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 spruce up your space, 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.
RE-TREND is a popular store in Richmond that brings you refurbished, one of a kind, Mid-century modern and Retro furniture dating between the 1950’s to 1970’s. This style is versatile, all-inclusive and most of the time, timeless. What sets this furniture apart is the simplicity in design, function and form.
The use of clean lines and classic shapes, makes decorating a dream, as the pieces are understatedly gorgeous and not over-designed. Most décor styles incorporate well with mid-century modern. The style is understood by many, hence the popularity.
At RE-TREND, the team strives for perfection when furniture is refurbished. Each piece is assessed individually as not one piece is the same and not the same wood is used.
Mid-century and retro furniture was often veneered, which makes refurbishment tricky, but in most cases exceptionally well veneered and the craftsmanship involved in these pieces were often more complex and time-consuming than solid wood pieces
Time: Mon to Fri 9am to 6pm | Sat 9am to 5pm | Sun 9am to 3pm
Address: Shop 1, Rand Steam Shopping Centre, Cnr Napier St & Barry Hertzog Ave, Richmond, Johannesburg
La Grange Interiors sets the tone for luxury design with unique characteristics with their exclusive curated furniture and collections to redefine your living space.
The owner, Sumari Krige, shares her passion for the brand’s distinctive qualities. Sumari handpicks or creates custom designs that inspire the household space into a destination of delight.
La Grange Interiors specialise in décor, antiques and accessories that boast an artistic flair with functionality suited for its purpose. From trendy shelving and bookcases to 6-8 seater dinner table, crafted with a solid oak tabletop and sculpted concrete legs, ideal for any dinner party or family occasion.
The sofas and daybeds are meticulously tailored for comfort and luxury. While the office space collection is aesthetically pleasing, designed to improve your working space.
The desk & lamp bases feature contemporary powder-coated metals, including Dutch-inspired designs. You can also choose from the Objet & Art collections to add that extra bit of depth to brighten up your home.
Address: La Grange Interiors, 69 Kramer Road, Kramerville, Johannesburg
Something Good Studio’s new range of art blankets will have you looking good AND feeling good. The design studio ran a competition calling Young Designers across South Africa and whipped up a whirlwind of girl power in the process. It’s just a coincidence that all 3 winners are females, and the blankets launched at the end of Women’s month.
Something Good Studio’s online store stocks some of the finest blankets and throws in an array of stylised patterns in black and white, yellow, pink and blue that will transform your house into a home. They also have several woven art and paper pieces. To top it off, their unique knitted clothing items such as the Romaria wrap and Romaria Kimono’s can only be found in their store. All pieces are curated, hand-picked and uniquely designed by various artists in the country, leaving you with a contemporary, artistic touch for your home and wardrobe.
Founder Zydia Botes launched the brand out of a desire to live a life worth living and use art and design to encourage well-being and purpose. That’s why they source their cotton from local, BCI accredited farms. These proudly South African pieces are making a positive impact. All the way from the farm right to your home.
The Curtain Cabin SA is a local interior design company that prides itself on keeping up-to-date with what’s on-trend and merging it with timeless design concepts of times gone by. It is with this blend in mind that the brand has evolved from taking on small projects to larger ones in the domestic, corporate and hospitality sectors.
From the company’s birth till now The Curtain Cabin has wowed its diverse and dynamic clients all over Africa and has now transformed into a full-blown niche design firm.
With over 11 wonderful years in the industry, The Curtain Cabin can bring you unparalleled service while providing you with an end result you will be sure to love. They don’t simply put up curtains or blinds or upholster furniture but we take the time to get to know each client and their specific needs.
The Curtain Cabin’s offering also includes an array of various fabrics and sample books which we are happy to deliver to you, giving you time to go through it at your leisure and making your decision in comfort and peace.
Their goal is to provide customers with a sensory journey into the spaces we decorate. Through unique methods, they aim to create spaces of comfort and luxury that transport those experiencing these spaces to another world.
Address: The Curtain Cabin, 12 Archimedes Street, Kramerville, Johannesburg
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.
Modern interior design’s fascination with plant looks only set to increase in the coming years. And with good reason too. Atrium Plants is an online plant shop delivering some of the best and accessible indoor plants in Joburg fresh from the greenhouse to your door, nationwide.
Thought their primary focus is indoor plants, but they’re expanding to include a range of edibles and outdoor plants. All plants come with free post-purchase access to plant care advice, to help urban millennials successfully look after their green babies in their homes and offices.
The team takes out the hassle of finding beautiful plants, by curating the very best in South Africa. All of their plant suppliers are accredited with the South African Nurseryman’s Association (SANA) and their design team with the South African Landscapers Institute (SALI). The botanical emporium stocks only the best from award-winning South African plant breeders – so you’re guaranteed to get the top of the range at the best price.
Atrium Plants also stocks plant hangers, fertilisers, pots for plants and various indoor green accessories; making it the ultimate one-stop shop for all your plant needs.
Pop into one of the three Block & Chisel stores in Joburg 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 Joburg 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.
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.
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.