Living rooms with exposed brick walls

Love it or hate it... exposed brick walls are still a favourite for adding natural beauty and warmth to a room. 

 

 

Luxurious velvet makes a comeback

Straight off the catwalks, velvet is making a comeback and making a grand appearance in homes everywhere.

 

 

Production excellence from Wiid Design

Wiid Design in Cape Town focuses on traditional handcrafting and avant-garde techniques to create conceptual and artistic furniture and hard-carved objects.

 

 

A home transformed

An outdated home filled with pine panelling is transformed into a bright, spacious home.

 

 

Coastal style inspiration

Casual and comfortable coastal style decor for beachfront holiday home.

 

 

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Relaxed living in the Berg Valley

Wanting to get away from it all, a young couple was looking to create a 'barefoot retreat' that was casual and relaxed but still offered luxury living.

 

 

Luxurious Manor House in Franschhoek

Award-winning design studio, Inhouse, has completed the interior of a privately-owned manor house in Franschhoek in the picturesque Cape Winelands.

 

 

Best of Houzz 2018 for Modern Interiors

It's no wonder Britto Charette was once again named as Best of House. Their modern interiors push the boundaries of modern design.

 

 

Why you should incorporate patterns

Small or large, busy or quiet, patterns are an essential element when decorating a home.

 

 

At home on the beach

This Plettenburg Bay home is built using recycled materials to take in the expansive views of the surrounding area.

 

 

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Take a celebrity home tour

Cemcrete were delighted to be commissioned to help finish this South Africa celebrity's home.

 

 

Pixel marquetry - stunning design

Kevin Stamper designs a range of furniture inspired by an early morning storm that captures sunlight coming from below the clouds turning them red and purple at the lower edges and blue and black at the further extremes.

 

Fairmont Penthouse Gets A Sophisticated Treatment

Award-winning interior design studio, Inhouse recently completed a sophisticated treatment for the three-bedroomed, double-storey penthouse apartment of The Fairmont in Sea Point, Cape Town.

 

House for all seasons

Situated on a cattle farm just outside Memel in the Free State, this home is a retirement dream brought to life with timber frame construction.

 

 

A maritime makeover

When leading supply chain management firm, Allport Cargo Services South Africa, sought to redesign the interiors of its Cape Town offices, it looked no further than award-winning design studio, Inhouse.

 

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Interior design trends for 2018

This year there appears to be a lot of confusion as to what's hot and what's not. We took a look around and put together a selection of top tips for interior design trends for 2018.

 

 

Iconic 'Munroe' chair

Furniture Designer, Alexander White, is a designer to watch out for. His iconic 'Munroe' chair is just one of his many designs that are pushing the boundaries.

 

 

Inhouse interiors for upmarket development

Award-winning design studio Inhouse was commissioned by the Berman Bros Group (BBG) to design the interiors of a series of two- and three-bedroom apartments situated in a new luxury development located on St John’s Road in Sea Point, Cape Town.

 

Old home gets a new look

This dilapidated, fixer-upper house gets a new lease on life. It's prime location makes it well worth the investment.

 

 

Blushing Home

In line with trends for this year, the HGTV 2017 Urban Oasis shows how beautiful spaces can be filled with whimsical blushing pink, in contrast to different shades of white, blue and black.

 

 

At home with the landscape

Architect John Dwyer created a modern masterpiece that sits on the sloped lot and provides an outlook over the forested area, yet this home is woven into the site with a mix of modern and traditional elements.

 

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The Art of a Feature Wall

If you're looking to add some oomph to a room, think about adding a feature wall. We look at some budget-friendly ways to add a feature wall to a room.

 

 

Install a Ceiling Rose

When renovating an older home, create an interesting focal point in a room by adding a ceiling rose.

 

 

A hidden gem on the slopes of the Helderberg

Hidden Valley Wine Farm, located on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain near Stellenbosch in Cape Town, had a brief for luxury cabin accommodation with timber frame construction - for natural aesthetic appeal and environmental considerations.

 

The stable that became a dream home

For over 200 years, this structure served as storage and stable. Now it's a contemporary dream home.

 

 

Off-grid home

Located in the pristine Boschhoek Mountain Estate in Nylstroom, House du Preez was built using timber frame and log profile cladding, not only to tread lightly on its surroundings, but to pay tribute to the earthy landscape it calls home.

