Weekend in Wellington

There are so many things to do in this cool creative city. Cuba street with all its cafes and having brunch at Loretta. It was very cold so we had a hot chocolate in the afternoon with some very yummy sweet pastries. We visited the quirky shops and walked through the city and along the waterfront. The new area around Massey University and the War Memorial is very interesting too. And I always admire all the beautiful art works which are scattered around the place. It certainly was an inspirational weekend! 

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Valerie Poort

I’m an all-round visual communicator who finds people fascinating. I believe user-centric design is invaluable, and love the insights. I aim to move into service/experience design. I aspire to be in environments that change peoples lives positively – through transformative experiences, inspirational beautiful things, projects for public good, or creativity that entertains and engages attention. I’m slightly obsessed with anything travel related, and love sharing Wellington on a good day with great people.

Collaborating with Foret New Zealand

Twin Rivers Interiors and Alan Stuck from Foret have joined forces!

'Created by nature, crafted by artisans' for 'the home you never want to leave'

Foret New Zealand (www.foret.nz) is a Christchurch based supplier of high quality reclaimed solid timber flooring from the UK and France. Complementing their reclaimed timber flooring is a range of new French Oak solid and engineered flooring boards.

We are collaborating on residential and commercial projects for architects, building companies and private clients throughout New Zealand.

Representative of our recent work, we've created beautiful still life images. See some below, and others on Instagram over the next few weeks.

Valerie Poort

I’m an all-round visual communicator who finds people fascinating. I believe user-centric design is invaluable, and love the insights. I aim to move into service/experience design. I aspire to be in environments that change peoples lives positively – through transformative experiences, inspirational beautiful things, projects for public good, or creativity that entertains and engages attention. I’m slightly obsessed with anything travel related, and love sharing Wellington on a good day with great people.

Launching Twin Rivers Workshops

We can teach you how to create ‘the home you never want to leave’. Your home is your sanctuary — it’s your safe place to go to at the end of the day. It’s there where you are living your dream.

Read more about the workshops

Get workshop tickets on Eventbrite

Valerie Poort

I’m an all-round visual communicator who finds people fascinating. I believe user-centric design is invaluable, and love the insights. I aim to move into service/experience design. I aspire to be in environments that change peoples lives positively – through transformative experiences, inspirational beautiful things, projects for public good, or creativity that entertains and engages attention. I’m slightly obsessed with anything travel related, and love sharing Wellington on a good day with great people.

The side room at the studio

We love our studio - its a chance to display all the beautiful fabrics and materials we get to use in our designs everyday. We converted the side room to be the main working space, where we make custom artisanal designs for our customers... mainly on the floor! Samples of fabrics for interiors and furnishing, carpets and tiles, window furnishing details, wood samples for exteriors, and anything else we can think of, get matched together into beautiful interior palettes in the natural light shining through the large window.

Valerie Poort

I’m an all-round visual communicator who finds people fascinating. I believe user-centric design is invaluable, and love the insights. I aim to move into service/experience design. I aspire to be in environments that change peoples lives positively – through transformative experiences, inspirational beautiful things, projects for public good, or creativity that entertains and engages attention. I’m slightly obsessed with anything travel related, and love sharing Wellington on a good day with great people.

Artisanal, bespoke design

When I notice paintings in my clients homes and design interiors based around them, my clients love the results. This painting was one of the first things I noticed when I first entered a home recently. The combination of dark warm carbon, charcoals greys naturals Ivory and ochre tones are extremely North Canterbury. The clients were quite attached to the painting, so I decided immediately that it would be an inspiration to the design. Pure Linens were also a favourite therefore I used several linens in a combination of colours textures weaves and weights for curtains upholstery and cushions. The natural coloured light weight linen for the curtains has a soft crease which will give the curtains a casual look. The sofa will have a dark charcoal tone forming the perfect background for the lighter and ochre linen cushions and the patterned fabric just adds an extra dimension. 

Valerie Poort

I’m an all-round visual communicator who finds people fascinating. I believe user-centric design is invaluable, and love the insights. I aim to move into service/experience design. I aspire to be in environments that change peoples lives positively – through transformative experiences, inspirational beautiful things, projects for public good, or creativity that entertains and engages attention. I’m slightly obsessed with anything travel related, and love sharing Wellington on a good day with great people.

Twin Rivers Tips Series - Week Four

Day Twenty Two: Classic European design is where we get lots of our inspiration. Nanda's European background not only provides Twin Rivers with many connections, but also a philosophy on timeless design. In Lindy and Barry's bathroom, we used Victoria and Albert inspired claw feet for a classical detail in a contemporary house.


