Paula Menzies, who recently opened Co Co Interiors in Whangaparaoa, says that when it comes to textiles, we are spoilt for choice.
“Fabric Houses are bringing out ranges that are art pieces in themselves, which is hugely inspiring when new projects arise,” she says.
Paula has created interior designs for super yachts, a boutique cruise ship, commercial premises and many apartments, private residences and holiday homes.
With years of experience within the Interior Design industry and a genuine passion for textiles, she says it is always exciting to explore ideas with clients.
Paula lives on the Hibiscus Coast and opened Co Co Interiors, initially as a pop up, towards the end of last year. She says it has provided a space perfect for consultations and for customers to enjoy a relaxed atmosphere and allows her to highlight some of the high end, custom made pieces she can source locally and from around the world.
The store contains an eclectic mix that includes carefully selected fabrics, indoor and outdoor cushions, glassware, artworks, accessories and mirrors. Styles range from modern lights, rugs and furniture to sophisticated designer giftware.
Paula says her philosophy is that while trends come and go, the important thing is that the interior design suits the taste and needs of the people living in the space.
She loves fabrics and textiles and creating beautiful curtains but says that roller blinds and shutters are also popular.
As windows have become increasingly large to accommodate spectacular views and our love of the outdoors, Paula says many people building or moving into a new home don’t think about the importance, and potential cost, of the right window treatments. “There can be many windows in a home and so how they look, day and night, and functionality, makes an impact,” Paula says. “Getting that right, along with floor treatments, is an investment because those things stay if you sell your home.”