If you weren’t inspired enough after all that, you could head over to the Plascon Inspire Theatre, where talks were going on all day, every day, covering subjects such as upcycling household items, painting techniques, and paint product knowledge. Plascon was definitely putting the show to good use.
Otherwise there was the stunning Contemporary Country installation by the Laurence Brick Creative Direction Team (which also won an excellence award), Masterchef demonstrations, the Decorex Designer Collection sale, the Graham Beck Wine Bar by Wetherleys, and over seven hundred other stands in five halls to keep visitors busy.
My personal highlights included meeting Jacquie Myburgh Chemaly, an idol of mine, (That may be an understatement – I want to be her when I grow up.) when I ventured into the VIP and Media Lounge, as well as the sprawling South African Handmade Collection.
Decorex has most certainly become a powerhouse in the decor and design world since its inception in 1994, and one has to admire the amount of work and planning that goes into not only the actual products, but into the stands. They are all really beautiful, and only while keeping tabs on the run up to the show did I realise how much effort goes in behind the scenes.
To tell the full tale of my Decorex adventure would require many more blog posts, and a great many more photo’s, so all I can really suggest is having a look at the Decorex SA Facebook page and Pinterest account for more photo’s (those photo’s that I didn’t take in this post came from there), as well as making a turn at the next show in Durban.