D.I.Braai This Heritage Day

Tomorrow South Africa celebrates National Heritage Day (oh and yay public holiday)!

Thanks to Jan Braai‘s National Braai Day initiative it has now become semi-traditional to celebrate our rich individual AND shared heritage with a braai!

“The National Braai Day initiative aims to position National Heritage Day as South Africa’s annual day of celebration. We call on all South Africans to unite around fires, share our heritage and wave our flag on 24 September every year.”

No matter our race, language or religion, we as South Africans share one common custom – to celebrate around a cooking fire. It is known by many names: Shisa Nyama, Braai and Ukosa to name but a few. When we want to celebrate, relax or make merry we light a fire and start grilling – this is what we, as a nation, share.

Looking for some unique braai ideas? Check out the clips below:

Want to try and braai something a little different this Heritage Day? In this clip SuzelleDIY will show you how to make “Boerewors Bagel Dogs“. It may sound kind of weird but it looks delicious – think bread-on-a-stick meets boerewors roll. Furthermore, she is absolutely hilarious in this video – as the Afrikaans folk would say: “sy is op haar stukke“! The “I’m the Wolverine!” and “…now I’m Edward Scissor(s)hands” comments had me in stitches!

Who said the braai is just for chops, steak and wors? Why not try a dessert on the braai?! In this clip SuzelleDIY and Bush Cook Guru, Justin Bonello, illustrates how to make “Braaied Brandy Banana Splits“. Looks yummy! Shame poor Justin – remember jealousy makes you nasty Suzelle!

D.I.Braai – “becauseanybodycanmakecreativedessertsonthebraai

Hope you all have a happy Heritage Day tomorrow!



Currently Working On…

logoIf you have been wondering why we here at Design Monarchy have been so quiet as of late, it is because we are hard at work on a rather large interior design project…

Our studio is currently working on an upmarket retirement complex in Kenilworth, Cape Town called “Summerley Court”. Those of you who follow us on Facebook have no doubt noticed all the recent image uploads of the work in process.

There is nothing more rewarding than to see months of designing, planning, sourcing and problem-solving finally come to life on site.

We often prefer to have our furniture custom made instead of buying something off the floor. This way we can customize the furniture piece to perfectly fit with the look and feel of our designed space. It also affords us the opportunity to use our own sourced fabrics, an element that ensures an entirely unique item and interior.

Early on in the project we set about finding an appropriate fabric scheme – our client wanted something bright, colourful and friendly. We then started playing around with furniture concepts – finding items that we liked, adapting them and then finally applying our chosen fabrics to the design.

Our furniture concepts for the Summerley Court dining room chairs (on the left) and the bar dining chairs (on the right).

It is very important to find a reliable and proactive team that can work with us to bring our ideas and concepts to fruition within the allotted time and budget.

One of the custom furniture manufacturers we had the pleasure of working with on the Summerley Court project was ASCOT Upholstery. Rose and I do not dole out compliments lightly, but working with Michelle and her ASCOT team was such a joy we thought they deserve special mention.

ASCOT made the majority of our dining room chairs as well as some comfy seats for the bar area and the meeting room chairs. An aspect that really impressed us was that they were in constant communication with us throughout the manufacturing process. If there was any problem, question or suggestion Michelle didn’t hesitate to give us a quick call to hash out solutions. They delivered on time and in budget. AND of course, the chairs were beautiful made. We have received numerous complements from those who have seen the chairs on site.

Thank you very much to ASCOT Upholstery for delivering such quality work!

In the weeks to come we will be sharing more juicy details and pics of our Summerley Court project. Keep your eyes firmly fixed on this spot!

Design Monarchy - Cape Town Interior Design (4)A quick snap taken at the ASCOT workshop. Here the ASCOT team is hard at work making the chairs that will find a home in the Summerley Court meeting room.

Design Monarchy - Cape Town Interior Design (3)Signed, sealed, delivered! The Summerley Court dining chairs standing in proud little rows on site ready to be unwrapped and positioned.

The finished product – from concept to completion – our beautiful chairs made by ASCOT Upholstery.