Decorating Quick Tip - Under bed Drawer Storage

Quick Tip #51: Under Bed Drawer Storage

I recently stumbled upon some pretty clever and quirky DIY ideas on things to do with old dresser drawers. Of course I immediately thought about turning all these interesting and playful ideas into another Decor Quick Tip miniseries….

#51  Need a bit of extra storage in the bedroom? A great and rarely-used space to stow some additional items is under the bed. Repurpose old or unwanted dresser drawers or crates to create a clever and quirky under the bed roll-out storage bin. Simply give your drawer a bright lick of paint (or leave it natural or distressed if that is your chosen style) and choose a pretty knob or handle if your drawer does not already have one. Finally, attach four castors to the bottom of your drawer in order for it to slide easily from under the bed. Now you have a tuck-away storage unit – perfect for linen, shoes, or toys.Read More »

Define Jacobean Fabric Pattern

Decorating Dictionary: Jacobean Fabric

What is the definition of a Jacobean Fabric Pattern or Jacobean Floral?

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

Jacobean Fabric Pattern: refers to English floral textile design prevalent during the reign of James 1 in the early 17th century and is often associated with crewel embroidery. The pattern, which features strong Eastern (Indian) influences, was inspired by the ancient “Tree of Life” motif. This fabric pattern frequently features winding branches, fruit, birds, and large, highly-detailed, exotic flowers and leaves in rich colours. It is these stylised flowers that give Jacobean fabric its whimsical almost fantasy-like appeal.

P.S. If you want to learn more about the history of Jacobean textile design, here is an interesting student research paper on the subject: “Jacobean Textile Design: Surviving (and Thriving) Through the Test of Time

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Creative SA: Zana

Creative SA: Zana

Last year we introduced a new blog series, Creative SA. In this series we will regularly feature South African makers.

by Marica Fick

Today we want to share the gorgeous products of Cape Town-based creative studio, Zana, with you.

Zana produces beautiful screen-printed products – textiles, bags, cushions, and other fashion and home accessories but to name a few of their “giftables”. Their trendy graphic designs are bold and fun with a definite Scandi flair.

“We love to create things that pack a punch and give you that hair-blowing-back, confetti-bomb experience. We are in love with colour, pattern and typography. This is really what gets us inspired.”

– ZanaRead More »

10 Wonderful Wallpapered Staircases

How to Be Daring: Wallpaper Your Staircase!

by Marica Fick

It is no secret that wallpaper is not solely for walls anymore. One can use wallpaper in all kinds of interesting and unusual ways. In fact, we dedicated a whole mini Décor Quick Tips series to out of the ordinary wallpaper uses a few years ago.  The collection of clever tips included wallpapering your furniture, using wallpaper to create a quirky lampshade, framed wallpaper “art”, and fun wallpaper headboards.

There is one more appealing use for wallpaper that recently grabbed my attention – using wallpaper on staircases.

Not only this quirky decorating idea quick, simple, and easy on the wallet, it will add a conversation-starting focal point to your home. It truly is an inventive way of introducing pattern, colour and personality into an otherwise drab and utilitarian space.

As Holly Becker of decor8 said recently while discussing this wallpaper idea on her blog, it “has such a huge impact for little effort and I think it adds a PUNCH of happiness and colour to our understated white space.

The trick to successfully pulling off this feature is to not paper a staircase in an already busy interior. You will notice that all the example interiors in this post have one important thing in common – they all have relatively white surroundings. It is this bare Scandi-like minimalism that forms the perfect calm backdrop for such a bold and visually busy feature.

The beauty of this idea is that you can select any wallpaper that will compliment your home and interior style. Your chosen paper can be sleek and contemporary with minimal colour – something geometric maybe? Otherwise go bold with a dramatic, colourful pattern or soft and feminine florals for a more Shabby Chic or Country Farmhouse flavour. Feel free to mix and match.

If you are renting your home, or hesitant to commit to such a bold interior statement, you can use peel-and-stick wallpapers for a temporary no-hassle no-glue solution.

Just be careful with your wallpaper selections – one can easily venture into tacky territory – try to keep it tasteful.

