Rose’s Curated Art Collection

You might remember that we featured, an online South African art gallery, early last month. Well, Jennifer asked Rose if she would curate a collection of artworks for their regular guest curation feature. To see the selected artworks that appealed to Rose pop over to The piece also features a rather interesting interview where Rose discusses art and style. Check it out: here.

Get This Look: Fresh Contemporary Lounge

By Marica

Sjoe, it’s been quite some time since we last did a Get The Look here at The Design Tabloid! When I saw this contemporary lounge setting, featured on Style At Home, I immediately knew I would have no problem sourcing local products for this look. The best thing about this fresh and simplistic room is that it is budget driven and seriously uncomplicated. This white-on-white living room gets all its interest and dimension from its colourful and patterned accessories, while the tree stump tables / stools adds warmth and natural texture.


1. Country Road Jeremiah scatter cushion from Woolworths.

2. This Branch Scatter Cushion from Love Milo is the perfect fit!

3. Introduce a bit of colour with this minty chevron cushion from Zana.

4. Add an additional layer by including this super funky rectangular light bulb cushion from Weylandts.

5. I adore this wood and iron desk lamp with its eye-catching red cord – also from Weylandts.

6. Simplicity Wall Clock in white available from @Home.

7. Nothing complicated about this comfy white L-shape sofa from

8. Solid Jacaranda Stools from LIM.

9. If you struggle to find the right item locally, consider broadening you search to international online shops that ship to SA like West Elm. This Grasslands Throw from West Elm with its Southwest-inspired stencil pattern in a warm palette is just the added dimension this Get The Look needs.

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Quick Tip #18: Framed Wallpaper

When browsing the web to find clever titbits to use as Décor Quick Tips, I often stumble across a variety of interesting and unusual applications for wallpaper… I’m sure you have seen some of them too. So, I thought we can do a little wallpaper Quick Tip series! Keep an eye out for more wallpaper Quick Tips in the weeks to come.

#18   Finding it hard to source art that will perfectly complement your room style and colour scheme? Love a certain wallpaper pattern, but not brave enough to commit to a whole wall? Consider using wallpaper offcuts as quirky framed pieces of art. Group framed wallpapers of various shapes and sizes to create an inexpensive and unique gallery wall.

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Lidewij Edelkoort on Trend Forecasting

Found this interesting little clip of Li Edelkoort discussing trend forecasting on YouTube. This lady really knows her stuff – she nails it every year, truly amazing. If you have the time, click play – it is very interesting and thought provoking!

Lidewij Edelkoort is one of the world’s most renowned trend forecasters. Lidewij has pioneered trend forecasting as a profession. She announces the concepts, colours and materials which will be in fashion two or more years in advance because as she claims, “there is no creation without advance knowledge, and without design, a product cannot exist.” In this way, she and her closely-knit teams orients creative professionals, in interpreting the evolution of society and the signals of consumer tastes to come, without forgetting economic reality.’ – via

‘I WAS HERE’ Movement

Look around you at this time of the year. Many magazines, blog and whoever, is out there being touched by Spring Fever. What are they talking about – getting rid of your winter blues by de-cluttering and spring-cleaning, with the view of making way for the hot summer days.

When I was writing for the City Mag as their décor editor, it was something that I had to address as well. At first, I was a bit stumped by what to write about, that had not been tackled before. I mean, spring-cleaning is spring-cleaning.

Needless to say, I was happy that it was not an expectation from me this year. However, in the meantime something else along those lines has come across my path. Last weekend Kim Gray posted an article on her blog titled “I WAS HERE”. In it she featured a video clip of a Beyoncé song produced for The United Nations World Humanitarian Day titled “I was here”. I was deeply moved by the words of this song, because it just resonates with all that is within me concerning making my little mark in the world.

To quote Kim: “For years my husband and I have wanted to get involved in some sort of charity work – not quite finding the right thing. It’s been bugging us that we’re not giving back.” Seems she has found a niche now…

In the article she speaks of “editing her wardrobe, make up, perfumes, etc. regularly with a view of donating to the not-so-fortunate peeps beyond her personal borders. I loved that term – editing – probably a far nicer way of saying ‘spring-cleaned or de-cluttered’. She is challenging her readers to do one good deed for someone else and in turn, she will be rewarding some lucky reader with a super doper hamper. Be sure to check it out: here.

The World Humanitarian Day ‘I WAS HERE’ website gives a few helpful examples on what you can do to help.

But in the meantime, instead of writing the proverbial ‘spring-cleaning’ article I have decided that since this type of paying-it-forward and giving to others is something so close to my heart, I would like to add my voice to Kim’s as she pushes forward with her “I WAS HERE MOVEMENT”.

Why not join us. Take the time to go to your wardrobe and dressing table, bathroom cabinet, linen and kitchen cupboard, books, homeware – wherever, whatever. EDIT out what you don’t need any longer, use any longer and all excess goodies. If you are a crafter or work with wool, fabric or any material, you might want to include any excess materials into the ‘editing’ process. I do it often with the fabrics that we have in our office. So many organisations are in desperate need of materials for their crafters.  

