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Trend Alert: Beautiful Blush Pink

By Marica

If you have been watching your Pinterest and Instagram feeds I’m sure you would have noticed a strong influx of soft and gentle pinks. And, just to be clear, when we say “pink” we are not speaking of a candy-coloured baby pink or a bold fuchsia. Oh no, we mean gorgeous shades of blushdelicate and warm with an almost “skin” like or “nude” undertone. So subtle a colour it is almost bordering on a neutral.

I have to admit this trend alert comes to you a little belatedly. However, Rose and I are so taken with this colour that we could not let the opportunity pass to share it with you. I suppose one thing that works in our favour is that trends take so long to reach retail level – it seems once the general public notices a trend and sees it on the shop shelves, it is almost old news online.

This gorgeous colour trend is another gifted to us by the fashion industry – think pretty barely-there pink lips, flowing and soft dusty rose fabrics, and stunning nude pink leathers and shoes.

Furthermore, it is not surprising that blush coloured interiors are all the rage as such a pink was Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2016. The lovely pink, called “Rose Quartz”, actually formed part of a colour duo, a first for Pantone. It was paired with “Serenity” – a soft blue.

Blush, while understated, can be quite chic and sophisticated. Even though the colour is soft and strikingly feminine, it is not necessarily fluffy or overly “girly”. Because of its dusty muted undertones Blush can easily be incorporated into a more masculine or gender-neutral interior.

In colour psychology Blush pink signifies tenderness, tranquillity and a nurturing strength. When introduce into one’s interior it can have a very enveloping womb-like and calming effect. It is therefore an excellent choice for spaces such as bedrooms and bathrooms or any other areas where you seek comfort and relaxation.

Because of its warm almost-neutral quality, Blush pink falls more into the Winter colour sphere than that of Spring. It works well with greys, whites, and other muted pastel shades like pale sage greens. This rosy colour also looks beautiful when combined with lighter Scandinavian woods and warm metals like copper or rose gold.

If you are afraid of creating an excessively feminine space, use a more neutral colour as a base and only incorporate Blush as an accent by way of your decorative accessories.

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source: Shauntelle Sposto

source: Junebug Weddings  |  photo: Kreativ Wedding

source: Rått & Sanselig  |  photo: Birgit Fausk

source: Rått & Sanselig  |  photo: Birgit Fausk

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Pinterest Picks: Lovely Nooks & Niches

We had SO much fun browsing through our Pinterest boards and selecting our favourite bedroom images for our previous Pinterest Picks post, that we could not wait to get started on the next instalment of the blog series.

Just to remind you what this series is all about: we are in essence playing a little game of “I wish“, as in “I wish I had that interior” – be it lounge, bedroom, kitchen or anything in between. After spending some time perusing our various Pinterest boards, we each select our favourite interior image – the space we most desire to have as our own. We then explain exactly why we coveted that particular space and if there is anything we would like to change.

Naturally, we ended up choosing two “runner-up” interiors… because deciding on just one room is just too difficult!

This time around we decided to select our favourite images for our “Nooks & Niches” Pinterest board. This particular board is somewhat of a “catch-all”. It contains various transitional spaces that do not necessarily fall under any definite area or room. Pause spaces like reading nooks, hallways or foyers, staircase areas and other tucked-away nooks are often pinned on this board.

After much deliberation, here are each of our nominations for the loveliest, most desirable nook…

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Rose said:

“Allow me to take you behind the scenes before going onto to share my selections and reasons for them. By the behind the scenes I mean – my thinking.

So for me the concept of a ‘nook’ is similar to that of a ‘cosy corner’ or a special feature area that has been carved out in the home space, so as to either be functional and appealing, or welcoming.

While I was sitting trawling through the collection of images that we have pinned onto our ‘Nooks & Niches‘ board over the years, I was once again surprised to find that my taste has definitely evolved. There are so many images, each speaking to a different type of niche or nook. So I set the criteria as follows: Could this be an area that I would create in my home? Would I enjoy it? Would I be happy to inhabit it? Based on all the stuff I just said, here goes with my choices:”

Rose’s Pinterest Bedroom Pick:

“A daybed so perfectly situated between two windows, which means not only can I do what I absolutely love doing – reading (definitely mostly lying on a bed) but there is plenty of daylight streaming in.

Plus, I like that Mid-century Modern style of the bed, with the quaint wooden box next to it. That old natural feeling the box presents, gives me a feeling of timeless. And I find that box intriguing – like asking myself, what could I store in that box that would almost feel like I’m hiding something that has treasure value attached to it.

That tactile looking fur throw is so very inviting and this space feels like it is calling me to come and recline there, chill and just be – like the wooden word on the window sill say FLOW! It’s a big part of my values.  That circular cushions, it shape and it’s pattern so does it for me.

