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A Travel in Time, Musgrave Home

Travel In Time, Musgrave Home

We just loved this quick room make over! It is amazing what thought out room placement does, incorporating old pieces with some new and the room was transformed. Travel in time with us in this Musgrave home.

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When called in to consult on this project, the space was just collecting junk and not being used or appreciated. The space has now become a comfortable reading area as well as a beautiful entrance feature.

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We were inspired by a British Colonial style with modern twist.

We wrapped the room in grasscloth, pulled in some gorgeous leather occasional chairs, display units and paired them with hand painted scatter cushions selected from Weylandts.

Before photos

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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 )

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors KZN Interior Designer Blog

BRITISH COLONIAL DECOR, AT IT’S BEST!

Now for a little history lesson on how this gorgeous style came to be… As the British moved from country to country colonising the world, their subjects, still true to their grassroots were influenced by these new tropical surroundings and new materials.

What I love about this style is that even though the British were influenced by the new environment, they still found the need to bring pieces from home. So what came to be, was actually an amalgamation of many different styles.

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Plants indoors:

Being captivated by these new lush surroundings, the British found themselves wanting more of the outside, inside. So then came potted plants and trees inside, giving homes more of that tropical feel. As you can see, this was a great move!

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How to get the look:

Find some beautiful woven baskets to put potted plants in, because remember, in British Colonial style, texture is key! Pop down to your local nursery, be sure that you are purchasing indoor plants, and get a little tropical! Find some stunning palms and ferns and give your home a fresh new feel. Mix and match with some tall potted tress and tabletop ferns. Slips of palm leaves in glass votives are a great way to create drama using plants!

 Furniture:

As the British were forever on the go and finding new places on their journeys, travel needed to be done smartly. In this, the pieces of furniture were collapsible and beautiful trunks were used for easy storage. These furniture items were called ‘campaign’ furniture. Once settled, all these items were incorporated into the space.

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How to get the look:

Using items that have the illusion of campaign furniture such as trestle legs, even using stacked antique trunks paired with a coffee table are ways to bring the look together. Place together a natural combination of textures such as rattan, teak, mahogany and sisal. Sisal or hemp rugs are an easy way to incorporate this style into your space.

 Patterns:

The British seemed to forget about their soft and simple patterns, but instead, welcomed the busy and vibrant patterns of their colonies. So, botanical prints, paisleys, ikats, animal prints and other exotic patterns were used.

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How to get the look:

There are so many different ways of incorporating patterns into your space. Rugs, throws, scatter cushions, vases and other textiles are just a few I could mention. The list goes on and on! The British were not afraid to use animal prints, so neither should you. Animal prints will add interest and fun to your space. Another great way to include animal prints is by bringing in animal hides. You can layer these on top of sisal or jute rugs to create texture.

 Accessories:

A fun way to accessorise was to show off items from one’s travels. Exotic pieces were featured in British Colonial homes in order to seem opulent, well travelled and educated. Accessories were put on display from countries such as China, the West Indies, the South Americas and from countries all over Africa. Another great way to show that one had travelled was by using travel tools as accessories. These included binoculars, maps, compasses, globes and books.

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How to get the look:

There are many stores that sell original antiques and collectables. However, these may cost one a small fortune. Many furniture and decor stores sell all sorts of items that are replicates of antique pieces. A great place to shop for these items is at Weylandts South Africa. Many charity stores also sell beautiful antique pieces for incredible prices.

Would you love to incorporate this beautiful style into your space?

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Yours in design,

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

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( images sourced from Pinterest )

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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.
mood boards

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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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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.

Would you love to incorporate this beautiful style into your space?

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Yours in design,

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

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( images sourced from Pinterest )