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Home Living : July 17th 2012
MB HLF - HOME LIVING: NORTH WEST, Tuesday, July 17, 2012 1 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.'' 4577 7474 www.arcticair.com.au TRADE IN your old air conditioner! $200 cash back for split systems & $400 cash back for ducted systems Upon purchase of a new air conditioning system! 2250432 8/11 *Discounts off R.R.P. on selected ranges only while stocks last. Offer supercedes previous offers. PROMO CODE: NORTHWEST 30521 60% OFF * UP TO WINTER SALE! 30 years of local manufacturing. Best quality and price guaranteed. SYDNEY BLINDS & SCREENS Ph: 9636 1555 SHOWROOM: 26 STODDART RD, PROSPECT (Monday-- Friday & Sunday) Check out our NEW website at www.sydneyblinds.com.au FREE quotes ALL suburbs We offer a range of Gable and Flat Awnings and Carports, Conservatories and Sunrooms, designed to suit your needs and your budget. FREE QUOTES Phone 9627 1922 Interest Free terms - conditions apply Awning with Gable (6000x3000) $4340 Screen Enclosure with Glass Wall (6000x3000) $7000 Unit 1, 58-60 Melbourne Road (Cnr Brisbane Rd) Riverstone www.adamsnewdawnliving.com.au Improve the value of your home 2198222 19/06 WINTER SPECIAL Over 25 years
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