Doing Interior Design The Easy Way

Interior design comes easily to some people yet it can be so hard for others. For me, putting colours together comes easily and I love being brave and experimental with bold new combinations. It helps, of course , that I work with colour all day every day AND that I have a healthy obsession with miniature interiors where I get to experiment a lot with crazy pattern on pattern...  But I also love collaborating with interior designers and responding to a design brief.

Here's a fun example where I privileged to work with Yvette Parker from StudioY Interior Design in Whangarei. She did all the hard work deciding on colour themes, upholstery fabrics and even paint for the walls and other features and she contacted me to create custom work to match her vision. She showed me her mood boards and fabric samples that she created for a showhome project/prize house in Mangawhai and I took colour samples and mental notes of how I could add some interesting features with some Art. Can you believe the Heart Foundation actually gave this entire house away as a prize? Admittedly I bought a raffle ticket but sadly didn't win. Still the process of working with Yvette was still an amazing win for me.  

Why is working with an interior designer so easy? Well, you can provide your own samples of what you like from magazines or show rooms in houses you admire and then they do the work in 'distilling' the essence of what you are imagining. They then do the leg work for you sourcing furniture, furnishings and other details (like Art by me!) to an agreed budget and then they put it all together for you including styling it to look amazing if you need them to. Easy eh?

Here are some highlights from my easy interior design experience with working with Yvette.

This room had some lovely green accents and it was really fun adding some watercolour leaf paintings in 'just the right green' to help make everything tie in. I think Yvette did a great job matching the deep green tones with some nice natural textures and houseplants. 

This room had some lovely green accents and it was really fun adding some watercolour leaf paintings in 'just the right green' to help make everything tie in. I think Yvette did a great job matching the deep green tones with some nice natural textures and houseplants. 

Delicious paintings. These are all on archival paper and signed by me - see the scribbly bits in the corners - that's my distinctively scribbly KW mark. 

Delicious paintings. These are all on archival paper and signed by me - see the scribbly bits in the corners - that's my distinctively scribbly KW mark. 

An interesting aspect of this interior design opportunity was that the house was designed to be a show home/example build so needed to be staged with everyone in mind. Consequently the art needed to be relatively subtle and ideally local. So for this wall Yvette repurposed a vintage frame and asked me to paint a local landscape. I chose the local Mangawhai landscape and painted the details from postcards. I added some touches of blush and gold to complement the natural tones in the interior design vision as well as to bring out the gold in the frame. It was really exciting to see this piece in situ. 

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Getting it right... I needed to put the fabrics next to the painting to make sure everything was going to work together before I handed them all over for Yvette to start styling/home staging with.

Getting it right... I needed to put the fabrics next to the painting to make sure everything was going to work together before I handed them all over for Yvette to start styling/home staging with.

For the next feature I removed some of my background patterns on my wall decals and printed my native birds on a plain deep green ombre background for some square frames Yvette already had ready for me. I took samples from the green in the upholstery you can see on the cushions and the feature chair in the corner that Yvette had reupholstered for the project. 

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Normally my native bird decals have my native New Zealand flora pattern in the background. So I replaced this with a subtle ombre in greens to match Yvette's vision.

Normally my native bird decals have my native New Zealand flora pattern in the background. So I replaced this with a subtle ombre in greens to match Yvette's vision.

I love the ombre green subtlety in this custom Huia tondo print. It was a pleasure working with such nuances of green.

I love the ombre green subtlety in this custom Huia tondo print. It was a pleasure working with such nuances of green.

So interior design doesn't need to be so hard - especially when there are professionals around who can help you put things together AND artists, like me, who don't mind mixing things up a bit to match your dream.

You can check out more of Yvette's lovely work here - and don't worry - she's just as much into colour as me! See! I love pink things and house plants too... dreamy.

If you want custom Art for your project - get in touch! I love customising my work to match your vision. If you are an Interior Designer looking for artists to work with too, then you know who to call.