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Home Living : April 10th 2012
MB HLS - HOME LIVING: SOUTH, Tuesday, April 10, 2012 3 HOME TREND CREATING KASBAH AMBIENCE HOW TO SOUK IT UP AT HOME Susan Redman Be inspired by Moroccan design, with these mosaic tables, lanterns, ceramic tagines and iron chairs and screens all from Metroscope. SOME would think that interior designers' love affair with exotic Eastern and Middle Eastern styles might be starting to wane, but what's been happening lately is a revamping of 'ethnic' trends. Extending the aesthetics of this intrinsically rich approach to in- terior design, decorators have ap- plied the look to new rooms in the home, including outdoor enter- tainment areas. They have also been integrating vintage discoveries with new fab- rications and materials, and even a pastiche of elements, from tiles to textiles. Here are five great ideas to get the look: Carve it up Fine fretwork is distinctly Mid- dle Eastern. Install a wooden fra- med vintage window on the wall for an artwork or a finely tooled and decorated wooden or silver framed mirror. Metallic finish Display shiny, reflective feature homewares such as large platters made from etched and beaten silver, bronze lanterns and tealights or copper lamps. Go geometric From tiles in the bathroom to large pavers outdoors, choose colourful geometric patterns, es- pecially those with cobalt blue, a favourite chroma on mosque domes. Earthy textiles From blood red dhurries to ochre-coloured earthenware and dusty olive green and jewel- inspired turquoise, choose vivid colours that reflect a fascination with life in the Middle East. Modern mosaics Especially attractive in paving but equally good-looking in the bathroom, rustic handmade or crafted tiles fitted together in a mosaic pattern add charm to chill- out spaces and courtyards. DECOR MEDINA MOOD LIGHTING IDEAS Silver Streak lantern from Metroscope. LIGHTING THE WAY A great way to introduce an exotic element into any room's decor is to set the mood with lighting. Here are some options: Kasbah Candles Arrange groups of low lights in your home with scented rosewater candles, or candles infused with other traditional perfumes of the Middle East, such as sandalwood. Arabian Tealights Pretty tealights that have a Middle Eastern appeal are often in jewell-coloured glass or printed with delicately patterned prints, in silver or gold ink, depicting stylised natural forms. Shadow Play Multi-stained glass panelled lan- terns coloured with emerald, in- digo, amber and ruby panes, trans- form any room. While they are not suitable for work areas, these traditional light fittings and shades are perfect for living areas and bedrooms. BUILT IN WARDROBES FACTORY DIRECT PRICES BUILT IN WARDROBES FACTORY DIRECT PRICES PH: 9890 7477 PH: 9890 7477 • FREE MEASURE & QUOTE • LIFETIME GUARANTEE Made to suit your budget & needs • Style • Service • Variety • Full range • Accessories • Hinged Doors • Sliding Doors • Over 20 years exp. Sydney Wardrobe Company Pty. Ltd www.sydneywardrobe.com.au Lic: 185628C 2152887i hlw wk40 2116284 10/4 Solar Rebate Reducing Soon Show Room: Unit 1/7 Enterprise cct Prestons www.solarbright.com.au Call Now 9607 2440 -- Free Consultation SOLAR HOT WATER System Fully Installed $3230 No Gimmicks, Just Genuine Savings • Reduce your electricity bill • Take advantage of $4242 rebates • Don t risk your warranty, deal with an ESTABLISHED & ACCREDITED COMPANY. Package Deal Buy Solar Hot Water + Solar Power Systems For Only $3699 Save $831 SOLAR POWER System fully installed $1300 Sydney Metro Installation Only, Meter connection extra. Prices after rebates. Prices include standard installations. Terms & Conditions apply, see in store for details. While stock lasts
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