Quick Tip #35: Shutters Turned Dish Rack

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Here is tip number three in our Décor Quick Tip series about reclaimed louvre shutters. This is one of the more unique and creative uses for shutters that I’ve come across on the net…

#35  Convert an old louvre screen panel into a quirky shabby chic display rack for your crockery and dishes that can also double as a drying rack. Use brackets to create a louvre shelf – the shutter’s tilt bar will ensure that your dishes won’t slip through the slat openings. You can even attach some hooks to hang cups from. Another interesting way to utilise your shutter panel is to remove all the slats and fix it to your wall vertically – your plates can now slot into recesses perfectly.

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Clever Dorm Decor & Organisation

By Marica

Students from all over the country will soon be shuffling off to Uni or college – some for the very first time. The move away from home can be exciting (independence, yes!) and somewhat frightening (mommy!). Creating a home away from home is therefore quite important. I am of course referring to the humble dorm, res, student housing, hostel, koshuis – call it what you will.

It seems that in comparison to certain folks (over yonder Atlantic ocean), we residing here at the southern tip of Africa don’t make such a big deal about this whole “dorm” decorating business. It’s a shame really. We really should invest a little more time and effort in decorating our first little borrowed nest.

Some thought should be put into creating your new pad. Remember your primary goal – getting that degree. So however you choose to adorn your dorm room make sure that it is conducive to studying. Organisation is key.

Luckily, an organised space does not necessarily equate a boring sterile space. There are lots of clever and colourful ways to organise your study area while also customising and beautifying your room.

Here are a few that I think are well worth the effort…

Pegboards: I LOVE pegboards! It is such an awesome and trendy way to organise your workspace. When you have limited floor space, like in a dorm room, a pegboard is an excellent way to maximise storage by utilising your walls. Not only are they super versatile but also really inexpensive. You can attach just about anything to a pegboard – week planners, reminders, study notes, photos and art, containers to organise your stationery… even some herb planters and a wall clock, as shown above.

Clipboards: Another fun and quirky way to make use of wall space is by using a collection of clipboards. They can easily be attached above your desk or bed and serve as brilliant organisational tools. Each clipboard can be designated to a certain function or subject – from calendars and class notes to photos and sentimental knickknacks. I can imagine, come exam time, all the clipboards will contain nothing but summaries and mind maps. Just exchange the clipped image or info as the mood takes you – your room will be ever evolving.

Vertical Bookcase: The small footprint of these nifty “spine” bookcases makes them a clever solution for smaller spaces. It takes up minimal floor space yet allows you to stow a generous amount of books. If painted, it can also add a pop of fun colour to your room – the beautiful minty bookcase above is a perfect example of this.

The Lean-to: I know some students, unfortunately, have to keep their dorm decor exceptionally light as rooms of certain institution-owned hostels and student residences are rented out during college breaks. Consider using a big board (plywood would be cool) to attach your decor, notes and calendar too. This board can just lean against your room wall and can easily be removed (notes and all) when you go home for the holidays. No nails, no fuss.

Corkboard: Yet another clever way to make use of your wall space. A perfect substrate to fix your notes and pretty things too. You can buy big sheets of corkboard on a roll and then decorate it as you see fit. I particularly like the white zigzag painted corkboard above – looks so fresh and trendy. Oh and imagine having a giant wall-sized calendar – you’ll be super organised!

String ‘em up: What is a college dorm room without some pictures of all the good times had? Maybe you just want a little representation of your loved ones back home. Either way, a dorm room needs some photos to make it feel like your own. Use clothes pegs or clips to attach your photos and art to some string which can be strung up in a creative way. This is also super easy to remove if you have to clear out in a hurry. Don’t you just love the fairy-light option above?

Trolley: I like the idea of having a trolley in your room you can wheel about as needed. It can serve as an additional storage unit beside your desk for all the much-needed stationery or small appliances. It can also make a pretty quirky bedside table – perfect for your nightly reads and things you need close at hand. You can even use it as a makeshift TV tray to have small meals on.

