Minimalism Is Dead. Long Live Maximalism!

A 2017 report by IKEA on Life At Home revealed that people are feeling pressured to live minimally. How strange, that society is dictating a simpler lifestyle to free us from stress, but the pressure to live that lifestyle adds stress! Minimalism has long been favoured by the Japanese and Scandinavians, driven by brands like Muji, Marie Kondo and others. And while there are certainly great merits in simplifying things to create headspace and free yourself from emotional clutter, it is often not practical to have this minimalist dream home. It certainly is not possible for me! And that is where Maximalism comes in – the movement that says, enough is enough, we can’t streamline things anymore! Ultimately, your home is just that: YOURS. We surround ourselves with the things that we love, that bring us comfort, and that make us happy. I will always be the poster child for the freedom that decluttering brings, so let’s not confuse clutter with maximalism. But where minimalism proposed less is more, maximalism says that it’s really okay to have more – so stop feeling guilty about it!

Here are a few of my favourite maximalist styles.

#1 // Modern Victorian

Oliver Perrott

I came across these images recently while researching a new design concept and oh my goodness; I fell in love! How deeply delicious and decadent is this?! A far cry from Scandi-inspired interiors, it celebrates old-world detailing and beautiful prints. Pretty pretty pretty! It’s all about bold colour, large patterns and really celebrating beautiful vintage furniture and decor. So, go big and go home with oversized floral wallpaper and rich velvet.

How totally gorgeous is this sofa by Anthropologie?

Uber sophisticated styling by the very talented Emily Henderson.

Rich colours and oversized wallpaper by Surface View

An industrial landing draped in vintage wallpaper by William Morris.

#2 // Chinoiserie

I have a special place in my heart for Chinoiserie. I don’t know if it is because I lived in Hong Kong for many years or if it is the colonial influence from my time in the UK, but I love the delicate patterns and rich colours. Not many people know this, but Dutch Delft was inspired by Chinese blue ceramics. Get the Chinoiserie-look with some pretty blue-and-white collections, colourful florals, elaborate wallpaper and pretty Asian prints. De Gournay have made modern Chinoiserie into the art form it deserves to be – have a look at their website for some serious Asian masterpieces!

Gorgeous tropical-inspired Chinoiserie by De Gournay

Hannah Cecil Gurney via House & Garden

A small Asian corner by Alex Papachirstidis

Bright cobalt floral wallpaper in a kitchen by Andrea Schumacher Interiors.

Another masterpiece by De Gournay

Even a walk-in closet can have a pretty focal – via Domino.

Fashion icon Tory Burch’s home via Vogue

#3 // Eclectic

I don’t like using the word because it feels lazy, like you couldn’t be bothered to figure out what style it really is. But even after a lot of research, there isn’t a better word to describe a style that draws from many inspiring sources and design eras. It’s when you like a lot of different things and choose to put them together. Most homes have an eclectic element to them because it’s quite rare for someone to decorate their home strictly in accordance with a single design principle. Eclecticism produces unique and interesting interiors that really embody the personality and taste of their creator, so here’s to your eclectic interior!

eclectic interior

A warm and inviting interior by Old Brand New.

eclectic interior

A wild mixture of prints, patterns and colours via Sara Hakwiscombe.

eclectic interior

Moroccan flavours with ranch and tropical elements, via Nuevo Estilo.

A fabulous collection of artwork and textiles, via Design Files.

I’d love to know what your favourite maxi style is – let me know in the comments below!

How to put together an interior design concept

One of the most significant challenges when starting a new interior project is getting the concept right. But where do you even start?! Use this handy step-by-step guide to put together a concept that looks good and works for your budget – without breaking a sweat!

Lets first look at what a concept is and why you need one.

An interior concept is the thought process or plan behind a room. Designers don’t just walk into a room and start throwing things around without a plan. There’s always something behind the look, and that is where your concept comes in.

A concept can be

a) a theme – tropical, ocean, stripes and florals

b) a look – vintage, period, midcentury, French, English cottage, minimalist, Scandinavian

c) a mood – laid-back, romantic, formal, playful

It could even be a combination of things, like a laid-back tropical vibe with mid-century touches 😉

Your concept will become your guide; it will help to create a cohesive design that works. You can of course also have a concept for your entire home, although I’ve never been able to stick to 1 thing throughout.


