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Real Living | The Green Issue

June 2017


Closely Knit is humbled to have our lilac chunky throw blanket included in the Real Living feature ‘Trending Country Manner’ – ‘Muted florals, soft textures and sophisticated finishes combine for a modern country aesthetic’.

Perfect timeless kid’s bedroom designed to last

ISABELLE’S & ELI’S ROOM | Minty Magazine



Isabella and Eli’s room is a stylish nod to the gentle and timeless interior design hues of light grey, muted green and pink, white with added pops of colour of mustard, pink and lilac.

Between the stunning black and rose gold Incy Interior bed and the vibrant wallpaper by Anewall Contemporary Spring Flower wallpaper or super cheeky pom pom cushion is in very good company.

Thank you Minty Magazine and The Pink Door Co for including us.

Proving distance is no object when it comes to design, Tayla Harris of the Pink Door Co. relied on the ever-growing e-design trend to transform two rooms in one home.

The Pink Door Co. offers Interior Decoration for kids’ and adult spaces alike, complemented by a retail branch of the business, both online and a bricks and mortar store, which sells a curated selection of home and lifestyle products. Their ethos is to create spaces reflective of those who use them, in keeping with client style, requirements, and budget, to achieve that ‘wow’ factor.

When contacted by Michelle Tano, mother of 3-year-old Isabelle and 4-year-old Eli, to create new rooms to last, Tayla was delighted to oblige. “Michelle’s aesthetic is contemporary and colourful – she is a dream client. With her children outgrowing their toddler beds, the aim was to create ‘big kid’ rooms with investment pieces which are going to last” says Tayla. The inclusion of a queen bed in each room created the foundation for the design.


Known for her strong and fearless personality, Isabelle is also an artsy girl who loves to sing and dance. She is loud and talkative and there is no doubt her favourite colour is pink. Tayla used this insight to create a soft and inviting space for Isabelle to grow into.

The queen sized, rose gold Eden bed from Incy Interiors is the feature piece that inspired the whole room. The Anewall Contemporary Spring Flower wallpaper is no doubt a show stopper and the use of pattern and texture throughout adds depth and interest. The H&G Designs bedside shelf adds a modern touch.

The Sitka day bed in dusty pink meets the brief perfectly. “It’s a fabulous and timeless piece of furniture which could sit just as comfortably in a kid’s room as it could in a lounge or master bedroom” says Tayla.


Eli’s room was initially inspired by monochrome, Scandinavian-style pieces Michelle had won in a competition. The colour palette was further developed with some deep and contrasting colours in the linen and floor rug, including a touch of Eli’s favourite colour, green. ”The addition of texture, leather and timber warms the scheme and the feature lion print is a subtle nod to a safari. The result is a classic, moody space” explains Tayla.

Known to be a perfectionist who likes to be organised, the clean lines of the Incy Interiors black four poster bed was a great fit, and again, a piece that will last for years to come. Eli’s favourite animal, the lion, featuring on the inviting navy rug, creates a perfect space for Eli to play with his cars and monster trucks. This room has certainly hit the spot.

When asked if designing these rooms posed any challenges, Taylaexplains ”the rooms are quite small and the client wanted to include a queen sized bed in each. Essentially they are all bed but we’ve managed to tick all the boxes, including practical items such as night lights and bedside tables, as well as the right amount of interest in the prints, cushions and decorative pieces. The children are lucky enough to have a playroom so their bedrooms are just for winding down, reading and sleeping.”

Without ever stepping foot into either room, Tayla has successfully captured the essence of Isabell and Eli’s personalities and delivered rooms that will stand the test of time. It’s a true talent to interpret and deliver on brief, a talent displayed here in spades.

Stylist: Alicia Sciberras
Photography: Françoise Baudet
Words: Nicole Ray | Minty Magazine

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Keeping it under wraps

Use this season’s favourite accessory to add style, colour and warmth to your living and sleeping spaces

By Robyn Willis | @telegraph
The Daily Telegraph Home Magazine
22 April 2017


Closely Knit is in good company in this article on winter warming throws including the merino wool chunky knit throw blankets.

Interior designers are always banging on about sticking to neutral colours for big-ticket items such as the lounge.

The theory goes that you can then update with on-trend or seasonal accessories.

That rule is never more applicable than when the weather turns cold, providing the perfect excuse to pick up a gorgeous throw rug for the lounge, bedroom or the study.

This season, throw rugs are out in force, offering everything from an easy way to bring colour to a plain bedroom setting to picking up on the latest trends in texture and pattern.

Love you fur ever

One of the more enduring trends in throw rugs in recent years is faux fur.

Possibly driven by the sets of popular shows such as Game Of Thrones and Vikings, they are a seductive nod to Scandinavian design of old with their irresistible feel and substantial weight.

While they’re an obvious addition to the bedroom, their neutral palette, ranging from white through to caramel and charcoal greys, makes them an easy option for the lounge room as well. Before you buy, check washing instructions so that you know if you’re up for a regular dry cleaning bill.

Woven wonders

Throw rugs are the perfect way to add colour and texture to the living space so now is the time to dust off your old granny square rug and get comfy on the lounge.

With all things knitted and crocheted back in vogue, there’s a definite bias towards chunky knits and ornamental stitches such as moss stitch, honeycomb and cable stitch.

If you’ve ever considered taking up knitting, autumn is traditionally the season to start so that you can enjoy the fruits of your labour when the weather really turns cold.

For those who would rather more instant results, it’s the perfect time to go with this year’s spice-themed colours such as turmeric, cinnamon, sage and pomegranate.

Team them with every shade of grey or look to deep blues and greens such as emerald and petrol to balance out the strong tones.

Cover ups

Much as you would use a scarf to accessorise an outfit, lightweight throw rugs are being used to finish off a look in the bedroom or the lounge room.

Don’t be fooled by their lack of weight, many of those made from natural fibres are surprisingly warm, especially on milder autumnal evenings.

But just as there are countless ways to use a scarf, throw rugs can be worked to suit the style of your home.

For tailored interiors, a throw rug folded over one end of the lounge — or across the end of the bed — is a sophisticated look.At the other end of the spectrum, if the boho or tribal look is more your thing, an unstructured approach is better.

The key is to make it appear as though you casually tossed the throw over the lounge — even if you’ve spent most of the afternoon artfully arranging it.

In the bedroom, the latest look is to arrange it just below the top edge of the quilt cover, like a scarf around your neck.

Where your lounge has seen better days, a large throw rug is the perfect cover up. Tuck it into the sides of the lounge for instant style.

Source: Robyn Willis

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