Celebrating a Very Creative South Africa

It is no secret – South Africa is brimming with tremendously talented individuals.

From the time that our blog, The Design Tabloid, was conceptualised back in 2010 it has been our desire to create visibility around the creative essence and power to be found in South Africa. We think of it as unearthing hidden gems to show off to the world at large. Instead of lions roaming our African streets, we have a crowd of dynamic and talented creative designers who are able to take their place on the international stage.

We have done that over the past 6 years and will continue to do so because here at Design Monarchy we are #ProudlySA and honoured to count ourselves among the South African creatives.

It is for this very reason that we have decided to introduce a new and regular blog post series to The Design Tabloid. We have found that like with our other regular features, Decorating Dictionary and Decor Quick Tips, a regular topical series not only creates something to look forward to each week, but is also fun and easily digestible.

Each month we will feature a local South African creative, be that an artist, designer, or something altogether different. Our chosen creatives will range from relatively unknown emerging creators to more established designers. We might even throw in one or two local entrepreneurs who have founded successful design-related dynasties and big business brands.

So, keep your eyes peeled for the first instalment of our “Creative SA” blog series and celebrate South African design talent with us. #CreativeSA

Image: 100% Design South Africa

Decorating Dictionary: Breakfront

Breakfront: a large piece of furniture, usually a bookcase or cabinet, where the centre section juts forward projecting past the flanking side sections. It is this stepped out piece that disrupts (or rather “breaks”) the straight line of the front of the cabinet – hence the name.

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{Video} How to Make a Pallet Swing!

Did you know that this coming Sunday, the 9th of October, is South Africa’s very first official “Garden Day“? No? Well, neither did I.

Luckily, our gal SuzelleDIY brought this fact to my attention while I perusing her latest DIY videos. In celebration of Garden Day, Suzelle show us how to make a fun garden swing out of old wooden pallets.

Now to be honest, I have had my fill of pallet-related DIYs and furniture designs. The whole pallet idea was fun and unusual when it first started trending a good few years ago. It also played right into the extremely popular Industrial design style which further boosted the pallet fad’s popularity. Like with most quirky fads, everyone jumped on the pallet DIY bandwagon. My Pinterest feed was filled with hundreds of pallet furniture and decor ideas. Some were brilliant and beautiful, but unfortunately most were tacky and unrefined. I soon grew tired of the fad.

That being said, I can still appreciate a clever pallet DIY idea – especially if its use is appropriate to the space and home style, and if it is refined and well thought through. Suzelle’s Pallet Swing ticks all those boxes which is why I am sharing it with you today! It is a fun and playful idea for the garden or backyard and the design is uncomplicated and tasteful. The addition of pretty bunting and colourful cushions makes for a happy and inviting scene!

Sigh, wish I had a tree branch big and strong enough to accommodate such a fun swing in my garden! I can already envisage myself spending hours on it reading and sipping refreshing cocktails.

Have a happy Garden Day this Sunday guys!

P.S. Marianne – I like your leggings!


Quick Tip #47: Clothes Hanger Craft Storage

Here is the very last tip in our Décor Quick Tip mini series about interesting things to do with the humble clothes hanger…

#47  The humble clothes hanger can be one of the most versatile, inexpensive and uncomplicated organisational tools. This is especially true in the creative workspace or craft room where there is a lots of bits and bops to organise and store. Multi-tiered trouser hangers make excellent washi tape and ribbon dispensers. Use the hangers to keep fabric pieces organised and at hand for your next sewing project. Place scrapbooking materials in plastic sleeves and use skirt hangers with clips to hang them in an ordered fashion.

See more examples of clothes hanger displays on our “Storage” pinboard on Pinterest: here.

Hier is die laaste slim wenk in ons Décor Quick Tip mini-reeks oor al die interessante dinge wat mens met die nederige klerehanger kan maak…

#46  Die nederige klerehanger kan ‘n veelsydige, goedkoop en eenvoudige organisatoriese item wees. Dit is veral waar in die kreatiewe werkplek of handwerk kamer waar daar  vele ditjies en datjies is om te stoor en organiseer. Veelvlakkige broekhangers maak ‘n uitstekende bêreplek vir rolletjies “washi tape” en lint. Gebruik die hangers om lap en materiaal stukke te organiseer vir jou volgende naaldwerk projek. Plaas “scrapbooking” papier en knipsels in plastieksakkies en gebruik romp hangers met knippies om dit georden in die kas te hang.

Vir meer voorbeelde van klerehanger idees besoek op ons “Storage” pinboard op Pinterest: hier.

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