The New Tropical Obsession and How I met India Hicks

Its november, the sun has returned, days are longer and for the last few days the wind has been pumping. yes its early summer in Cape Town. Each season we are all breathless for what the fashionistas will  prescribe as the overwhelmingly popular look for interiors and exteriors for the season. This season it feels…

Creating an Inspiring Work Space

A home office can be one of the most important rooms in a house, but it often gets overlooked. As a place of work, home offices are often cold, bland and uninspired. Here’ are a few tips on how to make a more creative, inspiring and productive space. Lighting Getting adequate lighting is essential to […]…

A Home What really matters – Flowers

A very very wise man once said that “After women, flowers are the most lovely thing that God has given the world” Well thank you Mr Dior, there is no doubt you are very astute and that we are very lovely indeed, but enough about us girls and more about flowers… Flowers uplift any space…

A Home -What Really Matters – Part One

I have long been a fan of Lucia van der Post, daugher of our own Laurens Van der Post. Regarded as one of the most stylish women in England and a doyene of good taste, I have always agreed with her that the things that matter in a house, apart from it being filled with…

SA Design Royalty – Julian and Trevyn McGowan

South African design has come a long way very fast and right now it is celebrated around the world. There are many players involved in the renaissance of South African design and no more so than the extraordinary husband wife team that is Julian and Trevyn McGowan. The couple have a very interesting background. Julian…

Pump up the Jam!!

Beautiful locations and extraordinary places are not only about visual aesthetics, the fact that they are unforgettable requires that they fulfil another prerequisite –  they need to uplift us – to transport us from the humdrum to a new fronteir of possibility, elation, joy, peace. To truly do this there needs to be a layering…

Got A Light?

Being without power for over 80 hours can wake you up to the realities of how life is for far too many.

Exciting new Interior trends on show.

It’s been a while since our last post. Sometimes life comes at us full throttle and the pressures of work, family, health become a little overwhelming. But I’m back now and so excited to share with you the trends that were on show this weekend at the yearly Decorex exhibition in Cape town, South Africa…

The Romance and Nostalgia of days gone by.

We have seen so much interest in the 1920’s, 1940’s, 1950’s and 1970’s this season. Stills, TV Commercials, feature films. You’ll find it informing furniture design, Clothing, interiors, architecture and of course advertising.Everyone seems to be looking toward bygone eras for inspiration. There is nothing new in this of course but this season it seems…