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.

Colour me Copper

Copper Comeback with traditional, avantgarde or modern decor

Copper Comeback with traditional, avantgarde or modern decor

If you are like a magpie and cannot resist the glint off the edge of shiny piece of eye candy, guys and gals, this one is for you! We have gone copper crazy….

So, it is clear that we are now in an era where we are no longer living with the choices that brands feed to us, but rather the consumer is the one that decides what we want – and with this comes choice and boy there is a lot of it!

Different colour finishes are now becoming more readily available. I have always been a sucker for copper – running around the 2nd hand stores looking for those old copper titbits that are still in good condition. Don’t get me wrong, 2nd hand shops are still a great place to find copper antiques, but things are exciting now with various industries producing their products in a copper finish as a standard.

I can only tell you the things that I like that I have seen….

Cluster of copper light boxes by Lacoli & Mcallister

Cluster of copper light boxes by Lacoli & Mcallister

Copper light fittings

There is a huge variety of copper lighting available for indoor, outdoor as well as amazing pendant lights to make the perfect center-piece in the home. This is an Iacoli & McAllister’s light fitting featuring a suspended collection of copper cubes.

Carrol Boyes Fire collection – embrace copper vase

“The colour and warmth of this fiery metal gives it an indulgent feel. Now that copper is enjoying a revival, Carrol felt it was the right time to introduce it into the range in a modern form.”

 Copper in the kitchen

I am still a fan of the old school look of copper hanging above the stove in the kitchen, though I wouldn’t dream of using the pots for actual cooking!

 Copper in the bathroom

Again, this is the old school, traditional part of me that likes this look, but there is now a modern revelational twist on this one. Shower and basin mixer taps are now available in this red gold finish from Axor and Hansgrohe.

 

 

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.