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