My Favourite Home Decor Trends

Indigo Blues

I am really enjoying indigo blue decor touches. It is the perfect foil for a neatral palette and instantly makes it season appropriate. The key to keeping the look modern is definitely less is more – whether it is a statement or accent piece. I love how it evokes the outdoors!

Round Mirrors

Mirrors are a great way of adding light, the illusion of space and luxury to any room. It is only natural that it should get an update. So whether you exhibit any Hobbit qualities or not, round mirrors are the way to go. Bonus points if it is brass.

H&M Online Shop

Eeeek! The H&M South African website launched and I’m loving being able to browse online just ahead of their shop opening in October in South Africa (which kinda sucks as it will be our post-wedding, financial low – but who cares!?) And what is even better is that they are not only going to bring their super affordable clothes to our shores, by the look of it they will also bring their homeware!

Price wise I can confirm that it is very much in line with what I paid in Europe last summer. In fact, the exact dress I bought in Italy, dress nr 6 with butterfly sleeves (which is awesome by the way!), retails for R399* online and I paid slightly more. On the site denims retail from R150* to R450* and homeware starts from as little as R60*! Quality wise I’d compare them to Cotton On.

So without further adieu, here are some of my favourite things! I’d like them all please and thank you!

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Home Update: Our Entryway

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As most of you probably know by now, our home is properly tiny. Given that it is small, we have no entry hall to speak of. It is not really a space we miss, but we did feel it necessary to create a good first impression when you enter our house and we also needed to find somewhere to drop-off and pick up our coats, bags, shoes and keys before heading out.

So once we decided on the perfect spot – an odd corner in our open plan living room – we dove right in! Instead of buying an expensive coat hanger we decided to simply buy hooks at the hardware store and attach them to the wall. As this corner is part of our open plan living area it was important to keep it looking neat and somewhat decorative. So we decided to paint horizontal stripes in charcoal which ties in nicely with our front door.

Since these photos were taken we’ve been able to source more of the same brass hooks, so plan on adding more hooks on different levels. We love the idea of being able to swap out our winter coats for more seasonal items like beach bags and sun hats during the summer months.

A we mentioned previously we painted the dark wooden door charcoal. It contrasts nicely with the brass door handle. A patterned runner from Mr Price Home adds instant warmth and interest to the area. It is nice to have something washable that we aren’t too precious about as it does get messy.

This is currently one my favourite areas to fixate on as it is the closest to being “done”. I’ll keep you up to date on any other changes we make over the coming months.

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The LLBD (Little Lace Black Dress) – A closet staple

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I have to admit that I don’t have the most glamorous cupboard. Sure I’ve gathered a few nice dresses for events that I have attended, but I was in desperate need for a little black dress for when my jeans and fancy-top just won’t cut it.

Finding the perfect one is however easier said than done. Since I struggle the most with dressing up during the colder months, one with sleeves was essential. I also didn’t want it to be too tight (so that I can enjoy the food) or in a shiny fabric. Continue reading

Woolworths Sale

Scalloped Lace Black Dress from Woolworths

Hi guys, just quickly popping in to remind you (if you live under a rock!) that the Woolies sale is on at the moment and there are some amazing finds! I always like to wait for the initial buzz (similar to a feeding frenzy) to die down before I head in there. I might miss out on some of the best finds, but honestly I just am not that desperate (It is a total different story if you’ve had your eye on something for a while though!) Continue reading

Mauritius in a Nutshell

Mauritius jetty Le MeridienThis post has been hovering in my drafts literally for months! I got the opportunity to visit Mauritius with Starwood Hotels and Air Mauritius late last year, during the Mauritian summer, and loved absolutely every minute of it!

I had never had an island holiday before and being used to the cold, windy beaches in Cape Town I really looked forward to the prospect of a warm, calm beach. And Mauritius did not disappoint! Continue reading

August Favourites

Hello August (a few days late)!

August is always the coldest, wettest month in Cape Town. It is also the best time to enjoy a hike. I’m fortunate enough to live close to a wonderful nature reservse which I only recently started exploring. I look forward to spending a weekend or two there every month from now. Nothing beats getting in touch with nature whilst also getting your daily dose of excercise. Continue reading

DIY Decorative Tray

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Recently I’ve been loving home accessories that inject a little texture and colour into our (mostly monochrome) home. So instead of painting this wooden tray white, which I would have done before, I tried something slightly different and I’ve been loving it. Whitewashing wood is so easy and it can really transform a piece. I think it looks great on this tray but could work just as well on a wooden box. Continue reading

Meal Planning Tips

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For someone who likes making list, I am surprisingly bad at meal planning. I guess it boils down to simply making and taking the time for it. I used to be quite good at it as a student- mostly because I had to be (I didn’t have a car to drive to the grocery store). So depending on which way you look at it, I might be the best or the worst person to offer advice on the subject. Either way here goes! Continue reading