In February 2017, when Annie Sloan announced Jonathon Marc Mendes as Painter in Residence, in Annie’s own words “the response was phenomenal”. Perhaps because Jonathon had already built up an over 20,000 following in social media of passionate Chalk Paint™ upcyclers and furniture artists from around the world, thanks to his friendly and informative video tutorials sharing unique tips and tricks to turn tired and unloved furniture into desirable pieces of home décor.
For his Painter in Residence project Jonathon created, styled and photographed pieces using a variety of hand painting and decorative finishing techniques. The results were extraordinary. His passion for typography and blending boundaries between the era of a piece and its new ‘given’ style made him stand out. Elements like his fossilised leaf technique, incredible hand painting and fly specking inspired painters to try something new.
And so began his journey from part time hairdresser to international furniture painting artist, teaching furniture painting workshops around the world.
All his events for his SA tour are already SOLD OUT but you can still catch him at the Johannesburg HOMEMAKERS Expo. Jonathan Marc Mendes will be demonstrating furniture paint finishes you can achieve using Annie Sloan’s world renowned Chalk Paint™ live at the show. Demonstrations include fabric dyeing, getting that ombre effect and a few fabulous printing techniques.
Join the demonstrations at the Annie Sloan stand at the Johannesburg HOMEMAKERS Expo on these dates:
Thursday, 22 February: 12pm & 4pm – demonstrations by local stockists
Friday, 23 February: 12pm & 4pm – demonstrations by Jonathan Marc Mendes
Saturday, 24 February: 11am, 1pm & 4pm – demonstrations by Jonathan Marc Mendes
Sunday, 25 February: 11am, 1pm & 4pm – demonstrations by Jonathan Marc Mendes
Learn more about the Johannesburg HOMEMAKERS Expo here: www.homemakersonline.co.za/expo/johannesburgRead More
Our exhibitor, Ambiente Luce, started from humble beginnings ten years ago by Pierre le Roux. They are recognized for creating beautiful, handcrafted light-fittings. Their collection of chandeliers, lanterns and other bespoke lights adorn the homes of both South Africans and international clients alike, adding to their reputation for being a leading name in lighting design.
They manufacture extremely durable, maintenance-free lighting products that require nothing more than occasional cleaning in order to retain their attractive appearance.
Ambiente Luce’s unique designs and colour palettes are updated continuously to keep pace with evolving décor and design trends, while staying loyal to the rustic look they are known and loved for. Here’s a taste of what you can expect from their latest collection of designer lighting.
Visit Ambiente Luce for more beautiful products: www.ambienteluce.comRead More
From vibrant floral murals to marble designs and luxurious textures, wallpaper is here to stay. We asked exhibitor Clare Kearney, Managing Director of Wallpaper Inn what wallpaper trends we should be keeping our eyes out for this year.
What’s new or trending in wallpaper design right now?
Neutral shades are still a prime choice for all living areas but this doesn’t mean you have to opt for understated décor. Marble design that is both contemporary and on trend. Alternatively, adopt the loft living trend with wall murals. The rustic brick design is ideal should you wish to pay homage to the industrial trend that is still going strong this season. If there is one place you can experiment with bright and bold designs, it’s in the bedroom. Floral designs are always a top choice for bedrooms and our floral murals and wallpapers can’t fail to create a colour statement. While the colours are bright, the gentle designs add a romantic softness to the finished look. Greens are known to have soothing qualities and are also a great choice for 2017.
What inspires new wallpaper designs?
Wallpaper designers draw their inspiration from so many aspects of design and are definitely leaders when it comes to seasonal trends. There is nothing like nature and the change of season to inspire design and redecorating. All things natural have been a huge trend in the last couple years and many designers opted for stone, brick, marble and natural designs in their collections. Huge leaves and palm tree designs were prevalent for 2016/17 and I don’t think they will be gone anytime soon.
Great home design means comfort. Home should reflect your personality without overwhelming the space or overwhelming you.
What materials or colour palettes are you working with now? What attracts you to it?
I love neutrals so I tend to stick to grey and beige as these colours always make up the basis for a range. However we need a few surprises to keep things fresh and our customers are used to bold, bright prints from Wallpaper Inn. My favourite this season is from our collection VIBRANT, called Pindorama Navy. Pindorama is an interesting interlocking leaf and floral design with high gloss highlights that add a shiny and beautiful texture to the wallcovering.