 

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Beautiful Finishes

See how a luxury, 5-star game lodge in Botswana transformed its outdoor and indoor spaces using Cemcrete.

 

 

Living Small with Style

Small living has become a way of life, with townhouse and apartments using clever design to maximise on floor space. This modern apartment defines the art of living small.

 

Suburban apartment goes city chic

A renovation redistributes existing spaces to take advantage of stunning city views.

 

The Bird House

And you thought your flat was small... This skinny, 3 story home earns its money on Airbnb and has a very interesting floor plan and is filled with unexpected style.

 

New homes with reclaimed style

Rafterhouse, a US-based design and build company, combine modern building with old fashioned values for homes that are beautifully crafted and filled with reclaimed style.

 

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Avava Britespace - alternative prefab design

The Britespace is a completely new approach to prefabricated housing and delivers a high quality housing alternative that the average citizen can afford - something we desperately need here in South Africa.

 

A blurred line between art and furniture

Ever since Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles Eames, and other iconic designers, the line between art and furniture has become blurred.

 

 

Luxury treehouse

The Woodsman's Treehouse is a totally private and unique experience set high up in the branches of a veteran oak - a place to recoup, restore and revive.

 

 

Outbuildings become a guest cottage

On a remote farm in the heart of the country, an outbuilding is renovated and designed into a warm, rustic guest cottage.

 

 

At home in the forest

Blurring the boundary between indoors and outdoors, this home in the forest embraces its surroundings.

 

 

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Fixer-upper to fabulous

With its acid-green walls and dated wood panelling, this fixer-upper was renovated to restore old charm and then filled with modern furnishings.

 

 

Scandinavian Christmas

With an inherent talent for beautiful home and furniture design, Scandinavian countries are also praised for their wonderful attention to the simple details when decorating their homes for the festive season.

 

Home updated for family living

Dark, panelled older home is updated into a breathtaking space with modern touch.

 

 

Designer ceiling ideas

We share with you a selection of designer ceiling ideas that are used to transform the most beautiful rooms.

 

 

Belmond Eagle Island Lodge undergoes a metamorphosis

We take you on a tour through this natural, awe-inspiring setting and show you behind the scenes challenges and pushing of creative boundaries to accomplish this stunning project.

 

 

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Smart apartment design

Japanese design turns an open plan apartment into a clever use of available space using partitions.

 

 

Ultimate urban man cave!

An unused room turns into the perfect teen hang out... introducing the ultimate urban man cave!

 

 

Adventurous home

Tom Kundig's Studhorse design is a family retreat based on a four-structure principle arranged in a campground formation. Kundig wanted the structure to blend with its natural surroundings but still be able to accommodate scorching summers and freezing winters.

 

A touch of black

This beautiful house shows how a touch of black goes a long way to adding impact and sophistication to a home. Urrutia Design incorporates black throughout the indoor and outdoor spaces.

 

A love story home

A home is restored as a gift for a wife after 26 years of marriage. With a dream of a home by the sea, a 15-year old home becomes a reality.

 

 

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Average house transformation

With a layout typical of many older homes in South Africa, this average house adds on and transforms into the best house on the block.

 

 

Where the ocean meets opulence in Clifton revamp

Award-winning interior design firm, Inhouse Brand Architects, recently completed the luxurious refurbishment of an Atlantic seaboard apartment on Cape Town’s exclusive Clifton Beach.

 

 

Tiny home trend

Tiny homes are no longer just a fad as TV shows reveal how tiny living not only reduces carbon footprint, but also allows you to live small in style.

 

 

Stuck for decorating ideas?

If you are having a hard time deciding how to go about improving your home, or stuck for decorating ideas, we borrowed some inspiration that will help inspire you.

 

 

Comfortable woven furniture

Who would have thought that furniture could be designed with knitted textures and woven designs. Patricia Urquiola's Mangas range mimics the look and feel of your favourite sweater.

 

 

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Pod-idladla is a sustainable, locally designed nano-home

Designed and manufactured in South Africa, pod-idladla is a prefabricated nano-home design that allows you to order a bare minimum shell or go for a fully kitted deluxe interior.

 

 

Ellen's Design Challenge Season 2

If you can't wait the watch the 2nd season of Ellen's Design Challenge, here's a site where you can live stream the entire season. It's also a great opportunity to see designers in action using the latest power tools and techniques.

 

The world's most beautiful tables - furniture or art?

