10 Spring-Inspired Accessories Under R150

By Marica

Spring Time is upon us in all her glory! Nature has finally shaken free of Winter’s cold clutches and adorned herself with a myriad of colourful and happy fauna and flora. Not a moment too soon I might add – this winter was dreary indeed – and I usually LOVE winter.

It also seems our flowerbeds aren’t the only things stirred by this long awaited Spring Revival – the shops are suddenly filled with bright, vibrant and cheerful things! So, let shake a bit of that winter gloom – here are TEN beautiful and colourful Spring-inspired décor items and home accessories to make you all excited for this most beautiful season of the year…

A happy SPRING to all!

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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 

Colour-Coded Inspiration: Orange

By Marica

About.com has excellent descriptions of colour and the feelings and emotion specific colours invokes. This is what they had to say about Orange (I find it quite accurate):

“Orange is vibrant, flamboyant & energetic. It denotes energy, warmth, and the sun. But orange has a bit less intensity or aggression than red, calmed by the cheerfulness of yellow. As a warm color orange is a stimulant — stimulating the emotions and even the appetite. Orange can be found in nature in the changing leaves of fall, the setting sun, and the skin and meat of citrus fruit. It represents the changing seasons so in that sense it is a color on the edge, the color of change between the heat of summer and the cool of winter. Because orange is also a citrus color, it can conjure up thoughts of vitamin C and good health.”

A good colour to pair with orange is a nice cooling blue, like this turquoise-y blue we used below. Now the orange really pops. It can be really refreshing, don’t be afraid to use it. Here is some Orange beauties to inspire you…

Main Image via Pinterest / Scatter Cushions: Weylandts / Orange Fabric Swatches: Design Team / Chrysanthemum Vase: Anthropologie / Orange Pouffe: Fatsak / Orange & Blue Framed Print: Mengsel via Etsy / Alarm Clock: LIM / Ceramic Tiles: PaperCake / Orange Single Cup Bodem Plunger: Yuppiechef 

Main Image via Desire To Inspire / Orange & Grey Rug: Anthropologie / Glass Tea Candle Holders: Weylandts / Retro Pendant Lights: Mid-Century Modern / Orange Stackable Stools: Tolix / Africa Scatter Cushion: Mr. Price Home / Red & Orange Scatter Cushions: Yda Walt/ Pug Print: MonsterGallery via Etsy / Orange Refrigerator: Smeg

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!