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The Master Bedroom- A Special Retreat Within the Home

Laura B - Friday, April 05, 2019

The Master Bedroom - A Special Retreat Within the Home

Master bedroom, parents retreat, main bedroom- whatever you like to call the largest bedroom in your home, it can be so much more than a place to sleep! A space to retreat, even for a short while, to escape a busy family home or plonk down on an armchair with a great book. The bedroom may be a room visitors rarely see, so why not make it special for yourself?

Big or Small, it Doesn’t Matter

You may be thinking that your bedroom is far too small for it to be a retreat. We’re here to tell you that a small bedroom can be completely luxe! Focus on the bare essentials first- the bed, bedside tables and any required storage if you don’t have a wardrobe. Make these pieces as beautiful as you can manage. Try a canopy over the bed frame or splurge on the most luxurious bedlinen your budget will allow. If additional furniture won’t fit, try wallpapers, art and gorgeous light fittings to make a statement.

                     

   Satara Australia/Eddie Lifestyle             Fiona Maude Design                             Elle Decoration UK

Colour Schemes and Styles

There are many interior design styles that can be created within the bedroom scheme, it really depends on how you want the space to feel. Resort Vibes, Classic Luxury, Hollywood Regency, Clean and Contemporary are just a few ideas. The master bedroom doesn’t need to “flow” in style from the rest of the house, feel free to create something completely different!

Start with collating some photos from favourite hotels, Pinterest or magazine clippings. What looks special to you but is also achievable? What common threads can you see forming throughout your collection?

                                   

            Tarina Lyell via                                                                           Arent & Pyke

 

Colours, styles, furniture and accessories flow from defining your interior design goals. If you’re uncertain, start with one piece you want to keep that you already own or the special piece you wish to purchase and work from there. Remember that colour is very powerful, choose wisely for the bedroom- a place of rest and relaxation. A bit of research into colour theory wouldn’t go astray before a big purchase too!
                                                                                        

Furniture - Beds and Bedsides

The key pieces in the space are the bed and bedside tables.

                                                                 
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  • Beds - Your mattress is important, spend money here. The bed itself can range from a free-standing bedhead through to a full frame. Consider how much space you have for your bed frame. Measure it out in the room. If you are space-poor, consider a simple ensemble base with a beautiful artwork above. Bigger spaces command bolder furniture. Four poster beds or oversized bed heads work well here. Full timber frames are considered more contemporary than those with upholstery.

 

  • Bedside Tables - These bedroom pieces can be both gorgeous and practical. Ask yourself - do I need lots of storage? Do the bedsides need to match? If you are after a low-key, simple feel, co-ordinate your bedframe to the tables, or for a more eclectic look combine materials such as a timber bed frame with bedsides made from metal, bone-inlay or glass. A simple stool can make for a beautiful bedside table if storage is not an issue.  Have fun mixing and matching!


Armchairs and Reading Nooks

Some people are lucky to have enough space for additional pieces of furniture in the bedroom. This could range from a small armchair through to a whole sofa. Create a wonderful retreat within the home to read, meditate or just escape the family for a moment. Try not to compromise space to include these furniture pieces if you don’t have the room.

  • Armchairs - A good armchair in the bedroom can be so much more than somewhere to dump clothes after a long day. A fabric or upholstered armchair adds a softness to the interior. Timber armchairs can add interest and character through their sculptural line, just ensure it is comfortable to read or sit in long term.  

  • Sofas - If your room is very large, why not add a sofa or chaise? The ultimate luxury is to have somewhere to lie back and take in a book or magazine in your room - on a surface that’s not your bed!  Select fabrics that are either soft and muted or patterned to really stand out. You can then work a fabric “story” together with your cushions and bed linen.

  • Coffee Tables & Side Tables - A coffee table is a practical piece to add to the sofa or chair story. Layer with a rattan tray, a bunch of flowers and a candle for ultimate luxe.  A side table can be a handy spot to place a table lamp.

  • Ottomans & benches – An ottoman or bench at the end of a bed is a gorgeous addition to the master bedroom furniture. In a practical sense it becomes a surface to pop on shoes, aesthetically it can be the piece of furniture that brings fabric, timber or texture to the bedroom.

  • Tallboys & Chest of Drawers - If you need additional space to store things away a tallboy or chest of drawers can be a great addition to the master bedroom.  Choose a piece with the right dimensions, colour and design to compliment the other furniture pieces in the space.

Surfaces, Accessories & Final Touches   

The small details matter in the creation of a master bedroom retreat. Over-accessorising is not wise if you are trying to design a calming space. Choose your finishing touches wisely!
                       

                  Satara                                                Perinelle Loof                                               Eadie Lifestyle

  • Window Treatments – There are many options so approach this from a practical perspective. Different window treatments allow you to control heat and cool in the space.  Shutters are good at controlling light, lined drapes keep out light and help to control the temperature. Drapes are classic, blinds are contemporary, shutters are excellent at adding a contemporary spin to a more traditional window style.  Once you have decided on the style, the fabric and finish should work towards adding to the overall concept of the room.

  • Lighting - Lighting should be practical to allow reading with ease while adding ambience. A combination of styles is the best way to achieve this, such as overhead, dimmable lighting, bedside tables lamps or wall sconces.  

