Coming up for Air

If you follow Styleast on any social media platform, you will notice that there has been very little activity over the last few months. I have a good reason for this leave of absence…. I gave birth a few months ago to my second beautiful baby girl so it’s been a busy time filled with nappies, breastfeeding, more nappies and nights and days that all blur into one! I decided to take a little break from the pressures of working, as well as all social media and writing, and enjoy this special time with my new baby and the new dynamic of been a mom of two. Now that the newborn craziness has passed and our little family has settled into a ‘new normal’, I feel that I can come up for air and catch up on what has been going on in the design world…..

1. Pink is still a thing
Apparently ‘Millennial pink’ as the colour is termed, is here to stick around for a while so we might as well get used to it. It is quite hard to define this exact shade of pink….kind of salmony-apricoty-blush-skincolourish…but whatever the colour may be; it’s hot, it doesn’t seem to be a fleeting trend and it is time to start thinking about how you can incorporate this colour into your home. I wrote a bit about Pink in interiors a few months ago so go take a read for some ideas….

Millennial Pink
Millennial Pink
Blush Crush
Blush Crush

2. The Zietzz MOCAA (Museum of Contemporary Art Africa)
Do yourself a favour and Google this! Even better, if you are in Cape Town or are planning a trip there soon, go pay it a visit. Cape Town’s new art museum is an architectural and interior masterpiece designed by the British architect Thomas Heatherwick. Situated alongside the V&A Waterfront, existing disused silos were carved out to create the most magnificent atrium. I can’t get enough of this interior and the way the cylindrical shapes were cut to create the vaults and arches reminiscent of a futuristic cathedral. In addition to its grand appearance, Zeitz MOCAA houses the largest collection of contemporary African art on the continent and is the only museum of its kind in Africa.

How amazing is this atrium!?!
How amazing is this atrium!?!
The Exterior of the building
The Exterior of the building

The Silo Hotel which is situated on top of the silos, boasts an equally striking interior that can best be described as eclectic in style, a mix of old and new in the most contemporary shell. The key feature of the hotel has to be the geometric windows that ‘pop’ out. I just love. Cape Town see you very soon!!

 The restaurant of The Silo Hotel - note the windows

The restaurant of The Silo Hotel – note the windows

An eclectic mix of old and new
An eclectic mix of old and new

3. It’s a jungle out there!
In the last year there has been an increased popularity towards incorporating plants indoors. This is still very much happening and I think this has become less of a trend or design movement but more of way of life as we seek out more ‘green’ in a technological world.Read more about this here.


Whether actual plants or prints therof – foliage is very much on point!


There are certain corners in our homes that don’t just fit with a piece of furniture, and solution to this is to place a plant behind chairs. This is most useful when you have limited space thus making the room look closer and larger without being crammed full. Another idea if you have limited space in your home and no space for a pot or basket, is to hang one instead. Through this way you can utilize all the remaining spaces and at the same time it can brighten up the area. This look isn’t for everyone tho and favours more of a bohemian look.


Foliage is still very much a popular print on fabrics, from indigenous (check out Design Teams new range) to lush jungle motifs. So whether you choose to incorporate actual plants or the designs therof, you pretty much on point.



4. The Shows.
In the last few months I missed out on the premier interior design and decor exhibition shows in South Africa. Design Joburg, featuring Rooms on View – was held towards the end of May and in 100% Design was on in August. Rooms on View in particular is one of my favourite shows as it is a concept whereby leading local interior designers and architects pair with an array of prominent brands to create imaginative “room” sets.  Instagram was abuzz with one stand in particular, that of Weylandts Spaces. Layering raw textures like stone, wood, metal and linen with rich and refined finishes in shades of grey and burnished orange, it was dramatic and moody and had everyone talking. I will definitely not be missing out on next year’s show!


So hope you are now caught up like I am! Please stay tuned as I hope to start writing more regularly again and sharing my tips and thoughts on interiors as well as bringing a few new features to the blog!

Mirror mirror on the wall…..

