South African cities are experiencing a growing influx of people which has a massive impact on the quality of urban life. According to the Worldbank, South Africa’s urban population for 2013 was a staggering 64%. Never before in the history of mankind have so many people relocated to cities on such a scale.
An empty shipping container is turned into a garden retreat with floor-to-ceiling sliding windows, air conditioning and comfortable seating. The roof of the container is planted up to soften the hard steel edges.
Vera Lachia designs homes in Portugal that not only reflect a more relaxed lifestyle, but also incorporate the use of natural materials and contemporary style that's fresh and extraordinary.
With the movie 50 Shades of Grey due to hit the circuit this weekend to tie in with Valentine's Day it seemed appropriate to look at how shades of grey don't have to be bland but can inject just as much personality as other neutral shades.
Eco friendly design options, sustainable building materials, move towards a greener lifestyle - these are all considerations for today's modern home. Homes should use less energy and offer a comfortable, healthy environment for the occupants.
Scandinavian design continues to feature in homes in 2015, as interior designers and home decorators draw inspiration from this understated, modern and elegant style.
Why bother going on holidays when you live in a home decorated in coastal style. This casual and comfortable style of decorating allows you to sit back, kick off your shoes and relax... in your own home!
These beautiful homes and apartments show how easy it is to add colour without overpowering the senses. From Bohemian - boho - style to modern minimalist, colour can be used to express your individual personality and style, or to turn a sterile setting into a delight for the eye.
Talk about creating a romantic home and the first things that pop into mind are frills and lace. But a truly romantic home is not about adding pretty flounces and an abundance of floral fabrics, it's more about creating an atmosphere is that is soft without being overly feminine, and comfortable without being pretentious.
Whether you fully own your holiday flat or apartment , or rent out the apartment when not in use, you will want to fill the space with furniture and accessories that not only add elegance and style but also create a space that is comfortable and relaxing. There's no reason why you can't combine beautiful design and casual comfort by splurging on a few designer pieces and saving a buck or two by making a few essential items of your own.
While I am a big believer in decorating according to personality and style preference, it's always nice to know what décor analysts are predicting for the year ahead and to keep my finger on the pulse of what is happening in the world of interiors.
While previously only reserved for hotels, high-end interiors and upscale game lodges around the world, the trend for African design influences can now be found in homes around the world, as interior designers add exotic touches for a sophisticated look that lends itself to modern and contemporary interiors.
World-renowned South African designer Stephen Falcke, whose commissions include the Royal Palace of Monaco, the Saxon Boutique Hotel and the De Vinci Hotel, has created a unique interior whose hallmarks are style, luxury and comfort. The apartment is currently up for sale, at a starting price of £19,950,000.
When your home is a double-storey or more, a staircase is a main element. It might be tucked away in a corner, but at the end of the day any staircase takes up a lot of space and grabs a lot of attention. When designing, building or renovating a home, give some thought to the type of staircase you want.
If you are heading down to the coast for your annual holiday and are lucky enough to walk along the beach and stumble across some driftwood, here are some stunning ideas for adding driftwood decor to your home - and bringing back a remembrance of your holiday.
It used to be that we had to buy home décor magazines to find inspiration for our homes. If those didn’t deliver what we wanted, book shops or even the library were paid a visit. The services of an interior decorator were reserved for the rich and the famous.
Ever so often you come across a piece of furniture that is simple yet ever so practical. This reading chair is one of those. Designed to be an all-in-one chair that can be used not just for seating, but as a storage for books as well - I can so see myself making one of these chairs.
Who said face brick is dated and old fashioned? Some of today's modern home still feature face brick as part of the design. And you only have to look at some of these divine interiors to know that face brick doesn't have to be old fashioned!
This modern apartment, decorated in all-white with splashes of colour here and there, goes to show that you can combine secondhand style with vintage pieces for a modern look that is sophisticated and chic.
And you thought top hats and bowler hats were out of fashion - think again! Some ingenious designer has come up with the idea of using top hats and bowler hats as contemporary pendant and table lamps... what a novel idea.
