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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.

source: Pompeli

source: Shauntelle Sposto

source: Junebug Weddings  |  photo: Kreativ Wedding

source: Rått & Sanselig  |  photo: Birgit Fausk

source: Rått & Sanselig  |  photo: Birgit Fausk

source: Ikea  |  photo: Sara Danielsson

source: Suite One Studio

source: vtwonen  |  photo: Alexander van Berge

source:  stadshem via gravity home

Pretty Pink for Cancer Awareness

By Marica

We recently spotted a post on the Decorex blog reminding us that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In the post they list a few local initiatives that contribute towards the cancer cause and not only gives back to those affected but also funds research. Read their blog post: here. Please also consider supporting the cause directly by pledging a donating on the CANSA website: here.

I also feel that as ladies we have a personal duty to create awareness within our inner circles – the word of a friend carries far greater weight than that of impersonal third party.

Here is a quick and worthy example: The first Monday of every month I have “Cook Club” – a joyful gathering where eight like-minded ladies socialize over great food and excellent company. We generally have a rip-roaring good time with a good measure of side-splitting laughter. At this month’s gathering one of the lovely ladies plucked out a plastic bag filled with intriguing yet hidden goodies and ominously said: “Pick one, but beware – each has a consequence.

One by one we cautiously stuck our hand in the mysterious bag and blindly picked an item – which all turned out to be some kind of body-care product. She then went on to explain the consequence (or rather commitment) of each item picked. The ladies who picked the lotion had to commit to administering a breast self-examination, those who picked the lip balm had to do the same AND additionally tell a friend. Two ladies (of which I am one) chose the room spray which we leant meant scheduling an appointment with a gynae within the next year, and so it went on…

Don’t you agree that this is an unthreatening and fun way to create cancer awareness? Why not try it on your girlfriends this October…

You can read more about breast cancer awareness and prevention on the CANSA website: here.

Now of course, since we here at The Tabloid are all about the pretty, we couldn’t forgo the opportunity to show you something pretty, pink and local in celebration of Breast Awareness Month. Find some pink inspiration below…

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1 Pink Lego Bookends by Big Kid Designs available through Hello Pretty.
2 Pale Pink Ceramic Jug by Nest available through Spree.
3 Candy Heart Oven Glove available at Mr. Price Home.
4 Pink Neon-Striped Scarf by Style Republic available through Spree.
5 Candyfloss Ombré Pink Cushion Cover by Touchee Feelee.
6 Blossom Bird Scatter Cushion available at Mr. Price Home.

Colour-Coded Inspiration: Red & Pink

By Marica

I clearly remember my mom telling me back in the nineties to never ever wear pink and red together as “those two colour just don’t mix“. It’s true, the nineties (probably the eighties too) did not look kindly on the pink and red combo – it was a massive faux pas. It was something the 10 year-old me could not understand – I thought it look pretty!

However, in the last decade or so the uptight, and frankly unreasonable, unspoken rule about the combination of reds and pinks has softened. Once again it is trendy to marry red and pink! And today I am overjoyed as nothing makes me happier than this punchy colour combo! Mmm, it reminds me of candy – it’s a deliciously edible duo. So, for your enjoyment, fest your eyes on the following pink & red colour-coded inspirations…

Featured Image via Pinterest. From top left: Floral Scatter Cushion – Woolworths / Love Cushion – Woolworths / Pink & Red Pendant Lights – Can be order through us / Numbers Felt Placemat – @Home / Pink & Mother-of-Pearl Bedside Table – Farriers / Striped Throw – Mr. Price Home / Floral Floor Cushion – Weylandts / Cerise Pouffe – Moroccan Warehouse / Teapot Print – Tracy Paul / Pink Chair – Order through us / Pink Flower Cushion – @Home

Featured Image via Pinterest. From top left: Red Chandelier – Weylandts / Design Team Cushion – Woolworths / Pink Cushions – Wild Rhubarb / Flower Napkin Ring – Woolworths / Flower Tealight Holder – @Home / Knotted Chair – Weylandts / Pouffe – Moroccan Warehouse / Red Nested Tables – Tonic Design / Pink Oil Burner – Mr. Price Home / Glass Vase – @Home / Flower Cushion – Jesse Breytenbach

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Decor Diva: Colour Your World

I am totally fascinated by colour. Try as I may, I could never imagine living in a world that has no colour in it – even if it black or white, it is still colour.

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Everything we can see has a colour, everything you feel has colour, everywhere you go involves colour.  Around us, in our homes, at work, in nature, in space – it is universal.  Colour is as natural to our everyday life as breathing is to our bodies.

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As I sat down to write this post, I decided that maybe I should pop onto the net to take a deeper look into colour – see if there is actually a definition for the word “colour” – perhaps gain an historical perspective of it.  My thoughts were somewhere along the lines of:   “I so take the world of colour for granted, but when was it first named “colour”.

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Little did I realise that I was on my way to a science lesson, covering issues of light waves, electrons, atoms, reflection, absorption, the eye and its mechanisms.  A real head full of facts, but my conclusion – simply – colour is energy around us and in us.

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This then means that colour touches our bodies, our moods, our dress sense and the décor of the places you inhabit most – home, office, malls, gardens etc. It can either inspire us or turn us away.

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Possibly one of the very first steps to be taken when determining your décor & design style is to “Know thyself”.

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We have decided that on a regular basis we are going to look at how we can harness that energy of colour and make it work for us;  How we get to know ourselves via colour and use it to bring the expression of our personalities in our homes, in our offices and in our gardens – our space.

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I recently met a life coach, Claudia Brandt who is very involved with colour, from the point of view that she uses a personality assessment tool called Personality-abc. Personality-abc identifies three basic human behavioural patterns and uses three colours to represent them. These colours are Red (people with strong leadership qualities); Yellow (us very warm, intuitive, friendly and people’s person type – like moi); and then blue (the thinkers of this world).

Keep an eye on this blog in the weeks to come as we assists you in ‘colouring your world’.

By the way – it looks like I am a definite yellow, red, blue person.

Images via:

1 – Simply Grove

2 – Design Seeds

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