Season’s Greetings From Design Monarchy

Season's Greetings From Design Monarchy

Wishing all our readers and friends a Merry Christmas and a joyous festive season!

We loved sharing our passion for design, décor and pretty things with you this past year!

Our studio will be closed for business from today, the 15th of December 2016, to Monday the 16th of January 2017. Keep your eyes peeled – next year brings BIG and exciting things!

Have a good one, guys and gals! Design Monarchy out!

Love, Rose & Marica  x x x

Hello 2016!

Design Monarchy New Year's Greeting

I tell you, it feels rather strange for my bum to be back in an office chair. We here at Design Monarchy had such a lovely, not to mention well-deserved, festive break. Last year was a busy, exciting and successful year for us and we said goodbye to 2015 in grateful celebration. Even though we are still shaking off some sweet holiday lethargy, I have this feeling that 2016 is going to be a GOOD year! In fact, I think we should keep some champagne on ice because…

“I’ve decided that 2016 will be an unbelievably-wonderful, astoundingly-phenomenal, staggeringly-stupendous year!”

SA Blog Awards: Vote For Us!

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The Design Tabloid has once again been entered into South African Blog Awards! We have registered for the Lifestyle as well as the Arts & Craft category which means we are up against some tough competition. We therefore need YOUR vote! No matter who you are or where you are from if you have enjoyed reading our blog as much as we have loved sharing our passion and knowledge with you – feel free to show your appreciation by voting and passing it on!

Now, the public vote phase will run from today, Tuesday 1 December 2015, until Monday 8th January 2016 at 23:59.

Voting is super easy – just click on the VOTE badge – you will be directed to the SA Blog Awards website where your vote for The Design Tabloid will automatically be entered. Yay!

VOTEAfter placing your vote, you will be sent a confirmation email, which you have to respond to in order to confirm your vote… and, I suppose, to ensure that you are not some programmed robot.

Also be warned – you can only vote for ONE blog per category. Should you decide to vote for another blog in the same category as The Design Tabloid (which is the Lifestyle / Arts & Crafts categories) you will lose the original vote, as your new vote will override the initial vote.

{So go on… vote for us! DO it, click the button!}

#InBedWithBloggers

Earlier this year Sanders South Africa launched an innovative marketing campaign in collaboration with SA Décor & Design.

Sanders invited various South African interior and décor bloggers to figuratively “get into bed with them”. Each blogger was designated a specific month in which they will create a bedroom scene in the store window of the Sanders showroom located at 33 Salt River Road.

Sanders has graciously given the bloggers carte blanche use of their gorgeous range of linen as a foundation to dress the display bed. The bloggers can then add in and layer various sourced products and décor items to create their own unique bedroom arrangement.

We are thrilled to announce that we here at The Design Tabloid will be dressing the Sanders bed in the month of November. Rose has already sourced some gorgeous products from local creatives and suppliers that we will use to complete our window display. We will share the finished product with you soon – so keep you eyes peeled!

In anticipation of our little bedroom setup here are some of the past #InBedWithBloggers styled beds:

Sanders #InBedWithBloggers - House & Leisure

The very first #InBedWithBloggers bed was styled by the House and Leisure team in May.

Sanders #InBedWithBloggers - Misi Overturf

June’s bed was created by Misi Overturf, creative consultant and the blogger behind for the love of beautiful things (Bthings). You can read more about Misi’s bed: here.

Sanders #InBedWithBloggers - SA Decor & Design

Marcia Margolius of SA Décor & Design teamed up with Blankets and Weaves to fashion July’s bed. You can read more about it: here.

Sanders #InBedWithBloggers - Dylan Thomaz

The August bed was curated by Dylan Thomaz using these gorgeous bbellamy&bbellamy textiles. You can find out more about the August bed: here.

Road To Design Indaba 2015!

“It’s that time of the year again! The Design Indaba Expo, South Africa’s premier showcase of high-end design and homegrown wares, starts this Friday!”

Rose and I are super excited and geared for the Design Indaba Festival 2015 – that right this year they have dubbed it a “festival”… and what a delicious festival of creativity it is!

The brilliant FilmFest kicked off the official Indaba festivities last Friday and the Conference and Simulcast start tomorrow. Then on Friday the doors will be thrown wide open to welcome the public to the amazing eye-candy experience that is the Expo.

Oh, and don’t forget the music – if you want some local head-bopping, hip-swaying, foot-tapping entertainment the Design Indaba music circuit will be grooving from 25 to 27 February.

The Design Tabloid has, like the previous 3 years, received media accreditation for the 2015 Indaba and we will not only be attending the Expo but also the Conference Simulcast! Lucky, lucky ladies we are!


 “Dubbed ‘the Conference on Creativity‘, the Design Indaba Conference is all about how design, creativity and innovation can positively impact the world. In 2013 the likes of Creative Review editor Patrick Burgoyne said it is ‘perhaps the best design conference in the world‘”


I sure I will get all lyrical about the conference yet again… it blows my mind consistently every year! It’s THE not-to-be-missed creative inspiration event of the year. Be sure to check our Twitter & Facebook feeds during this period as we will endeavour to post regular little snippets of our conference experience!

Now, this year’s EXPO promises to be even bigger, cementing the platform’s position as the go-to destination for taking the pulse of South African creativity. To get you all psyched for this year’s Indaba here is some highlights from the horse’s mouth…


“For 28 hours, over three days next weekend (Friday 27 February to Sunday 1 March) the Cape Town International Convention Centre will be abuzz with things to see, do, experience, make, create, shop, eat – it’s the ultimate inspirational indulgence.”


 Design Indaba Expo’s distinguishing characteristics are two-fold: it showcases exceptional design across all the creative disciplines (from architecture to jewellery design, fashion, visual art, craft, industrial design and everything in between); and it sets an exceptionally high professional standard. More than 400 exhibitors will be strutting their creative stuff this year at the Expo. The always-popular Emerging Creatives platform again promises to bear testament to the scope of ingenious young designers in South Africa

I also can’t wait to see this year’s MBOISA (Most Beautiful Object In South Africa) nominations in the flesh (you can take a peek at the nominees: here). Then there is the fashion shows, delicious food & pop-up restaurants, workshops, talks, and much, much more….


Design Indaba EXPO at the Cape Town International Convention Centre

  • Friday 27 February: 10:00 – 20:00
  • Saturday 28 February: 10:00 – 20:00
  • Sunday 1 March: 10:00 – 18:00

EXPO Tickets available at the door or through Computicket

  • Adults: R80
  • Pensioners and students: R60
  • Scholars (Ages 10 – 18): R45
  • Children under 10: Free