SPOTTED : Little & Friday

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SPOTTED : Little & Friday

Little & Friday would have to be one of my most favourite places to eat in the entire world. It’s not only because they have the best doughnuts on the face of the planet, and believe me I have eaten my fair share so I know this, but it is because of the overall experience, interior and atmosphere created in their humble stores.

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Styling : The Bed

On average, we will spend almost one third of our lifetime in bed. So today I want to discuss my thoughts on how best to curate your bed, because I really do believe there is an art to getting that perfect combination. And hey, if I am going to spend a third of my life in my bed, I want it to be the best looking bed I have ever seen....

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Texture & Pattern

Firstly, lets define what we mean by ‘texture’. Texture is generally the sensation we get when touching an object and feeling its surface, but it can also be visually perceived. When you flick through your favourite home décor magazine, you don’t need to touch the objects in the spaces to feel the textures they have or understand the mood they create. Texture is just as important as the way you choose to configure your room and the contents you choose to put in it. Without texture spaces can come off flat and lifeless no matter how much you cram in, it is important to have a balance of textures to create a harmonious space that is visually appealing.

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TREND : MOROCCAN WEDDING BLANKETS

Known as Moroccan Wedding Blankets in the Western World, Handira are a blanket traditionally made for a bride to be by her female relatives in the Middle Atlas Mountains of Northern Morocco. The blankets are painstakingly woven over a series of weeks leading up to 'The Big Day'. Crafted out of linens, cotton, wool and metal sequins, it is said that the metal sequins are not for glamour, but instead to ward off evil spirits and bring good fortune to newly weds. The blankets patterns are often symbolic, bringing good fortune and fertility, each one personalised to the bride. Whilst the weaving takes place, the bride is taught about all the marital duties that lay ahead of her by her relatives. When the weaving has been completed, it is a gift, but also to be worn around the bride’s shoulders on the way to her husbands new home and as they cross the threshold...

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A basic guide to bathroom design // part one:

Renovating your bathroom can be a big investment but adds some major value to your home, so it is important to create a space that is functional and look fantastic for years to come.

I have put together some of the key factors I think are essential to consider when doing any bathroom renovation to ensure that you achieve an exceptional end result....

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5 small space design tips

Designing a small space has its challenges. It can also be very rewarding once you get it right. When we talk with clients, its about looking at how they can live with less but gain more. The following five tips will help you achieve just that....

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Small Space Design Focus: Garage

A client approached me to design their garage. Admittedly not a space I’ve been asked to design much. But as we live smaller, we want to gain more lifestyle. If you think of a garage, it’s an expensive piece of real estate mainly used to house two cars and personal belongings. But what if it do more than that. What if it could be a dual space as a hangout spot for both the young and old in the household?...

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Is your Lobby getting you down? 5 ways to freshen that impression

Lobbies, entrance ways, foyer, waiting room…”a room providing a space out of which one or more other rooms or corridors lead typically one near the entrance of the building.” There we go. The definition has it all. It is the one space that everyone walking into the building, goes through. It sets the tone for the entire experience that that person is about to have. Now you could just be leasing a level and share the lobby with others. If that’s the case, 7/10 times this lobby has no love, poor signage and is a generic space that was designed fifteen years ago....

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Activity Based Working - Is it for you?

Activity based working or ABW is a new generation of working that is based around a colleague carrying out their work in an active manner. This is generally away from the main station they usually would work from....

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Interior Design 101

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Interior Design 101

Next week Pocketspace Interiors will be teaching the Western Springs Auckland community with a six week course all about interior design from basic principles to technical detail on how to space plan. It's a great way to give back to the community and enrich people's lives through education and inspiration. So what better way to give, than by starting it off with a Pocketspace 101 pack filled with Resene and much more! These lucky peeps are going to love all these interior goodies! If you would like to know a certain aspect about interior design, let me know and I will right a blog about it!!

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How to design a healthy office space; why a bed is no different to a chair.

I think we should first ask the question – what is on your desk? Your desk says a lot about the way you work. Have you got mounts of unfiled paperwork, drink bottle, yesterday’s dishes, and a plant? To even begin with designing an office space, we must first tackle the habits of the inhabitant(s) of the space.  This blog is for every office, big or small, commercial or home office. If you are reading this, you either want to improve your working habits, you are a designer, or you are in authority to change your entire workspace. That’s cool, I welcome everyone to this entry. When I finished university, I never thought I would be an office designer. But you know what, I got good at it. And I love it. I have the opportunity to affect one person, or thousands, all within one organisation. So lets break it down into a few stages to help you on your way with a few #PocketspaceInteriors mantras....

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How to make a room look larger in three stages

No one likes to feel overwhelmed in a small space, yet it happens so often. How many times have you thought "I wish this room could be larger?" Well reality check it isn’t going to get any bigger, but with my help we can make it appear larger. With every space, it has at least one good thing going for it – whether it be the amount of natural light, or the shape or something existing within it. Here are a few stages to help you on your journey of transformation....

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Spotted by Pocketspace

Now this little retail nest egg, The Cheese Store, in Milford just captured my heart. From the moment you walk in you are under the spell of this quaint small store. Decked out with thin rustic wood panelling for the feature wall makes the space look intimate and lengthens the space. On the opposing wall the always cleaver blackboard helps convey quotes, tips and retail support....

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Daily Design Board

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Daily Design Board

Have a sneak peak at the Pocketspace daily board….This is where I choose a new scheme every morning to inspire me through my daily list of design work to get through. The importance of research, and tactile involvement with interior textiles and materials of the like is integral for fresh ideas that inspire my designs each and every day...

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How to choose a feature carpet

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How to choose a feature carpet

Hey team! So I've just finished selecting my carpet schedule for a collaborative space and thought I would share it with you. Loving the Shaw Contract Hex Tile. I've mixed it with a square tile to cut down overall cost of the project and to add additional shades and textural aesthetic to the space. Hex tiles or unusual shapes/coloured tiles are a great way to zone a space. Instead of using a rug as this is a high density space, i've used a coloured hex tile to create that feeling. It also helps to tie in all the colours with the entire design. We all know that I'm a colour lover....what are your thoughts?! Invigorating space you say? My thoughts exactly. Come at me productivity! 

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Compact Design - what is it?

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Compact Design - what is it?

Fundamentally, compact design is a practice in the way which we design for compact, dense spaces, but our outcome is to provide more space. This is achieved by custom joinery, space saving systems and breaking down the traditional ways of living and working to provide a more efficient way of being. A relatively new concept to the wider world of less congested cities, but nonetheless is creeping up in all the design magazines. ...

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Compact your home!

In this chapter is suppose it’s time to let you in on a few guidelines that the team at PSInteriors swear by. This isn’t a how to guideline to make you into a know-it-all designer but rather think of it as Pocketspace Interiors providing you with a tool belt, ready for you to fill it up with your projects and knowledge....

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