Here we are again… Blog number 3 and I have to say I’m starting to get a bit of a flow on, thank goodness, the need to stare at a blank wall for days on end thinking about what I want to say is gone. The ideas are formulating as I type furiously and it’s kind of a rush to get it all out and on the screen in front of me before I explode haha!
Going back to where I left off on the last blog, today I wanted to get into the topic of Layering and explore the Layering journey I’ve been on with my Modern Chanel inspired bedroom. Now layering just to clarify what I’m on about, is all the decorative elements you add to a room to create a ‘look’, a 'vibe' or as I like to call it your 'Design House'. Layers add interest, texture, colour and complete a room, they take a room from nice to fabulous and if you’re like me fabulous is what you like to live in, after all life is short right. Too often you walk into someone’s room or home and it’s lovely, it’s great and you think to yourself, this is really nice, but if you stopped and compared it to a room created by a designer you can start to see that if they’d taken the rooms layers just that little bit further what an impact it would have. Adding that little more depth and contrast in a fully fleshed out room creates a whole new look and feel and that then translates into the longevity of the room itself. Rooms that haven’t had this consideration taken tend to date or wear out a lot quicker than those that are fully committed to and consequently cost you more in the long run or become less enjoyable. The ultimate goal of a fabulously designed room is creating the space you 'love' not just the space you ‘live’ in.
I’m going to let you in on a little secret, I have a special term for those who just can’t commit to a look or 'Design House' and therefore fully flesh their layering to create the ultimate room. I call them SIB’s. I know I can see you curling your lip and raising your eyebrow firstly thinking to yourself ‘what on earth is a SIB’ and then quickly darting to a realisation that you may well be a SIB, but hang on wait you don’t even know what it is yet right! SIB simply stands for ‘I See it, I like it, I Buy it’. It’s the age old problem of a mis-matching, you love each piece individually but they don’t really work together as a whole type scenario. Now don’t go beating yourself up, I too was a SIB before the grand plans for the ultimate apartment. I guess it comes down to what you can afford a lot of the time and as we discussed in the first blog when you’ve been in your house for a while and have collected all those SIB bits, you’re pretty loathed to throw it all out and start again, I mean whose going to waste all that perfectly good stuff right? I think for me this is why the apartment has been the catalyst for the newly inspired Fabulous Anj, it’s like a reset button and I honestly believe it will enhance my life and make me happier.
Now me and my Mum are pretty tight, she's always got my back and we're best friends and so in this next section Mum will most probably kill me for using her as an example but I simply can't help myself. My Mother is my perfect example of a SIB. I can feel her cringing on the very thought of what I am about to say here but hey this is a bare all Blog and it makes for some good reading right, so here goes. Mum and I are truly spoilt when it comes to interior inspiration. As the owners of RAPT we visit trade shows here and overseas, pop into suppliers showrooms all over NZ and peruse Gift and Homeware Wholesalers sites from here to timbuktu. And this doesn't even cover the fun of it arriving instore and putting it all together, it's kinda like Christmas on steroids every day! I have to say however it does have its down side and that is that being treated to sooooo much choice makes pinning down and committing to a ‘Design House’ harder than getting a 3 year old off to sleep at night. Anyways back to my SIB affected Mother, Mum and Dad recently did a bit of an overhaul on their house with a new kitchen and a full repaint and carpet. On top of this my Dad who previously ran his company from the front lounge moved out giving Mum the pleasure of a whole new room to play with as well as a bit of redecorating around the house to get her teeth into but do you think with all this spoiling that my well intended mother can commit to a look? It’s actually quite funny now when new stock arrives instore which is pretty much daily, the box is opened, the packaging removed and you hear the little blonde lady (that’s what I call her) shriek with delight as yet another piece of Homeware is ' just perfect for her house!' It’s the tell tale sign of a SIB and Mum and I have quite a joke about it all.
I get it though it really is hard, there is so much choice these days and you really can get things so cheap if you’re prepared to shop around. But the major Design Crime for a fabulous space is letting your inner SIB get the better of you so here’s how to avoid becoming a SIB:
1. Plan your Design House – what’s the style you’re looking at, what feeling do you want to create in the room and what are the things you just love?
2. What pieces of furniture do you need – plan your space and know the large items you need and stick to it.
3. What colours and tones will you work with for your layering, don't worry about matching colours perfectly, if you feature red in your room and you somehow manage to get all your reds the same your room will fall flat, it's actually the different tones of the red colour wheel that will bring your room to life?
So if we go back to my Modern Chanel inspired bedroom 1. My look is opulent, luxurious Chanel inspired 2. I needed a bed, drawers, 2 x bedside tables, an occasional chair (I am a firm believer in the occasional chair and despite every male not fully understanding the need for an unused chair we just look at and admire, every room needs one!) and I may look at a side table dependant on how it fits once I finally move in… yes I am STILL waiting to move into my new place and am getting VERY impatient. 3. My colours are Black, White and Gold, Monochrome is super chanel and super on trend and I love the simplicity of it and marry that with a range of golds to add the luxury i want.
So this is the plan and if I am to stray from it, if my inner SIB gets her way that fully fleshed out designer room will be lost in a myriad of stuff I 'like'. So in my previous blogs you’ve seen the bed, bed head, lamps, drawers and bedside tables so the last to reveal, the grand unveiling is my AMAAAAAAZING chair and the LAYERS I have collected so far so here’s a mood board of all the pieces that will go into my Modern Chanel boudoir.