Inspired by Expo

So, every year I patiently wait for the Homemakers Expo. This is your typical end consumer fair and is somewhere in between fabulous! and good value for money. Got it?

Some great trends being presented by the some design houses and then some craftsman. There was definitely a very raw, natural feel coming from many of the displays.

Raw natural look decor

Left: InHouse Furniture Right: Interior Concepts InVogue

InHouse Decor and Interior Concepts show us how do incorporate the raw wood feel with wooden stumps into furniture of the home. A beautiful lamp base and a coffee table/ stool are shown here. The trick is that the wood needs to be treated in order not to deteriorate over time and also be sanded down very well. I suggest you leave this one up to the experts. These items are slowly becoming more well priced.

Light Box wall art left and funky shelving concept right

Light Box wall art left and funky shelving concept right

Tuis/Home shows us how lovely little trinkets can be displayed (right) and a new type of wall art is shown by means of light boxes where you can customize the graphics you use.

When I saw these re purposed wooden creatures, I knew I had to have them. Sadly I cannot remember who they are made by! Maybe comment and let me know?

Repurposed wooden look creatures

Repurposed wooden look creatures


Read more on the expo here.

Repurposed Pallet Furniture

I recently helped in organizing a launch at the company I work for and part of the task was to organize the event furniture. Having some help from a colleague in my office, we had a look at the furniture available for rental. Boy, how things have changed in the past few years. I have heard about people making their own furniture out of crates, but it seems to be a DIY trend in the making….

Pallet Furniture

Furniture is being fashioned from recycled pallets and looks amazing

People are making everything from coffee tables, to chairs and even staircases. This is a great way of repurposing old materials, BUT, the truth is that you probably wouldn’t want to use old materials to make these kinds of structures. The wood has to still be solid and sound, so unless you wish to specifically get the look of a pallet (which you would need to buy new by the way and would be hard to find unless you have connections), you are better off just buying some raw pine wood from your local DIY shop. Either that, or you will find someone who has taken advantage of this trend and decided to retail this style of furniture.

My tips would be, make use of wood that is not too thin, is not too raw or rough, considering whether it is in contact with skin or not, and wood that is unmarked or unbranded.

We welcome this new trend to Decor Design Ideas because it’s refreshing!

Pallet or crate furniture

Pallet table and couch make for stylish decor

**Pallet furniture from Inspire Furniture**




Making small bathrooms bigger

The trend is a lavishly large, open plan bathroom, right? Sure, maybe in the magazines and movies, but our bathrooms at home are the best of what we can make of them, still needing to fit in the shower, basin, toilet and sometimes a bidet and/or even bath. I would like to give you some stylish tips on how to make a small bathroom space appear that much larger – the do’s and don’t’s.

Kiddies bathroom

Corner baths, wall storage and shelf heated towel rails save space in small bathrooms

Tip one: DO prioritize your bathroom choices
If this bathroom is not the only bathroom in the house, chances are that you may only need a bath or shower in a few years time. We decided to put in the shower floor, shower mixer and the rail set, but with no shower frame or glass. (We needed  the bath as this was a child’s bathroom.) This allowed us to use the shower floor as platform to put the baby bath on when bathing Ryan – no bending over and killing your back. Most baby baths can be bought with a frame and we stood this on the shower floor within reach so that the hand shower could be used to fill the bath. We can later convert the rather poky shower space into a proper shower using frameless, clear glass that creates the illusion of more space.

Tip two: DO use a drawing or paper cut out scale

Upon discovering that there was in fact not enough space to fit in that much needed bath in our soon to arrive baby boy’s new bathroom, my husband and I had to make a plan! We literally sat with cut out shapes in a centimeter scale and rearranged all of the “origami” bathroom items until they fit and there was still enough space to get out of the shower, bath and toilet – it sounds silly, but don’t forget about that and the door that will need to open and close.

Tip three: DO use corner baths and floating furniture

Corner baths can be very appealing and often fit into difficult, small spaces. They more than often normally have steps in them too, which means you can sit on the step and even bath the baby when you sit on the step.
Floating furniture creates the illusion of space as they are open underneath and are a lot easier to clean too!
Using toilets that have the concealed flush cistern in the wall are also a great way to save a few centimeters of space.


Child's bathroom

Small bathrooms bigger with screeding and floating cabinets

Tip four: DO NOT make the space too busy
Do not use small tiles or busy tiles for flooring. Larger tiles with fewer lines make the space appear larger. Even try to use mosaics that have slightly larger tiles. We decided to go with screeding on the floor as it was the best way to create an open, seamless look in our small bathroom.
Use wall mounted space cleverly and keep the space as simplified as possible. My one condition about my children’s bathroom would be that it would not be scattered with hundreds of toys, and while I had an illusion of making a built in storage piece underneath the bath (which can most definitely be done), I decided that window sills and walls can make tasteful and practical storage spaces in small bathrooms. Also, I used a “shelved” heated towel rail where you can pack the towels.


60’s furniture in 2015

Think VW beetle, peace symbols and funky bee hive hair –  think 1960’s.
We all know that fashion, decor and trends go around and keep coming around. Does this mean that I need  to keep my bell-bottoms for when they come in fashion again – the answer is NO!

The best thing about trends is that we can keep up with them easily. This is my trend spot for the month – 1960’s furniture is back in!

The trend seems to be tables and chairs with skinny, tripod type slimline legs and bright colours like orange, yellow and red.

Globe, Tulip & Egg Chairs

Globe, Tulip & Egg Chairs *Images from

The above image shows great examples of the types of chairs that are currently on trend and make lovely show pieces in the homeI would place either the Globe or Egg chair in the bedroom or study and use as a reading chair or even to have an afternoon snooze in if you find them comfortable enough. Use these 1960’s chairs to soften a corner of a room or use as a centerpiece.The kids will love these and use them as space ships I imagine. The Tulip chair can definitely make its come back in the office environment – commercial or home office alike.

Mid Century Slim leg table in glass

Mid Century Slim leg table in glass

This mid-century slim leg coffee table is a great inspiration from the 1950’s to 1960’s. We are going to see a lot of glass being combined with a raw wood look with the furniture again as the trend moves towards the combination of organic and more hard, modern surface finishes. We see this slim leg design in chairs, tables and bedside tables. What is great about them is that for rooms where spaces are limited, the furniture has an open air feel, especially now that glass added to the mix – it’s almost as if it’s not there, but don’t be fooled, if it is a good quality, it is sturdy.

Something to consider about this type of furniture is that the underside is open, so the tables and chairs should be used in the middle of an open space and not against a wall. The bedside cabinets are great, but make sure that plug points are behind the cabinet, otherwise you will see cables and this can look unsightly.

I realised that I have a piece of 1960’s in my own home. We recently had a cabinet made for our tv unit. Obviously it is custom made for the space. We used a semi-gloss white finish combined with a raw recycled wood that gives a retro, old school finish.

Let’s skip the cheesy parts of the 1960’s and focus on the great pieces making their well deserved return in 2015. Enjoy!

1960's look tv cabinet

Wooden mosaic creates a retro 1960’s look

*Coffee table from Mr Price Home online store