Afternoon all,

I cannot come to terms with the reality of this year approaching its end.  It seems as though time speeds up as the year draws to a close.  With that being said, this colour of the month is well suited as summer has arrived and us Durbanite’s, are tackling the heat and humidity.

Now to announce Plascon’s colour of the month: Orange is the new black.  I was thrilled when I found out orange was the colour of the month, as I am very fond of this colour and it is a perfect vibrant way to kick off the summer season.  This is what Anne Roselt had to say about orange. ” This citrus colour featured not only on the fashion but also in cosmetics, and, of course, the energy that orange brings to fashion can also be brought into our homes.”

Where I would feature this colour:

  • Orange is known to be the colour that encourages individuals to consume food, therefore, I would use it in a contemporary setting in a restaurant or deli.
  • Orange gives off just as much brightness as the colour red and therefore works well in a corporate environment.  It is eye catching and can be seen easily from a distance.

Decorating tip:

  • When you decorate with orange try to incorporate navy blue with it as they are complementary colours and together, will create a striking and bold arrangement.

Have a peak at some superb pictures I came across demonstrating the colour orange in different ways.




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Decor Inspiration: Studio Space of an Interior Architect

I often find motivation and inspiration by peering into the lives of other like-minded creatives.  With our studio renovations nearly finished and all the smaller details being finalised and installed, I thought I would share Freunde Von Freunden’s write up of an interior architecture firm and their amazing studio space in Kitzbühel, just outside Munich, Austria.





























As explained, “The story of Bernd Gruber started long before the man that is its namesake finished his woodworking apprenticeship as one of the youngest master carpenters in Austria. Having taken over his father’s business in 1992, Gruber honed the traditional family operation into an internationally acclaimed bureau that today oversees projects from LA to Vienna and produces quality-oriented designs with the support of its own in-house workshop. “We produce all our design from scratch and are able to quality-control our productions at every step of the way.  Good design must always be consistent with high quality production. We are lucky to have the best people in our workshop, who really understand our concepts and can make them a reality.”

Philipp Hoflehner, creative director at Bernd Gruber Interior Architecture, along with others at the firm draw their inspiration by visiting contemporary and classic furniture and art fairs, and this is then transferred into creative thinking for projects. However, in saying that,  they explain “there comes a point where you no longer need to search for inspiration, because it’s already approaching you.”

Photography: Christoph Schaller

Quoted items and translations courtesy of  Martina Hemm and Katharina Finke from Freunde Von Freunden website.

Renovation Series: Sneak Peek into Portfolio Design Studio

Hi All,

I hope everyone is having a good week thus far. Ché and myself have been frantic – we are not just working on our clients projects but our own studio/office. I thought that for this weeks post I would share with you “a behind the scenes” at Portfolio.

Last week Wednesday we officially moved into our new studio after we have been waiting anxiously for all the wet work to be completed. We are thrilled to have a bigger space to design. Even though the office is miles away from being complete we have slowly but surely started to decorate. Our wallpaper in currently being installed and our vision of the space is slowly coming to life.

Here are some pictures of the renovations thus far.

…Will keep you posted….



Design Series: Vinyl flooring vs Laminate flooring

Hello again,

Yesterday I went on a little research day to find out more information about vinyl and laminate flooring.  I was overwhelmed when faced with the dilemma of which one to choose when it came to installing flooring in a clients house.  I thought I would write up a little “DID YOU KNOW” in order to help you decide which would be more suitable for your needs and spaces.

Specialist Kelvin Van Heerden from Top Carpets – Umhlanga, explained the following:

Vinyl and laminate flooring are suitable to use in both residential or commercial projects, however, both do have pros and cons.


  • Waterproof
  • Easy to clean – can leave puddles on the surface
  • Wide selection although can be difficult to get stock in a short amount of time
  • One is able to use vinyl fooring on walls as we have done on our new office bathroom
  • Not the most reasonably priced
  • Scratch resistant
  • Easy maintenance
  • Profiles çannot be matched to flooring therefore one has to use aluminium profiles
  • Can potentially fade in direct sunlight, depending on brand and make
  • Cleaning – damp cloth, broom or mop with no abrasive detergents
  • Good heat insulator
  • Minimal expansion and contraction
  • Minimal noise levels
  • Substrate flooring has to be completely even otherwise every imperfection will be seen once flooring has been installed


  • UV stable
  • Gives and feels like a wood when walking on it
  • Water resistant and can withstand a small amount of water on the surface however needs to be cleaned up immediately
  • Cleaning – broom or damp cloth
  • Profiles are available in matching wood finishes
  • Generally more reasonably priced than vinyl flooring

Both laminate and vinyl are great options to sue for flooring.  Each product is practical and gives warmth to a room unlike tiles or concrete screened flooring, however, depends on the look and feel one is wanting to achieve. There is a wide selection to choose from and I am sure you will easily be able to find a wood to suit your home and style.

A special thanks to Top Carpets and Kelvin for all his help with providing information.

Keep posted…

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