Design Monarchy Press feature

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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.

Home Magazine April 2016 Cover

Another Amazing Design Monarchy Feature in Home Magazine!

Earlier this month we wrote a blog post, “2015: A Winning Year for Design Monarchy“, about all the exciting projects and experiences we had last year. As mentioned in the post, one of the absolute high points was that Home Magazine / Tuis Tydskrif featured one of our interior design projects, the home of our client Sharon Turner, in the their January issue. I cannot begin to tell you how thrilling it is to see one’s hard work on the cover of a glossy magazine!

Well, call us doubly blessed, because shortly thereafter Home / Tuis once again asked if they could feature another one of our projects. What makes this home extra special and personal is that our client, Michelle Ward, happens to be Rose’s sister! It was such fun working with Michelle. Since we know her so well it was that much easier to put together the perfect interior proposal for her home that catered to her tastes. Michelle wanted bright and happy, colourful and quirky, with just the slightest dash of glamour.

One of my favourite elements in Michelle’s home is the gorgeous hand-painted Moroccan tiles we sourced for the scullery. I can remember spending a good couple of hours in Moroccan Warehouse in Cape Town bent over stacks of tiles to find the perfect tile repeat. Rose also found the cutest potted plants at Typo which along with the Moroccan tiles made for one trendy scullery.

Another feature I loved was the Mid-Century inspired easy chair we had custom made for the living room. It featured the most beautiful, bold, big floral fabric we sourced at Home Fabrics. It is so happy and colourful – a true reflection of the overall interior.

Michelle found a vintage multi-drawer storage unit for her study which Rose and I took one look at and said: “Let’s paint it ombre!” The carcass we painted white and the drawers in graduating shades of yellow. It looks smashing against the quirky white and black polka dot wallpaper in the study.

Be sure to pick up a copy of the April issue of Tuis or Home Magazine see the full feature and beautiful images (page 16-23). Let us know what you think!

Magazine feature of interior design by Design Monarchy

2015: A Winning Year for Design Monarchy

Marica suggested that I wrote a foreword for our bi-weekly email newsletter about the successes of Design Monarchy during 2015.  However, that would limit it to only those particular readers and despite the fact that bragging still is not my comfort zone, I thought to share some of it with our boarder audience.

So, here goes with a quick look back at the year 2015 and those events, accolades, projects etc. that really are immensely rewarding for us as a young company.  We have been working at increasing our business visibility and interior design projects as Design Monarchy for over 5 years now therein lies the rewards – to see the fruits of our labour…

One of our interior design projects, the home of our client Sharon Turner, located in Chintsa on the east coast of South Africa, was selected to be featured in the December 2015 / January 2016 issue of Home / Tuis Magazine. Although we had always maintained it was magazine worthy project, it came as a fabulous surprise to us. To see the incredible glossy images of our interior project, which was by the way so up our alley style-wise, was simply amazing. It enjoyed front page status and a full 12 page spread!

I’m going to let you in on a little secret:  I overheard the Home Magazine creative editor and stylist, Marian van Wyk, mention to Sharon (our client) that the editor said it was one of the best houses ever featured in their mag. Whoop-whoop!! We wrote a quick blog article about the feature last year, but due to tight end-of-year deadlines we were not able to make too much of a fuss. Is it too late to crack the champagne now?

Another interior design project that we started punting back in 2012, the upmarket retirement complex, Summerley Court, was given the green light mid-2015.  We worked on that between July and November 2015. The project was a wonderful collaboration between Design Monarchy and LifeTides, a Retirement Lifestyle Consulting company. The partnership produced truly noteworthy, striking interiors. I have to thank John White of LifeTides for entrusting his “baby” and long awaited project into our hands. Although the task was not without its challenges, due to tight timeframes, it was such a pleasurable project.

