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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.

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Design Series: The Beauty of Photographs

Personally, I feel that photography is a rather underrated art form.  As I learn my way around Instagram effects and poses, and attempts to stage my lunch in such a way that it will appear delicious and interesting to viewers, (as Heather Moore of Skinny Laminx once memorably tweeted, Instagramming your meals is like the modern version of saying grace) I realise more and more that taking a beautiful photo is more difficult than it looks.  And that’s just taking snaps of pretty (as well as pretty mundane) things.  Let alone trying to take photo’s that have a visual impact and deep and meaningful message behind them.  So big up to all the photographers out there – I salute you.
Last night I dragged my mother out to the exhibition opening for Roger Ballen’s latest offering, Playpen, at my all time favourite gallery, KZNSA in Bulwer Road.  (Its the most beautiful building, and they have great kitchen offerings.  Try their fish cakes.  As for taking my mother as my date, I’ve just moved to Durban, so I’m still making friends.  I’m a nice person though – any takers?)
 According to the official blurb about the exhibition, this is what you can expect:
“The Playpen exhibition is a selection of photographs by Roger Ballen from his series’ Boyhood, Platteland, Outland, Shadow Chamber, Boarding House and new works from Asylum. Ballen consciously and carefully constructs his compositions and creates spaces that give the sensation that you are inside the image, cut off from the outside world but also from other spaces around you”
It’s quite dark, but in amongst the more haunting images are little rays of sunshine; some quirky, uplifting moments that  made me smile.
Playpen could be idealized as one of childhood’s utopias. The Playpen exhibition represents the opposite of this utopian notion of a child’s play space. The depiction of fundamentally disturbing places and objects related to children (as selected for this exhibition) is based on the theoretical concept of heterotopia.  Heterotopia is a non-hegemonic “other” space of neither here, nor there, a real place that exists outside of known space. Playpen as heterotopia represents an abject parallel space associated with these children from the margins of society. Their surroundings seem impoverished and neglected; however the children do not seem to be influenced by their environment as we are.”
The common consensus is that the imagery “lingers,” going away with you when you leave to be mulled over.  The effects of the exhibition certainly stay with you for a while.
Go have a look – the exhibition runs until the third of March.  While you’re at it, take your iPhone and blend in the hipster masses with Instagram shots of the exhibition to look cool.  That’s what I did.  I don’t know if I succeeded, but I certainly felt cool.  You’ll see this photography business is tougher than it looks!
- Lee


There seems to be an ever growing awareness of the basics, and an ever growing desire to strip away that this isn’t needed.  To take things right back to their core, and to focus on that, making it the best version of itself.  
I’ve noticed this concept of”stripping away” in abundance when it comes to light bulbs.  Designers are creating the most beautiful, simplistic yet sculptural lights, voided of any lampshades, frills or tassels of any sort – just a bulb and a chord. 
We’ve rounded up our favourites below:

Sam Wilkinson created the energy saving Plumen 001 light bulbSource
Diamond lights by Eric ThernerSource (photo’s taken by Jesper Lindstrom)

Muuto Pendant Lights from Entrepo and Bright Spout Souped Lights from Surrounding.

Lampframe Pendant Light by Herr Mandel, Pendant Lamps by David Taylor, Industrial Cage Lamps from Rewire, and Wooden Light Bulb by Ryosuke Fukusada.

Cityscape Light Shade by David Graas, Crystal Light Bulb by Lee Broom, and Work Lamp by Form Us With Love.
Take a lesson from these talented designers and start trying to see things differently – you may surprise yourself!
- Lee


The time of horrible, musty hunting lodge trophies is drawing to a close, with a wave of new alternatives cropping up by the dozen wherever you look.  Pretty, colourful, and far more animal friendly options are rearing their heads, demanding our attention.  And the best part is that they are very much apart of the craft revolution, often handmade, and generally fantastic.  We have scoured design shops and the interwebs to bring you our favourite, most playful and lustworthy options out there.  There are gorgeous options to suit every budget, as well as some cute DIY ideas, so give the gift of an animal head this Christmas.  Or better yet, hint to all your friends and family so that they can get them for you!
 Giant cross stitch kit by Jessica Decker + Kollabora – source
Holiday Antlers No. 4180 by Kari Herersource

Gorgeous work at

A quick, cute DIY idea - source

Sweet silhouette from our favourite online boutique, Hello Pretty, by Forgetmeknotsource

We spotted this impressive specimen at the amazingly beautiful Weylandts Umhlanga recently.

Something a little more sleek and modern, also from Weylandts - source

And this devastatingly beautiful piece by Frederique Morrelsource
I could quite possibly be convinced to part with a limb for a Frederique Morrel piece, but would be quite content to settle for any of these other stunning ideas and products.  There’s really a trophy for every home – which one is your favourite?

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