There ain’t  much I would change in this set up – except the black and white print would be one of my family. I would introduce different colours in the striped fabrics of the rectangular scatter cushions – like the colour I’m crushing on right now, that soft rose pink. It works so well with the existing colour scheme going on here.”

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1st Runner Up…

“This image of an entrance hall stopped my right in my tracks. In fact, it was a toss-up between this image and my current #1 – for first place.

I would happily replicate this scheme in my entrance hall. I find it striking and that is what I would like to create in my entrance hall. The colours black, white, gold and a hint of natural wooden elements – it works for me.

Naturally if there were no hexagonal brass/gold mirrors displayed in the way they are, the statement and feature element would be seriously compromised. It’s this hex mirror configuration where the striking feature element lies. Notice the gold touches on the Bombé chest of drawers.”

2nd Runner Up…

“Taking the vacant area under a staircase in order to create a feature nook / niche can be tricky. I have seen some images that reveal that sometimes folks get too practical with their shelving and drawers etc. Sometimes they get too O.T.T. as well.

The simplicity of this layout is what works for me. The all white surroundings in the staircase, introducing black into it in the framed images, lamp and rug keeps it clean and interesting. I won’t change a thing with this scheme and if I had a house that has this kinda space available, this is where I would head.”

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Marica’s Pinterest Bedroom Pick:

Marica said:

“I was immediately drawn to this little staircase nook in the home of Swedish ceramicist, Frida Anthin Broberg. To me it is such a happy space. This little pause area under sweep of the stairs actually forms part of Frida’s kitchen. It serves as desk, sometimes kitchen island, and general gossip corner.

The curving white-painted staircase divides the kitchen and nook area from the equally pretty dining area at the back.

The aspect that appeals to me most must be light, bright space – a beautiful white backdrop with light grey painted wooden floors and pops of bold colour. It is every bit the quintessential Scandinavian home.

I love green-painted open shelves under the stairs which feature a collection of colourful crockery and stacks of books arranged by colour.

The furniture pieces are mostly flea market finds. The upholstered Mid-century chair with its happy floral folk art scatter cushion would have to be my favourite. That, and the rustic table with its distressed blue-grey legs. The Industrial style light fitting adds the finishing touch to this playful space.

Is there anything I would change or add? To me it is pretty perfect as is!”

1st Runner Up…

“I would love to have a pretty pastel seating nook like this in my kitchen or lounge. Perfectly situated next to a window so one can longingly gaze outside on rainy days while reading a book.

This nook has just the right amount of fluffy scatter cushions to keep your comfortable while you are enjoy your breakfast or having a read. All your favourite books are stored in the woven basket ensuring they are always close at hand. And that sleek wall light guarantees that you have loads of reading light on glum days.

I also love the way the birch branch is used as a decorative object – and of course the bit of greenery in the window. Yes, this is definitely a ‘Marica’ space!”

2nd Runner Up…

“My third choice is something a bit different – it is a lovely and unique entrance hall with a distinct vintage feel.

The focal point or statement piece in this space would have to be the vintage theatre seats. Karen of the Mrs Rollman Blog found these gorgeous 1920s wooden theatre seats (complete with ‘usher’ labels still attached) in an antique store.

While I normally love bright and happy colours, I find this warm neurally coloured space quite appealing. I love the incorporation of a bit of pale greenery on the shelf in between all the other bits and bobs. The addition of the script scatter cushions and the white tasselled throw creates a soft relaxed atmosphere. The single white framed sketch next to the vintage wire coat hooks is a lovely touch too.”


What do you think of our Pinterest nooks & niches picks? See anything you like too?

Stay tuned for the next addition in our Pinterest Picks series – maybe we will do our favourite living rooms or kitchens.

5 Pioneering Women In Interiors

by Rose McClement

I heard mutterings recently about today being International Woman’s Day, but obviously I wasn’t really paying much attention. I once sat down to examine the international calendar and believe me there are many causes out there that have a day set aside for them.  That, I think, was my subconscious reaction towards this day – until this morning that is.  That is until I went onto Google this morning and took a long look at the women who were being celebrated and acknowledged for their contribution to global society as a whole!

It was then that I decided that we here at The Design Tabloid need to pay tribute to the women who have made their mark in the field of Interiors internationally.  Some of them local gals (since South Africa isn’t so behind the bush in a third world country as some may be tempted to think) and some international ladies. We salute these impressive women for making their mark in the Interiors Profession.

Elsie de Wolfe

While Elsie De Wolfe, also known as Lady Mendl, was not the first ever interior decorator – there were definitely others before her – it is she who is said to have turned it into a valid profession. From her first commission in 1905 to the 1930s, Elsie was without doubt the most well known name in the American interior design / decorating field.

