Marlene Hudson Interior Design Rotorua Bay of Plenty 378658 Marlene Hudson Design is a professional interior design service for home owners who are renovating or building and need guidance on how to create a unique look that suits their lifestyle, personality and budget. en-nz Marlene Hudson Design 30 Salt spray, geothermal gases, calcium, lime and iron in water ...... Are you choosing the best product for your budget and location? If you live in an area that has either sea spray or geothermal gases you need something that won’t tarnish, and if you have bore water you need to be mindful of the iron content in your water supply 009, 22 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +1300 Tiled showers require building consent? The simple answer is YES The reason why is also simple ..... as a homeowner you expect work done to your asset to be durable and protected from damage from water. Part of the building code (E3) looks at internal moisture and when tiling in bathroom areas that are wthin a water zone, either the shower, vanity or bath will need to be protected with a waterproof membrane. 006, 5 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +1300 Pantone colours forecasted for 2016 Pantone have announced Rose Quartz and Serenity to the the 'on trend' colours this year 004, 21 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +1300 Soft textural fabrics and wallpapers If you like calm interiors then take a serious look at this new collection. It has just been relased to the NZ market and the colours are defintiely perfect for our love of the outdoors. By not using strong colour or pattern to frame your windows the view is unobstructed. 020, 14 May 2015 00:00:00 +1200 Fresh looks for spring/summer bedlinen Lavoro D'Amore collection - translation - 'labour of love'. This gorgeous new collection of fine linens embodies the ethos Biancia Lorenne have to produce luxury items. Spoil yourself with a prettily dressed bed 047, 18 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +1300 Beautiful wool flannel weaves Soft but hard-wearing wool flannel weaves in plains, stripes and check in over 30 colours are avaiable for your stylish upholstery or curtains 045, 5 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +1300 Combine light with water inside the shower What happens when a designer gets cleaver and combines water and light into the one fitting ….. 044, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +1300 New collection of extremely versatile textured upholstery fabrics This handsome collection has tweedy chenille weaves, a chunky structured weave with a slight lustrous sheen, a striking multi coloured textural weave with an iridescent aspect. 044, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +1300 Caesarstone have added more colours to their range Inspired by the worlds most beautiful natural marble, Caesarstone have added new colours to their range 042, 17 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +1300 As seen in many design magazines - wooden pendants This beautiful range of wooden pendants are now back in stock. 042, 13 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +1300 New wallpapers and fabrics This new collection has large scale patterns, some inspired by nature (marble and magnolia) and some a throw back to the 60s The colours range from soft and subtle to dramatic and dark. I think there are multiple uses for these … teenagers bedrooms, commercial areas, statement entrances, bedrooms, living rooms … are you tempted? Contact me for further details 041, 10 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +1300 2014 kitchen trends from Eurocucina The following information was shared at this years Eurocucina kitchen design fair in Milan, Italy. 039, 23 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +1200 Gorgeous metal side tables Slender microarchitectures generate small “compositive tribes” that mark the space in an incisive way. The shade of the metals tremble on the circular surfaces, thin as legs that create the illusion of continuous transparent wings. 032, 6 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +1200 2014 trend for level entry showers Homeowners are looking to embellish their shower experience and thats creating a trend towards level entry showers and larger space within the shower 032, 6 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +1200 New fabric collection - Khalo Weaves and Textures The Khalo Weaves collection was influenced by Native American textiles and encompasses simplistic plains, checks and stripes. These textural woven designs have an organic, natural feel that works perfectly with the siple beauty of Scion's Wabi Sabi and Melinki collections that we also have samples of. 020, 16 May 2014 00:00:00 +1200 Caring for your duvet inner As we head into the cooler months now would be a good time to air your duvet inner. 017, 23 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +1200 2014 changes modern to modest 2014 softens the 'modern' style to a modest one with a relaxed feeling - the industrial look which was popular in 2013 will be softened this year 017, 22 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +1200 2014 free standing bath tubs A trend coming through in bathrooms is that homeowners are choosing free standing tubs over boxed in baths. 016, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +1200 Kitchen working triangle Designing and planning a kitchen layout is critical to how successful the finished result will perform. Many things need to be considered; traffic flow, ergonomics, storage, resale, visual aesthetics (colours and products). 005, 28 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +1300 Christmas colour theme What colours will be your christmas theme for 2013? The traditional red and green or something more modern? 048, 26 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +1300 How to make a room feel bigger If you want to make a space feel bigger than it is, then the following elements of colour and texture will help you achieve that goal Choose colours that reflect lots of light - use the LRV indicators on paint charts and aim to be in the range of 80 - 100 047, 18 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +1300 How tidy are you? The human body has been designed in a symmetrical way. If you draw a line from the middle of your forehead down to your toes you will find that the left side is a mirror image of whats on the right side. We are used to seeing things in pairs and with symmetrical balance. Often our interiors are organized in the same way. 047, 18 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +1300 Choosing your carpet is a good place to start The cost of replacing your floor coverings is the third highest cost within an interior. 039, 23 Sep 2013 00:00:00 +1200 Exterior colours A current trend is to paint the exterior of houses dark colours. But should you? 037, 13 Sep 2013 00:00:00 +1200 Tiled showers When planning a shower cubicle or wet room what things do you need to consider with a tiled shower? 