Mirrors have a variety of uses in the home, such as reflecting light, opening up space and generally enhancing the decor. Here are a few tips on how to use them effectively around your home…

DO use large mirrors in tiny rooms.
A large mirror in a small room creates the illusion of depth, so don’t be scared to go big!




DON’T place mirrors at random around your home.
It might be tempting to hang up a mirror to cover empty wall space, but make sure it’s reflecting something that’s worth looking at. The worst thing you can do is hang mirrors so they’re reflecting random things in your home. For example, you’d never want to place a mirror in a spot where it could reflect a pile of clutter, or even an unattractive piece of furniture! You want a mirror to reflect a nice view, light, piece of art, wall texture or furniture.

Remember what view you will be reflecting when placing your mirror


Love the reflection
Love the reflection



DO make mirrors a focal point.
“I absolutely LOVE a mirror leaning against a wall. It looks so effective and makes a great focal point. If you really want to up the ante, place a spotlight behind it, thus creating a nice glow behind it.
One bold piece or a grouping, can set the entire tone for the room.

Love a leaning mirror!


A beautiful unusual frame really makes a statement

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Just love a grouping


DON’T go overboard with mirrors in every room
Mirrors are not necessary in a kitchen. Even tho I have once used a mirror as a splashback in a kitchen, (and it looked amazing!) I wouldn’t recommend using a mirror in this room as it would need constant maintenance with regards to water marks.

I would also be careful with placement of mirrors in dining rooms – there is nothing worse than watching oneself chew!

Remember that some spaces can really benefit from mirrors such as your outdoor patio, as this really helps create the feeling of it been an indoor room. Read more about that here.

Be careful about what type of mirror, and mirror placement in a dining room


A mirror used on a patio or outdoor space is a great way of reflecting nature, and making the space feel more like a room


DO use mirrors in narrow walkways
A smaller, horizontal mirror works in a narrow passage or staircase. This will act to widen the space, which creates a better flow from room to room.

Large leaning mirror in a hallway



Blush Crush

You just need to take a stroll thru your closet shopping mall to see that Pink is a big trend when it comes to fashion at the moment.


Worried that this colour might be a bit too “Barbie dolls” bedroom for you?  Here are some ideas on how to bring pink into your interior that is adult-like, sophisticated and cool.


1. Pair with Complimentary colours

Personally I think the key to pulling off pink in an interior is what you pair it with.  Pairing pink with brass or gold accents always looks good. As does contrasting it with a dark colour such as a navy blue or deep moss green. And of course my fav charcoal!



2. Use Pink in a small areas

Adding pink in a small space such as on the wall in your entrance hall or guest loo makes a statement without too much investment.  Here you can go intense with the colour or pattern as you don’t spend too much time in the space, and it really ups the ante on the wow factor – two areas which you want to do just that!





3. Accessorize with pink

For a really quick and easy fix, bring in pink with new accessories. Whether its crockery on display in your kitchen or a gorgeous pendant light, this is a simple way to adopt this trend and less permanent too.   Scatter cushions of course are another way to bring in blushy hues, that can easily be replaced next season.








4. Bigger furniture pieces

For a more dramatic look, incorporate pink on larger pieces of furniture.  In a beautiful fabric, a couch becomes a beautiful feature.





5. Strong architectural lines

A contemporary interior with strong, bold lines is the best to pull of large amounts of pink as the masculinity of the space I think balances out the femininity associated with the colour.  I also think contemporary lines help make pink feel fresh in a space.




I would  have to say, my favourite shade: candy pink on my lips, and a soft blush paired with charcoal in an interior!

Mad about Marble

Marble’s use in architecture, art and design can be traced back many thousands of years to early Egyptian and Mesopotamian cultures. The Parthenon, Taj Mahal, and Michelangelos’s ”David” are just some of the historic masterpieces where marble has been used.

Marble has moved on from then, and while it is still classical and elegant, it is been revived in contemporary forms and is a striking complement to modern urban interiors.