In early 2015 we completed another interior design project along the East Coast – this one in East London. It can be a challenge to undertake projects out of town. However, we jumped at the opportunity to work on another project were we could incorporate the interior style we so love – eclectic and colourful with a touch of playful quirkiness! Again, right up our alley! The client’s enthusiasm and collaboration adds that flavour of excitement as well. It was such fun.

Furthermore, can I have a drum roll please…

Home / Tuis Magazine once again asked if they can feature this home in one of their latest issues! The interview and gorgeous photo-shoot images will be published in the April 2016 issue of Home / Tuis. Yippee! The issue is due to hit the shelves on 14th March – so keep an eye out. Big thanks to the Media24 team and to our client, Michelle Ward, for getting on board with this publication.

Networking – Okay so I am a born and bred Networker. It is so easy for me to do, plus I enjoy it thoroughly. The XtraOrdinary Women’s Network is where you will find me bleating away. I attend their Coastal Chapter, the Somerset West Chapter and, my all-time-hot-favourite for the past three years, the Holistic Chapter. I am so into that stuff. And the reward, you might ask? Well, that would be… awards! In 2015 I was awarded the Supporter of the Year Award from Holistic Network and this year, from the same chapter, The Networker of the Year Award.  Can you believe it – getting awards for doing what you enjoy! Many thanks to all and especially Michelle Vooght and Gwen Kloppers.

One of the biggest pleasures for both Marica and me is the publication of articles on this blog, The Design Tabloid. The rewards from that is your faithful support as our readers.  That is BIG for the both of us. It may be a powerful marketing tool for Design Monarchy, but being able to share ourselves with y’all – nothing better. Many thanks.

See y’all as we journey into 2016. Stay with us and enjoy the ride.

P.S. I am reading the Divine Secrets of Ya-Ya Sisterhood and hence “y’all” is becoming my new favourite word.

We Are Front Page Awesome!

*WARNING: some serious (yet justified) bragging below!*

What a way to end the year!

Do you believe in dreams coming true?  Well I can now vouch for the fact that dreams do come true! Or as some would say – your visions do manifest!

Our work has been featured not only on the front page, but also enjoys a full TEN-page spread.  Whoop-Whoop!

Magazine feature of house designed by Design Monarchy

About two months ago, we were advised by our client, Sharon Turner, from Cintsa – that Home / Tuis Magazine had approached her with a view to featuring her house in their national magazine.  This project we started back in 2012 and completed in 2013.

As I sit here and write, my mind goes right back to the time, when Sharon first approached me about the possibility of working with her on a house that she had purchased. This house I could see was to be something special for Sharon. It has THE most incredible location and a view that some would kill for.  During the first briefing conversation we had, she made mention of the fact that she had recently taken a tour of featured homes.  At that point, I said to her “don’t worry; you are going to have a house that will be included into that tour once done!”

Once the project was completed, we were often told that we should approach a magazine to feature the work we did there.  Actually, we always knew that the exquisite results of the combined journey of creativity and dedicated effort of Sharon and Design Monarchy just had to have its day in the sun. And – here it is – without any punting or whatever, the interiors of the house spoke loud enough to draw the attention of a national magazine.

Sharon was a really cool client to work with.  It was a crazy time, but Marica and I will forever be grateful to her for giving us creative license, opportunity to find expression of what is our preferred style or interior handwriting (as it is said in the our trade). I would like to thank her and her husband Mickey for trusting the interiors of their home to our care. I am sure that she must be feeling super proud right now. I know this – Marica and I are very proud!

 I have to pinch myself almost every day since the two mags hit the shelves. The other day as I walked towards the magazine racks in my local supermarket, I just had to stop myself when I saw the image of the entrance hall, one of my all-time favourite areas we have designed so far, on a mag cover. Particularly since I so enjoyed putting the entrance hall decor together.

Do us a favour, nip out and get yourself a copy of either the English “Home” mag or the Afrikaans “Tuis”.  You may need a magnifying glass to see the name of our company – but does that matter when we have made Front Page news!!!

  A wonderful way to close off a really stunning year of work!