Get This Look: Scandi Workspace

By Marica

Get This Look: Scandi Workspace | via {The Design Tabloid}

I have wanted to do a Scandinavian Get The Look for quite some time but have never found the perfect inspiration image to work from! THEN I stumbled across this gorgeous Scandi home office space on the My Scandinavian Home blog – perfect! The original office space was styled by Nina Hoist of Norwegian interior blog Stylizimo in collaboration with Danish brand Ferm Living. I quite enjoy the black, grey and white colour combo with touches of light wood and brass to add a that bit of warmth. So for all you lovely folks in South Africa who have a dreamy Scandi space on their bucket list – this is how you can achieve this look….


1. Free Range Clock by Woltemade available through Africandy.

2. Add a bit of texture with this concrete wallpaper from Robin Sprong!

3. Troy Table Lamp available via

4. Love this Wooden Bottle Vessel crafted from Mango wood available from Woolworths.

5. A touch of  black & white romance with this Vintage Shoes Stretched Canvas by Cara Saven via

6. Dante Deep Tray made from plywood available from Woolworths.

7. Decorative copper bowl with slightly hammered texture from Pezula Interiors.

8. This Knotted Wire Hurricane from Weylandts is meant to house a candle but I think it will also make a pretty cool pencil holder!

9. Adore the minimalist lines of this desk – you can purchase the trestles from

10. This Shanghai Chair with lovely cow hide seat available from Weylandts is based on Hans Wegner’s Wishbone Chair.

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

12. Oh, how I wish we could more of Danish décor company, Ferm Living‘s beautiful product here in South Africa! LUCKILY, local online décor store Detail’24 now imports a selection of Ferm Living products to SA including this gorgeous Wire Basket!

ADD THIS: For an even more dramatic black & white effect add this Rand Rug from Nevada Furniture (That’s SA’s Ikea importers for those who didn’t know)


Review: Plascon Spaces Magazine

Heck – you know the old adage about time flying – well right now that is just what I feel like saying  “what the heck – how time has flown past”.  It has been quite a while since I did the last magazine review. (Errmm– not that we have done many of those!)

Today I am going to take a look at the Plascon Spaces Magazine. Although this mag has been on the shelves for many years, it was not really one that I felt the need to get involved in. For no specific reason other than the fact that I was just maxed out when it came to reading interiors magazines and blogs.

But I found myself unable to resist picking up and flipping through the Plascon Spaces mag in the notorious Woolworths “temptation isle”. Each edition has the most amazing covers and eventually I bought one. And have done so ever since, not wanting to miss out on any of the issues.

It is page turning inspiration from the first page to the last. I am one who is not afraid of strong and bold colours and, I guess for me, that is one of the draw cards of this magazine. Since Spaces is connected to the Plascon paint brand and seemingly one of their marketing tools, you can expect it to be vibrating with loads of colour.

But that is not all that Spaces is about. Over and above the trendy colour palettes ideas, you will find plenty of inspiration to indulge your creative flair via the most exquisitely styled images. I mean these images take my mind to such an inspired space, that all I want to do is get out there and create something similar. In fact, I drew inspiration for one of our recent projects from Issue 7. One of my favourite regular features is the “1 Room 4 Looks” section where they take one room set-up and dress it in four different styles and colour schemes… seriously cool.

They also take you along with them to visit the spaces, places and homes of local designers. Or just simply fabulous homes to be found in SA.  And man, do they manage to convey amazing interiors via they photography.

For me this Plascon Spaces magazine is top quality including the actual quality of the paper. Were you to ask me to rate it between 0 to 5 (5 being excellent) I would have to give it a 4 or 4 ½.

Go along – see for yourself if you have not yet tried this magazine. Like Nike says: JUST DO IT!

{Images via Plascon Spaces}

Natalia Segerman’s Patchwork Pretties

“We recently stumbled across a Citymob sale that featured the beautiful work of Cape Town based artist, Natalia Segerman. We were immediately drawn to her stunning patchwork-like illustrations that feature intricate use of pattern and colour. Even though the Citymob sale has no since closed (sad face), we just had to share Natalia and amazing work with you…”

Q: Tell us a bit about yourself… where you’re from, what you do, any likes / dislikes?

I live in Cape Town with my boyfriend and our two cats. I think I have creative ADD. I studied interior decorating, I love doing interiors and décor for events and weddings, I’ve dabbled in jewellery design and I used to be a musician once upon a time. As long as I’m being creative I’m happy.

Q: How did you get into the illustration business? Do you have an art or design background?

I started taking my drawing seriously while travelling last year. When I got back I taught myself some design programmes so that I could edit my illustrations and add colour to them. I have no formal training in fine art beyond matric. I’ve learn’t everything I know from hours of practice and the help from some very patient friends when I get stuck.

Q: Where do you draw inspiration from when designing?

I am inspired by the patterns that I see in everyday things like burglar bars, floor rugs, architecture, textiles and nature. I spend a lot of time on Pinterest browsing for interesting images.

