How to get the "Mid - Century Modern" look for your lounge via The Design Tabloid

Get This Look – Mid-Century Modern Lounge

By Marica

How to get the "Mid - Century Modern" look for your lounge via The Design Tabloid

Some of you more observant peeps my recall seeing this lovely Mid-Century Modern feature image (source) somewhere before – that is because I have used it in a past Colour-Coded Inspiration post. I simply love this sleek & sexy black & white retro lounge! Mid-Century Modern is a mid-20th century style of architecture, furniture – and product design that originated in the early 1930s and continued into the mid-1960s. Often referred to as “modern” or “retro”, the style is characterized by simplicity, clean lines, organic forms, and the use of wood, metal, and plastic. Mid-Century Modern design was greatly influenced by the uncomplicated and practical Scandinavian designs of the time. This house is located somewhere in Sweden and is an excellent example of modern-meets-contemporary Scandinavian design. Simply gorgeous!

GET THIS LOOK:

1. Love this gorgeous matt black Bentwood Chair from Weylandts.

2. Add a little African flair to your collection (also known as a “gallery wall“) of photos & art by including these lovely prints from Cara Saven available at 5rooms.com

3. Sleek contemporary server is from Tonic Design.

4. These lovely scatter cushions are perfect for this black, white & grey space – all from Woolworths. Choose simplistic geometric patterns & stripes… you can also include one or two with typography designs.

5. Super cool adjustable Zig Zag Floor Lamp from Weylandts.

6. Cute deep-buttoned retro sofa in charcoal via 5rooms.com

7. I rather prefer this more rustic industrial timber coffee table on wheels – Le Grange Interiors.

8. The Mid-Century Modern lounge chairs play a big role in this Get The Look, I suggest trawling second-hand shops, or suppliers who specialises in the import or restoration of Mid-Century Modern furniture like Vamp or Restore. The chair in our Get The Look is a gorgeous vintage Scandinavian import available at Space For Life and the little faux fur cushion is from @Home.

9. Add this lovely woven two-tone throw from Mr. Price Home.

10. Continuing with a little more  African flair – I simply adore this white / grey zig-zag animal hide rug from @Home.

Cross Your Heart…

So, we entered the week countdown before Valentines Day 2012. To inspire you, here is a handful of quirky gift ideas for V-Day… all featuring the traditional Valentine’s heart! Like last year, we strive to keep V-Day cheese-free…forget the tacky plastic roses, rather get your loved one of these original beauties!

…oh, and keep your eyes peeled – there’s one or two more Valentines Day post coming your way this next week!

 The talented Heather Moore, aka Skinny LaMinx, started making these awesome ceramic mugs with some of her designs on it. As you can see, there’s one or two Valentines Day mugs too! All available from her shop in 201 Bree Street in Cape Town.

I love, love, love these beautiful embroidered scatter cushions from @Home. Released with Valentines Day in mind it’s got a lovely handmade feel to it – I especially love the intricate almost crochet-like pattern…and the cute little birdies of course.

A whole heart & polka dot range from Ckramics – a variety of bowls, sugar pots, and the cutest milk jugs, but to name a few. The range includes these beautiful handpainted ceramic  bowls with lovely whimsy phrases, heart & dot designs. These beauties can be ordered through us.

One of the best-sellers at QuirkyMe, the heart-shaped Kiaat chopping board usually FLIES off their shelves. The lace-like engraving is simply beautiful – this chopping board would look stunning if used as a serving plate – maybe with gorgeous home-made bread or dainty appetisers on it?

If you’re still looking for the perfect V-Day gift for the lady in your life – what about this lovely little ceramic jewellery box with heart detail from The Pause Room (and be sure to hide something special…and expensive in it)!

I’m in love with this funky little addition to the Sagaform product range – a heart-shaped stoneware bowl in passionate red with a matching bamboo spoon. Even the spoon’s hanging hole is a little carved heart! Luckily, YuppieChef is the local supplier for Sagaform – so South Africans can also own some lovely Sagaform awesomeness.

  

This creative light from TinTown has love written all over it…literally! Love the intricate detail and the two little kissing Lovebirds at the top! Now that would be a romantic gift!

