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Home Living : July 17th 2012
Inside TURN HEAT UP IN STYLE KITCHENS GO DIGITAL WINTER TIPS FOR POOLS ORIENTAL TOUCH CHINESE ARTEFACTS ADD BEAUTY Susan Redman Details: orienthouse.net.au, 9660 3895; karenakers.com.au; Chinese sideboard from addplus.com.au Interior designer Karen Ackers has used Chinese artefacts from Orient House, including a Chinese elm console, yellow temple jars and white candlesticks, in her decoration of this hallway. Picture: THOMAS DALHOFF ASIAN STYLE Select a feature colour or two from a traditional palette, such as red, turquoise, tan, black, gold or yellow. Pair with contemporary neutrals. Show off the real texture of materials, such as the wood grain of timbers or the wear of natural stone. Introduce good luck with decorative potted bamboo plants or bonsai in picturesque willow-patterned or earthy- coloured glazed pots. Adding symbols or statues of sacred animals, such as elephants, tigers or pandas, will display an interest in strength and prosperity. Partitions and screens can cordon off untidy areas. Complement antiques with contemporary Chinese art that explores the popular culture of this ancient land. Use subdued lighting with a few large lanterns. DECORATING IT seems Asian styles fall in and out of favour, depend- ing on where the strength of our trade or tourist dollar lies. Over the past decade Japanese and Balinese decors have faded in popu- larity but on the ascent is a Chinese look that is enjoy- ing particular favour. In every suburban shop- ping hub across Sydney there are stores full of Chinese furniture. There are inexpensive re- productions of old styles, new versions accommodat- ing modern practicalities, such as entertainment units, and pricier recon- figured antiques, which are part of old cupboards and doors cut to fit new frames. There are also beautiful antiques displayed as pieces of art in inner-city show- rooms and antique centres. These cost a pretty penny but come with a priceless back-story, sometimes of historical significance. Jenny Liebson from Orient House in Glebe start- ed importing Chinese an- tiques with her husband, Adam, about 15 years ago when there was an abun- dance of excellent pieces. ''Over this time, the Chinese themselves have developed an interest in their own history and culture and it is becoming much harder to find good quality pieces,'' Liebson says. ''Prices are on the increase, too.'' Orient House is open to the public but it's also a first-stop for interior de- signers sourcing unusual Chinese artefacts and furni- ture for clients' homes. ''Each piece is hand selected with particular attention given to design, character and quality,'' Liebson says. ''Incorporating Chinese an- tiques in the modern Aust- ralian home creates a sim- ple elegance.'' Award-winning interior designer Karen Ackers be- lieves that Asian styles work well with the Aust- ralian lifestyle. ''Our cli- mate, indoor and outdoor living and style of housing all allow Asian styles to flourish,'' she says. ''Adding Chinese antiques creates a sense of history sometimes lacking in our homes.'' MB HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, July 17, 2012 1 Sail & Awning Lic# 140327C Sails • External Blinds • Clear PVC Blinds Outdoor Heaters • Folding Arm Awnings Wind-rated Umbrellas • Factory Showroom CREATIVE CANVAS PTY LTD Unit 33, 5 Ponderosa Parade, Warriewood 9979 6477 www.creativecanvas.com.au 2046728 2/5 CUSTOM AWNINGS & BLINDS Solutions to suit your Lifestyle supershades.com.au 9938 4377 Showroom 1/9 Powells Rd Brookvale email@example.com Upgrade forFREE to a 63mm slat of our Ecowood range Roller & Roman Blinds Up to 25% off Curtains - Up to 30% off Winter Super Sale Conditions Apply. Discounts apply to selective ranges only. While Stocks Last. Metropolitan Built-in Wardrobes Pty Ltd FREE MEASURE & QUOTE SHOWROOM OPEN 6 DAYS Mon- Fri 8.00am - 4.00pm Sat 8.00am - 12.30pm T: 9763 5899, F: 9763 5877 www.metropolitanwardrobes.com.au Unit 6, 1-15 Wentworth Rd Nth, Homebush (off Bellona Ave) 15 YEARS GUARANTEED 2141582i hln wk39 Lic. 137155c 2078086 17/7 Turn your dreams into reality Rodney Binet 0412 822 608 Ann Chen 0404 888 198 2IÀFH 9868 3222 www.binethomes.com.au 45 YEARS EXPERIENCE EXCELLENT VALUE FOR MONEY GREAT RESALE VALUE MULTI AWARD WINNING BUILDER Love where you live, but need a new home? SPECIALISING IN Z New homes Z .QRFN GRZQ UHEXLOG VHUYLFH Z +RXVH ODQG SDFNDJHV Z 'XSOH[ GXDO RFFXSDQF\ GHYHORSPHQWV Z )XOO EULFN EULFN YHQHHU FRQVWUXFWLRQ Z ,Q ODZ DFFRPPRGDWLRQ KRPHV FREE QUOTE Display Home .DPEDK 3ODFH :HVW 3HQQDQW +LOOV Inspection Times :HGQHVGD\ )ULGD\ SP _ 6DWXUGD\ 6XQGD\ SP
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