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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Do you want a minimalist, clutter free home?

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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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Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors, KZN Interior Designer Blog

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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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.

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Yours in design,

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

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