Or what about opting for one of Freshly Found‘s awesome message cards. They’re hand cut, lightly padded and stitched from various vintage record covers – awesome! A blackboard card heart is attached to the back along with a piece of chalk for your love message. The card is mounted on a vintage knitting needle – so you can pretty much stick it into anything. So clever!

Images sourced via specific suppliers (see link in text).

Interesting Soap Dishes

10 Bathroom Accessories Under R200

By Marica

An economical way for your bathroom to remain beautiful and timeless is by keeping it a blank canvas. Investing in quality contemporary finishes in neutral colours will allow you to change the look of your bathroom regularly by just switching out a handful of décor items and colours. I have noticed in most homes that bathrooms are either cold and bare or, on the other end of the scale, uncoordinated and filled with unnecessary fiddly bits. Here is a little budget inspiration for your bathroom…

Towels - White & Purple
Buy good quality white towels as a basis, like this "10 Year Towels" from Weylandts (R199 each) and one or two less expensive towels in a colour of choice. The splashes of colour will serve as accent without dominating and since coloured/dyed towels wear and fade far quicker you don't have to spend piles of money on them. The striking purple towel is from Mr. Price Home (R69.99) and the aubergine towel from @Home (R80.00)
Recycled Paper Waste Basket
This beautiful waste basket is made out of recycled paper, available from Weylandts at R179.00. Select a non-translucent bathroom bin - nobody wants to so what you toss away...
Purple Glass Candle Holders
Add a couple of colourful tea candle holders - keep it simplistic (remember - no fiddly bits!). These beautiful glass holders can also serve as funky ear-bud containers. The ribbed tea light holder is R15.99 and the other one R5.99, both from Mr. Price Home
Interesting Soap Dishes
I find the average soap dish to be extremely boring. If you can't find something beautiful like this grey lace soap dish from The Pause Room (77.00) use interesting side-plates or butter dishes: The funky purple side plate is from Woolworths (R29.95) and the gorgeous silver leaf dish is from Farriers (R60.00)
Funky Laundry Basket
I love this funky fabric Laundry Bin, and it is collapse-able for easy storage when empty. R129.00 from @Home
Scented Candles Violet Lilac and Grey
Candles are a must! Make sure they are scented - a bathroom should always smell as beautiful as it looks! The candles above are R49.00 each, all from @Home.
Amethyst Tumbler and Silver Glass
Just like the soap dishes, I find toothbrush holders extremely drab! Rather opt for a beautiful glass tumbler or interesting container. The stained glass tumblers show above are perfect as they won't appear dirty too quickly. The amethyst glass is from Mr Price Home (R29.99) and the platinum mist tumbler is from @Home (R39.00)
Handmade Soaps
Don't forget some gentle handmade glycerine soaps! Always beautiful. These two tone soap bars are from The Pause Room (R30.00 each)
Beautiful Purple Bath Mat
This gorgeous bold purple bath mat immediately caught my attention. The pebbled surface aids to the water absorption and is seriously funky. Beautiful! Available from @Home for R119.00
Most people are afraid to put art work in their bathrooms, but if you have the wall space - go for it! I love these simplistic yet trendy geometric prints: Available through Etsy, it is by an US design company called Acquired Design. It works out to about R100.00 each (ex shipping) Not bad at all!)

Check out these products on the supplier’s various websites:

@HomeMr. Price HomeWoolworthsThe Pause RoomFarriersWeylandtsEtsy 

10 Living Room Accessories Under R250

By Marica

Your lounge / living room is the central hub of your home. It’s where we entertain, watch a bit of telly, snuggle down with a good book, or just having a lekker chat. We spend a lot of time in our living rooms (hence the name I suppose), so we might as well doll it up. Decorating your living room does not necessarily have to be an expensive exercise. Here is 10 key items that can immediately add a little character to a boring lounge…and all for under 250 bucks each…

Scatter cushions add instant colour to room - these cushions are from Mr. Price Home. The beautiful embroidered cushion (left) is R129.99; the purple R59.99; the floral print R99.99 and the green one is R59.99
Add a bit of atmosphere with candles and dainty candle holders (love the crochet effect - like Rose mentioned in her trends post - crochet has the "it" factor right now). These lovely items are from @Home. The ceramic holders range from R35 to R69 and the beautiful purple rose candle is R55.
This gorgeous sunny ginger jar is available from Farrier's for R250 on the dot. (It's an absolute steal!)

