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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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( images sourced from Pinterest )

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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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( images sourced from Pinterest )

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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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( images sourced from Pinterest )

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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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( images sourced from Pinterest )

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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.

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Reason number one:

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Money saving.

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  • 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.
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Time Saving.

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  • 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.

 

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Budgets.

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  • 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.
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Projects need management.

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  • 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.
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Beauty in Design.

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  • 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.
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Concerned about space?

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  • 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.
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Problem Solvers.

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  • 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.
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Flow.

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  • As Interior Designers, we are able to see the whole picture.
  • Meaning that we are able to create spaces that flow seamlessly together.
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Increased Property Value.

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  • 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!
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Care about the environment?

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  • 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,

 

 

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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.

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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.

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Yours in design,

 Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

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

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