I just adore marble, especially the white with grey veined one (called Carrara) but a starting price of over R7000 per m², this exquisite material certainly isn’t for everyone’s budget…. So here are some ideas to introduce marble into your interior without breaking the bank.

Why not introduce a piece as a splashback in your kitchen or bathroom? The beautiful grain of marble just adds a bit of sophistication to a space.  It also looks great with stainless steel or coppery/rose gold accessories.


Caeserstone offers  some designs as part of their range called “Frosty Carina” and “Calcatta  Nuvo” which are very similar to Cararra marble. So if you want a little bit more than a splashback in your kitchen, this could be a more cost effective solution for you.

Caeserstone 'Calcatta Novu'
Caeserstone ‘Calcatta Novu’

Other ways of bringing the marble look in can be through furniture pieces.  A marble top offers a very durable and beautiful surface that looks great in  a contemporary interior.




This side table can be bought online here.lyra_table_white_marble esque
Or this stool here.

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Light fittings are another way to introduce bits of marble into your interior.  I love these pendant fittings from Country Road.  A grouping would be gorgeous and very  unique!

Lastly,  a really cost effective way would be to bring marble in through decorative accessories. Think artwork, vases, kitchen accessories etc


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The Giner jar and other similar vases here.DSC_1294 ginger jar esque


@Home has lots of homeware and kitchen accessories with marble patterning at the moment.
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The Rug Report

I love rugs! They are an absolute game changer in an interior and can totally transform a space. I love how they can define a room or area or add that bit of pattern and colour that takes a room from bland to wow!

There are some factors one should consider when choosing the right rug for your space…

There is a school of thought that dictates that the feet of your furniture should be ON the rug, and if you have a rug in your bedroom, the rug should be under your bed so that you step directly onto something soft from your bed. As a designer I do agree in this thinking as sometimes a rug can look a bit insignificant if used incorrectly or leave a room ‘floating’, BUT I do also think that rugs are such a good layering tool and introduce so much more to a space than the practicalities that if you love it, use it! Layering is totally on point, so if you have a favorite rug that is just a tad too small, put it on top of a larger contrasting one and you are good to go! Here are some images that will hopefully aid you in deciding the right size rug for your space….

All the furniture 'legs' are on!
All the furniture ‘feet’ are on!
See how the chairs are all properly on the rug...
In a dining room it is best for your chairs to still be on the rug when pulled out from the table….
Step out of bed onto a rug. A rug at the foot of the bed also looks good
Step out of bed onto a rug. A rug at the foot of the bed also looks good

Another consideration when choosing a rug is pattern. I just love a patterned rug and have seen the benefits time and time again! If your room is already quite busy with pattern then obviously tone it down a bit, but if you are needing something to ‘finish’ your space off, then a bit of pattern on the floor will do just that and more! Same can be said about texture and colour.

There is so much on the market in South Africa these days when it comes to rugs. Some rugs so beautiful they are like works of art for your floor. If you have the budget, then take a look at Paco Rugs. These are ultra luxurious rugs and their Rug Revolution range is really inspired with contemporary abstract art designs. I have to say a Paco Rug is on my personal “Interior Wishlist” for sure!

Love it, want it!
Love it, want it!


Kilims, Dhurries and natural woven rugs are extremely on trend at the moment. I think there is an appreciation towards anything authentic and hand crafted these days, and so the weaving and looming process that goes into making these rugs as well as the materials used and how they feel underfoot, make them very desirable. I follow Coral and Hive on Instagram and have to say I love their rugs and am waiting for the perfect interior to use one in!

Natural beauties from Coral and Hive
Natural beauties from Coral and Hive


Other rugs popular at the moment is the vintage distressed look. This type of design is really versatile as they look equally good in both classical interiors (bringing it a bit up to date) and a super contemporary space (offering some contrast.) Hertex Fabrics has a fab range of rugs in lots of different designs, sizes and colours and they are well priced too. (You can get yours from Styleast!)