  • Cushions & Accessories - Wallpaper, art, cushions, trays, vases, throws, linen, photo frames and anything else that adds character are great accessories for the bedroom. A coastal styled bedroom can be achieved with raw timbers, rattans and woven materials.  Or a bohemian styled bedroom could include miss-matched cushions and fabrics with a wallpapered wall layered with art.

  • Rugs and Flooring – A floor rug should either be the feature or a supporting element in the room.  If it is going to be a feature piece, select the rug and colours and build the room around it.  If furniture and colours have already been selected then the rug will support the existing colour scheme.

Pinterest or home design magazines are great for inspiration. The master bedroom is a private and personal room. Add framed family photos, a beautiful tray to place jewellery at the end of the day or a travel memento - don’t be completely consumed by trends, create a space that is your own to enjoy!

 

First Impressions- Creating a Gorgeous and Welcoming Entrance to your Home

Laura B - Thursday, March 07, 2019

First Impressions- Creating a Gorgeous and Welcoming Entrance to your Home

Entryways are the often forgotten spaces in our homes, the dumping ground for shoes, keys and bags and every other necessity. How can we create beautiful, yet practical spaces that we first encounter when we arrive home? The room may not even be a room, more a nook or a hallway, but there is no reason not to have something special here regardless of size.

Assess Space and Requirements

First things first- how much space do you have? Can you add furniture or will space only allow for surface treatment (i.e. a gorgeous wallpaper or floating shelf etc.)? Consider how the door opens and how not to crowd one of the highest traffic areas in the home. Once you have assessed the space- what do you want the area to do? Are you a family who kick the shoes off at the front door? Would you like an area to pop keys, mail and other bits and pieces? Would you like the space to just feel more special and a reflection of the people who live in the home?

Storage

If you answered “STORAGE!” to the above, consider the following additions to your entryway.

   

        Ashley Davidson Design                      Satara Noah Console                  www.myunfinishedhome.com

  • Consoles- Consoles are excellent as they can provide storage and practical drawers or doors while allowing a nice surface to also decorate and add character. Measure carefully to ensure the console of choice will fit without obstructing doors or thoroughfares.

  • Baskets- Sometimes there’s just not enough room for a large piece of furniture in the entry. Baskets are a great option if that’s the case in your home. Try grouping a few baskets for different items- one for shoes, another for umbrellas for example.

  • Coat racks or hooks- Again, an excellent option for space-poor homes. There are so many gorgeous options in materials such as leather, timber and stone. Have some fun!

Take a Seat

Having a place to sit and take your shoes off (or pop them on!) is a lovely addition to your entryway. Have some fun with your selection, it doesn’t need to be too comfortable or practical as you won’t be sitting here too long.

    
            Satara Anna Chair                               Satara Rustique Mirror                           www.theglitterguide.com

  • Armchairs- This option is gorgeous if you’re blessed with plenty of room. Be confident with colour and pick a fabric which stands out- or at least an interesting cushion to accessorise.

  • Bench seats- Bench seats work well for many reasons. From a practical perspective you can use it as a seat, but they also allow for another surface to decorate on. Layer some cushions, a throw or books on one end or tuck baskets underneath for additional storage.

  • Ottomans and stools- For a smaller space, you can place a small ottoman or stool under an open console when not being used. Something light and easy to manoeuvre can be a handy piece for an entry.

All About Aesthetics

If you feel the space is too limited for furniture there’s no reason you can’t add plenty of character to the entry. Think outside the square and look to your surfaces in the space.

      

       
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  • Lighting- Look up! A stunning pendant light or a wall sconce can add to the look you’re trying to achieve (think: glamour, rustic charm or coastal vibes) while being practical to boot.

  • Wallpapers and paints- Adding wallpaper or changing up the paint colour here can be all that’s needed to create impact. There are so many beautiful options to choose from. Order samples and test them out in the space- be brave, it doesn’t have to be permanent!

  • Art- It goes without saying that art adds instant character to a room or space. Anything goes in an entryway. Over-scaled artworks in bold colours to small collections of photos or vintage posters, choose something that reflects you and your family’s tastes, travels, heritage or anything else that strikes a chord.

  • Mirrors- A mirror too can be as beautiful as art. A timber frame through to metals or bamboo, there’s so many to choose from. Asides from the aesthetic value, it’s an excellent way to check your outfit before leaving the house!

  • Accessories- If you have a console or hall table in your entry, you can have a lot of fun accessorising the space. Try trays and decorative boxes to house keys and other small bits and pieces. Shells, sculptures, books, flowers and other objects of interest add instant character.

Excess Space

Having too much space, or an abundance of space can be a blessing and a curse. What do you use this space for? Can it be utilised practically or should it be purely about beauty?

Some ideas to consider:

      
          Satara Noah Buffet                                         Satara Omni Table                        www.designfiles.com

  • Tables- A gorgeous round table without chairs in an entryway can be a powerful sight when walking in. Change up the centrepiece often, from large floral arrangements, bowls of fruit or piles of hardback books.

  • Storage pieces- If you have wall space to allow it, include a beautiful buffet or console where you can house all manner of things.

