January 2017 New Beginnings We are so excited to start off 2017! 2016 was such a thrill and we look forward to continuing the ride. We have some great work lined up this year and we can’t wait to get stuck in! To start the year off, we will be working on two new impressive home builds in Umhlanga; a lovely retail space in the Ballito Junction and some beautiful home renovations! How exciting to start the year with so many fabulous projects! 2017 will also see the installation of our hotel design - woohoo - we cannot wait to see the outcome! Let 2017 be your year! Do those long overdue renovations - you deserve it! Planning on building a new home or opening your first retail store? We’ve got the experience, been through the process and know how to deal with the ins and outs of building and decorating - so why not let us do the hard work for you? Plan, plan, plan. Even if you don’t intend on starting until mid-year, you need to have a plan of action on how you are going to achieve your decor goals. We are more than happy to assist you with the planning process (which can sometimes be trickier than the actual work). We will help you with all the details, such as the length of the design process; what budget to aim for; who your builders are or which ones to use; who your architect is or who to use. Luckily we have all the answers! House M in Glenmore The client wanted us to create them a sophisticated, beautiful and colourful home that husband and wife and their four daughters could live in and love. Of course with the word 'colourful' thrown in, our minds went gaga and we got stuck in immediately. We painted all the walls in the house, gorgeous pastel shades of blue, green, purple and pink, which we love! Glam tan leather couches and frosted white chandeliers add elegance and glamour to this home. The girls' bedrooms were fun to work on, with black and white stripes teamed with bunches of roses as the main wall feature in the one room and a pastel play with geometry in the other girls' room. The main fixture in the bathroom is a beautiful custom-made turquoise vanity with antique mirror and copper pendant - this is one of our favourite features in the house! We loved working on this project and the client was super chuffed too. On the day of completion, we did a big reveal for all the girls and their mom, and all of them walked around their spruced up new home, oohing and aahing with a mix of delighted squeals. This was awesome for us to see and made the project that much better! Budget Planning This can be an extremely daunting task. From our experience, we find that the best way to budget is to decide on a figure you want to spend and then work backwards. You need to make sure you budget for absolutely everything - from the design to the contractors, to the finishes (floor tiles/solid wood etc.), to the furniture you want to be installed - every detail is critical so that you are not disappointed when you run out of budget at the end of the day. Once you have done that, you will have a good starting point for a well thought out budget - and then stick to it 100%! Goals for 2017 We love goals! And we love achieving them. If you haven’t yet set a goal or two for the year, do it now. Even if it is just saving for that gorgeous pink toaster you’ve always wanted - do it! Here are our team’s main goals for 2017: Meghan: "Go on a course to better myself in my career." Chantelle: "To study something so I can learn something new." Paige: "Start trail running regularly! I love it and want to do more of it." Redesign Interiors goals as a company: “We would really love to design a boutique hotel with a super creative brief allowing us to design with lots of colours and huge imagination!” Trends for 2017 Colours, glorious colours! They are going to be all over the place this year - which makes us super duper excited! Neutral interiors? That’s a big no, no! Go bold, go colourful or go home (literally). We want to see more blush and sage combos. The desire to create something unique, different and innovative is a hot trend right now, so go wild! It’s all about designing for the individual and not around what is fashionable. So, so exciting! Want in on some of our designer secrets? We will be sharing a top design tip per month, so be sure to tune in monthly for some design inspo and insider trading secrets. Don’t miss out! January Design Secret: Colour is the best way to bring life and fabulousness to any space, but many people are afraid of colour or don’t know how to use it correctly. The best way to add any pop of colour is through a slick new paint, and hey, if you decide you don’t like it, then it is only paint after all and you can change it up again. Our advice is to start with your favourite colour and then choose a slightly lighter, greyed tone of that colour, so as not to be too bright. If you are unsure of a colour, ask the friendly guys at Shaves Paint - they are amazing! Buy a small sample of the paint first and paint a sample on your wall approximately 1m x 1m, then live with it for a couple days. Look at it in all sorts of light and decide if you like or not. If you do, then just go for it! You will most likely find that after your first wall success, you won’t want to stop, and why should you?