#1// What do you want?

Easier asked than answered, the first thing you have to determine is what you need the space to be. If it is a living room for example, how many seats do you need? What are your storage requirements? Are there any specific tasks or activities in the room like reading or gaming or movie night? Do you need a small coffee table or a large one? Do you need side tables and lamps? Whether you need new things or are reusing existing ones, list everything so that you can get a clear overview of the items required in the room.

#2// Be Inspired

Pinterest is a fantastic tool for grouping images. Don’t think about it too much, just pin anything that you like and pretty soon you’ll start to see a theme forming. Here’s my Pinterest board for a playroom that I’m the process of doing. I want to bring a travel vibe into the room, so I did a search for “travel inspired kids rooms” and started to pin away! The images gave me a great idea to do an oversized map on the wall and to use our old international currency as wall art. Love the globe-ideas too.


#3// Put things where you can see them together on a mood board.

Now that you have a few ideas it’s time to build a mood board. A mood board is a great way to get a visual of what a room will look like.  It doesn’t necessarily contain the actual items that you’re going to use, but it represents the look and feel of what you’re going to create. If you have things that you want to include, like an heirloom rug or vintage sofa, take pictures of it and include it on your board. You can also find images of new items that you like. Here’s a mood board that I put together for the playroom. Some things are existing, and others are ideas for new things that I think could work. You can either do it old-school with actual images and card stock or a pin board, or you can create a virtual one with an app like Roomstyler or software like Photoshop.

The great thing about using a mood board is that you will be able to start getting an idea of what the room will look like. Even if it’s not the actual items, at least you’ll see colours, textures, and combinations. You’ll also quickly see what is NOT going to work, so don’t skip this step! The other advantage is that you can source an image as inspiration from anywhere, even if you can’t afford it, and then look for something similar that fits into your budget. Save the image on your phone or take a picture of your mood board so that you can carry a copy with you and use for reference.

#4// THEN, start putting together the actual items.

The mood board serves as a roadmap for the design while a layout gives you guidelines for sizes and shapes of items. Whenever you want to buy something, put it next to the mood board and see if it’s going to work with the concept that you’ve created.

But before you buy anything, you’ll need to create a layout! A layout is essential as it will show you what you will be able to achieve in the space, without having to move heavy and bulky furniture items around. I’ll cover layout in a follow-up post, so make sure that you subscribe so you don’t miss it.

My playroom makeover is a project that I’ve been working on for a while, so I am really excited to share the big reveal with you in the coming weeks. I hope that this post has given you some insight into how designers do it and that you will start to build your home’s concepts with creative confidence.

Happy conceptualising!

10 Gorgeous ways to bring ultraviolet home this year

Of all the colours out there, purple and it’s relatives have to be my least favourite. I don’t have anything purple in my house, or in my closet. That being said, the first car that Joey and I bought together was purple, but that was more by luck than by choice. I have a shock every year when Pantone announces its colour of the year, and it usually takes me a while to accept it. Except for green – you can never go wrong with green. I know that I am VERY late to jump on this year’s bandwagon, but I really have been struggling with this one. But if you can’t beat them, it’s better to don yourself in purple and call yourself a fan! Who knows, maybe before the end of the year, I will also own a piece of purple something.


According to, ultraviolet light has wavelengths shorter than visible light but longer than Xrays. UV is the harmful bits in sunlight that cause sunburn, as well as the helpful part that forms vitamin D. It is not visible to the naked eye, except when it creates a chemical reaction that enables substances to glow or fluoresce, which is what the colour usually refers to.

Pantone describes ultraviolet as “a dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.” After a dramatic 2017, it is supposed to invoke introspection, which is something we desperately need.

Here are few suggestions to bring ultraviolet into your home this year.



