Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Meadowood House

I have a special, rather large and exciting post today about a Bibby + Brady project that Dael & I have been working on for quite some time. Meadowood House is a labour of love undertaken by Mark and Shelly Witchalls. Shelly discovered, and fell in love with a once-loved Art Deco country home in Fernhill, Hawke's Bay, surrounded by beautiful native bush and an abundance of birds. She then convinced Mark to relocate with her from the South Island to begin this new chapter in their lives.




The house is only a short distance from Napier, which is the Art Deco capital of New Zealand. After the 1931 Napier earthquake, much of the city was rebuilt in the Art Deco style and we now get visitors from all over the country, and the world, who come to enjoy the architecture, and celebrate the history. 

Shelly and Mark wanted to restore the house, return it to it's former Art Deco glory, and open it up to the public as a tourist lodge. They hired Dael and I to help them fulfil that dream. We created an initial mood board and then worked with Shelly and Mark over the months while it was transformed. The couple worked tirelessly alongside the builders and tradesmen, and sourced most of the furniture and accessories themselves. It was our job to source and advise on wallpaper, fabric, paint colours, as well as provide lots and lots of design ideas, inspiration and solutions where necessary.




Simple features like the curved bench top and cupboard give the kitchen a deco feel, and we love the fresh mint and white colour scheme.




The main living area, which you see when you enter the house, is stunning with it's gold wallpaper, peacock blue velvet sofa, and a window seat specially made to fit the curve of the wall.









A bordered carpet and a series of Art Deco lights leads you down the hallway to the bedrooms.





Each room has a beautiful Art Deco inspired wallpaper. The Aeroplane Room with it's own ensuite is one of my favourites.






The Flappers Room is light and bright with a gorgeous teal and gold colour scheme.






The Peacock Room, and master bedroom is bold and sophisticated, and also has a wheelchair access bathroom.







The Champagne Room is sunny and inviting, and beautifully feminine.







The lovely and talented Florence Charvin took all of the 'after' photographs for Mark and Shelly who are getting ready to welcome their first guests. The website is under way, so I will let you know once it's up and running, and hopefully also have some photos of the outside to show you. In the meantime, you can email Mark and Shelly if you're interested in booking or more info on Meadowood House.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

ixxi my world

If you're a long-time follower of the blog you may remember my post from a couple of years ago featuring ixxi, an amazing decorative wall system created from a series of small squares snapped together with x's and i's. You can choose a single image, either your own or one from their image bank; or create a montage or a design from individual squares pieced together.





I've been dying to try out the system, so was really excited when I was contacted by ixxi recently and asked if I'd work with them on a collaboration for their blog - ixxi your world. Of course I jumped at the chance, and the next thing was to decide which image to use.




I knew the spot for my ixxi. Our kitchen and dining room are the last spaces in our home to get my attention. I wanted a piece of artwork with some impact for the back wall of the dining room, which you see when you walk in the back door. Our home has a laid-back coastal vibe with lots of colour and pattern - a real mix of Mark and my interests. So I chose a very cool surfing photo by US photographer Stephanie Sherman. Stephanie was kind enough to let me use the image and forwarded the digital file to ixxi for me.




It was an exciting day when the ixxi box arrived all the way from The Netherlands looking very smart.




I thought it might be a two-man job and waited to put it together until the weekend when Mark was home. But when he was more interested in tinkering with his mountain bike I decided to go it alone. I was pleasantly surprised how simple it was, and had a real sense of accomplishment when I stood back to see it hanging on the wall.




At first I was worried that I would tear the corner of the ixxi squares when I pushed the x's in, but the panels are extremely strong and durable. I just put both thumbs on either side of the hole and pushed down gently but firmly. The x's and i's just snapped into place.





When completed I attached the special band provided to the wall and snapped the entire ixxi onto it. I used a tape measure and level to make sure the band was in the right place, and it looked fantastic. Honestly, I was so impressed with how easy the whole process was.





When we got home from our holiday a couple of days ago, I opened the door and my ixxi was the first thing I saw - it made me smile, I love it! Now to rip up the horrid old lino and get a new table and chairs! ;) I can now happily recommend ixxi to all of you, it's such a great product. Pop over to their website to see exactly how it works.

Monday, 29 September 2014

A Warm GC Welcome

I know I've been missing in action - last week was spent with my family in Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast in Australia. It was an amazing holiday in a spectacular part of the world. It was all about the kids, so we did the theme parks, cuddled koalas, patted the kangaroos, and hit the beaches.




I left everything but my phone at home, and any internet access was few and far between. But you know you have the best job when you miss work while on holiday! It was brilliant quality family time, but I was craving some interior goodness. I did find inspiration in our tropical surroundings, in the tiles at Chocolateria San Churro (that place was dangerous!), and even managed to squeeze in a quick shopping trip to Black & Spiro - heaven! It's nice to come home though, even when the temperature's a good 10 degrees colder. I look forward to bringing you some great posts this week and catching up on all things interior.
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