Tradition remixed with the vintage distressed  look
Tradition remixed with the vintage distressed look

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I recently did a project that I needed a few rugs for. The one rug we got was from Spanish designer Lorena Canals range. These rugs are awesome for kids rooms and nurseries and are totally machine washable which is a big plus for all mommies out there. Superbalist as well as Clever Little Monkey are suppliers of these rugs. Superbalist have a great range of well priced rugs and they are constantly updating their range so take a look ….

Great washable rugs for kids rooms and nurseries in all shapes, patterns and colours
Great washable rugs for kids rooms and nurseries in all shapes, patterns and colours


A well priced fun patterned rug from Superbalist - love the tassel fringe!
A well priced fun patterned rug from Superbalist – love the tassel fringe!

A great rug is timeless, an heirloom which can be passed down the generations. So the best advice I can give you is to invest in something you love, and don’t be shy in size or pattern!

The grass isn’t Greener…

Every year the Pantone Colour Institute announces it’s Colour of the Year and everyone in the design and fashion industry takes note. I’m going to put myself out there by saying this (don’t slate me!), but I don’t think this colour prediction actually influences the world of interiors too much ….well certainly not here in South Africa!(this is my own opinion!)

I look at back at past Colours of the Year and how little of an impact they actually made in interior decorating and design…2014 was Radiant Orchid, a shade of Lilac. I actually had to look this up as I had no recollection of the colour it was so insignificant! 2015 was Marsala, a wine Red. Last year was the dual combination of Rose Quartz (light Pink) and Serenity (a pale Blue)… Whilst these colours I feel did come through in fashion and other design disciplines perhaps; in interiors they did not really make a statement and certainly did not have any longevity. We were not painting walls deep red or upholstering chairs in pale pastel shades….

Will 2017 be any different?

This year the colour is Greenery, a acid/limey Green. Whilst I am not surprised that the colour is Green, I am surprised at the tone and saturation of it (hello bright!) I am totally crushing towards a darker more richer hunter-green this year and really do feel like that is a colour to watch as opposed to its more vibrant relative. I do understand the theory behind the colour choice tho, which is to reconnect with nature, along with its properties of been an optimistic, uplifting, positive colour amongst a world of change…. (American political uncertainty perhaps?!)

How will this colour be translated into interiors this year? I definitely think the approach of ‘less is more” is the way to go. I have included some images below of contemporary interiors that have introduced this pop colour effectively and stylishly.

The colour works well in this grey toned minimalistic interior
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Greenery in a small amount works well with warm wood
This moody dark Green is my colour crush! i love how the Greenery pops off it
White really makes the colour pop!

I am loving indoor plants and foliage at the moment and do think this is a great way to bring a bit of Greenery into your interior successfully as well encompassing the spirit behind the colour choice!





What are your thoughts on the 2017 colour of the year? I’d love to hear your comments!

Reservation please!

I love food. I love reading about it, watching it, cooking and of course eating. In fact, eating out I would list as one of my favorite activities to do, especially when we are travelling or in a new city. This passion runs deep!
Eat out recently announced the 2016 Boschendal Style Award winner which honors the most stand out restaurant interior in South Africa. Naturally I was interested as that is a large part of the eating out experience, and I have always loved restaurant interior design- it is such a creative specialization where you can really delve into concepts and branding, push the boundaries and have a bit of fun.

I have to say, I am seriously impressed with the interiors of the finalists. It is so inspiring to see such beautiful interiors designed by South African designers, using iconic products and furniture from some of the best creative’s in our country such as Mervwn Gys (ceramics), Haldane Martin (furniture) and not to forget the amazing artists and art.
The 5 finalists were:
Marble (Johanessburg) – WINNER
Fire is the main element of the restaurant, not just in the cooking (there is live grill taking centre place) but also in design elements through-out the interior like the Mervyn Gys wood fired tiles, photographs by Kristjan Rossouw and wooden grains on the welcome desk and bar. This restaurant just oozes style, from the sophisticated yet understated colour palette to the finishes and materials used. Love the brass detailing behind the bar.

