Dec 272011

For the most part, I think it’s one of those things you either love or hate. The color pink, that is. I think pink is one of the most sensational colors!  It’s beautiful and whimsical –even for the home. I’m not saying paint your walls hot pink but before you close your mind to the idea of having this powerful color in your home, allow me to say that if done well, pink can make for an exquisite room.

Here are a few of my favorites, spanning different style genres and color variations.

Dec 202011

The first stop over on our travels – Irma’s house in Centurion (Gauteng province).  After a quick bite to eat and some catching up with everyone, she informed me that she had a special assignment to take care of.  Believe it or not, her daughter that is in the USA asked her to pick up a few surprises for a very special friend.  How romantic?  We had to go and get a cupcake, some sparkles and a few other birthday surprises.  So off we went to a quaint little strip mall around the corner from her house.

This is where we find a delightful little Coffee shop called Isabella’s.  It is tastefully decorated in a pink candy stripe paired with black damask.  More than just a few lovely chandeliers cast a welcome glow over the interior.  A warm welcome from the owner and a few suggestions as to the cupcake keep us busy for a while.  Naturally we cannot help but note the cakes on the display.  We end up making a new friend and promptly decide to have some of the lovely fare.  Who can resist decadent cake and foam cappuccino’s?

Our plates arrive with fresh roses dusted with icing sugar – nice touch!  

The fountain outside attracts 2 little girls who get rid of their shoes and splash around in the water.  While I’m enjoying the treat, my eyes wander to the rest of the interior.  Just like I expected – not a single nook has gone without a lot of thought & attention given.  A gem where simply everything makes you want to linger longer.

Nov 172011

It seems a French revival is everywhere – in all the new fabric collections and in every decorating magazine over all the continents.

The Chateau La Vie collection from Hertex Fabrics are no exception, it is a luxurious collection of classic French patterns, combined with bold colourful stripes, fine squares and floral designs.  A twist to the French tale, are the two abstract designs Crop Circles and Abstracto. These have been included to keep up with modern times, yet adding to that classic feel and will do wonders when used in any contract environment. Colourways are classic grays and charcoal to neutral with splashes of lime, mauve, plum and strawberry and will surely liven up any room!

This collection is made up from a Viscose and Polyester or Viscose and Polyethylene blend and available in ten different designs. Rub counts vary from between 15 000 – 25 000 and is suitable for domestic use and accessories. For contract use the rub counts are 25 000 – 50 000.

Nov 042011

From lofty skyscrapers and a throbbing arterial network of roads connecting the heart of the city, to the tranquility of the botanical gardens scattered throughout this vibrant concrete jungle with its diverse inhabitants,  Jozi  is a collection of designs, inspired by the people who inhabit our colourful rainbow nation and available from Hertex Fabrics.

Luxury stripes, damasks and geometrics, with a cut pile velvet finish , this collection is suitable for glamorous suburban villas or downtown restaurants. Whether you want the more calm and serene neutral’s and duck egg, the dramatic black and white or the funky and vibrant lime and red’s, Jozi is set to take you by storm!

What really impressed me of this collection is its wide variety of use, from decorative upholstery and curtaining, designed for domestic  use  (with a rub count of 15 000 -25 000) to intensive contract use (with rub counts of 25 000 – 50 000 and exceeding that). It gets even better, some of these designs are made up of Viscose and Polyester blends, some of Cotton and Bamboo which adds the durability and shine) and others of Acrylic and Polyester. So here is the “wow” factor, cleaning these fabrics are now so much easier, it can be washed and ironed or cleaned Professionally if you prefer.


Sep 292011

If you happen to find yourself in Pietermaritzburg, make your way down to 10 Gough Road, Wembley where you’ll find Just Lavender in a street lined with old Victorian houses restored to their original beauty. Proudly displaying her goods and offering a welcome breather from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, Just Lavender has that special pizzas that makes you want to stay all afternoon!

This lovely old house with wooden flooring was converted into a showroom for exclusive quality items..

Here you will find the exquisite Charlotte Rhys Collection of beauty products, unique gifts like toilette, make-up or travel  bags in the finest, most beautiful fabric, jewelery and designer clothing.

Stepping out to the coffee shop, the decor and furniture immediately gives you the impression that you are in a  French bistro.  Gingham checks, damask fabrics and painted ball-and-claw furniture enhances  this feeling of a side-walk cafe.

For all the ladies on diet, they serve the most delicious light lunches.  And for the rest of us, decadent cakes and a choice of coffee and cappuccino’s.

So go on, make your way to Just Lavender and experience this taste of France for yourself