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**




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