If you are looking for a way to add a touch of soft summer colour to your home, think about combining pink and blue. While there was a time when pink was for little girls and blue for little boys, pink and blue has grown up and is now considered a sophisticated colour palette for any home.
With its mix of furniture and fabrics, this vintage home is the epitome of eclectic style. Antique pieces share the space with secondhand and bargain furniture in a variety of styles from Moroccan to Victorian. The result is a colourful home that reflects the personalities of its owners.
Decorating with black and white is timeless and elegant and enhances architectural fittings and features in any home. This sophisticated home is filled with detail, pattern and texture.
Skylights, painted ceilings and wall panelling transform a previously dark space into a beautiful home that is filled with light and colour. This iconic Joseph Eichler design becomes a modern, family home.
Interior Designer Nick Olsen uses unexpected colour combinations to create upbeat interiors. He's also a DIY enthusiast and uses a DIY approach to achieve stylish, expensive touches rather than pay over-the-top fees charged by the pros.
This home goes to show that you can have a beautiful family home that is stylish and comfortable to live in. Decorated in shades of white and pale blue, you will find splashes of colour throughout the home that creates a relaxed and casual atmosphere for a home that is truly lived in.
For those who own or have part-share in a holiday or vacation home, you'll want to decorate in a style that suits your personal lifestyle. Here's a peek into designer vacation and holiday homes to inspire and assist you in making the right choices for your own holiday or vacation home.
Originally designed by renowned architect Charles Moore, and focusing on bringing together indoor and outdoor spaces, Urrutia Design took full advantage of the natural site location of this property to design and renovate a home that now flows seamlessly into the surrounding landscape.
If you're looking for a decorating style that is comfortable and refreshing, then it's time to take a look at Scandinavian decor. Also incorporating a lot of natural elements, Scandinavian style decor is perfect for our hot summer months, and you can dress up this style to be as casual or as formal as you prefer.
There is a long-held belief in the design community that the style of a house should dictate the style of decor But, in truth, a juxtaposition between the decor and architecture can often lead to far more interesting results.
Galvanized steel, cast concrete, zinc roofing and an abundance of hard- and softwoods form the foundation for a Cape Town home that hugs the cliffs in Bantry Bay. Designed by architects SAOTA in collaboration with Antoni Associates.
This gorgeous home is filled with a sense of romance from bygone days. Recently updated, the home features natural materials from plastered walls to stone floors and wood-beam ceilings. If you thought that plain walls were boring, think again...
Catering for the growing needs of a family, the Lenrock Showhouse illustrates how living the lifestyle you thought you may only ever dream of, can be an everyday reality. Living spaces have been design to allow a family to grow into them over time, while a well-planned layout with ideal proportions also allows a smaller family to feel right at home.
You only have to look at a single interior designed by Robert Kaner to understand how easily form, function and colour can so easily work together to create modern living spaces that are comfortable and warm.
With a philosophy to create timeless, emotionally evocative interiors, designers McAlpine Booth and Ferrier are internationally acclaimed for their work. Creating interiors that are comfortable and elegant at the same time is not easy, but these home interiors show that it is possible to have both.
This divine Swedish apartment is decorated in pure whites throughout. The effect is a small space that feels spacious and has a fairytale atmosphere. Clever layering of textures and a few subtle splashes of colour here and there make the rooms feel anything but sterile.
Miles Redd is known for his quirky brand of cosy glamour. His unique aesthetic vision is characterized by playful mélanges of high and low, invigorated with whimsical splashes of colour and modern gestures.
This home takes a fresh, approach to coastal style decor with its pale jewelled-toned hues, touches of gold and modern layout. This is a home decorated with contemporary art as well as vintage and antique pieces.
Designed by Artistic Designs for Living, this modern Mill Valley home is filled with beautiful wood accents that fill this home with warmth and atmosphere. Recreate the look in your own home.
