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Storage Solutions

Storage Solutions

Built in Cabinetry

One struggle that homeowners constantly seem to struggle with is: storage solutions. Depending on the size of your home, there may not be tons of space for storage, but we have some tips on how to help. Let’s get started shall we?

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The first, and best way to combat a lack of storage is to create new ones. This can be done by adding built in cabinetry, what we sometimes call: BIC. We taylor make cabinetry to suit your every need, and house the items that you need to be stored. There are so many finishes that can be applied to your cabinetry, and we have a blog post on that here. We also have some other tips on how to organise your home here.

Shelving

If built in cabinetry is way out of your budget, or if you have spacial constraints shelving may be the way to go. Floating shelving is a beautiful way to display and store your items. However, heavier items may not be suitable for these kinds of shelves.

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Shelving with brackets is a better way to store heavier items. If you are worried about bulky, ugly brackets, fear not! There are so many different and new bracket styles on the market. Placing baskets on your shelves to hide clutter, is a great way to utilise space, but we will speak more about that in the next section.

Baskets

Incorporating woven baskets in your space will help you hide clutter, as well as bring in more natural materials into your space. Baskets are super easy to bring in and out of a cupboard or shelf, as well as lightweight. This makes them good for children’s rooms too. Purchasing baskets from a decor store can become quite expensive, however, we often have them custom made for your space. This can help lower the price, and make sure that they fit perfectly.

Would you like your bathroom to stand out above the rest?

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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Shower Feature Walls

Shower Feature Walls

Tiles & Mosaics

The days are long gone where showers are shoved into a small corner, with no detailing! An inviting shower is a must-have for relaxation after a long day at work, or for those mornings where you are in a rush. There are a few simple, yet effective ways to take your shower to the next level. Carry on reading to find out how!

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The first way is to add a feature wall with tiles or mosaics. Pebbles are another great feature to add to your shower wall or floor. There are so many different tile options on the market, and millions of more designs to use. If you would like to see some custom tile cutting, follow this link to our blog post. If you would like your feature wall to pop, using colour can easily achieve this. Hand-made tiles offer great texture, and glazing can add a gorgeous shine.

Windows

Let the light in! Imagine being able to look out at nature when you are in your show. Feels serene right? This can be achieved by adding a simple window to your shower. Depending on the positioning of your room, you might not want the whole world to see you in the shower. However, this can be fixed by adding a high, but a narrow window.

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Or if you would prefer a larger window, the glass can easily be frosted to prevent anyone from seeing you. A gap can be left at the top so you are still able to look outside. Depending on how high the window is from the ground, it could also be a great way to store your cleaning products. This leads us to the next important item: storage.

Storage

You may or may not be a culprit of having one too many shampoo or body wash bottles. However, you always need more space for storage. Storage can sometimes become an afterthought, and we end up buying steel, screw-in racks that rusts to pieces.

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Storage should not be an afterthought! When building a new shower, one has the opportunity to incorporate beautiful ideas. This can take the form of an inset, that could be tiles the same as the rest of the shower. It could even be tiled a different way. This would make the space pop. Shelves are also a great way to have more space for your bottles, soaps and brushes. Hooks will also help to store loofas and facecloths. Click here to see our blog post on plumbing fittings. 

Make your shower a space you want to be in.

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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Adding Warmth to Your Home

Adding Warmth to Your Home

Rugs

Before I started this blog post, I sat and shivered because of the cold spell we are currently having in Durban. Luckily, I live by my own advice, and found some great ways to warm up. By reading this blog post, you too, should have some simple and good ways to bring warmth to your home.

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The first way is to introduce rugs into your space. Fluffy and soft, or natural and hard wearing, a rug is a perfect way to help bring warmth to your space. Why stand on cold hard tiles whilst brushing your teeth on crisp mornings, when your toes could be warm instead. This goes the same for a kitchen. Some might think it impractical to have a rug in the kitchen, but can be very helpful to warm you up, whilst providing comfort.

Throws

Feeling cold while watching your favourite Netflix show? No problem! By adding a few throws to your space, whenever you feel a chill, simply throw on, well, a throw!

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Throws are a great way to soften a space, as well as adding warmth when needed. There is a wide variety of throws on the market, as well as fabrics to have your own manufactured. There will be dozens to suit your space, and we could easily help you find the right ones. These will help bring pattern, colour and excitement to your space. Or if you prefer, neutral throws. They will always be helpful, and when not in use, there are various ways to store them. Roll them up and pop them in a basket, throw them over your bed or sofa, or just fold them up and put away in a cupboard.

