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​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!

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.

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Minerva Collection by Gian Paola Venier for Satara

Colleen Johnston - Tuesday, May 16, 2017

In a Satara exclusive, we are thrilled to offer the Minerva Collection designed by Italian designer GIAN PAOLO VENIER to the Australian and New Zealand design communities.

A stunning collection blending Exotic colors and patterns from the East have been given a Western design aesthetic resulting in the best of Scandi and Japanese design.  Scandinavian Oaks and Cords have been handwoven into intricate Asian patterns and Jap Black and Natural color blends.  The fully coordinated Collection consists of  Dining Chairs, Occasional Chairs, Daybeds and  Dining Tables.

The entire range will be officially launched at our stand G36 at Melbourne's Design & Decoration from July 20 at MCEC.

 

 

         

 

 

 

          

 

See Satara at Design and Decoration stand G36

Satara Sales - Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Come and get your interior designer inspo fix at this years Design & Decoration fair at MCEC from July 19.

Satara will be exhibiting at stand G36 with lots of new homewares, indoor and outdoor furniture pieces.

 


It's getting Hot in here, so it's time to go Outside

Satara Sales - Friday, October 30, 2015

With summer weather well and truly kicking in, make the most of outdoors by relaxing in one of our many designer sofas or lounges.

Bedarra, Inesula, Mojito, Votsalo, Polaris or the new Samera 

 

 

 

 



 

 

Satara furniture now available from Strand Agencies Sydney

Satara Sales - Tuesday, August 25, 2015

 

To all our Sydney Designers - you can finally see us in all our full glory at :

 


 

Pop on in to see/feel/touch a wide variety of our gorgeous indoor and outdoor collections.

       

 

 

Design & Decoration wrap up 2015.

Satara Sales - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

We had  great response to our trade display and new product ranges at this years Design & Decoration.

With so much planning and researching involved in the product development side, it's very rewarding when we have such a positive response from visitors.

 Hits for us this year included our upholstered dining chairs and occasional chairs, marble topped and blended coffee tables, new mojito, lime and boatshed outdoor ranges, metallic side tables and new baskets.

       

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

Mixing it up this Summer with the new Mojito range

Satara Sales - Monday, June 29, 2015

Have you seen our stunning new Mojito outdoor furniture range?  Featured here are our new Mojito Sofa's in powder coated Aluminium in either white or taupe.

Includes all outdoor cushions, except scatters, perfect for summer outdoor dining and relaxing.

Pass the Mint, Limes and Bacardi please!

On display at this years Design and Decoration stand G36 from July 16 at MCEC Melbourne. 


Sydney Reed Gift Fair 2015 round up

Colleen Johnston - Thursday, February 26, 2015
Phew!  Another successful fair for Satara has come to a close.  

It's always a huge effort and cost for us, but fortunately the response we received made it all worth while.  

Highlights included the delightful response we had to all our new upholstered chairs and new dining tables,  new colorful baskets, new color dipped cheese boards and the new Saltwater cushion collection.

Our adherence to quality products and craftmenship continues to be well received by you our customers.  

Missed it?  Here a  few pictures :

The middle third of our trade display:



Colorful "Merricks"  baskets coming on line soon on our new Josey dining table:



One of our 11 new "Saltwater"  cushions


Australian House & Garden Magazine and Satara cross promotion

Colleen Johnston - Thursday, November 20, 2014

Continuing to build on our close relationship with Australian House & Garden magazine, this month sees us participate in a cross promotion where 2 lucky subscribers have the chance to win a Vespa Day Bed package from Satara.  Summer will never be the same again for these 2 readers, as the package includes the gorgeous Vespa Day Bed, all cushions including scatters and 3 large glass lanterns.

The full magazine page and social media promotion is reaching over 800,000 readers in Australia's 4th largest selling magazine, providing Satara with an unrivaled lifestyle print media reader penetration.

Click on either image to be directed to enter this fantastic promotion.

   



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