What does great home design mean to you?
Great home design means comfort. Home should reflect your personality without overwhelming the space or overwhelming you. The seasons will always have a huge role to play in subconsciously changing how you feel about colour and design, but bare in mind that you won’t want to change your wallpaper too often. Choosing a great design, stripe or damask, will have longevity. Choose wisely and seasonal changes with accessories will go a long way in keeping your home looking its best.
What do you love about what you do?
I love the constant change and development in design. Creativity is incredible in this industry and it still amazes me how many new ranges and wallpaper designs are produced each year. I love the instant transformation that wallpaper brings, and the beautiful finish to a wall. Our team at Wallpaper Inn are like an extension to my family pulling together to bring our customers beautiful wallpaper and great service.
What can we look forward to from Wallpaper Inn in the coming year?
We will be launching a new wallpaper range towards the end of the year and will hopefully introduce a new kids range. We have just launched our new website with a cleaner look for a more manageable and enjoyable shopping experience.
Head over to Wallpaper Inn’s new website to see their full range of wallpaper designs: www.wallpaperinn.co.zaRead More
Cape HOMEMAKERS Expo exhibitor, Mono Shop, expert creators of Scandinavian inspired furniture, homeware and soft furnishing gave us a little preview of the products they’ll have available at their stand at this year’s show. All items are lovingly selected to help you achieve the oh-so-trendy monochromatic look at home with maximum ease. Here’s your sneak preview:
- Plywood Box on Wheels www.monoshop.co.za/product/birch-plywood-box
- Triangle lamp (Birch Plywood): www.monoshop.co.za/product/triangular-lamp-birch-plywood
- Bedding: www.monoshop.co.za/product-tag/bedding
- Peg board: www.monoshop.co.za/product/birch-plywood-peg-board
- Industrial Rail: www.monoshop.co.za/product/industrial-clothing-rail
- Trestle desk: www.monoshop.co.za/product/birch-plywood-trestle-desk
- Cube desk lamp: www.monoshop.co.za/product/cube-desk-lamp-plywood
- Mini canvas bucket: www.monoshop.co.za/product/mini-canvas-bucket
- Wire mesh board: www.monoshop.co.za/product/wire-mesh-board
- Book of Plans: www.monoshop.co.za/product/book-of-plans
Visit the Mono Shop stand at the Cape HOMEMAKERS Expo for incredible deals on these items and more. Get all the news about the Expo here: www.homemakersonline.co.za/expo/cape-town
2017 Cape Town HOMEMAKERS Expo exhibitor, Ashlee Ainsley Lloyd is a fresh creative hitting the ground running. At only 23 years old, this emerging talent is setting new trends with her handcrafted and beautiful products and lighting designs.
What does great home design mean to you?
Great home design to me means where beauty crosses functionality. Aesthetics and attention to detail are of utmost importance yet cannot solely rely on just that basis. Functionality is and always will be a human requirement. Finding the balance between the two is great design. A well-thought out product that serves a purpose and looks aesthetically pleasing.
Which South African brands are on your radar?
Mmmmm… There are so many brands popping up recently! Wolf & Maiden Leather Apparel, AAKS – Handbag Apparel, Lampdrop – Company in Johannesburg – Lighting, Now Now Design, – Industrial Design Team producing quality products at a rapid pace, Urban Native – Furniture, Lorne – Jewellery Designer.
In your opinion, what is the colour trend of the moment and are you going to wear it or decorate with it or both?
Definitely Umber/Rust Orange. It’s a beautiful late summer/autumn colour. Going to definitely wear it! It’s a great scarf/wrap colour that goes with everything neutral. My new range is also going to show some pop colours of umber for sure.
Your lighting installation piece, the Molecular Chandelier has gained a lot of attention from the design scene. What inspired the creation of it?
Molecular was a feeling. Once I had figured out the shape of the chandelier frame, the draping body came to me as I was creating it. The piece molecular is inspired by the call of an awaited sporadic process. A light installation; hand wrought from chunky blackened rope, shorn lamb roving and copper string suspended off a classically rose gold copper webbed frame. Researching the molecular and cell-like inconsistent structure of the bridal mushroom initialised the inspiration for the hovering frame. I wanted to create a floating, primitive and virtually conscious formation whose textured shape is reminiscent of ravines and abysses found in dramatic natural earth formations that are present on this beautiful continent.
