An Interior Designers Journey... creating the right solutions for your living space ...

Layers of natural textures and colours, wrapping you in style and comfort is the inspiration behind our design for this space…

When we are quiet we are working!! But now finally I have some time to share one of the projects we have been busy working on.

Firstly, I cannot believe we are already heading for the end of this crazy year of 2018, well crazy for South Africans anyhow. The saying always goes, there is not enough time in a day, but now it seems there is not enough time in a year!

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With this bedroom project I would like to take you on a small journey which will hopefully give you some insight to how the design process actually works, all the effort, energy and inspiration that goes into producing the perfect design solution for your space.

In all my years of experience time after time, I have observed that when you finally present your design solutions to a client, it seems that the ideas just popped into your head, taking no time at all. Having your client wondering why and what they paying all these fees for! when the design solutions appear rather obvious once presented.

Ok first and foremost …most important, is a consultation which we do charge a fee for; R920.00 per hour. We usually quote for 2hrs max, which quite honestly the consultation generally takes far more than 2hrs …in saying this, this time gives you a fair chance to pick our brains on every level and consider if you would like to continue with Simply Living as the designers for your project.

However for Simply Living this is a time to meet, get to know you, assessing your project, taking a detailed brief of what you would like to achieve in the space.

We will go through the project in mind, share ideas, giving solutions, looking at your plans, existing furniture, colours considering your final goal. With every project and space being completely different, we are versatile designers, designing according to the space, light and your individual style, personality and preferences.

At the end of the consultation it is important to to discuss expectations and budgets, also design fees to continue… this would include your concept design, drawings and a detailed costing. Once design fees are confirmed a 50% deposit is paid and we continue to create your dream space…

Ok so once we have the detailed brief, clients dream photo’s and deposit..the real work begins! Planning the Space, Sourcing the fabric, wallpapers, furniture pieces…mostly online at this stage, we create a library for the client, this might seem like an easy task, but it takes loads of time to sift through suppliers choosing finishes that will work, are up to date and most important that the client will love, at the same time checking availability and stock, prices to make sure you don’t blow the budget, which these days can be a tough call!

With this project our client wanted a more mature look, embracing a neutral timeless pallet, the space being rather limited was the main challenge, we managed to solved this problem by integrating the bathroom, dressing room and bedroom into one, with slight divisions which helped to create the the illusion of space, each room flowing seamlessly into the next.

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Due to the neutral pallet, to create depth and interest we introduced a blend of natural textures, a herring bone wood flooring in washed oak, mixing soft whites and greys, this flooring being quite the look right now…adding a slight 3d effect into the room. The wooden floor flows into the dressing room, complemented by a natural porcelain 600x600 tile in the bathroom, here we used 3 shades,ranging from a dark textured grey to a soft light greyish white creating shadows in the space defining the flow. Offset by white and grey marble as a focal point behind the bath bringing all shades beautifully together.

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Once we have the basic shell and plan working, its time to add the furniture, fittings and fabrics in this case all the furniture is custom designed and specially made up.

Wall Paper is a must especially in a space where you need to create atmosphere. Doing a feature wall is not the trend any longer, these days we will take the paper further. On this project I was drawn to the new Covers Sculpture range, I love the 3d effect of this Wall Paper! as it resemble the real deal. I used the Gila Sand for the main bedroom it has a soft, understated texture with a touch of silver to add glamour, complimenting the centre crystal chandler…

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Geometrics are real big right now and are here to stay for a while, we brought in a geometric fabric on the back of the chair, just to ground the otherwise soft space. Then a soft hint on the back cushions.

All furnishings and lines we kept modern, simple, making sure they blend seamlessly into the space, and do not over power the room. Bringing in a few glamorous pieces like the headboard and chandler.

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By now you know how I love the concept of bringing nature in, this we achieved by making the bath a feature, opening up a huge window behind it, creating a plant wall outside for the view..this bright idea, brings light, space and nature into the room..

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Once all the idea’s come together, we proceed with the visuals, mood boards, collect samples from the respective supplies and finally …Present ..

Once the client accepts the design and makes their changes, the real legwork begins with checking fittings, fabrics etc for real, doing all the required working drawings for contractors and manufactures…in order to put the costing together… now that is another story…

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Hopefully this gives you some insight, as to all the work that goes into what seems like a simple design, and remember this is not an off the shelf process, every client, every project is unique…

Our next exciting home project which I will share once the concepts are completed...

Our client wants an industrial coffee shop concept in their upstairs lounge, cannot wait to get started on this exciting project…

will keep you posted





Another Simply Living Interior Becoming a Reality ...

