Yesterday I finally got round to visiting Fabricate at the Gardens Centre in Town. This is your one stop shop for beautiful and affordable locally designed goods and gifts. You’ll find a lovely curated selection of products from lighting and cushions, to jewellery, stationery, art prints and more. Fabricate is tucked away in the upstairs corner next to Hello Again. Be sure to visit!
All photography: Lana Kenney ©
I’ve rounded up some DIY ideas to help you get organised and spruce up your work space for an inspired and productive year ahead! Besides having an organised, effective space I think it’s important to make it feel inviting and appealing. So treat your yourself to a bunch of flowers each week or a new mug for your coffee drinking.
Follow the links for the full tutorials, I hope you enjoy!
Buy regular store candles and give them a CANDLE MAKEOVER – by Almost makes perfect
Create your own quick and simple DESK CALENDAR – via Home Made by Carmona
Spray paint pretty glass bottles and create INSTANT VASES – by the Crafted life
Create stylish STORAGE SACKS with paper bags – by Almost makes perfect
Create your own fun PAINT CHIP CALENDAR – by Say Yes
Get crafty and make a BRASS HANGING PLANTER – by Nalle’s House
Create your own DIY SAWHORSE DESK – by I Spy DIY
There are loads of free printable calendar designs at the moment, I love these two by Oh The Lovely Things and Delineate your dwelling.
You can see more posts in my DIY series here, enjoy!
Today we continue with a few more fabulous local fabric designers. Take a look at Part 1 here.
LULA FABRICS | Melissa’s fabrics are printed on gorgeous linens and cottons and feature strong, bold, colourful designs. Each of Melissa’s ranges have a totally different feel and look yet they all work together. Her beautiful tropical leaves and tribal designs are amongst my favourites.
ARDMORE FABRICS | Ardmore Ceramic Studio partnered with Mavromac to create their gorgeous fabric range. Their designs have a truly unique African flavour and are whimsical, magical and full of imagination. You can purchase their fabrics though Mavromac.
ZANA | The Zana team are known for their fun contemporary fabric designs which have a youthful appeal. On trend designs and spot on colours make their designs super popular.
CONSTANTIA FABRICS | What I love about Constantia Fabrics is that they have rolls of fabric in their showroom. So you can see large pieces of their fabric which always helps with visualising and of course you can buy your fabric right away! Their designs range from fresh chevrons and geometrics to more classic and traditional designs.
I love beautiful fabrics and luckily we have such a wealth of fabulous local fabric designers. I wanted to share some of my favourites with you in case you’re hunting for that perfect design. Stay tuned for Part 2 tomorrow as well.
SKINNY LA MINX | This is probably one of South Africa’s best known fabric labels when it comes to the international market. Heather’s designs have a very distinctive unique feel to them, with a retro Scandinavian influence. One of the things I love about Heather’s fabrics is that the designs and colourways are carefully considered and pair so well with designs from previous ranges. Visit the Skinny laMinx shop on busy Bree Street.
DESIGN TEAM | Design Team has a wide range of beautiful hand printed fabrics. Their designs are fun and quirky and have a very South African flavour. You’ll find proteas, springbok, fynbos and other local elements featured in their designs. Visit their showroom on Harrington Street in Town.
INDIGI DESIGNS | Indigi Designs is another local company that infuses African flavour with a contemporary feel. Their fabrics are bright, bold and often characterised by strong geometric patterns. Visit their showroom at The Woodstock Foundry.
SARAH ORD | Sarah’s Tesserae range is a striking, contemporary collection on a beautiful linen base cloth. I’m mad about the over-sized chevron and antique tile inspired pattern. Visit Sarah’s shop on Bree Street.