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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