10 Smashing Mother’s Day Gifts

By Marica

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and as you know from previous posts my recent Mother’s Day track record hasn’t been so good… not that I haven’t been trying. This year however I’ve decided to keep it simple – dead simple. In fact, I’m not even going to set a foot outside my front door – this year, I’m gift shopping online!

I am so thankful for the new wave of South Africa online design and décor shops – a few years ago none existed. Now you can comfortably browse and purchase the best that South African design has to offer without leaving your couch.

I have selected ten awesome Mother’s Day gifts from a few local online stores. The items range from budget – for those with a tight pocket, to luxe – for those who REALLY want to spoil mom and can afford to. Please be sure to follow the link in each image caption to the relevant online shop – nothing wrong with a bit of online window shopping!

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Milkshed

By Marica

Another emerging creative stand that caught our eye at this year’s Indaba was that of product designer Blaire Rieger. The story of Milkshed, a recently registered NPO, is a heart-warming one. They transform reclaimed wood, offcuts, and other discarded potential-filled materials into cute and quirky handcrafted furniture pieces. The best part – 100% of the profits (that’s right, every single cent) is pumped back into the local community where it is most needed.

“We care about the integrity of wood. A lot. Our products are all made from reclaimed wood and when each piece arrives at the Milkshed its destiny is determined not by some preplanned design but rather by its unique character. This process is facilitated by the ‘The Wood Whisperer’ aka Douglas who transforms the wood into something truly special whether it be a lamp that will cast light onto the pages of an avid reader’s book or a young’uns very first little tricycle.” ~ Blaire Rieger, Milkshed

One of these community projects includes the renovation of a school on the outskirts of Cathcart. Previously little more than a ramshackle outbuilding, Milkshed facilitated the school’s simplistic and inexpensive transformation. Found objects such as an old shopping trolley and some shipping pallets, now with the help of a fresh lick of bright paint and some TLC, became quirky toy storage and colourful upholstered activity/sleeping mats. Like Blair says on their Facebook page: “It’s about small changes that have a big impact. And that’s our story.

To find out more about Milkshed please visit their website: here, or the Facebook page: here.

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Décor Dictionary: Moire

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Moire: is a fabric with a wavy, rippled appearance traditionally produced mainly from silk however wool, cotton and rayon can also be used. The most common technique for making moire fabric is calendering, where the material is folded, moistened and passed under ribbed rollers at high temperatures and pressures. This watered effect can also be imitated using either weaves or colour printing methods but will lack the shine and dimension of true moire. Interestingly, the term moire is used to describe the cloth and moiré the pattern.

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Farah Hernandez Porcelain

By Marica

Last week we featured surface designer Tersia Fisher as one of our favourite Emerging Creatives at this year’s Design Indaba Expo. As promised, this week we’ll introduce you to yet another creative, a talented lady by the name of Farah Hernandez

Farah creates fresh individual porcelain pieces that range from paper-thin vases and framed porcelain “canvases” to dainty planters – both wall-mounted and hanging.

Her current range allows her to combine her three loves: illustration, porcelain, and plants. Staying true to the ancient porcelain tradition of “cobalt on white” (first popularized in 14th century China), her latest collection makes use of blue as its only colour. Farah however keeps the overall style contemporary – clean and elegant lines with light-hearted whimsy illustration.

She uses the white porcelain as a blank canvas, emphasising the hand-painted designs – intricate patterns that evolve into simplistic shapes and landscapes. Farah paints the illustrations free hand, without pre-sketching the designs. This “doodling” as she calls it, insures that each item is an unique once-off – she has no desire to become a mass-producer.

To find out more about Farah and her beautiful creations please visit her website: here, or her Facebook page: here.

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Quick Tip #22: Stacked Suitcase Side Tables

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Picked up this lovely Shabby Chic Décor Quick Tip from an awesome local décor shop, Chichobello, who loves this idea just as much as we do…

#22  Add a quirky Shabby Chic element to your bedroom or living room by using stacked vintage suitcases as bedside pedestals or side tables. Rummage through your local second-hand shops and flea markets for old pieces of luggage – suitcases, trunks, and storage boxes. If the suitcases are a bit banged-up or too mismatched for your liking, a fresh lick of paint will do the trick – try a fresh white, calming pastels or maybe bright pops colour!

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