I am the bearer of a banner, I hold it high, While its lofty height above my head stands towering and strong, it’s weight reminds me of my beginnings, As it presses my feet into the dusty earth from which I’ve come, I remember..
— Xoliswa Tini


NEW OFFICE PROJECT FOR XOLISWA TINi

Life is a journey and as we travel our paths lead us to amazing opportunities enabling us to meet and work with people of vision, vibrant energy and tenacity, inspiring us with their passion and strength. People with a story!

Designing and executing Xoliswa Tini's new office space is one of those rare moments, being part of their vision, turning their brand and image into a 3d reality is truly going to be an exciting part of our journey this year.

The main objective was to bring the vision and story the company had already established as brand, into a modern, friendly working environment. An up-to-date modern space,embracing simplicity and functional design, projecting the vibrant young energy and stability of the company. 

We worked with their corporate colours, Red, Black and Grey, these colours depict the energy and image of the company, supporting their brand story. visually inspiring hope, passion and strength. 

Red; being the colour of blood reflects energy, passion and action. Black; strength, elegance and authority these strong colours balanced by Grey; which is a neutral, conservative colour that speaks formal sophistication. Light Grey: introduced to add a slight feminine touch, Splashes of White; purity, cleanliness to lift the mood!

The furniture and desks are a combination of black matt steel and oak, giving the space a modern industrial feel, the message is clear; this is a working space with vision and passion. Knotted Oak finishes introduce texture, warmth and grounding. Oak being an ancient wood with a reputation of strength, truth, knowledge and prosperity.

We then introduced fun, fresh visuals and wallpapers with happy couples moving into their new homes, empty boxes, painting walls in bright colours. This adds an element of youthfull energy, moving forward ... moving in... Xoliswa Tini an estate agent with vision..soon we will be posting the finished space, will keep you posted!  


Simply Living Lifestyle Kitchens


First we eat, then we do everything else.
— MFK Fisher

Due to our love for design, lifestyle, food and healthy living, Simply Living is now happy to anounce that we are designing and producing lifestyle kitchens.

The kitchen is the heart of the home, this is where health and family begin and end. A good reason why the kitchen should flow into the living space bringing friends and family together, enjoying cooking, health and food,  Its time for kitchen designers to embrace a lifestyle concept, with the kitchen becoming part of the furniture in a fresh new way...

Blurring the lines between dinning, living and kitchen. I do believe being the most important and expensive room in the home, it needs to be designed with the whole in mind, not as a separate entity or room. Bringing the home together, the garden inside, with fresh herbs, textures and visuals a social space for friends and family, to chat cook and create.

We intend to design and deliver beautiful, timeless lifestyle kitchens bringing together quality, design and craftsmanship in a fresh new way, that considers the clients lifestyle, diet and personality..

In the following weeks I will be talking more about Kitchens, Lifestyle and Living Food..



 

 

Our Next Project on the Go!

We happy to get started with our next Office Project..

This is an exciting project in terms of creating depth and dimension in an otherwise small and restricted office space.

Our client loves Africa and the symbol that the lion in Africa presents. We introduced the energy of Africa successfully into the space through subtle imagery, textures,  touched with colours of mist and sunsets, at the same time we have kept the design simple and modern.

I am happy with the overall effect of warmth juxtaposed with fresh whites, blacks and crisp colour. Also love the feeling of walking into Africa in each room taking you out of the space, out of the city..

As a designer it's first prize to hear the client comment "wow! you listened" in a presentation...

Most important when taking a brief to interperate your client's dream into a successful design that works and flows in the space, is up to date in terms of design and style...

As is our motto..

We Listen, We Create, You Enjoy!

As you can see from our last project, Acino successfully implemented as per design!

With Biophilic Design flowing through each space..



Office Space
Starring Jennifer Aniston, Ron Livingston

New Office Project Phase 1


acino office space 1st phase design completed.

Hello July! Now we are really feeling the cold and hopefully you are all spending cozy evenings and week-ends in a warm, inviting space!

I guess we can all agree it's been a crazy year so far,  filled with a mixture of expectations and disappointments, price increases, load shedding, changes and challenges, in all this I guess we have to keep looking ahead, while striving for a better future, Improving ourselves and our environment.

This month we are happy to announce we have successfully completed the 1st phase of the Acino Litha office space,  one of the exciting projects we have been working on over the past few months. it's always an amazing feeling of accomplishment when your designs finally materialist into a real, live space! and your client is proud of their new fresh environment. 

