17
Feb
2015

Design Project/ Organic Hair Salon

I feel like a bad blogger as of late as it has been over a month since my last post but to be fair I did take a much needed xmas break and this year has already started with a hiss and a roar. Anyway I’m back and ready to blog! I thought I would share with you a project that I worked on last year designing a room in a Hair Salon that uses all organic hair products.

The Brief: An increase in staff and clientele meant the salon needed extra space to seat clients while colours etc were processing and an extra hair washing basin. An unused room situated just off the main salon offered extra space but needed a complete revamp. Furniture pieces needed to be durable and easy to clean as hair, colour and chemicals could come into contact with them. I wanted to create an organic, nature inspired, restful environment that felt as though you were doing your body good just by being there. Here is a snippet of the mood board that I put together on Pinterest.

 

Natural organic interior design

Natural organic interior design

Industrial/organic Lighting

organic inspired interior

organic inspired interior

towel basket hair salon

 

Industrial shelving

Coffee Station

The room was small with limited lighting so I suggested adding extra feature lighting and painting the room a light soft grey tone. Soft drapey sheer curtains were to be added to allow the light to come through still providing some privacy and adding a soft layer to the room. The colour palette was kept neutral but interest added through lots of texture and layers. The rest of the design included raw, rustic looking shelves to be installed above the basin to store hair care products and extra towels, cane baskets for holding used towels, three comfortable easy to care for chairs with natural wood side tables for clients to hold coffee, magazines etc and a help yourself coffee station with healthy organic treats like nuts and dried fruit. I love the feel of this space so much that I am dreaming and scheming about how I can rob some space from somewhere and create a room like it in my home complete with coffee station and organic treats! Man cave move over!

Below are a selection of chairs I sourced for the client to choose from as opposed to the standard hairdressing chairs.

Coromandel outdoor chair

Coromandel Chair, loft design

Outdoor Chairs Scandi design

Acapulco Chair

Me and My trend cane look chair

cane look outdoor chair

Me and My trend Chair

See you next time Tania x

24
Dec
2014

A Xmas Nook

OMG I can’t believe xmas is tomorrow, phewf and what a mammoth mission it has been to get here! I didn’t know whether this post would make it in between my technical drama and the battered and ransacked xmas nook.I had been trying unsucessfully to use a version of photoshop that was never going to do what I wanted it to because unbeknown at the time of my cursing and fist clenching the salesman had sold me the wrong version, even after I had spent a billion years that I didn’t have explaining to him exactly what I needed it to do. In the mean time my carefully decorated xmas nook all ready for its photo shoot had a giant ball plough through the middle of it sending everything flying not to mention the xmas tree ending up on top of my nearly two year old twice after he got hold of the decorative chocolates hanging on the tree.

champagne and gold xmas decorating

As you can tell from my nook I am not a traditionalist when it comes to xmas decorating in fact I don’t think the colours red and green have ever entered my nook but thats not to say they won’t at some point in the future.

gold nd copper xmas decorating

I decided to go with a gold, white, silver, champagne and peach colour scheme this year, last year I did aqua,white, orange and silver and the few years prior have been black, white, silver and gold.

gold and peach xmas decorating

I have to also admit to being a bit of a minimalist decorater when it comes to xmas unlike my lovely friend Marija and her FOUR amazing xmas trees all of which have their own story.This year I ramped it up a bit and should imagine with a child now I will be ramping it up for the next 20 years!

Silver candelabra

xmas decorating

gold ,silve, champagne and peach xmas decorating

Ok well that’s all from me for now, I am off to finish wrapping a few pressies, including a large yellow tow truck that has not been very successfully hiding under our bed then its off to pick up a couple of last minute things and drop off a present. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a fantabulous day tomorrow, I am dreaming of turkey already x

16
Dec
2014

Creating an Inviting Entrance Way

You may not think of your entrance way as a conventional nook but more an area you pass through quickly, kick your shoes and jacket off, throw your keys, and dump your bags. However, although your time here is usually short it is the first area you see when you arrive home and the last when you leave so you want it to be an interesting, inviting and functional nook.black and white entrance way

Entrance way nook

Now some of you will no doubt have amazing glamazon entrance ways that will be the size of a small house and you could design them to include a multitude of functions or just take in the beauty of all that space! My entrance way is small, however it does have amazing height which is not currently played to so I call this my for now and not forever entrance way nook.Black and white entrance way

The vintage telephone table was originally mahogany wood with burgundy upholstery which I have upcycled. The seat provides the perfect spot to put on shoes or unload bags and the drawer holds keys, wallets and mail.pink, gold and black abstract art

The abstract art I created for the spare bedroom but decided I liked it more in this space that is the beauty of shopping your own house first is that some pieces shine more in unexpected places.