Get a nice sturdy box and pop it all in there. Mark it with the name of your favourite charity organisation or local church / mosque (if you don’t have one, now might be a good time to adopt one – take a common one if you must). Call them and I’m pretty sure that they will send someone around to collect your charity box in no time. Those that I have dealt with in the past never cease to surprise me with their willingness to collect. It is so good for your soul and for those to whom you are giving. Besides for the ‘feel good’ energy that you are left with, de-cluttering is also very good Feng Shui.

Cape Talk 567 Radio and LeadSA are other “I WAS HERE” type movements. Let’s join forces with all these folks and make our mark, as small as it may be.

I would love to hear back from you on this score. Tell me what you have done in the past. What you intend doing or are doing right now. Be it the ‘editing’ exercise, giving or simply supporting someone in need in some form or fashion. I know we don’t like to bleat about our own charity drives, but hey it is all about being a community and as such we encourage one another. Please don’t be shy!

HAPPY EDITING PEEPS! Remember, like Nike – “JUST DO IT!” In fact go one better – “Just do it, NOW!

Yours in service of Interiors 🙂

Vintage: The New Second-Hand

It really has been a while since I sat down to nattered about some of my décor quirks. Marica and I do a great deal of discussion around quirky décor topics, trends, matters that are hot and not. Somehow, our little office space is just so conducive to these types of discussion. I should actually get a recording devise of some sorts (could try my smart phone I guess), just to be able to recall some of our comments.  It gets pretty awesome at times.

If I happen to repeat myself here, possibly having sprouted out my opinion around ‘old things’ in the past, please just be kind enough to humour me a tad.

Love this collection of old suitcases from Capetonian décor hire company, My Pretty Vintage.

As you might have guessed, I have been around in this trade for many a year and have been privileged to witness interior design and décor evolve, seen the changes that happen ever so slowly, but ever so surely. In fact, it is quite amazing to watch décor and fashion do the full circle. As a Baby Boomer, I have experienced some seriously evolutionary and sometimes even revolutionary shifts.  My Era has spanned from the advent of Rock ‘n Roll in the 50’s; The Beatles in the 60’s; the Hippies and Flower Power of the early 70’s; the Disco and big hair age of the 80’s; The Naughty 90’s right across into the current 20 – something era. Seen it all – been there, done it, got the T-Shirt and tossed it!

Some retro kitchenalia from

Until recently, anything that belonged to the previous decade and had been outgrown – be it jewellery, art and prints, furniture, lighting, ‘ornaments’ (as we called it, but otherwise known as accessories today), kitchenware, etc. – was known as ‘second-hand’. Any of the mentioned ‘old fashioned’ articles / items that had outlived their usefulness, were only good enough to make their way to the shelves of the ‘Second-hand Dealer Shoppe’. And the really-not-cool-at- all stuff was regarded as trash, winding its way to either the church or local school to be sold at the next fund raising fete. Those notorious ‘white elephant’ stalls.

Some random bargain second-hand goodies from The Milnerton Flea Market.

However, I am now in a place where fashion and décor is completing its circle and all things past are now the present trend again. How about that hey! Somehow I did not suspect that this would happen to me. This resurgence of all things past (50s, 60’s, 70’s 80’s 90’s) did not find me very comfortable with having to be faced with the stuff that I grew up with. Why would mom’s old-fashioned lounge furniture and ‘kitchenalia’ be popular again?

“Whatnot and China Town” in Kalk Bay is a vintage treasure trove! Photo: Coda via Flickr

But for many reasons, second-hand has come of age, earning the respected title or label of ‘Vintage’.  Which we have to admit is a much kinder term. The current decade sees the Old Junk Shop in Woodstock Main Road (Cape Town for the out-of-towners) now happily calling itself ‘Woodstock Vintage’ and doing a very healthy trade. Largely due to the fact that an appreciation for all things that have a history continues to gain popularity, with demand on the increase. Now second-hand is no longer anathema, but a trend. There have always been decorators, dealers and people who know the value in something second-hand, but until now it was never a trend.

Despite the fact that there was a definite resistance to seeing my parents ‘stuff’ make headlines again, the appreciate and fascination of all places, spaces and things historical has pulsed through my veins for as long as I can remember. I too have had to re-visit and change my attitude of second-hand goods, to appreciate the vintage qualities in them.

Denise Kiggan of Freshly Found loves her old scales. The one on the right is a heirloom.

In closing let me tell you a story recently told to me by the owner of ‘Woodstock Vintage’. While weaving through a maze of shelves, groaning under the weight of all his ‘vintage-ware’ I asked him how he unearthed all his stock. Apparently, it all started when he took occupation of a new home.  There was a store room filled to capacity with the previous owner’s unclaimed ‘junk’.  When after a few weeks he needed to clear out that store room, he decided on a pavement sale. To his amazement, the junk flew off the tables. This naturally led to another pavement sale and things just grew from there. In his words: “I never knew there was so much money to be made from selling junk (uhhmm… correction… Vintage / Treasures) – particularly now!

Second-hand never looked so good. Having come to terms with this trend now, I conclude by saying: Viva Vintage Trend, Viva – long may it last!

Yours in service of interiors 🙂

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