Giving your living space a makeover it not just about slapping on a coat or two of paint. It's also about careful planning and putting together a budget that allows you to buy what you need, or put your DIY skills to good use and save a bit here and there to afford a few luxuries.
There is more to colour than what you see; colour is also an experience, an emotion, a feeling or a desire that starts as a neural signal along the optic nerve of the eye. That's why decorating your home with personal or favourite colours makes you feel comfortable, or creates a setting that is designed to create a specific emotion or feeling.
One of my passions is to take a peek into designer homes to see what trends are popping up. These gorgeous homes immediately caught my eye - not only for their modern or contemporary design, but also for the use of vibrant colours and stunning photography.
Known for mixing classic and modern elements with bold colours, Willey Design brings together an elegant blend of sophistication and irreverence to interiors. Using modern, custom-made furniture mixed with vintage pieces he adds texture and visual appeal to all his design work. An affinity for modern art gives further direction and provides an explosion of colour or emotion.
So many homeowners are afraid to add bold, bright colour to their home. You want to, but are too afraid to take the next step. There are many ways to overcome the fear of adding colour to your home and this article looks at various options for adding just a splash of colour here and there.
Many home decorators have used a mood board when planning to decorate a room or home, but for those of you who don't know what a mood board is, this article will provide a bit more information and hopefully get you started on making your own mood board.
A neutral backdrop of colour allows you to decorate a home in so many ways. Neutrals create an atmosphere that is calm and soothing, with a timeless sophistication that only these shades can achieve. Lift up the mood with bold splashes of rich neutrals in chocolate brown and deep gold, or go for a more subtle look with tone-on-tone taupe, and then add pattern and texture via fabrics and accessories.
I love how the Swedes transform the most basic furnishings into a glamorous affair. They are the masters of living simple with flair. While the French love to add a touch of gilding here and there, only the Swedes can make basic look beautiful.
It might not be practical for me to decorate my home in white, but I long for the day when there's no more dust and the kids have moved out...! This beautiful home is decorated in white from top to bottom, showing that it is possible to have a beautiful white home.
Most often associated with brilliant, precious gemstones, the perception of Emerald is sophisticated and luxurious. Since antiquity, this luminous, magnificent hue has been the colour of beauty and new life in many cultures and religions. Also the colour of growth, renewal and prosperity, no other colour conveys regeneration more than green.
The name alone is enough to conjure up images of freshness. This is one colour that definitely cools down hot interior spaces and add a new level of cool as mint Green provides a refreshing space that is welcomed in the hot summer months.
Timeless. Romantic. Comfortable. Nostalgic. All these and more describe Shabby Chic style - a style that continues to be a trendy and affordable way of decorating your home.
Reclaimed materials, particularly lumber products, are definitely becoming the material of choice for many architects and designers around the world. I wanted to show how reclaimed materials are incorporated into modern home design, without having a 'log cabin' look.
If there is one decorating style that is becoming increasingly popular at the moment, it's vintage modern. It's a decorating style with a fondness for yesteryear, a love of collecting items that have an aged appeal and history of their own, and combining these with a modern approach.
While pressed ceilings might not be making a dramatic comeback, there's no denying that some homes look gorgeous with pressed ceilings. Tin ceiling tiles, whether plain or painted, transform boring ceilings into something to talk about and show that looking up can be quite remarkable.
Transport yourself to a place where living is simple and laid back is just a way of life. A visual tapestry of a home that is comfortable and relaxed, where nature is embraced and natural materials define the pace.
I receive numerous requests about room makeovers and where you would start if you wanted to give a room a makeover. The easiest way to start any room makeover is to remove all the furniture and work with a blank slate - or empty room.
Add denim decor to your decorating scheme for a touch of playfulness and to introduce texture into a room setting. Denim walls add instant fun to a coastal retreat or urban loft. Grab a friend and transform a wall in your home!
Jeffers Design Group creates luxurious but livable homes. Spaces with soul and atmosphere. Rooms that feel collected over time. JDG seamlessly marries interior architecture and design, and works in close collaboration with clients' architects to achieve a cohesive vision of home.
