Quick Tip #45: Clothes Hanger Art Display

Here is the third clever tip in our Décor Quick Tip mini series about interesting things to do with the humble clothes hanger…

#45  For an unusual, playful yet practical way of displaying your art, use wooden clothes or trouser hangers as an alternative to framing. Tired of your current art display? For an instant wall refresh, just unclip the old prints and swap them out for new images. No time and money wasted on framing and reframing. This is an especially handy method to exhibit your children’s artwork.

See more examples of clothes hanger displays on our “Storage” pinboard on Pinterest: here.


Hier is die derde slim wenk in ons Décor Quick Tip mini-reeks oor al die interessante dinge wat mens met die nederige klerehanger kan maak…

#45  Is jy op soek na ‘n ongewone, speelse, tog praktiese manier om jou kunswerke te vertoon? Gebruik hout klere- of broekhangers; dit is ‘n wonderlike alternatief as jy nie jou kuns wil laat raam nie. Moeg vir die kunsversameling wat huidig op jou muur is? Verfris dit in ‘n oogwink – ruil net die ou kunswerke op die hangers met nuwe stukke. Hierdie is ook besonderse gerieflike manier om jou kind se talle kunswerke uit te stal.

Vir meer voorbeelde van klerehanger idees besoek op ons “Storage” pinboard op Pinterest: hier.

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Quick Tip #44: Coat Hanger Magazine Rack

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Here is the second clever tip in our Décor Quick Tip mini series about interesting things to do with the humble clothes hanger…

#44  Looking for an interesting way to store your magazines and newspapers? Create an attention-grabbing, out of the ordinary display by draping your magazines and periodicals over a wooden or wire clothes hanger. Tiered trouser hangers can house several magazines. You can hang your portable magazine hangers on hooks or knobs on the wall, almost like temporary art pieces. Or, if you have many publications, you can hang them on a rail for easy perusal.

See more examples of clothes hanger magazine displays on our “Storage” pinboard on Pinterest: here.

EN, ons het onlangs besluit om ‘n AFRIKAANSE vertaling by al ons “vinninge” blog artikels te voeg. Marica is tog Afrikaans. Wees op die uitkyk vir die Afrikaanse vertalings onder aan Décor Dictionary en Quick Tips artikels. Aan al ons Afrikaanse lesers – laat weet ons asseblief wat julle van hierdie nuwe verwikkeling dink…

#44  Is jy op soek na ‘n interessante manier om jou tydskrifte en koerante te bêre? Skep ‘n buitengewone dekoratiewe uitstalling deur jou tydskrifte deur die dwarsbalkie van ‘n draad of hout klerehanger te ryg. Broekhangers met meer as een dwarsbalkie, kan ‘n aantal tydskrifte huisves. Jou draagbare tydskrifhangers kan op hakies of knoppe op die muur gehang word – amper soos tydelike kunswerke. Of, as jy baie publikasies het, kan al jou tydskrifhangers op ‘n klerereëling gehang word om maklik daardeur te blaai .

Vir meer voorbeelde van tydskrifklerehanger idees besoek op ons “Storage” pinboard op Pinterest: hier.

VISI ♥ DIY

It is no secret that Marica and I are total VISI fans. Naturally, when they approached The Design Tabloid to get the Décor Diva‘s view on blogs, social media and it’s effect on design, for the February 2013 Issue – we were over the moon.

However, the best was yet to come. We found that we had managed to sneak into one of the best issues I have read to date. Brilliant page turner for design lovers such as we are. Seriously – by the time I had turned the last page, I still wanted more – more of those divine VISI-styled images, more news, views, and interviews about the clever local creatives and their products.

This DIY issue even had the unmotivated DIY-er in me going, wanting to get to my trash and make something to boast about with it.

Wanna know what tantalised me most? Here goes…

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1}  Okay as expected – I am going to point you directly to the page that has given The Design Tabloid national print media coverage – Page 14 of the awesome section “32 Reasons to always love smart ideas”.  Altogether now – Whoop, Whoop!!

2}  Dustbin Décor – working with plastic bottles to make a bird-feeder (hubby favourite) and what looks like something so do-able – the Liquid Chandelier.  It just blows my mind that we can create such easy peasy good-looking items from what has always been termed “rubbish”.  You do however need someone with some electrical understanding to stand by you.

