Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors KZN Interior Designer Bathroom

Umhlanga’s Upmarket Guest Bathroom

When called in to consult on this Umhlanga based project this space was half gutted and nonfunctional (see before images below). The brief was quite simple from the client, create something beautiful. We decided to move forward with an Indonesian feel with lots of interest and features. Gold toned embellished wallpaper, crystal pendants, a detailed mirror, a beautiful Victoria & Albert Basin and detailed vanity. We wanted the vanity to be the feature of the space so instead of going for a custom made vanity we searched high and low for the perfect Indonesian hand carved unit that was thereafter converted into a vanity by our team.

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The mood board below represents the look and feel of the space. Neutral tones have been used throughout the design. Rich browns and creams are featured throughout the design. Various exotic materials such as hand carved solid woods, marbles and mosaics have been used.

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The wallpaper has an exotic, Mediterranean feel, which helps add to the Indonesian theme of the space. Many patterns have been used throughout the design. These are evident on the mirror, vanity unit and flooring. As the space features opulent decor and design, the plumbing fixtures would have to be of the same class and style. A luxurious Victoria & Albert Basin is featured on top of a detailed, Indonesian vanity.

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A Soothing Space in Westville

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Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors was hired to do the interior design concept for a living area for a client in Westville. The clients wanted a stand out space with interest. The space needed to speak to the surroundings and incorporate nature in its style. It was a long space that needed a division without interrupting the Feng Shui and airflow in the room.

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The moodboard 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. Black has been added in order to add contrast to the space. The lighter tones such as greys and whites help brighten the space and make it appear bigger. The above renders show how the Feng Shui concept has been incorporated into the design. This has been done through the use of natural elements. These elements include plants, woods and crystals.

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The main problem that the room faced was that it was long and narrow. A custom designed cutout screen was used to divide the two spaces, namely: the living and dining areas. The screen can be seen through, opposed to a solid piece. This has been done in order to connect the two spaces, without making the spaces feel smaller.

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Safari By The Sea

These designs are of a presidential suite in a boutique lodge situated in a nature reserve along the coastline. The interior design concept followed was comfort, elegance and speaking to the outdoors, encouraging the beauty of its surroundings. We wanted the space to be timeless, inspired by natural materials.

The mood board below represents the look and feel of the space. Neutral tones have been used throughout the design. The design will include various natural elements, such as stone, woods and thatch. As the location is in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, the space would take on an African feel. This promotes a proudly South African design.

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The above renders show how the design brings the outdoors, into the space. There is a seamless blend between the structure and the outdoors. This is due to the large glass windows and doors. As well as the combination of natural elements found outside. Neutral colours and tones were used to not take away any beauty of the outdoors. White helps the space look crisp and fresh. The dark grey opposed to the white and light grey creates a strong contrast and interest within the space.

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KITCHEN DESIGN

They say the kitchen is the heart of the home. Well, in that case, your kitchen deserves the best. We are here to help turn your kitchen into a marvellous masterpiece, suited to the whole family.

 

Things to keep in mind when designing a kitchen:

Colour Scheme:

  

The top left image above represents a dark colour scheme. This would include darker colours such as blacks and dark greys.

The middle image above shows a lighter colour scheme, also neutral in tones. Black is added in for contrast.

The top right image above represents a combination of dark and light colours. This includes dark dark navy, whites, greys, beiges and pastel pink for an added pop of colour.

 

Lighting:

Natural lighting is the best form of lighting your kitchen can have. This makes the space feel light and open. However, this may not be possible for every kitchen. This can be combatted by a clever use of lighting:

  

The top left image is an example of simple under-cabinet lighting. This is done by using LED strip lighting. These come in various colours, tones and are energy efficient.

The above, middle image shows how task lighting can be incorporated into the space. The pendant lights above the island will light up the island. There is a simple, yet elegant ceiling light above the sink area. There are also downlighters which will light up the whole room.

The right image above shows how simple downlighters and pendants can be used. However, the walls and ceilings are also a light colour, which lightens the room. This will also make the room appear bigger than it is in reality.

 

Splash backs:

Splash backs are a great way to add in colour, texture or added interest. Below are some simple, yet beautiful ideas that can help your kitchen look like it came off the pages of a magazine.

  

The above, left image, contains a splash back using coloured subway tiles. This is a simple, yet elegant way to add interest and colour into your kitchen.

The middle image, above has a copper splash back. This adds a very modern and creative feel. This will add a WOW factor to any kitchen!

The top right image has hexagonal shaped tiles which adds a hint of quirkiness to the kitchen. The dark colour of the tiles contrasts with the white countertops and counters.

 

Cabinetry:

  

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Play with colour. A great way to change up the standard kitchen is by adding in two-toned cabinetry. Chose a dark colour for the bottom cabinets, and a lighter colour for the top cabinets.

Countertops. The possibilities are endless when it comes to countertops. Granite, wood or even Caesarstone are great options to include in your kitchen.

