Interiors

Bohemian heart

March 2, 2015

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Prints above taken from Justina’s ‘patternful’ pinterest board 

I am sucker for beautiful prints and anything boho – and so when I came across Justina Blakeney’s work  I was immediately taken by all her creative wonderfulness.

Justinas describes herself as ‘obsessed with colour, plants, travel, creative reuse and thrifting. A designer with a Bohemian heart. Her online platforms are an absolute must-follow for any fellow Boho style lovers.

You’re welcome.

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Follow Justina -

http://www.justinablakeney.com/

http://instagram.com/justinablakeney

http://www.facebook.com/justina.blakeney

https://twitter.com/justinablakeney

https://www.pinterest.com/compai/

 

Oh Happy Day

January 13, 2015

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It’s been a little while since I’ve posted so happy 2015! The holidays have been festive and it’s been a really busy month for me – I’ve managed to squeeze in trips to Mozambique and Cape Town – but now I am back in beautiful Durbs, feeling refreshed, motivated and ready to take on this year.

So to rewind back to the latter part of  last year; one of my best friend’s and I wanted to celebrate our 31st birthday’s together and because their is nothing like December time to put strain on the purse strings, we decided to host a champagne brekky DIY-style. The beautiful home, crystal glasses and tea cups of course came free, but here are some ideas on how we styled the space to make it extra girly…

Dipped succulent pots

You can pick up terracotta plant pots in a variety of sizes at most larger nurseries but these adorable mini ones were from Builders Warehouse. There are so many ways of painting these pots – just check out pinterest - it’s a DIY dream! These ones were painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in white and bronze paint using masking tape to get the solid line, but you can also dip dye them by dunking half the pot in a pot of paint.

Flower letters -

Again, my go-to here was pinterest. I made these letters using large polysterene letters from Party Themes and a bag of fake flower off cuts that I also bought there. I stuck a little super glue on the stem and then poked it through the polystyrene until it was wedged in. Just make sure you get a variety of sizes and ensure you don’t hide the ends of the letters so you can still see the shape.

Polaroid bunting –

We wanted the party to also be about all the friends and family who have been part of our lives, so what better way than through photos – right? You can print your insta pics via Nifty250 for R6 a print, then hang them up with twine and mini pegs, which you can get from from Party Themes.

Paper roses –

Picked these up at Party Themes – they have a host of colours and sizes and are super easy to make – instructions on the packaging.

What we wore - My dress and shoes: Zara, Michy’s dress: Tattoo at Westfield Bondi Junction (Australia)

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Jingle Bell Rock

November 30, 2014

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Images: Nicole Leftwick

‘Understand that friends come and go, but for the precious few, you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle, for as the older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were young.’

It was our annual girl’s Christmas do yesterday – no words can describe how much I love these girls. I think the pictures say it all really… xxx

 

 

Girl Heaven

November 25, 2014

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OK ladies, listen up – there is a little piece of girl heaven that you need to know about…

La Maison is your one stop girl-time shop offering everything from scrumptious cakes and quality coffee to skin and nail treatments, hairdressing and scrapbooking – all packaged up in a beautifully ambient little house-turned business, conveniently located behind the Spar in Durban North (Ennisdale Drive). You could literally spend all day there!

Here’s the low down of what you’ll find there –

Crop –

Crop is the brainchild of my good friend Stace Shea. After living and working with some top hair stylists and brands at many a fashion event in Cape Town, Stace came back to open up shop at home in Durban. It’s a beautiful little spot with a clean interior and modern fixtures that makes you feel instantly at home – interior design was done by the lovely Kirsty Lindley Interior Design.

I had my ‘hair did’ there last week as I wanted some very natural highlights for summer. Stace used Wella’s new freelights and I’m so so happy with the results! Golden perfection a la Eva Mendes/Jessica Alba.

Follow Crop on Facebook or call Stace on 031 573 1926 for bookings.

The Skin & Nail Bar -

My other besty Kelly Edwards opened up her salon earlier this year and it has been flourishing ever since. It’s a gorgeous salon styled by Lisa M Designs with two treatments rooms and two mani/pedi stations. Jana recently joined the business so now the team can offer double treatments – perfect for a girl’s/mother daughter day out.

The Skin and Nail Bar and Crop are running a special  for the last week of November – book a facial to the value of R380 and get a free blow wave at crop. They will also have plenty of Christmas time deals available.

Follow the The Skin & Nail bar on Facebook or call Kelly on 031 563 1614 for bookings.  http://www.theskinandnailbar.co.za/

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After you’ve had your skin or hair treatment you can pop into the cafe – if not, why not hey? The quiches and coffee are to die for! La Maison also hires out the space for parties – we recently had a baby shower there and it’s just the perfect, girly little spot for such an occasion.

