From night-time nappy changes to starting school, children’s needs change almost as quickly as they do. Having a children’s room that meets their and your needs as they grow can seem like a never-ending project. We chatted to award-winning blogger and mom, Karen Kelly (The Lovilee Blog) to get her tips and insider info for beautifully designed, functional children’s room decor. (more…)Read More
The Designer Spaces Challenge was a great way for visitors to see how to create the ultimate living space. The theme was inspired by Africa and the designers delivered truly beautiful designs. This year, the Designer Spaces Challenge winner was Lindiwe Ludonga from Blooming Oaks Inc.
Visitors had the chance to vote for their favourite designer with the bonus of winning a cash prize. An expo favourite by far!
Lindiwe Ludonga is the founder of Blooming Oaks Inc – an interior décor and design business focusing on space transformation. Her attention to detail has afforded her opportunities in the market for those wanting to transform their spaces and add value to their homes. Apart from her business, she is a wife, a mother, a student and a property consultant.
She interpreted the InHabit theme as “putting your personal touch to a space. There should be a synergy between your sense of style and what the space can offer you. In essence, it is how you have a relationship with the space you live in”.
As the Designer Spaces Challenge winner, Ludonga wins a free stand and next year’s Johannesburg HOMEMAKERS Expo.Read More
With the Johannesburg expo only weeks away we are glad to announce our third Designer Spaces Challenge designer. For the House of Sweet Savannah, Africa is at the centre of all design projects. Owner Cecilia Kapasula, says her design house is about adding a piece of Africa into your life. Through an array of vibrant, bold and bright decorative products, House of Sweet Savannah specialises in exclusivity with their custom-made items.
The design house has a bespoke décor store, selling items made predominantly out of well-known African fabrics and other materials from all over Africa. Their knack for creating one-of-a-kind décor items lies in their ability to eagerly embrace the various materials. By utilising them in a contemporary, cool way they comfortably fit into any space. House of Sweet Savannah sources fabrics from South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria and Mali to incorporate into their décor collections.
Kapasula’s inspiration and love for African prints, also known as “Ankara”, came about during her travels to West Africa. Here she found a rich culture of colourful African clothing and accessories – perfect for African décor trends. Kapasula is passionate about colour. She wants to consciously inject a boost of bright colours into the spaces she works in. Kapasula agrees that there is a growing global interest in all things African. She plans to take their well-known African décor brand to the premium and luxury market.
Cecilia Kapasula makes it clear that the House of Sweet Savannah should not be confused with a fashion house. They are a décor brand through and through. They specialise in products and unique fabrics that are the perfect décor solution for indoor and outdoor spaces.
As part of our 2020 InHabit expo build-up, we had a chance to ask Cecilia Kapasula a few questions. She shares her insights with us about 2020 décor trends, where she finds inspiration and what InHabit symbolises to her.
What does InHabit mean to you?
InHabit represents a special space in my world where I may exercise my creative freedom, with my vision and no limitations. I am extremely excited to get an opportunity to set up and exhibit my home.
What is one thing every South African should invest in when it comes to interior design?
It is of utmost importance to support locally produced décor items. It helps to grow and uplift our economy, our communities and our country. The one item I would encourage every citizen to invest in is a scatter cushion. An African print scatter cushion to be precise as they have to ability to complete and liven up any space.
What are your colour trend predictions for 2020?
I predict a mix of dark and bright colours. Colours like charcoal and rainbow-type hues could be big in 2020. The dark colours will be used to create a backdrop or a focal point. This will allow any bright colour to highlight and brighten any room for a perfect blend.
What is something or someone you always turn to for inspiration?
My family is my inspiration. I find that there is beauty all around me in my everyday life experiences. I am gifted with the ability to draw from people around me, different places I visit and unlimited access to technology which makes it easier for me to expand my horizons.
How do you combine beauty and functionality?
Beauty is a necessity in our lives and we all gravitate towards beautiful things. We aim to create decorative pieces that are bold, vibrant and modern. These offer a welcoming effect, warmth and uplifting feelings, therefore giving an element of surprise.
Missed our previous Designer Spaces stories? Find inspiration and get excited to meet 2020s Designer Spaces designers.