Shelving. Shelving is an easy way to open up the space. Hint: Avoid clutter on your shelves. Stick to crockery, jars and maybe a few ornaments.

 

Flooring:

It is very important to have nonporous, slip and stain resistant in the kitchen. This does not mean by any standards, that your kitchen needs to have a plain floor. There are various options you may have in your kitchen. From a fun and quirky flooring, to a more simplistic floor, the following images are great and safe ideas for your kitchen.

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Fear not! The above images are all examples of tiled floors. The first two images have a wood finish, and are slip resistant. The third image shows a patterned tile, to add some colour and interest.

 

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PERFECTING PLACE SETTING

Hosting a dinner, breakfast or brunch can seem like a daunting task to some. However, we have some very simple tips, helping you to host the perfect get-together.

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Our first tip to you:

Make use of what you already have! There is no need to go out and break the bank. Your current cutlery and crockery can be used. You may, however, need to buy a few odds and ends, or get creative! There are thousands of DIYs you could do to mimic a store bought item. Click here to find thousands of table setting projects that you can do yourself.

Tip Two:

It is helpful to know what type of place setting you will need, in order to determine how to set out the layout. For example, you will not put together a full place setting if you are catering for a relaxed brunch. Here is a chart to help you put together your place setting:

Breakfast Setting:

  • Fork on the left of the plate
  • Knife on the right of the plate
  • Spoon on the right of the knife
  • Teacup and saucer on the right of the spoon
  • Tumbler above the knife

Lunch Setting:

  • Both forks, small and big, on the left of the plate
  • Knife on the right of the plate
  • Spoon on the right of the knife
  • Tumbler above the knife, offset to the right

Dinner Setting:

  • This is similar to the lunch setting, however, you may now add a wine glass on the right of the tumbler.

Tip Three:

You can brighten up any table setting with some plants, either store bought, or picked straight from your garden.

  • Pick a slip of rosemary, place it on your rolled napkin, and tie a bow around it.
  • Place some leaves and flowers around a few candles.
  • Clean up some glass jars, add in some water, and place your flowers into the jars.

            

These are some simple and beautiful ways to brighten up your table setting.

Tip Four:

Table linen can be a fun and quirky way to liven up your table settings. Choose a simple table cloth, paired with patterned napkins and tableware, or, choose a lively table cloth, paired with simple tableware. The possibilities are endless! Here are some beautiful examples of table linen.

              

Woolworths has a lovely variety of table linen to choose from:

Tip Five:

Get creative! Play around with colours, textures and materials. You can follow some easy tips from our blogpost: colours. You can adjust your table as many times as you need to, in order to find the perfect layout. Remember, Pinterest is only a click away.

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THE HERITAGE HOME IN HILTON

We have been hired to redecorate a house in Hilton. This home will incorporate elements from a Zimbabwean heritage. The home originally contained elements such as furniture and decor that was originally from Zimbabwe. These pieces were sentimental and were memories from the past therefore we decided to keep these elements. We planned to decorate the home subsequently to compliment these heritage pieces.

As you can see from the mood boards below, the home will take on a contemporary, yet rustic feel. This theme ties in perfectly with the Zimbabwean elements that will be kept in the design. The renders above depict how the home is intended to look by the end of the design work. The colour scheme will consist of earthy colours, such as neutrals and a pop of navy blue. Materials that will be used will be natural, such as wooden items.

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The rooms include:

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  • an inside TV lounge
  • a dining room
  • living room
  • outdoor braai area
  • an outdoor deck area
  • a lady cave office space.
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NURSERY DESIGN

Are you looking to decorate your nursery but have absolutely no idea where to begin? Look no further! This blog post will help you find inspiration, and inform you of how to achieve the perfect nursery for your little one.

Colour Palettes

Traditionally, nurseries would be designed in bright colours, such as blues, pinks and greens. This however, does not always provide a calm and nurturing environment. We suggest sticking to a muted colour palette, including greys, whites and pastels. Once you have chosen a colour theme, you are now ready to start choosing furniture.

Furniture.

Nurseries need to include all the necessary furniture to nurse a baby, however, the furniture does not need to be standard or clinical. A nursery would need to include:

Crib:

 

    

Nursing chair:

 

    

Changing station:

 

    

 

Storage…lots and lots of storage

 

    
Lighting.

Lighting is a big part of nursery design. The space should not be too bright, and should create a calming environment. Natural light should be utilised as much as possible, and block out curtains are a great way to block out light when needed. Below are a few examples of nurseries that have used lighting correctly.

 

    
Add a little fun!

Wall murals are a great way to add a quirky and creative element into the design. These can be in the form of wallpapers or even painted designs. (see murals post)

 

    
Accessorise.

Bring out your inner child! Accessories are another great way to incorporate quirky elements into the space. Below are a few examples of toys, murals and other accessories which will help create a beautiful and stimulating environment for your little one.