The Decorista

In my book, you can never have enough velvet upholstery. Do I own any? No. Do I have 3 (adorable, lovely but ultimately disastrously messy) boys? Yes. So my velvet days will have to wait a bit longer. Unless someone wants to gift me a green deep-buttoned velvet sofa of course (see my comment on green above). If then you must have purple, then I suppose purple velvet is the way to go. I can’t fault this room, purple chair and all: the soft tones, the messy but curated shelf in the background, the totally delish shaggy rug, and the combination of dusty pink and ultraviolet works magic. My favourite things? The teal scatters that add a bit of cool to the warm colours and the touch of purple in the potplant. LOVE!


Hi Sugarplum via Doris Leslie Blau

A few scatters placed thoughtfully can elevate any room from blah to wow. Choose patterns that compliment your existing decor – I have a huge thing for flowers at the moment, so that’s where I’m headed. But the chances are that you’ll find ultraviolet in almost any pattern this year. This image is another testament to the beautiful combination that is ultraviolet and teal. This built-in unit is just gorgeous, and with the bright pops in the carpet, painting and accessories, it creates a stylish room that doesn’t take itself too seriously. STUNNING.


Traditional Home

This is a bolder move, but when you can create a corner like this, then go for it! I have to admit; it was this image that inspired this post. I found it on Instagram and thought, WOW! Maybe purple is not so bad after all! But then again, I am a total sucker for toile, especially Chinoiserie toile which had something to do with my excitement! My toile-philia stems from my days at Laura Ashley I think. This wallpaper is Shengyou Toile Iris by Schumacher Fabric.


Here are a few more ideas for bringing ultraviolet home.

1. Make a (small) statement with some pretty vintage glass bottles.


2. Use a throw to add some colour to a plain bedroom

Fantastic Frank via Doris Leslie Blau

3. Paint the inside of a plain wardrobe – SUPRISE! 💜

Claudia Pelizzari

4. Add colour with an informal pouffe or futon.

My Scandinavian Home

5. Paint the walls – isn’t the painted panelling in this pic JUST AMAZING??

Apartment Therapy

6. Have Your Cake And Eat It

Not completely ultraviolet, but this purple-and-white stripey cake is amazing and perfectly on trend! Click here for the recipe!

Happy Ultraviolet💜 Styling!


How To Get Your Home Ready For The Holidays

My bags are packed and I’m ready to go. Well, not quite. But there are numerous boxes and bags filled with Christmas presents and decorations on the dining room table.  And the kids have been jumping up and down in anticipation of going to the beach for the last 5 days. So while I am trying to wrap my head around the endless number of things that still have to happen before I can drive the bus through the farm gates and head to the coast, let me share my tips on how to get your home ready for the holidays.


Studio McGee

While Santa may be welcome to sneak into your home at night, the festive season is also a peak time for those Santa’s with less-than-honourable intentions. When you leave for the holidays, either have your lights on a timer or leave some lights permanently switched on. And not only outside lights, also leave bathroom and hallway lights on to ensure that the interior is not entirely in the dark.

Let your neighbours and security company know that you’ll be seeking solace elsewhere. Also, have your alarm tested before you leave just to make sure that all is working as it should be.


security shutters

Griffin Balsbaugh Interiors

Make sure that all windows and doors are snug and secure. Broken latches, hinges and locks are a security risk, so have them fixed before you go. Shutters are a fantastic security option that gives light control and prevent unwanted entry, all while looking awesome. They are especially rocking it with the botanical trend! Have a look at Finishing Touches’ range of made-to-measure shutters here. They come in 5 great colours and have a 10-year guarantee, which is sure to outlast your alarm system!


Period Property Store

Don’t leave things lying around! Make sure that toys, garden equipment and other loose item are safely tucked away in the garden shed or garage. And especially if you’re in the Western Cape: ask your neighbour to peek in daily to check for burst pipes or leaks, otherwise, you will be presented with a hefty fine for water wastage when you get back. Not the way to start the new year!


Do the responsible thing and take your pets with you, arrange for a pet-sitter or check them into a pet-care facility.


Switch off the hot water geyser and unplug major appliances, just in case there is some catastrophic power surge during the holidays. You never know!


Here is a little checklist to help you remember what needs to be done. Then go and enjoy your holiday and relax. I am certain that Santa will only bring gifts and leave the rest of your belongings in peace.

