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

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We Are Delving into the Blog Archives

by Rose McClement

Often during the winter months, due to the slower pace of work, we take advantage of the breathing space, to revisit and revitalise the social media side of our business. Coming out of recent chats, Marica and I have decided that we are going to “modify” our email newsletter tempo a little. Like gear it up a bit.

What will that look like in reality? Well, for a while now our newsletters have been sent every fortnight. Cool – until it dawned on me that since we have been blogging for near on 7 years now, we have so many articles and posts from “back then” that may not have passed before your line of sight yet.  I’m excited about this and hope that you will enjoy it with us.

In the spirit of #ThrowbackThursday, we will also be sharing past blog posts on our Facebook and Twitter pages every Thursday.Read More »

Season’s Greetings From Design Monarchy

Season's Greetings From Design Monarchy

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

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

Our studio will be closed for business from today, the 15th of December 2016, to Monday the 16th of January 2017. Keep your eyes peeled – next year brings BIG and exciting things!

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

Love, Rose & Marica  x x x

Hello 2016!

Design Monarchy New Year's Greeting

I tell you, it feels rather strange for my bum to be back in an office chair. We here at Design Monarchy had such a lovely, not to mention well-deserved, festive break. Last year was a busy, exciting and successful year for us and we said goodbye to 2015 in grateful celebration. Even though we are still shaking off some sweet holiday lethargy, I have this feeling that 2016 is going to be a GOOD year! In fact, I think we should keep some champagne on ice because…

“I’ve decided that 2016 will be an unbelievably-wonderful, astoundingly-phenomenal, staggeringly-stupendous year!”

SA Blog Awards: Vote For Us!

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The Design Tabloid has once again been entered into South African Blog Awards! We have registered for the Lifestyle as well as the Arts & Craft category which means we are up against some tough competition. We therefore need YOUR vote! No matter who you are or where you are from if you have enjoyed reading our blog as much as we have loved sharing our passion and knowledge with you – feel free to show your appreciation by voting and passing it on!

Now, the public vote phase will run from today, Tuesday 1 December 2015, until Monday 8th January 2016 at 23:59.

Voting is super easy – just click on the VOTE badge – you will be directed to the SA Blog Awards website where your vote for The Design Tabloid will automatically be entered. Yay!

VOTEAfter placing your vote, you will be sent a confirmation email, which you have to respond to in order to confirm your vote… and, I suppose, to ensure that you are not some programmed robot.

Also be warned – you can only vote for ONE blog per category. Should you decide to vote for another blog in the same category as The Design Tabloid (which is the Lifestyle / Arts & Crafts categories) you will lose the original vote, as your new vote will override the initial vote.

{So go on… vote for us! DO it, click the button!}

Network Love ❤

Fantastic to see Design Monarchy represented at #XWSW with @streaksahead (left)& Marica (right) pic.twitter.com/zlATz9d493 — Xtraordinary Women (@XOrdinaryWomen) November 5, 2015 We had an absolute blast at last week’s Xtraordinary Women network meeting! Diana Rankin, of Perfume Power, and Liesl van der Hoven, of Fairy Caravan, gave us a “101” lesson on the basics of e-commerce. […]