There are some amazing table designs that could quite easily be confused with pieces from an art gallery. Combining natural materials, or a combination of tools and technology, these are some of the most beautiful tables in the world.

 

1920's home gets a modern outlook

Falling in love with an older home generally means that you have plenty of work to do. Some homes may even require a complete interior and exterior renovation, and this renovation is a perfect example.

 

At home in an eco-estate

Simbithi Eco-Estate is nestled in a lush region situated between Ballito and Salt Rock on the Dolphin Coast. Building a home in this prestigious estate requires attention to detail to ensure designs are eco-friendly and blend with the natural landscape.

 

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Furniture designed for small spaces

Müller, a family business based in Germany, designs and manufactures modern plywood furniture in a variety of designs with emphasis on space-saving concepts.

 

 

Decorating an older home

When decorating an older home you don't always want to remove and replace original features. In some of these homes just a few cosmetic details add light, a feeling of space, and modern updates on a moderate budget.

 

Making your home a little more eco-friendly

As we embrace green living, from smart purchases to making the effort to reuse, repurpose and recycle, now is as good a time as any to incorporate green touches to a home.

 

 

Renovated 1950s property becomes spacious home

The original footprint of this 1950s house needed an update. A love of midcentury design steered the home owners and designer to work around a brief to to layer contemporary details and midcentury elements.

 

PPC Imaginarium Awards call for entries

After the resounding success of the 2015/16 awards, where 47 finalists were chosen to exhibit, PPC announces an official call to entry for the 2016/17 awards.

 

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New Fiesta range of fabrics

Summer might be coming to a close, but that doesn't mean you can't carry on the fun! The new Hertex range of fabrics will definitely add texture, pattern and colour to any home - summer or winter.

Warm wood home design

The use of timber for construction means less energy and less emissions where indigenous, sustainably managed timber is used.

Modern architecture using concrete and wood

These modern concrete and wood homes incorporate architecture and design that relates to the surrounding landscape.

 

Furniture for the home that is low cost and practical

Matchbox manufactures a range of furniture that centres around products that are basic and practical. Products offer a design that excludes unnecessary detail for simple, low-cost, good quality products.

Modern design meets rustic elements

With the continuing trend for using reclaimed materials for furniture and accessories a new decorating style has emerged known as Modern Rustic. Here are some tips on pairing modern design with homemade rustic furniture.

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Cemcrete Project of the Year 2015

Cemcrete's Project of the Year for 2015 is a modern home located in Johannesburg that is designed to integrate simplicity, plenty of natural light, and the use of natural materials and contrasting textures.

Festive decorating ideas

If you still haven't got round to setting up the Christmas tree and hanging your holiday decorations we share some of our favourite decorating ideas.

 

 

Alternative Christmas with Jubiltree

The Jubiltree is a modern and environmentally conscious alternative to the fake Christmas tree and one that you can make on your own.

 

 

Cliff house... An alternative and fast method of construction

The client was looking an alternative and fast method of construction with emphasis on sustainability. This design looks at getting the most out of the building as concerns energy conservation, coupled with green Architecture that has a modern 21st century spin.

 

Divinus... A table made from recycled material

The idea behind Divinus was to design a product made using everyday waste material that would allow the user to take part in its construction, and invite them to simply and creatively experience the concepts of sustainability.

 

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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.

 

Ottoman folds out into single bed

Here's an idea that could become popular for small homes... an ottoman that folds out into a single bed. All it takes is an enterprising entrepreneur to conceptualise the idea for local distibution.

 

The future of South Africa’s cities - ArchitectureZA 2015

How can architects and designers shape South Africa’s urban landscape for positive social change and economic development?

 

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.

 

Ideas and inspiration from Ikea 2016

We might not have Ikea stores in South Africa, but that doesn't mean we can't take inspiration from the new range of furniture and accessories for 2016.

 

 

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Keep your home cool in summer in shades of blue

If you decorate using colour psychology as your guide book you will know that blue is a colour that cools and soothes. We put together a collection of blue room; from bathrooms to living rooms, blue is perfect for our hot summers.

 

Kaspar Hamacher's Ausgebrannt

Belgian designer, Kaspar Hamacher, loves his axe, chainsaw and working with wood, and using these tools and materials he has designed handcrafted furniture that is anything but ordinary and takes inspiration from nature.

 

Restored rustic farmhouse

A dilapidated farmhouse is renovated and restored using indigenous materials found in the surrounding areas, and decorated to create a cosy home full of personality.