Day Twenty Three: Twin Rivers is the official supplier for Santa Fe Shutters and Blinds in North Canterbury. These are beautiful in living spaces such as bedrooms and kitchens, and fantastic and suitable for wet areas such as bathrooms and laundries. We love sourcing products like these to beat the ordinary and prescribed ways to designing rooms.


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Day Twenty Four: The combination of materials creates visual interest. The interplay and juxtaposition of patterns can make a room playful or vibrant, and different textures create depth and honesty. In our own home, we upholstered a bed head, and hand made a few cushions, to create a stunning focal point in this bedroom.


Day Twenty Five: Custom designed vanities are simple and elegant. All that's needed is a beautiful bowl, classical tap, and a bench and/or vanity unit. We design vanity units ourselves and get a local joiner to build them, for a beautiful and beautifully functional end result. In our own home (bottom picture) we found a hand made crystal glass bowl while we were in Florence and fell in love with it, and absolutely had to take it home. In Ruth and Evan's home (top picture) we found oval porcelain bowls which completed the elegant, contemporary, and unique look in their ensuite.


Day Twenty Six: We love smart storage to maximise functionality and minimise clutter. In our own home, we specified hidden utensil drawers, rolling pantry drawers for cutlery, and a specialist drawer for cooking equipment such as oils and spices right next to the stove, all quality hardware from Europe.


Day Twenty Seven: We have sourced Swarovski Crystal chandeliers from all over the world. They add a breathless, precious elegance to a space and can easily be the centre piece of your home. Whether a large chandelier in this entry space into Ruth and Evan's home, or a smaller lantern chandelier in their WC, you'll never be able to stop staring at its beauty.


Day Twenty Eight: Enjoy your home and have it be a home you never want to leave.


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Valerie Poort

I’m an all-round visual communicator who finds people fascinating. I believe user-centric design is invaluable, and love the insights. I aim to move into service/experience design. I aspire to be in environments that change peoples lives positively – through transformative experiences, inspirational beautiful things, projects for public good, or creativity that entertains and engages attention. I’m slightly obsessed with anything travel related, and love sharing Wellington on a good day with great people.

Twin Rivers Tips Series - Week Three

Day Fifteen: Paint can look very different between the swatch, test pot, and between different walls in your house or even the room. Lighting changes colours a lot, emphasising and deflecting certain parts of colours, as can be seen in this picture of Tania and Grant's home. Make sure to test colours, especially whites and beiges, on different walls in the house and room, so you don't get any unexpected surprises.


Day Sixteen: Kitchens don't have to be stock standard, in fact, they can be the centre of style in your home. Every element can be designed to suit your home, the mood you want to create, and how you use your kitchen. On the left is the kitchen in our new home, on the right is Ruth and Evans kitchen. 


Day Seventeen: A designer light piece can become the centre point of any room. Here, Tania and Grant's Agatha light piece in wood veneer by LZF Lighting adds a touch of softness and delicacy to the cool and sleek hallway, full of glass and stone.


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Day Eighteen: A simple curtain track in white is hardly noticeable, keeps the feel minimal and the main feature is the curtain fabric itself. This means the curtains can truly be floor to ceiling and really make a statement in a room.


Day Nineteen: We've absolutely adored the Pantone Colour of the Year 2016 throughout our projects. The Rose Quartz colour is a soothing feminine colour that lifts the master bedroom and ensuite in our new home to be a warm and embracing space.


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Day Twenty: Playing with materials and textures creates visual interest. Complimentary, juxtaposed, or harmonious combinations will add different layers to rooms. In Ruth and Evan's living area, we combined dark stained woods, raw yet smooth stonework, iron detailing, aged leather, soft fabrics, and matte paints, to accompany the views of the fresh gardens. These textures interplay and tell a story in the space.


Day Twenty One: Tiles make big impacts in bathrooms. Bigger tiles mean less grouting in between the tiles, and therefore makes the space look bigger. This was an especially good technique in Ruth and Evan's home, where a potentially poky and awkward bathroom instead became a beautiful space with separated areas. 


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Valerie Poort

I’m an all-round visual communicator who finds people fascinating. I believe user-centric design is invaluable, and love the insights. I aim to move into service/experience design. I aspire to be in environments that change peoples lives positively – through transformative experiences, inspirational beautiful things, projects for public good, or creativity that entertains and engages attention. I’m slightly obsessed with anything travel related, and love sharing Wellington on a good day with great people.

