{The Design Nest} Making your outdoor weather friendly

One of our very favourite contributors to the blog is the delightful Christine Ghrayche from One x One Interiors. Christine operates One x One Interiors in Orange and offers individually tailored interior design and architectural services to her clients.

Christine is a passionate lover of all things design and has a brilliant ability to see the beauty in the everyday. She is a mother of two, a coffee addict and wine lover.

We are delighted to have Christine and her knowledge onboard. So if you have any design questions, Christine is your go to!

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Creating your perfect outdoor oasis… and making it cold weather friendly

The outdoor room has always been a space where people have loved to gather and enjoy with family and friends or even just to relax alone during our Aussie Summers, but unfortunately our outdoor space tends to get a little neglected when the temperature gauge starts making its descent, and the recent apocalyptic weather we have been experiencing lately certainly hasn’t helped.

So, do we want to enjoy our outdoor space for longer? Of course we do.

Over the years the exterior of our homes has been transformed by the design industry to become so much more than just a backyard, it is now an extension of our living space, so it has to be beautiful, it has to be functional, and it has to be winter friendly so that we can enjoy it for longer and these tips can help.

Rob Kennon Burnley House

Image: Rob Kennon Burnley House

Outdoor Design Tip 1. Shelter

Creating a shelter over part or all of your outdoor space has to be one of the most effective ways maximise the functionality of your space and there are many options available, such as the image below, which not only protects you from the elements, but also allows the light and sun shine through as it features glass panels over-head.

Outdoor Design Tip 2. Layers

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Image: Pinterest

Layering up your outdoor space with cushions and blankets can instantly create a cosy and warm environment for you to enjoy, and who doesn’t love a fluffy cushion to snuggle. Simply injecting a few soft furnishings also allows you to inject your own personality through the fabric prints and textures, and is a great option if you are a little budget conscious.

 

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Image: Pinterest

 

Fire has always been one of those things that people tend to gravitate towards, like a moth to a flame, and if you have the space then you can’t go past the addition of a fire-pit, as they are not only beautiful to admire but also (and obviously) fantastic for warmth. Fire-pits can also vary in design to become multi-functional, for example some can be converted into an outdoor coffee table.

Regardless of how big or small your space is there is always a solution, and if you would like some help in working out that solution contact me for a consultation.

Christine Ghrayche, owner of One x One Interiors and lover of all things design, is a passionate interior designer, mother of 2, coffee addict, wine lover, and has called Orange home for the past 25 years.With over 8 years of exper

 

{The Design Nest} Why you should consider black tapware

One of our very favourite contributors to the blog is the delightful Christine Ghrayche from One x One Interiors. Christine operates One x One Interiors in Orange and offers individually tailored interior design and architectural services to her clients.

Christine is a passionate lover of all things design and has a brilliant ability to see the beauty in the everyday. She is a mother of two, a coffee addict and wine lover.

We are delighted to have Christine and her knowledge onboard. So if you have any design questions, Christine is your go to!

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Why I love black tapware

For many of us, chrome is the first material that comes to mind when we consider tapware for our kitchens and bathrooms. But have you ever considered the sleek and sophisticated option that is black tapware? Perfect for those that desire to add an extra touch of luxury to their home, black tapware adds something special to a space that sets it apart from the others, and while chrome will always have its place in the market nothing compares to black when used correctly, and here’s a few reasons why.

  1. It’s sleek and stylish
    Enhancing the style in any kitchen or bathroom, the distinctive simplicity of black tapware against a neutral background creates a look that is both sleek and stylish – think of the simple sophistication of the LBD (little black dress)

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    Source: Arden Homes

  2. It matches perfectly with marble
    In the spotlight as a current and lasting design trend, marble is a classic material that rarely goes out of style. A simple pairing of white and black vein marble together with black tapware will accentuate the darker shades present in the marble and create an elegant and cohesive look.

    Rolies & Dubois Archtects Belgium

    Image: Rolies & Dubois Archtects Belgium

  3. It makes a bold statement
    If you’re looking for a statement piece for your kitchen or bathroom but are reserved about committing to an extravagant installation, such as tiles or cabinetry, then black tapware could be the perfect match. In a bathroom or powder-room for example, combining black tapware with porcelain basins and baths can transform your space into one that conveys a style that is contemporary yet timelessly classic.

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    Image: Pinterest

  4. It works beautifully with timber and copper tones
    Black is a statement colour, and this is particularly true when it’s combined with lighter shades of white and grey. Because of this it’s important that you implement warmer tones such as copper and timber to avoid a cold and harsh look. Introducing warm metals such as copper and the grainy texture of wood, will help to soften the space and adds another level of luxury.
  5. It loves subways tiles just as much as I do
    I’m a huge fan of subway tiles, my own kitchen features oversized subway tiles laid in a traditional brick pattern. As mentioned above in regards to accentuating the black veins in marble, I also suggest using the same concept to create contrast between your tiles and grout to highlight the black tapware, for example pairing a white tile with dark grout. 
  6. It suits a huge number of interior styles
    And finally, because it can suit a huge number of interior styles; from scandinavian to french provincial to contemporary classic – if implemented correctly of course.

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