Design Joburg Collective: The Design Showcase We’ve Been Waiting For!
What Is It?
This June, the Kramerville Design District will be reinventing itself as an urban showcase. With Sanlam Private Wealth as the headline sponsorship partner, DJC promises to be an exhibition that’s close in style and pace to fringe events such as Déco Off in Paris and Fuorisalone in Milan.
The free-to-attend three-day showcase will highlight the latest in innovative designs from both international and local décor and design brands. It promises to be a festival experience with a considerable style quotient – and all within a one-kilometre radius of Kramerville. Organisers note their full adherence to Covid-19 protocols.
The experienced team behind DJC is keen to flex their talents in a new “space”. There will be a sharply curated combination of outdoor and indoor attractions – delighting visitors with new products and collections, pimped-up in-store and window displays, as well as must-attend activations and offers. Several showrooms will also be hosting talks, featuring leaders in the creative community.
Whilst Kramerville’s participating tenants will be spotlighted, DJC has also created opportunities for designers, crafters and creative brands without representation in the precinct. Expect eclectic pop-ups in designated sites. The art scene will also be represented, with various exhibits by leading local and international artists, including outdoor sculpture from James Delaney; various work by multidisciplinary artist, Keneilwe Mothoa; and an exhibition by French artist, Catherine Timotei.
The neighbourhood’s existing dining offering will be complemented by a handpicked selection of open-air food trucks and bars – including a Hendrick’s gin bar.
A product of necessity – as well as design – DJC is set to shake up the traditional exhibition space this June. Don your takkies and take to the streets of Kramerville for an experiential feast within the epicentre of Joburg’s décor and design scene. There’s optimism in the air.
When Is It?
Thursday, 03 June 2021 until Saturday, 05 June 2021.
It's a wonder what a new splash of paint can do to transform a room. But you needn't paint your entire living room. Save that extra cash for decor elements instead and paint just one feature wall in your living room. The top colours for winter 2020 are champagne, navy blue, olive green, deep red and charcoal. Pick one of these bold colours to spruce up your feature wall or invest in a wallpaper in similar colours. Make sure that this colour will match your existing furnishings, as you do not want to have to purchase a whole new set of chairs and curtains.
Where To Get It?
You may want to consult with a paint specialist too, to find the best quality paint for your wall. Visit Builders Warehouse in store to find a consultant or browse through their online paint selection to find what you're after. Their online paint calculator is super helpful when it comes to figuring out exactly how much paint you will need to get the job done. You can also check out their blog for helpful tips and tricks on all things paint and decor.
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Cushions & Comfy Throws
Nothing says luxury comfort like scatter cushions and lush throws. Deck out your living space with a few of these added touches of class this winter. Don't be afraid to mix and match when it comes to the size and pattern of your cushions. Just remember to stick within your colour palette and your upgraded living room will come together in no time.
Where To Get It?
We love @Home's range of scatter pillows and throws. Spoil yourself a little by investing in a couple of their luxury velvet cushions and a mink throw for your sofa. It's these small added accents that can take your living space from dull to daring. Plus, you'll be kept nice and snug throughout the chilly season.
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Liven up your living space with welcoming scents this winter. Whether you choose to place a few scented candles around the room or a reed diffuser, this simple element can make your living room feel a whole lot more inviting. Seeing as its winter, steer clear of fresh, flowery smells and try out rich, woody scents instead. We personally adore the smell of a cinnamon scented candle burning, but you may consider sandalwood, lavender or sage instead. Not only will your home smell lovely, but these scents can help boost your mood and ensure better sleep during the winter months.
Where To Get It?
Mr Price Home is the place to go for spectacular scents on a budget. Their candle sets and holders are stylish without the added price tag. Order yourself an assortment for your living room through their online store. They have a number of promotions on home decor items and fragrances this winter. Get your hands on 4 for 3 fragrance or candle specials while stocks last!
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Quirky Coffee Table
You only need one piece of statement furniture in a room to make an impact. This winter, gift yourself with a new quirky coffee table. Industrial-style furniture is back this season, bringing chic lines and a minimalist feel to your living space. If you are lucky enough to live in a trendy Joburg loft space or an open concept living space, this is the ideal item of furniture to add to your lounge area or TV room. Just be sure to pick something with enough weight and stature to stand up to your new chunky cushions and lush winter throws.
Where To Get It?
