Christine Wangari, best known as All Things Chris, is a renowned interior designer and content creator. She has designed homes for the likes of Wahu, Betty Kyalo, Kamene Goro and Size 8.
She is warm at heart and such a breath of fresh air. When I entered her apartment, I could tell that she poured her heart and soul into her space with surprising touches that make it a welcoming space.
Her apartment is chic and modern; the colors in the room soothing. One of the walls, which is gray, is decorated with two beautiful portraits decorated in black and gold and a tear drop in the middle to create symmetry.
Christine merged bow pattern inspiration as the background and theme of her apartment. My attention is drawn to the bow pattern on the wallpaper, the carpet, cushions, cupboards and quirky accessories. The coherence of these bow patterns is striking and impeccable.
The dining table is elegantly decorated with blue-themed cutlery and carefully displayed accessories: a clear, fancy light point, an antique turquoise clock and a chandelier bracket give the dining space a beautiful look. There are decorative frames with beautiful, meaningful messages on the walls too.
The rest of the apartment has a neutral palette on the walls, giving it a perfect canvas to create a seamless balance for the design. A glittering crystal chandelier, cream micro-suede sofas and soft, furry maroon cushions give the space a distinctive character.
The entertainment unit is her focal point, and two adjoining white shelves hold glittering treasures, exquisite mementos of her travels. The middle part of the shelves is black. “I used black contact paper to create depth,” says Christine.
Next to the entertainment unit is a large, glossy square tile mirror. “This mirror creates an illusion of space and reflects natural light, and it adds a touch of luxury,” she says.
Why this kind of style?
“I’m a millennial and passionate about mid-century modern interior style and all things glamour,” she says.
She says personality must be instilled in the home. Christine was a flight attendant for many years. She has traveled the world, and a few things around her house remind her of places she has visited, such as Malaysia, Italy and Dubai.
“As an interior decor expert, one must also put principles of interior design in place, scale, proportion and balance and the emphasis for me is my focal wall,” she says.
“Think of your space, ceiling, walls and floor as an envelope. Make it as monochromatic as possible. For example, if you have the color gray, have it in all the colors,” she says. Her words, gestures and expressions are filled with pride and passion for interior design.
Her bedroom is inviting and cozy with white curtains, a maroon headboard, luxurious maroon cushions, beautiful lampshades and a fur throw draped over the quilted white bedspread.
“I get my inspiration from Pinterest and some famous designers. Mikel Welch and Jeff Andrews inspire me,” she says
Christine advises that three things one can change in a home to give it a makeover without breaking the bank are: Wallpaper (it’s affordable), have good lighting and create a mood board for planning purposes. “This will help you save your budget and reach your goals faster,” she says. [Nailantei Kenga]
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