  • Consider scale- No matter what you select to furnish a larger entryway with, always consider scale. Any item which is too small will appear silly or ill-considered- this goes for art, rugs, furniture or lighting.

Queensland we’re coming!

Laura B - Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Queensland we’re coming! – Melbourne furniture supplier Satara Australia spearheads 2019 with a fresh new showroom in Brisbane.

“We are thrilled to now be able to offer the Interior Design community in Queensland a dedicated Satara showroom located in Kedron Brisbane” says Andrew Johnston , Owner of Satara

Satara has supplied an extensive range of indoor and outdoor furniture throughout Queensland over the last 10 years including coastal Resorts such as Hayman Island, Hospitality Venues, Aged Care and Retirement Living facilities, Residential Projects and to Property styling specialists. As a Melbourne based company, strong local demand has resulted in this exciting new stage for our business. We can now offer a more comprehensive service to all our existing and new Queensland clients with this new showroom.

Synonymous with hand crafted quality pieces, Satara’s extensive, enviable and evolving range of high quality indoor and outdoor furniture and homewares will now be more accessible to Queensland Interior Designers, Retailers, Architects, Developers and Commercial Specifiers.

Satara is an Australian owned business with a global presence supplying Australia, New Zealand and International projects. Satara Australia supplies the Australian retail, designer and commercial markets with a range of high quality and hand crafted, indoor and outdoor furniture and homewares, inspired by natural material and global trends. Our collections are designed to enable our customer’s appreciation and enjoyment of our great Australian lifestyle.

Satara Trade Showroom (Operated by Vogelhaus Agency)

311-319 Gympie Rd, Kedron, Brisbane QLD 4031

Trade Visits By Appointment : 07 3359 3952  Email : trade@vogelhaus.com.au

Open 11th Feb 2019.

Colour Meaning, Symbolism, And Psychology: What Do Different Colours Mean

Laura B - Thursday, November 29, 2018


Content originally appeared in Jen Reviews

https://www.jenreviews.com/color-meaning/

Are you looking to decorate your space?

Do you wonder where to start?

Is the introduction of accessories and colour to your space or furniture proving to be a hard nut to crack?

Perhaps it’s because you have no idea of what colours to pick?

Do you understand the psychology of colours, their meanings, and symbolism?

You should, you know. There is no need to buy that art piece, put up that wall hanging, or paint that wall, before you understand how each colour introduced to your space will affect how you feel.

And that requires you to understand colours and their meanings, right?

Red


Red is the colour of love and roses

What is the meaning of red?

Red is the colour of fire, drama, love, heat, warmth, power, strength, excitement, passion, blood, and lust. Red has meanings associated with shades of danger, violence, anger, malice, and aggression.

In addition to stimulating sexual passion (red is the colour of Valentine’s remember?), red also stimulates appetite.

It is attention-grabbing and thus intensifies an object or space. It is the colour of action, which is why it is used in call-to-action buttons to spur people to act and buy things online. It is the universal colour used in stop-signs. Red-light districts around the world are used to refer to areas in which prostitution is rife.

Culturally, red is used in places like China in bridal wear because it brings good luck. The ancient Roman gods wore red robes. In Christianity, red is the colour of Christ’s love, passion and blood. Its colour meaning centres around the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.

The lighter shades of this colour can be used to bring in warmth and excitement into the room. But because it is such a strong colour, especially in its darker shades, then it would be a great idea to introduce it in accessories to avoid overwhelming your mind.

A red sofa perhaps? Or maybe a painting with shades of red to bring in the feeling of passion, rage, and heat? Furniture accessories like table covers, seat covers or cushions are also a great way to introduce this colour of fire. Or you could always use a vase of red roses or any other red flowers from your garden like poppies, petunias, marigolds, calla lilies, and tulips, among others.

The colour red is what you use when you want to emphasise certain aspects of your space thus making them focal points or areas of interest.

Orange



Orange is the colour of beautiful sunsets

What is the meaning of orange?

Orange is the fruit colour of vibrancy. It is a result of combining the best of yellow and red. What comes to your mind when you think of the colour orange? Probably beautiful sunsets, warm fires, and vibrantly-coloured healthy veggies, right? Energy, warmth, good cheer, excitement, and good health are also meanings associated with orange.

Orange is widely used in the U.S. as prison uniforms. It is the national colour of the Netherlands, including the royalty there. It is also an auspicious colour within Hinduism. It is used as a common colour in safety vests for its visibility and brightness.

Some of the negative connotations of orange include exhibitionism, and youthful self-indulgence.

So, what do you use orange for in a space?

Nothing really matches with orange in the colour wheel. But despite this, orange is an earthy colour that can be used to invoke a feeling of warmth and happiness in your room. Think of it as a way to help make a large space cosier.

Due to the fact that orange tends to stimulate appetite, it’s a good colour for eating spaces like the kitchen or dining rooms. It is precisely for that reason that restaurants tend to use orange within their colour scheme.

You can use it on the walls, table surfaces, table mats, kitchen dishes and flower vases or even the floors. In addition, you can incorporate orange in your area rugs, the fireplace mantle, your bedroom dressers, a rocking chair or two, the vanity table in your room and so on. Just find what works for you and use it well.

