10 Smashing Mother’s Day Gifts

By Marica

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and as you know from previous posts my recent Mother’s Day track record hasn’t been so good… not that I haven’t been trying. This year however I’ve decided to keep it simple – dead simple. In fact, I’m not even going to set a foot outside my front door – this year, I’m gift shopping online!

I am so thankful for the new wave of South Africa online design and décor shops – a few years ago none existed. Now you can comfortably browse and purchase the best that South African design has to offer without leaving your couch.

I have selected ten awesome Mother’s Day gifts from a few local online stores. The items range from budget – for those with a tight pocket, to luxe – for those who REALLY want to spoil mom and can afford to. Please be sure to follow the link in each image caption to the relevant online shop – nothing wrong with a bit of online window shopping!

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Chevron Flash Sale On Citymob

Well, look what we have here! The Design Tabloid is hosting a flash sale over at Citymob! Now as you know from our trend report last year – geos (especially chevrons) where, and still are, super dooper hot. And now these fabulous bold zig-zags are FINALLY hitting the S.A. homeware & décor shops! I small selection of awesome bespoke chevron products where curated for the Citymob sale (not too shabby prices I might add)! The sale ends in 9 days, so pop over to Citymob to check it out… here.

Gorgeous 60s Pop Art Scatters!

Lookie here, lookie here! Check out these super dooper retro-tastic scatter cushions from Halogen! By now you already know that beautiful or quirky scatter cushions makes me go weak at the knees and these novelty vintage Pop Art beauties are making my credit card hand a little itchy – I want!

Here’s the best part…

You can order these scatter cushions through The Design Tabloid! Yay!

Available while stock lasts!

They are R 399 each

(excluding delivery cost)

Just drop us a message: here 

Some Super Father’s Day Gifts

Buying a Father’s Day gift for my dad was always easy. He enjoyed the simple things – a good bottle of red wine or just relaxing around the braai with his family. Like most men, he also enjoyed a clever gadget and general outdoors-y things. For those of you who have not yet purchased something special for your dad in celebration of Father’s Day, I compiled three collections of awesome gifts & gadgets. Gifts for dads who like to RELAX, TRAVEL or BRAAI…

1.  A nice comfy modern classic like this gorgeous vintage leather Eames Lounge Chair from Magenta Jade.

2.  For the gadget-savvy dad, an Apple iPod – read an ebook, check rugby scores or play some Sudoku.

3.  For toasty toes – genuine sheepskin & suede loafers from Oskimo.

4.  A stylish throw to snuggle down with like this Geo throw from Mr. Price Home.

5.  Nothing like a good red wine. This Spier Signature Shiraz 2010 was one of only nine wines with 4-Star rating in this year’s Best Value Wine Guide. I have had it before – it’s smashing.

1.  I adore this gorgeous leather laptop bag for the fashion-conscious dad – it’s called the “Big Boy Bag” and is available at Meekel.

2.  Vintage-style leather toiletry bag from Dark Horse.

3. Perfect for a dad on the move – a Bodum Travel Press Coffee Mug available at 5rooms.com

4.  Ever heard of the survivalist Bear Grylls? Well, this a pocket knife / multi-tool that forms part of the Bear Grylls survival tools range available at Cape Union Mart – seriously hardcore.

5. A limited addition Top Gear TomTom GPS that features the voice of Jeremy Clarkson! Even I want that! Also available at Cape Union Mart.

1.  Weber Smokey Joe Portable Braai in turquoise. Perfect to take to the rugby or camping! Available from YuppieChef.

2.  The Mungo Man Cloth, a one-size-fits-all wrap around apron designed for tackling kitchen tasks with “manly abandon” – or for the greasy braai area. Also, YuppieChef.

3.  Super cool gadget called the Looftlighter – lights your braai or fireplace with super-heated air within 60 seconds (no more fire-lighters or lighter-fluid needed)!

4.  What about this electronic Thermo Fork to get that meat and roasts just right – from Hirsch’s.

5.  “Braai in Style” by Lannice Snyman – A South African institution in cookbook terms! The complete outdoor cookbook. Also available at YuppieChef.

And there you go! Fifteen Father’s Day gifts sure to be a hit! Enjoy Father’s Day everybody!

Colour-Coded Inspiration: Red & Pink

By Marica

I clearly remember my mom telling me back in the nineties to never ever wear pink and red together as “those two colour just don’t mix“. It’s true, the nineties (probably the eighties too) did not look kindly on the pink and red combo – it was a massive faux pas. It was something the 10 year-old me could not understand – I thought it look pretty!