Elsie was quite the interior design revolutionary – a style rebel of her time. She famously detested the Victorian style of her youth which she described as dark and ugly. Instead she opted for lighter and brighter schemes, creating softer and slightly more feminine interiors. Elsie, who preferred the late 18th century French style, also reintroduced the concept of white and light painted furniture. She hated clutter and favoured expanded open living spaces.

In 1913 Elsie authored the widely read book, The House in Good Taste, a collection of writings on interior decoration and practical decorating advice.

Annie Sloan

Annie Sloan – I almost have to say no more than that – has been a household name for decades. She can be viewed as the figurehead of the decorative painting revolution and is internationally recognised as a respected paint and colour expert. The Telegraph even named her as one of “Britain’s most influential female designers.”

Annie unwittingly changed the face of furniture painting in 1990 when she launched her own range of decorative paint. Unable to find the exact paints she desired to work with, Annie used her fine art knowledge of colour, paint, pigments and art history to develop the now renowned Chalk Paint brand. The Annie Sloan Chalk Paint product can be found in over 50 countries around the world and has influenced not only the decorative painting industry, but interior decorating as a whole.

Tricia Guild

Tricia Guild is a British designer and the founder of Designers Guild, an international home and lifestyle company. She is known for her bold and exciting use of colour and pattern.

Designers Guild had its modest birth in 1970 when Tricia was searching for new and exciting textiles to decorate with. She recoloured a collection of Indian hand-block printed textiles, which later became the company’s first collection.

In the past four decades Tricia has grown and expanded Designers Guild into a global homeware and lifestyle empire. Today their product range includes everything from fabrics and wall coverings, to furniture, homeware and even paint.

Tricia has authored 15 books and has been commissioned by the Royal Family multiple times – something which is no small feat.

In 2008 Tricia was appointed an OBE for services to interior design.

Lynn McAdam

Lynn McAdam has been involved in the field of South African interiors for must be well over thirty something years. Lynn and her sister were the founders and creatives behind the Biggie Best brand of the 80’s, a household name in South African retail interiors.

Lynn and her husband, Sibley sold Biggie Best and in 1987, they opened a retail brand, with a new and different type of interior product, namely handcrafted wooden furniture. The shop was called Block & Chisel. Naturally, driven by their passion and business skills, Block & Chisel has become a much desired interior retail store in Cape Town and has expanded to include Loft Living as well as a store in Johannesburg.

Retail interiors is a very challenging field and needs clever and dedicated navigation in order for it to remain a player in the business. Block & Chisel under the guidance of Lynn McAdam has done just that.

Pru Phufl

When Lynn and Sibley McAdam decided to explore other avenues in life, Pru Phufl bought Biggie Best and continued to expand the retail outlets via franchises throughout South Africa. Every major city had a Biggie Best shop.

Pru went on to take the brand internationally via franchises as well, with shops in Europe, Australia and Britain. Pru was awarded the coveted “Business Woman of the Year Award” in 1989 by Business Woman Association of South Africa. Being very hands on person, Pru continued to be involved in the design and development of their range of fabrics, wallpapers and furniture throughout the years.

Although many of the franchise outlets have been reduced, Biggie Best continues their retail and trade business to this day, having survived for near on forty years.  They have managed remain in touch with the flow of interior trends, while retaining their particular flavour / style of interior finishes – Contemporary Country.

To me the secret of their success was to remain an affordable brand – bringing interiors to the middle class people. Making it attainable at a time when interior decorating was a luxury only the privileged of the upper class could afford it, just outside of the reach of the middle class. Oh how times have changed – thank you Pru Phufl for your contribution.

Pinterest Picks: Beautiful Bedrooms

Have you ever played the “I wish…” game? You know, the game where you page through a magazine or peruse a website and see something that makes you go: “sigh, if only…

I think there is nothing wrong with building a few castles in the sky, especially when it comes to interiors and one’s home. Let rather call it “aspirational thinking” – planning ahead for a time when you will have the means to make your daydreams a reality!

I regularly play that game. As an interior designer I often gaze longingly at the beautiful interiors and homes I have pinned to my Pinterest boards. I would fantasise about what I would do with the space if it were mine.

Not too long ago Rose and I were discussing a bedroom picture we had just pinned to our boards. Rose expressed that she would LOVE a room just like it. “Which bedroom would you like if could choose?” she asked me while scrolling through our Bedrooms board. I wasn’t sure; however I had earmarked a few hot favourites. We knew there and then that it would make for an excellent blog post.

Rose and I decided that we will each select one image from our Bedrooms Board of a sleeping space that we most desired as our own. We would then explain exactly why we coveted that particular space and whether there is something we would change.

We also chose two “runner-up” bedrooms because deciding on one room can be very hard!

