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Design Directions

October 2011  

In This Issue
African Inspiration
How Are Your Bones

Welcome to the eigth exciting issue of Design Directions keeping you in touch with the latest news with both Avalon Interiors and the design industry.

If there are any topics or trends you would like to read more about, or have heard of a new and interesting product you'd like to share with all my readers, please feel free to contact me at tracy@avalonInteriors.com and I'll respond in a future issue.

Looking forward to hearing from you and keeping you up to date on the latest happenings in the design world,

Kind regards,

Tracy Kundell,

Avalon Interiors


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 African Inspiration  


I  recently returned from the trip of a lifetime to Africa. I came back with so many lasting memories and new design inspirations.
All of my "Out of Africa" visions came to fruition and then some. The standout resorts for me were Mashatu Private Game Reserve in Botswana, Bushman's Kloof  and Londolozi in South Africa and the Royal Livingstone in Zambia.
The design styles ranged from Dutch colonial to Global/Urban African chic. Londolozi used the creative designs of interior designer Yvonne O'Brian from the Private House Company and as one designer to another I am in love with her style! It's kind of like Ralph Lauren meets Brian Gluckstein. Simple accessories such as strands of beaded shells on stands, grass cloth walls,  Zebra and Springbok hide ottomans and area rugs, simple yet beautifully stained, smooth concrete floors and fabulous over scaled herringbone sisal's along with handcrafted details like sewn on buttons to toss pillows, intricate wire art, and carved Ostrich eggs all finish off the laid back layered African style.

Londolozi Granite Camp

Shelled accessories

I risked our 35lb baggage weight limit (sorry guys I did cheat a smidge) and brought home some fabulous finds that bring a smile to my face everyday. The variety of artisans surprised me and a few standouts that I discovered while there I will be blogging about soon but here is a quick peek at some of my favorites. Sculptor, Donald Greig, I discovered at  Bushman's Kloof and took home a similar baboon to this bronze who graces a book on my side table.
Donald Greig Baboon
I found Philippe Bousquet's unique art through a gallery in Graskop, a vibrant artists community in the Drakensburg Mountains. His youthful take on childhood toys turns lights into life size robots. This family of life-size robots includes mom, dad, child & two dogs. I have already put in an order for a dog!
                           Robot lights
The end result is that I am love with this style and I need a new home to decorate so we are selling ours. African chic here I come! Anybody need a nice French country styled home?

How Are Your Bones?


When you are starting a new design project, the first thing you must do is assess the bones of your space. The bones of a room are the shape and details that are a part of its structure. Unless you are remodeling, there are limits on what you can do with the shape and architectural interests of a room. The best thing to do is to enhance the positive elements in this category, and camouflage, hide, or downplay the negative elements.


The bones include the ceiling, all walls, archways and shapes of doorways, doors, built-ins, fireplaces, moldings and baseboards, and unusual elements such as stone or tongue and groove walls.


You must first look closely at each of these elements, and, considering the function of the room, determine which features should be embellished, accented, hidden, or played down. Most homeowners find this easier to do with the help of a professional.


The very best way to begin a good diagnosis of a room is to remove all of the furnishings. If it is not feasible (or desirable) to remove all of the furnishings and accessories from your room, it's even more important to seek the help of an interior designer. A professional designer has the experience to see the bones for what they are, and make decisions for enhancing and improving the look of the room.


If you are starting a new design project for a room, and you are not planning to remodel the space, you will have a better result if you remember this: The bones are there to stay, and you must design or decorate with the bones in mind first.





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Tracy Kundell,

Avalon Interiors

"Building Your Vision Better Than Imagined"

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