Small businesses need your help during these trying times. Show your support by exploring Hello Pretty - a local online marketplace where buyers and sellers meet. Here you can find a superb variety of homeware and decor items, including handcrafted coffee tables. We adore this retro coffee table by Kurve Designs. With its functional book nook and vintage touches, it's the perfect addition to any living space in need of a makeover.
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Bring the outside indoors this winter by introducing greenery to your living space. A touch of nature can truly transform a dull space into something magical. Indoor plants also increase oxygen levels in your home, improving both your physical and mental well-being. Clear out cluttered areas of your living space to make room for a few ferns, Monsteras or low maintenance succulents. If you've got a green thumb, consider nurturing a pretty orchid this winter. You can transplant it to your garden once spring rolls around, but for now it will provide a delicate touch and fresh fragrance to your living area.
Where To Get It?
There are many wonderful garden centres and nurseries located around Johannesburg. Visit your nearest one to find what you need to up the green space inside your home. But if it's orchids you are after, simply pop into your closest Woolworths store or check out their plant range online. Their orchids come with detailed care instructions to ensure your growing success.
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Good luck redecorating!
Get DIY Crafty With Builders Warehouse In Lockdown
Builders Warehouse Is Open!
Under level 4 lockdown regulations, Builders Warehouse has been able to open their doors once again. All customers are welcome to visit their nearest store for the best in homeware and garden equipment. There will be a strict one metre rule between customers and a limited amount of people allowed into the store at a time. Furthermore, all customers must wear cloth face masks. Staff have also been provided with masks to protect both themselves and you. However, if you aren't quite ready to venture out into the world yet, you can shop online or click and collect. For the full Builders Warehouse lockdown lowdown and frequently asked questions, click here.
DIY Projects To Keep You Busy
If you weren't already aware, Builders Warehouse has a blog dedicated to DIY ideas, tutorials and design. Each week they post a new DIY project to try out, ranging from super quick and easy to advanced. With almost everyone taking on lockdown challenges, you may consider getting stuck into a project of this kind to keep you entertained and to learn something new. Here are our top DIY picks featured on the Builders Warehouse blog:
Indoor Zen Garden
These are stressful times. So, why not create your very own indoor zen garden to help you practice mindfulness while under lockdown?
You will need:
Old oven tray
Skewers to make the rake
Paint your oven tray.
Fill the tray with sand.
Place rocks where you desire. Fill with groups of pebbles or wood.
To make the rake: cut off 5 sharp ends of a skewer and “sandwich” between 2 short lengths of skewer. Glue down and add handle.
Rake away and relax.
Hanging Coffee Cup Rack
We don't know about you, but coffee has been vital to getting us through lockdown. With all the extra household chores, homeschooling and work, we need an energy boost every now and then. Build yourself a handy coffee cup rack to make mornings go a whole lot smoother and to keep your kitchen neat and tidy.
You will need:
1 piece of 94 x 20mm pine
1 piece of 44 x 22mm pine
30 mm cut screws
Drill driver with screw pilots
Fired Earth Wood Works stainer and sealer
Watch the video below for instructions by DIY guru, Zak Myeza:
Couch Reading Table
With nothing much to do during lockdown, we've been reading up a storm. If you aren't lucky enough to have a dedicated reading chair, turn your couch into a book nook with this cool couch arm table. It's just big enough to fit your book, a cup of soothing tea and reading glasses (if you need them), but what more do you really need?
You will need:
1.8m x 305mm x 19mm laminated pine panel
32mm Kreg pocket screws
Wood stain and sealer
Kreg pocket jig
Begin by measuring the arm of your couch. Measure at the widest point of the couch's arm, and add 38mm to this measurement to take into account the two 19mm legs. Measure the desired length of the table legs.
Use a mitre saw to cut the timber, or alternatively get Builders to cut the timber for you!
Use the Kreg jig and a drill to drill three pocket holes into each of the legs. Do this by securing the legs to the jig and drilling down into the timber.
Clamp the leg piece to the underside of the table top, using wood glue between the mating surfaces to ensure a tight bond. Screw in the screws and remove the clamp. Repeat the process for the second leg.
Fill the holes using wood filler or Kreg pocket hole plug inserts, or you can make your own using the Kreg pocket hole cutter. Alternatively, leave the holes as they won’t be visible beneath the table top.
Sand the timber to remove any splinters or sharp edges.
Stain the couch table. Use at least 2 – 3 coats of wood sealer to protect the timber, allowing it to dry between coats. Once dry, your couch table is ready to use!
