Season’s Greetings From Design Monarchy


Season Greetings from Design Monarchy

Wishing all our readers and friends a Merry Christmas and a joyous festive season!

It’s that time of the year again! Time to eat & drink too much, celebrate and be merry – not to mention put the feet up! Thank you for all your support during the year – we truly appreciate it! We loved sharing our passion for design, décor and generally pretty things with you this past year!

Since our studio will be closed for business from today till the 12th of January 2015, The Design Tabloid will slow its pace a bit in terms of posts. Keep your eyes peeled however – next year brings BIG and exciting things for us here at the Design Monarchy!

Have a good one, guys and gals! Design Tabloid out!

    Love, Rose & Marica  ♥  

Trend Alert: Gold


Did you know that Plascon announced on Monday that Gold is their selected Colour of the Month? With Christmas and New Year’s just around the corner, I think Gold is the perfect choice for the month of December – very season appropriate.

Over the past year we’ve gradually seen the metals trend morph from bright strong Coppers to the more mellow Golds. In fact, Anne Roselt Plascon’s Colour Manager, stated that Gold was “a stand-out colour” at Decorex International this year.

In the past Gold has often been associated with classical and overly opulent interiors. Until recently even I thought of Gold as dated (“oude doos” as the Afrikaner would say). However, I love the current trend of introducing soft golds into contemporary interiors – especially where it plays contrast against a bold black and white colour scheme. There is just something so glamorous about glittery Gold – if it is tastefully used that is.

Here is a little golden inspiration for you…

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The PERFECT Summer Holiday Reading Nook


By Marica

Guys and Gals, I can’t tell you how excited I am for our December holiday break! It’s been quite an inspired year and Rose and I have been working super dooper hard. We honestly need some chillaxing, put-your-feet-up time.

You know what activity I’m most looking forward to this holiday (other than doing the bare minimum and eating myself into sweet oblivion over Christmas)? READING!! I can’t wait to catch up on some good reads – the must-read books have been stacking up.

We recently conceptualized a cosy under-the-stairs reading nook for one of clients. That of course made me yearn for a little reading sanctuary to call my own. I wondered… what would my ideal reading nook entail? So here you go – my perfect reading nook. And since Capetonian Decembers are always cooking hot – my nook has got a distinct fresh summery vibe!

GET THIS LOOK:

1. Well, of course you are going to need a place to stow your favourite books – I love the idea of wall boxes as they free up some floor space. These solid oak “Loft Boxes” are from Weylandts. {HINT: If you want to add a tad of quirky colour to your space consider painting the back of your wall box / wall in different colours like I have illustrated above…}

2. Every reading nook needs some good direct lighting, be it a desk lamp or standing lamp. This super cool faceted Foscarini by Diesel “Rock” standing lamp is available through Crema Design.

3. I adore this small storage box with bunting design on the lid – perfect for storing mementos and treasures. You can find this box at @Home.

4. What about a beautiful piece of art to look at whilst contemplating your next read. This beautiful framed print by Victoria Verbaan is available online through Superbalist.com

5. You are going to need this lovely paint-dipped stoneware canister from Woolworths to store some sweeties in – time flies when you are reading, don’t want the blood sugar to get low.

6. Comfy chair to snuggle into with your book – check! This retro beauty is from Weylandts. You are also going to need a cushion for a bit of lumbar support – this yellow geo cushion is from @Home.

7. I LOVE this quirky Scandi-inspired pencil leg side table – also available from Weylandts. Furthermore, I think the “pencil” theme is totally appropriate for a reading (or journalling) nook!

8. Get into the “reading pose” – put your feet up. This beautiful cotton rope pouffe by Pomme Pomme, available through Mono, is just the thing!

9. Now add a rug – like this trendy geometric number from @Home. #NoShoesRequired

 

Suzelle DIY – How to make a Terrarium


Suzelle DIYI am sure most of you have seen the hilarious “How to make a Braai Pie” video that recently launched Suzelle DIY – “a bitesize do-it-yourself webseries” – into local stardom.

I can completely understand why Suzelle has taken country by storm. There is something so distinctly South African about her quirky yet helpful DIY clips. Her humorous portrayal of a certain Afrikaans stereotype is SO easy to relate to and love. I especially love the videos that feature Suzelle’s silent and awkward best friend, Marianne.

In the video above Suzelle walks us through creating a beautiful terrarium – a perfect and creative gift for a friend or loved one. D.I.Why? Because anybody can!

Interesting titbit: Suzelle is the alter ego of Capetonian designer, artist and illustrator Julia Anastasopoulos. Julia’s beautiful hand drawn works can be seen all around town – on the walls and windows of some MyCiti bus stations, as well as a gorgeous illustrated mural in the children’s section of The Book Lounge in Roeland Street. Julia, who has a background in theatre, teamed up with talented filmmaker and animator Ari Kruger to create the beautifully styled and shot Suzelle DIY.

Love Suzelle DIY as much as we do? Want to see more of her videos? Be sure to check out her YouTube channel: here.

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