Decorex CT 2011 – Interior Attractions With Lasting Impressions

Quite a few people have asked for my opinion on Decorex 2011. My response has been that for me it was an absolute pleasure, tiring like most expos, but I derived a great deal of benefit from it, being a total interiors junkie.   “You get out of it, what you came to look for” as there are so many interior disciplines featured at this expo

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Getting connected – that I would say is the total benefit that I derived from trawling the exhibition stands at Decorex 2011. Connected with the most talented local retailers, manufacturers, suppliers, magazines, interior decorators /designers and the more. Decorex brings all these people into one space, they connect with us and we connect with them. Some friends we know and others are new to us.  That is what attracts me. Awesome!

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I went into inspiration overload (not to mention sensory overload) but walking away from Decorex I could once again indulge that Proudly South African sensation that I often have.  We are managing to keep abreast of many a global trend, but at the same time, we are adding our unique South Africa flavour.

Bos Tea House. Image via Decorex

Speaking of flavour – like at Indaba, there was no escaping the BOS ICE TEA brand.  There they were large as life, in the most unique Tea Lounge, designed by the clever Neil Stemmet of Koncept Designs – offering the people of Cape Town such a unique ‘café’ experience.   Who would have thought that Ice Tea would find collaboration with the world of interiors, but they have.  The bright colours of the BOS brand oozed out from every corner.  However, my lasting impression – sensational – maybe too sensational.  This is where my sensory overload just went off the map.  As much as I wanted to, I just could not take in all the stunning details – there were too many of them concentrated in one space. Maybe it will happen for me next time.

Boutique Plascon Paint Store. Image via Freeworld Design Centre

One of the exhibit partners at the Tea Lounge was a little Plascon Paint Boutique by Freeworld Design Centre.  Being in the paint business, they put together some entertaining objects, painted in soft trendy colours.  Inspirational again.

On Site Gallery. Image via Visi

In the furniture lines, I was glad to see On Site Gallery opening up their wares to the public.  Their retail outlet in the Palms is a must do and a ‘junkie’ fix for me.

Yaku - Design For Kids - Images via Yaku

From furniture past to furniture present, a newbie in children’s furniture is YAKU.  Having been fortunate enough to design some trendy children’s rooms, I appreciate that YAKU has given us yet another affordable outlet to source from.

Hamilton's Spray Gun Thingy

Although I don’t mind putting my hand to a paint job, I am not wild about it not being a very ‘handy’ person.  I guess that is what attracted me to the exhibition of Hamilton Brands spray gun thingy. Do-it-yourself, without the paint drips all over the place, including your hair.  I have a vision of myself, clutching one of these super duper spray paint thingies, as I go about up-cycling some of my furniture –  is that a sigh of relief I hear my husband breathing in the background?

Don’t go away! More  awesome Decorex 2011 stuff to follow! Stay tuned for Decorex 2011 Report 2!


Why Decorex CT 2011 is going to be awesome…

Decorex Cape Town 2011 is just around the corner and there are a couple of things Rose and I are rather excited to see. This year’s show, themed ‘Beauty and the Basics’, is said to “express the Mother City’s creative energy through form, function, colour, shapes and textures.”

I’m quite thrilled to see that they are taking a more visitor interactive approach this year. Various workshops, trend discussions and concept stands may steer the show into a more design orientated direction as opposed to previous years.

Catching on to the new-fangled handmade revolution, Decorex will be celebrating the ‘proudly self-made’ phenomenon with free demonstrations, colour advice and new techniques to guide a new generation of ‘make-it-myself’ enthusiasts.

Rose and I are looking forward to the IID Trend Showcase with renowned trend forecaster Dave Nemeth. Said to be a highly visual presentation, it covers seasonal and annual colour direction as well as current decor and interior trend themes.

The Plascon Colour Forecast 2011 will also be on display, giving visitors the opportunity to experience colour in a decor setting.  Plascon asked four “colour connoisseurs” to interpret these new colours in four concept stands, each depicting one of the new colour palettes.

The ‘Dream Rooms & Fabric Area’ should also be interesting view – high-end exhibitors show their signature style and attention to detail in alluring room settings. This is also where you will see what the various fabric houses have been up too – always drool-worthy.

Rose was rather impressed by the new ‘Ask the Experts” corner: a solve-it team consisting of Aidan Bennetts Design and Furnspace 3D Software promising to assist you with your personal decor & design projects. What an awesome and helpful idea for the overwhelmed DIY homeowner. One-on-one slots are available and bookings will open early April, so be sure to book at

I noticed on Kim Gray’s blog (an awesome SA design blog to subscribe to by the way) that she has 4 sets of double tickets to give away! How generous of her!

To enter simply ‘LIKE’ the Decorex Facebook Page HERE, and leave a comment on their page stating  ’Kim Gray Competition’ and what design item you’d give Will and Kate as a wedding gift. Hurry, hurry before you miss the boat!

Hope to see you all at Decorex CT! Watch this space for our full report after the fact.


Decorex Cape Town

Dates:             29 April – 2 May 2011

Venue:           CTICC, Cape Town

Times:           Doors are open from 10:00- 19:00 daily. The show closes at

18:00 on Monday, May 2nd.

Entrance:    R60. (Pensioners and scholars pay R50 while children under 12 pay R5)

For more information visit

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