Décor Dictionary: Console

On the left – a traditional, French style, 2-legged console table and a sleek contemporary console on the right.

Console:   is a narrow wall table generally used for the display of decorative objets and often found in foyers, hallways and antechambers. Traditionally, console tables were fixed to the wall and therefore only needed two, typically very ornate, front legs. Today, console table are also often used at the back of sofas as sofa tables.

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Bamboo Desk Lamp by Burghen Siebert

By Marica

By now you all know I have a thing for clever and sexy lighting designs – I therefore just had to share this awesome little desk lamp with you. The Bamboo Desk Lamp, made from steam-bent & laminated bamboo, is the creation of Capetonian Industrial Design student Burghen Siebert.

“The desk lamp was designed with simplicity and function in mind. The lathed lamp shade is toped off with a sand-blasted perspex rim that allows a comfortable 100º glow. The hand spun aluminium fitting allows easy adjustment to the pitch and hight of the lamp, as well as adding a beautiful contrast to the bamboo.”

Isn’t it simply gorgeous?! Well done, Burghen – I would love to see what designs you come up with during the remainder of our studies and thereafter… talented young man!

Bamboo Desk Lamp by Burghen Siebert
Bamboo Desk Lamp by Burghen Siebert
Bamboo Desk Lamp by Burghen Siebert

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My Gallery Wall Cornerstone & PRINT WILD GIVE-AWAY!

I have recently been toying with the idea of creating a beautiful gallery wall in my entrance hall – a framed photo collection of my family and loved ones to greet all guests who enter my home.

My eldest daughter, Kelly and her precious family live abroad in Finland. Fortunately, for my hubby and me, she likes to escape their harsh winter and like a bird migrates with her kids down South, back to sun, mama and papa.

A few years ago, during one such a vacation and  just before Claire, my youngest daughter and her family re-located to the Eastern Cape haven of St. Francis Bay, we decided that it was time to have those long outstanding professional family photos taken.

My gorgeous framed family photo that I received from printWild earlier this week! It’s big and beautiful – the perfect start to my gallery wall!

The images were awesome and there was one particular photo that I have been dying to have framed – it was going to be the big focal photo of my gallery wall. However, it had to be a special framing job as the image is a long rectangular one.

I stumbled across printWild (interesting name), a Durban-based online print / framing company. Since they promised to have my framed image with me within 7 – 9 days, I decided to go for this online purchase – something I have never done before.

When I tell you that the process was painlessly quick, I am not joking. The only time consuming part of the exercise was the time I had to take to decide upon the product. The actual ordering process – well if it took more than two minutes that was a lot.

Initially having to select from their vast range of products was a little daunting for me as they supply anything from canvas prints to custom printed wallpaper. However, as I explored their site, I found that they have supported their written product descriptions with videos. Being a very visual person (not a manual reader) this worked so well for me.

I made my choice – something they call a ‘contemporary white frame’ and selected my size, with a few special instructions of what I envisaged for this rectangular image.

The service was superb to say the least, because exactly 7 days after the order was placed, Father Xmas in July had sent his little Elf called Courier to my front door. I was so excited when I eventually managed to tear all the packaging material off to discover my wonderful family image staring back at me. The quality of the image and the frame – magic.

Now all that remains is for hubby to mount that on the designated wall and for all the visitors to coo over that stunning framed photo.

I gave printWild my positive feedback and mentioned that I intended to blog about it. Wait for it – there could be a Xmas in July for some lucky reader as well. They have offered us an R500.00 voucher to be redeemed against any online purchase from their site. Which means… GIVE AWAY TIME!

To enter and stand a chance WIN you must:

1) Comment on this post below by telling us who you are and what you would print / frame should you win the voucher (check out the printWild’s website to view all their awesome products)!

2) “Like” our Facebook page: here   AND   the printWild Facebook page: here

… additionally if you have Twitter you can also do the following…

Tweet this post and include @streaksahead @printwild (by the way…are you following us and printWild yet?)

Unfortunately only people residing in South Africa are eligible for this competition. We will announce the lucky winner on Monday, 6 August 2012 – so be sure to enter before then.

Happy 94th Birthday Madiba!

Today we celebrate the 94th birthday of the Father of our Nation, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, pioneer of South African democracy! Such a great, compassionate, and incredibly wise man, who fought most his life for the freedom and equality of the South African people. What an amazing honour to partake in your life and to be able to say we where there.

Today is also Mandela Day, an international day adopted by the United Nations and celebrated on Madiba’s birthday every year. Mandela Day is a global call to action that celebrates the idea that each individual has the power to transform the world, the ability to make an impact. Individuals, communities and organisations are asked to donate 67 minutes to doing something for others, commemorating the 67 years that Nelson Mandela gave to the struggle for social justice.

The Mandela Day campaign message is:

“Nelson Mandela has fought for social justice for 67 years. We’re asking you to start with 67 minutes.”

Have amazing and blessed birthday Tata. May you have many many more!

We love you! x x x

Madiba Quotes:

“Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land (South Africa) will again experience the oppression of one by another.” – Nelson Mandela

“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.” – Nelson Mandela

“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” – Nelson Mandela

“If there are dreams about a beautiful South Africa, there are also roads that lead to their goal. Two of these roads could be named Goodness and Forgiveness.” – Nelson Mandela

 

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” – Nelson Mandela

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” – Nelson Mandela

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” – Nelson Mandela

[Image sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

Ask Décor Diva: How Do I Turn My Bathroom Into A Feature?