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3}  Second Life – I love that there is a trend around taking what would have been considered the unthinkable a good few years ago, and making a creative décor item from it.  Like the pieces made from tyres.  My first thoughts when reading this was “I need a Man Cave to decorate – soon!”

4}  You know how Mosquitoes are not wanted and yet are always around on those hot summer evenings and nights, biting into your flesh.  One of the most effective mosquito remedies I have found is a coil that you burn.  However, the messiness caused by the ash and question “what the heck do I put this on/in?” – put me off that coil.  No more – Catherine Raphaely from Planet Baobab Safari Camp found the perfect solution in a floor polish tin.  Congrats Catherine – I loved the solution. (Page 66)

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5}  Page 84 had a full page image of row upon row of toasters, stretching from what I can only imagine to be the 50s to present time.  That was sobering for me.  Why?  Because I have experienced many of those toasters at one time or another in my lifetime.  NO – who wants to be reminded how many toaster designs you have lived through! Dah.  Just as a postscript here – when Marica and I spoke about this toaster business, she went on to tell me about an awesome lighting project she did while studying design.  It involved one of them toasters.  It sounds totally ingenious, just as she is.  I am trying to get her to write a post on that toaster.  Maybe you can join me in nudging her.

6}  While in the Obsess & Collect section, another truly creative and authentic SA collection by Ekim Falconer of Bone Idol (cool name) was a display of rusted implements, crockery and skulls.  Mostly stuck onto the front of his house!  It blends beautifully into the natural surroundings.  Which is what makes it so clever?  Man oh Man – some people might think that they are “bone idol” but ingenious they are!

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7}  I am not too sure whether it was 2010 or 2011 that I first encountered the “Yarn Bomber” – Cape Town’s own Isabeau Joubert.  She had a field time bombing various iconic statues or public arenas with huge knitted coverings.  There was a time when I knitted some and that is why I was intrigued by this yarn bombing sub-culture.  Read about her on Page 180.

This issue of VISI has once again brought home to me what a plethora of creative talent is to be found in South Africa. Creatives that take our natural and cultural aspects to broadcast our unique South Africa brand. I am reminded that The Design Tabloid came about for this very reason – to showcase SA talent.

My question to you in closing is this: “Have you read the I Love DIY issue of VISI?” If not, why not? JUST DO IT!

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Review: Good Housekeeping Magazine SA

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The next time you are standing in front of the rack displaying magazines at the supermarket or bookstore, take time our to meet the new kid on the block Good Housekeeping Magazine (SA).

Yes the Good Housekeeping mag has come to our shores at last.  It might be the new kid on the block in terms of South African mags, but it is an internationally recognized superbrand which was first launched in 1885 – you heard right!  Wrap you brain around that one – 126 years ago! With more than 30 million readers across the globe. In fact in the very first issue, there is a double page spread showing you exactly the countries it is to be found in.

As I write this I am reminded of a comical local TV ad about a man that is a company’s 1 millionth client. He is being interviewed as such and the TV presenter asks him “what took you so long?” Echoing my sentiments exactly – I so enjoyed reading this GH (shortened version of name) I too have to say “what took you so long to get to SA?”

It is not specifically an interiors magazine, although it naturally has a very good décor section and pages with all sorts of gorgeous décor goodies to buy from SA retail outlets. To quote the editor Sally Emery, “It is targeted at women exactly like you and me – women with full, busy lives, who are looking for smart, easy, affordable (and fun) solutions to all the challenges life throws at us.” Having read the GH from cover to cover, I could not sum the content and mission up any better – it is as she said it.

The various sections /categories of the GH are all titled with a wonderful play on the word “GOOD”. There is “Good Choices” – good buying options shared; “Good Looks” – which deals with beauty & fashion; “Good Buzz” – insights into home, family, celebs etc; “Good Advise”- expert advise on different aspects of life; “Good Enough Housekeeping” – fun ideas, short cuts, step-by-step solutions and then lastly “Good Health” – speaks for itself.

In the Good Enough section you will meet our favourite local blogger, Vicki Sleet from I Want That. Vicki, who is also Good Housekeeping’s Lifestyle Editor, heads the lifestyle advice column called “Ask Vicki” for all house-care tipe questions. Well done Vicki!

