The Block NZ: Alex & Corban Balinese cover challenge

This design-savvy couple created a lush cover inspired by Bali’s plant life, textures and tones


Starting point: The inspiration pieces supplied for Alex and Corban were a peacock chair from Massutti & Massutti and a round rattan stool from May Time Marketing; plus the walls were painted in Dulux Colours of NZ ‘Double Cove’. All other items were sourced by the couple from Freedom and Junk & Disorderly.

Alex’s tips to get the look:

✚ Expose your green thumb and crack open the potting mix, as this look requires some serious greenery. Think palms, ferns and other tropical plants. Indoor plants are so good for you – they relieve stress, decrease illness and reduce air pollution! If gardening is not your bag then opt for fake plants – there are some pretty realistic ones out there that look good and will never die!

✚ Embrace cane. Cane furniture is having a revival so see what second-hand bargains you can find to refresh, or buy new from suppliers like Massuti & Massuti.

✚ Get ready to mix and match pattern, texture and colour textiles. This look is heavily influenced by embroidery, macramé and weaving – all lost arts that are finding their way back into mainstream art and design.

✚ Choose a natural-based colour palette, and by natural, I most definitely don’t mean neutral. There are some vibrant and beautiful colours found in nature so take clues from them. Grassy greens, muddy pinks, rusty oranges and mustard yellows – these all work incredibly well with greenery and wooden finishes.

✚ Speaking of wooden finishes, this look needs a few of them – just don’t overdo it and be mindful about the tones of the wood used. Too many woody hues can be confusing and jumbled.

Words by: Alex Fulton
Photography by: Melanie Jenkins
Interior Design by: Alex and Corban Walls


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