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Celebrating SampleBoard supplier Wunders Fine Furnishings


I thought I would spend a few blogs featuring the brilliant range of interior design products on the SampleBoard site. I just love the yummy items we have available. I am so thankful for the suppliers wonderful range. So here goes not too many words but I have created a few sampleboards today. As I went back to my many older sample boards I was amazed at how many times I selected from the range of Wunders Fine Furnishings

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Wunders is recognized as a producer of the finest quality upholstered furniture in South Africa. It is easy to see why. The styles vary from classic modern, traditional and funky pieces. The best way to celebrate this great company’s deigns is to show a number of interior design concept boards featuring their many designs.

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As you can see you can create traditional, a quirky take on the traditional, modern and contemporary interior design schemes from Wunders wonderful range of interior design products.

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If you click on the images you will be directed to the sample board home where you will find suppliers information for each item selected for each board. I some more examples of my older boards featuring Wunders fine furnishings.

The first sample board features Wunder’s Bellagio chair, the second board features Wunder’s Wing Armchair and the third sample board features a Wunder’s Armchair and Ottoman.


Re-Design is a growing trend in interior decorating

Following on from my last blog I thought it a good idea to look at the growing interior decorating trend for Re- Design. This could be an excellent way of obtaining interior design projects in these hard economic times.

Many interior decorators are offering Re-Design services. With catch phrases like “Would you like to create a unique new look using your existing furnishings?” Re-designers are promoting re- design as a cost effective new alternative in interior decorating. They recommend using existing items suggesting the process can be completed in a short time the only cost the decorator’s/designer’s ‘Creative Labour’

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Re- design is not about replacement but re-placement of a client’s items to create a better functioning environment. Thinking about redecorating can be a costly headache for many people. With re-design they can use what they all ready have and maybe just buy a few items.

I have created the interior design mood board above featuring a Zebra floor rug from Zuomod, Zebra ottoman from Wunders and Zebra futon and lamp shade covers from a company called Surefit. Instead of replacing a sofa, futon or lamps shade using covers could be a cost effective alternative.

The impact of the economic crises on interior design

This is an interesting topic I have been wondering what the real impact on design is. I read an article in the New York Times (April 3 2011) called Design well within reach. The article discussed how the disaster of the Great Depression in the 1920s impacted on interior design at the time. There was a move toward modernism; design became functional for example Alvar Aalto chairs.

Interior design trend called undecorate

During this current recession the article explains a trend has developed in interior design toward eclectic do it yourself design. A term called ‘undecorate’ has been used by Christiane Lemieux to describe the movement. A phrase ‘democratization of design’ has been in use for some time and has now maybe come to be an eventuality. People have become very resourceful at finding discounted items via the internet.

People finding discounted interior decorating items via internet

It appears as if the amateurs are leading the way and designers have been left behind. I know in Australia the level of design literate amateurs has increased amazingly over the last few years. You only have to look at the design shows on TV (some very good ones) to be aware of this. However design rules are being broken; principles like harmony and balance have become passé. Fabrics are mismatched and wallpaper placed on ceilings and over moldings. An attitude of anything goes is current.

Interior design rules are broken

Maxwell Gillingham from the Apartment Therapy blog is quoted as saying ”There’s no longer any good or bad… that new openness is the story. We’re all swirling around together.” There has been a move toward individual expression instead of professional polish.

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No good or bad interior design

The article discusses a photographer called Todd Selby. He has created a website where he shows a range of rooms from the homes of creative people like musicians and writers. The rooms indicate the undecorate trend has been followed. Images show wallpaper peeling, lots of clutter and items such as thrift shop paintings. That is not to say you can’t find some great second hand items.

Individual expression in interior design is all important

The question is where does that leave us? I have always thought good design should not be available to only those who can afford it and for this reason I have held workshops and taught TAFE Interior Decorating classes for those interested in DIY decorating. But I must confess I do find it difficult to look at messy rooms with no harmony, balance or correct proportion. I suppose the same thing is happening with cooking to some extent Chef’s must look at amateur cooking shows and shudder as I do. That is not to say some beautiful dishes and rooms are not offered up by the non professionals. What do you think? Where do you think the interior design profession is or is heading in these hard economic times?

Google gives SampleBoard a nod of approval

It has been an exciting and busy week for SampleBoard. I am so pleased to be part of the sample board team. I have had the pleasure of working with Ros since 2009 as the Australian agent for SampleBoard. Below is the press release. I have added the links from the media release below. Following the document you will find some examples of boards created on the SampleBoard site

Click here to find out what designers are saying about SampleBoard…

Sign-up and experience SampleBoard for yourself, help power the world’s creativity

Now for some examples of interior design, wedding planning, landscape and fashion mood boards from the SampleBoard Creative Community

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We extend an invitation to you to become part of the SampleBoard’s Creative Community be inspired and inspire others and help power the world’s creativity. We look forward to exciting days ahead.