Create a feature with frames of varying shapes and sizes. Nothing adds live like displaying your loved ones proudly! From left: Wooden cut-out frame from @Home - R139; Mother-of-pearl frame from Mr. Price Home - R59.99; and the gorgeous white rose frame and antique silver frame are both from Farrier's - R200 and R160
Throws are a must-have for a little winter couch cuddling. A throw can also add texture, colour and a bit of glam to your lounge - take these faux fur throws from Sheet Street for example (R199.99 each) and the colourful throws from Mr. Price Home (the purple is R199.99 and the green R159.99)
For a cosy atmosphere, switch on a table / floor lamp rather than your main ceiling light (Eskom will be thankful too). This natural beauty is from Sheet Street (only R79.99). You can always interchange shades and bases when you get tired of them.

No matter what the decor style of your lounge is, art is a fantastic way to truly communicate it. You don’t necessarily have to rob a bank to afford it - try buying smaller pieces and prints to create a “gallery” wall. Typography is very trendy so these pieces from @Home would look stunning (the left is R250 and the right R125) or maybe a little vintage glam with this funky two-tone Marilyn Monroe print (R179)
You might remember these Ed Suter coasters from the Design Indaba - they're funky and colourful and sure to keep those nasty coffee cup rings off your table. They are also Proudly South African and sure to get one or two laughs! You can order a set of 4 for 80 bucks from Ed's website.
Clocks have become serious fashion items. The square black clock is from Mr. Price Home at R89.99 and the white "word" clock is from @Home (R169). What an absolutely funky way to keep time!

Glass vases and objects make beautiful features (flowers or no flowers). I was quite stunned to find these gorgeous recycled glass items from Weylandts and all below the R250 bracket! They range from R45 to R79 - amazing.

And there you have it! 10 accessories to instantly spruce up your living room – and I didn’t even have to

look hard! Happy shopping everyone!

Check out these products on the supplier’s various websites:

@HomeMr. Price HomeWeylandtsSheet StreetFarrier’sEd Suter

A Valentine’s Picnic… without the corny clichés

By Marica

If you are stumped for ideas to make your Valentine’s Day with your loved one special, try putting a new stylish spin on the old romantic picnic idea.

We as South Africans are so fortunate to live in such a beautiful country. The weather in Cape Town is excellent this time of year, it just begs for an outdoor celebration.

This Beautiful Anniversary Provençal Picnic was Featured on Design*Sponge a while back in collaboration with Bash, Please and Tinywater Photography. Click the Image for the Design*Sponge Article

I search the web for these beautiful images to inspire you. Now this is what a romantic picnic is supposed to look like!

Recently featured on Southern Weddings this inspirational shoot by photographer Larissa Cleveland and wedding planner Shannon Leahy is simply whimsical. Click the Image to view the original article.

Preparation for a romantic picnic should be quite easy and affordable. Use what you have, or otherwise invest in a few key items that can be re-used in future. Steer clear of cliché red & white colour schemes and cheesy old plastic roses. Here are a few helpful suggestions…

Find a beautiful location – Spier – or Warwick Wine Estates or Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, for example, has stunning estates. Choose a shaded spot underneath a tree (for a little more privacy). If you want a more intimate setting your own garden will do.

Select one or two blankets, throws or even a quilt. You might as well be comfortable so opt for a whole pile of pillows. Go for various fun patterns and complementing colours.

To create an intimate ambience, make use of some mood lighting – Fairy lights draped in a tree, candles in colourful glass holders, lanterns or even tea lights inside clear jam jars and glass bottles hung with ribbon from tree branches (be creative). Oh, and don’t forget the fresh flowers – bunches & bunches of it!

Instead of plastic cups and paper plates, use the real deal. Select some quirky dinnerware and chic wine glasses for instant elegance.

Beautiful Picnic Dinner Party Under The Trees

Valentine’s Day isn’t necessarily just for couples anymore – my single friends and I thoroughly enjoy getting together on the 14th of Feb to celebrate our “single situation” with a fun bash. Expand the picnic idea into a group event by having a fabulous garden dinner party.

E voilà! A beautiful Valentine’s Day picnic without the “cheese”. Happy Valentine’s Day everybody!