Cape Town HOMEMAKERS Expo exhibitor, From the Barn have been involved in the design and manufacturing industry for over three decades, adding a furniture range in 2013. We spoke to Designer and Sales Manager, Ernst Meyer about making waves from Johannesburg to Cape Town and what makes the company stand out. (more…)Read More
Starting the journey to becoming a homeowner is both exciting and daunting. Having one place where you can get almost everything you need to make your house a home makes it so much easier. As an official partner, Eco Interior will be showing off their all encompassing range of products in the Eco Interior KITCHEN Theatre and restaurant at the Cape Town HOMEMAKERS Expo.Read More
Today’s home is a reflection of its people, gone is the need to look like the Joneses. Our homes are authentically us, stripped of pretentiousness. Product transparency is also a growing trend; we shop with a higher conscience focusing on wellness and sustainability, wanting to know the person or story behind our purchase. Pretoria HOMEMAKERS Expo will celebrate authentic homes at Sun Arena, Time Square from 24 – 26 May 2019.Read More
Cape Town HOMEMAKERS Expo exhibitor, Adriaan Lochner is renowned for unmistakable, luxurious and characterful interiors. We caught up with him to talk about his long and illustrious career, where it all began and what inspires him to continue creating.
Tell us more about yourself and what you currently do.
I grew up on the banks of the Olifants Rivier in a small farming community. I matriculated from Paarl Gymnasium and went onto pursue my passion studying fine art. My professional career started in 1979, where I joined the world of academia, lecturing in fine art at Johan Cairns Art Centre, as well as lecturing part-time in Art for the Department of Education and Rhodes University. Thereafter, I lectured at the Jack Meyer Art Centre in Paarl.
I was appointed Director for the Tygerberg Art Centre in Cape Town and taught jewellery design at the Cape Town Teachers’ College until 1994, when I was seconded by the Cape Town Education Department to the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Western Cape to establish the offices of the Minister and to act as private secretary to the Minister.
Three years later, I established my own interior design business in De Waterkant, offering bespoke services to private clients. In 2002 the global stage called and I was invited to join internationally renowned Italian Passementerie, Castellano-Beltrame. I joined the company as creative manager to lead product vision and direction. During my time at Castellano, I was responsible for product interpretation and colour development for all custom-made projects worldwide, collaborating with the design team and ensuring the production of all new collections throughout 63 countries.
New collections were launched annually at the major European International Exhibitions, where I became known for my elaborate exhibition stands, taking on the responsibility for the design, layout and styling of Castellano-Beltrame’s five to six national and international stands every year, which took me around the world to Maison des Objects and Biennale des Editeurs in Paris, Abitare Il Tempo in Verona, Decosit in Brussels, High Point in North Carolina, Proposite in Como, Heimtextil in Frankfurt and Decorex in South Africa.
Between constant travelling, I also had the responsibility for new Marketing and Development proposals for international and national markets. Major clients with whom I worked included, Dedar, Elitis, Etro and Nobilis in Europe, Ralph Lauren, Robert Allen, Kravet and Stroheim & Romann in America, Andrew Martin, Osborne & Little and ROMO in the United Kingdom.
In 2007, I returned to Cape Town and continued my interior design business, Adriaan Lochner Interiors, offering a bespoke service to private clients.
Currently, I work on various interior projects (commercial as well as residential). Lately, I work on an almost on-going basis in Kenya on very exciting projects. I design from South Africa, have everything manufactured locally, ship it over and then I go over with a team of installers to unpack and to put it all together.
What determined your passion for design? Tell us about the moment when you decided this is the way to go
I guess I grew up as a young boy with an exceptional passion for design in all spheres. Since a very young age on a remote farm, I have been fascinated by all things beautiful. Our beautiful flower garden, the way it was designed and the compositions and varieties of plants together as well as the repetition of colour and certain species. Aunt Ella’s (our neighbour) wedding flower arrangements and the funeral wreaths – she indirectly taught me about some of the elements and principles of designs. Fashion – the way people dressed. I was fascinated about the ladies’ hats in church on a Sunday, analysing it while the sermon was on and not understanding much about what the “dominee” was preaching about!
I loved visiting all the elderly ladies on the neighbouring farms – sitting next to them while they did embroidery, making dresses, smocking, knitting, crocheting, doing patchwork quilts – these were just about the only creative things (crafts) I was exposed to.
Nature was as a young child, great inspiration to me and so it still is today – I experienced every leaf, flower, seed, etc through the eyes of a creator!
Local magazines way back like “Die Huisgenoot”, “The Fair Lady” and “Die Sarie” was exciting – that was our only way of connecting to the world – seeing what was happening far away!