Happy Holidays!

Feature image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Taking a long hard look at curtain hardware

Window dressing can make a massive impact on a home: it frames the windows and adds softness, colour, texture and pattern to a room. But window dressing does not only consist of curtains: the curtain poles have a huge impact on the overall look as well. There is a large variety of curtain poles, tracks and finials available and knowing what to choose, can be a daunting task. Let’s break curtain hardware down for you!

curtain hardware basics

Twofold Interiors


Curtain poles are perfect for both formal and informal rooms. They can be used with rings or with eyelet curtains that slide directly onto the pole. Curtain pole thicknesses vary from 16mm all the way to 93mm so that you can create a variety of looks.

Finishes include brass, chrome, pewter, dark and light woods, solid painted colours, beaten copper and cast iron.

curtain rail basics

You also get clip-on poles that look like a pole, but that has a track installed behind it. This is great when you want to use curtains without rings. The Alumina range by Finishing Touches has a track integrated into the pole itself, making it even simpler.


Finials are the bits that you fit onto the end of a curtain pole. Finial styles are practically endless: metals, glass, acrylic, wood. And they are fashioned into all kinds of designs and shapes to suit different styles of décor.

curtain rail basics


A curtain pole will usually have a matching bracket, so there isn’t much to worry about here. If however, you want to hang a double layer of window dressing, like a sheer and a dress curtain, then you will need to choose your curtain pole based on the bracket.

There are lightweight cup brackets for 16mm poles, up to heavy-duty brackets for the thicker poles. For poles longer than 1.2m or heavy curtains like those with blackout lining, you will need to install a central bracket as well to prevent the pole from sagging. Ask your sales assistant to suggest the most appropriate one for your needs.

Also, consider whether your curtain pole will be installed on a back or a side wall. Not all poles have the option of end brackets, so if you require them, you will have to choose your bracket first.

Pelmet Pole

providence cottage

I have written about pelmet poles before, but they really are a great invention. It has the look of a wooden pelmet, with the functionality of a double track. They come in a variety of finishes to match the room.

Extendable & Telescopic Poles

curtain hardware basics

Fitted with spring-rods, these are perfect for when you have a bit of a space constraint and want to install a curtain inside the window recess. Extendable rods are perfect for non-standard window widths, and they don’t need to be cut down to fit.

curtain hardware basics

Serena & Lily

Happy Decorating!

This post is sponsored by Finishing Touches.

Why do you need a headboard in your bedroom?

I have recently been headboard hunting because, as you may have noticed in our cottage renovation project, we don’t yet have one in the bedroom. And it’s not for lack of trying. To be honest, I found the options a bit overwhelming and as it happens with overwhelm, proceeded to do absolutely nothing about it. This made me think: why do you need a headboard in your bedroom? Is it really essential and will it make a huge difference if you don’t have one?

providence cottage

Let’s first look at a few pros:

  1. A headboard is both functional and aesthetic: it gives you something to lean against and frames your bed.
  2. It’s a practical way to keep the wall behind your bed protected.
  3. It adds depth, texture, colour, or softness to your room – depending on the design of course.
  4. A headboard adds a finishing touch to your room.
  5. Its style can emphasize the style of the room.

So how do you choose the right headboard style?

There are so many different varieties of headboards available that it is difficult to cover all of them. A headboard also doesn’t have to be a solid piece of wood or upholstered item: it could be anything that frames the back of your bed. In terms of trending bedroom styles, here’s what you should be looking for in a headboard to complement the design of your bedroom.


1// BOHO

Sadies Lovely Life

The boho look is built on the layering of textures and natural materials. Go for carved wood, woven rattan or textured upholstery. And if you were into alternative style headboards, then this would be the style to explore.



By Koczanska

The Scandi trend is still going strong! If simple, clean lines and great design is your thing, then this is your style. Blond wood or white headboards as part of the bed frame is the perfect choice to create this fresh fuss-free look.




Taking Scandi a bit further, minimalism strips a room of anything that doesn’t fulfill a basic function or that which we value most. Anything that detracts from that, is removed. Choose a headboard that doesn’t show off, in honest materials like wood or natural fibers like cotton or linen.