Some tips from a Master of Interior Design

As I drifted off to sleep a few nights ago I was thinking about design not unusual for me but in particular about New York Style.  Would you believe it the next morning I read in House Beautiful (September 2011) the start of a new column called Master Class. In the first Master Class column the colorist and designer Alessandra Branca was interviewed.

Alessandra Branca Interior via Consider Yourself at Home blogspot

Alessandra makes a number of recommendations. She suggests investing in a few classic pieces that will stand the passage of time. An example of this is the Louis chair she has in her apartment (see image below). Branca states a sofa with clean lines and in a neutral fabric can be (like clothing) dressed up or down. She dislikes sofas with huge arms as they take up too much space.

Alessandra Branca’s use of Louis chair via Home Beautiful

When designing she thinks it is most important to have a plan, think everything through; it takes time to decorate successfully. Alessandra states it is important to see the overall picture and consider each detail.

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Tips from a Master of Design on Design

  • Have a plan
  • Take time
  • Think everything through
  • Consider each detail
  • See the overall picture
  • Invest in classic pieces
  • Select sofas in neutral fabrics with clean lines and small arms
  • Oh and remember the corners of rooms

Branca describes her New York apartment as a mix of English country comfort, old world Italian elegance, and French sensuality with a relaxed American sensibility and a punch of red. The corners of her apartment are decorated with a botanical grid painted by her artist mother. Alessandra believes corners are under considered in room design.

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I have created some mood boards inspired by Alessandra’s electric mix of styles and use of red. It is great to have the opportunity to have a glimpse into the mind of a master designer like Alessandra.

Why not follow the Hollywood Interior Design trend for Chinese Blue and White

One of Tina Charles’ tweets this week was ‘Hot in Hollywood – Interior designers just love Chinese Blue and White accents’.  The link from the tweet leads to a wonderful array of Chinese blue and white porcelain. This tweet got me thinking.

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The Chinese started to create porcelain during the Tang dynasty 618 AD – 906 AD. During the 14th Century in the Ming dynasty China was the most important centre for porcelain in the world. The blue used in the blue and white porcelain came to China from Persia in 1290 AD. It wasn’t until the 17th century many Europeans became aware of these beautiful objects.

England and other nations bought and then copied the blue and white style of porcelain and Chinoserie was very much in vogue. It has been in and out of fashion ever since. I thought I would join the Chinese Blue and White party and have created some sample boards to illustrate how these items in this instance lamp bases can be used.

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The wonderful Thibaut Design fabrics and wallpapers work well with an 1860 Chinese lamp. The lamps used in the boards are available from the Antique and Vintage Lamp Shop. The other boards indicate how the antique lamps can be used in contemporary schemes. In the orange scheme the lamp becomes a discordant object adding interest to the scheme.

I found this brilliant site which can give you a guide to Chinese Pottery and Porcelain Marks . You may also be interested in this article it goes into a lot of detail.

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The more I use the sample board digital editor the more I am impressed with what can be done on the site. It is a great way to hone your color and design skills. It is also a great place to be inspired by other designers. The wonderful thing is it is fun and can become addictive. So why don’t you join us and help power the world’s creativity.

SampleBoard and Adicolor in Australia have joined forces to power the world’s creativity and see how Adicolor can enhance any interior space no matter what the style

Adicolor’s brilliant paint finishes are designed and manufactured in Italy. The company offers one of the world’s largest ranges of decorative paint finishes. With over 1000 colors and some finishes requiring only a one coat application the paint can be used to enhance a range of interior and exterior spaces;  traditional, modern and contemporary.

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Adicolor beautiful finishes in over 1000 colors

The mood boards in this blog illustrate how the decorative paints can be used. Adicolor also offers training to professional painters, students and private classes. The company uses only the highest quality materials and 2000 year traditions.

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Passing down 2000 year traditions

Another reason for selecting Adicolors paints are their eco friendly credentials. For example the paint products are all; Low VOC, Non toxic, environmentally friendly, Water soluble, virtually odorless and all products are individual labeled with VOC content on packaging. So not only are the decorative paints beautiful they are safe to use and not harmful to the environment.

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Eco Friendly credentials

SampleBoard and Adicolor in Australia have joined forces to power the world’s creativity. You can join in the fun and submit a sample board or two and win a prize. Just go to the competition page on the SampleBoard site or follow this link and have some creative fun playing around designing  beautiful boards.

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The Color Theory of Shigenobu Kobayashi

I just love color (colour) the more I learn the more want to know and realize I don’t know. One of the first books on color I bought when I was in college; ‘The Art of Color’ by Johannes Itten. Lately I have been revisiting the color theories of Shigenobu Kobayashi.

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Shigenobu I believed died earlier this year. He taught about color taste and helped people find their color taste by completing a number of color and word excerises. Basically he divides colors into warm, cool hard and soft he uses the ten hue Munsell System. Albert H Munsell a painter and art teacher developed a color system in 1915. The Munsell system has become the standard method of classifying colors.