Introducing: “The Wealth Chef” by Ann Wilson

Okay – so today is the day to do things somewhat differently over at The Tabloid. Like turn stuff on its head a bit. Today I am going to SHARE THE LUV (one of my all time favourite activities and clichés) with all our lovely readers – from a different angle.  One which might appear to be as far removed from interiors as an ant is from a dinosaur!! But actually in the end really isn’t.

Today, I would like to draw your attention to a fabulous wealth recipe book – “The Wealth Chef” written and being GIVEN AWAY (Yes – you heard that right!) by the author, Ann Wilson.  A local gal who has achieved financial well being and through her book is sharing those 5 core recipes and key ingredients for building rocking wealth, with whoever is keen to go there.  Plus, she is backing the Give Away with a free 4 week online course as well.  Now what more could a gal want!!

So, this is what you do as the first step in joining me (because I can).


Step 2: Follow the video prompts

Step 3: If you manage to set aside your scepticism & want to know a bit more, feel free to follow these links to another blog: here.

Step 4: Get started – build your wealth portfolio like none other can.

VERY BIG P.S. NOTE: Last I heard from Ann via FB, she mentioned that she had already given away over 1,500 books and still had plenty to give away.  However, the offer can only hold until January 20th 2015.

Oh – and here is another kicker – this time my opinion – I have taken up this offer, not only because building a healthy wealth portfolio is one of my goals, but also because building wealth in this simple, steady manner will EMPOWER me and you, to be able to dress our homes, offices or any interior spaces, to our heart’s delight. Something that I have no doubt many of us so desire.


2015 Printable Freebie Frenzy

Vicki of I Want That wrote an awesome post on the first day of the new year that featured some gorgeous free printable calendars for 2015 (check her post out here).

It seems the new year is the perfect time to score some awesome freebies! I decided to take a good sniff around the web to see what other free printable stuff I could find!

Please follow the links below to download….Elegance and Enchantment

(above) A cute 2015 desk calendar with motivational quotes and quirky illustrations, designed by Michelle at Elegance & Enchantment.

Click here to download.


(above) Printable goal cards for 2015 – available in both English AND Afrikaans! The lovely folks over at The Pretty Blog thought it would be easier to achieve your yearly goals if they are broken down into bit-sized bits… especially if you can jot them down on such cute cards!

Click here to download.


(above) A free printable calendar for 2015 – designed by The Cottage Market!

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Creating Really Awesome Free Things

(above) A bit of New Year affirmation with this funky hand-lettered print designed by C.R.A.F.T. (Creating Really Awesome Free Things)!

Click here to download.

Lanalou-Style(above) Another local lovely printable we spotted on Lanalou Style. This freebie includes a fun desktop wallpaper, motivational poster and even a 2015 goal planner desinged by Fathima Kathrada of Happiness is…

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Hello There 2015!


Ahoy there guys and gals and very happy 2015 to you all! I hope you had a splendid and restful festive break and wonderful start to the new year!

As of today Rose and I are also officially back in the saddle. We had quite an exciting and busy 2014. A definite 2014 highlight for me was a super cool interior design job we did in East London (think quirky Scandi with pops of brilliant colour). The Design Tabloid Facebook page also celebrated reaching a 1000 likes! Yay!

Here are some of the things we here at The Tabloid are looking forward to in 2015… Design Indaba (of course!), the completion of our World Design Capital Project (i.e. Groote Schuur Hospital Surgery Ward makeover) AND the official launch of our spanking new Design Monarchy website (we are still ironing out some bugs but we’ll be sure to let you know when all systems are go).

Rose and I will also be doing some R&D on a very exciting, top secret project-thingy which will keep us on our toes during 2015.

Good things to come this year people, good things to come! Keep your eyes peeled…