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

 

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.

Digital marketing: Joburg Capital

Furniture Inspiration

There’s nothing like a new season to get us excited about a whole new look for our homes!

If you’re not afraid of colour, how gorgeous are these revamped and reworked painted furniture items?

 

If you’re more about timeless pieces with clean, modern lines, the below images have got our hearts beating a little faster.

 

It’s often difficult to find the perfect piece ready made, in store.  That’s where Fine Finish comes in – bespoke, custom made furniture made to spec.  Yes please and thank you.

Images via.

Digital agency: Joburg Capital.

Sea Blues

We’re constantly looking to nature for design and decor inspiration, and what could be more perfect inspiration than the many moods, and hues, of the sea?  Sandy beaches, summer sun and azure seas … perfect inspiration for creating interiors that are brimming with calm and that holiday feeling.

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Natural fibre rugs and carpets from Rebtex. Other images from here and here. 

Digital marketing: Joburg Capital

Silly Season

Can you believe it’s that time of year already!?  We don’t know about you, but 2018 was go, go, go from 1 January, and we’re looking forward to a few cocktails, parties and a well deserved decompress! 

Whether you’re planning a big get together, or a simple gathering of family and friends, we love the below decor and table ideas. From uncomplicated scatter cushions and a rug on the beach, to a long table with beautiful blooms, we hope you feel inspired to enjoy the silly season!

Natural rugs and carpets via Rebtex; other images via and via.  

Digital marketing: Joburg Capital

Summer Loving

There’s nothing like a change of season to have us itching to spring clean, revamp and refresh.  We’re currently taking inspiration from summery illustrations and prints, creating mood boards that inspire (from the bright and bold, to sorbet hues, and beauty whites and nudes). Which is your favourite?

Natural fibre carpets and rugs from Rebtex

Images via and via.

Tessa Sonik Fabrics

With over 30 years in the fabric business, Tessa Sonik is the master of not only convincing through design, but also telling stories through fabric. A trendsetter, innovator, and sought-after 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.

Tessa Sonik

Tessa is a true creative. Growing up in a family immersed in the fashion and textile world has embodied Tessa with a deep sense of not only how to blend the pretty with the functional, but also an intuitive understanding of space and colour, a truly unique ‘eye’.

A collaboration between Casamento and Tessa Sonik Fabrics

“My understanding of fabric has always been far more than just the technical specs, although I do place enormous importance on quality and ensuring a fabric is a match for its environment. I tell stories through fabric, communicating a specific narrative.” Although her collections meet the aesthetic needs of beauty and longevity, more importantly they capture the zeitgeist of the times.

Tessa’s commercial projects match client briefs in terms of specific look, feel and durability. 

Her latest collection, UP Japan, perfectly illustrates not only the brand philosophy, but also Tessa’s desire to move into the artisanal space, and the emphasis on and preoccupation with ‘mindfulness’ in society.

Up-Japan represents Tessa’s move into the artisanal space.

“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.

“Tessa Sonik the brand has always been about creativity and fun, but equally about important stories, consciousness, and sensitivity to the environment and the world,” says Tessa.

Continuum was inspired by the idea of the eternal and regenerating lifecycle of water.

 

Tessa Sonik’s velvet winter 2018 collection.

 

Tessa’s modern take on tie-dye.

 

Tessa Sonik faux leather collection.

Digital marketing: Joburg Capital