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Home Living : July 17th 2012
MB HLW - HOME LIVING: WEST, Tuesday, July 17, 2012 1 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.'' Seen any great ideas? Tell us at email@example.com MUSTARD MATEPhat Ottoman Oval Basis in Lemongrass, $149, Freedom, 1300 135 588, freedom.com.au TOMATO RED Nevada round ottoman, $549, Dare Gallery, daregallery.com.au DRUM BEAT Dandelion Clocks cube ottoman, $560, King Furniture, 9516 5466, kingfurniture.com.au Winter sale now on Ph: 1300 960 047 www.amazingimprovements.com.au " You will be amazed by our Service, Quality & Price! " • 10 Years structural warranty • 100% Australian owned • Highest quality Bluescope Steel • Best price guaranteed • No hidden costs • FREE Quotes, Call 7 Days Sheds, Carports, Awnings, Glass Enclosures, Screened Rooms,Timber Decking. Flat Roofs, Pitched & Curved Roofs. 24 A division of Westside Awnings Pty Ltd months INTEREST FREE TERMS AVAILABLE $1600* $1600* C7 / 101 Rookwood Rd. Yagoona 2199 - Built in Wardrobes - Shower Screens - Vanity Mirrors - Glass Splashbacks 4647 2344 30 Bluett Drive, Smeaton Grange, NSW 2567 www.stylishwardrobes.com.au Fax: (02) 4647 2355 ABN: 93 120 738 383 Business Est. for more than 22 Yrs Y Windows fitted Y Ceilings insulated and lined Y Walls insulated and lined Y Full height GLASS a speciality Enclose your Al-Fresco *Licensed Builder & Electrician Lic No 4729C DAIME PTY LTD Home Improvements CONTACT 4730 2539 0418 262 166 UPGRADE Your Existing Screened Enclosure ENCLOSE YOUR EXISTING PATIO AREA 2340597 1/11 y p y y ver 30 years experience in the building trade. Chesworths Call us for a quote 9831 5984 or visit our website www.chesworths.com.au We offer High Quality Home Extensions and Additions to suit your budget. Thinking of Extending Your Home? Home Improvements Pty Ltd Bld Lic R99697 2160427i 12/4
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