Archive | September, 2012


I can’t claim to know much about South African artists and who some of these remarkably talented people are, but there is one artist in particular who completely took my breath away when I first saw some of his pieces on Pinterest. I was even more surprised to learn he was South African.  

Philip Barlow, a Pietermaritzburg born artist now lives and paints in Noordhoek, Cape Town. He describes his work as using everyday scenes, where he explores illuminated moments within our seemingly ordinary lives.

He goes on to say the following when describing figures in his landscapes:

The figures in the landscape serve as carriers and reflectors of the light that falls upon them. Bathed in the luminosity, it is my hope that they would become more beautiful. To me, light is the ultimate subject because it embodies the pinnacle of all reality.”



Johans Borman Fine Art Gallery

16 Kildare Road
Cape Town
South Africa
tel: +27 (0)21 683 6863
cell: +27 (0)82 566 4631


Hespe Gallery

251 Post Street, Suite 420
San Francisco, CA 94108
tel: +1 415 776 5918


Everard Read Johannesburg

6 Jellicoe Avenue
South Africa
tel: +27 (0)11 788 4805


Michael Obert

tel: +27 (0)83 7349513


One can’t help but notice the overwhelming amount of colour in the spring/summer collection of textiles in the decor industry.  I have found there to be gorgeous floral fabrics, enticing us to stow away all the knitted chunky throws, neutral coloured winter decor, and go all out with livening up our personal spaces.

Gorgeous don’t you think?

7576 Cap D’ Antiles – Multicolore from the Rubelli Venezia Collection by Rublli from Mavromac

30023 – Diomira from the Rubelli Venezia Collection by Rubelli from Mavromac

Maharani W6022-04 and W6022-05 by Osborne and Little from Home Fabrics

Zosa 120127  from Folia Fabrics Collection from Harelquin

Impasto Fabric Collection from Harlequin

Left: Manila Summer and Right: Lesley Jelly Bean from Hertex Fabrics

Sira 130334 from the Folia Fabric Collection from Harlequin

Tropical Heaven 3212 from the Far Far Away Fabric Collection from Harlequin

Delphinia 120006 from the Delphine Fabric Collection from Harlequin
Gloria in Pesca 7531-1 by Rubelli from Mavromac

Malvasia in Melagrano by Rubelli from Mavromac


Another month has passed us by and already it’s time for our regular colour inspiration feature based on Plascon’s Colour of the Month.  This September, Teal has been chosen in celebration of Spring.

Plascon Trends Blog Editor, Catherine Bowen, had this to say when asked what is so hot about teal:

”Teal is one of those colours that somehow looks good on everyone and appeals to both women and men, as well as managing to work well with a range of other colours and shades. For this reason it has always had its followers and fans, but more so now than ever before.
From fashion, cosmetics and jewelry to the latest décor and design, teal has become a firm favourite in 2012 – vibrant teal jeans have been seen everywhere, from runway to street, and, no doubt, it will spread even further this season.”

The article goes on to offer some guidelines on what colours to pair with teal:

“Which colours make it work better?

  • NATURALS – as mentioned, teal is even more relaxing when used with neutrals and earth tones.
  • BROWN – teal and brown make a lovely complementary combo, as we saw at the Plascon Dare stand at Decorex Joburg, designed by Egg Design.
  • METALLICS – shiny and shimmering colours look even more so when paired with teal.
  • ORANGE AND RED – a very fashionable way to use teal at the moment is with its complimentary colour, red. Similarly it also works well, and is given a contemporary edge, when used with bold orange.
  • PINK – teal and fuschia pink are another great, on-trend pair… for people who enjoy brights.”

Teal can be used in just about any room, and depending on the colours you pair it, a dramatic and bold look can be created.  For those less brave, teal can be used in small doses, be it accessories or accents.  Take a look at some examples below.

For image sources hop over to the Surreal Teal Pinterest Board

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