Decorating your home can be exciting but also intimidating if you’re not quite sure what you want and where to get it. As we are spending more time at home it is becoming all the more important to make your house feel like a home.
Whether you’d like to update your living spaces with fresh decor ideas, start investing in artwork, or settle on a cosy blanket for the odd Capetonian rainy days, Saadiq Samodien has gone to the depths to inspire you with loads of ideas for your home while still supporting South African artisans and jobs.
There are a few things that really take modern interior design to new levels – and an indoor plant is one of them. Whilst you may not have the necessary botanical knowledge of how to take care of indoor plants, the team at Plantify specialises in just that.
They have an array of pot plants, low light plants, moss balls, seeds and floor standing plants. These are all care-friendly and packaged in recyclable material. As an added bonus, they have a fantastic virtual plant consulting service that allows you to access expert advice on how to take care of your indoor plants, adding new plants, and how to style them.
Plantify is currently running a sale on the must-have Chinese Money Plant. It’s a fuss-free, easy-growing indoor plant. Place it in an area where it can get loads of bright indirect natural light and you’re good to go. This can be a beautiful accessory for your living room, entertainment area, or even your room.
To purchase the Chinese Money Plant or access any of Plantify’s large supply of indoor plants, get in contact on any of the links below. They deliver nationwide.
Pop into one of the three Block & Chisel stores in Cape Town and discover a treasure trove of decor objects to add to your collection. From vases and lamps to trinkets of all shapes, sizes and materials. Each piece is hand-picked by discerning interior specialists to ensure you take home a truly unique piece.
The Block & Chisel experts shared some tips with What’s on in Cape Town readers:
1. A beautiful sideboard or console table in your preferred style (be that French Provincial, contemporary-modern, industrial-chic or English Country), is the ideal piece to showcase your curated decor style or family pictures. Moreover, a sideboard doubles up as functional storage space for cutlery, crockery and linen.
2. Spruce up your garden, patio or balcony and create a chic “living room” style seating area for some quiet time al fresco. Add a grass rug, cosy couch (ideally one from Block & Chisel’s outdoor collection that is made from synthetic rattan to withstand the elements) and some side tables to tie the look together.
3. Stylish decor doesn’t have to be all about muted beige, especially if you’re after a more eclectic look in the vein of Block & Chisel’s interior style. Breathe new life into your home with vibrant green, royal blue or warm red, and echo that colour through smaller decor pieces such as with scatter cushions, rugs, and artwork.
For daily design inspiration, follow their Facebook and Instagram feed.
Whether hung from the back of a lounge chair, tossed on a sofa or at the end of a bed, a stylish blanket can add a rich and colourful alternative to warm up your interior.
That’s the essence behind Sesli Textiles – who have established themselves as the leaders in supreme blankets in the South African and African markets by staying ahead of the textile and manufacturing blanket industries. This local manufacturer provides a variety of throws and blankets for all occasions, in assorted sizes, colours and designs.
As the season transition from winter into spring and summer, they provide options for the warmer months and as well as the occasional cooler days. A popular choice amongst customers of Sesli Textiles is their ‘Pandora’ Blanket pictured above.
It is manufactured from the highest standards of first-grade yarn and can be purchased in an array of fun colours. It is queen-sized blankets are made from 100% polyester and will match any interior design you’re going for.
They also have a variety of Minks which can be found on their website. You’re sure to find a blanket to suit your home with Sesli Textiles.
Fire bellows are handy and sustainable fireplace accessories that add convenience and character to your home decor. This ancient blacksmith invention is a great conversation starter that will get the flames going without testing your lungpower or reaching for toxic fire starters.
Handcrafted in Cape Town with quality materials and precision, the Firehawk range of fire bellows are available in various shapes and sizes to speed start or stoke a cosy fire at home or for your next braai.
Their premium range is made from imported Birch plywood for strength, durability and lightness, and comes in 5 great-looking designs all available in small or large size. Their traditional range uses caramel Bamboo for a darker colour but still maintaining a modern design and strength.
Firehawk Bellows also makes a unique and thoughtful gift idea for braai masters, fireplace homeowners, and corporates due to the classic design and practicality.
Get in touch with the team for more information on ordering your fire bellow, as well as retail and merchandising opportunities.
Perhaps the facelift your interior needs is a sense of ethnic African twist that will give it a bold but sophisticated punch.
Sweet Savannah is an independent interior decor brand that produces modern furniture and decor pieces with African-inspired mesmerising prints and vibrant colours to liven up in any space in your home. They cleverly refer to the style as ‘ContAfricafrican’, a mash-up of contemporary African.
The collection includes a range of soft furniture, stools, ottomans, and hard furniture including wooden tables, reception desks and room stands.
