{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.

 

Fire pinterest

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 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.

Tiptoe Lounge

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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