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Erica Fanning Interiors https://ericafanninginteriors.com Gold Coast Interior Design & Decorating Mon, 30 Aug 2021 04:59:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.6.5 How to choose the right White https://ericafanninginteriors.com/how-to-choose-the-right-white/ https://ericafanninginteriors.com/how-to-choose-the-right-white/#respond Mon, 30 Aug 2021 04:59:37 +0000 https://ericafanninginteriors.com/?p=1397 How to select the right white paint for your exterior and when to bring in an expert colour consultant   Whites are really complicated – who would’ve thought!  Everyone says ‘white is white’ but that is simply not the case.  White, like any other colour, evokes certain emotions, it is affected by exposure to natural [...]

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How to select the right white paint for your exterior and when to bring in an expert colour consultant

 

Whites are really complicated – who would’ve thought!  Everyone says ‘white is white’ but that is simply not the case.  White, like any other colour, evokes certain emotions, it is affected by exposure to natural sunlight, it can show  shadowing that look like dirt, and whites can also look dirty and clean, yellow and stark white.

 

I’ve compiled a few images to show you what different whites look like, however, this doesn’t mean this is what they will look like on your home.  So get in touch if you would like to discuss the right white (or colour) for your home exterior and the style you are hoping to achieve.

 

Kyle & Kara have shown how stunning Taubmans Aspen Snow looks when used with natural timbers.

 

Dulux Natural White This is a gorgeous white that is loved by so many. In a low light environment it is a cool white, however if you are north facing, it will have a very soft but warm white feel – not yellow, but warm.

 

Three Birds renovations shows how Dulux Casper white quarter is a beautiful off white that sits as a perfect backdrop to feature landscaping.

 

Dulux White Watsonia.
This Gold Coast property won the 2017 Dulux Colour awards for its array of colours, but the white weatherboard is what makes it all work.

 

This beautiful property featured on Homes to Love shows you how elegant Dulux Snowy Mountains Quarter looks on a weatherboard design home.

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Exterior House Designs https://ericafanninginteriors.com/exterior-house-designs/ https://ericafanninginteriors.com/exterior-house-designs/#respond Mon, 04 Dec 2017 22:16:38 +0000 http://ericafanninginteriors.com/?p=1206 Exterior House Designs I wanted to put together a few images that I consider to illustrate classic and timeless exterior design and colour schemes, and what really works in each. I have put together a few points on what I think to be important considerations when designing your home exterior or selecting exterior colours: The [...]

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Exterior House Designs

I wanted to put together a few images that I consider to illustrate classic and timeless exterior design and colour schemes, and what really works in each.

I have put together a few points on what I think to be important considerations when designing your home exterior or selecting exterior colours:

  • The architectural style should reflect the overall scheme you are trying to achieve, this includes the selection of materials and placement of such things as coloumns, fretwork etc;
  • The design should complement the geographical location of the home;
  • The selection of colours should bare in mind how exposure to the natural light will affect them as well as the interior (for instance, we all know dark colours absorb and trasnfer heat and also fade over time)
  • And I always recommend selecting in accordance with what you believe to be timeless and you won’t tire of.
Classic Hamptons exterior - Timber shingled roof, white trim and Gambrel style roof.

Classic Hamptons exterior – Timber shingled roof, white trim and Gambrel style roof.

The white detailing on the balustrade, pergola and fretwork is what makes this exterior scheme work so beautifully.

The white detailing on the balustrade, pergola and fretwork is what makes this exterior scheme work so beautifully.

Grey & White exterior with stone clad entry pillars. They have used a charcoal on the fascia which adds depth and character.

Grey & White exterior with stone clad entry pillars. They have used a charcoal on the fascia which adds depth and character.

Timber shutters perfectly complement this coastal entertainers house.

Timber shutters perfectly complement this coastal entertainers house.

Classic nautical - Bold blue and white exterior with copper piping.

Classic nautical – Bold blue and white exterior with copper piping.

Contrast - Charcoal cladding with stark white trims. This contrast brings life to the manicured gardens.

