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

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10 Gifts For HIM Under R200

10 Gifts For HIM Under R200

Now that we have given you some ideas for 10 gorgeous gifts you can give that special lady in your life this Christmas, it is time to turn our attention to the dudes.

Gift shopping for men is hard guys, seriously. It seems that a lot of the “man gifts” on the shelves are either super corny (novelty beer mug with boobs) or really boring (3 pairs of socks).

BUT, have no fear! We have scoured the internet to find thoughtful and tasteful gift ideas for your dad, brother or boyfriend – and all under R200! Here is our 10 Gifts for HIM Under R200 wishlist.

Enjoy and happy Christmas shopping!

10 Gifts For HIM Under R200

10 Gifts For HIM Under R200

Shopping List:

1. This small 2-cup stovetop espresso maker in a sexy matte black colour from Yuppiechef is the perfect gift for a coffee lover, just add some quality coffee beans – only R169.

2. Help your bearded loved one take care of his glorious mane with this macadamia and orange “The Neutkraker” beard oil from Buffelsfontein Baard-oliebedref jouself, jou rowwe bliksem – only R99.95

3. Just what every meat-loving man needs – a folding switchblade biltong knife with rosewood handle – for the real biltong-eating pro. Available from Duesouth – only R179.

4. Chill your drink with these whiskey stones made from granite, marble and soapstone… because any whiskey connoisseur worth his salt knows ice belongs in a coke, not in a single malt. Available from Woolworths – only R199.

5. For the stylish man, a dapper textured bowtie in navy, with red dots from Markham – only R120.

6. Love this tongue-in-cheek house-shaped tissue box in masculine black, perfect for a dude’s apartment. Available online from Superbalist – only R119.

7. Treat a beer-loving friend with this awesome taste of Belguim beer gift pack from Yuppiechef. Each gift box contains 4 beers – a Duvel Blonde, a Maredsous Tripel, a La Chouffe Blond Ale and a Liefmans Fruitesse – only R179.

8. For the clean-shaven man, why not rock it old school with this beautiful boar bristle shaving brush from The Shaving Company – only R80.

9. Add some local design flair to your man’s home with this small soft bucket from Skinny laMinx in her blue Orla fabric. It’s perfect for a pot plant or to stow odds and ends – only  R175.

10. Does one of the men in your life like the fiery taste of chilli? Get him this Sriracha gift set from Woolworths. The set contains a Sriracha salt & wooden scoop, Sriracha seasoning shaker tin & Sriracha sauce – only R129.95

10 Gifts For HER Under R200

10 Gifts For HER Under R200

Stuck for some classy gift ideas? With Christmas only a couple of weeks away we searched high and low to find 10 beautiful items, all under R200, that would make gorgeous Christmas gifts for a special lady in your life…be it your mom, girlfriend, BFF or boss lady. Truth be told, there is a good couple of items on this list that is on my own Christmas wishlist!

And if you are scratching your head for gift ideas for your dad, brother or boyfriend – fear not – we will post our 10 Gifts for HIM Under R200 later in the week.

Enjoy and happy Christmas shopping!

10 Gifts For HER Under R200

 

10 Gifts For HER Under R200

Shopping List:

1. Pretty scented candle in an antiqued glass jar with lid from H&M – only R149

2. Every girl needs a statement jewellery piece – this gorgeous oversized oval mint stone ring with foil-effect from Woolworths will do the trick. – only R99.95

3. Not only does this floral soap gift set smell amazing, the paper wrapping is so beautiful. The set comprises of 3 scented, wrapped soaps – I’ve bought these before and they are lovely. Also from Woolworths – only R99.95

4. Decorative floral designs painted along the border adds an enchanting look to this mango wood photo frame. Also from Woolworths – only R190

5. I adore this dainty rose-coloured coffee cup and saucer with gold detail from H&M – only R149

6. These handcrafted salted caramels in a glass jar with cute copper detail looks delicious. From WoolworthsR129.95

7. With its shimmering gold and inky blue detail, this iPhone / Samsung cover will turn your phone into a stylish accessory. Available online through Superbalist – only R149

8. Is your loved one a DIY girl? This handy jar of furniture & decor paint in blush pink will add a romantic pop of colour to a furniture piece. Available online through Superbalist – only R89

9. This french press has a simple, elegant design with a touch of trendy copper for coffee done with French flair. From @Home – only  R199

10. A cute pink pouch with brass zip from Zana, perfect for stowing your sunglasses or stationery – only R120

Season’s Greetings From Design Monarchy

Season Greetings from Design Monarchy

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

It’s that time of the year again! Time to eat & drink too much, celebrate and be merry – not to mention put the feet up! Thank you for all your support during the year – we truly appreciate it! We loved sharing our passion for design, décor and generally pretty things with you this past year!

