A Lick Of Paint 

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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Sweet Scents

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! 

Planner/ Journal

After graduating, graduates will need help organising their goals, meetings, interviews and partying. Help them stay up to date and plan their future with an adorable journal from Typo. Not only are they gorgeous, but they are also small enough to fit in a handbag. And you can get a matching pen while you're there.

Magnetic Board

This DIY gift is great for any graduate. They can use the board as an organiser, craft it into a wish board or even use it as a memory board, displaying all their mementos from university. Check out Modern Magnetics to learn how to make your own magnetic board.

Alarm Clock

Getting out of college means getting a job. And unfortunately, that means getting up earlier. Make this a breeze by gifting graduates with a quirky and helpful alarm clock. Some of these also display helpful information about the weather and humidity. Takealot has all your clocking needs.

Graduation Trinkets

Get something fun a personalised as a memorable gift. Want It All offers personalised graduation clocks, decanters, photo frames and even blankets. These can be personalised with names, dates and even professions. Check out all their weird and wonderful trinkets here.


Wallet / Purse

Now that the graduate in your life is ready to start earning the big bucks, they'll need a safe place to store all their cash, cards and receipts. So get them a nifty wallet or purse that will serve them for years to come. We love all the variety available at Frasers Luggage.

Work Bag

The days of briefcases may be long gone, but we still need a bag to carry our laptop, charger, phone, new wallet or purse, stationery, planner and lunch. Find the perfect work bag for him or her online at Luggage Warehouse and have it delivered to your door.


Nothing says "up and coming professional" like a good quality watch. They keep us on time and looking smart and professional. So watches make great graduation gifts. These are easy enough to find. But for the best brands, check out the watches on offer at Arthur Kaplan.

Globe / Map

Recent graduates might want to explore everything on offer in the rest of the world. A globe or a world map will help them map out where they want to travel to. Mr Price Home has a gorgeous world globe in store or get a beautiful vintage world map from Work Art.


Desk Accessories

To personalise their new office space, gift graduates with their own unique desk accessories. These can include a desk plant, a darling photo frame, cheeky mug or a colourful desk organiser. Most of these items can even be DIYed or customised.

Engraved Pen

Another great gift that they will be able to treasure forever is an engraved pen. This can be engraved with their name, graduation year or even a special graduation message. There are few pens as special and luxurious as a Parker Pen. So stop by and see all their offerings.

Family Get Away

Your son or daughter has been away at college for three to four years. That's a lot of lost family bonding time. Before they go off on their next adventure, plan a family getaway. This may be expensive, but it will create lasting memories that you can't put a price tag on.

Graduation Money Cake

There is one thing that every graduate in the world wants - money! And after university fees, parking fees, residential payments, textbooks and transport, they probably need it, at least until they get a job. So give the gift of cold, hard cash. Trust us, they'll love it. Penny Pinchin Mom can show you how to make your own money cake.

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Woolworths is a department store available nationwide. The store offers clothing, food and home décor. Their home décor section is a favourite among many, offering anything from bedroom, bathroom, dining and entertainment, kitchen, living room and branded items. Our favourite pick from Woolworths this season is their candles. You can get scented candles and non-scented candles to really warm up any living area. Bonus, if you use the candles alone, you save on electricity.


As part of the Edcon group, Boardmans is usually found inside Edgars stores but at some shopping malls, you can find the store separate from Edgars. Boardmans offers high quality bedding, appliances, and items from your overall house – sectioned per room. As a bonus, the store also offers a wedding registry, so if you're tying the knot and buying a new home with your partner, have a look at Boardmans. Our favourite pick from the store this season is their scatter cushions.

Mr. Price Home

Mr. Price Home is a division of the Mr. Price Group. The retail outlet is located nationwide, providing every South African with great home décor options. So whether you're looking to spruce up your kitchen or liven up your living room, Mr. Price Home has something special for you. Our favourite pick this season is their curtains. Sure curtains aren't something you need to revamp often but why not mix it up a little and try something different? You might surprise yourself and end up loving the newer options versus the older ones you had.


For any home, some special touches are needed to make if feel more homey. Whether you're looking at adding picture frames of your loved ones or want to add some ornaments that highlight your rocking personality, have a look @Home for some awesome options, perfect if you love minimalist design and colour. But works too if you have a wild personality dying to be expressed. Our favourite pick this season is their statutes and ornaments. From elephants to aluminium chess pieces, we love it all!

House & Home

This shopping outlet is great because not only do you get décor for your indoor needs but also your outdoor needs, hence the name House & Home. So from kitchen appliances, furniture, Wi-Fi modems, outdoor seating to braai stands – you can get all your house and home needs sorted here. Our favourite pick for this season is their heaters. Not only do they have a range of gas, electric and oil heaters, they also have patio heaters for when you feel like being outdoors during winter or cooler nights.

Know other great décor stores not mentioned above? Tell us below!

Remember that our "Top Picks" are not paid for and are compiled at the discretion of the journalist. We only write about what we love.