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By Alicia France   Rarely do we get to start completely anew with a structure and interior furnishings when building or renovating. Often budget constraints require us to find middle ground between our existing home and our ideal home, which can leave us disgruntled with the finished product. How can we make strategic decisions on



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How to achieve window ‘wow’ on a budget

By Ann-Marie Appleton   Getting your window treatments right can make or break an interior space. Believe it or not, this is a very important part of the interior. For a new build, you may be wanting to automate blinds or stack drapes back onto bare walls, to leave the window clear of drapery.  

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Getting it right – How to avoid common design mistakes

By Ann-Marie Appleton As an interior designer I am often asked, “what are the most common design mistakes people make in their home?” A cheeky answer would be “not hiring an interior designer!” Seriously though, working with qualified, experienced and trusted professionals like designers, architects and great builders from the beginning will eliminate many costly

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Mingling Old With New: Recreating your home for 2017

By Alicia France   Rarely do we get to start completely anew with a structure and interior furnishings when building or renovating. Often budget constraints require us to find middle ground between our existing home and our ideal home, which can leave us disgruntled with the finished product. How can we make strategic decisions on

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Why should I hire an Interior Designer?

Many people believe that to hire an interior designer will cost a lot of money, is only for the rich and famous, an extravagant luxury or the designer will impose their own taste on the client. However, none of this is true.   A qualified interior designer has training and experience in a wide range

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7 Interior Design Tips to Increase Your Airbnb Occupancy

By Alicia France   Have you become a Host with Airbnb, Book a Bach, TradeMe Holiday Houses or Holiday Homes? Amping up your interiors can help you increase your repeat occupancy rate, secure positive reviews & ratings, and most importantly, ensure your guests return year after year.   Themed Getaway. For potential Airbnb guests, the ability

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How To Create a Space to Suit Your Style

  By Ann-Marie Appleton Good interior design is defined as the best possible use of space, and a professional interior designer will ensure that the right decisions are made for you from the very beginning of your project. Here are three ways you can work with an interior designer from the get-go.   1. A

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Get Dapper – Your new interior look for 2017

By Alicia France 2016 saw a myriad of fun and cutting edge designs in New Zealand, some of which we see continuing strong in the new year, some of which we will leave behind. The obsession with the stark whites and blond timbers of Scandinavian minimalism will step aside to make way for bold colours

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5 Questions we dare you ask an Interior Designer before you sign with them

By Alicia France Interior designers are a capable and surprising breed.  While often viewed in error as “Décor-inas”, dealing with floral arrangements and drapes, there is a world of technical and systematic form involved in their specialisation. Interior designers can be employed in a number of different ways, from supply or consultation to project management

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8 Glamping Tips to Amp up your Summer Camping Game!

By Alicia France Soon many New Zealand families will load the trailer, pack the boot to the brim and head on a roadie to one of our country’s many gorgeous wilderness campsite destinations. Here are some tips to maximise relaxation while glamping this summer holiday. 1.Kindling & Leaf. If you haven’t already switched from hard-copy

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7 Tips to make your home feel festive in the Southern Hemisphere Holiday Season

By Alicia France  With Christmas only around the corner, we have 7 tips and tricks to help make your home feel festive in the sunshine and warmth of the Southern Hemisphere holiday season!   1.Ditch the Holly. Instead of adding evergreen accents in your home, opt for your favourite spring & summertime flowers. In late

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7 tips on how to incorporate 1920’s interior design in your living room

By Alicia France Throughout history interior design has drawn on influences from the fashion industry. What we see on the catwalk in Paris can be tracked as it makes it’s way into home décor. Valentino’s ready-wear collection this year includes modern takes on the resurgence of the beaded, opulent fashions of the 1920’s. Since the

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Trends 2016

By Georgia Langridge, Interior Designer, Frobisher Interiors   This summer we are seeing an epitome of sophistication; a trend where more is more. For a high impact, luxurious look team an elegant mix of patterns, textures and finishes, by focusing on depth of colour through plush velvets. An example of this look is deep purple

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Frobisher takes on Melbourne

By Georgia Langridge & Lucy Van Deursen, Interior Designers   There was excitement here at Frobisher HQ last week, as three of our designers tripped over to Melbourne, to  “Indesign: the event”, which took place on 12th and 13th August. The exhibition “brings together members of the design industry in a creative format that’s immersive and interactive,

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NOMADIC ECLECTICISM

By Alicia France, Interior Design Student (D&A Intern)   We are in love with the Sari wallpaper in the “Nomades” collection, designed by Elítis. This French design has 20 colour-ways, ranging from bold to neutral. Whether you’re trying to create an elegant room with hints of Eastern eclecticism or an opulent oriental theme, this collection

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Music and Mulled Wine

On Thursday 4th August we had a fantastic mid-winter event, in the company of The Christchurch Pops Choir! The cosy and warm ambience of our showroom was the perfect setting to enjoy a hot mulled wine, canapés as prepared by our own Espressory and the wonderful sounds of Pops Choir. Approximately 30 of the choir,

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Whisky and Wine Tasting Evening

Although it seems quite a while ago now, in this issue of Style Magazine, we are reminded of our wonderful Whisky & Wine Tasting evening, way back in March 2016. The evening was spent supping Mt Beautiful wines and a selection of whiskies from Whisky Galore, accompanied with food prepared by Eaton Drink Co, which perfectly

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Ryman design guru on growth path

In this season’s edition of The Ryman Times, our very own Ann-Marie was featured in an article describing the successful growth of the Ryman villages, with Frobisher alongside. We have been working collaboratively with Ryman Healthcare since 2007 and during this time, Ann-Marie has been “…creating a distinctive atmosphere in each new village with her exceptional interior design skills.”

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Frobisher Espressory

Frobisher Espressory offers high quality coffee and food to go. There’s no sitting, no waiting, just great coffee and food. Whether you work nearby or are simply passing through there is Lyttleton Coffee Co. coffee and Harney & Sons tea available to sharpen the senses. If you’re after something cold a selection of smoothies and

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Beautiful Craftmanship

By Lucy Van Deursen, Interior Designer, Frobisher Interiors   With having 6 designers at Frobisher we have the ability to provide an interior designer that creates the end result which meets your desired design brief. The scale of what we can achieve is endless from spatial plans, custom furniture and cabinetry, interior and exterior colours, commercial

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A Home Office

By Lucy Wilkie, Retail Manager, Frobisher Interiors   A home office should never lack sophistication or elegance, it is a place to retreat to and be inspired. It is important to have objects around you that inspire and set the mood, whether that be a relaxed sofa or a chic armchair – such as the

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