 

    

 

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Yours in design, Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

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A MODERN GUIDE TO ART DECO

Art Deco is a form of design that keeps popping up time and time again. It is an art period that originated in Paris and New York during the late 1920’s and 1930’s. It then took the world by storm as countries adopted the principals and incorporated it into their design industries such as fashion design, interior design, architecture and graphic design.

Art Deco is characterised by its use of geometric shapes and patterns, bold colours and use of expensive materials such as jade, silver, ivory, chrome, and rock crystals. Here are a few ways to incorporate the style into your home, without breaking the bank!

 

1) Through the use of Colour

The following images incorporate various Art Deco colours such as the pinks and turquoises. By bringing in furniture, paints and tiles, this can be an inexpensive way to bring Art Deco into your space.

    

2) Through the use of wallpapers

One of the most simple and beautiful ways to incorporate Art Deco into your space is through the use of various wallpapers. The following images contain wallpapers that bring in the Art Deco element into the space.

    

3) Furniture!

As we know, there are many different types of furniture. Art Deco furniture does not have to be antique or vintage to be considered as Art Deco, it may also be modern, such as the images below.

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4) ACCESSORIES, ACCESSORIES, ACCESSORIES!

Accessories are KEY when decorating your space in the Art Deco style. These can range from bigger items such as Art Deco duvet covers, to smaller items such as cushions and light switch covers.

   

 

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Yours in design, Kirsty Badenhorst ( article written by Kendal Jade Smith)

 

( all images sourced from Pinterest )

Where to find Art Deco items in South Africa:

Odeon Marble Pendant

 

Scallop Embroidery Scatter

TIPS ON USING PLANTS INDOORS

Today we are talking about indoor plants, why you should have them and how they make beautiful accessories.

 

Benefits of having indoor plants:
  • breathe easy with indoor plants – plants absorb the carbon dioxide you exhale and release the oxygen your body needs.
  • water – plants also release vapor into the air which adds to the humidity, this humidity keeps respiratory distresses away. Studies have shown that plants used indoors decreases cases of dry skin, colds, sore throats and dry coughs.
  • purifying the air – plants work very hard at purifying the air around us, be it in a closed off air-conditioned office or open plan space, the plants absorb the toxins in the air making it healthier for us to breathe in.
  • better concentration – studies have shown that rooms with plants in create for a more focused environment.

So not only are they beautiful they also help with our day to day health.

 

Introducing plants into your space:

There really isn’t a right or wrong way of bringing plants into your interiors, you are creating a connection from the outside to the inside which is most important. There are however many ways one can do this, here are some examples.

You can go for a cluster of pot plants on the floor, this can be to fill an awkward corner that you are not quite sure what to do with. Having a cluster is also a great way to add depth in a room by creating different heights and density in the foliage.

Single pot plants work beautifully but my advice here would be go bold and go big! If they are going to stand alone then why not stand tall and proud adding life into your interior. I just love how these tall planter frame the window in the first image, perfection… and of course who doesn’t love a fiddle leaf in a woven basket.

And then of course we have the hanging planters, macrame are of course the current craze, but any cascading greenery is lovely in a room.

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Yours in design,

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( images sourced from Pinterest )

MODERN MURALS, WE APPROVE!

Back in the day dressing your walls was one of 2 options, paint or wallpaper. Nowadays there are so many different styles, you can clad the wall in timber or a textured stone tile even. You can still go the option of wallpaper or paint but even there, there are many ways to achieve the feature you want. Today we are looking at the idea of wall murals and how to create a feature in your home by using a large scale printed images.

There are a few ways this can be applied but the most popular would be in a wallpaper application. Many fabric and wallpaper houses now fabricate large scale images in up to 5 panels wide, creating the full image once pieced together. The other way to go about this is to choose the image you would like in the space, purchase a high res print of this and have a local company print this for you. Thereafter we come in and hang it just like wallpaper, would you look at that, easy as pie!

Now to get to the fun part, designs and different styles in all their glory.

Florals:

If you are right and ready to go bold and not opposed to a floral feature, these are for you! I love the dark background of these prints, they really do make a statement. Keep in mind that the whole room does not need to be dark. This can be a great way to tie in some darker furniture you may already have in the space.

 

        

 

Prefer something a little more understated? No problem, here are some beautiful floral murals that are little more gentle on the eye. Note the white background creates a completely different style to the above images. Still just as effective in making the space really pop!

 

        

Botanical:

Not wild on flowers, here are some botanical pieces that are just as beautiful. Tip – bring in some real plants to create a bit of depth and dimension.

 

        

Watercolour:

The watercolour look is bang on trend at the moment! This is a great way to add a subtle pop of colour or feature in your home if minimalistic is more your style. In the right environment less can say more.

 

        

Nursery:

Should you be a little apprehensive to turn an entire wall in your living room into a statement piece, why not start small. A nursery is a great place for a mural, there are such fun and whimsical designs that you can incorporate into your little ones space. That he/she will love everyday.

 

        

        

 

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Yours in design, Kirsty Badenhorst

( all images sourced from Pinterest )