Yellow is the colour of fun, youthfulness, and happiness

What is the meaning of yellow?

To the human eye, yellow is one of the brightest colours. It is the most visible colour on the colour spectrum. It is a cheerful colour that exudes excitement and happiness. It is the colour of sunshine, youth and fun. Yellow is the colour of optimism.

Sunflowers, egg-yolks, lemons and daffodils are yellow too.

On the downside, yellow is the colour of cowardice (yellow streak running through one’s back), and madness. Deceitfulness and betrayal are meanings associated with yellow also.

Culturally, yellow is a colour that is important in Hinduism. In Russia, a yellow house is the colloquial term for an insane asylum.

Yellow, like orange, is a colour often used in reflector-jackets, school buses, and caution signs.

When decorating a space, do consider using yellow to bring certain aspects of your space to the attention of the viewer. But make sure that it is not used all over the place. What makes it attention-grabbing can also make it disturbing, where the brain is concerned. And for that reason, yellow is better incorporated in form of accents

When used with white, yellow tends to disappear. So, when you want to highlight it, make sure that you combine the yellow with darker colours like black.

Use yellow in a room where you work and want to enhance your creativity. Add pops of the yellow colour if you want to increase the warmth of a space. Painting one wall yellow can be a great way to create a focal point on which you can display family hand prints, photographs or etchings for example.

Yellow seat covers can help accessorise your sofas and brighten up a room. A yellow clock can also act as a focal point if it is a work of art piece, a yellow settee can introduce that pop of colour you need to brighten your living room, yellow rugs can help add cheer to any space, etc.

 

Green



Green is a great way to bring nature indoors

For many people the meaning of the colour green is easy to derive.

Green is the combination of yellow and blue and is the colour of trees and most plants. This colour represents the natural world, ecology, tranquillity. It is the colour of refreshment and fertility, without which the earth seems lifeless and barren. It is the colour of environment and sustainability. It can also be used to represent growth and renewal especially in its lighter shades.

Green has a financial meaning too. It is used to represent the dollar currency. It is therefore the colour of wealth and finance. Darker shades of green can be used to represent abundance and prestige.

Green can be overwhelming when overused. But it is a wonderful colour for bringing in nature into your space. It is the perfect choice if you want to create a feeling of refreshment. Its meaning is quite clear even when you use it in small doses.

This colour can be included in form of artistic prints, or natural plants. Heavy green curtains can be used to invoke a sense of luxury

Blue



Blue is the colour of the oceans, the skies, and invokes the feeling of serenity

Blue is considered a popular colour. And why not? The earth is made up of 70% water, most of which is the blue of the seas and oceans of the world.

So, what is the meaning of blue?

Blue is the colour of tranquillity, serenity, and calmness. People tend to associate the blue waters and its associated beaches with swimming, rest, and relaxation. Blue is also the colour of the sky and the heavens.

It is a colour that invokes loyalty, dependability, and trust. This combination of meanings might be the reason it’s used by famous brands like Microsoft, Facebook, LinkedIn, Sales force, and Twitter.

In its darker shades, blue is used to show professionalism, authority and sincerity. It is therefore a great shade for the clothes you choose to wear to an interview. It is also said to spur creativity.

The downside of blue is that it is sometimes associated with a feeling of depression. That is why the phrase “feeling blue” exists.

Culturally, in Egypt and Greece, blue was a colour that warded off evil spirits. In Hinduism, blue is the colour of lord Shiva.

Do consider using blue if you want to bring in the elements of relaxation and water. A nautical-themed space must have some blue for the whole space to come together. A meditation room also works great with blue. A space for a boy is also usually decorated in blue, so this colour is great for the walls of a room for a boy.

For hints of the nautical theme, stripes of blue paint on walls can do the trick. And so can blue area rugs, wall hangings, table and seat covers, shelves etc. A blue ceiling can be a great way to bring in the astronomy theme into your space. A blue desk may help enhance your creativity and productivity as well.

Since the colour blue tends to appear to recede and make things smaller. For this reason, you should consider painting the walls blue if the space you are decorating is large and intimidating.

 

Purple



Purple is the colour of sensuality and royalty

What is the meaning of the colour purple?

The colour purple is made up of a combination of red and blue and is the colour of calm, creativity, mystery, magic, and meditation. It is also considered the colour of royalty, nobility, and luxury.

Depending on the shades, purple has a meaning associated with sensuality and romance.

Doom and gloom, sadness, and mourning, and a world of hurt (Remember the book and movie The Colour Purple?), are however, some of the negative meanings associated with purple.

Purple is the colour to use if you are looking to invoke the feeling of wealth and luxury in your space. Think Purple brocade curtains, purple sofas, velvet-covered cushions and pillows, a deep dark purple carpet etc. You can bring in purple in your satin sheets to invoke sensuality or femininity in your space also.

Pink

 

Add feminine touches with pops of pink here and there

The meaning of pink is not really debatable in many parts of the world.

Pink is almost universally accepted as a feminine colour, except in Belgium where it is considered a boy’s colour.