Q: Is there a certain style you admire or aspire to?

I really look up to an artist that I met at Boom Festival last year in Portugal. His name is Shrine and he is an amazing illustrator and installation artist. His work is very pattern based and he uses found objects to create the most beautiful artworks. My dream job would be to design textiles. I’m in love with New York fashion designer Mara Hoffman.

Q: Do you have a colour that you favour most and why?

I definitely have colour combinations that I naturally gravitate towards in my work. It’s a constant challenge to try new colours and see where they lead me. It’s always interesting when you get a design brief to use a colour that you really don’t like and after working with it and doing research you learn to love it.

Q: Could you share your Secret Indulgence with us?

I spend way too much time on Pinterest and I secretly love watching bad reality TV shows. I love really retro textiles and I can’t help buying crazy second hand dress up clothes when I find them.

Q: What is your favourite current décor trend?

I’m loving pixelated images, and modern cross stitch and embroidery. I’m working on a range of modern and abstract floral designs. I don’t know if they’re trending for anyone else but it’s all I can think about at the moment.

Q: Tell us five things on your Bucket List…

I want to design my own textile range.

I want to own and decorate my dream home.

I want to see Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros live in concert.

I want to get married in the desert at Afrikaburn.

I want to learn and master more design software.

Q: What do you have on your bedside table at the moment?

A pot plant made out of cardboard that I found outside my house, a measuring tape, spectacles, tissues, perfume and Prestik.

Q: Future plans?

To keep designing and finding different applications for my work.

Quick Tip #27: Old Doors As Tables

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Today we conclude our little Décor Quick Tip series on awesome things to do with old reclaimed doors…

#27  Give an old salvaged door a second life by transforming it into an one-of-a-kind Shabby Chic table. A full size internal or external door can easily serve as a 8-seater dining table. If your door has panelling or moulding, place a sheet of glass on top for a smooth surface to dine on. Smaller or narrower doors like those of old cabinets and armoires can also make for interesting rustic coffee and side tables, or as a beautiful console table in a foyer or hallway… 

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{DIY} Fabric Covered Letters via IDEAS

We found the cutest DIY project on the IDEAS Magazine website and we just had to share it with you. These fabric covered letters will look smashing in a nursery or kids bedroom. It seems like an easy little project that will also give you the opportunity to get rid of leftover pieces of fabric. I’m sure you can also try the same trick with wallpaper samples, scrapbooking sheets, or beautiful gift wrapping.

You will need
• polystyrene letters
• fabric remnants
• pencil
• set of compasses
• ruler
• needlework scissors
• modge podge
• paintbrush
• cutting mat

See the original DIY post on the IDEAS website: here

{Click on the images to enlarge and view the step-by-step instructions}

Kelly Hoppen: Queen of Taupe

I guess that no matter what profession or trade you find yourself in, you too must have a leader in that field whose work/art you hold in high esteem.  An iconic figure – a person who has managed to reach world renown and fame. Someone who inspires and motivates you to model your life or work along the same values that helped them achieve success (Sir Richard Branson comes to mind).

For me that person is award-winning international Interior Designer, Kelly Hoppen. Although Kelly has lived and worked most of her life in the UK, she was actually born here in South Africa.  Her mother is Stephanie Hoppen – also world renowned in her own right within the interiors profession.  Stephanie and her husband took their family over to the UK when Kelly was two years of age. Like mother, like daughter – both of them have authored many books that speak into some or other interior design and decorating principal. Stephanie Hoppen used to pop over to South Africa often and is well regarded in local interior design circles. As is Kelly Hoppen.

DECOR TIP: “Build up your fabric story, to add further layers of comfort, interest, luxury and character to a room by way of textual and tonal combinations.”  –  Kelly Hoppen

Kelly has numerous and admirable claims to fame, but to name a few:

*  Designed for a number of celebrities including David and Victoria Beckham and Martin Shaw.
*  Awarded the Andrew Martin Interior Design Award by Andrew Martin International
*  European Woman Of Achievement in 2007
*  ELLE Decoration Award and Grazia Designer of the Year in 2009
*  Appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours
*  On 19 February 2013, Hoppen was announced as one of the new dragons on BBC Two‘s programme Dragons’ Den

DECOR TIP: “Sand is a great colour to work with, but if you don’t want to use it over a large area, consider making sand the accent colour. A cream room with sand tones is easiest to achieve, to live with and enjoy.”  –  Kelly Hoppen

Her style thus is chic, relaxed and upmarket. Yet despite the fact that she works largely with the higher income bracket, her interior design and décor principals are universal, making them easy to adapt and apply into your personal space.

Recently Kelly has been posting some very useful décor tips and advice on her Facebook Page. Being inspired by them, I thought to share some with our readers. Won’t be right to hold back on sharing. Since Kelly is famous for using a neutral colour palette such as taupe and beige, you will be able to see her renowned design philosophy coming out in these pieces of advice.

In conclusion – as a matter of interest, do you have an iconic figure that you aspire to emulate?

Images via Kelly Hoppen