Expensive touches on a limited budget

The average South African homeowner is always on the lookout for budget ideas to decorate that dream home. With a few designer tricks you can easily afford stylish finishing touches.


Don't be afraid to introduce colour to a home

South Africans tend to be very cautious about introducing colour into the home. By nature we tend to gravitate towards more traditional styles, but perhaps it's time to step outside your comfort zone and dare to be different.

Give your walls a new look

There are plenty of ideas for giving walls a new look with bold and vibrant designs for feature walls. Here are some innovative wall ideas with 'wow' factor.


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Decorating with muted or neutral hues

I came across Urban Grace Interiors while researching for decorating with muted or monochromatic hues, since not everyone wants a home splashed with bold colours. Their interior designs are simple yet dramatic and show that you don't always need bright colours to make a house feel like a home.


Decor and design is in the detail

Any home can be enhanced by adding architectural detailing with the installation of decorative mouldings. Dylan Miller from Swartland, offers some insight into how mouldings can add character and style to any space they grace.


Add colour, pattern and texture with fabrics

Every home needs to incorporate colour and pattern; whether it's introduced by fabrics, rugs, wallpaper or accessories. Fabrics are a wonderful way to add colour, pattern and texture to a home - for any season and decor style.


Easy and affordable remodelling ideas

There are plenty of easy and affordable ways to add stylish touches here and there around the home to update or include modern details.



Chest of drawers becomes eye-catching piece

A secondhand chest of drawers is transformed using cut mirror panels and Rust-Oleum Universal Titanium Silver spray paint.



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Reclaimed style

We have seen how pallet furniture quickly became a global trend, and using reclaimed wood - pallets or otherwise - continues to be popular for those wanting to add a touch of rustic to modern homes.


Colourful home ideas for spring

Spring is just a month away and already the temperature is starting to warm up across the country. After a winter hibernation there is nothing more energizing than dusting off the cobwebs, letting in the sunshine and refreshing your home.


Easy tips to decorate living rooms

Your living room is one place that gets ultimate attention when it comes to design and décor for one sheer reason; the outlook of your home revolves around one crucial place, your living room. This is the place that offers your guests a taste of your lifestyle. Below are some easy tips to decorate your living room the most convenient way possible.


Mr Price Home launches Stockholm range

Just in time to refresh your home for spring, Mr Price Home has launched a range of Scandinavian inspired furniture. The Stockholm range from Mr Price Home offers clean lines and an urban contemporary look that is a stylish choice for the modern home.


Don't let small cramp your style

You only have to look in the property section of your local newspaper to know that the demand for townhouse living continues to increase. With this convenience lifestyle comes a hefty price tag - even for a modest-sized unit.


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Furnish your apartment for R5000 or less!

When you are starting out on your own, and unless your parents are extremely generous, you are going to need furniture for your new apartment or flat. Chances are you don't have a large budget, so here's how to get started without spending a fortune.


Black and white makes a comeback

Black and white is an iconic colour scheme in the style scene and the most classic of combinations. Use black and white to represent a modern, cool and assertive look.



DIY chest of drawers with variety of finishes

Ikea furniture is popular around the globe for its affordability and practical designs but it never really took on locally because here in SA we are not very fond of flatpack furniture. Here's how to make a Malm-style dresser or chest of drawers that is sturdy and functional and you can finish it to match your home decor.


Turn average furniture into stunning statement pieces

There are so many ways to use paint, fabric or wallpaper to turn average furniture into statement pieces with WOW factor!



How to make a tub chair and upholster in your own fabric

In this project you will find instructions to make a tub chair and upholster in your choice of fabric.



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Stripes still trending in designer homes

Chevron may be yesterday's trend, but stripes continue to feature in designer homes, fabrics and decor accessories. 



Knock-off designer metallic mirror frame

Megan at 'the homes I have made' transformed her bedroom with painted furniture and new accessories. What I found striking in this room setting is the metallic silver mirror. Bought for over R1000, you can easily make this beautiful mirror at a fraction of the cost with a few materials and supplies that can be found at your local Builders.


Add detail to an interior door

Plywood or MDF strips applied to interior doors add a new level of detail to plain hollow core doors.



Dress up a plain bookcase

Whether you make a simple bookcase or buy a ready-made, plain bookcase, there are plenty of design ideas to turn a bookcase into a show piece.



Make your fireplace a feature

If you have the luxury of a built-in or freestanding fireplace, it makes sense to turn this into an attractive focal point in a home.



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Wallpaper panels

Wallpaper can be expensive, especially imported and designer brands. But here's how you can use wallpaper in small quantities to fill framed panels.



Decorative ceiling ideas

Decorating a ceiling has become just as much a part of interior design as decorating walls, whether it is installing a seamless plastered ceiling, or a more decorative technique.



Cover up popcorn or textured ceiling

I know that there are many homes, mine included, that have popcorn ceilings. Double-storey or homes with a concrete slab loft are often finished off with a popcorn plaster. Here's how to cover up a popcorn or textured ceiling.


Enjoy entertainment at home with a home theater

Ongoing advances in technology have transformed the home entertainment industry. Demand is once again growing for a space that provides the best possible home entertainment experience.


