Monthly Archives: November 2014

The PERFECT Summer Holiday Reading Nook

By Marica

Guys and Gals, I can’t tell you how excited I am for our December holiday break! It’s been quite an inspired year and Rose and I have been working super dooper hard. We honestly need some chillaxing, put-your-feet-up time.

You know what activity I’m most looking forward to this holiday (other than doing the bare minimum and eating myself into sweet oblivion over Christmas)? READING!! I can’t wait to catch up on some good reads – the must-read books have been stacking up.

We recently conceptualized a cosy under-the-stairs reading nook for one of clients. That of course made me yearn for a little reading sanctuary to call my own. I wondered… what would my ideal reading nook entail? So here you go – my perfect reading nook. And since Capetonian Decembers are always cooking hot – my nook has got a distinct fresh summery vibe!

GET THIS LOOK:

1. Well, of course you are going to need a place to stow your favourite books – I love the idea of wall boxes as they free up some floor space. These solid oak “Loft Boxes” are from Weylandts. {HINT: If you want to add a tad of quirky colour to your space consider painting the back of your wall box / wall in different colours like I have illustrated above…}

2. Every reading nook needs some good direct lighting, be it a desk lamp or standing lamp. This super cool faceted Foscarini by Diesel “Rock” standing lamp is available through Crema Design.

3. I adore this small storage box with bunting design on the lid – perfect for storing mementos and treasures. You can find this box at @Home.

4. What about a beautiful piece of art to look at whilst contemplating your next read. This beautiful framed print by Victoria Verbaan is available online through Superbalist.com

5. You are going to need this lovely paint-dipped stoneware canister from Woolworths to store some sweeties in – time flies when you are reading, don’t want the blood sugar to get low.

6. Comfy chair to snuggle into with your book – check! This retro beauty is from Weylandts. You are also going to need a cushion for a bit of lumbar support – this yellow geo cushion is from @Home.

7. I LOVE this quirky Scandi-inspired pencil leg side table – also available from Weylandts. Furthermore, I think the “pencil” theme is totally appropriate for a reading (or journalling) nook!

8. Get into the “reading pose” – put your feet up. This beautiful cotton rope pouffe by Pomme Pomme, available through Mono, is just the thing!

9. Now add a rug – like this trendy geometric number from @Home. #NoShoesRequired

 

Suzelle DIY – How to make a Terrarium

Suzelle DIYI am sure most of you have seen the hilarious “How to make a Braai Pie” video that recently launched Suzelle DIY – “a bitesize do-it-yourself webseries” – into local stardom.

I can completely understand why Suzelle has taken country by storm. There is something so distinctly South African about her quirky yet helpful DIY clips. Her humorous portrayal of a certain Afrikaans stereotype is SO easy to relate to and love. I especially love the videos that feature Suzelle’s silent and awkward best friend, Marianne.

In the video above Suzelle walks us through creating a beautiful terrarium – a perfect and creative gift for a friend or loved one. D.I.Why? Because anybody can!

Interesting titbit: Suzelle is the alter ego of Capetonian designer, artist and illustrator Julia Anastasopoulos. Julia’s beautiful hand drawn works can be seen all around town – on the walls and windows of some MyCiti bus stations, as well as a gorgeous illustrated mural in the children’s section of The Book Lounge in Roeland Street. Julia, who has a background in theatre, teamed up with talented filmmaker and animator Ari Kruger to create the beautifully styled and shot Suzelle DIY.

Love Suzelle DIY as much as we do? Want to see more of her videos? Be sure to check out her YouTube channel: here.

#WDC323 – Another Small Step Towards Ward Upgrade

Okay, okay – at this time of the year we can be heard making this common statement – “This year has flown past so quickly”.  And honestly – that is exactly what comes to mind right now as I sit down with this post. At the start of 2014, Design Monarchy put their hand up to become involved with a World Design Capital 2014 project. The project involves the makeover or upgrade of the Acute Care Surgery Ward in Cape Town’s iconic state-run Groote Schuur Hospital. You can read more about this project, #WDC323, by reading our previous posts on the matter: here & here.

We did suspect back then that this project was going to be a biggie. There have been times when huge strides were made in this ward upgrade, times when I felt it was standing still and other times when it just moved at its own pace. As frustrating as that may be, I guess that is just the nature of this beast we are working with. Nevertheless, we go with the flow and keep making our plans for completion. That has been ear-marked for February 2015.

This week saw another two more amazingly generous sponsors install the first phase of their product. I have had the absolute pleasure of working with Efraim De Leeuw of Albert Carpets in Cape Town, and he brought Percy Lotter of FloorworX along with him. Together these two companies are responsible for providing one of the major elements (cost wise as well) for this ward upgrade… new bumper rails. FloorworX provided the product and Albert Carpets the labour expertise for the installation thereof.

They kitted the new Nurses Station with these bumper rails. Next year sees them installing meters and meters of the same throughout the whole ward.

Bumper rails are one of those elements of design that we don’t even notice when we move around a hospital. In a very busy ward, such as this Acute Care Surgery Ward, patients are moved to and from the operating theatre all day long (just about) – these bumper rails are thus critical in providing protection to the ward surfaces.

A MASSIVE THANK YOU AND BIG WHOOP WHOOP TO ALBERT CARPETS AND FLOORWORX. You guys rock!

Albeit it that we look forward to completion only in 2015 – this WDC#323 Project remains an exciting challenge to be a part of.

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