Energetic and ingenious Vanessa De Vargas is a furniture designer and interior decorator, specializing in the restoration of heirloom and vintage furniture pieces. Her design label and interior design firm, Turquoise, is a reflection of the chic innovation that makes her work so unique within the market.
It's so nice to come across a designer that likes to keep rooms clean and fresh. So often interior designers tend to go over the top in an effort to impress clients, with an overall results that can appear overdone.
Australian interior designer, Melissa Collison, is recognised for her glamorous residential projects. A trademark attention to detail, brave use of colour and texture, and penchant for mixing objects of different styles, eras and cultures are characteristic of her style.
Call it iconic furniture or cultural icons, there is no denying that there have been furniture designers from the late 19th and early 20th century that have taken furniture design to a level that elevates it from everything else that has gone before, or even after, and is still sought after in the 21st century.
The Hillside House is a statement of what is possible combining high design with sustainability. This modern home has received Platinum LEED certification.
Many first-time decorators find the thought of using patterns in the home a little daunting. It's a bit like using bold colour for the first time. It can be scary because you're not sure if you are doing it right. But patterns play an important role in home decor, by adding interest and even texture to a plain room setting.
View examples of room transformations that take place during her new show, as well as rooms that Sam has designed plus a few tips on the various projects done within the rooms.
Roberto Gil calls his designs 'practical minimalism'; a straightforward approach that places functionality and the efficient use of materials well above stylistic considerations. His pieces are more 'constructed' than 'designed', and like sawhorses or temporary scaffolding, they are simple and easy to make.
We tend to concentrate on a woman's point of view when it comes to decorating a home, but there are more than a few male readers who want to know how to go about decorating a home, flat or apartment. So this feature is for all the guys out there seeking advice on decorating their lair!
There has been a lot of research into the psychology of colour and more and more studies conducted that reveal new information about how colour impacts our lives.
Jennifer Mabley has worked in the field of interior design for over 15 years. Her design projects range from high-end Manhattan apartments to estate homes and cottages in the Hamptons.
Ana Antunes has decorated her home in pastel shades, and while this might not be your cup of tea, and is definitely not a home for children, I really do think it looks absolutely gorgeous.
As an architectural practice that is well renowned throughout the African continent, Nico van der Meulen Architects supplies creative solutions that are customised to suit each client’s personal requirements.
The goal was to create a serene, luxurious retreat where the home owners can relax and unwind using healthy products that don't compromise luxurious design.
Comfort and function are essential components of every design, with practical details carefully observed and orchestrated.
She is known for her striking balance between style and discretion, and her projects combine comfort, practicality, sophisticated colour, while taking architectural surroundings into consideration. Her work is feature in The New York Times, Elle Decor and House Beautiful.
Think of accent colours as the finishing touch to a newly decorated room. Without them a room would be bland and uninspiring. The art of using accent colours in a room is to be inspired by your surroundings, or elements already within a room. Use accent colours for bold emphasis or to create an interesting contrast.
One of the hottest design trends to appear this year, is the use of upholstery pins on upholstered furniture. By using nailheads - or upholstery pins - you can create a new dimension to your upholstered pieces.
Never static, design styles are constantly changing. According to Diamond Baratta Design, "All the design rules we had 20 years ago are important; it's like learning the classics. But those design rules, basically, all have to get thrown in the garbage or you're not growing."
When it comes to small spaces, smart storage is key. An uncluttered home is a spacious home and you will be amazed at some of the storage ideas we show below.
Over the past three decades, William Diamond and Anthony Baratta [Diamond Baratta Design] have designed hundreds of one-of-a-kind residences in the United States and abroad.
If there is one element in every home that deserves a little more attention, it's floors. While walls, furniture and accessories are essential in decorating a room - without the right flooring you might as well not bother.
If you are looking to decorate your home in a style that is relaxed and comfortable, a style that welcome and makes you feel instantly at home, and one that is easily updated without spending a small fortune to achieve the look - then Shabby Chic is definitely a style that you will love.
