Monthly Archives: September 2012

Décor Dictionary: Semainier

LEFT: A handsome fruitwood and walnut veneer French semainier with holly inlay and marble top, circa 1880. RIGHT: A super cool contemporary semainier by Rougier in teal high gloss lacquer.

Semainier:   is a tall, narrow chest with seven drawers – one drawer for each day of the week. Popularized in 18th-century, the name derives from the French term, “semaine”, meaning “week” and was designed for storing lingerie, personal linen and other unmentionables. 

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8 Awesome South African Bookends

No longer simply functional, bookends can add instant pizazz to any boring bookcase or shelf. Keep those books, CDs and DVDs organised whilst adding a touch of style that speaks of you and your home. So today we’re taking a look at cool locally designed bookends. From quirky and playful, to vintage or  beautifully-designed – unique bookends for every flavour and taste. Here are some of our favorites. Let us know which you like best!
Bookends by Quirky Me

A perfect fit for a soft feminine room or boudoir, this dainty Doily Bookend adds a bit of lacy whimsy. Or you can say it like it is with this trendy “BOOK” bookend. Both bookends are made from laser-cut metal and available from Quirky Me.
Cape Gable Bookends by Chandler House

Add a touch of Cape Dutch architectural elegance to you bookcase with a pair of Cape Gable Bookends from Chandler House.Bookends by TinTown

Love the playful A-Z Bookends from TinTown – just be sure to alphabetize those books! Another pretty design from TinTown is the Heart Tree Bookendlove the double silhouette created by fold-out tree… it looks super cool.Vinyl LP Record Bookends by Freshly Found

I bit of re-purposed vintage décor – I’m sure the artist won’t mind! These funky bookends made from old vinyl LP records are available from Freshly Found.Barcode Bookends by Love Jozi

Don’t you think these Barcode Bookends, designed by Johannesburg T-Shirt company Love Jozi, are just awesome?! It features a bit of the Jozi skyline. Hey, who’s going to design a Cape Town skyline bookend?! I would love one of those…Kewpie Doll Bookends by NEST

And lastly a bit of nostalgia with these super cute and quirky Kewpie Doll Bookends by Nest Homegrown. You can purchase these from Utique.co.za!

Quick Tip #17: Tea Towel Décor

Beautiful Framed Tea Towels

John Jones London framed 9 gorgeous limited edition tea towels for an article featured in Livingetc. Magazine.

Tea Towels as Tablecloths or Runners

LEFT: Martha Stewart’s crafts editor Blake Ramsey came up with the idea of sewing tea towels together to make table runners. RIGHT: A gorgeous stripy patchwork tablecloth made from tea towels via HousetoHome.

Yesterday’s post on terrific South African designer tea towels just made me realise that some tea towels are just too beautiful to dry dishes with. It would be an utter design sin to subject these lovelies to the wear-and-tear associated with household cleaning and entertaining… and I’m sure the same is true for pretty napkins! So today’s Décor Quick Tip aims to illustrate how you can preserve those handsome tea towels…

#17   Turn too-beautiful-to-use tea towels into quirky yet affordable works of art by having them framed. If you have basic needle-and-thread skills, you can also sew pretty tea towels together to transform them into playful, one-of-a-kind tablecloths or runners.

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