corner full of comfy scatters and of course bunk beds. I mean who does not love bunk beds!

.

With regards to design details we went for a more interesting approach bringing in wallpaper on the walls as well as the ceilings. We created a fun closet design so that each sister would have her own space but still feel individual in a shared space. Of course we start the design process with a mood board. Getting the creative juices flowing and ensuring we are on the right track with the brief from the client. Here are some of the textures and details we wanted to bring into the space.

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors KZN Interior Designer Musgrave

Are you needing to redo your children’s room, to make it more fun and functional? We are the right team for the job.

Please feel free to contact us here for any enquires.

.

Yours in design,

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

.

(all moodboard images were sourced from Pinterest, renders are property of Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors)

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors KZN Interior Designer Blog

BATHS

Having a long, relaxed bath at the end of a stressful day can be one of life’s many pleasures. A bath can be a reflection of your taste and style. A ‘bathroom’ would simply be a ‘room’ without a bath. Here are some baths to inspire you for your home.

The Classics:

Simple, yet elegant.

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors KZN Interior Designer Blog
  1. Relax and unwind in this modern, yet classic, white ceramic bath.
  2. “Built in bathtubs are boring.” WRONG! This white built in bathtub screams simplicity and elegance.
  3. Go back in the ages with this beautiful ball and claw bathtub.
Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors KZN Interior Designer Blog
Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors KZN Interior Designer Blog

The Colour Pops:

Add some fun to your bathroom.

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors KZN Interior Designer Blog
  1. Feel like a mermaid in this turquoise tub.
  2. Pink lovers unite! This classic tub with a twist would be welcomed by Elle Woods.
  3. Black (although not technically a colour), adds a hint of drama to this black and white bathroom.
Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors KZN Interior Designer Blog
Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors KZN Interior Designer Blog

The Oh-so-Opulent Baths:

Fit for Royalty. i.e You.

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors KZN Interior Designer Blog
  1. Lie back and imagine that you are under a magnificent waterfall, in this bathtub.
  2. Imagine being able to take a bath in a hammock. Well now you can! This beautiful bathtub is suspended, allowing you to relax and unwind.
  3. A vividly gold bathtub… Gatsby would definitely approve of this.
Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors KZN Interior Designer Blog
Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors KZN Interior Designer Blog

Bring out the best of your bathroom.

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

Yours in design,

.

( images sourced from Pinterest )

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors KZN Interior Designer Blog

CLOSET DREAMING

A walk in closet is a space that allows us to set the tone for the day. Be it throwing on some comfy sweats, or dressing up for a big meeting. It could even be putting on the running shoes to head over to the gym or to run around after the kids. This is a safe place where sometimes, we feel like we can take on the world, yet it could also be the space where we maybe don’t always feel so great. So with that being said, it is so important that this space resonates with our personalities and makes for a functional area in the home.

Designing a walk in closet requires a lot of thought, so here are some tips on the important areas to take into consideration.

 

.

Organisation:

The most important part of a closet is the organisation. You should be able to find what you need, when you need it. Everything should have its place.

    

  • Jewellery should be kept separate from other items. Trying to untangle that necklace in a rush can actually be avoided!
  • Multiple (smaller) drawers can work to keep your jewellery neat and organised.
  • Every pair of shoes should be visible and have its space, they should not be piled on top of each other and in hard to reach spaces.

.

Lighting:

Don’t you hate it when you are in a changing room at a store, and the lighting affects the way you look (in a horrible way)? Imagine this being the case, every day of your life. This is one of the reasons why lighting is SO important in a walk in closet.

    

  • If your space does not have any natural lighting, do not be disheartened!
  • Lovely lighting can be achieved through the use of artificial lights.
  • These could be simple downlights, pendants, strip lighting or even chandeliers!
  • A great way to add light to the room as well as show off your beautifully organised space is to incorporate strip lighting into the cabinetry.
  • Another important area where lighting needs to be on point is the dressing table. Ladies we all know the struggle when you think your make up looks fabulous and then you catch a glimpse in natural light and want to run and hide! Avoid all of that with some directional lighting at your dressing table mirror.

.

Comfort:

Comfort is such an important part of a wardrobe. Getting dressed and ready should not be an uncomfortable task. Walk in closets should have ample space in order to put on those skinny jeans without knocking into everything!

    

  • Make sure you have ample space between pieces of furniture and your cupboards, 900mm is a good start but more is better.
  • You should be able to put on your shoes whilst sitting comfortably on a beautiful sofa, chair or ottoman. So include that into the space, whether in the corner or in the middle of the room if possible. 

 

.

Mirrors:

You walk into your office when someone stops you and says: “Your tag is on…”. This could have been easily been avoided if you had different mirrors to see your outfit!