Since our studio will be closed for business from today till the 12th of January 2015, The Design Tabloid will slow its pace a bit in terms of posts. Keep your eyes peeled however – next year brings BIG and exciting things for us here at the Design Monarchy!

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

    Love, Rose & Marica  ♥  

More Washi Tape Christmas Ideas

Have you also noticed the rapid and steady rise of Washi Tape as a decorative element? Gosh it seems to be everywhere I look lately. Last week we posted some inspirational examples of beautifully wrapped Christmas gifts that featured Washi Tape as decoration (view it here). It made me wonder in what other way I can apply the “Washi Tape Treatment” to my decorations this Festive Season. Washi Tape really is such a versatile and easy DIY décor element to add into your Christmas gifts, tags and table décor.

At Xmas time the only lists you will find me making, is the ingredients for my share of the Christmas dinner, gifts for those I am buying for and possibly décor elements for the dinner table.  However, this year, my lists have stretched to include a “to do” list. Little DIY things that I would never normally entertain due to time constraints. Yet I find myself really wanting “to do” things like:  go to forest to collect pine cones; buy gold spray paint and loads of Washi Tape for gifts etc; collect glass bottles and Consol Glass containers.  And then the further list of what to do with this stuff.

Back to Washi Tape – I would love you to take some inspiration from the images as to how to go about the business of applying some festive Washi Tape to your Christmas décor.

If you afterwards you are also going to include some Washi Tape onto your shopping list, enjoy whatever it is you plan on doing with it.  And maybe share your images and ideas with us on our Facebook Page and via Twitter.  Would love to hear from you.

We here at The Design Tabloid would also like to wish all our readers and friends a Merry Christmas and a joyous festive season!

Our studio will be closed for business till the 20th of January 2013. The Design Tabloid will slow its pace a bit in terms of posts. Be sure to drop by every week to see what we have to say!

Have a good one, guys and gals! Till next year then!

Love, Rose & Marica x x x

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Consol Glass Christmas Inspiration

Last week the PR Company for Consol Glass published their very latest eBook. One such landed in my email. Well to coin one of my many favourite clichés – Oh my goodness gracious me! It is seriously loaded with a ton of very inspirational images and ideas.  Ideas that will have your heart pumping, your hands and feet itching to get going to make it your own. If you are anything like me – well – your brain will get so stimulated that it feels like information overload. They have taken from their range of Consol glass containers and presented gob-smacking images of fabulous stuff.

We could not help but to share it with our readers. In the spirit of Christmas, we have selected from the Festive Season chapter because again, if you are anything like me – still plenty to be done for Christmas.  I have to get my head around the whole Christmas gifts and décor stuff.  But, I have been inspired to use glass wherever possible. To quote Consol’s eBook – “allow the allure of glass to add style to your celebrations”.  Yip – that is what I am hoping to achieve with gifts, table décor, general décor and I might even get around to some of those tasty looking cocktails.

The few images we are sharing here are only there to whet your appetite for more. Check out the Christmas section (Chapter 6) of Consol’s eBook: here.

But please – don’t stop at that chapter. I would highly recommend that you nip over to view the entire eBook: here

P.S. – you will notice that talented local bloggers took part in the compilation of the eBook’s inspirational images, with credit  given to them at the bottom of each page as well as at the back of the book. Sadly, you will hopefully also notice that our blog is missing (says she sobbing away)! But there is a good reason for that – at the time the invitation came, we were deep in the throes of working towards a project deadline and could not tear ourselves away from it.  BUT – stayed tuned guys and dolls, because we here at The Design Tabloid have something up our sleeve for 2014 with Consol Glass products.