Being a combination of red and white, pink is the colour of excitement, romance, playfulness and high energy, but without the aggression of the red. It is a fun, youthful colour that can add brightness to a room. It is a cute colour.

However, naivety and excessive optimism (idealism) are other meanings usually associated with pink.

Pink is a colour that is often used to paint the walls of a girl’s room or a baby’s nursery. But you can use it to tone down an extremely masculine room and add a female touch.

Pink can also be brought in using flowers and flower vases, cushion covers, table runners, paintings on the wall, lampshades etc.

A little bit of pink can go a long way. Its meaning does not have to be shouted out. Everyone understands its power.

Black



Black is colour of darkness and yet often invokes a feeling of power

What is the meaning of black?

Black is the colour of darkness. It can be used to enhance a theme of mystery.

It is often used to invoke the feeling of power, sophistication, mourning, and formality. Black is also considered an elegant colour.

On the downside, black is the colour of all things evil and death.

Black is a great background for anything that you want to draw attention to. Think of painting one side of a wall black to show of your photography, paintings, sculptures, and wall hangings. Black sofas tend to be elegant and sleek looking, thus making the colour a great go-to option for minimalist-designed spaces.

Black curtains can be a great fit for people in areas with long daylight hours. Hints of black can be incorporated in artworks, functional pieces like wall clocks, cushion covers for your seating areas, bed sheets and duvets, work desks, table lamps etc.

Be sure not to use too much black. Black implies the absence of any colour. If you do, instead of invoking a feeling of mystery, the colour will bring in a lot of darkness into your space – it is that aggressive.

Brown




Bring back the organic feel into your space with brown, the colour of all things earthy

What is the meaning of brown?

Brown is the colour of the soil –the colour of earth. It brings to mind issues like the earth and farming.

Brown invokes an organic feel. You should use it to bring in a feeling of simplicity, earthiness, stability, practicality, and wholesomeness. With brown, what you see is what you get.

Be careful however, not to invoke the feeling of mud and dirt with this colour. Use it in moderation.

Hints of brown can be incorporated on kitchen shelves, table tops, book shelves, floor rugs, paintings, curtains, painted walls, and wall clocks to tell the time in style. Most pieces of furniture can successfully feature shades of brown to bring in that earthy and cosy theme, especially when combined with colours like orange.

White

 

 White is the colour of purity and innocence


What is the meaning of white?

White is the virginal colour of all things good, and the perfect opposite of black. With white, you can invoke a feeling of purity, innocence, cleanliness, simplicity, sterility, and winter.

In Eastern cultures however, white is the colour of death. And in places like India, it is the colour usually worn by mourners.

Too much of white makes a space appear too sterile, empty, lonely and cold. So beware.

White is a combination of all colours of the spectrum and is therefore the colour that matches will other colours.

White can act as the perfect all colour if you want something that goes with eclectic accessories. When combined with blue it can be instrumental in pulling together that nautical theme you are going for. With black, white can be used to bring in elegance and sophistication to a room.

A white decorative cross art piece can be used in to bring in a Christian theme into a space. White curtains and sofas help invoke a clean feeling into any room. A white rug also helps bring in the same feeling. White picket fence help bring in the feeling of idealism.

Other ways of incorporating white include using a wall clock, white sheer curtains, white ottomans, white shelves and table wood surfaces etc.

And there you have it. Different colours have different meanings, and symbolism. They also tend to invoke different feelings in us. It is important for you to understand what these colours mean so that you can ensure that you pick the right colour for the theme you intend to implement. Take the time to find the colours that work for your needs, regardless of whether you intend to use them on walls, accessories, furniture or even functional items because in the end, they will affect how you feel.












​Why Good Design Matters - A Home Which Works for You

Satara Sales - Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Pessimists will have you believe that design and architecture is all about trends, having money and showing off. But good design can be so much more than aesthetics. It doesn’t necessarily have to cost a lot of money, it can withstand fads and last the distance. Well-thought-out design can work for you, make your home more liveable, more enjoyable to be in, save you time, money and even be better than your health. Here are our thoughts on how design can positively impact your home life.

