Archive | October, 2012


I have found there to be quite an amount of interest in integrated appliances of late. I have not only seen a presence in the latest decor magazines but also quite a number of clients asking about the integral part of their practicality in the kitchen, and if what they gain in style is worth the loss in their purse.

For those of you who haven’t heard of integrated or “built in” appliances, these appliances are
specialised in that they are designed and manufactured to fit within a cupboard. These appliances’ ventilation system is completely different when compared to the freestanding appliances more commonly used.

Why do people use them? For their sleek, non-existent presence in a kitchen.

As Philip Richards, brand manager, from blu_line cabinetry specialists says, “An integrated kitchen can achieve a seamless and uncluttered look while still ensuring that the space is functional and meets with demands made on it.” From the November 2012 House and Leisure issue.

Many brands on the market offer customers a wide range of streamlined, sleek built in appliances, below are just a few examples of what is available.





And below are a few examples of kitchens with integrated appliances.

Integrated wine cooler and ovens
Integrated refrigerator
Powder coated aluminum kitchen with integrated sink and four gas burners
Integrated stove top

White kitchen with integrated dishwasher
Dark Wood Kitchen


As noted by Mr John Jacob Zwiegelaar, designers and decorators are on an eternal quest for balance.  To achieve any successful space on your own steam, it’s helpful to remember a basic set of rules, that will help guide you in your creation of something that is ultimately spectacular.
There are five principles that are employed by designers in their envisioning of a concept:
Scale and Proportion
“Scale is the relationship between the absolute size and character of an object or space compared to other objects and spaces.  To be completely sensitive to good proportions, one must be familiar with the underlying significance of scale.”



“Proportion is the pleasing relationship between all parts of a design in relation to each other and the whole.  Every time two or more objects are placed together, it forms part of a whole, and proportions are established, whether they are good or bad.  An entire room must be visualised in order to evaluate the principles correctly.  Each object in the room is dependent upon every other object to make a pleasing, well-balanced whole.”

“The principle of balance in decorating appeals to our sense of equilibrium.  Balance should give the feeling of stability, due to the illusion of equal weight on either side of a central focal point.  There are four types of balance – symmetrical, asymmetrical, radial and graduated.”
“Every room needs some note of interest (focal point) that catches the eye or arrests the attention; otherwise the room would be monotonous and very uninteresting.  This quality may be referred to as the centre of interest, point of emphasis, focal point or dominant area.
It involves the principle of design that leads the eye first to the most important part of the room and then to other areas in order of their interest.  There could be several areas of interest in a room, but one will be more dominant than the others and will hold one’s attention for longer (…) otherwise there would be competing areas of interest, which would definitely lead to confusion and uneasiness.”

Focal Point
“Rhythm is a sense of order, a quality of gracefulness and feeling of easy movement.  It is continuity, repetition or organised, related movement, or the sense of leading the eye easily from one part of the room to another in a flowing manner.  Rhythm is extremely important in achieving unity because it makes the eye sweep over the whole design before resting on a particular point.
Rhythm is often achieved through repetition: “Repeating lines, colours and shapes can achieve a feeling of rhythm.”

Colour Repitition


“If all the principles of proportion, balance, emphasis and rhythm are applied so that there is a sense of beauty in the design, the resulting attribute will be of harmony and unity.

It is a concluding goal that we strive for when we select and arrange the various elements to form an orderly blend of lines, colour, texture and patterns for a particualr purpose.  Of one that has failed to apply one of the principles of design, then the end result will lack harmony.”

Well there you have it – go forth and create, and watch this space for Part Two.

All the above information was thanks to the Applied Theory class at The Design School South Africa.  Check out their website, as well as their Twitter and Facebook pages for more information on their degrees, including a BA in Interior Design, and a part time, short course covering Interior Decorating.
- Lee-Anne


As a lowly design student, I was thrilled when Che’ responded to an email I had sent in the desperate hopes that someone out there may be in need of an intern.  It was like fate – she was the only one that replied to the dozens of pleading requests that I had dispatched into the interwebs.  Like it was meant to be, no?
And so our relationship began – she filled the role of the mentor that I needed seamlessly – not only in terms of design, but in the running of her business, her dealings with people, and life in general.  She was so kind as to help me practice my writing skills when she allowed me access to her blog, even though I did drop the ball recently.
We have decided that while I have been responsible for several previous posts, it is time that I am officially introduced to the readers:

Hiiiiii, my name is Lee-Anne, and I’m an interior design student.

Based in Pretoria, but soon returning home to hot and sultry Durban, I’ll be working hard to bring you useful and generally awesome content.  Hopefully you will all love it and think I’m fabulous, but if not, at the very least think that Che’ is fabulous.  Portfolio is her labour of love after all, and I hope to maintain all of the high standards that she sets for herself, her business, and this blog.

Happy reading everyone!
(My previous posts: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11.)


As Cape Town’s Artisan Coffee Roasters so aptly put it –  “Flavour not bitterness. No sugar required”

They go on to explain how and who can purchase their radiant coffee and how they achieve their unique roast.

We specialise in producing Artisanal style coffees for the coffee geeks out there in Sunny South Africa. Come into our Roastery or Depot, buy online or get us to supply your Hotel, restaurant or business with a full consultation and find a solution to your quality coffee paradigm.

We roast on a vintage probat with modern electronics. Why? The vintage roaster drum is cast iron, this changed in the sixties to mild steel. The cast iron seems to make coffee taste better. Maybe it is just easier to roast on, and that is why, although some say it is because the cast iron gives off radiant and convective heat. Why the electronics? so we can see what the hell we are doing!

Owner, David Donde and designer Haldane Martin worked closely together to achieve what they “term as “steampunk”, which was originally used to describe a literary sci-fi genre that proposes alternative pasts. Aesthetically it is a futuristic-style reimagining of the mechanical technology of the past. The best-known example in popular culture is the Wild Wild West film with Will Smith in 1999.”

Not all coffees are created equal. The streets are overflowing with watery brew; and this taste-bud nightmare continues to exist because good people remain silent.
No longer! This travesty of coffee justice ends right here with this institution.
At Truth. the bitter horror of the over-roasted bean is avoided, the coarse grind is banished and poor preparation is shunned.
Say no to mediocrity!
Experience coffee as a religion.
TRUTH. coffeecult”

The Fringe Design District
36 Buitenkant Street
Cape Town South Africa

Prestwich Memorial
1 Somerset Road Green Point corner Buitengracht
Cape Town South Africa

Cape Town South Africa
tel: +27 +21 2000 440

Studio Address
Shop 4, Ground Floor, Fairweather House,
176 Sir Lowry Road, Corner Nelson Street,
Woodstock, 7925, Cape Town, South Africa

Tel: +27 (0)21 461 1785
Fax: +27 (0)21 461 4053

WORDS courtesy of Nadine Botha,  and PHOTOS courtesy of Micky Hoyle via VISI
Info found on the Truth website

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