Bring a piece of the Ananda Boutique Hotel to your home in the following ways:
We are not robots, and so our homes should not be composed in an identical manner. Each home has a different occupant, with his or her own unique aesthetic, tastes, experiences and love for art.. I always encourage clients to stay away from trends and to embrace their individuality! For this reason, art should be original for each client. I believe that there is something so incredibly refreshing and powerful to know that the piece hung on your own wall is exclusive to you, reflecting and feeding from the exact space it sits within.
Bring freshness to the art you already have
As a practicing designer, if I am partaking in a full furniture package for a client, I absolutely will be expected to and also wish to partake in the selection of art - from sculptures to curated pieces or selections of ready-made items. I often utilise specific art pieces the clients already have and reframe them, bringing new life and a fresher look to those pieces. Often the actual art is incredibly interesting and stunning however the frame its sits within doesn’t best showcase the unit. With a simple reframe, you can make a vast difference!
Just like with design, there is no such thing as right or wrong when it comes to selecting art. Art is so personal. However, when designing and having to select art for my clients, I always respond to the general aesthetic, vibe and colour scheme that I have employed throughout the space. This completely directs me in saying yes or no to the countless pieces I search through. Tonal qualities and colour are also huge aspects to consider with this - it is not solely about you loving the art piece but how it integrates aesthetically into the design of the home. Another key aspect to take into regard is the size of the piece. Sometimes I just know the wall needs a monster; something dramatic striking and large. At other times, I feel subtle and eclectic is more suitable – a wall of 10-20 pieces uniquely framed and clustered together can be equally effective and striking.
walls as art
The art pieces within my own home are always unique works that I have collected throughout my journeys, travels and overseas trips. I frame and hang unique textures and fabrics that have their own story as well as hand knitted macramé. I have hand made Moroccan mosaics which are installed in areas throughout my home, which I consider to be art. These walls add so much depth, history and beauty to our space. The art throughout my home has always had a personal narrative attached and has not been dictated by monetary value. The pieces each tell a unique story, and have been curated and specially selected for the space in which they nest.
I was recently asked what trends I have noticed with regards to art and interior design. I have definitely picked up that Australians are far more interested in using handmade products and are steering away from the massed produced, especially when it comes to art. This is evident in the creative use of materials and textures to create walls of art as opposed to hanging art; ultimately integrating these materials into the interior design of homes. Although I generally hate the term "trend," there are the odd few that offer perpetual magic! A great example of this is tiles. It is no secret that I am OBSESSED with Moroccan hand made mosaics. They are huge at the moment and I think this comes down to their timelessness and their power to offer a point of difference in homes; a product that truely tells a unique story. My side project, Tilesofezra (www.tilesofezra.com) have a beautiful range of Moroccan Zellige Mosaics. These are handmade creations that have been manufactured for centuries, sustaining the craft and tradition of Morocco and allowing for the end user to have a product in their home which adds drama, intense layering and a very bespoke aura; an aura that could not be achieved through using a mass produced tile.
In saying that, I am relieved to see Australians being more adventurous and unique in their styling selections and instead of following a trend or guideline, listening to their own intuition, unique aesthetic and following what genuinely excites them. If you take one thing away from this post, I hope it is the courage to embrace your own individuality when styling your home and selecting the art that goes in it! You won't regret it!
P.S - I would LOVE to hear what your favourite art pieces in your home are! Tell me all about them below!
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Lets be real - all of us have an inner hoarder residing inside of us. I am a culprit too. This is why so many people struggle with clutter in their homes. The only thing clutter is good for is creating stress and causing anxiety. We all know clutter needs to go but we don't actually know how to get rid of it. I cover this topic extensively and give away my tips on conquering clutter in my "A Healthy Home, A Healthy You" guide.
Decluttering and removing the noise and chaos not only has aesthetic benefits, but also has the power to improve our mental states, moods and spirits. It is truly amazing!
I also discussed decluttering your home with The Home Team. Take a look at the video below!
When one adds colour into the home and gets it right, it can look oh so right but when adds colour and gets it wrong - my gosh it looks very, very wrong!
Perfecting the balance of too much colour, not enough colour or even just picking the right colour presents a challenge for many! In my ebook "A Healthy Home, A Healthy You," I offer priceless and clearcut ways on how to do this correctly (click HERE to find out more about this useful guide).
For now, why not have a look at the video below to learn one of my secrets on how to bring colour into the home.
How do you bring bursts of colour into your own home? What colours are you going mad for this season? I would love to learn from you guys too! Hit me up and teach me some new tricks in the comments below!
When it comes to styling a bathroom, a lot of us feel stuck. Deciding where to even begin can leave most of you feeling puzzled, muddled and ultimately, beaten. BUT - fear not! Creating a gorgeous bathroom space is so achievable, even for people who have zero experience in interior design.
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Lake Atitlan is located in the Guatemalan Highlands in northern Guatemala, and is one of the most picturesque sights in South America. The lake is surrounded by three massive volcanoes, that look over the people and landscape surrounding the lake. Casa Palopo looks out over the lake alongside the volcanoes and hills, watching on as the inhabitants base their every day lives around the water. The fisherman launch their rafts off the bank and throw out their nets, while others kneel at the lake’s edge and delve their washing into the cool water’s shore.
Casa Palopo was recently converted into a luxurious hotel, and has given visitors the chance to feel completely at home amongst the volcanoes and the lake. The homey hotel is rich with colour and textures, using terracotta tiles and colours, and contrasting them with a rich blue that makes reference to the beautiful lake just outside the windows. Antiques and authentic fabrics, as well as the dark woods and the warmth from the fireplace all add to the homey charm of this historically rich hotel.
Check out the video below to see more from Casa Palopo:
Georgia’s favourite design elements at Casa Palopo – the bold blue feature walls are a constant reminder of the beauty that lies outside. It also adds to the warmth of the homey hotel, and provides a colourful backdrop for all of the antique fittings and fixtures.
Bring a piece of Casa Palopo to your home in the following ways:
1. Don’t be afraid to commit to a bold feature colour scheme throughout an interior. If it makes a statement you love then why not make it one that you say over again. Adding colour to the walls makes for a vibrant backdrop and helps to bring darker furnishings to life.