Contrast – Charcoal cladding with stark white trims. This contrast brings life to the manicured gardens.

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Kitchen Design https://ericafanninginteriors.com/kitchen-design/ https://ericafanninginteriors.com/kitchen-design/#respond Wed, 08 Nov 2017 00:40:49 +0000 http://ericafanninginteriors.com/?p=1202 Kitchen Project – Fendalton These past few months have flown by, and although it was wonderful being able to ski most of the Winter, I am somewhat relieved to see/ feel the beautiful spring weather.  The landscape transforms spectacularly in this part of the world, and the blossoms, flowers and scents that erupt at the [...]

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Kitchen Project – Fendalton

These past few months have flown by, and although it was wonderful being able to ski most of the Winter, I am somewhat relieved to see/ feel the beautiful spring weather.  The landscape transforms spectacularly in this part of the world, and the blossoms, flowers and scents that erupt at the start of Spring are a positive and regenerating signal indicating its the end of winter.

With Summer just around the corner, and Christmas entertaining too, the completion of my Client’s new kitchen couldn’t have been timed any better.

These wonderful Client’s have lived in different countries around the world and have acquired many furniture pieces along their travels.  So the concept behind this kitchen design and selection of finishes, was to create a simple backdrop to the existing furniture, and draw a subtle connection between this and the timbers already used throughout the home.  With most kitchens I design, my Client’s request timelessness in the look, and in this kitchen, this is reflected in the Shaker style cabinet fronts and door/ drawer hardware.

This project included kitchen design and full project management of trades, and although this project was completed in New Zealand, I also offer Kitchen design for my Australian Client’s.  If you have any queries about your own kitchen design project, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with me directly.

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Island bench end panels are framed in a stunning teak surround.

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Different handles were selected for the drawers vs the cupboards. The same matt black finish is what makes them look uniformed.

Overhead cupboards were not a practical design solution in this kitchen, so we opted for a full height pantry which has the stone benchtop running through it.

Overhead cupboards were not a practical design solution in this kitchen, so we opted for a full height pantry which has the stone benchtop running through it.

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Floating teak shelves add a natural warmth to this predominately ‘all white’ scheme.

 

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Yountville – The Napa Valley https://ericafanninginteriors.com/yountville-the-napa-valley/ https://ericafanninginteriors.com/yountville-the-napa-valley/#respond Mon, 11 Apr 2016 06:45:48 +0000 http://ericafanninginteriors.com/?p=1036 Yountville is the place you want to be whilst visiting the Napa Valley.  The main street is lined with foodies restaurant after foodies restaurant, wine tasting rooms from some of the top Vineyards, and stunning architecture that varies in style from one building to the next. There is old and new, new that looks old [...]

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Yountville is the place you want to be whilst visiting the Napa Valley.  The main street is lined with foodies restaurant after foodies restaurant, wine tasting rooms from some of the top Vineyards, and stunning architecture that varies in style from one building to the next. There is old and new, new that looks old and views to the rolling hills from every view point along the main street.

We recently visited the Napa, and I must admit, I hadn’t heard too much about Yountville prior to visiting the region, however, I selected Yountville as our place to stay purely because of the interiors at Hotel Yountville.  Hotel Yountville interiors had me at ‘hello’ right from my first click on booking.com.  As you enter Hotel Yountville, the lobby, lounge and bar area leaves you utterly breathless – vaulted, white-washed, exposed beam ceilings, blockwork fireplace, intricate chandeliers, and an all round muted palette of plaid and stunning linens.

The exterior of the buildings are clad in a beautiful stone (quite similar to those stones found lining the vineyards in Provence, France).  As you enter your suite, you cant help but notice every little detail – matt black front door, oiled bronze hardware throughout, the muted palette of paint colours and patterened fabrics, oak flooring, and pops of ‘Ralph Lauren’  style colours.  The room is beautiful, however it is the bathroom that is the real jaw-dropper.  The interiors of this hotel are classic, timeless and yet still edgey enough to be modern.

