Jul 292012

I’m loving these crumple cups from the Revol Froissés Collection by Revol.  The stackable tumblers come in a variety of sizes and colours and can be used in myriad ways to serve hot or cold food and drinks. Modelled on crushed plastic throwaway cups, they’re a quirky addition to your next shindig.

Revol porcelain is made of a clay, quartz, feldspar and kaolin, which is fired at ultra-high temperatures to make it durable. This means the tumblers can go from refrigerator or freezer to oven to table. They can also be used in a microwave and are dishwasher safe, for easy maintenance.

Why not try serving chocolate cake in a mug or steamy hot chocolate in these gorgeous cups?

Revol Froissés Collection

 The Revol Froissés Collection is available from The Kitchen Pantry.

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Jul 212012

A few design tricks are always a great help.  I certainly wasn’t born with green fingers and there is always a spot in the garden which can do with some extra attention.  I could do with all the help I can get.

Some great ideas to add some pizzazz to those awkward spots in your urban garden.

Add a splash of indulgence

An outdoor shower can add a touch of indulgence on a hot summer day, and no garden or terrace is too small to have one.

Gather round a fireplace

Extend the use of your outside space as much as possible throughout the year with an external fireplace. Not only will it keep you warm, it will make a stunning centrepiece. Styling the garden with throws, cushions, lamps and night lights adds to the magic.

Plant vertically to save space

Many urban gardens are long and narrow, so instead of taking up precious space with high-maintenance beds, create a lush feel with hedges and climbers. These add softness to slatted fencing and, teamed with classic-style seating and smart, oversized pots, help to create a tranquil urban oasis.

Get in the zone

Creating zones is a clever way to add interest to an outdoor space and make it feel bigger than it is. This garden has a dining table by the house, creating a dining section of the garden.

Garden living room

If you use your garden as an outdoor living room, why not style it like one? There’s a wealth of well-designed outdoor furniture to choose from, plus some indoor pieces work equally well outside. Add to the design with mirrors, exterior paint and candles.

Create continuity

If you have a living area that leads directly onto the garden, create a feeling of continuity by using similar materials inside and out. This gives a sleeker look and makes the overall space feel bigger. The result is an almost seamless continuation of style and colour from the house into the garden.

Incorporate some shade

Not everyone is a sun worshipper, and shade sails are a great way to create a little bit of cover as they can be put up, moved and taken down as you please. They work particularly well over an alfresco dining table or seating area.


Steal elements from your interior to add wow factor to your outside space. Use contemporary materials to create a stylish but low-maintenance garden. Here laid-back garden decking is teamed with super-stylish furniture and colourful cushions.

Garden lighting

Bring a touch of the secret garden to your outdoor space with clever planting and outdoor lighting. The winding pathway, lit by paper tealights, encourages you to venture to the end of the garden.



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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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Jun 072012

It is time for the House and Leisure House of the year 2012 competition and you can vote for your favourite.

Having been through the process of building our dream home, I understand the attention to detail and focus required to change brick and mortar into a dream.  I love seeing how people used their imagination to create their own masterpiece, or managed to take an old property and turn it around into a home that is so relevant now.  I find it intriguing to see how people managed to change a dark and dreary place into a light-filled family home, managed to maximise space or how the home now reflects their personalities.

The 11 homes featured in this year’s competition are all unique, liveable and has tons of aesthetic appeal.

You can see them all if you follow the link to the House of the year 2012 page, where you can view each house individually in detail.  Did I forget to mention that by voting you stand a chance of winning Siemens home appliances to the value of R30 000 for your efforts?

House of the year 2012

House #1 – Modern Majesty: Old and new mingle with ease in a glamorous, revamped Cape Town home…

House #2 – Lovely Bones: Smart work on a beautiful existing structure fleshed out this industrial Cape Town house…

House #3 – Art and Life: Lovingly collected Scandinavian furniture and local artworks add soul to a Joburg family home….

House of the year 2012

House #4 – Natural Selection: ‘Green’ living has never looked as glamorous or earthy as in this rural Gauteng residence…

House #5 – Haute House: Eclectic grace and a touch of the bohemian characterise a Westcliff mansion in Johannesburg…

House #6 – Designer Deco: Art Deco and Modernist heritages combine perfectly in this elegant Joburg abode…

House of the year 2012

House #7 – New Vernacular: Perched on a rocky highveld koppie in Joburg’s Westcliff, a sophisticated pavilion embodies ‘rustic materiality’…

House of the year 2012

House #8 – Open Home: An immaculately renovated Cape Town Victorian is the perfect showcase for its collected treasures…

House #9 – Roof with a View: Vibey downtown Joburg sets the stage for a light-filled penthouse with enviable city views…

House of the year 2012

House #10 – Out in the Open: An airy, contemporary Hout Bay property is an imaginative reflection of its wooded mountainside environment…

House #11 – Grand Scale: A magnificent architectural villa maximises its dramatic setting on the Garden Route coast…



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Apr 182012

Rather than going for an Industrial feel for his loft apartment, LA designer David Dalton transformed his home into a warm cosmopolitan penthouse.

The island kitchen is great for entertaining.

With floor to ceiling windows the apartment provides an amazing view of the city.

The dining area separates the kitchen and living area.


Source: homelife.com.au

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