 

 

Claire-Anne O'Brien Knit Stools

After finding fame way back in 2010 with her quirky knit stools, Claire-Anne now lives and works in London producing textiles for furniture, space and suppliers.

 

X-Table - a desktop for two!

All it takes is three pieces of pine to make up this table without nails or fasteners. Assemble and dismantle in an instant and adjust the design to suit your requirements.

 

 

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Love Your Home with Builders magazine editions

If you haven't yet seen the Builders 'love your home' mini-magazines these are definitely worth a peek. Each edition is packed with DIY projects, advice and helpful tips for decorating and home improvement projects.

 

Trend alert... Memphis design

When researching for decor trends one name keeps popping up again and again... Memphis. But what is Memphis style and where does it originate?

 

 

Designer Beanhome

Beanhome offer a range of highly versatile furniture that appeals to the homeowner looking for pieces that are practical and timeless, with simple lines and use of modern materials.

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.

 

 

Naturally modern wood homes

Wood is beautiful and warm and nature's building material that can be used indoors and outdoors. Sustainably sourced hardwoods can be expensive, but last generations when maintained properly.

 

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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.

 

DIY approach to knockdown furniture

As our natural resources become increasingly scarce, we need to look at alternative ways to make use of less. Using less is just as beautiful, as can be seen with the Knockdown range from Louie Rigano.

 

Architecture ZA 2015

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%.

 

Shipping container = garden room

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.

 

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Living that's natural and relaxed

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.

 

 

50 Shades of grey

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.

 

 

Green design ideas for modern living

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 style 2015

Scandinavian design continues to feature in homes in 2015, as interior designers and home decorators draw inspiration from this understated, modern and elegant style.

 

 

Coastal style - a home vacation

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!

 

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Living in full colour

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. 

 

Create a romantic home

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.

 

Decorate a holiday home

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.

Decor trends for 2014

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.

 

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Modern African-themed 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.

 

SA designed home on sale in London

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.

 

Staircases with style and flair

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.

 

Driftwood decor ideas for a home

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.

 

A look at interior decorating today

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.

 

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Comfortable chair for reading, working, study and storage

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.

 

Modern face brick interiors

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!

 

Chic modern all-white interior

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.

 

Jeeves and Wooster hat lights

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.

 

Decorate in pink and blue

If you are looking for a way to add a touch of soft summer colour to your home, think about combining pink and blue.

 

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Eclectic style in vintage 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.

 

Classic style in black and white

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.

 

 

Dark house to modern, bright family home

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.

 

Colourful home interiors

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.

 

Family home filled with comfort and style

This home goes to show that you can have a beautiful family home that is stylish and comfortable to live in.

 

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Decorate a holiday or vacation home

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.

 

A home in touch with nature

Originally designed by renowned architect Charles Moore, 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.

 

Cool interiors for hot summers

If you're looking for a decorating style that is comfortable and refreshing, then it's time to take a look at Scandinavian decor.

 

A look at South African interior designers

A Home-Dzine we do regular features on various international interior designers, but in this feature we take a look at a selection of local (proudly South African) interior designers and some of their previous projects.

 

Interior design that is playful and bold

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.

 

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Cape Town home features raw finishes

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.

 

Romantic style and modern living

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...

 

Living the dream - South African design/build

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.

 

Interiors with crisp lines and smart colours

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.

 

Interiors that are timeless and elegant

With a philosophy to create timeless, emotionally evocative interiors, designers McAlpine Booth and Ferrier are internationally acclaimed for their work.

 

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Rustic homes using reclaimed materials

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 - Designer extraordinaire

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.

 

Fresh approach to coastal style

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.

 

Modern home with warm wood accents

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.

 

Living room remodel

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.

 

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What does your home colour say about you?

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.

 

Gorgeous designer homes

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.

 

Beautiful home interiors

Known for mixing classic and modern elements with bold colours, Willey Design brings together an elegant blend of sophistication and irreverence to interiors.

 

 

Introduce colour to your home

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 .

 

What is a mood board

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.

 

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Decorate a home with neutral colours

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.

Christmas with Swedish flair

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.

 

A home decorated in white

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.

 

Emerald - Pantone colour of the year for 2013

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.

 

Fresh, cool mint green decor

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.

 

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Beautiful Shabby Chic style

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 an integral part of design

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.

 

Vintage modern decorating style

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.

