{The Design Nest} Heritage love

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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Heritage Homes 

Orange, Bathurst and all the other towns throughout the Central West are filled with beautiful period homes, and with many of those homes going through a generational change, they are also undergoing updates to suit the modern family.

If you’re lucky enough to have a heritage-style home it’s important to plan your renovations in a way that is sympathetic to the original details and let them inspire you, so that any additions don’t seem out of place. Here are some tips to emphasise that period-drama.

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Inky blues can add a sense of depth and luxuriousness to your space (read more in Why Navy Is The New Black) while still keeping the overall tone of the room fairly neutral. A beautiful example of this is Greg Natale’s Clark Payne House below, which features stunning navy walls contrasted against white trims; allowing the heritage details of the cornices and skirting boards to shine.

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Clark Payne house by Greg Natale Design

Shaker Cabinets

Characterised by their recessed centre panel, shaker cabinets are an ideal style for heritage homes due to their refined simplicity and timeless appeal.

Available in a huge range of profiles, including molded and straight edge finishes, the shaker cabinet can be combined with traditional pulls, as featured in the image below, or with contemporary handles depending on your desired look.

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Shaker Cabinets Pinterest

Lighting

There’s chandeliers, pendants, downlights, track lights, sconces, and that’s just the beginning, so when it comes to lighting we really are spoiled for choice. But, when it comes to heritage homes I tend to lean towards chandeliers and sconces due to their detail and period charm.

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Kristen Marie Interiors Malibu

When you’re considering your lighting in your bathroom you of course think about the style of lighting and if it compliments your overall heritage scheme, but also where the lighting is being placed. Remember, lighting must be first and foremost, functional for everyday tasks such as applying makeup and shaving.

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Tamara Magel New York

Finally, It is important to keep in mind that when you decide to renovate or extend your heritage beauty, that any changes you do make will be adding to the history of the house and how it will be viewed by future generations.

For help with your renovation or extension visit www.onexoneinteriors.com.au  to get started.

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 Design Nest} #RugLife

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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Selecting the perfect rug for your spacerug

Adding a rug to your room can be likened to a double edged sword – when done correctly a rug adds warmth and defines your space, but when done incorrectly it can turn your space into a design disaster. The 3 main elements you need to consider when selecting a rug are size, colour as well as texture and traffic. 

Size

The size of the rug is crucial – one of my biggest pet hates is seeing rugs that are too small for the space they are in. A rug that is too small will not only look disproportionate to the room, it also makes your space look smaller than what it is. The size of the rug should also be considered if you are wanting to define a space, for example if your home is open plan, placing a perfectly sized rug can separate the living room from the dining room, giving the space clear guidance while still maintaining an open flow. pink

Colour

The colour of the rug you select needs to be considered against everything else in the room, from the floors, to the walls, to the other furniture, because while you may have fallen in love with a particular rug you saw in a showroom, if the colours and style don’t compliment your existing look, it will just look out of place. So, always keep your style in mind when rug shopping – think sisal or jute rugs if you’re style is coastal or beachy, woollen rugs in vibrant colours and patterns for a contemporary style, or Persian when decorating country-inspired rooms. water

Texture and Traffic

When selecting your new rug always, always consider whether the area you are putting it in is a high traffic area, as this will make a difference. Rug textures range from low pile and flat weave, which are a perfect all-rounder and suitable for high or low traffic areas, to shag and high pile which should be exclusively for low traffic areas only – the last thing you want is to put a gorgeous shag/long wool rug in an entrance way only for your new rug to begin to show signs of wear and tear by being flattened and squashed after a few months of heavy foot traffic. hampton

If you would like some advice or help in selecting the perfect rug for your home contact me on 0424 420 254 to arrange a consultation.

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{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.

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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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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.

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    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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{The Design Nest} Why Navy is the new Black

We are beyond excited to welcome to The Central Nest 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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NAVY IS THE NEW BLACK

Softer than black, but still as sophisticated, navy blue is the latest classic design colour to some exploding back into our visual spectrum. From the runway (where many design trends begin) to your home, this colour is now everywhere we look, and has emerged as the statement colour in the interior design world.

Personally, I love to use navy when working with a new space because it is such a timeless and surprisingly to many, an unexpected neutral base tone, as it pairs perfectly with dark timbers, coral pinks, gold tones, and of course black and white.

A current concept being developed for a One x One client featuring navy blue and gold accents

A current concept being developed for a One x One client featuring navy blue and gold accents

 

There are many different ways in which you can incorporate navy into your home, some suitable for those that are ready to go whole hog and take a paintbrush to their walls with navy blue, but let’s face it not everyone wants to, or can do so.

As mentioned above, the boldest way to feature navy in your home is by painting, or installing wallpaper, which creates a bold and sophisticated statement and can also add a sense of depth and luxuriousness to your space. A gorgeous navy that I recommend is Polo by Porter’s Paints, however it’s not for every space, as each interior varies by light and size, so I also recommend speaking with a professional to find the right colour for your individual space.

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Porter’s Polo

 

If painting isn’t the right step for you, another option is to bring a piece of navy furniture into your home, and navy lounges are an especially good option if you have young and/or messy children. KEZU, a favourite supplier of One x One Interiors, provide a selection of navy lounges, one being the gorgeous contemporary and simplistic lounge pictured below, perfect for many, as its simple lines can be used with many different design styles to create calm, and serene environments.

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Tiptoe Lounge from Kezu

 

Option 3, for those not ready to invest in a large furniture piece is to incorporate navy décor and soft furnishings into your home, such as pillows, rugs and accessories, which is perfect for the budget or for those that like to change their interior mood on a regular basis.

As always, I am happy to answer any questions you may have so feel free to give me a call on 0424 420 254.

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