La Maison is holding their Christmas shopping evening night every Wednesday from 8am – 8pm for November and December only. The Skin & Nail Bar and Crop will be open for late night bookings, La Maison will be serving up delicious food, Reminisce will be holding an Xmas Décor workshop and various stores will be selling their goods, including Tasha Closet, Roxstar Bikinis and Bella Gem Jewels.

Visit their Facebook page or call 031 563 0756 for bookings.

Reminisce Scrapbooking – 

And finally – next to the cafe is Reminisce – Durban’s exclusive Scrapbooking supplier that stocks the latest Scrapbooking supplies from top quality manufacturers and offers a variety of creative workshops and events. All my fellow Annie Sloan fans will be excited to know that they also now stock AS Chalk Paint!

Follow on Reminisce on Facebook or find out more details on workshops at http://www.reminisce.co.za/about.htm

 

DIY: A Touch of Gold

November 17, 2014

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There’s no denying that touches of gold always add an air of decadence. I’ve made a few rose gold DIY items of late for work and gifting purposes, and number of people have asked me how to make them. It’s really really easy gals – here’s how…

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What you’ll need – About a metre of gold stretch sequin with 3 or 4 rows of sequins per strip (from Craft Concepts or Waste Centre), wooden hangers with clips or without, depending on what you’re using them for (from Mr Price Home), scissors and multi purpose glue.

How to – Start at the top, back of the hanger and glue the strip of sequin on – remembering to ensure the sequins are facing the same direction as they are on the material. You can measure out the sequin on one side of the hook to work out the size of strip you need to cut for future hangers, but I am a bit lazy so I just wrap the full metre around one side of hanger until I get to the end, then cut it, glue at the back again and then do the same on the other side. Depending on the angle of the hanger you can glue each strip to the hanger to ensure there are no gaps.

Use them for – Anything really! A glitzy welcome sign for an event, a photo feature for your wedding or prom dress, boutique store functional decor etc.

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What you’ll need – Jam jars, glitter (I got mine both from Party Themes), gold spray paint, modge podge, masking tape, a sponge brush (Craft Concepts), a box and newspaper.

How to – 1) Place your jars face down in the box (line with newspaper if you want to use it again) and then spray them as evenly as you can – spray paint usually dries quite quickly (about 30 mins between each coat) so you can lift them up to ensure you’re covering the whole surface. 2) Once satisfied then leave them for about an hour to ensure they are fully dry and then place them on a table with newspaper laid over. 3) Depending on how much of a perfectionist you are, you can create the line across the bottom of the jar either using a very non sticky masking tape (you don’t want the spray paint coming off with the tape) or just using the sponge brush with modge podgy in small sections. If the tape is on you can paint the whole bottom with the modge podge. Then get your glitter and sprinkle directly onto the glue – you’ll need quite a lot to cover each section and give the right effect. You can experiment with different colour paints and glitters depending on your theme/mood.

Use them for – Again – whatever you please! I used my first ones as little vases for flowers for a colleagues birthday, but you could put candles in them, use them as favours at an event, fill them with sweeties and so on!

Paint me like a French girl

October 28, 2014

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Last weekend I spent my Saturday morning doing just about everything that encompasses a perfect girls day out – and that would be painting, drinking tea and eating cakes of course.

I have always adored the look of shabby chic French furniture and decor, so when I heard about at the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® workshop at Bon Bon Maison in Umhlahi I jumped at the chance to book a seat! By way of background, Annie Sloan is one of those super women that does it all – she’s a trained artist from Oxford England, who has combined her love of colour with a successful career as paint designer, teacher, entrepreneur and writer – with over one and a half million of her books sold so far. And of course, she is the founder of the amazing decorative and most brilliant paint in the world; Chalk Paint®.

As her brand is all about giving people the tools to create, Annie started developing her own line of paints because she was not happy with those on the market – and when you try Chalk Paint you will know why it’s revolutionised the way we see decorative painting. The unique paint is so flexible and easy to use, it even allows furniture to be painted without priming or preparation as it adheres to almost any surface from different wood finishes, fabric, ceramic pots and tins – I was amazed at how easy it was to apply! It comes in 32 beautifully rich colours that you can mix and match, it dries fast and has great coverage – because ain’t nobody got time to watch paint dry these days!