 This is the magic of Interior design that keeps you motivated and working! starting with concepts, 3d's and plans then slowly watching the space transform into something new, modern and exciting is the most rewarding experience for myself and our team. 

 

Work and Home go hand in hand these days in view of employees spending longer and longer hours at the office.  Employers have now come to realize the importance of hiring a professional design team to  create and implement a comfortable and functional working environment, ensuring that their staff are happy and productive while at the office.

It's one thing though, to create amazing visuals and designs, but the truth is your designs are only as good as the contractors and project team that implement them. In this case I am happy to confirm that our design and build team BMC Projects made this a reality.

Thanks to BMC Projects the project was completed on time, within the given budget, quality and finishes ensured by constant supervision and attention to detail. With our client delighted to see their  management and staff happy and settled in their new workspace..

From a design perspective we opened up the work space, encouraging communication and work flow between the different divisions, considering their functions and roles.

To create interest and divisions between the different departments we introduced fresh funky colours which tied in with the Acino colours and image. Colour plays an important role in the way we function and interact, keeping this in mind the colours used in each section were carefully selected, researched and considered.

 Resent research confirms the importance of nature in the workspace and home for general health and wellbeing, we achieved this with plants and nature wallpapers, bringing the outside inside. 

We will soon be implementing the next phase which is already in design stage so watch this space for updates and enjoy...

In the following posts I will continue with winter tips to warm up the home...




Warm up Winter with Colour!

Its June...winter has raised

its chilly head...help!!

No need to hibernate or panic,it's time to warm up with colour, making your home a haven.

As we discussed in our May Blog there are so many fabulous,easy ways and to spice up your living space during these cold winter months as we opt for the indoors.

Socializing and entertaining at home being the sensible choice during the cold evenings and weekends. In view of this we need to make sure our homes are cozy, warm and inviting.

Colour is vital for our own well being and physiological health helping to set the mood,lift our spirits and get us through the winter blues.Adding colour is the quick fix for a dull space without having to embark on a complete makeover.

Firstly investing in a beautiful, funky or traditional rug with warm, vibrant colours could just be the answer,or the perfect start to enhancing and warming up your favorite space,visually and practically.

Rugs have taken off in a new direction during the last few years with suppliers and designer coming up with some stunning ideas and designs from floor art,traditional,if you that boring!! colours and flowers. just love the new over sized flower rugs,bringing the outdoors in,in a big way! creating a stunning visual centerpiece.

Cushions are always a win win, when it comes to changing-up the room by adding a splash of colour,coupled with a few warm cozy throws which shouldn't cost a great deal if you shop around. Making sure they practical as well as for show!! the blanket types that are easy to wash and can keep you and your guests warm and looking good.

If the budget allows this would be the time to re-cover that dreary old couch, that doesn't look so cozy anymore!! in a new fresh funky colour, maybe also time to invest in a new server with a combination of wood and colour. A few colourful table trays can be a great way to bring colour into the room, also practical for serving soups or snacks if you having a movie night with friends.

Wall coverings such as wallpapers and wall panels are in trend these days and have a dramatic effect, transforming the entire space without the huge renovation, takes a day to install and seriously worth the effort...

Colour is a creative element, not a trimming.
— Piet Zwart
Be adventurous... splash out with colour! it enhances the mood and lifts the Spirits...

Be adventurous... splash out with colour! it enhances the mood and lifts the Spirits...

Let me, Oh let me bathe my soul in colours; let me swallow the sunset and drink the rainbow.
— Kahlil Gibran
Add colour,comfort,warmth and style to your room,invest in a beautiful rug...

Add colour,comfort,warmth and style to your room,invest in a beautiful rug...

If a June night could talk, it would probably boast that it invented romance.
— Bernard Williams
Create the mood with a beautiful rug..

Create the mood with a beautiful rug..


simply shopping home on amazon, has become an easy option; you can shop by room, find some funky rugs, cushions to add to an existing space..have fun explore!

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I love the rizzy home collection and these colourful handmade pouffes make a wonderfully,warm statement for winter...

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Happy Mothers Day for the 13th of May 2018

Only a mother knows the sacrifice and love that goes into raising her children, there is no perfect mother just as there is no perfect world! we only strive for the perfection that abides within each one of us as individuals.

Mothers day should also be the celebration of the birth and nurturing of all things beautiful and special, nature, children, animals, ideas.

It's due to the caring, nurturing and gathering nature of the mother and mother nature that holds us together through comfort, strength tenacity and home.

Happy Mothers Day 2018