Revamp Your Sneakers
Upcycling is all the rage at the moment, as people are becoming more conscious about the impact their fashion buys have on the environment. This fun upcycling project is a great one to get the kids involved in, as not only will they be learning about slow fashion, but they also get to colour in their shoes!
You will need:
An old pair of shoes (preferably white)
Heat gun or hairdryer
Start by masking off the sections to be dyed with the wax. Each colour should be masked and done individually.
Heat the wax crayon with the heat gun and apply soft wax to the shoe. Repeat until masked area is fully coloured in.
Now apply focused hot air to the area and allow wax to melt and soak into the material.
Repeat these steps for each colour of your design.
Lace up your new one-of-a-kind shoes and show them off to the world!
Water-Wise Hanging Veggie Garden
The drought crisis may seem like a distant memory amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, but it is a reality that many South Africans are still facing on a daily basis. Rather than plant a water-guzzling veggie patch while under lockdown, try your hand at this smart hanging veggie garden.
You will need:
An old plastic bucket
45mm hole saw
Seedlings of your choice
30cm x 15cm sheet of chicken wire
An old bottle, cut in half
An old tire
Find an old plastic bucket and drill two growing holes at the bottom on opposite sides, about 1 third of the way up, using a 45mm hole saw. Then drill drainage holes at the bottom of the bucket using a 3mm bit.
Fill the bucket with a rich growing medium to the ¼ mark, below the holes. Then carefully take seedlings and thread their leaves through the growing holes, so the roots are left inside.
Take a piece of hessian, cut a slit in it, and then cover the inside of the hole with the seeding stalk in the slit. Fill the bucket with soil to the ¾ mark.
Fold a 30cm x 15cm sheet of chicken wire into a harness, pinching the sides together. Then insert an old bottle cut in half. Fill it with growing medium and plant up.
Hang the bucket from one of the cross-beams of the A-frame greenhouse, and then make a wire handle for the bottle harness, and hang it directly beneath the bucket.
Now place an old tire on the ground, directly beneath the suspended containers above, fill it with rich growing medium and plant up. To irrigate, pour water into the bucket above, let it trickle into the bottle below, and then down into the tire garden on the ground. This hanging garden reduces water wastage to virtually nil, while the A-frame greenhouse keeps the environment humid and safe from sunburn.
Watch the video below to learn how to grow your own veggies from seedlings:
For More Information
Visit the Builders Warehouse blog for more DIY inspiration, or subscribe to their YouTube channel for guided tutorials.
Due to a resoundingly successful event, their next event will be held at Beaulieu College in Kyalami in Midrand this May for Mother's Day. You can expect South African Indie Dyers, Imported Yarns and Fibre Producers, as well as lucky draws, demonstrations, workshops, delicious food and company. It'll be amazing and that event you and your girls can attend too. Be sure to wear your best handmade garment/s to the event to show them off on the day.
When Is It?
Saturday, 09 May 2020 at 08:00 - 17:00.
Where Is It?
Beaulieu College, 107 Maple Road, 1684 Kyalami, Midrand, Johannesburg.
How Much Is It?
Tickets will be communicated, please visit this website for more information.
Explore Contemporary African Furniture At TheUrbanative
Who Are They?
TheUrbanative is a contemporary African furniture and product design company in South Africa. They define themselves as a product that is differentiated by the juxtaposition of abstract African cultural graphics, motifs, lines, forms and inspiration with the functionality, look and feel of modern, mid-century and Bauhaus furniture silhouettes, guided by the philosophies of craft, collaboration, authenticity and design evolution for the urban native.
Since local is lekker, they pride themselves on making, designing and manufacturing all their products in South Africa. This brand was started by Mpho Vackier, an engineer turned furniture designer. TheUrbanative constantly explores the role of culture and cultural representations in modern societies, with the aim of telling contemporary African stories through modern furniture and product design.
Mixing the old, new and futuristic features in every item they make, their goal is to bring innovation to people's personal spaces. They have something for every kind of person and you can find every type of furniture you may require, all with a twist of uniqueness. These are the beliefs they live by:
Design should make life better.
Form and function.
Functional design should always look good.
Simplicity is sophistication.
Collaborating with amazing creatives globally.
Africa is the ultimate place to be.
With a firm belief in the idea and the benefits of collaborative working relationships, they work with a range of talented multi-disciplinary professionals to offer inspired, imaginative and multi-functional design solutions.
