I have just returned from a lovely vacation in Umhlanga Rocks, a place that I love as it has been my trusted childhood-long holiday destination, and it was my 18-month old daughter’s first beach holiday. So it feels almost like a family “heirloom” being passed down to the next generation.
Our kitchens are now as fashionable as they are functional. “Colour has become a means of expression in a kitchen. The kitchen is no longer a practical room purely for preparing a meal. It is a room that can seriously affect the sales value of your home, and is now a room where the decor is as important as that of the living area.
For the past few weeks I’ve been working on my garden. Pruning, planting and composting… it’s been a great way to unwind at the end of a long day and reconnect with nature. As part of the process I’ve also investigated different ways to garden in an environmentally sustainable manner.
There’s nothing better than coming across a home which captivates your every sense. Visually, this home is a testament to 21st century architecture. It displays clean-cut lines, is surrounded by an expanse of large windows, and has a simple yet interesting design as well as a refined yet contemporary appearance.
Ines Da Rocha is the charismatic head of family-owned and run decor house, Da Rocha Interiors. The company provides clients with a selection of unique decor items, as well as a complete decorating service. It also offers handmade furniture and imported pieces and one of it’s unique selling points is that you can customise your furniture to suit your taste. From selecting the wood grain and material to the colours and shapes, you can create a space that reflects your individual style.
I have a new obsession… any deep buttoned furniture. Whether it’s a traditional Chesterfield sofa, headboard (both of which I have recently bought from @ Home and Coricraft) or sophisticated scroll armchair, I just love the romantic and plush look of these objects.
Cutting-edge furniture designer, Aaron Kearney is originally from Northern Ireland and studied a Foundation Diploma and a BA (Hons) degree in Product Design at Central Saint Martins, London. He went on to work for a furniture company in Wimbledon and has been living in South Africa for nearly 3 years.
SA Homeowner recently had the opportunity to speak to Sonia Macedo, an international design architect who operates in the United Arab Emirates. Her work and contributions have been quoted and published in magazines throughout the UK and in the UAE, including Architect’s Journal, Design Through Making and VIVA Magazine. She has been interviewed about her work on Dubai television, and currently works on a series of projects such as experimental design in interiors, villas and medium-scale projects to the planning of high-rise buildings.
Mark Rielly has an illustrious architectural career that began at the Cape Town practice of Douglas Roberts Peter Loebenberg, where he worked on the “New Look” Woolworths stores, an experience which provided extensive insight into retail design at a multi-faceted level. He joined SAOTA (Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects) where he excelled in various architectural projects, one being House Sprecher, which was selected as a finalist in the World Architecture Awards.
Limor Assness is an interior and garden designer with a background in architecture. She has been running her own interior and garden design business for three exciting years. She has a passion for all forms of design and believes that it influences our daily lives without us even knowing it.