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Marica’s Pinterest Bedroom Pick:

I had some difficulty selecting my numero uno, most-desired bedroom from my top picks. However, after asking myself “which one do you see yourself LIVING in”, the answer was clear.

The picture above is a sneak peek from the bedroom makeover of bloggers, Jamin and Ashley, of The Handmade Home.

I think what appealed to me most was that the room looks relaxed, yet luxurious.  I am automatically drawn to jewel tones, which is why I adore the colour combination of this bedroom. I also enjoy the addition of the antique brass elements.

My favourite item in this room would have to be the gorgeous deep-buttoned velvet headboard. I had a “YES please” moment when I saw that beauty!

Another element I like is the upcycled chest of drawers with the purple agate handles. FYI – these are actually “faux” agate – they look like the real deal but are just clever replicas Ashley made using clay and craft paint (see DIY here).

If this was my room, I would probably add a slightly more Bohemian feel to it. I would swap out the scatter cushions and throw for something more tactile and Boho without losing the beautiful magenta purple colour that pairs so lovely with the jewel-toned emerald.

While the framed abstract art piece is not completely my taste, I would keep it because it ties all the colours together beautifully. I might just add another smaller framed print or painting in front of it to add some depth.

I would also LOVE to include a vintage velvet chair like this one into the room. Can you say reading chair?!

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1st Runner Up…

I was immediately drawn to the Mid-century Modern meet Scandinavian bedroom of Jaclyn Johnson, founder of Create & Cultivate. In true Scandi form, the room’s white backdrop makes the room feel open and less cluttered while pattern and interest is added in shades greys.

The show-shopper piece in this bedroom is the gorgeous (and pricey) Modern bed from Design Within Reach. While not my favourite colour, the punchy green of the headboard livens up the otherwise monochromatic colour scheme.

Oh, and don’t you just love that copper blanket ladder and pom-pom duvet cover?!

2nd Runner Up…

My third choice is a bit of a wildcard. What I like most about this space, other than the lovely sunny yellows, is not limited to the the decor and furnishings. The appeal lies in structure of the room itself – the white-painted floors and lofty attic ceiling with its beams.

The house belongs to Souraya Hassan of Binti Home. Souraya used various items, most with a slight Moroccan feel, from her online shop to decorate this guest bedroom. I love how she used the two small Moroccan tables as a staggered bedside pedestal.

Similar to my 1st runner up choice, I like how the happy yellow accent of the bedspread breaks the otherwise white on white space.

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Rose’s Pinterest Bedroom Pick:

This particular exercise really stirred up a subconscious desire to redo my bedroom. And working through the stack of images that I have pinned on two bedroom boards, eventually brought me to a place where I realised exactly how I would decorate my bedroom.

Another awareness was how my taste / style has changed over the past few years. I’ve gravitated towards “less is more” not entirely Scandi, but leaning in that direction, with a tad more colour thrown in.

If you told me 6 years ago, that I would have a craving for a white bedroom, I would have laughed. I am so longing for the feeling of uncluttered space where there are fewer decor elements, but no lack of depth and texture. That is why this is bedroom is my first choice.

I am totally nuts about the industrial styled metal / glass pane room divider, the texture of the velvety throw on the bed, the colour and nature of the wooden items, the asymmetrical placement of the floor rugs and the patterns to be found in the rugs and wall art. I could take my books and move into this room.

I dream of living in a Manhattan style Industrial loft apartment such as this.

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1st Runner Up…

What appeals to me most about my second choice above is the metallic bed. I am so in love with copper and the rose gold colour that blends into it so perfectly. The other appeal is the street scene wallpaper at the back of the bed, as well as the overhead ceiling fixed industrial light.

Oh, and another appealing feature in this room that I forgot to mention is the ceiling. Those pressed ceiling panels just do it for me. Imagine waking up to see that delightful sight each morning.

2nd Runner Up…

And now… my third choice is something completely different. Just showing one image of this room might come across a bit on the odd side because actually one needs to hold this bedroom within the greater and deeper context of its setting, namely the Château de Gudanes.  This forgotten French Country Stately Home has slowly been brought back to life.

If I woke up in this room it would mean that one of my dreams had actually come true. I would have to pinch myself to check that it was all real. This is the real deal unrestored French Chateau boudoir. No paint effects, no wallpaper – all the genuine article. Love the deep royal blue french bed and everything about this room.

It needs a stand alone blog feature post of its own, one in which we can wax lyrical and drool over its unique beauty. So, watch this space with bated breath. Until then.

This was huge fun. Thanks Marica for coming up with this blog series.


What do you think of our Pinterest bedroom picks? See anything you like too?

Stay tuned for the next addition in our Pinterest Picks series – maybe we will do our favourite living rooms or kitchens.

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