EDGY TREATS FOR YOUR HOME THIS HALLOWEEN

With Halloween lurking upon us, we are thrilled to brew up a concoction of edgy yet sophisticated interior treats which will not only delight during this chilling and mysterious October event, but all year round! And there isn’t a pumpkin or witch’s hat in sight . . .

Not everything is as it seems with the ‘Leda Armchair Sculpture’. Available at Living Edge

Not everything is as it seems with the ‘Leda Armchair Sculpture’. Available at Living Edge

This sculptural piece of solid brass furniture has spooky written all over it!

The unusual three-legged chair brings the surreal to life, adopting and contorting the limbs of the human form to create a striking three-dimensional piece.

The lavish and cushiony ‘Edra, Bao Sofa’ by F. eH. Campana is available at Space Furniture

The lavish and cushiony ‘Edra, Bao Sofa’ by F. eH. Campana is available at Space Furniture

This piece is said to resemble a large nest that you’re able to crawl inside and wrap yourself within.

Yet when I look at the monstrous 100-metre velvet tubes weaved together all I can see is a giant brain! Eeeeek!

Either way, I would be thrilled to be curled up in this frameless sofa with a gripping murder mystery book in hand.

The ‘Kristina Dam Studio Grid Cabinet’ is made of black perforated steel and topped with a beautiful black marble plate. Available at Design Stuff

The ‘Kristina Dam Studio Grid Cabinet’ is made of black perforated steel and topped with a beautiful black marble plate. Available at Design Stuff

Every year, whether I choose to seize the Halloween spirit or not, ironically October seems to be the month I suffer from high candy cravings!

With a semitransparent design, those Halloween treats aren’t entirely out of sight out of mind in this cabinet . . . but at least they will be preserved in style . . . for a while!

Kristina Dam Studio has crafted the ‘Book End Sculpture’ – the perfect emphasis for any thriller book collection! Available from Design Stuff

Kristina Dam Studio has crafted the ‘Book End Sculpture’ – the perfect emphasis for any thriller book collection! Available from Design Stuff

I’ve never been the biggest fan of horror movies but throw in a good murder mystery book and I’m devouring it faster than my October candy fill!

It’s safe to say that I simply need these bold and dramatic marble book ends in my life to keep my my ever-expanding book collection under control. But I have no doubt they will also house a horror DVD collection just as enviably.

The Zuma Table Lamp by Kelly Wearstler is the ideal inclusion to create the right mood in any space

The Zuma Table Lamp by Kelly Wearstler is the ideal inclusion to create the right mood in any space

To ensure you have no unwanted guests lurking in the shadows, banish dark corners and spooky spaces in your home with this bold yet classic table lamp featuring juxtaposing hard and soft lines and shapes.

The mixed use of metals and the sneaky addition of Kelly’s signature kiss motif in the pull chain, creates an intriguing and alluring light option.

With so many luscious interior treats to choose from, I’m beginning to wish it was Halloween every month!

HOW TO HYGGE

First things first, hygge is actually pronounced hue-guh and is the latest Scandi interior design trend that you need to know about!

Actually, hygge is far more than just a trend. The Danish concept is more of a mood or a feeling rather than a ‘thing’ or something tangible and has long been a vital aspect of Scandinavian culture. Hygge is a way of life and consciousness, not just a style.

The best translation to English is ‘cosiness’ . . . think of it being a feeling of comfort and ‘contentness’ in any given moment by recognising and enjoying the present.

So how do you bring a bit a Hygge into your home?

Introduce layers of textures via Elizabeth Stanley Design

Introduce layers of textures via Elizabeth Stanley Design

Hygge was created by the Danes to survive the relentless cold, dark days.

A favourite approach of mine is to layer rugs. Start with an oversized natural woven jute (bonus: they are very cost effective!) and layer on top a delicate silk. The key here is contrasting textures.

Create a sanctuary with much-loved CULTIVER linens

Create a sanctuary with much-loved CULTIVER linens

Indulge in lazy Sundays with breakfast in bed. Don’t be afraid to mix and match colours and sets, it’s oh so Scandi to have a muted, tonal palette.

Sit back and relax in the classic ‘Thonet Bentwood B9 Le Corbusier’ chairs

Sit back and relax in the classic ‘Thonet Bentwood B9 Le Corbusier’ chairs

‘The Danes see both the domestic and personal life as an art form and not every drudgery to get away from.’ Alex Beauchamp, Hygge House.

There is a reason these are the most popular chairs used in cafes and restaurants around the world! The rattan seat in contrasting natural tone adds softness, character and interest.

Cocoon your walls in the stunning patterned wallpaper created by Apparatus Studio for Zak + Fox

Cocoon your walls in the stunning patterned wallpaper created by Apparatus Studio for Zak + Fox

Hygge is also often referred to as an ‘art of creating intimacy’ and this ‘Strata Study’ wallpaper design is wonderfully organic and will inject warmth and luxe into any space.

Create simple rituals such as sipping your tea slowly out of these gorgeous ‘Gem Cups’ by Australian ceramicist Milly Dent.

Create simple rituals such as sipping your tea slowly out of these gorgeous ‘Gem Cups’ by Australian ceramicist Milly Dent.

The unexpected deep indigo organic brushstrokes inside these ceramics are simply divine and will add even more charm to your leisurely downtime and warmth to your soul, whether you are drinking tea alone in the morning or with friends in the afternoon.

So slow down and let the cosy in.

PROJECT UPDATE: ADA AVENUE

Our Ada Avenue project is well underway and we are making great progress to meet our Christmas deadline.

The exterior wood work of the house has received a new coat of paint making it feel so fresh, especially in the welcoming Spring sunshine. We said goodbye to the old forest green colour and updated it with a modern and contrasting dark grey and crisp white palette.

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The landscaper will be starting on site soon and we look forward to seeing him work his magic in the generous garden by adding new layers of flowers, plants and trees.

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We have simultaneously increased the veranda space outside the kitchen and family room, and created new, larger openings, achieving our goal to allow much-needed light in to the interior of the home.

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The house has a much better indoor-outdoor flow, which now directly connects the living spaces to the enviable outdoor entertaining and pool area.

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Inside we say hello to a modern and generous kitchen with all the fittings and appliances you could dream of – wine fridge, large pantry, fridge drawer, oversized cooktop and porcelain butlers sink.

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The cozy breakfast nook is taking shape and we love the practical addition of the generous built-in storage banquette seat.

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We have introduced some new arches to the spaces, staying true to the original design of the house but maintaining a modern approach.

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The new bathroom tiles are the perfect expression of softness, introduced by quality natural stone with a handmade feel.

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The new bathroom palette is made up of a beautiful combination of mineral stone and warm timber.

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The luxurious walk in robe is also being dressed up with warm timber ready to receive its handmade leather handles very soon.

We can’t wait to add our final layers of soft furnishings, ready for our lovely client to move back in and enjoy his new home.

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All images via ©Alexandra Kidd Design