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Design Space: Three homeware must-haves for grown up living

Interior design student Henry Tuck suggests starting your "grown up" house with a slip covered sofa, a jute rug and metal dining chairs.

Every week we ask a Kiwi interior expert to tell us what they're loving now and how to use it. This week Henry Tuck, a 21-year-old Kiwi studying interior design in Melbourne, talks about the three interior decor items he thinks are must-haves in a grown-up house.

My boyfriend and I have recently decided to move in together. Woohoo! With this exciting relationship milestone also comes the prospect of living without flatmates – in a proper "grown up" house.

When setting up your own grown up house it's worth picking furniture that will last well and easily transition between current and future home styles. Here are my three favourite homewares that will make your place feel grown up, and serve as basics to build upon.

1. A slip covered couch

The days of flat parties may be over, but if you want your beautiful grown up couch to last, get one that you can clean easily with removable machine washable covers. Slips come in a range of materials and can be made by an upholsterer for pre-existing couches. 

Linen covers are my favourite because they drape luxuriously. However cotton canvas, corduroy and even denim are all hardwearing options that can look amazing. Pick a neutral coloured slip and seal it with a fabric protecting spray.



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2. A seagrass / jute rug

I absolutely love these rugs. They add texture to interiors, bring a natural element to spaces, and look great in both modern and traditional settings. Plus they hide dirt brilliantly.

These rugs come in both natural and dyed finishes – but personally I'd stick to the natural coloured ones, as to me looking organic is part of their charm.

Seagrass rugs are very easy to clean; however other natural rugs will soak up stains, so when buying a rug take care to investigate how easily your chosen one cleans up.


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3. Metal dining chairs

A nice dining table may not be in your budget now, but metal dining chairs will last well until one is, and remain stylish too.

When picking dining chairs consider the shape of the back and its proportions. Do you want a chair with a round or square shaped back? A solid back or one you can see through?

To help decide, look around your dining area for inspiration (e.g. to make a small space feel roomier, pick chairs with an open back structure).

I love metal chairs that look a little weathered, but with time even the newest chairs will attain a beautiful aged patina.



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