Many may agree that there’s a fine line between bringing too much and just the right amount of safari style decor to one’s home. A little too much leopard print boarders on the wild and ‘tacky’ side, while pops of African-inspired prints can really bring in the old-world, colonial charm you’re aiming for.

Striking the right balance between earthy tones, bright colours, patterns, prints and furniture style and their different materials can elevate your home to the safari-inspired standards you’re looking for.

But, where to begin?

1. Choosing your colour palette

If you’ve spent time in the African bush, this is where to draw inspiration from in terms of your colour palette. Earthy tones inspired by nature are your best place to start and a fitting base to build upon with safari-inspired décor.

Opt for solid, neutral colours such as ivory, raffia or tawny browns for your walls and large items of furniture. To bring in bursts of colour, go for shades of green such as khaki, burnt orange, rust and umber to mirror the characteristics of the African savannah. Choose an accent wall or key items of furniture to bring these colours to your room.

2. Incorporating prints and designs

This is where a room can easily become overwhelmed when it comes to emulating an African-inspired style. In this instance, ‘less is more’ always applies when it comes to incorporating prints and designs throughout your home. Showing a little restraint with regards to using bold prints such as leopard print, zebra print or crocodile skin prints is paramount in ensuring your room doesn’t cross the boarders of vulgarity.

African-inspired prints have come a long way in today’s world of design. Home owners are spoilt for choice with bright and colourful floral, leaf, insect, bird and locally designed patterns. Incorporate these beautiful mix and match patterns across your throw cushions, throw blankets, carpets, rugs, curtains or a statement accent chair.

3. Adding African-inspired art and furniture

This is where your creativity can make a true appearance with the addition of quirky, funky, locally-made trinkets and items of furniture throughout your home. Beautiful wall-mounts of African animals, masks or pieces inspired by nature are a great way to tie your safari-inspired room together.

Opt for colour and traditional safari materials in items of furniture i.e. wicker, straw, canvas and natural woods. Geometric and tribal designs are ideal for adding a visual spin on your décor, these may be in the form of canvas paintings or hanging wall art. Don’t forget about pops of natural greenery – large banana leaf, hanging aloes, palm leaves and fig tree leaves make for a beautiful, natural feel to your overall African-inspired theme.

Adding a safari style spin to your home décor is not as difficult or as complicated as it may seem. It’s just important to remember the basics: neutral background colours complemented with pure bursts of colour, pattern and texture, finished with unique African trinkets and natural greenery. If you can incorporate these basics, you’re well on your way to mastering safari style décor.

Have you ever fallen in love with a rug, brought it home, laid it out in your chosen room and thought – how can I possibly walk all over something that pretty? It happens to the best of us, and the conundrum remains, how do you decorate with rugs that are just too beautiful to be used as a floor covering?

The good news is that there’s a growing trend in moving rugs from the floor to a focal point in your home as a wall hanging. You may have seen this up-and-coming trend take shape in some of the trendiest homes around, so if you’ve recently bought a rug and want to preserve its beauty, here’s how to incorporate the trend into your home…

Warm up your bedroom

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One of the most popular ways to preserve the beauty of a gorgeous, hand-made rug is by turning it into a headboard for your master bedroom. Hanging a rug behind your bed is an excellent way to fill up an otherwise bare wall which can make a bedroom feel stark and unfinished. A rug wall hanging can help to tie the décor in your room together, making it feel warm and cosy, while creating an eye-catching focal point which really sings. Some of the most on-trend rug headboards include square or rectangular rugs which complement the shape of the bed. Go for a bright, bold print, a Persian vintage feel or even beautifully hand-crafted macramé or crochet.

Fill up extra height walls

Many modern homes built over the last decade feature extra height walls in common areas such as entrance ways, a living room or even a dining area. Despite the fact these are some of the most busy, commonly-used areas of your home, they can also look the most empty due to the size of these walls.

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If you’ve bought a beautiful rug to fill up this space for that very reason, but cannot bare to see it tread on, day in and day out, move it to the wall as a focal point! Opt for a rug with a large, bold print which works to fill up a bare white or cream wall. Make sure your rug ties in with the accent colours of your room to create a perfectly harmonised, warm and welcoming feel.

Replace traditional wall art

Gone are the days when canvas oil paintings were the only form of art to hang on the walls in your home. We’ve come a long way over the past few decades, and now even rugs have become a form of wall art! However, it’s important to make sure the wall you’re looking to decorate can handle the size of the rug you’ve purchased. Using a wall that’s too small or a rug that’s too big can completely overwhelm the room you’re decorating.

Rugs are a great way to create a softer feel to a room, so ditch the old-school wall art and get your rug framed and mounted. If you’re wary of moving a floor rug to the wall, start with a relatively small sized rug and see how you like it. Many vintage or hand-woven rugs are works of art in their own right, so who’s to say your rug doesn’t work as wall art? An added advantage is that the texture and detail of a rug can often be seen better when displayed vertically or horizontally on a wall, especially with good down lighting.