Entrance way

You could have a basket for shoes but in my experience they rarely make it in there and the basket ends up taking up valuable space. It is just as easy to flick them off under the table where they are semi tidy and hidden or you could strategically arrange them like these pictures ha!

entrance way

Where can I find the Watering Can?  Well thats my last nook for now folks, which was your favourite Nook? I know some ladies that have been busy creating their own, including crafting nooks. Have you created yours, tell me about it?

Talk soon,

Tania  x

 

 

9
Dec
2014

How to create a Workspace Nook

This is the second post in my Nice Nooks series, and I wanted to share with you my Workspace Nook. As we have a 23 month old camping out in our office at the moment I wanted to create an area where I could sit and work from but not take up valuable space or be a permanent fixture. Eventually the 23 month old will need more room and he will move into a bedroom downstairs, and we will have our office back, but for now he can stay put as I’m not quite ready to have him all the way downstairs! The beauty of a nook and one of the many reasons I am a little obsessed with them is they can be created anywhere and they can easily be repurposed, which really suits changing family dynamics, work requirements etc.

Nice Nook

This nook is in our lounge and is less than a meter wide, it sits in between the pillar that houses our TV and fireplace and the entry into the hallway.

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A rug is a great way to designate a particular area. I switched the chairs and cushion for this shot, because that is what I do.

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The table which doubles as a desk was already in this spot and housed books as well being a display table. By adding a chair, comfy cushion, laptop and interesting artwork it is easily transformed into a workspace that feels designated but still fits in with the rest of the room.

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I know that sheepskin again! Yip it pops up all over the place, I do like a bit of fluff and it just makes such a comfy spot to sit in.

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The large artwork is titled Marianna by Ruben Ireland @society6 , the small black and white abstract print Sweet William, Cire Trudon candle World beauty, 2014 Diary Kiiki K, gold pen Typo , vintage marble pen holder, table, chair and sheepskin trademe,  White and Gold cushion Villa Costa , Pink cushion is an old cushion hand dyed. Cacti and blue vase I have had for years they could practically be classed as vintage! Soaked in style business cards are sitting on a small plate stand. Have you got a workspace nook in your house? Tell me about it, email me a pic or  tag me in your instagram pics just hit the gold camera icon in my keep in touch icons to find me.

Talk soon, Tania  x

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3
Dec
2014

Nice Nooks

Over the next few weeks I will show you three different looks for small Nooks. With kids, partners, pets or just a busy life it can be hard to keep every part of your house looking just so. Also our budgets don’t always allow us to renovate or decorate every room in the house so over the next three weeks I thought I would show you how you can create and style a small nook that may sit amongst the chaos of the rest of the house. Creating a nook can be a cheap way to create a stylish little sanctuary using a small unutilized area of your home, perhaps a corner in your lounge, hallway or bedroom? Nooks are a great place to relax, read, checkout Facebook, or grab a quick coffee, it is also a perfect place to try out a new look in a small dose. Shop your house for accessories and if your budget allows indulge in something new (check out my cheap finds).

Marble Tulip Table

In keeping with my design mantra “something old, something new, something borrowed and something you” The wrapping paper in white frame and the chair are relatively old, does 8 years count? The something borrowed is the table borrowed from my spare bedroom and cushion from the lounge.

Abstract Art

Art work doesn’t have to be expensive and can easily be changed around to create a new look.  At the top left is a card from Corso De’ Fiori, underneath is a frame from Myers Sydney which holds a piece of old wrapping paper and the abstract art is my creation. As you can probably see from the picture there is a big glob of blue tack under the frame, which I purposely displayed just to show you, is all that is needed to hold up the art work.

Pink Peonies

You will recognise some of these accessories from Mondays Copper Candy post. The candlesticks $27.00, flower vase $7.00, & black & white glass box $8 .00, from The Warehouse, Marble tulip table, glass bowl vase and spotty cushion Freedom Furniture. The sheepskin and chair are from TradeMe. What do you think of my Nook? Have you got somewhere you can create a nook of your own?

Talk soon, Tania x