Infiniti Homes

Still popular for its coziness and nostalgia, French Country is all about dreamy linen, deep buttoning, and distressed finishes. Get the look with a linen or brocade headboard and beautiful lace bed linen.




Design Collector

Vintage as really become popular over the last few years. It’s a style initially built on frugality and a sense of environmental kindness. But it has by now flourished into a style in its own right. It’s accessible, economical, and adds a wealth of character to any room. Like with boho, you can also really think out of the box here. Anything that can be positioned in a more-or-less upright way behind your bed, can work!




Lynden Foss for Inside Out

The furniture of the 50’s have really made a comeback in a big way and there really are just 2 things you need to remember here: tapered and wood. Tapered legs on beds, nightstands and dressers and natural medium wood finishes create the most amazing midcentury bedroom. Throw in some twill on an upholstered headboard with a wooden trim and you’ve stepped back in time!




For those who live in urban areas but yearn for a bit of the outdoors. This is another style that plays with natural textures and materials, mixed with greenery. A LOT of greenery. The idea is to create a jungle, so don’t hold back!

Finishing Touches offers a unique approach when it comes to headboards. You can design your own headboard according to fit your style and personality in 3 easy steps:

Step 1:  Check the size! Standard bed sizes are:

Step 2: Choose your design and fabric. There is a wide variety of fabric options and 8 different designs:

Step 3: The Admin. Place your order, process the payment and collect your headboard in 10 to 15 work days.

Remember that you will get your 20% off made-to-measure designer headboards from Finishing Touches until 24 December, so hurry to your nearest Builders Warehouse and place your order!

Happy Sleeping!

This post was sponsored by Finishing Touches.

What is the best way to mix prints like a pro in your home?

When I think of mixing prints, I am reminded of the heyday of florals and stripes in the 90’s. Everything was pink, peach, and pale blue with touches of burgundy for a formal setting and splashes of soft turquoise to keep things light. Although terribly outdated now, this laid the foundation for many interior brands who kept building on that to bring you an abundance of patterns thrown together in a very structured but seemingly random way. I struggle to mix patterns in fashion – I have to have a particularly good self-esteem day to pull it off. But in interior design, I throw patterns together with reckless abandon! Here are 5 things to keep in mind when you want to mix prints like a pro in your home. Use it as a guide, and then throw all caution to the wind. Play a little this spring -what’s the worst that could happen?

1// seek inspiration

There are few places I go to for my patternal inspiration (yes, I just made up that word – but it works!).

  1. Missoni
Missoni Home Emme Collection

The mother and father of textile prints, this family-built design house is synonymous with mixing things up. I wrote about Madame Rosita Missoni’s talk at the Design Indaba Conference 2 years ago and was so inspired by this matriarch’s fierce passion for pattern. Here’s a designer that is truly fearless!

2. Laura Ashley

Laura Ashley Living Wall

I started my career with this amazing brand, and will forever love their homeware! They have been throwing together prints since post WWII, and doing so fabulously. Their online catalog has some serious pattern eye-candy! And while they are quite traditional, they do also have amazing contemporary ranges.

3. Anthropologie

Anthropologie Medina-printed Rivona Chair

It’s no secret that I have a huge design crush on Anthropologie. They have this way of doing a crazy mix of colour and prints and making it all work.

2// find a common thread

Voutsa for Anthropologie

Whether you choose a colour, a scale, a pattern, or a texture, as long as there is something tying everything together, it will work! Maybe everything has some botanical element in it, or there is a touch of blue in all of them. It could also be that you have a large painting, rug or wallpaper that is the unifying element in all of it.

3// play with layers

Liberty For Anthropologie Feather Bloom Shams

Start with an item and build from there: this will usually be a big piece, like a carpet, or curtains. Then gradually layer on top of that. A bedroom also offers ample opportunity to play with different layers of pattern. Use curtains, or a duvet cover or quilt, as the starting point. Then add a different print with pillows, followed by accessories like a throw or a scatter.

