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Hanging out with Weylandts at Dutch Masters Launch

About a week and a half ago I was one of the very fortunate guests at an event hosted by Weylandts at their Green Point Store. Their mission was to celebrate their collaboration with Dutch Master contemporary furniture designer, Jan Linteloo.  And boy did they do it in total style.  From start to finish, it was entertaining, magical, mysterious, tantalizing and I could go on and on, eventually running out of adjectives with which to describe this fabulous evening.

What made the evening so spectacular for the guests was the food and the presentation of the food.  It was nothing short of a magical experience. Thanks to the talented Margot Janse from The Tasting Room fame.

I am no foodie and cannot even begin to go into any sort of explanation of the style of food etc, suffice to say that it was a celebration of fabulous food design. The theme of the food experience was ‘woody’ – that was my impression anyway, which makes such sense to me.  I found myself being exposed to food that I had no idea existed. Food presentation done in a way that blew my mind away, with the highlight of that food journey for me being the cheese table – behind it was a big plywood board, with toasted pieces of Ciabatta breads hanging from nail pins.  How awesome is that!!  All I had to do (when I got my breath back again) was unhook my toast and pile on the delicious cheeses and jams.  (OMG – I’m salivating here!)

One thing that became very evident during the speeches was that Jan Linteloo, Chris Weylandt and Margot Janse were very comfortable with each other.  In fact there was a depth to this collaboration that warranted this special celebration – these were good friends working using their respective talents to work in perfect synergy.  Bringing to the public products of outstanding design and manufacture quality. The collaboration between Weylandts and Jan Linteloo is not a new one.  What is encouraging is that the standard of our local manufacturers is good enough to meet Jan’s high expectation. The result is that he is extending his range of furniture with Weylandts.  And believe me, this furniture has been well designed, soundly fabricated, is aesthetically appealing and    very comfortable

Both Marica and I are huge Weylandts supporters and we would like to take this opportunity of thanking them for THE MOST OUTSTANDING celebration event. Long may this collaboration last – standing as an example for other collaborations between designers.

Fellow Blogger Vicki Sleet from I Want That has written a fabulous account of the event as well.  If you want to see more images of the amazing food experience, pop over and take a look

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The food “trough”

Weylandts Food Trough ǀ I Want That

Gorgeous images of what you could find nestled in the food “trough” | Image: Vicki Sleet

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In keeping with the foraging theme this tree was hung with all kinds of delicious delicate bites!

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A little food nest…

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The bread wall and rustic cheese wheels | Image: Vicki Sleet

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What an unusual and amazing food experience

Weylandts Dessert Wall ǀ I Want That

The dessert wall – hundreds of spoons with sweet treats on them! | Image: Vicki Sleet

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

Decorex 2011 – Talking Trends With Dave Nemeth

Dave Nemeth’s Trend Talk at Decorex CT 2011

One of the interesting features of the recent Decorex Cape Town Expo was the Trend Talk given by Trend Forecast guru, Dave Nemeth.  Here in our office we seem to inadvertently watch the trends by being avid bloggers. Nevertheless, it was fascinating to listen to Dave open them up like the expert that he is.  He has been a player in the interiors trade for many years and it seems that the last few years have seen him trotting around the globe, trend watching.  I like that we have our own proudly South African Trend gurus.

This beautiful Salvatore Ferragamo crochet number can easily influence future Interior trends, for example this gorgeous chair for Casamento

How is a trend established?   I guess most of us are aware of the fact that Fashion and Interiors walk side by side, in terms of pattern, texture and colour trends, particularly the Cat Walk.  However, trends are not just established willy nilly.  Other factors that influence the establishing of a trend are:  What is the consumer experiencing; how are global politics and economics impacting consumers and then of course what impact is technology having on the consumer?  Research Information coming out of these influences is collated by Trend Forecasting Agencies for the benefit and application by Interior Designers, Retailers and Manufacturers who develop it further.

Scatter Cushions by Henry Road Fabrics

Pink & Berry Colours

FACT – Two types of trends – micro trends and macro trends. Micro trends are those that fleetingly come and go.  Naturally that would make a macro trend the stayer- for a good few years, much like the few I am about to highlight.

Colour – the impact of the recession in our global economy was reflected in the muted colour palette of grey and neutral tones.  (Mood influences colour).  Now that the movement in   the economy is more optimistic, the inclusion of strong pinks and berries colours are evident.  We are feeling upbeat and even if you aren’t at that place yet, indulge these colours and you soon will.

   Scatter Cushions by Henry Road Fabrics   

Industrial Cabinet via Weylandts

Upcycled & Industrial Cabinet from Weylandts

Furniture:  Dave highlighted the fact that coming out of the recession, the consumer has become a cautious and conscious buyer.  As such quality is a strong determinant in the furniture we buy, with resurgence of solid woods.  Solid woods in the form of re-cycled furniture, or up-cycled furniture (vintage, heritage or retro second hand pieces, that get the conversion treatment to a snazzy modern furniture item).  Handcrafted furniture is also very big, as is the industrialised look and feel.

It seems that tactile is the buzz word – we are experiencing a great deal of texture in our furniture, with open grain tables being more the rage. (I personally love this trend, as authenticity is one of my values in life).

Recreate

Restore

LIM

Open bulbs or bulb-shaped lighting

Have you noticed that there is a lot of deep buttoned upholstered furniture to be had? And Listen, don’t let you mom or aunt throw out that old suitcase or trunk, or even the crate she stored the cool drink bottles in. (there are still a few of those cool drink vendors that drive around the suburbs – they have loads of those crates – convince them to part with it)

Lighting:  The shapes we find in table and standing lamps are both organic and angular.  That was seen in the products on display by Newport Lighting, a local-is-lekker company. Expect to see more lighting that feature exposed bulbs (frosted bulbs – not your standard bulb).  Wire caging surrounding the bulb is apparently also the way to go.  Nice.

Knitted Decor via Etsy

Accessories:  Now this is the exciting part – it’s affordable.  Textured scatter cushions – embroided, felt, cable knit, plenty of bright colours.

Handcrafted is so big.

Then Typography – words, letters, phrases all available to you to display in your favourite rooms.   Add into this collective mix, Anglophilia – all things Brit.

Green: There is however one distinct characteristic that runs through all categories – sustainability.  Green is here to stay!!!

Newspaper Pendant

Moonbasket

MohairSA

Dave presented a bucket load of information and I could go on and on.

However from my observation, Decorex actually nailed the theme of the show – basic and beauty.  We are living in a time where the superfluous has been and gone.  We want to get back to our roots, our heritage and in doing so, find that grounded, safe and secure place again.

Anglophilia via Loads of Living

Anglophilia via Etsy

Heath Nash

So, we turn to the past and the heritage that is connected to that.  We surround ourselves in colours, crafts and textures that add optimist depth to our being, bringing hope and meaning to our lives.

Typography via Etsy

Typography via Etsy

Typography via Etsy

What the future holds – we will allow the trend gurus to unfold that with each passing season.

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