  1. Spaces that work for us as individuals and families are those which respond to our needs and wants. For example, a sitting room which is mostly used for entertaining guests and quiet reading or relaxing will be the most successful when the lighting, the materials, the furniture and placement allow this to happen easily. Sofas which are comfortable and relaxing (perhaps a deeper seat or feather wrapped foam cushion for instance), task lighting for reading without straining your eyes, a softer colour palette, carpet or rugs underfoot to absorb sound and smaller side tables for guests to place drinks are some small ways this can be achieved. Each space is different. Really consider what you want to do in each room and how you want it to feel. In smaller homes and apartments, one space may have to do several things (such as eat, watch television, entertain, relax). In these instances, furniture which is flexible and durable will help, storage will play a large role and consider materials and finishes which will withstand high usage.
  2. A home should reflect not only our needs and wants but our interests and personality too. Looking around your home, what do you see a lot of? Books? Art? Children’s toys? Photos? Travel mementos? Having these things around us tells a story about the inhabitants of a home, but when they’re organised and displayed beautifully, they also become a feature and a place we want to be in. Consider furniture like consoles, buffets and bookshelves to house these items. Frame your family photos professionally and create a gallery wall or invest in quality baskets for excess children’s toys. A gorgeous timber tray can hold your favourite books of the moment on the coffee table or mix memory filled travel souvenirs with other décor. Not everything has to be on display, but surrounding yourself with some items you love will make your home more authentic.
  3. Whether your building a new home, renovating, living in a completed home or renting, having a sustainable interior will always benefit the occupant and the environment. This can be considered from the start to the beginning of a project. From an architectural perspective, working with a knowledgeable architect or building designer can make the most of the buildings surrounding environment, the building materials and orientation to ensure the house uses less energy to heat and cool, is comfortable to live in and responds to what the client needs in a home. From an interior design and decorating perspective, attention can be paid to the window treatments, materials, finishes and floor coverings to also contribute to this. Smart furniture selections are also important. Firstly, new furniture can be sourced which is ethically created or even made from recycled or recyclable content. Or, older furniture can be given new life with reupholstery and refinishing. Buying once and buying well can also have a positive impact. While it can take a bit of a hit on the back pocket initially, quality products should last a very long time, saving you and the planet in the long-run. Look not only for quality but also furniture which can move and change with you and your family’s needs.
  4. The colours and materials which we surround ourselves also impact the way we interact and respond to interiors. These theories are used frequently in commercial and retail design to entice us to shop, to eat or relax- so why can’t we do this at home too? Consider thoroughly, or engage a designer, to compose a colour and material palette which will create the atmosphere you want in your home. A warm, earthy palette will exude casual comfort while a cool, shiny palette can be sleek and modern. This can be broken down into each room as well. A master bedroom with a soft palette (not just neutrals, it can include more muted versions of colours too) will encourage relaxation, while a darker, moody study space is formal but possibly also a shift from the rest of the home’s interior to promote work and studiousness. There’s so much information about what each individual colour evokes and symbolises online, to be found with a quick search if you want to know more!
  5. Outdoor Space. In Australia, we’re blessed with beautiful weather for much of the year, so we should make the most of our outdoor living space, from small balconies to large backyards. Having beautiful outdoor furniture is a great place to start to encourage alfresco living. You’re less likely to eat, read, relax or entertain outdoors if you have nowhere to sit. Outdoor furniture is an investment, but quality will last. Consider how you live, how you entertain (i.e. how many people frequently come over, do you have a BBQ, will the kids be visible in the pool close by) and how much time you would like to spend outdoors. Being able to throw a door or window open onto a veranda with plants on it, see the kids run around the backyard and enjoy the Sunday paper comfortably outdoors will really increase your quality of life and how much time you will want to spend at home.
  6. Everything has a place. It’s a familiar scene in any home, whether that be a bustling family home or a single person’s home. Where’s my keys? Missing shoe? Book? Paperwork? The list goes on. Ensuring everything has a place in your home will alleviate stress and wasted time spent trying to locate lost items. Easier said than done of course, but if you’re building or renovating, really take the time to work this out during the process. How many of each thing do you have? Where’s the best place for it? How is the best way to store it? If you’re not building but purchasing furniture, ask yourself similar questions. Will this provide enough storage? Is it easily accessible? On a decorative level, there’s so many beautiful baskets, containers, trays and vessels to hide, display or arrange your smaller items. A tidy and organised home is a less stressful one to live in!
  7. Let’s not forget rentals. Not everyone is living in a home which they can paint, knock down a wall or even change the window dressings. But this is not to say you can’t make your home a beautiful space to be in, you will just need to consider the things you can change or manipulate. Furniture, lighting, art and accessories play a huge role in how we respond to spaces and these are things you can do, regardless even of budget. Think of furniture as investments which you will take with you, no matter where you live. Art can be found at graduate shows and markets without huge commissions. Rugs, removable wallpaper and indoor plants really make a huge impact too. Enjoy the process of making this space feel less temporary than it may be- it’s your home!

Everything you Need to Know About Selecting the Perfect Cushion

Satara Sales - Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Cushions tick a lot of boxes in interior decoration. Want a new look without spending a lot of money? Cushions. Want to bring texture, colour or pattern into a room? Cushions. Sofa or chair not 100% comfortable? Add a cushion. While it all seems simple, with so many to choose from, it can be difficult to make a decision! We’ve pulled together our favourite tips to make the selection process a little easier. 

Shape and Size

Consider where the cushion will sit in a practical sense. An armchair may benefit from a rectangular, lumber style cushion while a deep-seated sofa could use some bulkier cushions to sink in to. The size of the cushion is important. Ensure it’s not too big that it takes over the sofa, or too long to sit nicely on an armchair. It’s great to have a combination of sizes and shapes on a sofa. Try a grouping of a medium-sized square cushion, a smaller square and a round or rectangular style for contrast.


We also asked Trudie Cox of Eadie Lifestyle (she’s a cushion expert!) what her hot tips were.

"Cushions can inexpensively transform the overall look of a room. We change our wardrobe for the seasons, why not take a leave out of the European way of living, and do the same for your home? I love making a living or bedroom space light and fresh for Spring/Summer by introducing soft colour palettes and light fabrics in natural fibres. When the cooler months are upon us, mixing things up with pops of strong colour, or introducing bold textures in a monochromatic colour scheme, can add warmth and cosiness to our living spaces".

