Whether industrial, black and white, a simple neutral palette, or glamorous, a city home needs to be a respite from the daily grind. We’ve gathered some of our favourite looks below.
A common theme among all of these homes is a dominant simple colour choice throughout (usually creams and beiges), natural rugs for warmth, and flashes of colour in small decor items.
It would be hard to find a more loved combination than blue and white. The classic pairing – which manages to be both sophisticated and breezy – is a staple in Greece and the palette appeared on Chinese pottery way back in the 19th century.
When the two colours are combined – blue, calm and soothing, and white, clean and simple – you get the ultimate serene, tranquil space. The blue and white palette can be used easily as the main focus of a room, or just in accents (scatter cushions, vases and ceramics for instance). What we like best about this combination is how easily the rest of the room falls into place – natural rugs and carpets make an excellent choice, while a collection of creamy neutrals add a very ‘Hamptons’ look.
We gathered some of our favourite rooms and decor items.
Image credits from top: Pinterest, Down & Out Chic, Tinamotta, With Love From Kat, Mark D Sikes, One Kings Lane, Grip Elements, Traditional Home.
Modern Moroccan decor is less canopied beds and hanging lanterns, and more muted tones, natural fibres and flashes of vivid colour. It’s easy to introduce this classic look into your home with decorative tiles, pouffes, a nude palette with bold accents, and natural rugs and carpets (sisal, jute, seagrass or coir).
Image credits from top: SA Decor, BeautyBeholding, Instagram, Hulya Kepekci/Pinterest, High Fashion Home, Instagram.
Gone are the days when faux leather conjured up images of shiny PVC and tacky vinyl. These days faux leather production is extremely sophisticated and the final product has a realistic leather look and feel.
The obvious pro of choosing faux over real, is that faux leather is animal friendly. But it’s also more affordable. This means less commitment when choosing faux leather for upholstery – you can change up your interiors more regularly, at a fraction of the cost. Just what we like to hear!
Another thing about faux leather is the choice of colour – the possibilities are endless – offering even more opportunities for play when it comes to your interiors.
Below are a few of our favourite looks, with all faux leather from Tessa Sonik.
Image credits from top: Vlisco, Elle Carmen and Jil Sander Spring 2012, Thom Browne Resort 2014, Anita Quansah’s S/S 2014 Collection, Fashion Magazine May 2013, AD Magazine Russia, 1962 Christian Dior and Piston Cars, Anita Quansah’s S/S 2014 Collection, Overgaard & Dyrman, Chinakwe, Gaye McDonald wearing prints by Vlisco, Moon Look.
Bring the outside in! From florals, big and small, to palm fronds, and botanical prints, plants have made an impact on the runways, and now in home decor. Fresh, growing, vibrant and alive, plants have a naturally soothing quality – the perfect addition to any home.
The easiest way to add some plant life to your home is with real plants, but if you don’t have enough space (or green fingers), botanicals can be added in other ways – wall paper, prints for your walls, and scatter cushions and tablecloths (more affordable options).
We love these scatter cushions and tablecloths from Mint Motif. All natural fibre rugs from Rebtex.
If you’re in the midst of a bathroom renovation, or toying with the idea, choosing tiles can be overwhelming. Gone are the days that tiles were merely for practical purposes! Today their aesthetic function is as important as their functional purpose.
Image credits from top: Tile Mountain, Decorholic, Studio Lifestyle, My Domaine, and Every Home Is A Castle.
We’ve collected a few of our favourite bathrooms, in classic black and white. You’ll never grow tired of this combination. Which is your favourite?
All tiles are from Hadeda.
Valentine’s Day may be long gone, but there’s no reason we can’t embrace year-long romance.
Images via Made In Africa Tours & Safaris
For a start, how about these star-beds? There’s little that rivals the African night sky (you’ll get that ‘reach for a star’ feeling), and when surrounded by gauzy fabrics, endless vistas and wild animals, you’d really have to be a cold-hearted grinch not to feel the love.
Read more over on Made In Africa Tours & Safaris.
When more is more. Layering rugs is a smart, simple and affordable way to add interest and texture to a room.
Image credits here.
My favourite way to layer rugs is to add colour – a small bright, patterned rug on top of a more affordable large Rebtex sisal or jute carpet is just the thing to brighten up a room (and much less of a commitment than buying a large Persian). There’s nothing prettier than a beautiful Moroccan or kilim rug over a large neutral coloured rug – the bottom rug provides beautiful texture and frames the more intricate top layer.
A cowhide rug on top of a sisal rug, or a sheepskin on top of a jute rug, or anything soft on top of a flat weave – these are also ways to add interest and texture, but in a more subtle but equally effective way.
If using natural skincare products is a concern for you, it can be hard to find the balance between all-natural ingredients and proven scientific impact. If I’m buying skincare products, I want to know that I’m not putting anything toxic on my skin, but I also want to be certain that the serum or cream I’m using delivers the goods when it comes to hydration, managing pimples, or minimising pigmentation and the signs of ageing.
Images via Team Dr Joseph Instagram.
Team Dr Joseph is relatively new to SA, and is a skincare brand dedicated to marrying “the ancient wisdom of folk medicine and the latest scientific findings, the purest materials and the finest technology, the genius of nature and sophisticated know-how.” In short, TDJ offers high-tech natural cosmetics that take their inspiration from plants, with emphasis on ingredients with the highest purity, quality and sustainable biological cultivation.
I had a Team Dr Joseph Advanced Bio Lifting Face Treatment at Toast & Co, and was treated to two hours of facial massage, warm herbal compresses, peeling, deep cleansing with cupping (first time I’ve ever had cupping on my face), serums and masking. The scent of the products is herby and aromatic, while the two hours is spent mostly in silence (and near sleep!).
My skin was left feeling deeply hydrated and glowing, and I was left feeling deeply relaxed. Possibly the perfect Saturday afternoon treat!
The patterned tiles trend has really taken off over the last year, and we see no signs of it abating. Whether it’s black and white, checkerboard, or daring colour, these floors and walls are giving us the envies!
Image credits: Pinterest
Tiles from Hadeda.