Get This Look: Rustic Chic Bedroom

By Marica

Whilst desperately searching for an image or style to base the latest “Get This Look” on,  I remember an image of a rather unusual Rustic Chic bedroom I  pinned to Pinterest a handful of months ago. To date this feature / inspiration image remains the most repinned image on my Pinterest profile. What about this interior made this image so popular with my fellow “pinners”? – I don’t know… Maybe it’s the barn door headboard or the bold yellow-painted ceiling (a brave choice for sure). I have to agree there is something strangely appealing about this little rustic spaces, it sure looks comfy… and sunny.

I struggled to find a throw similar to the beautiful one used in the image, and as result my collection of items is a little more red whereas the original room is more purple. However, this is the beauty of a Rustic Chic interior – it’s suppose to be mix-and-match. A well-planned Rustic Chic interior or room should have a combination of unrefined, uncomplicated objects offset with more contemporary and elegant pieces and lines. Try sourcing reclaimed or upcycled items like the barn door, or maybe an old worn timber bedside table – it should definitely have a lot of texture. Rustic Chic – where “well-worn meet new”.


1. Torch Wall Light – Le Grange Interiors

2. Trawl second-hand stores, flea markets or suppliers that sell reclaimed building elements  for old and discarded doors or panels –  a great example is this beautiful antique shutter door from Onsite Gallery.

3. Neutral-coloured scatter cushion – Woolworths.

4. Yellow lattice scatter cushion – Woolworths.

5. Dog silhouette scatter cushion – Weylandts.

6. Cape bird scatter cushion – Woolworths.

7. Yellow Ceramic Vases – Le Grange Interiors.

8. This beautiful industrial look “tea” table is also available from Le Grange Interiors.

9. The closest thing I could find of to the purple and yellow throw in the feature image, is this gorgeous handmade India patchwork bedspread from Weylandts.

10. Part of @Home‘s Garden Party range, I just love this funky wire stool…it’s available in black and then this bold yellow.

11. I love this stunning wool rug – also from Le Grange Interiors.

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12 Kitchen Accessories Under R200

By Marica

Your kitchen is one of the areas in your home that you spend a decent amount of time in every day. Now, since open-plan living has become the norm, it is more important than ever to have a presentable kitchen. Whilst entertaining the kitchen will often develop into a hub of chatter and food preparation. I really enjoy shopping for kitchenware as there are just so many relatively cheap and beautiful things to choose from. Give your kitchen a little facelift with these under R200 bargain beauties…

Like we have mentioned a couple of times before – typography is big, and these awesome alphabet mugs are super hot! I have a weakness for funky mugs. These lovelies are available from @HOme for R19.00 each.
I love these lovely glass jars – fill them with sugar, flour and other baking ingredients and display them proudly on your kitchen counter. Mr. Price Home – go for the large jar for R79.99
I adore these beautifully patterned plates from Mr. Price Home. I’m a total sucker for paisley and in such a bold, trendy blue – I might actually go buy a set for myself! The dinner plates are R25.99 and the side plates R15.99 each
And then of course what is a kitchen without cookbooks? This gorgeous book by SA’s own “Queen of Tarts”, Tina Bester, is filled with delicious feel-good recipes. R149.00 @ Exclusive Books.

A Valentine’s Picnic… without the corny clichés

By Marica

If you are stumped for ideas to make your Valentine’s Day with your loved one special, try putting a new stylish spin on the old romantic picnic idea.

We as South Africans are so fortunate to live in such a beautiful country. The weather in Cape Town is excellent this time of year, it just begs for an outdoor celebration.

This Beautiful Anniversary Provençal Picnic was Featured on Design*Sponge a while back in collaboration with Bash, Please and Tinywater Photography. Click the Image for the Design*Sponge Article

I search the web for these beautiful images to inspire you. Now this is what a romantic picnic is supposed to look like!

Recently featured on Southern Weddings this inspirational shoot by photographer Larissa Cleveland and wedding planner Shannon Leahy is simply whimsical. Click the Image to view the original article.

Preparation for a romantic picnic should be quite easy and affordable. Use what you have, or otherwise invest in a few key items that can be re-used in future. Steer clear of cliché red & white colour schemes and cheesy old plastic roses. Here are a few helpful suggestions…

Find a beautiful location – Spier – or Warwick Wine Estates or Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, for example, has stunning estates. Choose a shaded spot underneath a tree (for a little more privacy). If you want a more intimate setting your own garden will do.

Select one or two blankets, throws or even a quilt. You might as well be comfortable so opt for a whole pile of pillows. Go for various fun patterns and complementing colours.

To create an intimate ambience, make use of some mood lighting – Fairy lights draped in a tree, candles in colourful glass holders, lanterns or even tea lights inside clear jam jars and glass bottles hung with ribbon from tree branches (be creative). Oh, and don’t forget the fresh flowers – bunches & bunches of it!

Instead of plastic cups and paper plates, use the real deal. Select some quirky dinnerware and chic wine glasses for instant elegance.

Beautiful Picnic Dinner Party Under The Trees

Valentine’s Day isn’t necessarily just for couples anymore – my single friends and I thoroughly enjoy getting together on the 14th of Feb to celebrate our “single situation” with a fun bash. Expand the picnic idea into a group event by having a fabulous garden dinner party.

E voilà! A beautiful Valentine’s Day picnic without the “cheese”. Happy Valentine’s Day everybody!