Filling is Everything

Even the most boring of cushions looks better with a good insert. Sometimes that’s all that is required- a swap over of cheap, synthetic inserts with a feather or combination version. They feel and look fuller, plusher and inviting. While they may cost a few dollars more, it’s well worth the investment.


Contrast

Whether you aiming for a monochromatic, minimalist style home or a bohemian, country or eclectic interior, contrast is important. This can be found by contrasting shape or size (as mentioned above), contrasting colour, pattern, material or details (trims, embroidery, beading etc.). Contrast provides visual stimulation and interest. A Hamptons-styled, neutral palette can still benefit from using various textures, such as linen cushions pared back with a knitted style for example. A more vivacious home could find a floral teamed with a stripe and a plain coloured cushions- all on the same sofa! Subtler contrasts provide a chic, minimal or formal appearance, while a more obvious contrast brings fun, energy and charm. As Trudie mentions, not everything has to stay the same either.

“The Eadie range offers various Linens and Velvets in more than 23 striking colours. Most Importantly, have some fun with it! Unleash your creativity - it doesn't have to be permanent and can add vibrancy and a fresh new look to your favourite space."


Groups of Three

Grouping of odd numbers works particularly well in decorating and styling. There’s something about the way it feels complete and effortless which has professionals always reaching for the third cushion. Mind you- only do this where the space allows it, such as a master bed or a sofa! One corner of a sofa can be a happy home for three cushions. Try to contrast size, shape, texture or colour here. Start with the largest at the back and work to the smallest at the front. That way you can see all of your beautiful cushions in one glance.

Quality Classics

Investing in some well-made, classic cushions can form the basis for more spontaneous purchases which are more seasonal or trend based. For example, finding a simple, linen cushion in a colour which works with your sofa will always work with colourful or fun options down the track. Focus on the quality, with beautiful, sturdy fabrics and colours which will not date, such as greys, flax and oat variations.

Using Accessories to Complete the Home

Satara Sales - Tuesday, September 11, 2018

 

Accessories encompass a large range of items, from cushions to lamps, vases, candles, sculptural objects and beyond. They are the small elements which give insight into the occupant of the home. What colours and styles do they like? Where have they travelled and what interests them? They can be fashion items which are easily changed as the season’s pass, or they can be carefully collected over years and years. Even if you reside in a completely minimal home, a few curated objects will complete the space. Below are some of our tips for sourcing and arranging accessories at home.

Find a common thread

If selecting accessories makes you a bit nervous, try to find a theme, a colour or style that interest you. For example, if you love a Hamptons style home, collect accessories with a natural colour palette with hints of blue. Add items made from rope, polished stones, baskets, lanterns and white-washed timber vessels. If you have some existing accessories, ask yourself what you love about them. Is it the pattern? Is it the fact that it’s on-trend/ contemporary/ rustic? This will give you hints as to what aesthetically interests you and sets a palette. Pinterest is a great source of inspiration too. Finding a “goal” image is a good starting place to build on your home- with touches of your own personality too of course!


Objects with meaning

Some of the most successful homes are filled with objects that mean something to the occupant. They tell stories of their life, their travels, interests and, family. They may not be the newest, the shiniest or the trendiest pieces, but they move beyond this. These items may consist of gifts, photos, inherited pieces, travel mementos and special items purchased to celebrate an important time. Try not to hide these things in cupboards and bring them out for all to see. Mix store-bought pieces with something your child made, a collection of pinecones or an inexpensive piece bought in a marketplace on the other side of the world.


Found items

There is much beauty to be found in nature, that doesn’t have to cost a thing. A beautiful bowl filled with river pebbles is a gorgeous, tactile arrangement. Or large leaves and stems brought in from the garden to fill a simple glass vase. Elements of nature add depth, colour and texture to a space and can be changed easily and without a visit to a homewares store. Fruit and vegetables also work well in kitchens and meal areas. Pops of colour through citrus fruits or a pile of green apples. Wintery displays of pumpkins on a kitchen bench is an edible delight too.


Practical accessories

If you feel accessories are unnecessary or ostentatious, try to find objects which are beautiful but practical too. There are great utensils, desk items, and bathroom objects which make for beautiful displays but can also be used each day. Baskets for books, candles for their scent and interesting books are also props which can not only look great but have an important use as well.


Groups of three

There is something magical about the number three. Try it yourself with an arrangement of three objects on your coffee table or bedside. A tray on a coffee table, for example, looks complete when layered with two other items, such as a thick, hard covered book and a poesy of flowers. Or three cushions on a sofa. It just feels “right”. On hall console, try a lamp, a vase and a small, low dish. In a bathroom, a gorgeous soap, a timber brush and a shell or piece of coral group together nicely. If you’re more of a maximalist, keep with the odd numbers, five being another excellent combination.

Contrast for maximum impact

When grouping accessories, try not to be too coordinated. Don’t be afraid to combine different textures, shapes and colours. Materiality matters too. Try layering objects made from varying materials, such as timber, marble and leather. Or, glass, ceramics and timber. This allows for each individual item to be observed on its own merit, standing out from one another. With this said, there can be beauty found in arrangements of similar items, such as a collection of candlesticks or trinket boxes. Even here though, various heights, shapes and sizes will add the final touch within the vignette.

