Adding some glamour…

 glam·our/ˈglamər/Noun The attractive/exciting quality that makes certain people or things seem appealing or special.

Lighting is one of them. Lighting fixtures are very important in a home,  no matter how intricate or creative the design of a room is, it would not have any value if there is no appealing lighting fixture to complement it. Appropriate & right amount of lighting from a lighting fixture(s) can help in improving the appearance of a house.

Guilt mirrors/ elaborate frames, hand blown lamp bases, crystal decanters, these always add a touch of glamour for me in any space.I always find such great finds in the Long street antique arcade then just have to take a visit to Buir & Muir for great classic glassware as well as timeless pieces.

Gold Finish to a desk, very sophisticated, compared to your usual stainless steel look, a design by Hans J. Wegner available from Carl Hansen and Son.

Metallic wallpaper on walls, very effective. Knoll Platner dining table (below) with Frame consisting of vertical steel wire rods welded to circular horizontal and edge-framing rods. Top options include clear glass, bronze glass and a variety of marble and veneer finishes, available from Limeline.

Photo Credit: Condenast House & Garden magazine, Interior by: Jeffrey Bilhuber

These chairs are beautiful as well as elegant; splayed legs with curved backrest. Klismosdeveloped by the ancient Greeks. Perfected by the 5th century bc and popular throughout the 4th century bc. Sadly no original Greek chairs survived into modern times. However, the Greeks left a rich history of sculpture and paintings depicting the chair.

“The 21st century has brought glamour, decoration and ornamentation back into homes. It’s a marriage of disparate styles that finds no contradiction. “

“This unique book of spectacular houses and gardens—whose owners come from the worlds of fashion, music, art, and society”

The Interiors and exteriors are so inspiring, both classic and modern, giving us an intimate view into their homes.

“This is the perfect book for anyone looking for new and creative ways to decorate their homes, inspiring readers to add an element of the unexpected to their homes. “

Kelly Wearstlers combination of all the corals and metalics, blends so well with her background fabric by Lee Jofacontact St Leger & Viney.

Diffuser bottles, I spotted a few gorgeous options at Dominico Interiors, and last but not least the timeless yet iconic Arco lamp, to think my father used to have on in his bachelor pad but sadly gave away when he was younger, paired with Knoll Bertoia Side chairs (which he has kept, all i need now is to have the seat cushion redone and perhaps rechrome the chairs.

The Baobab collection created in Tanzania, produced in Belgium, 8 exclusive colours each with a selective fragrance. Every piece is handmade and each vase is blown piece by piece. You can Choose from a selection of different fragrances, available from Wunders La maison

Pomellato jewellery,  I just love the over sized stones. Rose gold, Amethyst, Prasiolite (Green coloured stone, a rare stone in nature. Prasiolite is heat treated amethyst) Available from Apsley 2 at the V&A Waterfront. Brands such as Etro, Bottega Veneta, William Yeoward Crystal, Hermes Tableware, Ralph Lauren homeware, Aqui di Parma, Christian Louboutin. Best to leave the credit card at home when visiting.

Tom Dixon – metallic lights, spheres, domes, organic shapes, available from Crema Design I recently spotted the Beat’ lights at Graham Beck Wine tasting room in Robertson, (seen below) very chic.

Knoll Saarinen table, available from Limeline, Brass candle sticks try Le Brocanteur, great selection of antiques sourced from around Europe.

Photo Credit: Devil Wears Prada Movie

The Devil wears Prada, i think any woman wouldn’t mind a wardrobe selection like their fashion cupboard in the movie, and whenever i think of this movie, all i can hear is Vogue by Madonna…..!!! Framed pictured, such a great focal point in a room.

Crisp linens, deep buttoned scroll bed.  Many people are good at combining one pattern with a solid but are afraid of adding more. Yet, adding even one more colour/print or pattern can make all the difference between a so-so room and one that is interesting, polished, and pulled together.

Ralph Lauren interiors and accessories very elegant and tasteful.  Adding a Venetian mirror, always a beautiful accessory in a room, Delos in Cape Town has some exquisite options. Another great addition to glamourise a room is wall mouldings, NMC has a great selection from ceiling roses, cornices, skirting boards, all made from high density Polystyrene/imitation wood Polystyrene.

Photo Credits: Ralph Lauren