The Pink Room

#8: Don't reuse your candy canes

Evie Kemp
Michelle's gold tree - and 'feathered bath sponges'.

Michelle's gold tree - and 'feathered bath sponges'.

It's Christmas whether you like it or not. Time to plan your tree(s) and treats, but don't forget to nap!

We talk a lot about having a lovely Christmas but it's really important to spread the love. Since recording this we've found ChristmasBox.co.nz where you can gift food to families in New Zealand, and sponsors match your donations so a little goes a long way. ❤️ Please feel free to share in the comments other ways people can help others at this time of year.

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#7: Vulnerability hangover

Evie Kemp

Vaginas, naps, op-shopping, and mental health. Evie & Michelle cover a bit of everything, including rules, rule-breaking, vignettes, upholstery and styling with plants. 

Michelle's newly upholstered chairs and artwork from The Virtue

Michelle's newly upholstered chairs and artwork from The Virtue

#6: Faff Friday & being true to yourself

Evie Kemp

It almost didn't happen due to recording issues, but the backup track saved us. Michelle gives highlights from the recent Ladies, Wine & Design evening in New Plymouth, and Evie offers a peak into the upcoming Ceres Organics Peruvian pop-up restaurant with Nadia Lim! It ends up being a conversation about change and passion. 

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#5: A fling with lilac, and other trends

Evie Kemp

Trends for 2018. What is in (lilac), and more importantly, what is out. Evie & Michelle give their take on predictions for 2018. They also discuss the NZ Fashion Week and Evie's visit to the 70th anniversary of Dior exhibition recently opened at the NGV in Melbourne. What's more, there's a new Junk & Disorderly!

Michelle Blanchard's house of marble. Photographed by Jane Ussher.

Michelle Blanchard's house of marble. Photographed by Jane Ussher.

Who remembers the floor to ceiling matching Laura Ashley?

Who remembers the floor to ceiling matching Laura Ashley?

#4: Op-shop karma

Evie Kemp

Pre-loved treasures! Why we love them and where to find them. Michelle & Evie discuss op-shopping and the rules of the game.

This episode features a LOT of recommendations for documentaries, as apparently when we're not thrift shopping - we're watching movies.

A good friend thrifts and pick with you, a true friend helps you hide the stash when you get home.
Michelle's $5 Brass Chairs

Michelle's $5 Brass Chairs

If you wait until you have enough money to decorate and make your home your own it will never happen. If you wait until you can afford to buy everything new you are missing the point. It is the old, the new, the made, the hand-me-down, the collected, the worn (but loved) things in your home that make it your own.
— Stacy Risenmay
Evie's $100 Zebrawood sofa.

Evie's $100 Zebrawood sofa.

It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become.
— Dr Seuss
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Removing the object from its surroundings to imagine in your own home - this is so key, things are totally brought down by the things around them. You have to look at them independently. We've summarised tips for op shopping here. 

Michelle's $250 Ottoman/Slat Sofa Bed

Michelle's $250 Ottoman/Slat Sofa Bed

#3: Colour

Evie Kemp

Evie and Michelle talk all things colour. Your colour type. Basic colour theory. Rules to balance your rooms. Colour inspirations, challenges, and what's the deal with red?

No room is complete without something red in it.
— Gil Walsh

 

  • The 3 main types of colour adopters
    • Monochromers, Colour Schemers, Rainbow Brights
  • Basic colour theory
  • The 60-30-10 rule
  • The rule of 3
    • Read two elements as flat, 3 gives so much more dimension.
  • Miles Redd @milesredd - Master of using red in interiors.
  • Michelle’s orange quote: "The colour orange radiates warmth and happiness, combining the physical energy and stimulation of red with the cheerfulness of yellow.  Orange relates to gut reaction of red or the mental reaction of yellow." Read more here.
"We tend to create our homes around colours that resonate with us psychologically and/or are part of our seasonal personality pallet (we all belong to 1 or 4 personality groups wich also correspond to a season) however we tend to dress as we wish to be seen or as retailers dictate (at the moment everything is black and white, which is nice and safe for them), rather than the colours that support us physically and psychologically.  Of course Orange and Pink each have their own physical effect and your draw towards them may also be as a result of how you are currently feeling.  Colour psychology is a fascinating and revealing subject! Book References Jane recommends are Colour Psychology and Colour Therapy by Faber Birren. -- Jane Ashton @janeashton_design

#2: Art

Evie Kemp

Evie & Michelle talk art. How to pick it, where to find it, how much to spend, and how to make it look its best. 

Art is the most intense mode of individualism the world has ever known.
— Oscar Wilde
Evie's Hans Christian Anderson print.

Evie's Hans Christian Anderson print.

#1: Defining personal style

Evie Kemp

Evie Kemp and Michelle Matangi love interiors and see their own homes as a reflection of themselves. In this episode Evie and Michelle delve into defining your personal style, which is key to producing a stunning interior design.

A strong aesthetic means understanding what you like, what you value, and having the confidence to convey it.
— Lauren Liess