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Black and white staircases https://ericafanninginteriors.com/black-and-white-staircases/ https://ericafanninginteriors.com/black-and-white-staircases/#comments Tue, 14 Jul 2015 21:48:46 +0000 http://ericafanninginteriors.com/?p=902 There are indeed many components to consider in the design of a staircase, ranging from – what materials to use, what style of balustrading, what colour, tone and texture you want, right through to what aesthetic you are trying to achieve. Most importantly, and as staircases are often ‘big expenses’ in any home, it is [...]

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There are indeed many components to consider in the design of a staircase, ranging from – what materials to use, what style of balustrading, what colour, tone and texture you want, right through to what aesthetic you are trying to achieve. Most importantly, and as staircases are often ‘big expenses’ in any home, it is important to ensure the staircase complements the architecture and interior design of the broader scheme. For example, a glass and steel design lends itself to more modern, contemporary and even minimalist interiors, whilst all timber staircases are typically a more traditional look.

However, if you are after a modern, bold yet traditional style staircase, then a variation on black and white could be for you. Thanks to Interior Designers like Mary Macdonald, Jeff Andrews and Australia’s Greg Natale we have been given some great guidance on how to achieve a look of ‘Modern Glamour’ using traditional architectural features and colours. These can often be ‘toned down’ or enhanced simply through the use of varying gloss levels or by having one colour more pronounced than the other. It is hard to get it wrong when using such strong classic colours as black and white, however as a guide for colours on your black and white staircase, I find that this is, generally speaking, the most common colour combination – black stair treads, white risers, black handrails, with white baluster and/or either a black or white newel post. Should you go for a white newel post, you can also do a black newel cap, or finial, which will make the cap appear as a seamless continuation of the hand rail. Below are a few images illustrating various existing black and white stair cases.

Mary Macdonald stairs

A staircase designed by Mary Macdonald with a beautiful sisal floor runner and brass stair rods

 

A Jeff Andrews designed staircase with all black wrought iron balustrading

 

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Hand rail and newel post in gloss black

 

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A statement staircase in gloss black contrasts beautifully to this modern interior

 

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A touch of green adds life to this space

 

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Timber stair treads, white balusters and end post with gloss black handrail and end cap

 

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Black and white lends itself to most other colours, and looks fabulous with the navy blue used on this interiors wall paneling

 

traditional entry with black and white stairs

The black and white checkered floor in this entry really sets off this black and white staircase.

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Selecting interior colours https://ericafanninginteriors.com/interior-colours/ https://ericafanninginteriors.com/interior-colours/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 06:39:24 +0000 http://ericafanninginteriors.com/?p=891 Over the past 18 months I have completed quite a few colour consultations.  These colour consultations have included selecting colours for a single space, the  exterior of a residential home and block of units and as part of  larger Interior Design projects. Selecting colours can prove to be quite tricky when you think about all the [...]

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Over the past 18 months I have completed quite a few colour consultations.  These colour consultations have included selecting colours for a single space, the  exterior of a residential home and block of units and as part of  larger Interior Design projects.

Selecting colours can prove to be quite tricky when you think about all the considerations you have to take into account to achieve the right shade and ambience within a space; add to that, having to use a small paint chip you obtained from the paint shop to make your perfect colour selection from.  This is where a colour consultant, or Interior Designer like myself can make the entire process that touch easier.

Today I thought I would share a few  key considerations I think about when selecting colours, and a few projects where the wall colour influenced the overall scheme in some of my more recent projects.

Considerations when selecting colour:

– What is the undertone in the colour (white is never just white, Dulux for instance has over 50 shades of white).  Understanding undertones is like when you look at a colour and question whether it is throwing another colour, for example white often throws blue/ black or yellow.

– What features within that room are going to influence the wall colour I select and potentially change this colour (ie. flooring colours, the glass in the window if its tinted etc.)

– What kind of space do I want to create ( clean and modern, or cosy and welcoming).

