Quirky Workspace | Interiors by Design Monarchy

Our Work: Workspace Before & After

Quirky Workspace Before & After | Interiors by Design Monarchy
AFTER: The completed fun & quirky workspace featuring the trestle desk made out of a reclaimed vintage door.

by Rose McClement

I am sure by now you are quite familiar with the following workspace as we have shared and chatted about it many times before.

After images of this interior project appeared in the January issue of Tuis / Home Magazine last year, we have received so many compliments on this specific space.

This quirky workspace seems to stir up a stack of enthusiastic comments and questions. We heard a lot of: “Wow, this is awesome!”; “I want a workspace like that!”; “Where did you get that desk?”; “And the boxes where did you buy those?”; “Is that a real brick wall?!

So we thought we would share a bit of the design process involved with this workspace with you.Read More »

Creative SA: Nicole & The Striped Flamingo

The next South Africa creative that we will be sharing as part of our Creative SA series, hits quite close to home as she has had a personal hand in the creation of our brand and the look and feel of our website.

Nicole Bruigom is a graphic designer and illustrator hailing from sunny Durban.  Have you ever walked the aisles of a Mr. Price Clothing or Home store and wondered who designed the trendy graphics and quirky doodles you see on the product? Well, the chances are good that it might be Nicole, as creating lovelies for Mr. P is her day job.

When Nicole is not designing for the Mr. Price shelves, she sells her freelance design services under the moniker “Nicole & The Striped Flamingo”.  Upon spotting her quirky whimsy illustrations back in 2013 we immediately fell in love with them and interviewed her for the “Interviews & Features” section of The Design Tabloid.

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Not too long for thereafter, while working on the design of our new Design Monarchy website, we were searching for an illustrator to create some custom graphics for certain pages of our website.  We immediately thought of Nicole as both Rose and I enjoyed her style of illustration and use of colour and pattern. We thought it would perfectly complement our logo, branding and identity, which we perceived as feminine and elegant, yet quirky with a slight vintage flair.

We explained to Nicole exactly what we had in mind and she created the most beautiful illustrations for us. The illustrations consisted of a quirky megaphone for our Home page, a pretty typewriter for our Press page, an old school phone for our Contact Us page, a hipster camera for our Portfolio page, and a toolbox and desk illustration to accompany our Company page. She also redesigned our Design Monarchy “Stamp of Approval” to match and compliment our new branding and graphics.

We were absolutely thrilled with the results and feel that Nicole’s illustrations really “made” our website. Since the launch of the website we have had tons of complements and we have found that visitors to our site find the illustrations had to forget! Feel free to pop over to our website to take a look at the illustrations “in situ”, so to speak.

 

As mentioned in our previous interview, Nicole is also an author. She published “Little Chef”, a quirky illustrated children’s recipe book, in 2010 and it has proved so popular that she released a second edition.

You can also adorn the walls of your home with some Striped Flamingo loveliness, as Nicole designed a range of whimsy wallpapers for Robin Sprong that would be perfect for a children’s bedroom or nursery.

Want to see some of Nicole’s designs in the flesh? If you reside in Joburg, you might want to visit Cafe Hemingways in Kyalami as Nicole has done extensive work for them – everything from the gorgeous murals on the wall to the menus and cake toppers – she even designed a range of postcards for them.

Be sure to check out more of Nicole’s gorgeous illustrations on her website

You can also follow Nicole & The Striped Flamingo on Facebook.

Design Monarchy Press feature

Hot Off The Press

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.

Get This Look: Sunny Bedroom

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We have had some awesome feedback on the bed we styled for the Sanders #InBedWithBloggers campaign (you can read more about it here).

As promised, here is our Get the Look article with descriptions and links to all the items we used in this “Sunny Bedroom”. Now you too can get this look, here is what you will need…

Get The Look:

1:  The key element to this look’s success is the stunning watercolour design cushion covers from Touchee FeeleeWe selected the Springbok, Savanna, The African, and Black Herringbone cushion covers for the bed.

2:  The foundation of any well-dressed bed is good basic linen. To cool the sunny yellow and serve as contrast, we chose various linen in white and shades of grey from the Sanders range.

3: The Portable Pendant light in yellow with Squirrel Cage Vintage Filament Bulb and Brass Lamp Cage from Hoi P’loy added a bit of vintage quirk to our bedroom setup.

4 & 5:  The Yellow and Black Eames-inspired chair with Eiffel-style legs are from Robert Thomson Furniture. We used the yellow chair as a bedside table and the black at the foot of the bed.

6:  What’s better than scatter cushions? MORE scatter cushions! We stacked more Touchee Feelee scatters at the foot of the bed for added interest. Here you see the Sunshine Yellow Striped cover and the Black Herringbone cover.

7:  One of my absolute favourite items in this Get The Look is the Walnut & Brass Bureau Lamp from Hoi P’loy. It’s form takes inspiration from some of Thomas Edison’s early original lamp designs.

8:  This trendy overnight Barrel bag from Hertex Fabrics adds an extra dimension to the bed. The smoky tie-dye like design is called “Psychedelic – Strata”.

9:  A casually draped yellow throw is a must for this look. When our search for the perfect yellow throw came up short, we subsituted one of Sanders‘ gorgeous Jersey Fitted Sheets as makeshift throw.

10:  We rounded off our bedroom with this trendy Scandinavian-inspired Swiss Cross Rug in white from Robert Thomson Furniture.