Bookends by Quirky Me

8 Awesome South African Bookends

No longer simply functional, bookends can add instant pizazz to any boring bookcase or shelf. Keep those books, CDs and DVDs organised whilst adding a touch of style that speaks of you and your home. So today we’re taking a look at cool locally designed bookends. From quirky and playful, to vintage or  beautifully-designed – unique bookends for every flavour and taste. Here are some of our favorites. Let us know which you like best!
Bookends by Quirky Me

A perfect fit for a soft feminine room or boudoir, this dainty Doily Bookend adds a bit of lacy whimsy. Or you can say it like it is with this trendy “BOOK” bookend. Both bookends are made from laser-cut metal and available from Quirky Me.
Cape Gable Bookends by Chandler House

Add a touch of Cape Dutch architectural elegance to you bookcase with a pair of Cape Gable Bookends from Chandler House.Bookends by TinTown

Love the playful A-Z Bookends from TinTown – just be sure to alphabetize those books! Another pretty design from TinTown is the Heart Tree Bookendlove the double silhouette created by fold-out tree… it looks super cool.Vinyl LP Record Bookends by Freshly Found

I bit of re-purposed vintage décor – I’m sure the artist won’t mind! These funky bookends made from old vinyl LP records are available from Freshly Found.Barcode Bookends by Love Jozi

Don’t you think these Barcode Bookends, designed by Johannesburg T-Shirt company Love Jozi, are just awesome?! It features a bit of the Jozi skyline. Hey, who’s going to design a Cape Town skyline bookend?! I would love one of those…Kewpie Doll Bookends by NEST

And lastly a bit of nostalgia with these super cute and quirky Kewpie Doll Bookends by Nest Homegrown. You can purchase these from Utique.co.za!

Graphic Wallpaper – Bold and Individual!

Although any interior designer or decorator worth his or her salt knows the added value of wallpaper, the last two decades the public perception of wallpaper took a bit of a dive. However, in the past five years (thanks to current trends finally reaching Joe Public) wallpaper is back and back in a big way.

You see it everywhere; you know the wallpaper I’m talking about – bold, stylized, graphic and individual. The current wallpaper trends are all about the “wow” factor – no blending in, we want it to make a statement! The trend also incorporates beautiful whimsical and nostalgic designs, and we see many types of wallpaper with either a very definite illustrative, sketchy quality or otherwise realistic, photographic features.

Digital printing has enabled wallpaper designers to go in newer and bolder directions. Furthermore, with the introduction of custom wallpaper – the sky is the limit. You can have anything printed onto wallpaper … talk about the ultimate individual touch!

The truth is, wallpaper conveys an opulence, luxury, and interest that paint just can’t – it creates that added dimension or layer.

Wallpaper also has that unique ability to be “translated” into any design style or statement – gentle organic lines can have a calm, grounded effect, while bold geometrics add vibrancy and oomph to a drab space.

We often find that our friends and clients are all for the idea of wallpaper but are hesitant to commit to plastering a whole room with it. That is what makes the current graphic wallpaper trend all the more special – you only need to apply it to one focal wall and that’s statement enough! A guest loo is also a perfect spot for a bit of wallpaper, it guarantees “wow!”

South Africa has so many awesome trendy wallpaper designers and suppliers – here is some of our favourites…

All these lovely wallpapers can be order through us!

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Graphic designer Sean Crozier of Design Meets Life designed these adorable children’s wallpapers. Sean’s quirky illustrations are absolutely magical!
The talented ladies from Mitat designed this striking wallpaper for Robin Sprong. Simply gorgeous – I can just imagine it in a woman’s clothing boutique or a opulent boudoir.
Another gorgeous wallpaper available from Robin Sprong – this one designed by Michael of Chandler House. Antiques cutlery – doesn’t it just speak of Michael?!
Love this soft sketchy geo designed by Renee Rossouw – also for Robin Sprong.
Wallpaper by Cara Saven Photography │The Design Tabloid
Just two of our friend, Cara Saven’s new wallpaper designs. Don’t you just adore the Vintage postcards and quirky sceptical designs!
And some beautiful sketchy bicycle and heart designs from our sweethearts at Design Kist.

