design edit issue 30 | design tour
Turning a new house into a home was the brief from these clients. Their challenge to us was to create a more contemporary styled home for them, by pairing their amazing collection of antiques and artworks with key new pieces of furniture and furnishings. The clients wanted to ensure their newly built home was a better reflection of their lifestyle and personalities.
This couple approached Kirsten Ford Design as soon as they’d moved into their new home to help them create a more contemporary style - one which blended their much loved antiques with a modern, stylish edge. Their brief was to add colour, personality and fun to the home, without any structural changes and without repainting any rooms in the new home.
The rich colours of the native timbered early New Zealand antiques provided the initial inspiration for the interior scheme. And then both the client and designer fell completely in love with a decadent copper cut velvet, which anchored the colour scheme, paired with lush ochres and warm creams, all linked with black accents.
The contemporary home and crisp white walls provided a neutral backdrop to work with, and white linen-look drapes were added with double black tracks, echoing the black joinery and hardware already in the home. This neutral canvas needed layers of colour, texture and personality. We created a unifying colour scheme through the home and added key statement pieces in bold, rich fabrics to the existing traditional furniture.
The copper cut velvet is featured on the centrepiece of the formal living room - a contemporary take on the traditional rolled arm sofa. Other pieces in the room are the perfect blend of old and new - all highly textured and very tactile: leather, velvet, terrazzo.
In the dining area, rich ochre velvet dining chairs are paired with the existing antique timber dining table and chiffonier. Layered tones of copper and cream, all anchored with black accents, create a relaxed but still very luxe vibe in the family room.
The bedrooms echo the same tones - ochre velvets, black and cream linens, black embossed leathers and warm timbers.
It was important for us to create visual flow in this home and we did this by composing a distinct colour palette - which had variation from room to room but still a strong visual story. Consistent use of black accents also helped link the spaces.
This home was very much a blank canvas ready to take on the lifestyle and personality of its new owners. By gently leading the clients beyond their comfort zone with new ideas and a more contemporary style, the result is a fun-filled and sophisticated home, which effortlessly marries a treasured collection of antiques with modern edge and style.
Contact Auckland Interior Designer Kirsten Ford for more information.
Images: Hanson & Daughters Photography
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