10 Wonderful Wallpapered Staircasessource: decor8 |  photo: Rachel Whiting

10 Wonderful Wallpapered Staircasessource: Claire Zinnecker Design  |  photo: Molly Winters

10 Wonderful Wallpapered Staircasessource: Ideal Home  |  photo: Lizzie Orme

10 Wonderful Wallpapered Staircasessource: Pinterest  |  photo: unknown

10 Wonderful Wallpapered Staircasessource: Libelle (Issue 18) |  photo: Sjoerd Eickmans  |  Styling: Tamara van Gelderen

source: Spoonflower (catalogue)

10 Wonderful Wallpapered Staircasessource: Chez Larsson

10 Wonderful Wallpapered Staircasessource: Home Depot

source: Lonny  |  photo:  Patrick Cline

10 Divine Table & Desk Lamps for Your Home | via TheDesignTabloid.com

10 Darling & Divine Table & Desk Lamps for Your Home

10 Divine Table & Desk Lamps for Your Home | via TheDesignTabloid.com

by Marica Fick

A couple of months ago we kicked off a roundup series focusing on awesome locally available accent lighting.

In our very first list, “10 Amazingly Cool Standing Lamps” we sourced and selected ten stunning floor lamps for your home – from quirky and playful, to chic and trendy. Our second instalment, “8 Strikingly Trendy Hanging Lamps“, focused on pendant lights, while our third post, “7 Contemporary & Chic Wall Lights“, featured lovely wall-fixed lighting.

Today we will conclude this lighting series with a final search to find what awesome light fittings the South African shelves have to offer.

We did a little online search to see how many trendy, attention-grabbing local table and desk lamps we could drum up. While finding desk lamps proved to be a breeze, the more traditional table lamps were a slightly harder find.

So, without further ado, here is our roundup of ten delightfully divine table and desk lamps for your home…

10 Divine Table & Desk Lamps:

Wire & Cement Lamp

Combining two current decor trends, this table lamp with its copper wire frame and grey concrete base will add an edgy yet chic Industrial element to your space. Available from Mr Price Home


Gräshoppa Table Lamp

Designed by renowned designer and architect Greta Grossman in 1947, the iconic Gräshoppa Table Lamp is an excellent example of quintessential Mid-Century Modern design. The arm and base is made from solid bass while the conical shade is powder-coated in trendy coral-like colour described as “vintage red”.  Available from Crema


Weathered Concrete Belly Lamp

If you want a slightly more traditional table lamp the Weathered Concrete Belly lamp and shade will be a superb choice. While stylish and elegant, the concrete-look base will add an interesting texture and a contemporary flair to your home. Available from @Home


Copper Lamp

Want to incorporate a bit of minimalist Scandi design into your space? This tall copper lamp with its grey stone base will ensure your interiors remain on-trend. Oh, and don’t forget the naked bulb! Available from Woolworths


Bureau Lamp

Oh, Hoi P’loy how do I love thee… let me count the ways. This gorgeous walnut and brass Bureau Lamp, inspired by some of Thomas Edison’s early designs, has got me smitten. The lamp features a traditional turnkey switch (cool!) which slots through the tubular glass shade. Available from Hoi P’loy


Fixed Table Lamp

With its clean lines and matte black and brass finish, the Fixed Table Lamp is sleek, contemporary and tangibly masculine. Available from Weylandts


Blue Jeans Table Lamp

Functional yet stylish, this desk lamp will be a lovely addition to any workspace. Pairing trendy Scandi design with practical utility, the blue colourway of the lamp shade and base compliments and contrasts the wood detail perfectly. Available online through Superbalist


Urban Copper Desk Lamp

With its wooden adjustable arm the Urban Desk Lamp makes for a brilliant functional, yet aesthetically pleasing, lighting option. The contemporary design, trendy copper shade and exposed threaded cord adds an industrial edge. Available from Illumina


Max Desk Lamp

Another funky desk light. I love how the seafoam coloured shade pairs with the adjustable wooden frame and chrome base. Available online through Superbalist


Gold Foil Table Lamp

Add a bit of glamour and elegance to your home with this stylish table lamp. The clear glass lamp base features a “dipped-effect” gold foil detail which will make for an eye-catching accent piece.  Available from @Home

Pinterest Picks - Wonderful Workspaces

Pinterest Picks: Wonderful Workspaces

Following the great fun Rose and I had selecting our favourite bedrooms and thereafter our favourite nooks and niches for the previous two Pinterest Picks posts, we could not wait to get right on the next instalment of the blog series.