Heating

Other ways to bring warmth to your space, is by adding a fireplace, underfloor heating, portable heaters, or even heated towel rails. These are just a few examples, but there are many on the market. Here is a link to our Outdoor Fire Pit post or our Fireplace Design post which are both bursting with inspiration.

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As you can see in the following images, it is possible to have a fireplace in nearly every room in the house. This could be the bathroom, bedroom, living room or even dining room. Remember, there are options as to what type of fireplace you can have, which you can find out more about here.

Let us help you add warmth to 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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Adding Detail to Your Walls – Panelling

Adding Detail to Your Walls - Panelling

Half Walls – Wainscoting

If your walls need a makeover, or if you have been dreaming of detailed walls in your space, this is the post for you. Adding panelling to your walls can liven up the space, whilst adding interest and detailing. There is no need for your walls to stay blank.

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Wainscoting is merely a fancy name for adding paneling to a section of your wall, the most popular of which would be the bottom half. This normally consists of a baseboard, which attaches onto the floor and the wall. As well as the panelling, with a chair rail on the top to finish off the design. The panelling can be painted white or any colour you desire. Add in a pop of gold for some extra opulence.

Full Wall – Panel Molding

Panel molding reaches above the typical chair rail height and can even cover the entire wall. It can also be applied to the ceiling and can consist of either solid panels or separate trim pieces put together to create different designs and patterns.” – Marnie Oursler

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This type of panelling can look exquisite and opulent when painted in rich or bold colours. If left white, it can also add beautiful detailing to the wall. There are so many different types of folding, and ways to apply them. Adding wallpaper inside the molding can also add more detail and interest to the space.

Modern Panelling

If you are not sold by the more traditional styles of molding, the following images are examples of how molding can be applied in a modern way.

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By applying the panels in geometric shapes, the room instantly looks more modern. The great thing about panelling is that is can be placed in nearly any room. Master bedroom, bathroom, living or dining room, or even the nursery! With so many patterns, layouts and colours to paint them, panelling is a great design tool to help make your space more elegant and magazine worthy.

Are you itching to introduce panelling to your walls?

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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Outdoor Fire Pits

Outdoor Fire Pits

The Firepit

The days are becoming shorter, whilst the nights are becoming longer, and more crisp. What could be a better way to relax and unwind than snuggling up next to a warm and cozy fire pit? This is a great idea to fill an empty void in your garden, whilst providing you with seating and of course warmth for those chilly evenings.

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When choosing a fire pit for your space, there are a few factors to consider. Would you like your pit to be cast in situ, or would you like it to be moveable? There are various type of fires that you could use. There are wood burners, gas or even more modern and eco-friendly types of pits. This will depend on the style of your space, the size you have to work with, as well as your fire preference. Here are some beautiful fire pits to get you inspired for your space.

Seating

Seating will form an important part to your space. There are so many different ways you could have your seating area. From built in deck type seating, with upholstered cushions, to concrete seating. You could have a square or rectangular setup, or even a rounded set up. This will all depend on how many people you wish to cater for, as well as your style.

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Safety will form an important part of the design, as fires, when not controlled or built properly could be detrimental. This is why it is best to have a designer who will follow safety standards and precautions to keep you and your family safe.

Other Parts to the Design

There are other aspects to the design, such as lighting, flooring, fabrics and possibly a roofing structure. This will also depend on your style, space allowance and budget. These add ons will take the design up a notch, and will have your guests in awe!

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When it comes to fabrics, an outdoor fabric would be the best to use in the space. They are UV resistant and won’t be damaged by sun rays. Outdoor vinyls will be waterproof and won’t need to be taken inside. What a joy! We have so many different options for you, ranging from bold patterns and gorgeous textures.

Are you wanting help with a ‘lit’ fire pit?

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 Blog Post Room dividers

ROOM DIVIDERS

Cut Out Screens

Room dividers create a wow factor in a space. Their function is to separate different spaces within a room. There are so many different types of room dividers one could use. The following room dividers have been laser cut into different shapes, patterns and sizes.