Recent projects

Resene Half Taupe grey

Resene Half Taupe grey

Dulux Grey Pebble

Dulux Grey Pebble

Resene Powder blue

Resene Powder blue

Dulux whisper white

Dulux whisper white

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‘Before & After’ Master bedroom https://ericafanninginteriors.com/before-after-master-bedroom/ https://ericafanninginteriors.com/before-after-master-bedroom/#respond Mon, 18 May 2015 05:13:56 +0000 http://ericafanninginteriors.com/?p=850 Last week saw the end to an interior design renovation project I have been working on since November. This master bedroom has seen existing wardrobes and walls knocked down, new walls erected, the addition of a beautiful walk in wardrobe and a sophisticated semi-open plan ensuite and master suite. When the built-in robes were taken [...]

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Last week saw the end to an interior design renovation project I have been working on since November.

This master bedroom has seen existing wardrobes and walls knocked down, new walls erected, the addition of a beautiful walk in wardrobe and a sophisticated semi-open plan ensuite and master suite.

When the built-in robes were taken out, the bedroom became quite a large area – and one that we didn’t simply want to fill with furniture. So instead, we used this bold shade of blue on the walls. Adding colour to the walls closed the space in slightly and has created the cozy yet refreshing space that it now is. If you are looking for a fantastic blue – this Resene colour is it!

Below are just a couple of ‘Before & After’ shots of the master bedroom.

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Designing an outdoor area https://ericafanninginteriors.com/design-outdoor-area/ https://ericafanninginteriors.com/design-outdoor-area/#respond Wed, 01 Oct 2014 22:57:55 +0000 http://ericafanninginteriors.com/?p=684 One of the most important rooms to consider – especially in a location like here on the Sunshine coast – is the outdoor entertaining area.  Whether your outdoor area is a timber deck off your old Queenslander, an enclosed tiled balcony or a beautiful expanse of lawn, having a space where you can comfortably sit, [...]

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One of the most important rooms to consider – especially in a location like here on the Sunshine coast – is the outdoor entertaining area.  Whether your outdoor area is a timber deck off your old Queenslander, an enclosed tiled balcony or a beautiful expanse of lawn, having a space where you can comfortably sit, relax and entertain friends and Family in is essential.

Having recently completed the design for a client’s outdoor area in Noosa, I was faced with a dilemma – of which I am sure most people experience.  My dilemma was, that with ample wholesale and retail suppliers at my finger tips, I was unable to source a ‘complete’ or ‘mix and match’ outdoor setting that I thought would really suit or reflect my Client and their lifestyle.  Sure, I certainly came across some lovely outdoor settings that may have been ok, however I created the following list that – should I have bought from a wholesaler or retailer – I required the outdoor furnishings to encompass, these were: timeless in style, elegant yet still funky, unique for my Client, their lifestyle and location, had to be affordable and I always love furnishings to be an amalgam of style – for example. industrial meets french country, modern minimalist pieces meet eclectic styling.

To complement the modern and stylish architecture of the apartment complex I knew rattan would work perfectly and what works beautifully with rattan chairs – an oak dining table.  However I wanted something more unique for this space and had my eye on a pre-fabricated outdoor concrete table.  Unfortunately the supplier I was going to use was out of stock – which actually turned out to be a really good thing.  So with a clear design in mind, I commissioned a local supplier to custom make an outdoor table that I knew would look fantastic.  The size was completely tailored to my Client’s space – this was important because it sits right near the outdoor kitchen (which of course still had to be functional), and it was also important to consider the proportions of the table in regard to the outdoor space.  The best parts about designing and having this stunning table made locally was that it was a pleasure dealing directly with the craftsman and that – even though it was custom made – it was significantly less expensive than the pre-fab one that was made in another country.

Normally I am not attracted to or excited to use ‘industrial’ style pieces of furniture, however the raw finish (that patinas and ages over time) contrasting with the man made finish of the wicker made it all simply work.  I think this would have to be a great description of how I like to design – I don’t use pieces from any one style, I believe the beauty comes from the juxtaposition or amalgam of multiple styles.

