#4 – Let there be Light!

We’re getting closer to #1 as we count down the TOP 10 REASONS WHY YOU NEED TO JOIN US IN CLASS.  #4 is all about setting the mood with LIGHTING and you’ll learn the principles and some out of the box lighting solutions at our INTERIOR DESIGN CLASSES starting 9th of May.

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“Good lighting is like a layer of magic dust sprinkled over everything.”

Kelly Hoppen

Lighting can make or break a space.  It determines how we read colour.  Light and colour are inextricably linked.  The colour of an object is based upon how it reflects light.

In the past, your typical home had one incandescent globe in the middle of the ceiling to perform the basic function of lighting up a space just enough for us to avoid head on collisions.  Nothing more.

Today, we realise that lighting performs many functions – yes general lighting but also…

  • task lighting
  • accent lighting
  • feature lighting
  • mood lighting.

We have downlights for spot lighting, feature pendants over dining tables and island counters, task lighting over kitchen benches, lamps in cosy corners for reading and concealed lighting for halo effects.

You have the wonderful benefit of living in your home during both day and night hours and you get to experience how natural light from outdoors flows through your home, where are the dark spots in a room that would benefit from a table lamp and where do you perform the key functions that need some additional light shed with task lighting.

Homes function 24 hours and you are the only one who knows your home so intimately. Get to know your home – every little nook and cranny.  Linda

INTERIOR DESIGN CLASSES START 9th of MAY!  Learn more here!

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#5 – Work with the home you have!

No matter your preferred style, you need to work with the home you have. We’re on the home stretch to #1 of the TOP 10 REASONS WHY YOU NEED TO JOIN US IN CLASS. #5 adds some reality and brings us back to earth a lil’, but believe me – it’s worth it!  Join us at INTERIOR DESIGN CLASSES starting 9th of May, and we’ll help you get to know your home better.

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A home is framed by vertical and horizontal elements.

Your home is basically a box. This box is held up by a series of architectural elements – window and door frames, columns, wall panelling, exposed roof beams.  These elements frame the interior spaces and are part of the interior palette. Often they are an expression of the architectural style of the home. The impressive Interior Designer Kelly Hoppen is famous for applying what she calls the “GRID” throughout her interiors.

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There’s always a time to break the rules and create a focal point!

A home with dark door and window frames has a completely different feel to a home with white framing as you can see from the two feature images. All white timber furniture will never look right surrounded by dark architectural framing, nor vice versa. UNLESS… you want to create a focal point and A LITTLE CONTRAST ALWAYS WORKS MAGIC!

To create seamless spaces that blur the line between exterior and interior, repeat architectural elements in the proportions, colours and materials of your furniture and cabinetry.

So join us in INTERIOR DESIGN CLASSES and learn how to make your home sing!  Linda

# 6 – Art is Inspiration!

We often overlook this critical element in any space – and yet it has the potential to inspire everything – yes – ART!

As we make our way down the TOP 10 REASONS WHY YOU NEED TO JOIN US IN CLASS, #6 is all about CHOOSING ART THAT SPEAKS TO YOUR SOUL. In our INTERIOR DESIGN CLASSES we’ll be learning how to use art as our HERO pieces and to inspire COLOUR PALETTES.

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Art is great inspiration for your home’s colour palette!

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”

Pablo Picasso

Just like beauty… what you decide is great art really is in the eye of the beholder.  ART IS INSPIRATIONAL AND ASPIRATIONAL  and speaks to our very souls.  Our preferences in art tell the world so much about ourselves – SO MAKE SURE WHAT YOU CHOOSE FOR YOUR HOME TELLS YOUR STORY!

We can use art in several ways throughout our home, let’s start with INSPIRATION FOR A COLOUR PALETTE.

COLOUR THEORY can get quite complex and a little like being back in science class.  By selecting a piece of art that you love it’s doing alot of the work for you.  Based on the rule of 70,20,10 – you can identify your main body colour and pick out a few accents.  The Dining Room image above illustrates how the soft pastels in the artwork can be carried through onto the walls, using lavendar as the main body colour, and accents in the chairs and floor rug – turqoise and light blue.  Basically – an Analogous colour scheme. Beautiful!

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Or ART can be the stand alone “HERO” piece.

We can also use art as the “HERO” piece, the focal point of a room.  These pieces stand alone and are intended to grab the attention – not blend in. As pictured in this Dining Room, the interior decor is largely white making the primary red stand out further.  The minor colour accents in the room are selected to work with and frame the focal point.

When selecting your artwork, it doesn’t need to cost alot of $$$.  What’s important is that you LOVE IT!  And don’t leave it till last and select art that “matches” your home – find these personal treasures early and use them as inspiration.

So join us in class soon and learn how to make art the inspiration for your home! Buy your tickets right here!

See you soon! Linda

#8 – Avoid Split Personalities!

In our TOP 10 REASONS WHY YOU NEED TO BE JOINING US IN CLASS we’ve reached #8 – AVOID SPLIT PERSONALITIES. At our INTERIOR DESIGN CLASSES we’ll be teaching you how to maintain a consistent style and story throughout your home.

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Spaces should flow (Image Source: French by Design Blog)

“Your home needs an overarching DESIGN STORY – THE CENTRAL PLOT…”

In PART 1-  “DESIGN LIKE A PRO” you’ll learn how to select a consistent palette of materials that flows throughout your home and connects all spaces.  In PART 2 – “STYLE LIKE A DIVA” you’ll learn how to achieve flow through your style – expressed in artwork, furniture, textiles and colour. You’ll learn how to create a Mood Board for every room in your home – as every room has a different function and purpose.  But be careful – DON’T CREATE TOO MANY PERSONALITIES.

Your home needs an overarching DESIGN STORY – THE CENTRAL PLOT, from which each room varies slightly with it’s own character and feel, but all are connected with common threads.

A colour scheme can tie a house together expressed in a variety of finishes and materials (see the image above) and the choice of flooring can be very effective in tying rooms together so one space flows to the next.

When you’re designing multiple rooms in your home, create your Mood Boards first and then lay them out next to each other.  Make sure they read together as ONE STRONG DESIGN STORY BUT WITH LAYERS OF DIVERSITY.

DON’T MISS OUT! Tickets are on sale right here.  Linda 🙂