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Shigenobu then divided the warm soft, hard cool colors in to a number of other categories. For example soft warm colors are divided into romantic, pretty, casual, natural and elegant. Soft cool colors he catagorized as romantic, elegant, clear, cool casual, natural, elegant and chic. Warm hard colors he divided into dynamic, gorgeous, classic, wild, classic and dandy and chic. Cool hard colors are catagorized as modern, formal, dandy, cool casual, chic, and classic and dandy.

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Another topic on color he explored was regional colors but that’s a whole topic in its self. The psychological color types he presents can assist people to put together a personal color profile. I found I tend toward warm soft and some cool soft colors and steer away from hard colors. I find it all  fascinating. As you probably know colors can change when viewed on different computers so forgive me if the colors appear incorrect.

Vintage and Retro Shoes

Shoes glorious shoes just love shoes.  As a little girl I would put on my mum’s shoes my favorite were a pair of shiny taupe colored pointy toed heels. Well after all these years I am still a wee girl. I was really sad when someone told me; when you stop growing you begin to shrink. I thought oh no as I only grew to just under five feet. This will give you an idea of how important high heeled shoes are to me. The platform style shoes of the 70s were never off my feet.

It was with difficulty I gave up on very high heels when I became ill a few years ago. I still do need a heel. If I wear flat shoes I feel as if I’m falling backwards. I am so glad the designs for comfortable shoes are now excellent and fashionable. But I fondly remember the days when I worked in Sydney’s Macquarie street my great delight was saving up to buy my next pair of totally impractical shoes viewed in a trendy boutique. Those were the days. So it is with great joy I am looking at designer vintage and retro shoes.

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Years ago women’s feet were a lot smaller than they are today. (There are some advantages to being petite)  Very few large vintage shoes are available. But there are companies who reproduce vintage style shoes. One such company is .

Some of the designers to look out for when searching for vintage and retro shoes are Salvatore Ferragario who was a shoe designer for the film stars of the 1920s. His most famous shoe is the rainbow platform shoe. Jeffery Campbell Salvatore recreated this and other 1930s wedge shoes in the 1970s.

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During the 1950s Andrea Pfister designed the famous ‘Homage to Picasso’ shoe. Roger Viver designed shoes for Christian Dior during the 1950s. Maud Frizon started to create handmade shoes in the 1970s. Manolo Blanhnik who started designing shoes for famous fashion houses in the 1970s is famous and known today for his creations for the TV character Carrie Bradshaw.

For a great article by an Aussie on vintage shoes you can go to this link

Vintage and Retro Handbags

Designer label handbags became very popular in the 1940s. My love affair with handbags started when I stayed with my granny in Ireland. She had a wonderful curved door sideboard in the lounge room. Stored away in this beautiful piece of furniture were a number of exquisite handbags. They came in amazing sizes and colours my favorite was a square red bag with a large clasp. I spent many a happy hour playing with this exciting collection.

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1920s small metal mesh bags and flat envelope evening purses

The bags of the 1920s were small many made of metal mesh. The first bag to have a zipper was the Bolide Bag. One of the most popular bags of the era was created by Whiting and Davis. Also during the 1920s and 1930s custom made luggage became the rage. The bags of this period were usually very well made. Other handbag styles during the 1920s were flat envelope beaded evening purses, Celluloid bags and metal vanity cases.

Larger envelope bags of crocodile and other skins in 1930s

During the 1930s bags made of crocodile, snake and other sorts of skins became popular. They were made up in a style similar to the 1920s envelope purse only larger. The evening bags of the era were smaller and decorated with beads and faux jewelry. Toward the end of the decade bags were often custom make to match shoes.

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1940s cloth, plastic and rayon bags satchel style popular

The war years of the early 1940s saw bags made of rayon, plastic and cloth instead of silk and leather. At this time one of the most popular styles was the satchel bag. Women still tended to match shoes and bags. Towards the end of the 1940s the wrist-strap bag and the box style bag made of leather became popular as did the New Look fashions. Evening bags were embroidered or made of brocade, feathers and beading.

The 1950s Kelly and 2.55 bags

The 1950s saw a new age of glamour and elegance emerge. Bags were made of wood, straw and plastic covered with beads, jewels, sequins, hand paintings or embroidery. Mesh styles bags from the 1920s were revived. Princess Grace started a trend when she was seen with a bag designed by Hermes. The bag became known as the Kelly bag. In February 1955 Chanel created her famous quilted bag which she named 2.55.

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1960s space age and hard plastic bags

In the 1960s the silver space age style bags were designed by Pierre Cardin and Andre Courreges became popular. Also in vogue were the bags designed by Emilo Pucci with psychedelic swirling prints. Mary Quant made her mark with hard plastic handbags with a daisy logo. PVC Op Art bags in black and white were also the rage. Edith Collins’ fun bags were created in wooden box or buckle styles and decorated with paint, sequins and rhinestones.

1970s clutch and 1980s flashy designer bags

During the 1970s the clutch bags in unusual fabric for example mimicking a glossy magazine were in vogue. In 1980s the most popular brands were flashy designs created by Gucci, Chanel and Louis Vuitton. So if you are looking for a vintage or retro handbag check the bags designed by the designers mentioned in this blog. It a great place to start your search.

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