9/29/2013

That Sofa Costs How Much?!

Jimmy Lousich Bespoke Plush Candy Apple Chaise and Cube
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It is fair to say that we Kiwis love a bargain. And certainly, with the lowering of import duties and the resultant flood of cheap furniture that has spread its way across the country, we might be fooled into the idea that we are indeed saving money. Sadly this is not the case.

Blinded by thrift, it is easy to lose an eye for detail, a nose for quality and frankly, one's taste! In an effort to save a penny, we are purchasing uncomfortable furniture of dubious manufacture that is intended to last a couple of years at best. Oh, how our Grandparents would roll...

Investing in a well made sofa will always prove its worth it in the long run. A classic design, made using the best materials and top notch construction is without doubt the best value decision you can make.

Take a $3000 sofa and compare it with one that costs $7000. Why pay the extra? Ask the following questions and you will usually get your answer.

  • Is it a bespoke item made by trained craftsmen?
  • What is the frame made of?
  • Do I have a choice of foams and fills to suit my personal comfort level?
  • What is the quality level of the finish?
  • Will the manufacturer modify the design to make it suitable for my particular physical dimensions?
  • Will the upholstery not only suit my aesthetic requirements but also meet my expectations from a practical perspective?
  • Does the furniture come with a guarantee and if so, for how long?
  • If something does go wrong, is the manufacturer available locally to quickly correct the issue?
  • Is it a classic design that will stand the test of time?

At Trove, we think the smart money is on buying once and buying well. Finding yourself smitten by a couch is one thing, but the key to a long lasting relationship is understanding the love and craftsmanship that has gone into the creation of a bespoke item of furniture, made especially for you.

9/26/2013

Sweet Dreams

Designers Guild Oranienbaum Bedlinen
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Fancy sleeping in style? At Trove Interior Design we believe that everyone should have the bedroom of their dreams. From gorgeous to grand, romantic to radical chic, our designers are here to magic you the boudoir of your most intimate fantasies. Whether you are after a room in which to seduce your lover or simply a retreat to hide in when the maddening crowd gets too much, Trove will deliver your hearts desire.

With the finest bespoke custom made items and exclusive international ready-to-sleep ranges, we offer an exhaustive range of bedroom furniture and linen. Throw in our exquisite wallpapers, lighting and window treatments and we will have you sleeping like royalty in no time at all. In fact, one of our clients recently informed us that he was convinced his bedroom would be quite at home in Buckingham Palace. High praise indeed.  

Tassels And Trims

YSL Palais Suede Ankle Boots
With minimalism finally on the wane, we are seeing a return to the "more is more" school of decorating.

We at Trove Interior Design are loving all the new passementerie trims being released as a result. Fantastic for embellishing everything from cushions to lampshades and furniture, we were interested to note that Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Louboutin are using cords and tassels to trick up their latest shoe designs.

Gorgeous New Fornasetti

Cole and Son's Fornasetti Promenade Wallpaper... With a rogue monkey!
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Fornasetti, the world's wittiest and most whimsical wallpaper designer. At Trove Interior Design we are huge fans and are pleased to announce that we have just taken possession of Cole and Son's brand new release, Fornasetti II.

Brimming with wild and wonderful papers, this new collection is even better than the last one.

Decoupaging Fornasetti papers onto a boring piece of furniture to magic it into a fantastic piece will liven any dull interior. Or take a leaf out Fornasetti's own book and use one paper as a base paper while cutting shapes from another to create a completely original new look.

Finding Pleasure in the Beauty of Every Day Objects

Vintage Royal Albert Virginia Pattern Butterfly Handled Tea Trio
 
The difference between a house and a home is often found in the collections of personal treasures that weave their way into your life over time.

While many of us opt for showy pieces of art or objet, collections of every day items, when taken from a unique perspective, can add tremendous design value to an interior at a reasonable cost. The pleasure of finding these pieces is an added spin off!

Trove's Design Director, Daniella, has a thing for butterfly handled teacups. Produced in the nineteen twenties and thirties, these delicate and gorgeous bone china dainties have also turned out to be a good investment often selling on eBay for over $500 a trio.

Inspirational Kid's Bedrooms

All About Me Collection by Harlequin Designer Fabrics and Wallcoverings
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Kids clamouring for a brilliant bedroom?

The all new All About Me collection from Harlequin has just arrived at the Trove Interior Design studio in Ponsonby and we love it!

Presented in a handy book format, All About Me is positively bristling with fabulously quirky wallpapers and textiles for pint sized design purists.

Our favourite fabric in the collection has to be Chocks Away, an amazing appliqu├ęd and embroidered cloth featuring helicopters and aeroplanes but there is plenty to delight the girls as well.

Contact one of Trove's designers today and let us treat you to a glimpse of the latest in kid chic.

A Symphony In Leather

Jimmy Lousich Fleur du Pearl Chair
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Love beautiful? So do we.

Trove Interior Design is proud to offer our valued clients furniture by bespoke furniture designer, Jimmy Lousich.

Jimmy's exquisitely handcrafted leather pieces are highly sought after by both local and international collectors and aesthetes. He was recently invited to exhibit his Fleur du Pearl chair in conjunction with world renowned furniture manufacturers, Angelo Cappellini Italia, at the Milan Furniture Fair.

Furniture by Jimmy Lousich regularly features in many of Europe's most prestigious design publications including a recent spread in Vogue Living Italia.

Internationally, Jimmy is viewed as a creator of up and coming design icons. Purchasing one of his creations today is to make an investment in New Zealand's design future and to give yourself the gift of owning something truly precious and unique.

At the Trove Design Studio we have two of Jimmy's La Fleur de Coco chairs on display. These were created as part of a collaborative project between our Design Director, Daniella Norling and Jimmy Lousich. Please feel free to come and view these chairs and have a chat with Daniella about getting a piece of Jimmy Lousich magic for your home or offices.