What inspires you? Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Villa Aloha came at the perfect time for us. We were both manifesting another bohemian inspired project to come to us and shortly after…Villa Aloha arrived! The client is a single, young and successful woman from the States jumping back and forth and looking for a fun, colorful and light-filled space to call home while in Bali. This project was a complete renovation. The house was old and starting to fall apart, the materials previously used were outdated and not ideal, the entire home needed a facelift. We dove in with the intent to maximize results with minimal cost. It’s amazing what paint can do. Our immediate response was “Let’s paint it white”! We needed a fresh canvas to work with.
The pool cabana was created from scratch to provide an additional lounging area with adequate shade. Bali can be hot! In the kitchen and Dining area we kept the foundation but designed a new roof and new kitchen cement tiles and custom teak waterfall bar.
The client was very interested in procuring authentic Indonesian and Balinese antiques, which made the sourcing experience fun. Most of the pieces in the house are old and of great quality. We did have a lot custom made but we also used old beautiful recycled teak wood and called upon our trusted local carpenters.
The house has a very laid back vibe with gorgeous rice paddy views. It’s set up well for entertaining, with a beautiful open living room, spacious open aired kitchen and dining area as well as a pool cabana that is designed for lounging or festive dinner parties. This was a fun project, which is the most important thing! Who wants to hop on a plane and fly to Bali now?
1. Use lots of color: Find compatible color combinations that speak to you and reflect your personality. Draw inspiration from your places of travel or a specific culture of interest.
2. Mix and match patterns: Pull your patterns in with an area rug, window treatments, and decorative pillows. The most important thing when mixing patterns is scale, work in odd numbers. For example, pick three patterns; a large print, a medium pattern and a smaller graphic. Throwing in a solid can sometimes help rest the eye.
3. Merge wood tones: Think of the woods that are indigenous to the culture that inspires you. Bring them in with flooring and furnishings. Think texture with carvings, mix dark and natural, and/or treated and untreated.
5. Select interesting furnishings: When choosing furniture, think shape. Opt for pieces that have an interesting form and texture. Pick out architectural pieces that remind you of different cultures. Don’t be afraid to mix and match style periods, such as modern with Old World, this sort of merger makes a grand statement.