Monthly Archives: June 2016
This past year we here at Design Monarchy have been very blessed to be featured in not one but five different issues of Home Magazine / Tuis Tydskrif. In fact, when I recently updated the press page on our website, it took me quite some time to add all the latest features, articles and mentions.
I would like to thank every follower and friend for being such amazing cheerleaders (especially the network gals). We have been feeling a bit self-conscious about the frequent shares, LOL. However, your support, comments and likes each time we post a new magazine feature on Instagram or Facebook make us feel a bit less “braggy” and boastful. Ultimately, we love sharing our joy with you.
If you have missed some of the issues or just want a brief recap, feel free to visit the Design Monarchy press page to see a pdf version of each of our magazine features.
As always, we endeavour to keep on designing those jaw-dropping, eye-popping, camera-grabbing, magazine-worthy interiors. Here is to many shares to come! Cheers.
Check out page 13 of the new Home Paint It special edition. It features a quirky vintage / mid-century dressing table setup we put together for the grey and yellow guest room of our client in Chintsa. Amazing what a bit of paint can do. Love the paint-dipped effect we chose for that old bentwood chair. We had the classic mid-century easy chair reupholstered with some happy fabric – looks amazing now. . #interiorinspiration #ombre #paintdipped #bedroom #designmonarchy #interiordesigner #capetown #midcenturymodern #interiorstyling #abmspaces #thatsdarling #mybeautifulmess #DScolor #flashesofdelight #TNChustler
About a week or so ago, while browsing through VISI Magazine‘s weekly newsletter, I came across the amazing, unusual work of Haruka Misawa. The little floral images were eye catching, but were it not for the fact that I stopped to read what he said, I don’t think I might have been as awe struck by his work as I am.
This is what stopped me in my tracks: “Sharpening my pencil, the pencil shavings presenting an arrestingly beautiful form. Curled up in a ring-shaped crown, they looked like the petals of a flower. This kind of personal experience becomes the source of my ideas,” he explains.
The Mind of an Artist:
That then is the musings and working of an artistic mind. A mind that goes where mine would not even begin to think of going. He looked down at regular shavings coming out of pencils beings sharpened, and he saw a form of floral art to be explored. WOW!! I wondered at that moment if I would have seen the potential of a floral art form in mere pencil shavings? I think not. In fact, I know not.
It is for this reason that we are sharing this “different type of art” with you today.
Pencil Shavings to Paper Flowers:
Haruka, taking inspiration from his pencil shavings, decided to recreate the same effect but with paper. He used many layers of paper, some graduating in colour, to created a tight cylindrical roll of multicoloured paper – a “paper pencil” so to speak. He then sharpened the paper cylinder with an ordinary pencil sharpener just as one would a normal pencil. The resulting shavings transforms into a beautiful and delicate paper flower, no more than 15mm to 40mm in diameter. On closer inspection one can clearly see the various coloured paper layers.
“Depending on how you sharpen it, the shavings may be thick and heavy, or so thin as to be almost transparent, so you can’t make the same flower twice,” Haruka explains. “Each Paper Flower will bloom quietly and softly on your desk.”
[Images via Haruka Misawa]
Oh, guys and gals you have to see this hilarious DIY video our girl Suzelle uploaded on Monday.
5 Brilliant Ways To Customize Your Sneakers:
In this amusing clip Suzelle shows us how she keeps “her style so funky-fresh” by illustrating five brilliant ways you can brighten up plain white takkies. An quick definition for our overseas friends: “takkies” is the informal South African term for “sneakers”.
These are soo pretty and bling even “Kim Kardashian will wear this”…
Paint your sneakers all over with gold fabric paint. Thereafter use masking tape to cover the toe of your shoe while you brush the rest of your sneaker in glitter paint. Wait for the paint to dry, remove the masking tape and, with a glue gun, stick rhinestones (or “rhino-stones” as Suzelle calls them) to the toe.
Ombre Garden Takkies:
Dip your sneakers in a pink fabric dye bath to give them an ombre effect and leave them to dry. Brush some purple fabric paint unto the tips of the toe and blend in. Now use several layers of podge to stick wrapping paper flowers all over your shoe.
DIY Tie-Dye Takkies:
Make a multitude of dots all over your sneakers using colourful markers or kokies. Then dab the dots with an earbud (q-tip) dipped in nail polish remover to bleed the marker ink and create a playful tie-dye effect.
Super Star Sneaks, yo!:
Stick star stickers unto your sneakers and then paint a layer of fabric paint over it. You can use different colour paint on each section of your shoe. After it has dried, just peel off the stickers to expose the unpainted surface below. Suzelle even made a cute tasselled piece to add to the sneaker laces.
Jackson Pollock Takkies:
Paint you sneakers in a solid darker colour (remember to masking tape your shoes’ rubber edges). Now just splatter away using different coloured fabric paint. Don’t forget your goggles!
Like Suzelle says, “just use your creativity homie!”
Drop a beat Marianne!