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Decorex Durban 2013 Volvo Designer Pod – Photoshoot

As promised, here are some of the pictures that Roy Esterhuysen from Firsthouse Photography took of the Volvo Designer Pod stand at the Decorex Durban show.

It was a great show and Lee-Anne and I had a fab time meeting new people and sipping the lovely bubbly from the Unwined Bar opposite the stand.

Happy Friday everyone – hope you all have a great weekend!

Emerald – Pantone Colour of the Year 2013

The 2013 Pantone Colour of the Year is such a vibrant, rich and energetic colour, and below are a few applications of how it can be used in both fashion and decor.

All images sources can be found on our Pinterest board, Emerald – Pantone Colour of the Year 2013

“Lively. Radiant. Lush… A color of elegance and beauty
that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony.”

Pantone 17-5641 Emerald

Behind the Scenes: Decorex

It has been a manic two weeks – sorry for the lack of posts people.  I hope to be more on top of things now.

So Decorex is fast approaching and this past weekend I managed to rope my dad into helping get some of the items made up.  As you know, I absolutely LOVE his workshop and am always in there trying to do something, and being a girl, can never quite do all the “manly” things. Alas, he always comes to the rescue.

Below are a couple shots of the bed canopy I plan on using on the stand, this being the basic structure and is going to then be upholstered in a silk.

Below that is a hat/scarf/handbag stand made up of steel and washers secured onto an old piece of driftwood.

I’ll be posting pictures once the stand is complete and finished, hope to see some of you there next weekend!

Colour of the Month: Fuchsia Fizz

Ok.  Please understand that I am not one of those blond girls that loves pink on everything.  I have no Elle Woods-esque style ambitions.  But I love fuchsia.  Love.  One day, when I am running my design empire, the office will have a fuscia pink front door.
So juicy – how could you not feel creatively inspired walking into this every day?
I’m not sure if it’s because this particular Colour of the Month is so noticeable, but I have noticed it cropping up all over the place, without me even having to look for it.  It took a few days after the colour was announced just to realise that it was the colour of my cell phone cover!
I have enjoyed the neon trend, but feel that fuscia is almost like a “grown up neon” – as Plascon Colour Manager Anne Roselt states, “Fuscia is the ultimate hot pink.”  She goes on to say, “With a youthful, uplifting and carefree energy, it promises to pack an invigorating punch when used wisely and in the right space.”  I couldn’t agree more – it packs a punch, and just generally makes me feel really happy.
I love how it pairs with grey, another one of my favourites (when all else fails, make it grey!) – here is a cheat sheet on how to introduce it into your spaces:
What colours complement fuchsia?
    • GREEN is the complementary colour to pink, which is why emerald – Pantone’s colour of the year – goes wonderfully with fuchsia.
    • WHITE shows the colour off beautifully.
    • RED and ORANGE are quite trendy with fuchsia right now.
    • NAVY BLUE lightens up when combined with pink.
    • SILVER give pink a lustrous edge.
    • GREY is given a lift with the addition of fuchsia pink.
Spotted this adorable apron at a cake shop – makes me think of the Home Fabrics wallpaper we featured here.
As we have mentioned, we are involved in designing a stand for Decorex Durban, so pops of this bright pink will be seen all over Durban for the next month:
Grab a paint brush and some overalls, and throw a coat of theses Plascon paints on that hand-me-down item lying in your garage for some added exuberance in your day-to-day life:
Plascon’s favourite pinks:
  • Fuscia Fizz R2-A1-1, from the 2013 Colour Forecast
  • Valentino Rose R2-A1-2
  • Mystic Tulip R1-A1-1
  • Peony Blooms R1-A1-2
Failing that, gallop over to, where we found some of the most gorgeous home items in the juicy colour.  They’re a perfect solution if you’re not quite ready to commit to paint:
Flocked heart jewellery box by Portfolio favourites, Sobeit.
Great coffee AND hot pink?  Um, yes! Love this Kenwood coffee maker.


Design guru Porky Heffer has given even your pooch a reason to smile over Fuscia.
Super smart kitchen items by Joseph Joseph in super sexy pink.
Is this bench by Jasper and George not to die for?
Everyone should have a bit of pink happiness in their life – now that you know where to find it, you have no excuse!
- Lee
Images sourced from and – check out our Fuscia Pinterest board for more inspiration.

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