Pinterest Picks: Lovely Living Rooms

Rose and I were pretty excited to get stuck into our first Pinterest Picks blog post of 2018. For those keeping tally, this is our fifth post in the series, having previously selected our favourite bedrooms, nooks & nichesworkspaces and bathrooms.

Now, I have the word “were” emphasised above for a reason. Turns out, this was our most challenging Pinterest Pick post yet! In fact, we reached a point of such frustration that Rose remarked that she was “getting very disillusioned with Pinterest” – gasp! Why was this so difficult? I don’t know. Maybe it is because we both have such a specific picture in mind for our ideal living room that the beautiful lounges on our board were just not cutting it this time. Nevertheless, we soldiered on!

Just to quick refresh on this series and its criteria: we are in essence playing a little game of “I wish“, as in “I wish I had that interior” – be it lounge, bedroom, kitchen or anything in between. After spending some time scouring our various Pinterest boards, we each select our favourite interior image – the space we most desire to have as our own. We then explain exactly why we coveted that particular space and if there is anything we would like to change.

Naturally, we ended up choosing two “runner-up” interiors… because deciding on just one room is just too difficult!

For this instalment, we decided to select our favourite images for our “Living Rooms” Pinterest board. The board is a collection of Design Monarchy‘s favourite and most beautiful lounge/living room finds.

After much, MUCH deliberation, here are our top 3 nominations for the loveliest, most desirable living rooms…
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Colours of Love

The Shades of Love

by Marica Fick

While I am not a huge fan of ole St Valentine’s Day (far too many corny clipart and cheesy soft toys for my liking), we could not let the day of romance slip by without sharing some kind of love-tinted content.

Previous years we have shared a few no-cheese Valentine’s Day ideas including a post on Galentine’s Day (in my opinion a far superior celebration), a stylish Valentine’s Day picnic, and of course our very punny V-Day printable gift tags. The gift tags are still available to download if you are looking for a cute something to round off your loved one’s gift.

source: the interior editor

This year, we thought it might be a good idea to put an interiors spin on our Valentine’s Day post. A side note – do yourself a favour… DO NOT google “romantic interior“. The search results looked like a cream lace bomb exploded all over a powder-pink french boudoir – not my idea of romantic… or a tasteful interior for that matter.Read More »

Ingvar Kamprad

Death of a Founder: IKEA’s Ingvar Kamprad

by Marica Fick

Earlier this week Rose sent me the link to a blog post she spotted on I Want That concerning the passing of IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad at the ripe age of 91.

To be honest, I had not thought much about IKEA’s origin story in the past.  Maybe this is because the Swedish “powers that be” have yet to bring all that delicious flat-pack goodness to South Africa.

In my mind, I perceived IKEA as some figureless corporation.  Until now, I was quite unaware of the fact that they had a founder, not to mention what an interesting character that founder was.

Here are 10 interesting facts about Ingvar Kamprad:

Ingvar Kamprad
IKEA founder, Ingvar Kamprad, with chair models ÖGLA, SAMPO, IDUN and TORE | Source: Inter IKEA Group

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Pantone Colour of 2018: ULTRA VIOLET

by Marica Fick

Happy 2018 everyone! I hope you all had a brilliant and rest-filled festive break?

I’m sure by now you have all noticed a certain colour trend flooding image-sharing websites and blogs? You know the colour I’m referring to – it is a bold and dramatic shade of purple with a slightly bluer undertone – an almost “Royal Purple“.  Anyhoo, however you choose to describe it, it is called Ultra Violet and it is Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2018.

Pantone Ultra Violet
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Purple tends to be a colour that people either love or hate. It is often viewed as a transcendental colour – it symbolizes spirituality, the sub-conscious, creativity, and royalty. Purple is also associated with decadence and conceit and, in some countries, it is the colour of mourning.

Design Monarchy is no stranger to using purple in our interior design projects – we LOVE bold. In fact, when Pantone announced their new Colour of the Year last December, I immediately thought of two specific projects – Summerley Court and The Manor – both upmarket retirement/hospitality venues. While the purples used in the aforementioned projects were not the exact tone and shade of Ultra Violet, it serves as an excellent example of the power and popularity of purple.

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Design Monarchy Season's Greetings 2017

We Are Alive! … and Season’s Greetings

Believe it or not, this is not a blog post written from the “Other Side” – we are indeed still alive.

For the past few months Rose and I have been working on an interior design project that demanded every minute of our time.

It is actually quite an exciting project to share with you as it is all together different. Now, I don’t want to too much give away – we will share a nice meaty post with some lovely images next year. What I can tell you is that we here at Design Monarchy just completed the interiors of an upmarket beauty spa in Cape Town.

Chan Wela (meaning “me time” in Thai) is a gorgeous oasis in the heart of the Century City business district. The chosen colour scheme is calming combination of clean white and soft pastels, while the glitzy finishes and decorative accessories speak of total opulence. For those of you who are dying of curiosity you can read the following IOL article for the tiniest of sneak peeks: here.

If you are in the greater Cape Town area you can visit this space in the flesh – I hear they do the most amazing pedicures. Oh, and ladies – they have bubbly on tap! Talk about luxe!

So that, dear friends, is reason we have been missing in action – we apologise for the radio silence. We have really missed our readers and sharing beautiful design inspiration with you. Next year we will jump back into blogging and our social media accounts head first! Until then, Season’s Greetings to you all…

Design Monarchy Season's Greetings 2017

Wishing all our readers and friends a Merry Christmas and a joyous festive season!

We loved sharing our passion for design, decor and pretty things with you this past year!

Our studio will be closed for business from the 19th of December 2017 to Wednesday the 17th of January 2018.

Have a good one, guys and gals! Design Monarchy out!

Love, Rose & Marica  x x x

Decorating Dictionary - Define Parquet

Decorating Dictionary: Parquet

What is the definition of a Parquet Flooring or Parquetry?

Have you ever heard someone mention the term Parquet or Parquetry and wondered what on earth it meant? Well, now you have to wonder no longer – we will define Parquet for you! Here is the latest addition to our Decorating Dictionary

Parquet or Parquetry: (from the French meaning “small compartment”) is a floor finish composed of wooden blocks or strips arranged in a decorative geometric pattern. Parquetry can occasionally feature a mix of different timbers or inlays of other materials such as marble, tile or stone. The most popular parquet flooring pattern is said to be herringbone.

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