If you would like any further information on how to achieve a look like this, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

 

Outdoor concrete table

This is the view of the outdoor area from the open plan living room – National park surrounding Noosa in the background

 

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Bathroom design considerations https://ericafanninginteriors.com/bathroom-design-considerations/ https://ericafanninginteriors.com/bathroom-design-considerations/#respond Thu, 21 Aug 2014 01:11:46 +0000 http://ericafanninginteriors.com/?p=658 When it comes to the design of a bathroom, what are some of the features you think would make you really love that space? Is it the functionality of the space or the aesthetics? Do you like the open plan space with a walk through double shower, or the large room with multiple little rooms? [...]

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When it comes to the design of a bathroom, what are some of the features you think would make you really love that space? Is it the functionality of the space or the aesthetics? Do you like the open plan space with a walk through double shower, or the large room with multiple little rooms?

 

Like in all the design projects I work on, I like to ensure there is a healthy fusion of function (how it works) & aesthetics (how it looks).  A lot of the time Interior Designers can be accused of merely creating stylish and attractive spaces, instead of designing spaces that really cater to the function required for that room.

When designing your bathroom, there are multiple features that need to be considered to ensure you achieve everything you want to for that space – floor to ceiling tiles, feature walls, feature tiles, using tile borders to visually divide the space, mirror styles, storage, custom or ‘off the shelf’ vanities, shower niche or built in shower shelf etc.  You could be looking for ways to make the room appear larger, traditional in style, more cosy… So with many options to consider, I thought I would provide a few images illustrating different styles and features within a bathroom that I have used in the past when presenting ideas to Client’s.

I hope this collection of images can assist you when you are considering what you may like to include in the design of your bathroom.

 

Bathroom design

Stone slab used a feature on the wall behind the vanity – matches the stone on the floor. Wall colours beautifully complement the stone and white border tile.

Romantic bathroom design

This bathroom has a feeling of Romance with the use of the flowing sheer curtains around the freestanding bath. Sheers are a great option in a bathroom especially when the shower is fully enclosed.

Stylish bathrooms

Not only do I love the harmonious colour palette chosen for this space – shades of lilac and grey – but I love the toilet being in its own room off the bathroom.

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This is a great example of a feature wall tile and a long/ functional wall niche.

Herringbone tiles

Luxe – Herringbone marble tiles, a private shower room with espresso stained vanity.

Floor to ceiling bathroom tiles

Floor tiles used on all walls creates a feeling of ‘Hotel Luxe’

 

 

mosaic bathroom tiles

Mosaic feature wall tiles – Aqua and seafoam tones. Love the contrast of the traditional features of the cabinetry and the decadence of the mirror.

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Full length shower wall niche. Niche tiled in feature wall tiles.

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Enclosed shower with shower seat and small wall niche.

Bathroom tile selections

Very funky feature wall tiles and decorative wall sconces.

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Top 10 living rooms I have come across this week. https://ericafanninginteriors.com/top-10-living-rooms-come-across-week/ https://ericafanninginteriors.com/top-10-living-rooms-come-across-week/#respond Tue, 08 Jul 2014 02:58:44 +0000 http://ericafanninginteriors.com/?p=582 Today I thought I would share the Top 10 living rooms I have come across this week whilst perusing a variety of sites.

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Today I thought I would share the Top 10 living rooms I have come across this week whilst perusing a variety of sites.

Living room decorating ideas

Love the added dimension the grasscloth wallpapered ceiling gives to this room.

Coastal inspired living room

Love the layering of pattern, colours and texture.

Coastal living room

Timber paneled walls, navy and white upholstery and an eclectic style photo gallery wall.

Coco republic design

Coco Republic’s Penthouse interior design project. Love the flowy sheer curtains and timber paneling throughout.

colourfull living room

Palm springs style colours and patterns from Portuguese Interior Designer Maria Barros.

grey living room

Layering of grey’s and neutrals with a subtle pop of colour.

Guiliana and bill ranic's home

Guiliana and Bill Ranic’s home. Timeless layering of browns and stone greys.

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Love what the contrast of the zebra print ottoman brings to this space.

monochromatic living room

Monochromatic and casual living space

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Rich and luxurious layering of velvet fabrics.

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