Five of our favourite

Some of the pretty things that caught our eye this week.

Belter moonbag from Verse

Cinnamon, black or blush, what will it be?

Belter moonbag, Verse

Fold pants from Anmari Honiball

In the waist or on the hips, these are such great everyday pants.

Fold pants, anmari honiball

Swimsuits from Kortni Jeane

Mix ‘n match for your body and personality. We’re in love with this season’s fruit prints!

Kortni Jeane swimsuit

Kortni jeane swimsuit

Slip-ons from Matsidiso

A pair of shoes that would definitely see thousands of steps.  

Matsidiso slipons

 

Maxi shirt dress from Merwe Salt

Breezy and light, we love this shit dress that’s perfect on its own, or worn layered.

Bow sleeve shirt dress, Merwe Salt

 

Contemporary fabrics for the hospitality industry

We are in love with Tessa Sonik’s new range specifically aimed at the hospitality industry. The Tessa Sonik Fabric Collection is committed to a principle Tessa calls ‘UP’.

“UP is about giving back, it’s about conscience, and it’s about celebrating the flaws synonymous with the human experience,” explains Tessa. The collection represents the imperfection that comes with being human, the soul, and celebrates the work of human hands in its creation. Existing fabrics have been up-cycled, reused, over-dyed and reworked, while staff has been up-skilled to become artisans of dye and handwork.

With over 30 years in the fabric business being an innovator and interiors consultant for both residential and commercial projects, Tessa’s collections are all about heart, and each collection is put together with a real sense of being.

Images via our Pinterest

Health is wealth

Along with eating organic, consuming mostly plants (with a healthy dose of superfoods), how we store our food is also extremely important.

Enter Liebherr and their state of the art refrigeration technology. When Liebherr presented its BioFresh technology in 1996, it was celebrated as a ground-breaking innovation, and Liebherr remains a leader when it comes to food storage.

The BioFresh principle is simple: At a temperature of slightly above 0°C and with controllable humidity, foods keep their healthy vitamins, aromas and an appetising appearance for longer than in conventional fridges. BioFresh drawers are equipped with independent climate control.

The HydroSafe keeps fruit and vegetables especially fresh with high humidity levels, whilst meat and dairy products are better off in the DrySafe that offers lower humidity. Depending on requirements, both safes can be operated with identical settings. 

As fresh as the day you bought it, and packed with all the nutrients needed to ensure optimal health.

 

Nails in a hurry

We don’t know about you, but anything that saves us time is a winner.  Cue online shopping for everything from groceries and toiletries, to clothing and shoes. But when it comes to grooming, it’s hard to find 90 minutes to set aside.

Which is why we’re thrilled that our favourite pamper spot toast & co, has introduced 30 minute manicures and pedicures.  Just enough time to hurry in after work, take a deep breath in the ever calming space of toast, and make it home with time to spare. And because they use only top quality nail brands – CND Vinylux, OPI Infinite Shine and Color Club – you can be sure of chip-free, long-wearing nails.

All images via our Pinterest.

Getting organised

There’s nothing like a new year (and everybody’s current obsession with Marie Kondo tidying), to set one’s organising wheels in motion.

Can there be anything more satisfying that a neat and tidy space, clear of clutter? Not only does organising get rid of the dusty, broken or no longer needed, but it also makes us reconsider the things we keep in our lives, emphasising minimalism, mindful consumption and introspection.  

And honestly, a tidy drawer, rather than an overflowing topsy-turvy one, leads irrevocably to a tidy mind and a feeling a calm … and who wouldn’t want that in this topsy-turvy world?

Buy all the right containers for perfect storage from Santos.

See more dreamy neat spaces over here

Sensory experiences at Toast & Co

We’ve blogged about Toast & Co previously, and for good reason.  We love a good pamper session, and there is no other salon in Johannesburg that offers quite the same level of service, attention to detail and all round delightful ambience and relaxation.