So you've finally settled on a design style that you love. What now? The next step is to implement that style and make it a part of your home. But how do you do that? Here are some style tips to help you achieve that new look:
Whatever your decorating problem, there's an affordable answer. Why not live in a little luxury? Make up for what your rooms lack and refresh your place with a little thought, a little effort, and some of these budget-friendly ideas!
Looking for new ideas and inspiration to add a unique touch to your home this festive season? We've found plenty of craft and decor projects for you to try out:
If it's time to give your home a new look, or restore an older home - on a small budget - a fresh coat of paint or new window treatments can go a long way. Another affordable option is to add some architectural interest to the rooms in your home with cornice, crown moulding and trim.
When welcoming guests into your home you want to make a big impression - a "wow" moment - something that they will remember long after they have left, and possibly even want to duplicate in their own home!
Inspired by her wonderful rooms, Tobi Fairley show us just how easy it is to incorporate colour in a way that is fresh and inviting - and perfect for summer decorating.
There are many homes out there that suffer from hallways and passages that are long, thin, narrow, short or square. They are the least thought of design element and all too often seem to be a problem area when it comes to decorating.
We all want to have a beautifully decorated home and on home design TV shows, interior designers seem to wave a magic wand and ... hey presto! However, behind the scenes is not as magical as it looks, with staff and helpers running around trying to get everything organised so that it looks picture perfect and gorgeous to look at, but not ideal to live in.
Light or dark flooring provides completely different looks and you should consider carefully before selecting the right or wrong flooring for a home. While dark flooring offers a dramatic contrast with light interiors, these floors show the dirt, while a light flooring may not be your cup of tea.
We've all seen those home and design shows on the TV and I'm sure that many of you have wondered how to duplicate the look in your own home. Interior designers have a way of effortlessly creating beautiful environments on design, but in actual fact they have learned by experience.
The most obvious answer is white, but does every ceiling have to be white. Can you not paint the ceiling in other colours, or add a texture finish?
I often receive decor enquiries from homeowners that are unhappy with their combined living spaces but have no idea where to start to make the spaces flow and work together. Here's hoping that this article will provide tips and guide you in decorating two or more combined areas.
I love browsing through second hand shops. It's a fun way to find furniture and decor accessories that you wouldn't find in your local shopping mall. Buying second hand furniture is also the perfect way to find affordable bargains for decorating a home, whether indoors or outdoors.
Let's take a glimpse at trends happening around the world to see the latest in international decorating and design.
Leading architects are starting to see not just in design in itself, but reflective also in music and culture, that people are trying to be more optimistic. We see this in colour trends, where colours have moved from a neutral, earthy palette to more invigorating, vibrant colours.
Many homeowners jump right in and start slapping on the paint, but think carefully before you proceed. There are things to do and not to do when decorating and furnishing a home...
When renovating a house into a home, those that have previously tackled this type of project know how even the simplest home project seems to take on a life of its own. Before we know it, we’ve spent twice as much time (and goodness knows how much more money) redoing a room we thought just needed repainting.
Chances are that sooner or later there are going to be a few likes and dislikes when buying a new home. While some are easily fixed, others can be disguised or transformed into a feature to transform a bad feature into good design.
Nothing adds more glamour or warmth than the use of natural materials in a home; the rich earth tones of natural stone, the endless possibilities for using concrete, or the glimmer or copper and stainless steel.
Soft sand under your feet, the blue cloudless sky and azure blue sea. All those blissful days spent at the beach basking under the warmth of the sun, the salt water lapping at your feet as you walk over the hot white sands. This style of coastal decor is reflected in the purity of seaside beauty, as you can see in the clean, simple lines and designs.
When upholstering furniture for a home a good basic knowledge of the various types of upholstery fabrics is a must.
Glamour. It speaks to us of precious metals, exotic woods, custom furnishings, and fabrics plucked directly off the Silk Road. It’s opulence. It’s elegance. But surprisingly, it’s also within reach.