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Marble Resturant
Marble Resturant

Ash Restaurant (Cape Town)
With an interior painted in charcoal, of course I love it! Ash has a very minimalist interior with an open kitchen. There are some emerald green pops (a colour to watch next year!) and marble tops, so some sophisticated detailing to complete the look.

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Ash Restuarant
Ash Restuarant

EB social bar and kitchen (Johannesburg)
This interior was designed by Silvio Reich and Lesley Carstens, a husband and wife team whose philosophy to architecture and design I have long admired.
I just love the industrial loft-like interior that has been created in the airy space. Contrasting this and providing pattern and warmth to the interior is wall of Mediterranean-inspired tiles and warm timber furniture which gives a great bohemian feel to the space.

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Shortmarket Club (Cape Town)
This is a Luke Dale-Roberts (of The Test Kitchen fame) restaurant. It has a distinctive sexy New York flavour about it which I just love! The interior has the feeling of a club with leather and wood used extensively and it is dark. I love that too. And it has the most magnificent wall of butterflies which was created by Peter Eastman and conceptualized by Mark Rautenbach. The butterflies are all lasercut from photographs and plans of other Dale-Robert’s restaurants. Very Clever.

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Urbanologi (Johannesburg)
This is a fascinating interior where a giant lasercut yeti is suspended from the ceiling!
It is fun and playful but oh-so-cool. I love all the red accents and graffiti artworks but my favorite detail would have to be the flooring where the herringbone parquet runs into cement. Just love that.

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With interiors like these my list of restaurants to eat at just gets longer and longer……(hopefully not my waistband!)

Recreate this space – The Outdoor Room

Following my blog earlier this week on how to update your outdoor space this summer, here is an example of a great patio with a few of the features I was writing about that you can re-create yourself using local suppliers.

Can you spot the accent stools in different textures?!

List of items and suppliers below:

  1. limestone textured paint, colour ‘misverstand’ by Earthcote

  1. karoo coffee table, Mr Price Home

  1. vase porcelain sandy tall 35cm, @home

  1. ceramic vase stripy round 20x20cm, @ home

  1. full cowskull with horns (80-89cm), Weylandts

  1. rustic square wall art, Weylandts

  1. rustic round wall art, Weylandts

  1. tribal scatters , Hertex Fabrics – contact Styleast for pricing
  1. hanging pod rope white, contact Styleast
  1. brighton rug colour earth,  Hertex Fabrics – contact Styleast for sizing and pricing
  1. minsk throws colour flax, contact Styleast for colours and pricing
  1. plantation table synthetic white, Styleast
  1. munggur bun side table,Weylandts

5 ways to update your patio

Enough with the cloudy and rainy weather! I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for summer to finally rear it’s head…. In the spirit of dreaming of summer, I wanted to share my ideas and finds for updating your outdoor room/area this season.

The principles for creating the perfect outdoor room-whether it be for lounging, entertaining or dining alfresco- has not changed in the last 2 years since I first wrote about outdoor spaces here. The key is to treat it like a room IN your house, thus merging the indoors and outdoors seamlessly.

1.Patterned Rugs

I can’t stress enough how by utilizing a rug, will change your patio or terrace and make it feel more like a room. I just love the new range of Island outdoor rugs from Hertex. The print is reminiscent of Mediterranean/Moroccan patterned tiles and the colours are fresh. A big plus about these rugs is that they are made from 100% polypropylene and can be hosed down; also the print and colour won’t fade from the sun, so they are super practical too. You can buy yours thru Styleast so contact us for sizes and pricing.


The Island Style Rugs
The Island Style Outdoor  Rugs
See how the rug defines the space even tho this is not technically a room
See how the rug defines the space even tho this is not technically a room
Again, the patterned rug helps define the space
Again, the patterned rug helps define the space


2.Introduce something concrete

Concrete is a material that have been obsessing about for a while. Whilst concrete is often relegated to industrial-style interiors only, I think the introduction of this texture really looks good in an outdoor space and compliments the rattan and timber of typical outdoor furniture.  It is also very hardy so is a perfect surface for standing up to beer bottles, wine spills and braai tongs.