 

Creating a Visually Pleasing Interior - Using Colour (Part 3)

Satara Sales - Tuesday, August 28, 2018

An issue with modern design in my opinion, is the oversized, expansive open plan living areas. The excitement about opening up our living spaces, combining kitchen, living and dining areas in the hope of creating a relaxed environment, often leaves us with these large cold rooms that in reality do not promote intimacy or comfort. Some of you may love this feeling of expansiveness, however if like me you want to add a sense of intimacy, choose darker colours that work to close a room in. To instantly add atmosphere, add muted, spicy tones of brown, orange, yellow, red and purple. The darker versions from the cooler colour palette of blue and green will work however they won’t create the warmth that an oversized room requires. Add strength not only to the wall colour but also through the furnishings. Making a larger space more intimate is as much about placement of furniture as it is about colour, so create vignette areas throughout the middle of the space rather than attaching your pieces to the walls. Use strong colours that will give the effect of a reduction of dead space. Oversized rugs on the floor in intense shades give your furnishings a strong foundation.

There is a certain seriousness that comes with unearthing your sense of style, however don’t be too stressed about the process. Colour is supposed to be fun and the process of infusing colour into your home should inspire us. Use your intuition to guide you through your colour choices that set you on the path to creating an individual space, unique to your own sense of style. Rich tones of mustard carry all the positive attributes of yellow but have an air of sophistication. Work back with black, chocolate and cream for the most luxurious aesthetic, perfect for a lounge room or bedroom.

Image via [www.imgrum.org/tag/ambientesconestilo]

Creating a Visually Pleasing Interior - Using Colour (Part 2)

Satara Sales - Tuesday, August 14, 2018


If your room is dark for most of the day, your aim will be to maximise the light that is available to you. In this case you need to use colours that reflect any available light. Painting the walls white is most obvious, but be careful which shade of white you use as a bluey white can leave an already cold, dark room feeling icy. Use a warmer shade of white, that is, one infused with a touch of yellow to add a little warmth to the room. This then creates a simple backdrop for a décor of pale linen furnishings in fresh shades of aqua, turquoise, yellow or green. If your space is flooded with natural light you’ll need to tone it down, so avoid white at all costs. White is a reflective colour and a bright room painted white will be filled with glaring light, leaving you squinting. Stick to deeper colours that absorb the light, this applies to everything from the window treatments to sofa covers. Choose cooler colours in shades of blue and green, consider tones of red, orange and yellow if you need to warm the space even further. Orange is such a fun colour however it doesn’t have to be overbearing. You can turn the intensity up or down. Bright oranges will draw your focus, whereas an earthier Terracotta can work harmoniously with other elements in a room.

The colour you use in a small room won’t actually increase the available floor space it will however give the illusion that it has. In a small space colour works as a kind of mirage, it tricks the eye into thinking one thing when the reality is a much different story. If you want to make a small room appear larger, the key is to keep the colours pale. Add to the expansiveness by painting the ceiling white to give the room a sense of height. Cover floorboards in a white paint or lime wash to maximise the effect, if you prefer natural wood, choose timbers in a washed-out tone. If the room has carpet, choose a lighter shade. The going paler in smaller rooms rule works not only for the paint colours on the walls but also for furnishings. Lighter tones for your sofa, flooring and bed linen will keep the mood of the space upbeat. Ensure the fabric textures are light and breezy as heavy weight fabrics work to close a room in. Who says white has to be bland? Prevent white from looking clinical Use white as a canvas, then overlay with rich, natural tones to create warmth and depth. White can be successfully coupled with almost any colour from the spectrum. Combine it with brights (berry, aqua, lemon, orange, apple & lime) for an uplifting playful effect.

Image 1 by FlooringXtra featuring Satara Products [Aslak Sofa, Eden Cage Coffee Table, Sundial Dining Table etc.]

Image 2 by Satara via [www.satara.com.au] Featuring the Boomerang Coffee Table, Boomerang Kitchen Stools & Nordic Side Table

Creating a Visually Pleasing Interior - Using Colour (Part 1)

Satara Sales - Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Defining colours and decorating with them is a rewarding experience once you realise what can be achieved using simple shades. Explaining our responses to colour is about an emotional reaction as it is an exact science. There is something special about the personal and mysterious connection between colour and our emotions. We live with colour every day and yet it can be so intimidating. So why does the commitment to colour, especially at home, demand such an act of courage?

The question of context is crucial in choosing the colours that both move you and fit within your environment. Is your home period, modern, rustic or urban? If so you may like to consider a palette that enhances that particular period. An easy way to create colour flow is to use lighter and darker shades of the same colour throughout your home. Colour is a universal language, it stimulates emotions, shapes cultures and forms the background of our world. Quite simply, colour can influence mood, create atmosphere and lift spirits. Seeing colour, using it and surrounding yourself with a personal palette that works for you produces a calming backdrop for daily life. I think of colour as one of my greatest indulgences.

Image by FlooringXtra featuring Satara Product, the Lakes Lounge Chair


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