For those looking for a more special touch, the group also do bespoke creations to help craft your decor identity.
The Sweet Savannah team recently launched their new Velvet Ndebele & Shweshwe print fabrics for upholstery and soft furnishings. These custom-made textiles are sourced, printed, and designed by the Fabric Bank and eliminate issues of longevity and rub count.
More tips and style inspiration can be found on their website and social media pages.
Decorate your place with carefully curated collection of throws and blankets in a range of colours and yarns to give your place a lush texture.
Love Jacaranda is a fully female-owned textile curator keeping the local homeware design industry fresh with a stunning range of throws, blankets and cushions. The portfolio includes something for everyone: soft throws in beautiful designs and taupe tones, luxurious bed blankets, cotton and wool cushions.
They also stock heritage blankets used by various cultures in South Africa including the famous Basotho blankets and the Ndebele Umbhalo.
Some of their favourite pieces are a Brushed Cotton Blend Throw, their Wool Blend Throw, and a triple weave luxury throw to cosy up inside from the cold and wet outdoors. It’s also worth your time to view their Africa range of throws and blankets in vibrant local colours.
Their products are proudly South African, produced locally for locals, and are only sold online. To secure your slice of heritage, visit their online store to have a look at their full collection.
Why settle for generic, mass-produced prints when you can own locally created artwork at the click of a button? Unsung Art, established in 2014, is an online gallery that provides South African artists with the perfect platform to showcase and sell their original artworks.
Offering a wide range of mediums and sizes, delivered to your door with free national delivery as well as gift vouchers, framing services and commissioned artworks by the artist of your choice. There is no better time to invest in some amazing local artists.
Their easy to use platform allows you to filter artworks by size, price, medium or artist so that you are able to find exactly what you are looking for.
All orders are beautifully wrapped with a handwritten note creating a unique customer experience. It really feels like a gift to yourself.
New artists and works are constantly added to the website so keep an eye on their social media to see what’s coming up! Stay in the know by subscribing to their weekly podcasts available on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts and posted on their website. These insightful chats with artists and people in the industry are a great way to delve into more of the art world.
With seasonal shows temporarily on hold due to the pandemic, KAMERS/Makers have adapted to the new normal by fine-tuning their online portal to continue showcasing local artisans and keep the South African entrepreneurial spirit alive.
Their latest move? A new, pop-up store concept in the trendy surrounds of Cape Town, Stellenbosch and Jozi. The SPACEs are a fast and fluid creative marketplace featuring goods from SA’s finest creatives. You can look forward to a carefully curated collection with the same eclectic and amazing variety of items that have made the brand a decor stalwart for over two decades. The stores also follow strict Covid-19 protocols to ensure the safety of all customers.
Browse a kaleidoscope of the finest local artisan products, to liven up your space.
- Hand-fashioned metal- and wood-work objets, as well as stunning ceramics crockery collections.
- Scented candles and diffusers in mood-lifting scents that will create an elegant ambience.
- Unique soft furnishings including pillow cases, tablecloths, wall hangings and napkin sets from SA’s freshest designers.
- a variety of unique hanging plants that you won’t find be able to anywhere else in the country
SPACE launched more than a month ago in Stellenbosch with huge popularity and will remain open until the 19th September so don’t miss out!
The Cape Town SPACE is situated next to Exclusive Books at the V&A Waterfront’s Victoria Mall and the newest SPACE – in Jozi’s prestigious Hyde Park Corner, will open it’s doors on Friday August 28th, with over 80 Makers on display.
Follow KAMERS/Makers on social media to stay in touch with the latest announcements and promotions.
Address: SPACE V&A Waterfront, next to Exclusive Books | SPACE Stellenbosch, Plein Street, Stellenbosch
Head On Design creates unique hand-painted Afro-chic animal ‘trophy head’ sculptures and other-wall/table decor – all from recycled and natural materials.
From bamboo and printed kudu heads to freestanding animals in recycled board, each sculpture is carefully designed, created by hand and then machine cut to get a realistic 3-dimensional form. Head On Design’s products offer style-conscious customers modern sculptures for contemporary spaces.
Sometimes a room needs a complete overhaul with new furniture and decor; sometimes a fresh colour of paint, wallpaper or scatter cushions will make it pop.
Builders ensure that there’s something for every taste and style from neutrals to black and white, and striking geometrics and the latest in biophilia design, colour and more colour, and much more. Their seasonal video shows how to decorate your dining room with various pieces.
The brand has access to the latest trends in home decor as their buyers have sourced the best designs on a global scale for their 2020 range.
Their website has a comprehensive catalogue of affordable and accessible pieces that you can use to redesign or update your home.
To order, you can buy-in-store, online, collect in-store or alternatively have them delivered straight to your door.