Michelle recently contacted The Design Tabloid to ask our resident Décor Diva some advice…

Michelle asks:

We have just bought a new house and have a lot of great ideas for decorating (especially from your site!) but the guest bathroom has stumped us! It is huge…with only a toilet and small basin. I would really appreciate your creative ideas! We are open to colour / patterns / anything…it just needs to be budget friendly as we are spending money on other more important aspects of the house! My hubby is a graphic designer and this guest toilet is between the living areas of the house and his design studio and clients /guests will use it.

Décor Diva says:

In essence, this bathroom dilemma has two primary issues that need to be resolved. One – it is a large, sparsely furnished space that needs to be transformed into something visually “smaller” and more intimate. And two – the necessity to change this drab, blank canvas of a room into a showpiece that pops. Both these issues can be resolved by addressing the same key aspects.

The majority of South Africans still think about bathrooms in a very traditional way – a little room, tiled from floor to ceiling, with some nice towels and a couple of collected seashells as decoration. It should be clean and functional – nothing more… How very sad! Bathrooms, especially guest bathrooms, have awesome feature room potential! It is the perfect little space for a dramatic, over-the-top statement that will make your guests and clients go – “Wow!

The truth is – we spend a lot of idle time in bathrooms, so why not give us something interesting to stare at while there…

As your husband is a graphic designer and potential clients will often use the loo, I suggest giving him a little more creative reign than usual. View the bathroom as blank billboard space – an extension of his portfolio. There are a multitude of ways he can incorporate some of his work into the bathroom – framed illustrations maybe, or a collection of funky vintage logos.

The basin wall is an excellent space to create a gallery wall – a collection of framed art, prints, photos or funky graphics. The net is filled with awesome images and tutorials illustrating how to put together an attractive feature wall. I’m also loving the current trend of having multiple mirror in various shapes and size on one wall. Speaking of mirrors – do a little secondhand / craft market shopping and see if you can find a nice big ornate vintage mirror for above the basin. Paint the mirror frame in a bright bold colour to turn it into a gorgeous statement piece.

Now, making a large room look cosy is all about décor and visual tricks you can use to create an illusion of a smaller, more intimate space. Walls can be painted in darker, deeper, and bolder colours as they absorb light and make a room look warmer and smaller. Wallpaper is also a great option for this space – something edgy and different (check out Design Kist or Cara Saven). OR, if your husband is feeling especially industrious, he can design something himself that can easily be converted into wallpaper.

Another aspect to consider is furniture. “Whaaat, furniture in the bathroom?” you may ask. Yup, I guess in today’s smaller, contemporary, integrated homes it is not something that we see often. However, in big older houses it was quite a common thing (think Cape Dutch bigger and older).

An underused shelving unit or glass-front cabinet from a living room or bedroom can find new purpose in a bathroom. Stack folded towels and linen along the shelves and display decorative accessories & books. Another cool piece is one of those tiered ladder shelf units (I know @Home has some: here).Otherwise, you can add a funky chair or a sleek little bench seat to the area next to the basin. Include a round side table between the bench seat and the toilet – stack it with books or comics for some good on-the-loo reads.

Last thing, instead of using the traditional (and oudoos) bathroom mat set – you know, the small mat in front of the toilet and another in front of the basin – buy a gorgeous big rug to ‘ground’, balance and add warmth to your space. Your bathroom is the perfect size to accommodate a bigger rug and since no bathing or showering is involved you won’t have to worry about water damage. The Kilim type rugs are super trendy right know.

Below find some inspirational image I sourced from around the net. They are in various interior styles but the principles are sound – you can just ‘translate’ it into your preferred style…

Hope this put you on the right path to an awesome guest bathroom! Good luck and let us know how it goes!

Love, Rose  x x x

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Jared Odell Asks “What’s Your Colour?”

I’ve recently been thinking back to our whirlwind Design Indaba experience earlier this year. We saw SO many awesome things and met SO may awesome designers, including this talented local boy’tjie…

Jared Odell on his FULBRITE Coffee Table

Capetonian furniture designer Jared Odell has been making some serious design waves since the launch of his first furniture range last year. The Fulbrite Range playfully combines bent powder-coated sheet metal with gorgeous solid Scandinavian birch plywood. It has an elegant simplicity and quirky fold-out and slot-in look about it that in some slight way reminds me of flat-packed furniture. The beauty of the range is the option to choose your favourite colour for powder coating, giving you the option to create something truly unique.

The FULBRITE chair. Pick a colour!

Jared, who studied Industrial Design at Cape Peninsula University of Technology alongside the Pedersen+Lennard whiz kids (sho, that year sure turned out design diamonds), is a Mid-century Modernists enthusiast. Just like the Modernists, he attempts to balance aesthetics, function, and simplicity while staying true to his chosen materials.

The FULBRITE bench and the newest addition to range, the “Lobby Chair” on the right.

In an interview with Jared last year, Visi posed the question: “Does South Africa inspire your design at all? If so, how?” I quite like Jared’s answer…

“Yes, I think the relaxed culture of South Africans has inspired me to create furniture that’s fun and not too pretentious. European design is beautiful, but it’s often so serious. South Africans like beautiful yet practical things, so I’ve tried to create a range that’s usable and practical. I’m designing furniture, not making art.”

Check out Jared’s website: here.

The Jared Odell FULBRITE Tri Table & Table
The FULBRITE chair in white.
Absolutely LOVE the FULBRITE desk lamps!
[Images via Jared Odell]