4// vary the scale

Anthropologie Edlyn Sofa

If everything is the same scale, things can get pretty hectic, pretty quickly. Have large patterns mixed with small patterns and dense prints with more spacious prints. White space or negative space is also very important here: there has to be some quiet in all the busyness to give your eyes a rest!

5// jump out of your comfort zone

Old Brand New

Unless you plan to redo all the walls with an imported wallpaper and have floor to ceiling curtains made, the risk in throwing prints together is actually quite small. There is no right or wrong: as with anything in your home, if you can live with it and it makes you happy, then it works! Buy a few cushions to start with, and see if they work together in your current living room. If they don’t, you can always take them back 😉

Happy decorating!




The modular sofa that will make you want to play with your furniture

Sofa shopping can really be a challenge: it’s too big, too small, not the right fabric, it’s just not flexible enough, or you just don’t know what you’re supposed to be looking out for. But then local design legend, Weylandts, came up with the Easy Living Modular Sofa that combines extreme quality and comfort with the ultimate flexibility. It’s one of those designs that you look at thinking: “Why are not all sofas designed like this?” It’s not often that I get excited about seating, but when I started to explore all the possibilities of these modular sofa units, I couldn’t help myself.

All 5 of the modular units in the range boast feather-filled cushions, 100% linen slip-covers in grey or white and gorgeous teeth-stitched detailing.

weylandts modular sofa

weylandts modular sofa

Putting together the different configurations is a bit like building a puzzle with multiple options. Determine how many bums on seats you need, pick your modules and start playing with your furniture!

Here are our top tips on what to consider when buying a sofa:

1// Weight

A sofa has to be heavy. If you can pick it up with one hand, that means that the frame has been made with lightweight materials which will not be durable in the long run. A heavy sofa means that the frame has been constructed using durable hardwoods. Even modular sofa units have to feel heavy when you try to lift them. If you can comfortably pick it up, it’s probably not a great frame.

2// Warranties

Any retailer should offer you a warranty on their product. Read their terms and conditions, but it will usually comprise 2 years and exclude reasonable wear & tear if the product was used in an appropriate environment. So, don’t buy domestic furniture and use it in a retail or commercial environment.

3// Upholstery

There are so many upholstery options out there that it can be difficult to know where to start. Natural fibers like linen, wool, bamboo or hemp are always a great option for their luxurious look and feel. To protect your upholstery, you can choose to have a professional application of a stain repellant coating. This kind of microscopic film on your furniture will ensure that it stays clean and looking like new. Leather is another great option that comes in a variety of colours and finishes to suit your home. If you take care of your leather furniture properly, it is sure to last you a lifetime.

4// Filling

Most sofas are made with foam on the seat and feather, foam or a combination of the 2 for the back cushions. Unless it’s an allergy issue, always go for feather. You can puff up feather cushions again and again where foam tends to compact after prolonged use and then have to be replaced. Feather is also incredibly comfortable.

Our Favourite Picks

Weylandts offers a fantastic selection of sofas to suit your home. Click here to have a look! Or have a look below at my favourite accessories from their range.

weylandts modular sofa

1… colourblock scatter camel  |  2… potted beacarnea |  3… ica vase – medium  |  4… handwoven throw natural blue  |  5… bone inlay stool  |  6… vedic leaf vase  |  7… basket patterned wire  |  8… 100% cotton duvet set  |  9… blue lily study scatter


Now, go and #playwithyourfurniture!

This post is sponsored by Weylandts.


6 foolproof updates for a Spring-ready home

It may be just me, but no other season has quite the effect on me that Spring has. It makes me want to change things up, throw things out, and generally, take stock of my life and my home. Getting your home ready for the new season is really simple when you look at a few key elements: windows and window treatments, and home decor and accessories. Here are my 6 foolproof updates this season so if Spring fever has not quite taken hold of you yet, you’re in the right place!

1// take it down and wash it out

spring fever

My Domaine

The warmer weather is perfect for getting your curtains cleaned. Read the care label on your window treatments and wash it in the machine if possible, or have it dry-cleaned. That goes for removable upholstery, quilts, and throws as well.

