The Bigger Picture

When designing a new project, an interior designer will always plan through to completion.  We see the bigger picture and all of our design decisions are based on the end look.  Unfortunately, something that I see quite often is clients stopping short of following through with accessories because either they have spent all their money, or else they have run out of steam with the project The result is a design that is 98% there, but just not quite – which can be disappointing for both the designer and the client.

YSL saying it best!
YSL saying it best!

Getting the right paint colour for your walls is really important, but without artwork, the walls can be left looking a bit bare…The type of flooring you use and way it is laid is really important in defining spaces and the flow of the room, but without a great rug the seating arrangement just isn’t grounded and the room lacks colour, personality and spatial definition.   (I do believe rugs are deal breakers - read more about it here).   Having furniture adds functionality and style to a space, but without beautiful objet’ on top of it, or table lamps providing balance (and some mood lighting) it is just an item in a space that looks hanging…..

an accessorized interior
an accessorized interior

Accessories cannot be overlooked or ignored.  These are the things that will make or break the design – the final details.   It is a shame to spend a lot of money on the architectural elements of the project and never finish the job…

What is really important to remember, is that we don’t just accessorize for the sake of adding elements.  The art of accessorizing is a well thought out process where the room is not cluttered with “stuff”, but is decorated for interest, texture, balance and function.  This is often the part of the project where a client’s personality is brought through.

Art tick,vases tick. rug tick
Art tick,vases tick. rug tick

The best way to ensure that this part of the project gets done is to plan on it from the beginning and set aside the budget for it.  Sometimes there are special family items to take into consideration or memorable items collected on travels. It doesn’t all need to be new, and most times the best accessories are those ones that have a story.  When there are special décor items that you have and would like to use in a new space, the sooner you tell your designer or decorator about them the better as then they will be planned with the whole ‘bigger’ picture.

Even the most minimalist of interiors are designed with accessorizing in mind as instead of adorning walls or surfaces with ‘things’, visual interest is made up of special details like interesting ceiling details, the lighting layout or the materials have interest.   So again, it is crucial to plan with the end goal in mind right from the get go.

In a Minimalist interior, walls are often unadorned BUT there is other visual interest
In a Minimalist interior, walls are often unadorned BUT there is other visual interest

So just as a great pair of shoes or beautiful necklace can complete an outfit, remember that accessories play a very important role in completing and finishing off the design.  

 
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BEAUTIFUL KITCHEN USING MELAWOOD

The Book got a New Cover

2 weeks ago I attended the PG Bison Road Show where they unveiled new products and colours for 2018. I must say, I was blown away by the colours, textures and quality of the products.   A new world of possibilities has opened up for me using Melawood (PG Bison’s Melamine product) and I can’t wait to share it with you.

I  will be the first to admit that I have often overlooked using Melawood in projects I have worked on, mostly because the product didn’t appear to look ‘’authentic” or “exclusive” enough.   The colour range was limited and there was just so much more I could do with staining timber veneers.    Well PG Bison has had a complete style overhaul and the colours and textures which they are now offering are right on trend and suitable for a style-savvy market and consumer.   And did I mention it is very budget friendly?! High fives all ’round!

 

Here are the 4 new ‘ranges’ of colours and textures:

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NEW COLOURS AND TEXTURES RECENTLY LAUNCHED

 

 

So to get back to basics, what is Melawood? And how does it differ from veneer?

Melamine and veneer are both made of a thin layer that is applied to a core panel such as Supawood (MDF) or chipboard.

The difference between both products actually lies in that thin layer that is applied to the core panel. Melawood is a man-made product where  a decor paper is bonded to the board’s surfaces under heat and pressure.  The décor paper is printed with a pattern or  colour, thus every melamine board has a consistent colouring and grain pattern.  Melawood is moisture and stain resistant and very easy to clean.

Wood veneers on the other hand, are made from cutting a very fine layer of timber which is then applied to a core panel. Just as each tree is unique, so are the colours and grain structures of each piece of veneer. Because this material is natural, it can change due to environmental conditions and with age.

BEAUTIFUL KITCHEN USING MELAWOOD
I MEAN, HOW GOOD DOES THIS KITCHEN LOOK?!

In terms of application, Melawood can be used in kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms and offices in both residential and commercial interiors.  Some things that I will be looking at using Melawood for include bulkheads, wall paneling (fabulous cost effective alternative) and furniture items….headboards, tables, even nightstands.

Here are some images from PG Bison showing the versatility of their product.  I really encourage you not to look past it next time you are wanting something made, as I certainty wont.

 

LOVE THIS DETAIL ON THE ISLAND
LOVE THIS DETAIL ON THE ISLAND

 

GORGEOUS SHELVING
GORGEOUS SHELVING
BATHROOMS - THIS LOOKS VERY 'DURAVIT'
BATHROOMS – THIS LOOKS VERY ‘DURAVIT’
HEADBOARD ANYONE?
HEADBOARD ANYONE?

PG Bison has a great Facebook Page and Pinterest Page with some inspirations pics.  Their website is also very informative and has a nifty kitchen visualizer for you to play around with

WWW.PGBISON.CO.ZA

Also take a look at my Instagram page where I have shared some photos I took at the Roadshow, along with my favourite colours.