Creating areas of interest in any room

Such a great way to create an area of interest, just love the David Hicks fabric on the wooden chair available from St Leger & Viney.

For a great selection of frames try Hand made frames.

If your anything like my mother, who adores any white ramican/salad bowl… you would put your white crockery on display! Creates an artfully arranged collection and pleasing to the eye.Gorgeous chandeliers, wall sconces and once off hand crafted antique peices, try Delos. Table and chairs from Saarinen Collection by Knoll studio contact Lime line.

Clever way of using hanging lights, at a low level to create an intimate area, love the antique gold clocks, for something similar try Le Brocanteur!! Beautiful solid wooden flooring, try Florest Flooring, for more flooring companies, try our the Decor and Design bible as i call it, by Marcia Margolius, they have some fantastic references in there for everything.

Clearly i am always drawn to geometrics, and anything with a hint of metallic in it, try Hoy Ploy in Johannesburg (sadly they do not have a website) or Spilhaus.

Just love this porcelain dinner set with vibrant flame stitch detail. You can order this direct from it takes about three to five weeks for delivery! Available from Pickard by Kelly Wearstler.

Great way of creating a focal point in this monochromatic room with this flame stitch wallpaper. Osborne & Little have wallpaper called ‘Volte Face’, which is more of a zig zag design but gives a similar look.Very clever way to blow up an aerial view as wallpaper, Ralph Lauren does has a nautical chart wallpaper, if your after a similar look available from St Leger & Viney

If your unable to obtain the beautiful plates, Cole & Son have a ‘Fornasetti’ collection of wallpapers.


New Year, fresh start & some great organising ideas

For minimal desk space, this is a clever way to keep track of bills to pay, upcoming appointments, very eye catching, with the wallpaper/fabric covered clip boards.

Evaluate items and be honest with yourself, how long ago did you use this? Remind yourself that you really don’t need so much stuff. The best de-cluttering method is to pull every single item from your shelves, drawers and cupboards and lay it all out so you can see exactly what everything is.

And the stuff you do need, make sure it’s an item you really love.

Martha Stewarts – New take on keeping up to date with monthly fixtures. Try a chalkboard paint, which you can apply, write and wipe away, try Builders warehouse – from the Rust-Oleum range.

For a similar desk, try Lim, they have a great selection of Duco finish or raw timbers etc, as well as clever storage boxes.

Clever use of shelving space, by utilizing rattan storage units and creating an area if interest and uniform way of displaying goods.

My blue moment

In contrast to red, blue proves to lower blood pressure. Blue also has a very cooling and soothing affect, often making us calmer. Deep blue triggers release of malantonen & stimulates the pituitary gland, which then regulates our sleep patterns. Blue with an undertone of purple gives a warmer feeling, whereas electric blues, give the opposite conotation. I attended a talk given by Leatrice Eiseman last year, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, and author of seven books on colour, i found it so fascinating how colour can change ones mood and affect the way we feel.

Photo Credit: Gervasoni, available from The Modern Garden Company

It is often described as peaceful, tranquil, secure, and orderly. Blue can also create feelings of sadness or aloofness. Blue is often used to decorate offices because research has shown that people are more productive in blue rooms. It is also one of the most popular colors, but it is one of the least appetizing. Some weight loss plans even recommend eating your food off of a blue plate. Blue rarely occurs naturally in food aside from blueberries and plums.

Photo Credit: House Beautiful, Francesco Lagnese

For Similar Sofa, try Roma Sofa and for armchairs, Sultan chairs (above) from Wunders, and the Orient dining chairs with deep buttoned & stud detail (below) great idea with the handle. Handles inc has a great selection you can choose from.

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Photo Credit: Elle Decor
Photo Credit: David Nicolas, Domino Magazine

Photo Credit: Martha Stewart

Wishbone chairs by Hans Wegner, so refreshing in the blue tones            Photo Credit: Carl Hansen & Son

Great idea, to create a focal point, like arranging these plates on a wall. If you have several plates and are going for a traditional look, create a symmetrical arrangement. For a collection-style look, try an asymmetrical yet balanced design.

Mixing of different styles

Mixing of styles is sometimes a bit daunting, but involves the same process when searching for a chair to pair with a Sofa. Not necessarily need be the same look but similar lines and shape, and in any case its more about discovering you own style than adhering to the norm.

Figure out which style should dominate. It can be a modern space with antique accents or a traditional space with contemporary accents. You don’t want to create a space where everything is fighting for equal attention. Start collecting pictures of furniture you like, you will soon start to see a pattern. You can then add pieces of different styles through their shapes, material, color and texture.

Great way to create areas of interest in a dark space by using accents of white & splashes of colour. Like this modern chair: 637 Utrecht by Cassina and rainbow coloured deep buttoned ottoman adds a fun element to this dark space, as well as the over sized ultra mod ‘Paper chandelier’ by Moooi. Grounded by Parquet flooring, which is making a comeback, the herringbone shape is the most popular, Parquet floors are usually long lasting and require little or no maintenance.

Photo Credit: Vogue Living Australia

To create contrast and excitement, juxtapose colors and textures, such as colourful Eames dining chairs, paired with white duco dining table, for a similar look, in solid Oak, ‘Gray 33’ by Gervasoni, available from Modern Garden Company.

With classic looks – The idea is to create a look of luxurious space through carved ornamentation, rich finishes and a grander scale. The overall look is more intricate and busier than in other styles, combined with Simplistic modern pieces can give it a very contemporary yet sophisticated feel.
Mood Board – Grey Hues mixing styles: Fabric, from David Hicks, St Leger & Viney, Louis Chair from Block & Chisel Interiors, Grey table as well as plates image, Gervasoni, Modern Garden Company.

Main Photo Credit: Domino Magazine


Double volume space incorporating classic ornate pillars in this industrial/loft apartment, paired with mod clean lines and rustic patchwork style carpet. Furniture: Panton chairs, by Vitra & Barcelona chaise longue by Knoll, organic shapes mixed with more masculine lines, such a mix of periods can give a room a distinct, multi-faceted look. i Just love these cotton Lambas from Madwa, you can layer some armchairs to create a more textured look.

Hans Wegners Wish bone chairs, are great, their natural wooden frame and woven paper cord seat, this mid-century classic chair gives any space a fresh yet almost rustic feel, mixed with modern over sized ceiling lights & dining table.

Textured Rugs: Mp Rugs/ Fibre Designs, always have such a great selection, adds play fullness to a neutral room. To match the look, recently spotted at La Grange, Louis XV chair without the canopy. Reclaimed wooden coffee table, Weylandts has a great selection. For a similar sofa, try the Cameo Sofa with the arms cut back slightly, with Scatter cushions instead of Back cushions plus loose cover, available from

Neutral Space, adding of subdued stripes, always creates a nice accented area. Greek mattress for a similar look contact Ascot Upholsterers.

Over sized ‘Bell‘ ceiling lights by Gervasoni, from Modern Garden Company. African Gameskin has a wide variety or full grain and corrected leathers, like this white hide seen below.

Great idea: Don’t have enough floor space, add angled poised ceiling lights!!