While a rug’s main use remains as a decorative floor covering, there are no hard and fast rules to say it they can’t be used on the walls of your home as decoration. For a unique way to add warmth, texture and a visual focal point to any room, get your rug off the floor!

The eco-friendly, allergy free interiors trend is alive and thriving and an increasing amount of home owners are looking to get in on creating a home which is far more eco-conscious.

But what exactly does ‘’eco-friendly’’ mean and will it cost the average home owner an arm and a leg to restyle or re-design their homes to represent a more eco-conscious way of living? Not necessarily.

There are simple ways you can begin to transform your home into a more eco-friendly, allergy free one, while there are more long-term investment type ways of making a real change.

You can either incorporate the eco-friendly trend room-by-room or start from scratch if you’re moving into a completely new space. Our best advice is to convert one room at a time, until you are satisfied with your contribution back to the environment.

Here are a few simple steps to making your home a little more eco-friendly…

1. Go for green décor

Incorporating a little bit of nature throughout your home is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways of creating a space that’s eco-friendly. Plants are amazing indoors as they boost oxygen levels and also help to filter out harmful toxins from the air. They also look stunning, creating an air of natural beauty, tranquillity and freshness. Some of the best plants for air freshness in the home include lilies (not ideal for those with hayfever though!), bamboo palm and gerbera daisies.

2. Opt for solar power and natural light

Choosing to convert to solar power in your home may be one of the more costly ways to becoming eco-conscious, but it can certainly pay off in the long-run. You will have to start by hiring a contractor who will send an engineer to evaluate your roof for solar power panels. Some of their considerations will include how much sun your rooftop location receives, the size of your rooftop, the amount of power that you use, the solar financing option that you choose and what solar power incentives your municipality offers.

Another great way to cut down on your electricity bill and boost the warmth of your room is by harnessing natural sunlight. Maximise natural light by opening heavy drapes or blinds during the day, especially during winter, and you’ll notice how much warmer your home will become.

If you choose to use light, unlined drapes, make sure your windows have double glazing, weather stripping and caulking to prevent cold air from entering and warm air from escaping your home. Ideally, bedrooms should face north to avoid the sun, while communal living areas such as your lounge and kitchen should face south to make the most of natural sunlight.

3. Reduce your home’s VOC content

VOCs are present throughout most of our households and can contribute to a myriad of health issues such as eye and throat irritation, headaches, migraines, allergies, liver damage and even some cancers. Volatile organic compounds are primarily found in paints, adhesives, cleaning products, air fresheners, furniture and carpets. So if you plan on repainting, make sure to look for green-seal certified paints, paint thinners and adhesives – they could also be labelled ‘low odour’. When purchasing new wood furniture, opt for wood products free of formaldehyde as well as low VOC, water-based wood stains and finishes.

4. Go with natural, organic textiles

You may not know it but the textiles throughout your home could be flaring up allergies and contributing to the overall pollutants in the air of your home. Pillows, mattresses, upholstery and most especially bedding can contain allergens and greatly contribute to the production of synthetic materials which ultimately end up filling landfill sites.

To make your eco-friendly mark, opt for wool-stuffed or wool-based materials. Wool is one of the most hypoallergenic, biodegradable, recyclable, odour-free, moisture-absorbent and anti-bacterial materials on the market today. Otherwise, natural latex is another great material to use in your home as it’s manufactured from the sap of rubber trees – it’s also fire resistant and free of VOCs.

5. Bin your carpeting, today!

Did you know that nearly all carpeting found in homes today is petroleum based? Huge amounts of water and chemicals are needed in the manufacturing of carpets, creating millions of litres of polluted waste water across the globe. Carpets are also packed full of VOCs in the adhesive used in their manufacturing.

Carpets are also a magnet for mould and dust mites which are impossible to fully remove, even with regular cleaning. If you suffer from allergies or asthma, carpeting is a no-go! A better idea to create a more eco-friendly and toxin-free environment is to opt for rugs which can be shaken out and vacuumed or bamboo, cork, natural wood, marble or concrete flooring.

These are merely a few simple steps you can take to making your mark on the eco-friendly scale which is growing in popularity day-by-day. By starting small you can slowly convert your home into a more sustainable and safer environment for both you and your family.

In a day and age where life can seem simply chaotic at times, what could be better than coming home to a space which is truly calming, tranquil and free of unnecessary clutter?

This is the interior trend taking homes by storm in recent months known as Wabi Sabi, a Japanese aesthetic characterised by its simplicity, asymmetry, neutral colour palette and clutter-free approach. Based on the Buddhist teachings, Wabi Sabi is centred on an acceptance of transience and imperfection.

Essentially, the principals of Wabi Sabi are based on living simply, keeping only your sentimentals and decluttering your home of unnecessary objects. Wabi Sabi is so much more than an interior décor trend. It describes a lifestyle based on being content with little and making the most of what you have. It’s also about honouring the passage of time and displaying the beauty of age in certain objects throughout your home.

