Apartment Smart, NZ Herald, 11 August 2010

I am a new bachelor and have found a beautiful character apartment in town to live in. This is going to be my bachelor pad.  I want a big screen and the odd leather armchair. But I don’t want a woman to come in here and think “I could never live here”, so I want there to be some touches which would appeal to them as well. What would you recommend?

Here are some ideas to make your pad a little more welcoming for female guests.

  • Try to avoid making your large screen the focal point of your lounge. If you can recess it into the wall do so and, when entertaining, hang a large mirror or painting over the screen.
  • Consider a ceiling-mounted projector and ceiling-mounted large pull-down screen or use a white wall on which to project the TV and movies.
  • Consider inserting the speakers into the wall. Once the wall is painted, the speakers are hidden, creating a surround sound perfect for sports events, movies nights and music.
  • Use the smart-room electronic software to manage the music, TV and to create soft mood lighting. Or simply put groups of tea lights around the apartment to create atmosphere.
  • Nothing is wrong with a leather armchair, but maybe look for a soft modern style to add panache to the room.
  • Never underestimate the power of flowers. A few easy to care for plants add a natural element and also give a sense of permanence and caring.

Modern…

“I wanted up to date colours to move me out of the 70′s and thought I could do it on my own but the choices didn’t seem to work. Karen’s training pointed me in the right direction so that carpet and paint colours in different areas work together. I have the more modern look I wanted and have moved the colours of my home into the present.”
– Colleen, Epsom

Elegant and classy…

“We started with a tired, worn apartment and with Karen’s knowledge and guidance on colour, product and placement, ended up with a very elegant and classy result that we are very proud of.”
– Character CBD apartment, Auckland

The result we wanted…

“Karen’s professional advice and approach produced exactly the result we wanted. Our 1960′s home now has a contemporary look and still feels like home. The new kitchen looks clean and modern. She sourced excellent choices of appliances and lights. Her advice on the whole design process produced an excellent result and all of our friends have commented on how great it looks.”
– Larraine and David, Northcote