What are the most significant developments in décor and design?
The most significant developments in décor and design currently are the resurgence of handcrafted elements. A handcrafted touch personally brings out the designer’s personality. The use of newly developed materials in conjuncture with traditional methods and techniques makes for an exciting time to be alive as a designer.
What inspires you?
Action. Getting up and physically playing with shapes, colours, forms and patterns inspires me to do more, create more and to be more. I get inspired by talking to local craftsmen and woman. I get inspired by processes that I do not know yet. That for me is utmost inspiration.
What do you love about what you do?
I love creating the ambiance of a space. To design lighting that someone feels suits their mood and environment is such a treat. I love being able to work with my hands and create artisanal lighting solutions that are bespoke, original and avoids repetition. My desire for creation is what I love most.
What is the most beautiful item you own?
My Nikon F1 50mm Film Camera and my Golden Retriever, Ruby.
Is there anything in particular that strikes you about African design?
Yes, particularly people’s daring nature with colour and process. African design is always bold, outstanding and colourful.
The rise of design in the southern hemisphere strikes me more than ever.
What is on the horizon for the next year?
In the next year I plan to get standing on my own feet and eventually launch the brand into a proper business. I aim to get my own studio space where I can create and share ideas with like-minded people. Another plan is to develop socio-economic upliftment programmes. These programmes will allow for me to train people in our community to crochet, knotmake and macrame in order to produce more products and grow the business (export nationally and internationally). This programme will most importantly enable people less fortunate than I to have the chance to make a needed basic income and a chance of living a comfortable life.
Do you have a quote to live by?
“You got hit by a bus tomorrow” – it’s a deep one but life is fragile.
Discover more about this exciting new designer. Visit her website: www.ashleelloyd.comRead More
The Parkview Shopping Centre was a flurry of activity from 15th to 17th September with the annual Pretoria HOMEMAKERS Expo finally opening its doors to an enthusiastic crowd in Pretoria East!
As visitors entered, they were greeted by lush décor and tantalized by enigmatic aromas making it hard to decide which way to go first!
The Pentel art wall, covering one side of the Expo, provided hours of fun and enjoyment for guests attending with their children as they got to colour in the vinyl wall paper any which way they pleased.
The HOMEMAKERS Spin the Wheel competition invited visitors to either Sign Up to Spin or pick a concealed yellow ball out of our mysterious black bag. Those who were in luck got to spin to win and walked away with some fantastic prizes from our generous sponsors!
One simply could not walk away without visiting the Skatjagter and Vaatjie feature areas located towards the back of the expo venue. Exuberant TV personalities, Joe and Dol from KykNet’s Toks n Tjops, wowed audiences with innovative ideas on how to transform worn-out furniture pieces in their homes, into timeless pieces of art. Tommy Dickson, AKA Chef Vaatjie, dazzled spectators with mouth-watering recipes and braai demonstrations, in anticipation for Braai/Heritage Day.
With so much to do and so little time, exploring the assortment of stands, exhibits and features proved a task well worthy of the Gourmet Garage deli area to unwind, relax and nibble on the delicious delicacies on offer.
“We enjoyed the mouth-watering goodies, as well as the welcome savings gained on various purchases we done,” exclaimed Carol Durrheim, one of our many satisfied visitors!
Exhibitor Award Winners
A panel of judges selected the winners for the Best Exhibitor Stand Awards.
Top accolades went to Ashley’s Furniture Homestore for their charmingly styled, designed and decorated home space, demonstrating the art of combining warmth and modern décor for a truly inviting ambiance.
Our other Winners were:
Isofoam SA (PTY) LTD
Ashley Furniture Homestore
B and W Unlimited Kitchens
Matheo Blinds and Awnings CC
Incanda Leather Furniture (PTY) LTD
Pharmaline Products CC
The Coote and Wench Design Company
Carpenter & Sons
Designer Pool Covers (PTY) LTD
• Blind Rage
• Sharon’s Interiors
• Descape Design & Landscaping
• Bassalt Contracting
• Wynnya (Pty) Ltd
• Stor-Age Self Storage Reit Ltd
• Frameless Showers
• Swagger Collective
• Aluminium Solution
• Meico Trading t/a Laminin Coatings Gauteng
• Woodenways Luxury Furniture
• Griffin & Ellis
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Our next HOMEMAKERS Expo will be held in Johannesburg, at the Ticketpro Dome from 22 to 25 February 2018.