So, in order to achieve this fine balance of living in a clutter-free space but also holding onto some of your oldest, most beautifully weathered pieces, here is a Westernised spin on Wabi Sabi:

1. Embracing the beauty of age

Perhaps a lesson to learn in our personal lives too is learning to embrace the bruised, battered and weathered beauty that comes with aging. Wabi Sabi encourages home owners to hold onto these authentic items and proudly display them in their homes, rather than intentionally making something look worn or replacing it with something new. This may include a worn leather couch, or old, solid wood furniture. These items can be juxtaposed next to fresh, new linens, carpeting or drapes for a natural, lived-in appeal.

2. Harnessing natural materials

Wabi Sabi is all about embracing what is natural, organic and most-inspired by the earth we call home. This home interior trend focuses on honest, raw and organic materials – less plastic and more natural woods, ceramics, stone, concrete, glass and marble.

3. Keep your colour palette natural

The Japanese trend also focuses on naturally occurring colours of nature to be incorporated throughout the home for a fresh and calming feel. These colours are typically derived from those seen in nature- when you look at the ocean, the mountains, the desert, the sky etc. Some of the most popular colours include cool grey, blue, white, cream and stone hues.

4. Drawing inspiration from nature

By this we mean bringing some of the outdoors, in. Wabi Sabi is also characterised by heading outdoors for inspiration and bringing this indoors as the ultimate accessory to tie your room together. Items such as sticks in vases, branches as a table centre piece, tall grass in standing pots etc. The idea is to let this natural foliage fall and hang loosely, perfection is not the end goal!

5. Let the light in

Finally, this trend is all about embracing natural light – which in itself is probably the best light to filter into your home. It doesn’t cost a penny and creates its own beauty in all its dappled glory. Wabi Sabi encourages home owners to keep windows free of heavy curtains, using lightly-coloured drapes where necessary. You’re also encouraged to open windows on a daily basis to let out old smells and encourage new ones into your home.

Draw some inspiration from the simplicity and effortlessness of Wabi Sabi. Lose the perfection and embrace the worn and wrinkled. Curate and collect – but be sure to edit. Let go of clutter, from the kitchen to the bedroom – do you really need 10 pairs of jeans and a jersey in every colour?

Reject rigidity and conformity in your home and your life – it could be a completely cathartic experience for both you and your family!

With the cooler weather of winter slowing settling in around us in South Africa, what outdoor accessory could be more apt than the fire pit for this season’s entertaining?

The best thing about the range of fire pits on the market today is that you don’t even need a huge garden in order to add one to your home’s entertainment area.

Set to be one of 2018’s biggest home décor trends, here are our top 5 picks of the ideal fire pit accessory to add to your garden, patio or balcony!

1. The Electric Campfire Pit

So you are a ‘glamper’ not a camper – who said you have to be good at everything anyway? These electric fire pits are a great addition to any outdoor entertainment area if storing firewood and creating a fire from scratch is just not your thing! They are compact in size, can be transported or moved with ease and usually crafted from a blend of resin and marble. The best part? This fire pit has an electric ignition which runs off gas, so your fire will be ready within seconds!

2. The Table Top Fire Pit

If your outdoor entertainment area is on the smaller side or you live in an apartment with balcony access, the table top fire pit is ideal. These table top pieces are usually crafted within a dome-shaped ceramic bowl and filled with decorative pebbles, while the flame flickers from the middle. The flames are fuelled by a gas wick, similar to how a gas lantern operates.

3. The Natural Rock Fire Pit

For the ultimate garden centre piece, the natural rock fire pit is fast-becoming one of 2018’s most popular home trends. If you are the owner of a large garden and have the room for it, dedicating a corner of your garden to a natural, rock-hewn fire pit can add serious value to your home. These fire pits can be crafted from just about any natural rock, but some of the most popular material includes layers of flat, slasto stone. These large fire pits call for real fire, made from real wood – perfect for a fairy-tale evening under the stars with woolly blankets and marshmallows this winter.

4. The Stacked Brick Fire Pit

If you’re looking for something a little simpler, yet still a talking point of your outdoor entertainment area, the stacked brick fire pit is the perfect idea. This fire pit style is a little more compact and ideally suited for a smaller patio or garden area. The stacked bricks also make for a neater, more streamlined look to your fire pit area. It’s a real fire, crafted from real wood and is the perfect spot to unwind on Friday night in a comfortable outdoor armchair.

5. The Lattice Grate Fire Pit

The lattice grate fire pit is ideal if you have pets and small children milling around. The fire pit itself is fully contained within a laser-cut steel bowl, featuring a removable mesh lid. This fire pit is easily movable, transportable and simple to clean. It’s essentially a self-contained fire pit which can be transported on camping trips, stored away when not being used and quickly lit-up when the occasion calls for it.

There is nothing more comforting than settling down with family and friends in front of a crackling fire. Add your favourite glass of wine or hot beverage, and the fire pit becomes a versatile accessory which can be used for entertaining all year-round. Get in on this great outdoor decor trend this winter. There’s really no excuse to putting off entertaining until summer!