Whether it’s a manicure, pedicure, facial or massage, any treatment at Toast is a sensory experience.  From the coffee, Ugandan from Carico, melt-in-you-mouth handmade butter biscuits (don’t say we didn’t warn you!), rose petals, handmade fizz bombs for luxurious pedicures, and carefully selected fragrance diffusers, candles and soaps (all for sale in the retail section).

Click here for a list of treatments available at Toast & Co.

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New year, new look

There’s nothing like the thought of a new year to get us itching to redecorate our homes!  Whether it’s bright and bold, fresh in tones of blue, green and white, or eternally stylish and feminine in pastel hues, we can’t wait to flex our creative muscles!

Which is your favourite look from our collections below? Fresh, feminine or bold?

FRESH

 

FEMININE

 

BOLD

All images via here and here. Fabric: Tessa Sonik Fabrics. Digital marketing: Joburg Capital

The new workplace

Happy employees are productive employees.  It sounds pretty logical to us, but companies are only now beginning to take this on-board and realise the impact that work interiors have on the happiness and productivity of employees.

The research is bountiful and it all leads to a common conclusion: happy, comfortable employees, are productive and creative employees. While this might seem like common sense today, a lot of offices are still stuck with clumsy layouts, dull interiors, and dysfunctional lighting.

MINDSPACE

 In a typical work week, people spend more time at work than they do at home. This is not to say that an office should feel like a home, but it should have great design qualities that make it not only a comfortable environment, but a productive one as well. Great office interior design allows employees to work as efficiently as possible while maintaining brand cohesiveness.

There’s no doubt that everything from the width of the corridors to the colour of the lampshades influences a company’s performance and its impression on visitors.  While bright tones and playful work areas may not suit every company culture, we love the below workspaces’ use of colour, fabric, furniture and office layout.

Images via. Fabric and commercial interior design: Tessa Sonik 

Digital marketing: Joburg Capital

 

Floral fantasy

Alexandra Classics has released their summer range, and it’s a riot of delightful florals and frocks, enough to lighten any mood!

The range also includes Sandra’s signature linen classics, as well as simple knit dresses, perfect for hot summer days. We’re particularly taken with the embroidered sleeveless jacket (made to order).

View the collection over here.

Stylist/photographer/H&M: Leigh Toselli

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Why we love the cement tile trend

Some trends stand the test of time for a reason. Case in point: cement tiles. Although they’ve been making waves in the decor scene for a long while now, in recent years these beautiful tiles have started popping up in a big way inside the most design-savvy contemporary homes across the globe.

And it’s not difficult to see why. Along with creating visually appealing interiors, cement tiles are crafted from natural materials, making them both extremely durable and eco-friendly. And considering they work wonders just about anywhere inside your home – from floors and walls, to fireplaces – it’s unsurprising that the popularity of cement tiles continues unabated. 

Read on for some of our favourite applications of cement tiles.  All tiles encaustic cement tiles from Hadeda

Why opt for a boring backsplash when you can have a functional and beautiful one?  Although there’s nothingness about a tiled backsplash – they’re water-resistant and easy-to-clean -incorporating a more stylised scene behind your stove or sink is the perfect way to make a decorative statement.

Considering how strong and aesthetically pleasing encaustic tiles can be, it’s no wonder they’re being used more and more as an alternative to standard wood or porcelain tiles flooring all over the home, but particularly to make a statement in bathrooms.

Few things make a bigger impact in a bathroom than an exquisitely tiled wall. Unlike certain wallpapers and paints that can’t withstand moisture over time, cement tiles are totally waterproof, so you’ll never have to worry about the effects of humidity. 

Just because tiles are intrinsically practical, it doesn’t mean you can’t use cement tiles purely for aesthetic purposes. Along with looking and working beautifully on your kitchen walls and bathroom floors, a sophisticated tile motif can bring warmth and character to just about any surface inside your home and will last a lifetime.

Images via.

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