A bold black and white statement – Rickety House by Unwrapped.
Lovely peachy coloured duotone hearts by Handmade by Me. The design is called “Sweethearts” – cute!
Gorgeous leafy wallpaper from Scion!
Some vintage swimwear by Dupenny.
A bit of typography from Wall & Deco.
And of course we had to include some Design Team into the mix as they are the forerunners of this amazing trend!

Gorgeous 60s Pop Art Scatters!

Lookie here, lookie here! Check out these super dooper retro-tastic scatter cushions from Halogen! By now you already know that beautiful or quirky scatter cushions makes me go weak at the knees and these novelty vintage Pop Art beauties are making my credit card hand a little itchy – I want!

Here’s the best part…

You can order these scatter cushions through The Design Tabloid! Yay!

Available while stock lasts!

They are R 399 each

(excluding delivery cost)

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Decorating Quick Tip | Vintage Tin Turned Candle

Quick Tip #16: Practical Pretty Tins

 If your house is anything like mine, somewhere in your kitchen you’ll find a small collection of vintage tins – gathering dust. Over the years my mom and gran collected a good few tea, biscuit and flour tins – it was quite fashionable a few decades ago to put the empty tins on display. Now, vintage tins are once again a desirable commodity. However, instead of just using them for display give them a practical function…

#16  Repurpose pretty and vintage tea and flour tins by using them as gorgeous herb or flower planters. Small sweet tins can also be converted into beautiful candle holders. One can also give pretty spice or sweet tins a second life by turning them into refrigerator magnets. Just slip a strong magnet inside the tin and voilà – stunning fridge storage.

See the Step-by-Step Tutorials:

  1.  DIY Tea Tin Herbs: here
  2.  DIY: How to Turn Vintage Tins Into Fridge Magnets: here
  3.  DIY Tea Tin Candle: here

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Quick Tips - Decor Diva - The Design Tabloid

Repurposed Ladders

It was my intention to write a little décor Quick Tip about re-using old ladders in and around the house after stumbling across this beautiful image (right below) while browsing through Stylizimo (a funky Scandinavian décor blog). However, after doing a quick search I found a good dozen of excellent ideas and images illustrating ways in which you can repurpose your old run-down ladder. So, this is no ordinary Quick Tip, as instead of the customary one image, I included all the gorgeous images to inspire you!

#11  Don’t toss away your old wooden ladder – repurpose it. Your old ladder, whether you give it a fresh lick of paint or keep it paint-splattered & earth-stained, can be used in a variety of interesting ways: as a rustic book shelf, funky bathroom storage or even a shabby chic way to store and display your beautiful shoes. All you need is a bit of inspiration.

I adore this gorgeous use of a ladder display a few fashion items - if styled, it can be a powerful bedroom décor feature.
Scarves, necklaces, shoes and handbags and you are one rung away from a beautiful and original dressing area.
This ingenious pots & pans hanger would look amazing above the island of any rustic or shabby chic industrial kitchen
Use your ladder to store and display dishcloths, napery or other linens.
Keep the guest towels close at hand.
Every reading nook needs one of these - a funky ladder book rack! And isn't it absolutely genius to use a ladder as a way to store and display your newspapers and magazines!
My patio is asking for this - a stepped garden of potted herbs! I'm going to patch up our dilapidated ladder - herb garden here I come!

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Décor Dictionary: Vintage vs Antique

With the current Nostalgic trend words like “Vintage” and “Antique” gets thrown around regularly. Often confused, its definition boundaries have become seriously blurred and vague. So here, to relieve you of all confusion are the most acceptable definitions of Vintage and Antique we could find…

Vintage 60s Teak Sideboard

Vintage:  is defined as something that is 20 years or older. The term “vintage” is actually a wine-making term used to define a season’s harvest at a specific vineyard. Like wine, a furniture item described as “vintage” should also speak of the era in which it was produced. Vintage can mean an item is of a certain period of time, as in “vintage 1950’s” but it can also mean (and probably always should) that the item exhibits the best of a certain quality, or qualities, associated with or belonging to that specific era. (Defined with a little help from Ruby Lane)

Exquisitely-made antique Chippendale chairs, Circa 1770

Antique:  applies to an object or piece of furniture at least 100 years old. Its rarity, condition, utility, or other unique features plays a big part in whether it is desirable as a collectors’ item. Well looked after antique pieces often appreciate in value over time and is seen as an investment, unlike the mass-produced contemporary furniture pieces of today.

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