036, 3 Sep 2013 00:00:00 +1200 Curtain linings When updating or purchasing new curtains for your home consider the linings. A good lining will protect your furnishings and improve durability of the curtain fabric by adding body to the drape, it will also help prevent mildew, insulate the room, reduce the noise from outside, and some will 'black out' the room Using a separate lining will create an air pocket between the fabrics which performs better than thermal linings. 034, 23 Aug 2013 00:00:00 +1200 Sustainable design Green and sustainable design is here to stay. The number one trend for 2013 will be to create a healthy living environment, free of toxins and harsh chemicals. More and more homeowners are taking advantage of incentives to evaluate their home’s energy efficiency and overall performance. Upgrade trends include the use of low VOC materials to improve indoor air quality, testing combustion safety, and radon mitigation. 022, 29 May 2013 00:00:00 +1200 Living in your home for longer Living In Your Home Longer/Multi-Generational Living With many certified aging-in-place specialists, there is a growing trend to help aging baby boomers safely “grow old” in their homes, for as long as possible. Watch for easy kitchen and bath upgrades to enhance functionality, comfort and safety. 021, 21 May 2013 00:00:00 +1200 Texture and sparkle Bedazzled may find its way into home décor and design as homeowners seek a blend of classic textures and colors with pops of bold color and elements of sparkle. Glossy glass tile backsplashes and sparkle on polished nickel fixtures trend in 2013. 020, 13 May 2013 00:00:00 +1200 Bathroom stone Synonymous with luxury, Calacatta marble will find its way into both traditional and contemporary bathrooms. Calacatta is a rarer stone than Carrara marble, but is quarried in the same region. It is valued for a whiter background and bolder grey veins. What are your thoughts on this stone? 019, 10 May 2013 00:00:00 +1200 Kitchen vacuum Just discovered this great idea that can be retrofitted into existing kitchens What do you think? Just sweep mess towards the CabbyVac, kick the switch and its sucked away. Sounds brilliant Available in white, black or silver to suit your kickboard. Long lasting 3 layer filter bag with 4.5 litres capacity. Powerful 1000w motor Can be installed in 20 minutes into any new or existing cabinet. Made in Australia and has a 2 year warranty This might also be great in bathroom vani 018, 4 May 2013 00:00:00 +1200 Charcoal is the new black? Colour palette - Charcoal is the new black! 2013 will find this silky color everywhere as it blends the right amount of chocolate, grey and a touch of green. In 2012 I did a few colour schemes for some clients using greys and they look very smart and unlike black they are softer Do you prefer black or grey? 018, 2 May 2013 00:00:00 +1200 Orla Keily products available from us Samples of these fabulous fabrics and wallpapers and rugs are now available to view and purchase Where would you use these in your home? They add colour and fun into your interior 017, 24 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +1200 2013 Stylish kitchens Goodbye double-sinks, hello deep single-bowl sinks. With accessories such as fitted colanders and dish drains, deep single-bowl sinks have all the benefits of a divided sink, plus the large size to actually fit that roasting pan or those baking sheets into the sink all at once. Stainless is still popular, but the quartz composites are a great value and durable option. Do you think this will happen in NZ? A large single sink means that more bench space is available ... your thoughts? 017, 24 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +1200 2013 splash backs Glass mosaic tile is on the way out. Taking its place are glass/stone/tile mosaic composites that can add more texture and visual interest and that tie in more readily with stone or quartz countertops. Be on the lookout for back-painted, solid glass panel backsplashes in contemporary settings, which provides an ultra-clean, almost ethereal look to a polished, modern kitchen setting. 016, 16 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +1200 2013 Timber flooring Pre-finished woods provide a hard, durable finish, are an installation time saver, and eliminate the sanding dust dilemma. Engineered wood floors are also compatible with under-floor heating systems, a big plus in cold climates. 015, 12 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +1200 2013 kitchen bench tops Granite has been dethroned. While granite isn’t going away and still has many die-hard fans, the new king of countertops will be quartz composite — the closest thing to no maintenance, bullet-proof countertop materials available today. Quartz tops include, corian, ceasarstone, infinity, silestone, laminam 014, 4 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +1300 2013 kitchen cabinets A clean, simple, contemporary look will be popular with homeowners who want to economise and eliminate unnecessary clutter and fussy details that equate to high maintenance and complicated living. 013, 27 Mar 2013 00:00:00 +1300 Trends forecasted for 2013 Pantone colour for 2013 - Emerald Green What will this mean for you? For over the past decade beige and taupe have been the fashionable colours. They will still be used as neutrals give a great backdrop to an interior and allow punches of colour for different seasons and trends. Green is also a neutral and with it being named the Pantone colour for 2013 we should see more green in advertising, interiors and accessories. Keep checking this page for more updates 012, 19 Mar 2013 00:00:00 +1300 Control your shower temperature Here is the ultimate home spa product - it is possible to dial up the exact temperature you like your shower to be set to. Never again will you need to spend time getting the shower to the temperature you like after someone else has used your shower and these thermostats will also maintain a constant temperature no matter how many toilets or taps are used during your shower. Sounds blissful? Send us an inquiry 029, 19 Jul 2012 00:00:00 +1200 Mixing of styles Its definitely good design to mix styles. This will add interest to a room and the best way to create unity is to repeat as many of the following elements; colour, shape, materials for example have wood in all the pieces. This image demonstrates this well - the curves and colours connect all of the pieces 029, 18 Jul 2012 00:00:00 +1200 Solutions for corner drawers The following images show 4 solutions. Each is filled with the same items however you will see that one clearly has the ability to take more items and hold the heaviest weight 021, 20 May 2012 00:00:00 +1200 Adding layers to your bed With the temperature dropping at night many people will consider changing sheets to brushed cotton and adding more duvets, blankets, comforters. 020, 13 May 2012 00:00:00 +1200 Cooler weather approaches Prepare your home for colder, darker days. Keeping heat inside is important and the best way to stop heat from escaping through your glass windows is to install good curtains, blinds. You will get the best insulation from lined drapes, meaning, choose the fabric for the colours, textures and patterns you want to see and have a separate lining attached. It is also possible to clean these fabrics without damaging them. 020, 13 May 2012 00:00:00 +1200