Feature walls

Visit any home and you will most definitely find a feature wall. Although many of you may think it’s a relatively new feature of the modern home, this ain’t so, but I think it is just that there are now so many options!

Almost anything can now be put onto the wall, from stone cladding, to wood panels, wall paper, foam wall tiles, and for those more artistic, the more traditional murals and mosaics.

Modern looks are done with foam tiles, wooden panels like the below, and wall art.

Inspiration from Meklo.co.za for bedroom feature walls

Inspiration from Meklo.co.za for bedroom feature walls

If you prefer a more classic look, perhaps stick to the stone, wood or mural look. This is something you want to be done by a professional for the most part, but things to consider when you are doing this yourself. The wall needs to be pitted when doing stone finish, and the size of the stone pieces need to be carefully considered, based on the size of the wall. The below wall I wanted at the end of the passage, and was done with old wine crates. The wood is great as it has maximum character and is a repurposing of old materials.

Wooden wall cladding with photographs on

Wooden wall cladding with photographs on

Foam panels are a great, lightweight product and they come in the most wonderful 3 dimensional patterns. We careful that you choose a large wall in a big room as art like this can make rooms appear small.

Any type of feature wall is great for entrances and for displaying art or photographs, turning it into your personal showpiece. See below the amazing wall that has been done with leather  – amazing Studioart!

Studioart black leather wall tiles

Studioart black leather wall tiles











**Images from Meklo and Studioart**


Choosing a tap for your bathroom

I bet if you have never gone through the process of a renovation or building a home, you would think, “How complicated can it be to choose a tap?”. Well myself, working for a premium tap manufacturing wholesaler, knows that it isn’t always simple. Have a look at the interview featured on Signature Living (DSTV, Home Channel 176) for some practical tips of choosing bathroomware and some of the current inspirational bathroom products.


Faux fauna & flora

So, just because you are an animal lover doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the majestic beauty that the imagery of nature brings to a home. Having been a vegetarian myself, I was often challenged by that beautiful cow skin rug and the sheepskin throw, BUT I can happily say that I have not given in and you don’t have to either now that faux taxidermy and textiles are all the rage.

Faux Taxidermy

Faux Taxidermy *Credit Amazon & CraftyGentleman.net*

The different types of faux we can find I would categorize into:

  • fur – being the skin rugs and throws;
  • flowers – made from paper, beads or ceramics
  • fauna – taxidermy of animals using paper, moulds and beads

Although generally synthetic, there are the most amazingly luxurious throws and blankets being produced at a price that you can now afford! And you do not have to feel bad. From faux wool to bear and fox fur, you can find almost anything… and they look and feel heavenly!

There is nothing more beautiful than an orchid in bloom, but you would be surprised at the plastic, beaded, ceramic and paper flowers that are on the market these days. They often look better than the real thing and the bonus is that they don’t die.

Faux orchids, ceramic flowers & faux bear fur

Faux orchids, ceramic flowers & faux bear fur


So, by fauna, I was alluding to the the idea of the poor woodland creatures that are hunted and then put up on a wall. Obviously taxidermy doesn’t stop there as it includes all sorts of other creatures. The new faux taxidermy comes in all sorts of materials from paper, to beading and textiles. What is awesome about the new trend of faux taxidermy is that it includes all sorts of imaginary animals too, like unicorns, giant squid tentacles and hell, even the rear end of a beaver! Loving the creativity shown here by The Crafty Gentleman.

You can now be kind to animals and decorate your home with faux fur, flowers and furry friends.