Luxurious velvet

Nothing says luxury and opulence like velvet, especially if you’re after a warm and cosy interior during the winter months.

With its unmistakable beauty and lustre, velvet has earned its place as a covetable fabric for use in home spaces. Below we’ve showcased velvet’s appeal and versatility, from romantic pinks, to royal blues and punchy citrus.  What colours will you be introducing into your home this winter?

All velvets from Tessa Sonik Fabrics.

 

 

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The soundtrack to your wedding

When it comes to organising a wedding, everything seems important!  And while the right dress, the right guest list and the right venue are key considerations, we think three things make a truly great wedding – enough delicious food, interesting and plentiful cocktails and drinks, and the right soundtrack.

Honestly, the right music can make or break a wedding. A skilled DJ will put together a playlist that matches the different moods of a wedding – from romantic and introspective, to festive and celebratory.

We’re mad about these two wedding moodboards below!  Don’t they just capture the right amount of fun, whimsy and romance?  And you can just imagine the music was an essential element in creating just the right atmosphere for a celebration into the small hours of the morning!

 

 

We’re also smitten with Marie and Johan’s Mooi River wedding, captured by Elephants Belly, with music by Sonic State Productions.

Images via Pinterest.

 

Timeless Classics

We love the winter range from Alexandra Classics. Filled with everyday essentials, which you’ll be wearing for years to come, to a capsule collection under the name Alexandra Limited, which is a small range of statement pieces.

Sandra Sin, who is the brain behind the brand, has been dressing women and working in fashion since 1987.  Over the years her pop-ups have been closely guarded secrets by those in the know, but now with the launch of her online shop, we’re all able to get a few classics into our wardrobes.

Below are few of our favourite pieces. Shop the range over here.

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Colourful Kitchens

While we are fans of the all white, minimalist look, nothing makes more of a statement than a bright and delightful kitchen.

The kitchen is where is all happens, and because it’s so action-packed and full of life, it’s the easiest place to add colour in your home. Whether it’s a tiled backsplash, or a wall painted in a saturated hue, let your kitchen tell a story.

We love the below Mexican tiles, all from Hadeda.

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Not just a stockist of Mexican tiles, Hadeda is also a treasure trove of authentic, imported Mexican homeware – basins, pots, blankets and more. If you’re looking to inject some colour into your home and life, this is the place to visit.

 

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Mexican tiles and homeware, Hadeda

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Mexican tiles and homeware, Hadeda

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Hygge your home this winter

Some refer to hygge as an “art of creating intimacy” (either with yourself, friends or in your home). While there’s no one English word to describe hygge, several can be used interchangeably to describe the idea of hygge – cosiness, charm, happiness, ‘contentness’, security, familiarity, comfort, reassurance, kinship, and simpleness.

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So how can you bring this cosiness into your home this winter? The simple act of lighting a candle while drinking your coffee in the morning, enjoying a home-cooked meal with friends, or making a ritual of brewing tea in a teapot with a china teacup, can all make a big difference to one’s spirit, and lift domestic life from drudgery to art form.

Apart from candles and crackling fireplaces, there are other ways to make your home a refuge this winter. Lighting is very important (think floor lamps and soft, indirect lighting, rather than harsh, bright light), and layering with comforting, warm textures (wool throws, velvet scatter cushions). Choose a warm colour palette for extra cosiness, and display those nostalgic vintage items – the Danes believe that household objects should be more than just things; they should have emotional value.

 

Finally, invest in natural fabrics in neutral tones, like sisal or jute rugs to create a warm, comforting atmosphere.

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Mamas and me time

How are you spoiling your mum this Mother’s Day?

Could there be a more precious gift for mums than me time?  Whether it’s a manicure, a massage, or a decadent facial, just having some time out to rest and recuperate to gift enough!

Our pick is a back, neck and shoulder massage, or a Team Dr Joseph Facial, both from Toast & Co.

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Team Dr Joseph week at Toast & Co.

From 2 – 9 May toast & co is teaming up with Team Dr Joseph Skincare to offer the perfect Autumn treat.  Book a Team Dr Joseph Intense Purifying Face Treatment (R700) and receive a complimentary full size Daily Cellular Protection hand cream (valued at R260), plus a R100 voucher to use on your next Team Dr Joseph facial at toast & co.

The Intense Purifying Face Treatment is a 50 minute facial, which offers an in-depth cleansing specific to your skin type, based on the Team Dr Joseph method. You skin is left bright, soft and radiant, while you are left feeling clear and energetic.

The facial begins with warm herbal compresses and gentle massage stimulating the lymphatic system. The skin is then gently peeled, followed by cleansing with cupping glasses and deep cleansing, a tonifying facial pack, a peel-off mask and finally the application of daily skincare specific to your skin.

Read more about Team Dr Joseph facials and high-tech natural products over here, or call toast & co to book your Intense Purifying Face Treatment.

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