Meet the Designer: Jade

Our highly anticipated new season homeware range has hits stores across the country, we thought who better to introduce the new range than the in-house Lead Designer himself. We’re talking about Jade Turner, Homeware Lead Designer for The Warehouse and the mind behind the creation and collaboration of these versatile trends, textures and statement pieces.

From the initial idea, through to creation, where did you find and gather inspiration for this range?

We look everywhere! Blogs, overseas trends, social – but we always bring it back to New Zealand, and ask ourselves whether this is something we can see going into Kiwi homes. Not all international trends are going to work here, the floral trend that the UK loves so much is great example of what works there but not here.

I think New Zealanders are very sophisticated and maybe even a little edgier when it comes to home décor, so I think they’re going to be very excited to find products they will love in this new range – and at affordable prices.

Let’s talk themes – West Bay, Onyx Blanco and Palm Springs.

This season’s themes are so versatile. You can incorporate one of these themes into your existing décor or even all three. The midnight blues of West Bay feel like the deep oceans of New Zealand, turbulent yet beautiful and completely encapsulated in our heritage. We’ve added aged golds to this range to bring through warmth. In fact, warm golds are a reoccurring colour theme that runs through all three of the ranges.

Onyx Blanco is about adding dimension through geometric shapes in black and white. The theme focuses on texture as well as gloss and matte finishes, and it’s very easy to incorporate pieces into your existing colour schemes. Palm Springs introduces the colour warm peach, adding energy to a living space. This theme encompasses the idea of travel, heading overseas to different coloured landscapes and bringing a piece of that home.

Jade’s top tips for updating your space this season

  • The easiest way to incorporate these colour themes into your home is with the use of metallic, as I mentioned earlier. The same aged gold can be found in each of these ranges – this is your anchor. Pick a style that matches your personality and create visual moments throughout your home. It’s about taking everyday items and using them in new conventional ways. Art doesn’t always have to be hung on your walls; try placing them on the floor against the wall instead. This adds dimension.
  • Always bring the outdoors inside. Especially in the cooler months when we are less likely to use our outdoor spaces. Hanging planters, large floor planters, even fake flowers and plants are looking amazing realistic – and they’re much easier to care for!
  • The easiest way to incorporate trend driven colours into your home each season is through cushions. Remember, you don’t have to have the same four cushions on your couch – keep trends together, but they don’t have to match. Experiment with different sizes and textures to create dimension.
  • Baskets are no longer reserved for the laundry. Bring a wire basket into your living room and throw in a stylish throw to add depth and style.
  • Finally, know your space and create visually interesting areas. If you know that the sun hits on one side of the room, why not pop a chair there so you can sit and enjoy that sun!

From the initial idea, through to creation, where did you find and gather inspiration for this range?

We look everywhere! Blogs, overseas trends, social – but we always bring it back to New Zealand, and ask ourselves whether this is something we can see going into Kiwi homes. Not all international trends are going to work here, the floral trend that the UK loves so much is great example of what works there but not here. I think New Zealanders are very sophisticated and maybe even a little edgier when it comes to home décor, so I think they’re going to be very excited to find products they will love in this new range – and at affordable prices.

Let’s talk themes – West Bay, Onyx Blanco and Palm Springs.

This season’s themes are so versatile. You can incorporate one of these themes into your existing décor or even all three. The midnight blues of West Bay feel like the deep oceans of New Zealand, turbulent yet beautiful and completely encapsulated in our heritage. We’ve added aged golds to this range to bring through warmth. In fact, warm golds are a reoccurring colour theme that runs through all three of the ranges. Onyx Blanco is about adding dimension through geometric shapes in black and white. The theme focuses on texture as well as gloss and matte finishes, and it’s very easy to incorporate pieces into your existing colour schemes. Palm Springs introduces the colour warm peach, adding energy to a living space. This theme encompasses the idea of travel, heading overseas to different coloured landscapes and bringing a piece of that home.

Jade’s top tips for updating your space this season

  • The easiest way to incorporate these colour themes into your home is with the use of metallic, as I mentioned earlier. The same aged gold can be found in each of these ranges – this is your anchor. Pick a style that matches your personality and create visual moments throughout your home. It’s about taking everyday items and using them in new conventional ways. Art doesn’t always have to be hung on your walls; try placing them on the floor against the wall instead. This adds dimension.
  • Always bring the outdoors inside. Especially in the cooler months when we are less likely to use our outdoor spaces. Hanging planters, large floor planters, even fake flowers and plants are looking amazing realistic – and they’re much easier to care for!
  • The easiest way to incorporate trend driven colours into your home each season is through cushions. Remember, you don’t have to have the same four cushions on your couch – keep trends together, but they don’t have to match. Experiment with different sizes and textures to create dimension.
  • Baskets are no longer reserved for the laundry. Bring a wire basket into your living room and throw in a stylish throw to add depth and style.
  • Finally, know your space and create visually interesting areas. If you know that the sun hits on one side of the room, why not pop a chair there so you can sit and enjoy that sun!