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Step inside the home of Handré Pollard and fiancé Marise Malherbe, beautifully styled by HOMEMAKERS Expo exhibitor, Incanda Furniture.
It’s not every day that you get the chance to work on the home of an international rugby player, so the Incanda team was over the moon when the wonderful opportunity presented itself. From the grey and white surfaces and neat finishings to the open design and clean lines, the couple’s newly built home offered an ideal blank canvas to work from – any decorator’s dream!
For their future home, the duo envisioned a contemporary, timeless space, with a warm and inviting ambiance. They wanted to keep the look and feel of their home modern, minimalist and monochromatic, but with warm and personal touches. Both Handré and Marise are originally from Paarl in the Western Cape – they wanted to incorporate some elements of greenery, which remind them of their hometown, into their living space.
Get the look
To achieve the desired interior look, Incanda paired structured, contemporary furniture items with textured fabrics, indoor plants, baskets, ceramics and wood details. They decided on a mix of leather and fabric upholstery for their furniture, which added to the interesting aesthetic of their style. To incorporate touches of nature into their home, a variety of plants were used throughout their living space, focusing mainly on the patio where installed a vertical garden box and covered a feature table with greenery.
Riempie bench 1800 x 400 x 450 // Leather: Corrected Grain Ice White
Straight Leg Table 2400 x 100 // Wood: Blackwood – Natural finish
Greyton chairs // Fabric: Camelot collection, Cadbury col: linen from Home Fabrics
Plant holder, plant boxes & home accessories from Incanda
Ashton Corner Unit 2600 x 2150 // Fabric: Bartlett & Dunster Titanium col: 26
Clarens Chairs // Leather: Pull Up Pepper
Oval Coffee Table 1200 x 800 x 450 // Wood: Blackwood – natural finish
C-shape Coffee Table // Wood: Blackwood – natural finish
Nguni rug & home accessories from Incanda
Ladysmith Headboard Plain – Queen // Leather: Pull Up Pepper
Modern Bedside Table 400 x 400 x 600 // Wood: Blackwood – Natural
Lamps & scatter cushions from Incanda
Furniture, soft furnishing and greenery – Incanda
Photos: Larry English Photography
See more from Incanda Furniture at their website: www.incanda.co.zaRead More
Whether we’re aware of it or not, colour plays a significant role in our daily visual and domestic lives, and while our homes have to answer to practical imperatives, they also have to speak to our sense of general well-being, physical comfort and visual stimulation. Since 2000, Plantation Shutters has cemented a reputation for quality shutters that add both investment and aesthetic value to your home, providing stylish security and privacy.
These industry leading elegant adjustable louvre window and door shutters and dividers are customisable, passionately produced to the highest standards, and delivered within a 21 working day order-to-installation turnaround. Not being content to have established themselves as a champion of quality, Plantation Shutters has endeavored to stay at the cutting-edge, by delivering on-trend and updated styles that offer its customers solutions that enhance their living environments.
Taking this convergence of utility and style further still, and maintaining its position as an innovative industry pioneer, our exhibitor, Plantation Shutters has just announced an all-new collection of exciting colour options available in both the timber and aluminium security ranges. One of a very few products of its kind and quality, the wide variety of shades sets it apart for the level of customisation it allows, beyond an already impressive offering of personal specification and service.
With a longstanding legacy of collaborating with architects and designers to produce a premium product and to differentiate themselves from others in its field, Plantation Shutters looked to interior designer and consultant Sam Lurie from Sprout Design, to help create their first Designer Colour Range – 21 contemporary but classic shades that will be available in both the timber and aluminium security options.
Sam’s experience in property development and retail merchandising, over and above her role as an interior designer, made her uniquely suited to understanding what homeowners want. This, along with other exciting and challenging ad hoc projects, like a current concept for the design of a 85-room luxury hotel development and residential apartment building, gives her a comprehensive insight into what’s in demand and current for both the hospitality and homeowner market.
For this collection she’s worked from an architectural positioning, developing a stunning neutral and versatile palette that will deliver across a broad range of building and interior styles.
From soothing neutrals like Silver Lining or Overcast, and punchier, more mineral tones like Black Olive and Shark, to rich bold shades like Aegean Blue, these 21 sophisticated colours offer a widely nuanced range of options with which to define your home’s aesthetic and atmosphere.