Twin Rivers Tips Series - Week Two

Day Eight: In interior design, it's all about making elements relate to each other to make a scheme complete. First determine a starting point, such as a favourite colour, a piece of art, or a texture. By adding colour and texture we create layers and depth, and this can come from smaller items such as cushions, lamp shades, vases, candles, and other homewares. You'll find that once these items are included the design suddenly makes sense and everything belongs.


Day Nine: Happy Friday, and welcome home. We find Friday evenings are perfect for enjoying your home and rewarding yourself after the week. Make your house a home you'll never want to leave - keep changing things around until you find what makes you comfortable and brings you joy.


Day Ten: On the left: architraves, which are moulded frames around a doorway. On the right; coving, which is a moulded arch, usually put between a ceiling and wall, but here we utilised the technique as detail on the range hood in our contemporary country kitchen.


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Day Eleven: On the left, skirting, which are moulded boards between a wall and the ground. On the right, panelling, which is a decorative alternative to plain sections of wall or ceiling, and go from simple (pictured), to extremely characteristic and ornate. 


Day Twelve: The February 16th issue of @metropolmag has three great tips on our interior design process; lending an ear, identifying a starting point, and embracing and experimenting with depth.


Day Thirteen: Wallpaper is a real feature in any room. It can add visual interest, depth, and change the mood of a room. The use of wallpaper on one wall is something we love; it's enough to not overpower and overwhelm any other parts of the room; less is more impact.


Day Fourteen: Harmony is an essential element in an interior, whether it is to be minimal or eccentric. Harmony is achieved when matching aspects - similar or complimentary - together. It could be colour, texture, style, material, or even the mood objects create.


Follow Twin Rivers Interiors on Instagram to see a new tip every day until the 15th of March.

Valerie Poort

I’m an all-round visual communicator who finds people fascinating. I believe user-centric design is invaluable, and love the insights. I aim to move into service/experience design. I aspire to be in environments that change peoples lives positively – through transformative experiences, inspirational beautiful things, projects for public good, or creativity that entertains and engages attention. I’m slightly obsessed with anything travel related, and love sharing Wellington on a good day with great people.

Twin Rivers Tips Series - Week One

Day One: Coordination is key in achieving a harmonious interior for your home. This can be achieved through consistent use of colours, materials, style, decorations, and more. In Ruth and Evans home, the colour palette and similar and complementary material choices create a beautiful home, and shows that consistency between rooms is most definitely not boring. See more of Ruth and Evans beautiful home here.


Day Two: Lighting isn't a one trick pony, just to be used in the roof. In a home, the use of lighting is strategic to suit the functionality of a space, such as watching TV, reading, cooking, walking, sleeping, or even highlighting an important piece of art on the wall. In our own home, we combined functional lighting with a few designer pieces we just couldn't leave behind, to create different spaces for different activities. See more of the lighting used in our home on our portfolio.


Day Three: If you have a favourite armchair or couch, but don't like how it looks anymore, re-upholster it. This is often the same cost as buying a new piece of furniture, so why not keep your favourite, and make it a stand out piece in your interior. Twin Rivers works with a couple of local upholsterers who have done great work for us in the past, and have years of experience, as can be seen in the detail of this armchair for Ruth and Evan.


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Day Four: Dried flowers are delicate, feminine, and colourful. Tie a string around the stems, and hang upside down. Something for a Sunday afternoon.


Day Five: What determines the paint finish is primarily the function of the space, but also how you want it to look. Gloss will reflect the light if used on joinery, window sills and interiors doors. Satin protects and enhances outside timber work. Matte on indoor walls which will form the perfect background for any interior design scheme.


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Day Six: Wallpaper can totally change the look of a space and adds an incredible atmosphere. It can be the main feature and starting point of any interior design scheme. There is an enormous variety of papers available from classic or contemporary stripes, romantic scenes with Toile de Jouy or flowers, fresh crisp Scandinavian patterns, murals or industrial like patterns. We have chosen for soft pastel coloured classic timeless stripes in our own house and used them vertical as well as horizontal. See more photos of our own home here.


Day Seven: New Zealand's clear and bright light is unlike anywhere else in the world. This means exterior paint colours appear totally different at different types of day. They also have excessive UV beaming down at them, so paints need to be strong to cope. Silky sheen pains in contrasting colours look smart, forming a beautiful contrast and light reflection. To see more pictures of the exterior of Gary and Shelley's home, click here.


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Valerie Poort

I’m an all-round visual communicator who finds people fascinating. I believe user-centric design is invaluable, and love the insights. I aim to move into service/experience design. I aspire to be in environments that change peoples lives positively – through transformative experiences, inspirational beautiful things, projects for public good, or creativity that entertains and engages attention. I’m slightly obsessed with anything travel related, and love sharing Wellington on a good day with great people.

