Jul 052012

New shades and tones have sown the seeds of a mus­tard revival, and rooms every­where are reap­ing the benefit.

Mus­tard has gone from dated to dash­ing. Yel­low can be a dif­fi­cult color to work with, but the browns in mus­tard make it a lit­tle eas­ier to approach. Need proof? Just look at the var­ied per­son­al­i­ties that mus­tard takes on below.

Muted. Deep gray keeps a mus­tard cov­er­let and pil­lows in check, pre­serv­ing this bedroom’s quiet air.

Sub­tle. Add a splash of colour to an all-white scheme.

Strong.To pull off a yel­low sofa, you need a room to stand up to the impact. These graphic schemes rises to the challenge.
Mod. Deep mus­tard yel­low, a clas­sic mid-century hue, per­fectly com­ple­ments the retro atti­tude of this liv­ing area and reflects the golden floor­ing color.

The per­fect foil for the graph­i­cal pat­tern in the curtains

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Glam. Mustard-yellow adds a swanky top note

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For­mal.Mus­tard shows its tra­di­tional side in this gra­cious liv­ing room
Cheery. This yel­low door sim­ply beams, draw­ing vis­i­tors right in.

Eclec­tic. It’s hard to imag­ine another wall color that would look as fit­ting as mus­tard does in this casual bed­room. It’s just off­beat enough to sup­port the whim­si­cal gallery wall.

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Jul 042012

Perched on a rocky high­veld kop­pie in Johan­nes­burg, this sophis­ti­cated West­cliff pavil­ion embod­ies ‘rus­tic materiality’…

Archi­tects Sil­vio Rech and Les­ley Carstens chose a design and mate­ri­als that reflect the nat­ural, rocky sur­rounds and echoes the arche­typ­i­cal high­veld veranda houses.  A glass and iron­wood pavil­ion was built sep­a­rate from the main home.  It is here where the own­ers can relax and enter­tain, as well as host guests or vis­it­ing fam­ily mem­bers.  They com­bined the ele­ments of the glass ‘box’ with the rammed earth wall that runs its length, plung­ing into the indoor pool and re-emerging on the level below.

Boast­ing hi-tech sophis­ti­ca­tion and seem­ingly sim­ple com­fort, it’s a space that is both ultra-practical and ‘exceed­ingly calm’.


westcliff pavillion

A pure iron­wood pavil­ion against a gar­den backdrop’.

westcliff pavillion

The rammed-earth wall spans the down­stairs bath­room and the upper level.

A ‘Drop’ fire­place from Antrax Italy heats the liv­ing area.

The iron­wood bed is by Sil­vio and Les­ley, and the tapes­try is by Albert Redelinghuys.

The indoor swim­ming pool.

A tree is the focal point of the inte­rior. The sea-urchin throw was made by Danny Myburgh of May­mott (maymott.com).


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Jul 022012

The Qua­tre­foil has been used in gothic archi­tec­ture for cen­turies and has recently had a resur­gence in the inte­ri­ors world. The qua­tre­foil motif isn’t new to the design scene, but there seems to be a renewed love for this fab­u­lous design.

Qua­tre­foil is a type of dec­o­ra­tive frame­work con­sist­ing of a sym­met­ri­cal shape which forms the over­all out­line of four par­tially over­lap­ping cir­cles of the same diam­e­ter. The word qua­tre­foil means “four leaves”, from Latin quat­tuor, four, plus folium, a leaf.[1]) and applies to gen­eral four-lobed shapes in var­i­ous contexts.

The shape is com­monly used in win­dows with four equal lobes, like a four-leafed clover. Qua­tre­foil design can be incor­po­rated into a min­i­mal­ist look, or can be paired with bold, bright col­ors. Intro­duce it in one fur­ni­ture piece or in numer­ous appli­ca­tions through­out your home.

Whether it’s a chair, head­board, wall plaque or an inex­pen­sive mir­ror, it can add panache to any space!

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Sources: sasinteriors.net; designfieldnotes.com

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Jun 252012

The pop­u­lar­ity of Ikat tex­tiles in home decor and inte­rior design this year, is hard to ignore. This global pat­tern is appear­ing every­where from rugs to fur­ni­ture and in accessories.

The word Ikat (pro­nounced “ee-cot”) means “to tie” or “to bind” and comes from the unique method of man­ual weav­ing that cre­ates the iconic pat­tern. It requires first tying off the warp or weft threads in bun­dles before resist dye­ing them. The cloth is then later weaved together on a loom using a weft, warp, or dou­ble Ikat method. Orig­i­nat­ing in South­east Asia, ikat fab­rics can be extremely ornate and intri­cate, often fea­tur­ing detailed designs or larger pic­tures. In mod­ern times, the motif is cre­ated through either woven or print­ing meth­ods, and is read­ily avail­able in any color palette of choice.

With so many excit­ing pat­tern vari­ants and col­ors to choose from, your ikat options are end­less! Start with some­thing sub­tle like a throw pil­low or dec­o­ra­tive bowl or dive in head first with wall­pa­per, bed­ding, an uphol­stered chair or sofa. Ikat looks glam­orous but never looses its bold play­ful­ness. Enjoy these beau­ti­ful & unex­pected ways to incor­po­rate it into your home!

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Addi­tional sources: bhg.com; merrimentstyle.com

Jun 132012

Every year House Beau­ti­ful pub­lishes an issue with Dec­o­rat­ing Secrets from Top Inte­rior Design­ers. The issue includes small bits of wis­dom from some of their favorite peo­ple in the inte­rior design indus­try. Experts like Christo­pher Pea­cock, Myra Hoe­fer, Car­leton Var­ney, and 33 other inspir­ing design­ers share words to live and design by.

I loved read­ing what every­one has to say, and even learned a thing or two.  Here are some of the things I believe whole-heartedly, and oth­ers that I found to be useful.
If you could con­tribute to this arti­cle, what would you say?
Decorating Secrets from Top Interior Designers

Decorating Secrets from Top Interior Designers

Decorating Secrets from Top Interior Designers

Decorating Secrets from Top Interior Designers

Decorating Secrets from Top Interior Designers


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