Timber Room Dividers

Timber room dividers are often used to introduce a natural feeling to a space. This material can be crafted into such wonderful features of a room. Sometimes using timber and metal helps change the look of the divided space. Timber is often viewed at its finest with natural light beaming behind it. Leave it natural or paint it a colour to tie in with the space, the choice is yours!

Unique Room Dividers

Who said that room dividers needed to be simple? There are different techniques and ways to divide a space that completely changes the atmosphere of the space. Some ways are using unique mirror designs that help widen the space or even a simple indoor plant display that helps bring life to the environment. Water running down a glass panel in a reception area dividing the space completely invites one into the room and allows them to feel relaxed and welcome.

Are you needing help with your dream of having a room divider?

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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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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PANTONE COLOUR OF THE YEAR 2019 – LIVING CORAL

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Incorporating Living Coral in Your Space – Walls

“An animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energises and enlivens with a softer edge.” – Pantone

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Incorporating such a vibrant colour into one’s space can be quite daunting. Painting your walls coral will definitely turn your space into a showstopper! Bright walls can be paired with other bold colours throughout the room. Muted tones and colours will also work beautifully with the bright walls.

 

Furniture

Having coral-coloured furniture is also a simple, yet effective way to introduce this quirky colour into your space. The effects will not be as dramatic as having fully painted coral walls. Not all your furniture needs to be this colour. You can incorporate it by having one statement piece. There are examples of how this could be done in our inspiration images. Bed bases, sofas, cabinetry and tables are great examples.

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You can easily achieve this look without breaking the bank! Head down to your hardware and pick up some paint. You will easily be able to transform an existing furniture piece into a coral masterpiece!

Accessories

Trends are always changing! Painted walls and coloured furniture pieces can often easily become outdated. If you would not like something so ‘permanent‘ in your space, but would still like to incorporate this trend. Accessorise!

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Accessorising can be an easy and inexpensive way to liven your space. Scatter cushions, vases, clocks and other decorative elements will do the trick! If you would like to know any other tips on how to introduce bold colours, read our blog post here.

Are you itching to introduce bold colours into your space?

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Yours in design,

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

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Dolphin Coast New Build – Cutting Edge Design

About The Project

In the new year, we will be doing the full interior design of a new build on the Dolphin Coast, Zinkwazi.

The intention for this holiday home is a no mess no fuss space. Simple lines, minimal feel but most importantly effortlessly functional. Our clients want to arrive and simply relax in a beautiful space whilst taking in the ocean views.

 

The architects Boogertman & Partners drew inspiration from the Magney House, designed by architect Glenn Murcutt, an absolute love of our client. When planning their dream holiday home there as no doubt that that is the look they wanted.

 

The home will feature cutting edge, modern designs with simple finishes to show off the style. The most special part of the home is that being the globe trotters our clients are, along with their love of architectural beauty they also share of love of beautiful artworks. Herein lies a challenge we are excited to tackle head on, the home should function as a rotating gallery. We have some amazing ideas on how to achieve this and cannot wait to share with you.

The Plot
Elevations of the Home
General Inspiration

Large parts of the home will feature concrete, such as off shutter on the walls, and polished concrete on the floors. This will give the home a modern and contemporary feel. Dark colours and natural materials will be seen throughout the home to give it interest and depth. The double storey home will boast a large floating staircase, which will certainly be a feature in the home.

Love this off shutter look? You can read more about off-shutter in our blog post here.

Kitchen Inspiration

Being a holiday home, the kitchen is going to most definitely be a gathering space. So we thought it best to make a bold statement by using dark cabinetry with a touch of washed oak to tie in with the internal doors – spoiler alert, oak too! This space needs to be functional and everything will have its place. I simplistic seating area to be added will make for a cozy area for the family.

Need some kitchen inspiration, you can find some more here.

Bathroom Inspiration

The bathrooms will be understated and simple, yet luxurious. The bathrooms will boast beautiful tile styles and designs, along with modern san-ware.

With the plan of having open plan bedroom and bathroom areas, we really want to capsize on the full glass front of the home facing the ocean. Again the no fuss approach will be taken in these areas but designs will be thought out and practical.

Bedroom Inspiration

Bedrooms are such an important part of a home, especially in a holiday home. They need to be comfortable and a space to relax and unwind in. The headboards will be unique and tie into the wall behind the bed. The bedrooms will have access to balconies with breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean.

We will keep you updated with this new build! Are you dreaming of your own?

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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