Attic or loft conversion

Hard to believe that this spacious living space was just an attic space. The attic conversion added to an average 4-bedroom home and garage.



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Make a tree stump table

Tree stump tables are still making appearances in many homes as coffee table and side tables. There's a good reason for this... they are free!



Graphic wall art for entrance

Use printed or plain wallpaper and pine moulding or extruded polystyrene cornice to create a dramatic feature wall in a boring entrance.



Cheat's diamond-tufted ottoman

After this weekend I had spare pieces leftover from the DIY Divas ottoman workshop and decided to show you an easy way to get the look of diamond-tufted upholstered pieces... with a small cheat!


Designer rugs for kid's rooms

An exclusive Victor Lidchi range of designer rugs, handmade pure wood rugs with embossed designs, that are manufactured specifically for children of all ages up to 12 years old.



Add glass panel to door

I have done quite a few projects that look at how to dress up a plain hollow core door. I'm going to show you another way to dress up a standard hollow core door by cutting and fitting a frosted glass panel into the door.


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Add decorative trim to hollow-core door

In this DIY project we’ll show you how easy it is to transform plain hollow-core doors into a feature using inexpensive pine moulding.



Easy barn style sliding door

Turn a plain hollow core door into a trendy barn-style door using pine and MDF strips and some Pattex No More Nails adhesive.



Give a home a cosmetic facelift

There are plenty of easy and affordable ways to give your home a cosmetic facelift. Much as you use make-up to doll up before leaving the house, you can do the same for your home using a few cost-effective design tricks.


Use metallic foil to add a touch of glam to furniture

Metallic foil wrapping papers offer a simple and affordable way to add the lustrous look of metal to any paintable surface. Metallic foil offers a great way to update any piece, whether you want to cover the entire surface or just accent a few select portions. And you can use metallic foil to upcycle and old piece of furniture for your home.


Family home filled with colour

After living with a floor plan that just didn't work for this family, the walls between the tiny kitchen, dining room and sunroom were knocked down to create a large open plan space that is filled with colour and light. In fact, every room in the newly decorated home is now bursting with colour!


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How to style a coffee table

I receive a lot of enquiries asking for advice on styling a coffee table and bookshelf and thought it might be nice to put together a collection of images for different ways to style a coffee table. While there are those that manage to style a coffee table with little effort there are others that find it difficult to achieve a sense of balance when styling a coffee table to match the room decor.

Buying a lounge suite... what are you paying for?

When researching articles for Home-Dzine I often have to pop on to local Home Decor sites. In this way I have a fair understanding of what is offered by furniture stores, and the huge difference in pricing between the various home decor stores. Is the difference in pricing justified? Is there a reason why one supplier should be far more expensive than another?


What you need to know about Persian carpets

Lending splendour to art museums around the globe and gracing the floors of  fine hotels from Cape to Cairo, and homes of grandeur from Buckingham Palace to the White House, Persian carpets impart an aura of dignity and luxury wherever they are placed.


Coastal style with a dash of elegance

I have fallen in love with Lynn Morgan Design, who create the most striking home interiors that are elegant and timeless, modern and sophisticated - all rolled into gorgeous room settings that are a clean and fresh with a touch of whimsy. Although I only recently featured an article on freshening a home for spring, I couldn't resist adding even more decorating inspiration.


Decorate for spring

While decorating a home for spring may not be on the cards as an annual task, every home needs freshening up and the arrival of spring is just as good an excuse as any. In South Africa we are lucky enough to enjoy many months of warm weather so it makes sense to freshen up - both indoors and outdoors.


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DIY decorative 3-panel privacy screen

Our decorative Shabby-Chic style privacy screen is an easy project that uses  6mm and 9mm supawood. The mirrored top section has cottage frame panels and the screen  is painted with Plascon Polvin‘Whisper’ [B5-E2-3], dry brushed with Plascon Polvin white, and then given a rub down with antique wax.


Reclaimed wood fireplace surround

I'm sure there are many homeowners out there who will appreciate this feature showing ideas on how to clad a fireplace with reclaimed wood. There are more than a few dated and old fashioned fireplaces that could do with covering up, and why not make use of reclaimed wood.


Add pops of colour with accessories

It's easy to add colour to any room in the home using decor accessories. Shop around your favourite home decor stores and you will find decor accessories in bold, bright colours and patterns that make it easy to add a quick and easy dose of colour to liven up a room. 


DIY ideas for making a console table

If you entry or hall lacks style perhaps you should think about adding a console table. A simple console table topped off with a few favourite accessories and you can add your own personal touch to the space. We put together a selection of DIY ideas for console tables, so grab your power tools and start planning!


Cheat your way to a refreshed home

Whether you read home decor magazines, watch home improvement TV shows, or browse the Internet for design ideas, you will have seen before and after's that show how to transform a plain room into a spectacular space on a limited budget and in no time at all. The secretto the success for many of these projects is to cheat... just a bit !


