INTERIOR DESIGN BOOK

By Malinda & William Van Zyl

* Book not available yet-to be published in future.

BOOK COVER : THE NEST (draft).


ORGANIC FRENCH CHATEAU

by Malinda and William van Zyl 

Foreword

This book and the illustrations are 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 asked 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 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 personal self's unknown head-space. 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 identified. This analysis will prompt the reader to think about their interior design style, the future possibilities (development), some adaptations to existing ideas and thinking some new scope, some omissions to existing styles and ideas, and more.

THE AUTHORS ALSO INTEND TO EXPOSE READERS AND DESIGNERS TO LOOK AT THEIR PAST, THE RICH HISTORY, THE SYMBOLISM, THE ICONS, THE OBJET D'ART.

Contents (preliminary headings)


KEYWORDS & CONCEPTS Page 7
INTRODUCTION Page 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 Page 44
ABOUT THE AUTHORS Page45

INTRODUCTION (excerpt/draft)


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 many years. The particular 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 usual 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 their 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 authors endeavoured to cover a typical three-bedroom house in a suburban area; the thinking, the collaboration, and the dreams, the combinations, the juxtapositions, and contrasts are all included to enlighten readers. All the pictures were taken from this specific home and style; some images were sourced elsewhere and documented. The authors' journey is recorded with three uniquely different oil paintings in the last chapters. It tells the story of the journey from their younger days to now; 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 pictures reveal profound personal growth and development. Do you have a unique interior design story? Or, inspiring to develop your style? 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' (made in India). Credit: Malinda. 

*kist. (kɪst). n. South African context - a large wooden chest in which linen is stored, especially one used to store a bride's linen, blankets, runners, curtains, cloths,and more

Handmade flowers from old sewing patterns. Neatly mounted on a shoebox (covered like a present).Credit: Malinda.

Dining room table display. Credit: Malinda    

Dining room table decoration. Credit Malinda.

Sculpture decorated and adorned with 'pearls'. Right at the top of the 'crown' is Malinda's mum's tiara (worn on her wedding day). Read the interesting article about the exhibition of the tiara below. Credit: Malinda.


Fibre connecting people: THE TIARA

Lizzia Kleynhans, aged 85 years, and residing in Bloemhof, South Africa wore this tiara on her wedding day in 1952. Malinda's mother. The two delicate handkerchiefs were tucked into her sleeve on the very special day. She was married to Ernst Johannes Lodewyk Kleynhans, her late husband, who passed away in 2013. See the detailed pictures and read the story here: https://williamvanzyl.atavist.com/fibre-connecting-people-exhibition-waikato-museum-starting-may-19-2017

A close up of Lizzia's tiara: The tiara is a made of pearl-like flowers with three rows of beads. It consists of two rows of pearl-like spheres and one row of white glistening stones set in silver metal. A circular shaped wire frame, covered with a shiny cream-coloured cotton forms the crown that fits on the head of the bride. 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 bird nest in glass bell shaped container. Purple orchid to round off the setting. Credit Malinda. 

DECORATIVE GARDEN IDEA: A BIRD TOWN

BIRD TOWN. The design process of the Bird Town. Concept sketches - initial ideas after some research. Credit William.  


Design sketches of the Bird Town, stage 2. Fountainpen and pencil. Credit: William.

 

Bird Town design work - stage 3: The selection of construction materials. The birdhouses (plywood) and roofing (rusted corrugated sheeting). The roof sheeting was treated with a clear rustproof paint to inhibit rust . Credit: William.

Bird town completed. Built by William & Malinda. Positioned in the back garden to attract birds - more decorative than functional.  

Garden sign post with former addresses. Salvaged Victorian wooden spindle as the vertical support (turned timber) - painted with white exterior acrylic paint. Ornate cast iron (painted black) mounted onto the signs as decoration with galvanised screws in a cross shape. Credit: Malinda & William. 

Celebrating Easter 2021. Display of elements. Credit Malinda.

Cross made from book pages. Cut, folded and glued together with a hot glue gun. Easter display 2021.

Easter display 2021. Tray with wine and bread - celebating Good Friday (Easter). Credit Malinda.

Easter display 2021. Bread and Wine. At the foot of the cross.

 

Paper rose cross by Malinda.