News Archives - Page 2 of 3 - NM Design – Maximise your outdoor living area so you can enjoy it through all seasons

Designer Nicola Manning says layering, texture and accessories are important factors. "New outdoor rugs, all-weather fabrics, durable finishes, blinds and exterior shutters make this an achievable goal. These things will all add considerable comfort and beauty to your outdoor spaces." Read more here ...    

By |2017-04-03T17:11:20+12:00September 7th, 2016|0 Comments

Houzz Article – Bring Indoor Style Outside in 5 Simple Steps

Spring is here and the weather is warming up, so it’s time to bust outside and enjoy the fresh air again. If your deck, verandah or patio is looking shabby and sad, with sagging chairs or mouldy old wooden tables, you’re wasting the chance to create another sitting room that you can use between [...]

By |2017-04-03T17:11:33+12:00September 7th, 2016|0 Comments

Houzz Article by Nicola Manning – 9 Ways to Bring Moody Blue Into Your Home

Are you sick of playing it safe with colour? Have you seen the beautiful deep blues being used recently and wondered how to use them in your home? Over the past few years we have seen a proliferation of white (some would say it has been overused) in all areas of the home. While there [...]

By |2017-04-03T17:11:54+12:00July 6th, 2016|0 Comments – The most common home decor mistakes made by 20-somethings

Manning highlights the importance of investing in key pieces that are timeless and have the comfort factor. "You want to spend money on comfort and quality, especially for beds and couches as they are the ones you spend all your time on. Go cheaper on accessories where comfort isn't an issue. "It's okay to fork [...]

By |2017-04-03T17:12:23+12:00June 9th, 2016|0 Comments – Colour bursts and the rise of black hint at the end of the all-white kitchen

Auckland interior designer Nicola Manning of Nicola Manning Design agrees. She's recently returned from the prestigious kitchen design fair held in Milan, EuroCucina, where she saw lots of line-crossing between what is practical and what is attractive. Examples included rangehoods resembling designer lighting systems and almost invisible cooking elements. Read more here ...

By |2017-04-03T17:12:40+12:00June 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Houzz Article – 10 Ways to Make a Scullery Work For You

Most kitchens today have to function as more than just a place to cook. Incorporating a scullery means the main kitchen can remain functional and easy to cook in, but the messiest bits can be hidden away when family and friends visit and the kitchen turns into your social space. Read more here ... [...]

By |2017-04-03T17:12:50+12:00May 28th, 2016|0 Comments – What’s hot in European kitchen trends

Auckland interior designer Nicola Manning spent six action-packed days in the world's fashion capital Milan where she got to see what's hot for future European kitchens at the famous fair EuroCucina. Black is the new white; you'll rarely see a handle on things (including cupboards) and rangehoods that look like designer light fittings are all the rage. Read more here ... [...]

By |2017-04-03T17:13:23+12:00May 2nd, 2016|0 Comments – Plan ahead for perfect home interior

Aesthetics are another important element to consider early on. Auckland designer Nicola Manning suggests writing a wishlist that will form the basis of a plan. Manning says it's essential to select an anchor point for your interior scheme. "This may be a piece of art that you love, the view, a favourite colour, fantastic piece of [...]

By |2017-04-03T17:13:42+12:00March 2nd, 2016|0 Comments