On the cover of this first issue is none other than Heidi Klum who after 4 children still looks like so slim, trim and beautiful. There is a fab interview with her in the Good Buzz section.

What do I fancy most about this mag and in particular this issue? For starters, I don’t do bikinis anymore and was so chaffed to find an article showing full length bathing costumes and helpful hints as to what to look for when buying. Then the “101 wonders / magic must haves” – clever buys with awesome images.  I cannot actually single out anymore because the mag is jam packed with loads of interesting tips and features.

They are equally as active online. You will find loads of competitions on their website. Stay updated & interactive with them on Facebook and Twitter.  Marica and I have just had the fun-est time entering the entire lot of FAB competitions online. Get in there quick peeps – it anything from an iPad and appliances to picnic baskets and a nature reserve weekend! I have read the book “Elephant Whisper” and want nothing more than to go hang out with them ellies in Thula Thula. The iPad – okay, between Marica and I may the best woman win (hopefully).

Will I buy it again – yes I definitely will. After battling to find a Mag that I could settle into for years now (other than décor mags) I think I have found my everyday gals mag.

Happy reading all – until the next time, Yours in service to interiors.

Review: Home Magazine

Scott Peck’s first line in his book “The Road less Travelled” is: Life is difficult. That sure gets the reader’s attention! Well although that is the truth, today I want to start out by saying: “Life is fascinating!” What makes it fascinating for me is that we are all different and yet we all have something in common.

The other fascinating thing is the fact that despite there being so many local and international interiors magazines, they all have a niche market, appealing to different people for different reasons.

This month I have the pleasure of briefly reviewing “HOME” the sister magazine of “IDEAS” which Marica reviewed last month.

Coming out of the few issues that I have read, I would say this magazine does not necessarily focus on featuring the work of designers and those in the trade, or featuring specific homes and projects. Rather I have noticed that it gears itself more towards the being an informative guide to achieving good interiors. It is a much broader “Get the Look” hands-on magazine. NOW – that appeals to me and I am sure to many.

The articles cover the history of interiors, different styles of interiors, interior trends, gardens and food. And let’s not forget the tips on how to get that look.

The messages are further enhanced by the entertaining, clear and concise images.

Local gets even more lekker – you will be able to find it on the shelves in both English and Afrikaans (I believe it’s called “Tuis”).

Combine this Home mag with its sister Ideas and what do you have – a fabulous wealth of interiors knowledge being shared. I would like to give them both the Design Monarchy’s “Royal Seal of Awesomeness”.

Check out their website: here and keep an eye out for the latest issue – it’s all about green-awareness and sustainability…

Review: Ideas Magazine

By Marica

Being in the interior design industry, our studio library contains many magazines (and I mean a-freaken-lot). Magazines are a great source of inspiration and it keeps us informed about what’s happening in the local and international design scenes. Over the years (and hundreds of mags), we have separated wheat from chaff and established a short list of our favourite magazines that we seldom deviate from – we are quite the magazine elitists.

However, earlier this year and quite per chance, Rose bought an Ideas Magazine (it contained an article on Toile that caught her eye)… and we LOVED it!

Ideas speaks to a different facet of my creativity – it stirs my “you can do this yourself” muscle (a part of me I believed to have died after the horrible décor DIY trends of the mid to late 90s). However, with the current handmade and nostalgic fads doing the rounds, I am newly inspired to create with my hands (btw, something I’m not very good at).

Ideas is page upon page of awesome and original décor, fashion and culinary DIY inspiration. Every time I turn a page, I find myself exclaiming, “I can do that!”, “That is SO clever!”, “We should do this!” It completely inflames and satiates the DIY diva in me at the same time!

Predictably, my favourite features are the “Craft & Décor” and “How To” sections. Ideas also include a “Templates” section at the back of the magazine with patterns, motives & cut-outs used throughout the magazine – that way you can just have it photocopied or blown up to scale to create the brilliant items you just read about.

Guys and gals at Ideas you can pat yourselves on the back – you give out an excellent magazine, and after that one impromptu purchase we haven’t missed one issue!

Check out Ideas Magazine’s website for some more DIY goodness and very interesting and crafty ideas…here.