A concrete coffee table
A concrete coffee table
Concrete side tables - LOVE!
Concrete side tables – LOVE!
@home are selling these dining tables at the moment with concrete tops
@home are selling these dining tables at the moment with concrete tops

3.Oversized outdoor cushions

I am not talking about scatters here, but much larger daybed-type cushions… Ideal for lounging on the deck or a summertime siesta.  This is a more casual alternative to traditional lounger, which I think suits the whole shift of current trends towards tribal inspired interiors.


Just love this idea for lazing about
Just love this idea for lazing about

4.Accent Stools

One of my favorite things to do to change up a space is to add an accent stool. Not only are they multi-functional; but they really add interest to a space as a grouping, or even alone. I love that you can use them as a surface to rest your drink, sunnies or holiday novel, but also as a stool when entertaining en-masse.   An accent stool is a great way to introduce a pop colour or new texture to your space. There are so many options available from laqured bamboo, distressed metals to glazed ceramic and raw unfinished stumps of timber (love them dipped). Here is a selection of a few

Love the Mediterranean vibe of this one, again very reminiscent of hand painted tiles
Love the Mediterranean vibe of this one, again very reminiscent of hand painted tiles
A raw timber stump will look amazing
A raw timber stump will look amazing
It is also an opportunity to add some pattern
It is also an opportunity to add some pattern
note the accent stools!
note the accent stools!
Stumps dipped in a pop colour
Stumps dipped in a pop colour

5.Add a pendant light

If your outdoor area permits, hang a pendant light. It is another subtle change that will totally transform your space.   Whether in the centre of a seating area or over an outdoor table, a pendant light will highlight the space and give it an extra something special.    Lighting is so important in creating mood and atmosphere, so in order to achieve the perfect space for entertaining outdoors this summer, pay special attention to it. Also don’t forget lots of lanterns and candles. It’s all about the glow!

The pendant lights define the dining table.. love how the texture compliments the space so beautifully
The pendants define the different zones in this outdoor patio
It’s all about atmosphere and glowy light at night


And don’t forget to accessorize your pool too! I can’t resist the fun inflatables that are taking over my Instagram…. I’ll be taking the gold swan please!

Yes please!
Yes please!


The little black book: (suppliers contact details)

Styleast for outdoor rugs and accent stools: 0720332322 /

@home Living Space for a large selection of pendant lights and concrete dining and coffee table:

So Spoilt for giant iflatables:

The Rule of 3

Today I am going to be sharing a major insider secret…
When it comes decorating, 3 is the magic number! This is something that you can use and apply to most aspects of decorating

To explain: items that are arranged in odd numbers, specifically three; are more appealing, memorable and create more of a statement than even numbered groupings.

So why the odd number? Three is the smallest number that can be used to form a pattern in our heads. Also an odd number just looks a bit more casual and natural than an even number which would be a bit too balanced and symmetrical.

Here are some ways to use this guideline….

1. Feature lighting

I am very passionate about feature or accent lighting. You can read more about it here.

3 pendants
3 pendants

2. Texture
Layering textures create visual interest in an interior. See how this is applied in this all-white scheme

3. Side tables
I love a cluster of side tables. One would look so lonely and lost! Not only is it functional, but looks great in a living room.

4. Colour
You can even go as indepth as applying the rule of 3 to choosing colour for your interior. 60:30:10 is the ratio that is applied with 60% been the main room colour, 30% the secondary colour and 10% the accent colour. In this case, Charcoal, yellow and pop of pink!

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5. Artwork
Again, the rule of 3 just looks best!
If you are wanting a more informal grouping with lots of frames, I would incourage an odd number. 13 anyone?



6. Accessories

Vases, accessories, objet… Whatever bits of interest you have to personalise your space, just look best when arranged in a group of 3

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Remember this just a guideline and not something set in stone.. sometimes we like to break rules too!

Decorating is meant to be fun, so enjoy experimenting and playing around!


**All images courtesy of Pinterest**