    

  • Mirrors are also a great way to make a space look bigger, and it helps to reflect light. Meaning, your space will feel brighter and bigger, win win!
  • An easy way to achieve this is by having some doors made out of mirror. Of course we want to optimise the space and get as many cupboards in as possible. So this is a good way to get both in.

.

Need some help with with designing your dream walk in closet? We are here to help!

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

Yours in design,

.

( images sourced from Pinterest )

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors KZN Interior Designer Blog

10 REASONS TO HIRE AN INTERIOR DESIGNER

Some people may think that hiring an Interior Designer is only for the rich and famous. Turns out, this is not the truth! We as Interior Designers are able to work within the client’s means. Meaning that Interior Design is accessible to those within a range of budgets. Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors has done projects and contracts from a couple thousand rand through to millions. No project is too small or too large for us.

 

But now, onto the reasons why hiring an interior designer is not a luxury but more a necessity if you are about to undergo renovations or need a little sprucing in a room in your home.

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors KZN Interior Designer Blog

Reason number one:

.

Money saving.

.

  • Designers are often able to save you money.
  • We are knowledgeable about design and can save you money wasted on simple mistakes. Buying the right amount of paint, wallpaper or other materials will benefit you and your budget.
  • Having years of experience we know how to use items that you may feel won’t work, we find interesting and creative ways to turn them into features in the room.
  • We can also advise you on costs and budgets and whether they are realistic and placed in the right areas.
  • Sometimes it can be confusing as to where the budgets should be placed and guidance in those area is so important.
Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors KZN Interior Designer Blog

Two:

.

Time Saving.

.

  • Let’s face it. Life is busy. Many working professionals do not have time to be running around sourcing suppliers, materials, furniture, etc. This is what we do and we do it well.
  • We find the best finishes and products suited to you, your budget and your space.
  • Thereafter we can come to you with the samples and all you need to do is choose.

 

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors KZN Interior Designer Blog

Three:

.

Budgets.

.

  • Doing it yourself may cause unforeseen expenses.
  • We as designers are familiar with the design process and can foresee all the expenses a project may require.
  • We ensure that you will stay within your budget.
Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors KZN Interior Designer Blog

Four:

.

Projects need management.

.

  • There are so many aspects of a design project – no matter how big or small.
  • New builds or decorating require a lot of different services. We take care of all of these.
  • Dealing with suppliers, time management, budget management, follow ups, and designing are just a few of the tasks we will manage.
  • We take care of the site meetings and deal with the project schedules.
Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors KZN Interior Designer Blog

Five:

.

Beauty in Design.

.

  • We are design minded and orientated. So basically, we know what looks good, and what does not.
  • Some may struggle for hours on end deciding what to pair with what. However, this comes naturally for designers.
  • Your space is guaranteed to end up looking well designed and beautiful.
  • Not only does the space need to look beautiful it also needs to be functional, this is a very important aspect of our work.
  • We focus on spacial planning and function in a room and then thereafter we make the space timeless.
Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors KZN Interior Designer Blog

Six:

.

Concerned about space?

.

  • Interior Designers are trained to design spaces that are functional.
  • We know the best spot to place things, in order for the space to be spacious and flowing.
  • We make the best use of the space provided to us.
Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors KZN Interior Designer Blog

Seven:

.

Problem Solvers.

.

  • Most designers are born problem solvers.
  • Not enough space?
  • Not enough light?
  • Hazardous environment? No problem!
  • Us as Interior Designers will come up with the best solutions to combat a problem.
Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors KZN Interior Designer Blog

Eight:

.

Flow.

.

  • As Interior Designers, we are able to see the whole picture.
  • Meaning that we are able to create spaces that flow seamlessly together.
Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors KZN Interior Designer Blog

Nine:

.

Increased Property Value.

.

  • Having a functional, well designed space will help increase the value of your property if you ever wish to sell.
  • Buyers are looking to find their perfect home.
  • Having a well designed space will make your property look ten times more appealing!
Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors KZN Interior Designer Blog

Ten:

.

Care about the environment?

.

  • We are able to provide you with a space that is as eco-friendly and energy efficient as possible.
  • We are up to date with the latest energy saving methods, meaning that you can give back to the environment.

 

You now have 10 reasons why hiring an Interior Designer will benefit you and your space.

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

Yours in design,

 

 

.

( images sourced from Pinterest )

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors KZN Interior Designer Blog

WHITE INTERIORS, DOING IT RIGHT!

One of the trends that I have seen stand the test of time has been the use of white in an interior. This has certainly grown with the styles as time as passed. I just love the use of white! Whether it is in abundance or selected features it creates a sense of freshness and brings light into the room.

Here are some inspirational images for different areas in the home to show you how best to incorporate white into your space.

.

Living areas:

A lounge mostly needs to be functional but that being said it is the area of gathering, being social as well as a resting space. If the seating is where you want to bring in the white be sure to choose fabrics that have a very high rub count (your harder wearing woven fabrics). You can also scotch guard your fabrics which I would recommend anyway, be it white or any other tone for that matter. Throwing some blankets and decorative pieces can also help break up the white and protect it from marks.