With a few tricks of the trade you can use colour to your advantage when decorating spaces that are too small, too high, too cold, etc.
Not everyone lives in a home of their own. And it's not that people who rent don’t want to have a space to call their own, or even that they don’t have the budget; it's that they don’t know what they can do to decorate, especially if your lease contract specifically disallows any form of painting or installations.
There seems to be a conflict in decorating and staying true to sustainable values. On the one hand, you want to stay green and do what’s good for the earth. But somehow, that doesn’t seem to go along with buying drapes and a new rug. Can you decorate without hurting the environment? Our answer: yes, with a little thought.
Whether it's a matter of personal choice, or due to limited budget, there are many homeowners who occupy small spaces. Here are some brilliant ideas that I have come across for decorating small spaces.
Timeless design, not keeping up with the latest trends, makes for sustainable design that need not change from year to year. But does timeless mean tradition? Can you be timeless but cool and funky at the same time? And what is timeless, anyway?
Southern Living transformed one room using paint colour and accessories to give three completely different looks, showing just how much difference colour can make to any room in a home...
Today, I was thinking about ways I have found over the years to be happy at home, even when it was far from ideal. Because, let's be honest, a home is a place to set down your roots, raise a family and grow old.
One of my favourite colour schemes is black and white. Just like upscale social events, black and white interiors are elegant, timeless and oh so stunning! They are also great for spaces where you want to emphasise clean, sophisticated lines.
Coffered ceilings are among the most elegant and stately of ceiling designs. Plus, they are more customizable than you may realise and help insulate against sound and noise pollution. This type of ceiling is amazingly attractive in any part of the home, especially dining and living rooms.
I know it's still winter, but here's a touch of spring colour to liven the spirit and get those creative juices flowing and the paintbrushes ready. Now is the perfect time to think about decorating not only the exterior of a home - but the interior as well.
When decorating a traditional home where the emphasis is on creating a classic look, combine a muted decorating scheme with elements that transform rooms from plain to downright interesting.
Whilst matching furniture on display looks great in a store - or even in a magazine - don't be tempted to do the same at home, unless you specifically want monochromatic minimalistic only-one-colour interiors.
Check out these stunning living room design styles that range from contemporary to traditional.
Believe me, if you’d have told me a week ago I’d be making pillows out of bath mats and accent rugs, I’d have laughed uncontrollably, then buried my head in shame and embarrassment under a real pillow for days! But sometimes, inspiration comes from the strangest sources ...
White is by far the most popular colour for interior decorating. Why? Is it because it is the colour of joy, hope, innocence and cleanliness. Or that it represents purity, optimism and enlightenment. Regardless of what’s in fashion, no colour is more universally favoured.
Want to bring your decorating scheme together? Heard designers banging on about focal points and wondering what it means? Here, we reveal all and show you how.
While you may be hard pressed to locate the precise definition of 'tablescape' in a dictionary, when in the context of home decor a tablescape refers to all of the decorating elements that you amass on a table to create a vignette (arrangement).
Many of today's furniture stores offer an all-in-one shopping experience where you can coordinate any room in the home in modern, traditional, and even shabby chic. But what if you prefer a more personal, eclectic look for your home?
For day-to-day living - and certainly if you need to sell your home – neutral walls just make sense. But sometimes sensible just feels a bit, well, plain. If you want to make more of a statement, a feature wall may be the answer. Just choose your focal point, add a stronger, more vibrant colour and, for minimum effort, you really can have maximum impact.
Transform your life with feng shui changes to your home! Choose the area to improve and see what decorating fixes enhance the chi of your space.
Decorating paralysis can happen to the best of us. The main symptom: the inability to tackle and finish a design project in your home.
Sometimes it seems as if what constitutes good design is purely subjective. One home may reflect a look that is French Provencal, while another will tend more towards ultra modern.
Here are some ideas If you're restoring an older home to its original condition, or thinking about improving your home by adding architectural details and trim.