“For us, it’s all about the essence of the space and the spirit of the client and blending the two together”
Spring is a time for spruce-ups around the home, and the recent lockdown will also have focussed homeowners’ thoughts on spaces that could use a makeover, such as the home office. It can be hard knowing where to start or how to transform a tired interior. Working with the right designer can be invaluable when it comes to narrowing down options and balancing the many variables involved.
Jennifer Howell, of Harpers Bazaar Interior Design, recommends meeting with the designer before engaging them. “If you feel you can build a good rapport, they tick your boxes and seem clued up then they may well be the designer for you.”
Harpers Bazaar is a long established leading name in Christchurch’s interior design scene. Under founder Caroline Fitzgerald, the business rose to prominence through the 1980s and ‘90s.
Jen and her business partner Rosabel Yong are qualified and experienced interior designers who worked in the design studio and under its umbrella before ultimately taking over from Caroline on her retirement. They bring a personal, relaxed approach to their respective projects and enjoy working closely with every client to achieve a cohesive look that reflects their individuality.
“For us, it’s all about the essence of the space and the spirit of the client and blending the two together,” says Jen.
“It involves learning about the space and how it is to be used and getting to know the client and their likes, needs and tastes. Building and renovating is a major financial investment, so the client needs to trust that what we help them create they will love for a long time.”
Harpers Bazaar Interiors welcomes enquiries from those needing help with any or all aspects of their interior design project, whether that be a new home build, a small or large-scale renovation, a single room makeover, new curtains, a new colour scheme, a furniture layout plan, home styling or sourcing or designing new furniture.
Inspiration from nature continues to be an influential theme in the New Zealand market this spring, along with a taste for repurposing and upcycling and a penchant for ‘Japandi’ simplicity and functionality.
“I do encourage my clients to follow the trends they love or identify with and to use these as a starting point but not to be defined by them.
“It’s okay for some trends to combine or overlap. Interior design is a layering effect of colours, textures and patterns – there are no rules.”
For those in search of inspiration, there is always plenty to see and feel at the Harpers Bazaar studio (Cranford Street). It is a busy working space where clients are welcome to check out local furniture, accessories from suppliers and various display fabrics.
“It’s a good time to have a spring clean and change up smaller items like bed linen, cushions, rugs, and dining chairs or consider a bigger overhaul with new curtains or furniture in time for Christmas and summer holidays relaxing at home,” Jen observes.
Harpers Bazaar is an agent for leading Christchurch custom furniture makers, such as Kovacs, Jade Furniture and Montreux Furniture.
Their drapes and blinds workrooms are also based in Christchurch, a real positive for clients as it reduces lead time for making product.
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