The lovely and talented Su from Suzanna Jane Furniture took our ‘Introduction to Chalk paint’ class – Su lives on the North Coast and upcycles furniture for a living – and she’s an absolute Annie Sloan ambassador. Her vast knowledge of the product, combined with her passion for painting and patience with those of us less experienced than others made her the perfect candidate to teach us all the tricks of the trade. Armed with our own pieces of wood, a plethora of brushes and pots of paints and even a hair dryer, Su took us through a few different techniques including whitewash, one-colour ‘chic’ finish, adding texture, two colour distressing and the use of clear and dark wax.

I found the workshop thoroughly enjoyable, inspiring and enlightening and I’d highly recommend it to anyone interested in exploring paint techniques, DIY projects or creative ways to up cycle old furniture. Like anything creative I think it’s best to experiment practically first hand, so I won’t spoil it for you all but rather provide some of my top tips I took from the day –

  • It’s always advisable to clean your surfaces before painting to remove dirt and grime and give you a clean base – you can do this with sugar soap and water
  • Some woods with heavy natural oils e.g. teak, can bleed through the paint, to prevent this use Knot Seal to prime the wood
  • Use a separate brush for waxing
  • Always apply a coat of clear wax before dark wax
  • Wax can be applied a s quickly as 40 minutes after painting
  • To maintain your pieces, wax them once a year and clean with a feather duster rather than chemical products
  • After painting you can use a coat of deck seal on outdoor furniture to keep the paint from weathering
  • To prevent surface marks, ideally wait about 30 days before putting things on top of your painted furniture

Most Annie Sloan stockists in South Africa offers paint technique workshops. Bon Bon Maison is an ideal stockist for North Coast residents, but recently the range became available at La Maison in Durban North. To find your nearest stockist go to http://anniesloansa.co.za/workshops/ I’d also recommend jumping on youtube if you’d prefer to teach yourself or even if you need a little refresher post workshop.

The Annie Sloan half day workshop is R500. To book visit Bon Bon Maison’s Facebook page here

 

 

Local love

October 19, 2014

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Images (top to bottom): MaXhosa by Laduma, Shoppe, Supergra campaign featuring Poppy Ntshongwana, Zana bags, Mr Price Home, Shoppe on Marriot Road

Since moving back home I’ve been having the best time exploring SA brands – you could say I’ve been getting back to my roots in the best way I know how – by shopping! These are some of my fave finds so far – and I’m sure there will be more to come x

MaXhosa by Laduma - An innovative Xhosa-inspired knitwear brand. I first noticed this eyecatching range in Supergra’s new campaign featuring Poppy Ntshongwana (above), where she rocked one of his fabulous knit pieces – and then I saw the full range and Laduma journey during a designer feature on Top Billing. I’m in love with the bright prints and unusual shapes – it’s modern African fashion at its best. Shop Laduma here

Zana - Decor, accessories and fabric in beautiful prints from a team of creative lovelies based in Woodstock, Cape Town. Adore everything they create, especially their cat prints. Read their blog here and shop Zana here 

Shoppe - If you’re into quirky decor pieces then Shoppe is a must-see if you’re in Durbs. It’s conveniently located on Marriot Road (number 40) in the same space as Market Restaurant – so you can pick up a mean coffee and a unique decor gem in one trip :) I could spend hours in this shop perusing though all the little treasures. Their ceramic bunny monsters and Sonia Vosloo pineapple cookie jars are to die for – and as for their Marmite stools and Zoo Biscuits cushions – I can’t! Check out their Facebook page here

Mr Price Home - It just keeps getting better and better – this brand is going to take over the world. They are so on the pulse with new trends, from gold pineapples to neon print pillows, you name it, they’ve got it. With their wide selection of items from lighting fixtures, to ceramics, bedding, garden and even stationary, you could literally style your entire home and office beautifully. Love love love. Shop Mr Price home here

 

 

 

Skull Candy

October 6, 2014

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I’m really crushin’ on ‘skull’ decor at the moment – but I do admit that, although a beautiful cow/steer hide or skull has its place in certain homes/countries, the vegan option of ‘fauxidermy’ can look just as effective – and is of course fauna friendly.

A skull can bring a rustic, boho feel to a space – style it as feature piece on a wall/mantlepiece or mount it amongst a collage of frames to create a gallery with dimension. You can also decorate skull decor in different ways e.g. through painting, carving or even embellishing with layers of your favourite statement jewellery pieces, flowers or pretty globes.

I saw that Typo are bringing out  a great basic faux steer skull in their Christmas range (see here – I really can’t wait until they open up shop at Gateway!) and apparently you can buy some hand crafted steel ones from the craftsman on the side of the road in Jozi x

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