As young child, I would rearrange the furniture in our farmhouse at least once a month and group things together in unusual ways. I guess, my incredible childhood and my awareness of discovering beauty in almost everything, determined my passion for design. With me there was not a specific moment where I have decided to go into design – I have “lived” design all my life and this was and still is my passion and what I love most.
What did you study – was it in this field or something different?
I studied Fine Art and lectured Art & Design for about 20 years of my career, contributing to the development of the youth in all spheres – emotionally, intellectually and spiritually and what satisfaction and joy it brought to me – so glad I could enrich and change people’s lives for the better.
I am always grateful for my experience, knowledge and background in Fine Art and Design as all creative “things” are based on the same elements and principles of design, which of course, should always be executed in a very unique and individual way.
What was your first job in the Industry and other highlights?
My first project in the world of Interior Design was to design the interior of a residence in Bloubergstrand as well as the lobby of the Western Cape Legislature. Every project is a highlight for me as each one has its own unique challenges and each one are executed completely different.
What is the most frustrating aspect of your job as designer, and the most rewarding one?
The most frustrating aspects happen when clients do not want to determine or set a budget for a project (which bring about that one has to re-do the work several times.) When clients insist on a look / concept / idea which is completely out of place for the architecture and location of the property or residence. And finally when clients do not understand the difference in value, quality and craftsmanship between mass production, ready-made furniture and excellent custom designed and manufactured furniture.
The most rewarding moments are when clients can visualize “where I am going” with a project and love and are appreciative of the end result.
What do you still want to achieve?
To design and develop my own range of timeless, decorative table lamps. I also want to write a book about my incredible childhood on the farm, next to the river, in the valley – what and who inspired me and sharing the gift of giving which I truly love to do. I want to continue inspiring others for as long as I possibly can.
What inspires you?
Nature, music, people, travelling – all things pure, honest, simple and beautiful – and challenges!
What are some of the trends we will see in home décor and design this summer?
First of all, I need to mention that I am not a trend follower, as most trends area seasonal.
I used to attend most of the interior trend prediction lectures in Europe, the States and the UK and strangely enough, it always “covers” just about all the different “looks”. There are always the main colour trends and colour nuances but at the end of the day it is up to every designer to decide what you are going to do with the latest trend information. I firmly believe that there is nothing new and nothing old any more, it is all about how one combines it. I always pursue the route of “longevity” for all, high fashion trends should be introduced in accessories which could easily be changed and which is affordable.
Share something you would like the world to know about you or your ideas
“There is a multitude of design ideas and concepts in my head and I hope and trust that there is enough time left and that I would be fortunate enough to be flooded with many challenging projects for these ideas and concepts to be “born” and to take shape, as a true designer never “runs out” of ideas!”
What are the “secrets” for your success?
- To always be honest, sincere and humble and always to walk the extra mile
- Executing each and every project as if I am doing it for myself in a very special, unique and individual way, reflecting the clients’ lifestyle and personality and a thorough understanding of the location and architecture
- Never to force any personal preferences onto a client
- Not to follow trends slavishly as they manifest only one particular style
- To be able to execute any design style from contemporary to classic to historical to transitional to eclectic (suitable to every individual client or project.)
- To create timeless interiors with longevity
- Always working together with a design team from initial stage
Visit Adriaan Lochner Interior’s stand in the INTERIOR spaces feature area at this year’s Cape Town HOMEMAKERS Expo. Read more about the show here: www.homemakersonline.co.za/expo/cape-townRead More
Cape Town HOMEMAKERS Expo exhibitor, AssembLIT create DIY ceiling lights that leave a lasting impression on any room in the home or office.
AssembLIT is a range of laser cut light fittings crafted in Cape Town. Their designs are lightweight and modern, and easily transform any room. The product is so easy to assemble, with no need for glue, nails or screws and each light fitting comes flat-packed with instructions on how to put it together. Each “bone” clips effortlessly into place with eye-catching effects!
All the designs are available in white and two stain options; mahogany and antique white. The lights are best illuminated with the always on-trend filament light bulb, which you can find in almost any homeware and electrical store.
AssembLIT recently launched the cheeky VINEYARD range. These striking ceiling lights draw inspiration from both the shape of wine glasses as well as the unique varieties of wine that grow in the Cape. Be sure to visit the Expo to see the new range at their stand.Read More