 

Decor is looking up

While pressed ceilings might not be making a dramatic comeback, there's no denying that some homes look gorgeous with pressed ceilings.

 

Laid back living

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.

 

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Give any room a makeover

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.

 

Decorating with denim

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!

 

Be inspired by designer rooms

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.

 

Design by Vanessa De Vargas

Energetic and ingenious Vanessa De Vargas is a designer and decorator, specializing in the restoration of heirloom and vintage furniture pieces. Her interior design firm, Turquoise, is a reflection of the chic innovation that makes her work so unique within the market.

 

Design that is clean and fresh

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.

 

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Interiors by Melissa Collison

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.

 

Iconic designers of the 20th century

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 and is still sought after in the 21st century.

 

Sustainable design for homes and interiors

The Hillside House is a statement of what is possible combining high design with sustainability. This modern home has received Platinum LEED certification.

 

 

Are you ready for pattern?

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. .

 

Focus on interior designer Samantha Pynn

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.

 

 

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Simple designs by Roberto Gil

Roberto Gil calls his designs 'practical minimalism'; a straightforward approach that places functionality and the efficient use of materials well above stylistic considerations.

 

Man's guide to decorating

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.

 

Why you love certain colours

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.

 

 

Coastal decor for elegant homes

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.

 

A home decorated with pastel shades

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.

 

 

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Designed to impress

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.

 

Luxurious design without compromise

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.

 

 

Interiors by Willey Design

Comfort and function are essential components of every design, with practical details carefully observed and orchestrated.

 

 

Designs by Katie Ridder

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.

 

The art of using accent colour

Think of accent colours as the finishing touch to a newly decorated room. Without them a room would be bland and uninspiring.

 

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Deck and beach bar constructed of reclaimed pallets

We have seen reclaimed pallets used for all types of projects from outdoor patio furniture to children's beds. Japanese designer David Guarino used reclaimed pallets to construct an entertainment deck and beach bar at Morito Beach in Japan.

 

Add nailhead trim to furniture

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.

 

What's your decor style

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."

 

How to decorate a small home

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.

 

 

Diamond Baratta - Dynamic Duo

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.

 

 

Make your floors a feature

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.

 

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Not so shabby - but definitely chic

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 - then Shabby Chic is definitely a style you will love.

 

Style tips for every home

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:

 

Add a touch of spring to your home

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!

 

Decorate a home for the holidays

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:

 

 

It's all in the details

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.

 

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An entrance to remember

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!

 

Decor Designer - Tobi Fairley

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.

 

 

Decorate hallways and passages

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.

 

Designing your own interiors

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.

 

Light or dark floors?

Light or dark flooring provides completely different looks and you should consider carefully before selecting the right or wrong flooring for a home.

 

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Give your home a designer look

We've all seen 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.

 

What colour should I paint the ceiling?

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?

 

 

Decorating open plan living spaces

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.

 

Repair and restore secondhand bargain

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.

 

International design trends

Let's take a glimpse at trends happening around the world to see the latest in international decorating and design.

 

 

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Designing a home for a family

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.

 

Common mistakes to avoid

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...

 

 

Turn a house into 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.

 

Transform bad features into good design elements

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.

 

Organic touches for a home

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.

 

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Elements of coastal style

 All those 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.

 

Know the different upholstery fabrics

When upholstering furniture for a home a good basic knowledge of the various types of upholstery fabrics is a must.

 

 

Add some glamour

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.

 

Using colour to your advantage

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.

 

 

Decorating a rental home

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.

 

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Is sustainable design possible?

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.

 

Interior design for small spaces

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.

 

Are you timeless or trendy?

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?

 

One room - 3 different looks with colour

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...

 

Love the home you live in

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.

 

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Add a splash of black!

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.

 

Elegant coffered ceilings

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.

 

Designing with colour

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.

 

Elements of traditional design

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.

 

Mix it up

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.

 

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Lessons in design styles

Check out these stunning living room design styles that range from contemporary to traditional.

 

 

Adding texture to design

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 ...

 

Designing with white

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.

 

What is a focal point?

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.

 

 

Adding tablescapes

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).

 

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How eclectic are you?

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?

 

Creating a feature wall

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.

 

Using feng shui in interior design

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.

 

 

Need help to decorate your home?

Decorating paralysis can happen to the best of us. The main symptom: the inability to tackle and finish a design project in your home.

 

 

Elements of design help with style sense

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.

 

 

Adding architectural detail

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.

 

 

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