DIY: Geometric Chalkboard

Looking to do something creative this Easter Weekend? DIY fingers itching? Check out the video above – this trendy geometric chalkboard might be the perfect weekend project.

It’s a fun DIY because it’s relatively easy to make, you don’t need a whole lot of supplies and it shouldn’t take you more than a morning to complete. You can hang this quirky geometric chalkboard in your entrance foyer, next to your desk or telephone, or even close to the fridge for that shopping list.

Incredible Indigenus Planters

Recently some very beautiful décor objects came across my path.  Not only are these decorative objects beautiful to the eye, but they are also something of a rarity to be found when sourcing for either indoor or outdoor planters.  Believe me, I know – to find decorative planters that are not the run-of-the-mill is indeed a gargantuan ask.

Indigenus is a collection of contemporary planters that is anything but ordinary.  Design entrepreneur, Peter van der Post, understood that there was a real need for desirable upmarket planters for both interior and exterior, and so Indigenus was born.

To further add to the rarity – these planters have been designed by award-winning South African designers Haldane Martin, Gregor Jenkin and Laurie Wiid van Heerden of Wiid Design.  Later this year the range is said to expand to include planters by renowned architects Stefan Antoni and Greg Truen of SAOTA.  This also explains why, like most rarities, the price tags are somewhat stiff. Wait for it – R10K and up.

Nevertheless, I have decided that just as I drool over those aspirational homes on Top Billing, this might just fall into that drool-worthy aspirational category too. So, these planters are well worth a share – just because we can. Sigh, true blue eye-candy!

{images via indigenus}

Quick Tip #38: Easy Greenery with Terrariums

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Every home needs a bit of greenery! This is a super easy and beautiful way to add some green to your space (oh, and they make excellent gifts too!):

#38  Add a little greenery to your interior space with an attention-grabbing terrarium! Not only are they easy to make and maintain they are also great oxygen boosters. Choose an interesting glass container – be it a vase, fishbowl or glass jar – play with various shapes and sizes. Layer pebbles, activated charcoal, and potting soil in your container and then add small plants that are well-suited to terrarium life. Place your terrariums in a well-lit spot like your desk or coffee / side table.

Want to make your own terrarium? There are dozens of helpful DIY tutorials online (like this quirky video by Suzelle DIY). Check out this beautiful infographic illustrating how to put together the perfect terrarium:

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Décor Dictionary: Faux

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Faux: (French for “false”) a term used to describe objects, materials or finishes which are made to imitate or resemble the genuine article. Faux products can include embossed vinyl made to look like leather, synthetic fur, man-made stone, vinyl or printed wood flooring and decorative paint techniques that replicate the appearance of materials such as marble, wood or stone.

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Design Indaba Conference 2015: Quotable Quotes

The Design Indaba Conference is such an amazing inspirational (and motivational) experience – this year wasn’t any different. I’m always astounded by the talent and innovation – creativity truly has no boundaries for these design greats. I love to be surprised by a speaker – someone I would not have thought would interest me and then ends up blowing my mind.

As last year I left the note scribbling and just listened. Often the gist of a speaker’s talk or believe system can be summed up in one powerful quote. The folks at Design Indaba also create these super cute and quirky quote cards for each speaker (you can see the rest on their website: here).

Below are some of my favourite quotes and nuggets of wisdom from each of the speakers I had the privilege to listen to. I’ve also include a link back to the various Speaker Profiles – do yourself a favour and check out the unbelievable things each speaker has accomplished…

There’s just too much shit design in the world.Hella Jongeruis, renowned Dutch industrial designer,  issues plea to return to quality at the Design Indaba Conference 2015

When you have to redesign the same thing over & over again, you become just ‘garde’ not ‘avant garde.’Emily Oberman, a multidisciplinary design working for Pentagram (the world’s largest design consultancy), at the Design Indaba Conference 2015.

I believe that if you give people honesty & something to trust, they will want more of it.Roy Choi, creator of LA’s celebrated gourmet food truck culture, at the Design Indaba Conference 2015.

Fail harder. You have to be able to fail! – Dan Wieden, American advertising executive who coined the Nike tagline “Just Do It“.

I love imperfections. The flaws keep the imagination open. Perfection kills everything.Hella Jongeruis at the Design Indaba Conference 2015

Imperfection is beautiful and not just something ‘good enough for Africa‘”Studio Propolis, a husband-and-wife design team based in Kenya.

Colours are like musical notes. You can play endless games.Rosita Missoni, matriarch of the famous high-end Italian fashion house, Missoni.

The difference between fashion & the home is that designs for the home are meant to last.Rosita Missoni at the Design Indaba Conference 2015

Colour is a topic I can investigate for the rest of my life, it’s really an ongoing research. – Hella Jongeruis at the Design Indaba Conference 2015

Make the most of what you’ve got. Everything has potential, even if you don’t think it does.– British designer, Dominic Wilcox, at the Design Indaba Conference 2015

“I was a ‘cast out’ kid and that gave me some other perspectives” says Yoni Bloch, Israeli musician and co-founder of Interlude.

Architecture today is pornography. It’s all about beauty. My buildings are like your ugly friend. – Santiago Cirugeda, an activist architect from Seville, Spain.

“One thing I have learned is the work is so much better if you are having fun.” – Omar Victor Diop, a globally heralded photographer from Senegal.

Playfulness is the most powerful way of finding ideas. – Dominic Wilcox, at the Design Indaba Conference 2015

The nature of creativity is to not let your brain default to the known … creativity requires independent, unprecedented thinking. – Casey Neistat, a maverick American filmmaker whose wildly popular YouTube videos are redefining the industry.

{Images via Design Indaba}

Quick Tip #37: Ice-Cream Stick Paint Swatches

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Furniture and fabrics shopping for your home can be complicated. Especially if you are unsure if the new item you have your eye on will compliment your home’s existing colour scheme. Wish you had all your paint colours with you as reference? Here is a very clever trick we spotted on the Prominent Paints facebook page that might help:

#37  Collect wooden ice-cream / popsicle sticks (tongue depressors will work too) to use as quick reference paint swatches for your home. Paint each stick the colour of every relevant painted surface in your house (walls, ceiling, trim, furniture items, etc.). Write the names and brand of your paint on each stick, drill a hole in the ends and attach a metal ring. Now you have a collection of paint samples you can carry with you the next time you go shopping for furniture, fabric or decor.

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