Design & Decor

Made by You & Cavendish

Last week I attended the launch of the Made by You & Cavendish Recycle Pop-Up Store in Cavendish square, in Claremont.

Made By You & Cavendish Recycle Pop-up Store

To give you a bit of background on this project – over the past three month Cavendish have been running a #cavendishcares project which focused on the WDC2014 theme “TODAY FOR TOMORROW – sustainable solutions for people and planet”. They tasked local green designers including Pitchulik, WREN & Give It Bag to create sustainable products utilizing the waste produced at Cavendish Square.


The challenge was to turn the waste into beautifully designed, functional and desirable recycled products, to in turn amplify the visibility of the Centre’s sustainable outlook. Through this initiative, titled ‘Made By You & Cavendish Square’ (MBY&C), the Centre’s shopping community, have in fact contributed to the creation of these products!


I thought I would share a few photo’s I took at the event, showcasing a few of the amazing products on offer. Remember Christmas is not far off, so this is the perfect opportunity to get your shopping started ;)

Made By You & Cavendish Soanesbury

Made By You & Cavendish Soanesbury


Made By You & Cavendish



MBY&C Give-It-Bag


I would just like to mention that all the proceeds from sales from MBY&C go directly to the creators of the products and not to Cavendish Square, which I think is awesome!

MBY&C Coaster Making

At the launch we also got a how-to demonstration from Tsidi Ramofolo, from NEWCO designs, on DIY coaster making.


A project which really stood out for me, at the launch, is the Street Sleeper!  The Street Sleeper … Continue reading

Home Decor

In a few months we will be moving to new home and taking on quite a large renovation project! Although somewhat scary, I love home decor projects, especially the journey of personalising a space and making it your own. I find the process so creative and extremely satisfying.

Home Decor Natures-Inspiration

When it comes to home decor I prefer, neutral and natural-looking decor, particularly when it comes to floor coverings. Wood or natural stone costs a bomb, so I was very intrigued when I heard about Johnson Inkjet Tiles. These beautiful tiles provide a great substitute to home owners, who want to embark on home improvements and prefer the natural look, but may not have the budget for natural stone or solid wood flooring.

As I have mentioned before bringing nature into your home decor, is a good place to start your creative process, especially when looking at colour palettes. Find out which colours complement each other and exist in harmony, in nature and allow this to influence your decor choices.

Home Decor Johnson-Tiles-Fusion

Inkjet printing technology will allow for high-definition printing on uneven surfaces, such as ceramic and porcelain tiles. This has led to the development of tiles that look exactly like wood and natural stone but at a fraction of the price. So you can introduce these nature inspired elements without breaking the bank!

Home Decor Johnson-Tiles-Fusion

Tiles with a wood inkjet design can now go where wood has not gone before – wet spaces. These wood-look tiles are ideal for the bathroom and… Continue reading

As you know I love interior decor and finding creative ways to give a space a new lease on life, whether it is by changing wall colour or introducing interesting decor items.

Getting Organised with 27Pinkx

The thing is decor and interiors are not only the pretty, aesthetic aspects but also involve organisation and practical storage solutions, to help a space function better.

My eldest daughter turned 13 this year which has prompted making a few decor changes in her bedroom. In essence removing all the very girlie items to make way for a more mature, trendy look. We created an accent wall by painting one wall a vibrant jewel green shade and introduced visual interest by adding Black and White prints.


We also need to find a home for her ever expanding makeup collection – she is my daughter after all! There are so many different types of storage solutions to choose from but my favourite for makeup are perspex draw organisers, like the one above from 27Pinkx. I love the fact that they are clear and you can actually see all your makeup but at the same time it is not cluttering up your dressing table or desk!


For my daughters room we used the 3 draw perspex mini organiser from 27Pinkx. They have a variety of sizes but this one was perfect for the amount of makeup she needed to store.

27Pinkx-Mini-Organiser3 27Pinkx-Mini-Organiser 27Pinkx-Mini-Organiser

You can very neatly arrange all your different makeup and beauty items into categories, in the various draws, as we… Continue reading

I recently attended the Woolworths Homeware Summer 2014 trends presentation, aptly named "The Season of Innovations". With great new products that will not only look great in your home, but are created to be more sustainable, using materials, products and processes, which are more environmentally friendly. Continue reading

*This competition is now closed ~ see the winners list to find out who won!*

It always amazes me how simple it is to transform a room, with a simple coat of paint! I am actually in the process of doing a mini makeover on our guest loo, there is nothing wrong with the space structurally but it is in need of a bit of TLC. The walls are a neutral beige and although there is nothing wrong with neutral, it can be a bit boring! I feel like it is time to personalise the space!

Paint tins

Choosing a wall colour is such a personal thing and bold colours can transform a room completely. If you are afraid of being too bold, a great way to introduce colour, is to have an accent wall and paint one wall in a brighter or bolder colour! The options are endless and redecorating can be lots of fun!

If mellow and blissful colours appeal to your senses, then you will just love the cosy new hues in Evolve’s latest paint range, for autumn and winter. Specially selected to reflect the tranquillity of nature settling into a slower rhythm, the muted browns, cheeky green, musky pink and two warm additions in the range, hint at taking it easy and slowing down as the seasons change. Besides the two new sensational tints, Rambling Vine and Desert Flight, the Autumn/Winter range includes five additional popular colours, from the existing ranges.

Evolve-Paint Rambling Vine Desert Flight

All Evolve paint comes standard in… Continue reading

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