Monday, 30 March 2015

Fi's Dining Room | Bibby + Brady

On Friday I posted a living room that Dael & I designed recently for our super cool client, Fi. Today I bring you her dining room. As I mentioned on Friday, the home has amazing bones, but you can see that the red walls combined with all that wood was too overpowering. Some people believe that red stimulates the appetite, hence this is not the first red dining room I've come across. But it's also one of the darkest rooms in this house, so we chose to lighten it with one of our favourite whites - a gentle, fleecy off-white which is lovely with wood tones.

Like me, Fi loves a touch of Bohemia, so we gave her dining room a glamorous ethnic feel.

As is often the case, creating the look doesn't happen instantly. Clients usually purchase their favourite or most needed pieces first. Fi's round table is great, but we felt in this room a rectangular shape would work well. For now her current table still looks fab, and our fave upholsterer, Asha from Little & Fox, covered the chairs in a gorgeous velvet.

Fi has bought one of the amazing brass chandeliers for above the table, it's just waiting to be installed (long story!). We're also still looking for the perfect art piece for above the fireplace, so for now one of Dael's is standing in.

When we work with our Bibby + Brady clients it's very important to us that the interiors we design reflect their owner/s, and I think this is a great representation of Fi - glamorous, worldly, free-spirited and cool! It also has to be functional, and although it's located next to the kitchen, we provided her with additional storage for her glasses, dinnerware etc, and a cute bar cart for when her friends pop over.

We all love the roman blinds we had made from the most beautiful fabric. We have the most brilliant curtain and blind maker, and a huge range of fabrics available to us (just in case you need new curtains and blinds at your place). If you live locally we can also have them installed for you, but we've worked with clients from outside of Hawke's Bay, and have had their curtains shipped to them all made and ready to hang themselves (or by their chosen professional). Don't hesitate to contact Dael or I if you'd like any help with your interiors - both residential or commercial.


  1. I have only just recently found your blog and I have to say, I love it! I have enjoyed reading about your work on 'Fi's place' and have been filing away (in my head and on pinterest!) lots of ideas for when we begin our renovation. I am finding I am so over the previous neutral and natural trends and am looking forward to embracing a bit of colour! You (and others like LeeAnn Yare and Alex Fulton) do it so well I think. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Thanks for your lovely comment Rhonda. if you need any help with your renovation, we would love to help. We have many clients outside of Hawke's Bay, so don't hesitate to contact us if you need us :) I'm so pleased we can inspire you with a bit of colour too x

  2. I can highly recommend not just you two lovely girlies as so easy to work with, but also the outstanding quality of the drapes and blind made for us.We live in Auckland , and the process of getting them here was so easy. We love them!

    1. Thanks Rose. Yes, you are a fab example of having curtains and blinds made to measure and shipped to Auckland :) x


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