Baroque in North Canterbury

Every now and again, some surprising clients contact Twin Rivers. While this is certainly not our usual contemporary country style, this extraordinary project for Kevan has allowed us to flex our baroque muscles, and has been a treat to work on for the past year.

See all photos for this project here.

Valerie Poort

I’m an all-round visual communicator who finds people fascinating. I believe user-centric design is invaluable, and love the insights. I aim to move into service/experience design. I aspire to be in environments that change peoples lives positively – through transformative experiences, inspirational beautiful things, projects for public good, or creativity that entertains and engages attention. I’m slightly obsessed with anything travel related, and love sharing Wellington on a good day with great people.

Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2017!

Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2017 from Twin Rivers Interiors! We will be back in the showroom on Monday the 9th of January, however will be checking our email periodically throughout the next few weeks.

Wonderful illustration by Wellington based illustrator Kalos Chan.

Valerie Poort

I’m an all-round visual communicator who finds people fascinating. I believe user-centric design is invaluable, and love the insights. I aim to move into service/experience design. I aspire to be in environments that change peoples lives positively – through transformative experiences, inspirational beautiful things, projects for public good, or creativity that entertains and engages attention. I’m slightly obsessed with anything travel related, and love sharing Wellington on a good day with great people.

Home Is Where The Inspired Heart Is

Article by Kate Pierson, Metropol
October 6, 2016 issue

An inspired home is a happy home, and Nanda Poort-Rammers of Twin Rivers Interiors lives by this philosophy and by example.

Stepping into her soft mid grey, Linea Weatherboard North Canterbury home with lush, rolling pastures as far as the eye can see, it is clear that Nanda’s profession is also her true passion. Breathtaking design resides in the spacious home, with each room’s aesthetics and furnishings paying homage to a key centerpiece. “This is how I design a room,” qualified and award winning interior designer Nanda confirms. “I start with a beautiful feature like a painting.”

Nanda’s creations - including her own - are nothing short of world-class. She has functional elegance down to a fine art. Nanda’s European background inspires the diverse ranges she works with. Some of these valuable partnerships with globally renowned fabric brands include the Belgian Designs of the Time, Fischbacher, Designers Guild, Harlequin, and Mokum, mixed with NZ suppliers such as Atelier Textiles and Hemptech. From calming neutrals including greys and beiges, through to gentle pastels and on to richer colour palettes, Nanda has a well-trained eye for colours and fabrics that are an artwork in their own right.

A member of the Designers Institute of New Zealand and the recipient of multiple design awards, Nanda offers a comprehensive interior design service, from advice through to design and creation. Taking tremendous pride in creating spaces that are functional, practical and sophisticated, Twin Rivers Interiors offers impeccable attention to detail.

From bathrooms and kitchen design through to window treatments, lighting, paint, colours and custom-made furniture, the selection is divine and diverse.

Make a time to visit Nanda at her new showroom at 83b Ivory Street in Rangiora.

Valerie Poort

I’m an all-round visual communicator who finds people fascinating. I believe user-centric design is invaluable, and love the insights. I aim to move into service/experience design. I aspire to be in environments that change peoples lives positively – through transformative experiences, inspirational beautiful things, projects for public good, or creativity that entertains and engages attention. I’m slightly obsessed with anything travel related, and love sharing Wellington on a good day with great people.

Limited Edition Prints

It's all about New Zealand native trees this week at Twin Rivers Interiors. A few months ago we discovered some stunning black pen drawings by Wellington illustrator Kalos Chan. These three limited edition prints have now been beautifully framed by our local North Canterbury framer Kate Dodd, and are available to see and purchase in our showroom at 83b Ivory St.

Valerie Poort

I’m an all-round visual communicator who finds people fascinating. I believe user-centric design is invaluable, and love the insights. I aim to move into service/experience design. I aspire to be in environments that change peoples lives positively – through transformative experiences, inspirational beautiful things, projects for public good, or creativity that entertains and engages attention. I’m slightly obsessed with anything travel related, and love sharing Wellington on a good day with great people.

Twin Rivers Interiors Design Tips

Your home is not a showroom. It’s your personal space where you should feel cosy, comfortable and be able to relax. If you want to create a warm, welcoming ambience in your home, the correct lighting will play a significant role. Sometimes it takes only a few small adjustments to transform your home into your own personal haven.

These tips are designed to help you create a welcoming homely ambience in your home. We hope you find them helpful.

Whilst it is important to be able to see clearly inside your home, a large number of down lights in the ceiling is not conducive to creating a warm cosy feeling. Installing a dimmer will allow you to regulate the amount of light and make it softer and more subtle.