2// hang something lighter

spring fever

Homemy Design

Spring is the perfect time to add some airy sheers to your windows. Pack your heavy draperies away and replace it with light linen and cotton that can sway in the breeze. Dress up the look with some designer crystal poles, or keep it simple with a classic natural wood pole.

PRO TIP: Curtain clips that make it easy to hang and replace curtains later as the season turns. That also means that you can use simple drops of fabric as a window treatment instead of made-to-measure curtains.

3// go floral

1. hertex florence in ebony //  2. sew & such floral bunting in red  //  3. home fabrics orsay in summer  //  4. h&m slub weave cushions cover // 5. handmade by me foliage on pink wallpaper  //  6. hertex exotic in dijon  //  7. sunkissed handmade floral letter  //  8. a love supreme palm in yellow //  9. sharon b design yellow protea cushion

As I mentioned in my The Most Inspiring Things in September post, florals for Spring are hardly groundbreaking stuff. But if Mother Nature can get away with redecorating with florals every year, so can we! Floral Roman blinds, scatter cushions, prints, rugs – anything that brings blooms into your home. Finishing Touches has a great variety of materials you can choose from so that it will light up your room this Spring. Make use of their made-to-measure service to make sure that your blinds fit your window perfectly. Here are some of the bright and breezy fabrics on offer!

4// lighten up textures


Pack away tweed, wool, heavy quilts, hide, thickly woven accessories, and throws. Replace them with light cotton bed covers, cotton throws, woven textures, and light fabric prints. Just this textural change alone will already make a huge difference to your interior.

5// throw some light around

spring fever

West Elm

Mirrors are an amazing way to bounce light around the room, so get that glorious spring sunshine into every nook and cranny with a few well-placed mirrors.

6// and as always, declutter and throw out

spring fever

My Domaine

The amazing thing about sorting out your home is that it seems to clear your head as well. Our homes are a reflection of ourselves so, if your home is a cluttered mess, chances are you don’t have a lot of mental and emotional clarity either. Clear out the old and redundant and make way for the new! I dedicated an entire section in my FREE e-course on decluttering, so if you haven’t yet signed up for it, you can do so here.

Happy Spring!

This post is proudly sponsored by Finishing Touches.


Add a fragrant touch to your guest room with Rain

I always see the Rain shop and think, WOW, how lovely! It smells amazing, it looks cozy and inviting, and it generally just warms my heart to think that a small company from Swellendam was able to create this iconic brand. Made with natural African botanicals, these gorgeous bath and beauty products are packed with antioxidants, moisturizers, and nutrients. You must have a look at their delicately illustrated herbarium where they share the benefits of the ingredients – it’s informative and lovely to look at!

Rain is what is good about our beautiful country:

In support of that vision, here are some amazing products that you can buy directly from their web store to add that finishing touch to your guest room and guest bathroom. And don’t forget their homeware – I have my eye on one of those crochet blankets!rain

  1. honeycomb Blanket \\ 2. organic scented sachets \\ 3. bath mat \\ 4. rock mint bath salts \\ 5. wild cotton glycerine soap \\ 6. wild cotton body lotion \\ 7. wild cotton gift box \\ 8. bath salts in bag \\ 9. baobab and olive soap

And now that you have all of these lovely products, here are 5 tips to make your guest feel pampered:

  1. Luxury bath products are always a treat. Whether you choose bath salts, bubble bath or a luxurious bar of soap, make sure that they are hypoallergenic and natural as far as possible.
  2. Scented sachets in drawers and cupboards will ensure that they stay fresh. Closed doors have the tendency to become musty, which is not what you want when a guest opens a doors or drawer.
  3. Soft and absorbent bath mats will ensure that feet stay dry and warm on bathroom floors. They are also great to prevent slipping! Choose super absorbent cotton which dries quickly when aired after a shower or bath.
  4. Body lotions and potions are always a nice touch, but again you have to ensure that they are natural and suitable for sensitive skin.
  5. Heated towels are such a treat! If you don’t have a heated towel rail, install a wall-mounted heating panel and place a freestanding towel rail in front of it to make sure that your guests have toasty towels.

Happy hosting!

All images courtesy of Rain.

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