Warm up Winter with Colour!

Its June...winter has raised

its chilly!!

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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Cozy Interior Ideas For Winter.

It's May and we are well on our way into the winter months here in South Africa. Although our winters are quite mild we still experience some really cold days, while mid- day in general can be warm the evenings and mornings are rather chilly.

South Africans tend to live for summer, sadly neglecting our homes during winter, the truth of the matter is winter is the season to enjoy cozy days at home with the fire place going, warm soups, home cooking, enjoying our homes and socializing indoors.

This is a great time to warm up and re-invent our living space, creating an atmosphere that makes home the go to place on cold evenings and week-ends.

Natural textures are seriously big at the moment and in my opinion are here to stay. Introducing wood paneling onto a feature wall brings in a natural earthy texture, warming up the room instantly, plant features silk or natural, whichever suites your lifestyle better, simply hanging off the wood is a great way to lift the mood as we miss the outdoors during the winter months. 

When it come to new furniture purchases, I suggest have some fun and be adventurous, after all we only live once! there are some stunning new quirky, mid century modern pieces which bring life and fresh energy into a dull space.

Colour is the best medicine for a rather boring life and space! bring in some drama and spice-up your world with fun new colours like vibrant reds, deep blues, greens and pinks these colours are seriously current and can be a refreshing change, lifting the mood and encouraging conversation.

There is so much amazing art and photography around to choose from these days, quirky prints are a  great and effective way to change the atmosphere in the room, bringing in a new dimension, creating a focal point and modernizing the space.

These are some easy tips to energize your home for winter with some stunning pieces and ideas to take home. I will be talking more about winter ideas in the coming weeks, as I shop around for ideas and new stock...will keep you posted!


Some fun furniture ideas, mid century modern is the new rage adding colour and style to your home..


 rustic wood and black steel book shelf a great feature for the modern home...very current and simple.

love this book style with a sense of fun and adventure...out of the box glamour!

Don't be an egg, it's Easter...

Well can you believe it, it's already Easter, a time to celebrate and reflect. Time goes so fast soon it will be Christmas! anyhow lets not rush.. In South Africa we are approaching Winter and Autumn is most definitely in the air. This is a time to look at our winter wardrobes and homely comforts, a time to start preparing our home's to take us into winter with a cozy new look.

At Simply Living we love the fresh butterfly wallpapers from The Designers Guild, bringing nature into the space in a fresh new way, metal, dark wood and deep blues, pinks and taupe's add to the drama and warmth of the season to come. Roses are big this year, bringing with them romance, red wine burning wood and fire.

Deep tones coupled with fresh accents is the mood this winter, gold, dark woods offset with fresh flowers, pastels, butterflies and roses. Hints of crystal and silver ....

But for now... we will enjoy the Easter celebrations!


to compliment the mood i just love this book cooking with flowers...

Don't let Valentine's day leave you feeling Blue.

Not being the greatest fan of Valentine's day myself for obvious reasons...the expectations, the pressure, putting the popular girls & boy's in the limelight, the ugly ducklings in the dumps!

Although I do think that in recent years people have become more sensitive, changing the perspective to sharing gifts and love with all...

Candlelit dinners for two, roses, chocolates and teddy bears clutching hearts is what come to mind as we approach the most   celebrated day of the year..the day of love...

Which can be a blue day rather than a red day for those who don't have their own true love or their lover has flown away...

The origins of Valentine's day is still shrouded in mystery, intrigue, romance and blood as the legend goes... St Valentine was the first to send the message..."From your Valentine" to his young lover before his execution. The sympathetic, heroic, romantic figure that brought the poetry and celebration of love into our world. 

There is also the Catholic Imagination filtering in, bringing with it mystery, passion, opulence, faith, love and intent, as the St Valentine's feast was introduced in the month of February to replace the Pagan celebration Lupecalia which was a fertility festival...    love ruling out love.

However in was Pope Gelasius who finally declared the 14th of February St Valentine's day in memory of the Saint, as time went by the day became associated with passion and love, helping people to express their feelings and emotions. Not a bad thing after all.

So in view of the mystery, the romance and drama associated with the one day dedicated to love. I think we should embrace it by creating and sharing an atmosphere of love ...