Archive | October, 2013

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…

Images courtesy of: Houzz, Google and Houzz

Introducing… me!

Hello All,

This is a very exciting time – I am thrilled to be joining Ché at Portfolio Design.
There are many upcoming trends and design ideas, as well as concepts that I hope I can fill you in on and give you some incite into what’s new in the design world.

A little bit about me.. I studied design for three years and am I now currently working full time as an interior designer. I have a passion for all aspects of design, whether its interior, fashion, art or beauty. I like to be involved from beginning to end when it comes to a project although I secretly have a love affair with fabrics.

I hope in time you will get to know me better through the posts I’ll be writing on the blog.

Just to end off I’ve quoted AlbertHadley –

Decorating is not about making stage sets, it’s not about making pretty pictures for the magazines; it’s really about creating a quality of life, a beauty that nourishes the soul.

I look forward to posting.


Colour of the month: Pretty Pink

Hello dear readers!

It’s been a really long time, hasn’t it? It has honestly been so crazy busy that I haven’t had a chance to catch my breath. Nevertheless, that is hardly an excuse.. We are now back on track with some lovely posts in the pipeline.

With all the hecticness, I am thrilled to introduce a new member on board, Stephanie Payne. She has recently joined Portfolio, and has thus far been a great help in keeping me sane and on track. She will also be contributing some lovely posts, so be sure to check in to “meet” her and see what she has to offer.

Now that all that is out of the way… We have Colour of the Month: Pretty Pink, to kick start the run of posts. Plascon’s Colour of the Month for October is Pink and this is what Catherine Bowen from Plascon Trends had to say about choosing pink for your room:

  • Soft pinks are ideal in bedroom spaces where the mood can be kept gentle and soothing; shades like pale rose and salmon pink symbolize unconditional love (good for uplifting, calming and soothing flagging spirits and for relieving feelings of loneliness and depression).
  • Bright pinks are often preferred by young, teenage girls, as these shades are energizing and motivational; they tend to encourage feelings of self-confidence and self-assurance in people. Fuchsia for example is fun-loving, carefree, upbeat and pulses with vibrancy.
  • Try an unexpected pink accent in the bathroom or dining room to bring it to life.



And what shades do I pair it with?
  • Chocolate, Black and Grey will give it a modern maturity, that it sometimes lacks, and elevates it to très chic.
  • White & Pink is a timeless combination that remains eternally fresh and inviting.
  • Cream & pale or dirty Pinks are evocative of wedding and French décor scenes.
  • Greens or Dusky Greens  & dirty Pinks will yield an English country-garden colour palette.
  • Silver and/or Gold  & pale Pinks are created for one another.



Aren’t these choices of pink just glorious?  I know that it may not be everyone’s cup of tea but I’m sure you can all appreciate the splendour it evokes.

Have an amazing week everyone.

Che’ xox

All images can be found on our Pretty Pinks Pinterest Board.


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