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Decor ideas to steal

Decorating a home isn't easy if you don't have an innate talent for bringing together different elements. Some people find it much easier to put together a collection of images - a mood board - of things they like and then use these as a guide in decorating a room. If you are one of those people, here are some ideas to steal for decorating your home.


Create a cosy living room

The past few days of icy-cold weather have had many pulling out blankets, tossing on woolens and staying indoors as much as possible. Creating a cosy home isn't necessarily about turning up the heat but more about how you dress a home during the colder months so that it looks and feels warmer.


Mix together modern and traditional styles

These days, when it comes to decor and style for a home, it seems that anything goes. Where eclectic was previously not considered as mainstream now, top international designers are combining old and new to create eclectic interiors that bring together a mix of traditional and modern in new, very pleasing ways.


Making a small apartment, flat or townhouse larger

When you are living in a small apartment, flat, townhouse or house, finding extra space can be challenging. But there are quite a few ways of adding on extra space without spending too much money simply by taking a careful look at the layout and incorporating a few clever space-saving methods.


Ideas using reclaimed or salvaged window frames

We have looked at ways to re-purpose a reclaimed door, or how to re-purpose old drawers, so how about even more ideas for repurposing a window frame. Take a Sunday drive out into the country and pop into vintage dealers, pawn shops and secondhand stores to pick up a window frame or two and be creative...


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Modern solutions for dividing open space living areas

Open plan living spaces might be a way to create a home that feels spacious, but it does have its disadvantages when it comes to creating a certain amount of privacy in living zones. Let's be honest, unless you're an absolute neat freak one hundred percent of the time, you're bound to have areas that you would prefer to not have in full view. Here are some modern solutions for dividing open space living areas.


Winter home window treatments

When it comes to keep out winter chills, something as simple as adding a window treatment can make all the difference. Adding blinds, curtain panels or drapes goes a long way towards helping keep a home warm during winter. If you don't already have blinds or curtains, take a look at a few options to consider that not only look good, but will also help insulate your home.



Dress up a plain interior door

Here's a quick and easy DIY option to dress up a plain interior door. Use pine moulding or trim to add a framed fabric panel to doors. You will find a selection of pine moulding and trim at your local Builders Warehouse, and most fabric stores stock burlap or hessian to add a fabric panel to a door.



Decor accessories make a home

Remove all the personal items from a home and you're left with a room that is sterile and unlived in. It's the little things that make a house a home, and decor accessories, soft furnishings and personal touches are what make a big difference. Not to mention the fact that, when mixed with a few of your favourite collectibles and treasured pieces, a few additional décor items allow you to set the scene, lift the mood, or just add some colour to a room.


Adding a rope bannister to staircase

Nancy Muchangwa, our resident DIY Divas, is busy doing improvements to her house. One improvement is to knock down the wall at the side of the staircase, as it blocks a lot of light and makes the staircase cramped and dark. After looking at various alternatives I stumbled upon a rope bannister as an affordable way to finish off a staircase...


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Add an element of warmth and texture to a home

We have seen quite a bit of metallics used in home decor and this trend doesn't seem to be fading, as gold, silver and copper continues to show up on catwalks, and makes a feature in homes when used a wall tiles, textiles and decor accessories. You can easily add a touch of metallic to a home with the Rust-Oleum Universal range of metallic spray paints.


A warm welcome to your home

After curb appeal, the next best way to create a welcoming atmosphere in any home is at the entrance. Creating a warm welcome immediately sets the atmosphere for guests and visitors and makes them feel comfortable. We put together a few ideas on decorating an entrance, small or large, that won't cost a fortune and that anyone can do.


How to paint upholstered furniture

I know that there are many readers who will find this project interesting. Having previously posted on painting upholstered furniture, and receiving lots of enquiries on this topic, I thought it might be nice to share another painted upholstery project with you.


Home decor without the hassle

The Internet and online buying has brought about a change in the way we design our home interiors. While previously limited to hiring a professional interior designer, or spending countless hours searching for those perfect items, the Internet makes the process easier and far less hassle.


White with a splash of colour

If you are living in a rental home this article will definitely interest you since we look at decorating with white and adding a splash of colour with accessories, art and soft furnishings. Many people think cold and sterile when thinking of white interiors, but white can be warm and comfortable as well.


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Decorate a home to suit your personality

If you feel that your house doesn't quite feel like home, or reflects a style that isn't comfortable that fits in with your lifestyle, perhaps you need to look at adding more personality to your living spaces. Use these tips to create a home that looks beautiful and that connects on an emotional level.


Ikea inspired designs for 2014 - It's all about colour!

The Ikea catalogue for 2014 might offer products that sadly aren't available to us here in South Africa, but that's no reason not to take ideas and inspiration. The new Ikea catalogue is filled with colour, with colour-splashed furniture being the dominating feature. Hone up your upholstery skills and grab your sewing machine... colourful slipcovers and cushions are going to be a feature this year!

Paint a ceiling with metallic paint

Add unexpected drama and elegance to a plain dining room with a metallic ceiling trimmed with pine or supawood moulding. The Plascon Metallic range of paints is an effective way to transform a ceiling into a statement. Gold metallic paint bounces light around the room and adds another dimension to a boring dining room.


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