'THE NEST' (INTERIOR DESIGN BOOK)

By William & Malinda Van Zyl

* Book not available yet-to be published end of March 2018

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THE NEST

by Malinda and William van Zyl 

Foreword

This book and the illustrations is a labour of love for those passionate about interior design and specific those readers interested in uniquely different individual design ideas and styles. The authors have evolved to the point where they were asking themselves: “…so what interior design style do we have?”. They conclude with a specific individual style which will be discussed early in this book with explanations of how this style was identified, researched and established over the years. There are just so many individual styles out there, uniquely to every individual or group; the reader will find that this book will prompt every individual to think about their own style. The challenge is to explore, identify and name an own style. Every interior designer has his or her own individual preferences, ideas, concept, configurations, combinations, architectural style, artistic style, and more uniquely an own identity. More about this exciting process and the challenges the process provides by probing into deep into the unknown head-space of the personal self. It is recommended that the reader makes some notes when reading this book. Questions will be asked to the reader after some trends, styles, perceptions, constructs, and more which will prompt the reader to think about their own interior design style, the new possibilities, some adaptations to existing ideas and thinking, some new inclusions, some omissions to existing styles and ideas, and more.

It is also the intent of the authors to expose readers and designers to look at their past, the rich history, the symbolism, the icons, the objet d’arts,

Contents (preliminary headings)


KEYWORDS & CONCEPTS 7
INTRODUCTION 16
CHAPTER 1: PLANNING—LAYOUT OF THE 3 BEDROOM HOME AND DETAILED SKETCHES FOR DIFFERENT AREAS 2
CHAPTER 1: ESTABLISHING A STYLE 4
CHAPTER 2: ELEMENTS OF DESIGN 6
CHAPTER 3: PRE-LOVED COLLECTIBLES ADDED TO NEW OR PRE-LOVED BACKGROUNDS OR SETTINGS 8
CHAPTER 4: CURTAINS—ARTS, CRAFTS AND INNOVATION 10
CHAPTER 5: HEIRLOOMS, ADDING VALUE AND DEPTH 11
CHAPTER 6: BIRD’S NESTS, EXPLORING ORGANIC DECORATION 13
CHAPTER 7: LARGE AND SMALLER BOOKS IN DECORATING 16
CHAPTER 8: CANDLES AND CANDELABRA 21
CHAPTER 9: USING COMPLEMENTARY AND CONTRASTING COLOURS 23
CHAPTER 10: PAPER FLOWERS 24
CHAPTER 11: WREATHS, A NATURAL ORGANIC APPROACH 26
CHAPTER 12: BUTLER’S TRAYS AND CUSHIONS 27
CHAPTER 13: ENTRANCE HALL AND SMALLER ENTRY AREAS 28
CHAPTER 14: BATHROOMS 29
CHAPTER 15: DOLL MAKING, USING NATURAL ARTS AND CRAFTS 30
CHAPTER 16: BEDROOMS 31
CHAPTER 17: LIGHTING, CHANDELIERS AND LAMPS 32
CHAPTER 18: PIANO DISPLAYS 33
CHAPTER 19: PASSAGE DECORATION 34
CHAPTER 20: KITCHEN SHELVES, DECORATIVE DISPLAYS 35
CHAPTER 21: FAMILY PHOTOS AND BOOK DISPLAYS 36
CHAPTER 22: PANTRY AND WASHING ROOM 37
CHAPTER 23: BIRD HOUSES IN THE GARDEN 38
CHAPTER 24: GARDEN DETAIL 39
CHAPTER 25: CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS 40
CHAPTER 26: OTHER 41
EPILOGUE 42
AFTERWORD 43
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 44
ABOUT THE AUTHORS 45

INTRODUCTION

This book is about interior design with a specific focus on Organic French Chateau Style. The style was selected and developed by the authors of this book over a period of many years. The specific style is unique to the two writers of this interior design book, and it provides a view into the ideas and personal design construct of the owners. Read more about this specific theory and the identification of individual style in the next chapters. They don’t have an open house, but they are more than willing to share their specific collections, personal configurations, and individual style in this book. The book is an overview of how this style is implemented and applied with some tips, hints and unique ideas to the readers. For those interested in alternative and more individual design styles this book is a must. It is not based on the normal run of the mill interior decorating book, but rather on the uniquely different individual approach and passion of the writers. The intention is to get the reader to identify, refine, develop and interpret his or her own design style and genre. The book is divided into chapters which could be viewed in the planning section at the beginning of the book. A visual display (sketches) of the planning of the layout of the book is included.


The two endeavored to cover a typical three bedroom house in a suburban area; the thinking, the collaboration, and the dreams, the combinations, the juxtapositions, the contrasts, are all included to enlighten readers. All the pictures were taken from this specific home and style; some pictures were sourced from elsewhere and are documented. Interesting the personal journey of the authors is documented with three uniquely different oil paintings in the last chapters. It tells the story of the journey from their younger days to now, and the paintings show a cycle of unique events; it concludes with a painting which symbolizes their journey up to this point. Readers will find this ‘story in a story’ fascinating as the three painting reveals deep personal growth and development. Do you have a personal interior design story? Be prepared for an exciting personal story at the end of this book! The story begins…

Below some pictures that will feature in the book.

Entrance: Indian themed treasure chest - 'kist' (imported from India). Credit: Malinda.

*kist. (kɪst). n. South African a large wooden chest in which linen is stored, esp one used to store a bride's ...

Handmade flowers from old sewing patterns, Credit: Malinda.

Dining room table display. Credit: Malinda   

Dining room table decoration. Credit Malinda.

Sculpture decorated and adorned with 'pearls'. Credit Malinda.

Crown on bed. Tin crown with pearl wreath. Credit Malinda.

Shelf in kitchen.Pedestals,  with birds' nests on top. Large rusted tray in the background. Copper chicken in the foreground. Credit Malinda. 

Dining room decoration. Combination of blue 'delft" vases, golden colour candelabra, and birdnest in glass bell shaped container. Purple orchid to round off the setting. Credit Malinda. 

Garden decorations and ideas:

The design process of the Bird Town. Initial sketches. Credit William.

Design sketches of the Bird Town, stage 2. Credit William.

Bird Town design work: The selection of construction materials. The birdhouses (plywood) and roofing (rusted corrugated sheeting). Credit William.

Bird town designed and built by William & Malinda. Positioned in the back garden to attract birds. 

Garden sign post with former addresses. Salvaged Victorian spindle on top - painted with white exterior acrylic paint. Credit Malinda & William.