A few table lamps placed around the room next to sofas or armchairs will not only give the room a warm inviting look, but can be used to read by. Improve the colour of the artificial light by buying good quality bulbs in a warm white colour.

Placing some candles and tea lights in small containers around the room will create a cosy atmosphere - especially in winter. For safety when there are children and animals around make sure candles are placed up high.

Hard shiny materials can make a room appear colder because light reflects of the surfaces. Floor rugs and carpets will absorb some of this harsh light. Add a few photo frames, some nice artwork and other accessories like ornaments and a pretty vase to soften the look.

Colour evokes feelings and emotions, sets the mood and looks different depending on the light of day. The use of ‘cooler’ or ‘warmer’ colours can completely alter the feeling of a room.

Fabrics are a great way to change the mood and appearance of a room. They’re soft to the touch; available in an abundance of colours, textures, and plain or patterned designs. Textiles are ideal for curtains, cushions, throws, lamp shades and table linen - adding warmth and comfort. Clever use of textiles adds cosiness and minimises the reflection of light from outside. 

Tips for renovating a bathroom

As we all lead busy lives a functional, comfortable bathroom where one can have a quick morning shower or a long soothing bath at the end of the day is an absolute necessity. Not every home has a spacious bathroom and not everyone has an unlimited budget to acquire on. However, with correct planning, ergonomic design, bathroom furniture and top-notch workmanship every bathroom - large or small; expensive or more affordable - can become the luxurious space you’ve always dreamt of.

Plan your bathroom renovation with great care and remember that products — especially those that come from abroad — can take a while to arrive. To prevent disappointment and unhappiness later on, appoint only professional highly-skilled trade people who are as passionate about their work as they are knowledgeable.

In order to keep installation costs down, try to work within the layout of the hot water system, plumbing and drainage lines. By doing this part of the existing plumbing can be used and will reduce the cost of the plumbing.

Consider the ergonomics of your bathroom space to ensure a good circulation zone to the bath, shower and toilet and make sure you can bend down to access the vanity unit.

As a bathroom is a ‘wet area’, wet tiles can create a hazard, especially with children around. Buy tiles that are suitable for a bathroom floor and don’t use wall tiles on the floor. Floor tiles with a rougher surface will increase slip resistance.

It’s important to install the correct lighting. Ceiling lights are a good idea, but lighting around the mirror is attractive and practical. Mirrors with built-in lighting are available too.

If you want to save on your water bill, install taps specially engineered to reduce water consumption.

How to use and combine colour in your interior

Remember, colour is usually the first thing you see when entering a room. It adds life and vitality and is an expression of individual preferences. Colour can be used to highlight an interesting area or feature. It evokes feelings; sets the mood; can be warm or cold; can form a contrast. Everyone perceives colour differently. People living in the Northern hemisphere will choose different colours for the interior and exterior of their homes because the light up north is much cooler than Down Under. Not only walls but architraves, window sills, wallpaper, cushions, upholstery fabrics and window treatments are part of a colour scheme.

Some rules

The lighter the colour, the more light it will reflect. The darker and intense the colour, the more light it will absorb. ‘Cool’ colours may be more suitable for a ‘warm’ room on the north side of the house and ‘warm’ colours may work better in a cooler room on the south side. Light colours give an illusion of space, whereas darker colours make an area look more confined. A light ceiling will make it look higher and the room more open whereas a dark colour will make a low ceiling look even lower. This is how you successfully use/combine colours in your home. Colours need to harmonise with each other. By using tints and shades of one colour you’ll create a monochromatic scheme. By using colours in this way, you’ll create a soothing, relaxed atmosphere. To create a more vibrant interior, use two colours from opposite sides of the colour wheel, i.e. any tint from the yellow-green range with red-violet shades. Use a painting, artwork, cushion, curtains or upholstery fabric as inspiration and a starting point for colour combinations to create balance and harmony between different objects. By doing this, everything in the space will relate to one another. To create contrast, use tints and shades of one colour in combination with a dark colour - like your timber furniture.

Need help?

If you need help to create your own beautiful living space, simply call or e-mail us to book a free one-hour consultation. We will come to your home at a mutually convenient time and provide you with a quote for any services that you require. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Valerie Poort

I’m an all-round visual communicator who finds people fascinating. I believe user-centric design is invaluable, and love the insights. I aim to move into service/experience design. I aspire to be in environments that change peoples lives positively – through transformative experiences, inspirational beautiful things, projects for public good, or creativity that entertains and engages attention. I’m slightly obsessed with anything travel related, and love sharing Wellington on a good day with great people.