For quotations or more information on Plantation Shutters exciting new range of colours, visit www.plantation.co.zaRead More
Anyone, from architects to designers, artists to the general public, were invited to enter. The 40+ designs, brought to life by World of Decorative Concrete (WODC), will be on display and visitors are invited to bid on their favourites. All funds raised will be donated to DARG (Domestic Animal Rescue Group).
The competition, which will showcase more than 40 of the best and most innovative concrete designs, will offer visitors the opportunity to bid on their favourites. Says Sandy Edwards, HOMEMAKERS Branch Manager and Expo Organiser – Cape: “We were completely blown away by the entries! Combining concrete with one other natural element such as glass, granite, leather, metal, stone or wood, participants went all out to impress with designs ranging from coffee tables to salad bowls!” The top 40 designs will be brought to life by WODC at no cost to the entrant.
Johan Coetzee, CEO and owner of WODC adds: “Being the leader in the decorative and functional concrete sphere, we were completely over the moon with the outstanding entries we received. There is such fantastic talent out there! We hope the competition will become a regular feature at the Cape HOMEMAKERS Expo.”
Entries will be on display for the duration of the Cape HOMEMAKERS Expo and judged by an independent panel. The winner will walk away with a cash prize of R7 000, second place will get R2 000 and third R1 000.
Learn more about the inspiring community service that DARG provides to Hout Bay and it’s surrounding neighbourhoods: www.homemakersonline.co.za/expo/join-the-silent-bidding-and-raise-funds-for-darg
Discover all the exciting happenings at the Cape Town HOMEMAKERS Expo. Click here: www.homemakersonline.co.za/expo/cape-town
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We spoke to two women designers that will be at this year’s Port Elizabeth HOMEMAKERS Expo about interior designs and their thoughts on industry trends. Andrea Fischer-Heckroodt specializes in bringing experiences to life through functional design solutions. Kirsten van Bochove creates sophisticated bespoke furniture pieces in addition to her interior design consulting.
What is the leading interior trend of the moment?
Andrea: There has been a huge movement towards sustainable lifestyles and this is evident with the demand for 2nd hand goods mainly quality solid timber pieces.
Kirsten: There is a strong trend towards using clean lines and rich fabrics. The blend of textures such as wood, metal, fabric and glass. I feel that many tastes and styles can be encompassed within these parameters. There is no hard and fast rule, old and new items can blend seamlessly.
What do you think sets your design style apart?
Andrea: My personal style leans towards nostalgia, I tend to be drawn to items that evoke old memories. But the golden rule for my personal space is white (you can choose any colour as long as it’s white) Nothing calms the senses quite like a crisp white interior warmed up with raw timber detailing.
Kirsten: I am not afraid of colour, I love colour!! I do however understand that the current economic climate almost forces people to make “safe” choices as they cannot redo their furniture whenever the trends change. One can, however, always use safer, more neutral colours for the larger items in the home and then use the colours one loves in the soft furnishings such as scatters, throws, ottomans and lamp shades.
What made you decide to pursue a career in interior design?
Andrea: When I was a little girl, I dreamed of becoming an artist but as I grew up, I realized that I was too attached to my paintings, so selling them was out of the question. I was later introduced to a design lecturer who guided me towards interior design, only to realize it had always formed part of my life.
Kirsten: I have no formal training and my business as a manufacturer and an upholsterer will always take precedence. My love of interiors and homes has always been strong and in my business I am required to understand trends. It is also vital that I understand people and their requirements and that I don’t try and push my style on somebody that isn’t asking for my advice other than helping them choose the right fabric at the right price for their home.
Is there any particular interior design style that you dislike?
Andrea: I don’t have a particular dislike of any design styles rather of poor execution and of spaces which lack function.
Kirsten: I am not a fan of designs that look fabulous but are uncomfortable. The furniture must be comfortable and easy to live with. I am also not crazy about rooms that look very dark. I like dark furniture and like walls and finishes that are light with good lighting or I love a dark feature wall with lighter furniture.
What is the best thing about being an interior designer?
Andrea: My main passion is branding, when a retail space or restaurant requires brand spanking new conceptual design development incorporated into their space.
Kirsten: The result! It is so satisfying to see the end result!! To see everything put together and a smiley client is the best feeling.Read More