Just to remind you what this series is all about: 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 perusing 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 best-loved images from our “Office & Workspace” Pinterest board. The board is a collection of Design Monarchy’s favourite and most beautiful workspace finds – from gorgeous home offices and studies, to studios, craft rooms and business workstations…

After much deliberation, here are our top 3 nominations for the loveliest, most desirable workspace…

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Pinterest Picks - Wonderful Workspaces

Rose said:

“Once again – having to work through 320 images on our “Office & Workspace” Pinterest board evoked some strange reactions, least of which is ‘Why on earth did I pin that image?’  Taste and preference evolves obviously:”

Rose’s Pinterest Workspace Pick:

“Why was I drawn to this particular office image as my preferred space? The feeling of openness in the many white finishes. Namely the floor boards painted white, white walls, white cabinets etc. It looks like a space that allows one the freedom to be creative while functional at the same time. Big plus is that fact that it’s situated in front of a window.

One very important criterion for me is an expansive desk-top space, with plenty of funky storage units, such as seen here in the boxes and the baskets.  Another appealing element – the tall storage cabinet with its glass front doors – making the content of the storage unit visible adding depth and another layer into the room. That wall lamp so does it for me as well.

What would I change? The chair – it doesn’t look all the comfortable to sit in for hours. Furthermore, I would introduce a strong splash of colour with the chair. I would also like a natural oak desk-top – once again introducing that sense of being connected to something earthly and solid (and another necessary layer in a very white space to ground it).

Yes – with that done, I could easily move myself into this space.”

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1st Runner Up…

“Marica has this saying about us as a company, she would often say: ‘When we grow up, we can…’  This gorgeous spacious Manhattan Industrial Style office is what my heart would desire ‘when we grow up!’  Those windows leaves me with that ‘weak in the knees’ feeling every time. Not to mention that awesome wooden floors that ground the whole space. I would love for our studio premises to be something along these lines.”

2nd Runner Up…

“This desk space is just too cute and quirky to pass over.  I find each decorative element entertaining and so well put together. One thing that comes across clearly to a professional such as myself, is the fact that each element has been carefully thought through to create a delightful space and ensemble. Not only would I recreate this in my personal home office space, but I wouldn’t hesitate recommend it to a client.”

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Pinterest Picks - Wonderful Workspaces

Marica’s Pinterest Workspace Pick:

Marica said:

“Before opening our Pinterest boards and starting my workspace image search, I thought I would quickly and easily find my dream office set-up. The process proved to far more difficult. With our previous Pinterest Picks posts my decision was largely influenced by aesthetics alone. This time around I found that my criteria for selecting a perfect workspace weighed more heavily on practicality and need. Finding my “Number One” was tough.

After some to and fro I settled for the home office space of interior designer and stylist Souraya of Binti Home. Interestingly enough this is not the first time I have selected one of Souraya spaces for a Pinterest Picks article. Her sunny yellow guest bedroom was my third choice for our Bedrooms post.

What appeals to me most about this workspace is the white backdrop. In true Scandi form, both the floors and walls are painted white which gives the space a bright and open feel. The double volume / high ceiling further contributes to this sense of spaciousness. Souraya used decorative accessories to inject pops of pastel colour to the space which imbues the office with a soft, feminine quality.

Some other elements I love are the pretty kilim rug, the quirky grey ladder, the Scandi trestle desk, and the floor to ceiling cork board which is both decorative and functional. The only item I would like to add to this workspace is a big storage unit – preferably with glass doors and painted in a bright and happy colour (like this one).”

1st Runner Up…

“While I generally consider myself to be a person who prefers colour, there is something very pleasing about this monochromatic black and white space. I don’t know, maybe it has an essence of calm about it.

The workspace has a distinct Industrial flavour to it. I adore the white Ikea Kallax units on castors, which provides loads of storage space. Furthermore, I find the collection of monochromatic art prints as well as the black Industrial light fitting very appealing. Oh, and that wooden floor is to die for!”

2nd Runner Up…

“My third choice is a bit of a wild card – it is a dark and cosy attic workspace.

I love the bold black-painted wall, the wooden table with its pretty turned legs, and the various vintage elements and flea-market finds. I find this room to have a lovely sense of depth and just a hint of drama.

While in reality I would probably tire of this office quite quickly – I think my mind desires a lighter, slightly less cluttered space to work in – it sure is striking and beautiful to look at.”


What do you think of our Pinterest workspace picks? See anything you like too?

Stay tuned for the next addition in our Pinterest Picks series – maybe we will do our favourite living rooms or kitchens.