They have collaborated with a bunch of known brands. To check out some of their collaborations, click here! They collaborate with amazing creatives, because they believe that furniture is not just furniture - it is a way of expressing their art and giving people different and personalised designs.
For the record, this gift doesn't actually explode. Instead, it blooms like a flower, revealing hidden treasures. Like all the gifts on this list, it can be customised to fit any occasion with colour and content. Choose red and black for Valentine's Day, green and gold for Christmas or pink and white for Mother's Day. It can be filled with photos, quotes, special messages from loved ones and even music lyrics or poems. Check out Instructables to find out how to make your own.
Not only does this make a delightful gift for any occasion, it is also fun to make. Personalise this gift by changing the colours, adding special scents or even a few items like flowers. You can also vary this gift with the jar you use. Think old mason jars, tea cups or styled glasses. See Candle Deli for a tutorial on how to make your own soy candle as well as other tips and tricks.
If making a candle seems like too much work, why not customise an already made candle? This blog shows how to personalise a pillar candle using only a heating tool, candle, paper, wax paper and tissue paper. You can use photos, printed designs or even drawings to add to your candle gifting piece.
Quilling is a fun craft that involves rolling paper into shapes to form a 3D artwork. The process is quite easy. Simply draw your pattern of choice on a board, then roll coloured paper strips into shapes and attach to the board. The end result is quite stunning. The Spruce Crafts will make you a quilling pro in no time.
Glass etching is a fun way to make endless creative gifts for the people you love. With this technique, you can create custom glasses, mirrors or anything made from glass. Simply paint a design on a piece of glass using etching fluid, allow to dry, wash and you're done. Etching fluid is available at select PNA stores. Practically Functional has a helpful etching blog.
All this DIY gift entails is a piece of wood, a soldering iron and a design. Simply draw your design on a piece of wood, heat up a soldering iron and then burn in the design with the iron. We suggest practicing on another piece of wood before starting. Once you're done soldering, erase any traces of the original design drawing, and your gift is done.
Most of us love a relaxing bath, filled with essential oils and minerals that leave us feeling refreshed and gorgeous. So bath time goodies always make an appreciated gift. Make your own bath salts, bath bombs or even bath oil. Pair this trio with the aforementioned candles for an extra special gift.
Hot Chocolate Jars
This gift is really easy, yet spectacular. All you have to do is fill a jar with hot chocolate mix, either homemade or bought, chocolate pieces and marshmallows. That's it. Try using flavoured chocolate, such as peppermint, for a gourmet hot chocolate. To add a little something extra, include a small bottle of liqueur or cookies on the side. The Loopy Whisk has recipes as well as nifty decorating ideas.
We love cookies, baking and the luscious smells wafting through the house. So this makes an awesome gift for all cookie lovers. Fill a jar with a cookie mix, add some chocolate chips, attach a recipe and you're good to go. Sally's Baking Addiction has a few delicious cookie mix recipes as well as a printable recipe card.
Coffee and tea lovers will adore having their very own unique mug. Purchase a plain mug and draw patterns, write names and colour in designs with a Sharpie Marker. Then bake the mug to make the design permanent. You can include names, special dates, puns, jokes or even a few drawings. Check out this DIY guide from Like Mother Like Daughter.
We love chocolate bark because it's easy to craft and oh so yummy. It is also very easy to make it your own. Start with a base of melted chocolate, either white, milk, dark or caramel chocolate. Then top the chocolate with an assortment of ingredients like nuts, sweets, dried fruit, cookies and sprinkles. Crazy for Crust has six recipes to spark your ideas.
Edible bouquets are show stopper gifts that are relatively easy to make. All you need is a jar and some edibles on kebab sticks to make a fantastic arrangement. Edibles can include fruit, sweets, cookies, cake pops or cupcakes. Fill the jar with oasis floral foam, Styrofoam, maize meal or flour to hold the sticks in place, then arrange the edibles and finish with an elegant bow. Check out Pinterest for some inspiration.
After going through all that effort making the perfect gift for your loved ones, you probably want to present it beautifully too. Getting the right sized gift box or bag can be difficult and cost a pretty penny. But you can make these yourself too. The Spruce Crafts has 15 astounding DIY gift bag ideas or make one of the origami, printable or foldable gift boxes from Gathering Beauty.
Perfect your gift with an alluring eye catching bow! These can be tied with fabric ribbon, plastic ribbon or even yarn and twine. Add a flower sprig, cinnamon quill or some art and craft pieces for the pièce de résistance. The knot has a handy guide explaining how to tie four magnificent bows.