However, in the last decade or so the uptight, and frankly unreasonable, unspoken rule about the combination of reds and pinks has softened. Once again it is trendy to marry red and pink! And today I am overjoyed as nothing makes me happier than this punchy colour combo! Mmm, it reminds me of candy – it’s a deliciously edible duo. So, for your enjoyment, fest your eyes on the following pink & red colour-coded inspirations…

Featured Image via Pinterest. From top left: Floral Scatter Cushion – Woolworths / Love Cushion – Woolworths / Pink & Red Pendant Lights – Can be order through us / Numbers Felt Placemat – @Home / Pink & Mother-of-Pearl Bedside Table – Farriers / Striped Throw – Mr. Price Home / Floral Floor Cushion – Weylandts / Cerise Pouffe – Moroccan Warehouse / Teapot Print – Tracy Paul / Pink Chair – Order through us / Pink Flower Cushion – @Home

Featured Image via Pinterest. From top left: Red Chandelier – Weylandts / Design Team Cushion – Woolworths / Pink Cushions – Wild Rhubarb / Flower Napkin Ring – Woolworths / Flower Tealight Holder – @Home / Knotted Chair – Weylandts / Pouffe – Moroccan Warehouse / Red Nested Tables – Tonic Design / Pink Oil Burner – Mr. Price Home / Glass Vase – @Home / Flower Cushion – Jesse Breytenbach

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It’s Good. It’s In Glass. Consol’s SUPER Solar Jar!

“When form meets function” is the best way to describe the newly launched Consol Solar Jar. This solar powered light, a safe energy alternative, offers almost six hours of light before needing to be recharged in the sun. The magic is that it is “light in a jar”, a safe Consol classic jar at that – remember the jar that Gran’s preservative jams were kept in – well those!

Many South Africans are without an electricity supply and Consol recognised the opportunity to provide an alternative solution to this most basic need. In addition, the inconsistent power supply to many households suggests that all households require another source of light; a back-up light supply. Consol thought it apt to supply South Africa with a different, safe choice – one that can extend further than daily use into the areas of decor and camping.

From a sustainability point of view – being glass it is 100% recyclable plus on average each Consol glass container consists of 35% recycled content. Another sustainablity plus – the lid mechanism of the jar has been fitted with solar powered LED lights. The top boasts solar panelling that, when placed in the sunlight, can power the LED batteries. Each jar has a “switch” for on/off purposes – a very clever design actually. But don’t fear – instructions for use are near – each jar has them.

We were given one to test drive. I managed to find very practical use for it while my daughter was visiting during the hols, as a night light for the children when sleeping. The light is low enough not to disturb them. And then, I used it as mood/ambient lighting on the patio table one evening. But Marica will take you down the road of the decor opportunities she created with it…

Upon first receiving this little glass beauty, we immediately envisioned a smashing variety of  ways we could style it. It’s perfect for creating a little intimate mood/ambience when entertaining outdoors. Imagine a bunch of them hanging from a tree, underneath a romantic picnic setting with you and your loved one. They make beautiful centrepieces for that patio dinner table or around the braai area. The sky us the limit, you just need a little imagination! We had quite a ball styling these Consol Solar Jars! Here is a handful of  ideas to get your creative juices flowing…

1) A found a paper bag with a beautiful vintage sketch on it (I fondly refer to it as “the wax paper lady”). I cut it out and stuck it into the jar – the result…GORGEOUS! It was by far one of my favourites. Simply beautiful, especially when lit up.

2) Keep it simple. Use some flower petals or buds like these beautiful pink bougainvilla blooms.

3) Create a little time capsule – find old photos, letters or other sentimental treasures and insert it into your jar for a whimsy trip down memory lane. Imagine having a few of these as wedding anniversary decoration – filled with memories of your years spend together. Or even at that big family reunion/braai proudly displaying your families history and heroes in a clever decorative way.

4) Plant one or two suitable greenery, maybe even herbs, in your jar and voila – a miniature greenhouse / terrarium! I actually in the process of creating several of these little terrariums jars at home – they look stunning on your coffee/bedside table!

5) In keeping with Valentine’s Day I made this little “love jar”! Use romantic wrapping paper, or other prints. You can even print something from your computer and stuff that in the jar. Just make sure that your design either has a white base or is not too thick otherwise it will hinder light transmittance.

6) Find some colourful & sparkly beads and buttons and string it inside your jar. I actually used a two necklaces.

7) Bundle different kinds of colourful organza ribbons and lace into the jar – it emits a beautiful colourful glow.

See the detailed images of the jars in the slideshow below…

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Where can you get this LIGHT JAR – for those in Gauteng go to Consol retail outlets in Woodmead and for those of us lucky beggars who live in Cape Town, it can be found in Stellenbosch – check out their website if you want more details or go to their FB page.

The cost – ZAR120.00 each. A total steal!

Happy Valentine’s Day everybody!

Photography: Laurita Smal