        

    

.

Bedroom:

A bedroom is a sanctuary and safe haven. A place where we retreat at the end of the day to recoup and recharge. I find using white in bedroom can be luxurious, it creates a sense of softness and calm. In the images below you can see how the white is the main feature yet it is paired with natural elements and timbers.

        

.

Kitchen:

Of course the kitchen is a place that does tend to get a bit dirty, after all it is a functional space and not for show alone. So in design phases some may stray from using white. However, we all want a spectacular kitchen as it is the heart of the home. A kitchen is a space that brings the family together.

   

    

.

Bathrooms:

A bathroom is a space not to be neglected in design. As you can see below, the simplest design aspects can make the largest impacts.

        

.

Do you love what you see above? If this is the kind of look you would like in your home, why not let us help you. You can contact us here.

Want to see more, you can head on over to our blog here.

.

Yours in design,

 

.

All images used sourced from Pinterest

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors KZN Interior Designer South Africa Blog

2018 COLOUR OF THE YEAR

So I must admit, at first this was not my fav and a bright violet has never really been at the top of my ‘to decorate’ list… but that being said, the more I let the creative juices flow and kept reminding myself that all colours are beautiful, the more this tone started to speak to me.

Pops of Colour:

            

If you, like myself, are a bit wary about using Ultra Violet in your space, a good place to start is by using pops of the colour. The above images have hints of violet in the space.

The first image contains a rug, and scatter cushions which both contain the violet hues. The middle image is a predominately white space, with a small use of violet though the use of a duvet set. This can easily be changed to a different colour of your choice throughout the year to change up your room. The third image contains a violet chair which adds a sense of fun in the grey surrounds.

All out Violet!

If you are confident and ready to dive into the colour of the year, here are some images which have used Ultra Violet as a predominate colour in the rooms.

            

The above images are bold examples of Ultra Violet within a space. The colour has been used on wallpaper and wall paint colours. There are different textures in the violet hues which add vibrancy and interest to the rooms. Towels in the bathroom, curtains in the living room and covers in the bedroom. These are more simple ways to add the colour into the space.

Combine the Colour:

Ultra Violet can be paired with a combination of colours to add a modern and fun approach to a space.

              

Pairing colours that do not “match” is a great way to add a bold look to the space. Reds, jades and blues have been paired with shades of violets. This ‘colour blocking’ technique can be achieved through the right use of materials and tones. Get creative! Play around with colours, textures and materials. You can follow some easy tips from our blogpost: colours.

Need some help with with decorating your space? We are here to help!

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

Yours in design,

( images sourced from Pinterest )

sea shells in a basket

Moroccan Moods Living Space

Moroccan Moods Living Space

Here we are showcasing a photographs of the complete revamped room. We have also added the mood board for the look and feel for House M. This room was stripped, repainted and wrapped in a beautiful wallpaper to compliment the space. The client wanted a Morrocan flair in the home complimenting the large open plan spaces and high ceilings. KB Interiors was contracted to manage the project whilst selecting all of the interior finishes and executing the design of the interiors. During our clients travels, many trinkets were collected that were displayed carefully in the room.

.

The mood board below represents the look and feel of the space. Warm tones are featured throughout the design through colours and patterns. Plums and reds form part of the Moroccan feel of the space. Persian rugs can be seen which add a relaxed feel to the space. There are various elements which add exotic tones and features to the space.

.

mood board

Want to see more? Click here to go back to the portfolio page.

Need some help with with designing and decorating your space? We are here to help! Contact us today for an enquiry and all your interior needs.

.

Yours in design,

 Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

.

( all moodboard images sourced from Pinterest , renders property of Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors )

Franschhoek Restaurant

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors was hired to do the interior design concept for a restaurant in Franschhoek. We wanted the space to have interest to meet the modern style of cooking of the chef.

.

The mood board represents the look and feel of the space. Neutral tones have been used throughout the design. A combination of jade tones have been incorporated to add colour and interest to the design.  We have used tones of copper to compliment the jade accents. As the restaurant needed to be vibrant, large pendant lights were used. These were hung at various heights above the seating areas of the restaurant. Fortunately the chef had an agreement with a lovely gallery in the area and they were to provide rotating artworks, hence the base choice in the space being jade creating a beautiful backdrop to any tone brought into the space.

The restaurant needed to seat as many people as possible. Therefore, multiple plans were drawn and altered in order to achieve maximum efficiency. This was achieved without making the space cramped in any way.

.

Want to see more? Click here to go back to the portfolio page.

We are here to help! Contact us today for an enquiry and all your interior needs.

.

Yours in design,

 Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

.

( all moodboard images sourced from Pinterest , renders property of Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors )

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors KZN Interior Designer