We’ve heard for weeks that winter is coming and it’s become clear that winter is now here. As we snuggle under our duvet covers to fight the chill and wonder if the cold is a good enough excuse for skipping our early morning Zumba class – we think it is. But truth be told, we’re done with acting out a scene from Game of Thrones each morning as we panic jump from our hot showers into our outfit of the day desperately trying to maintain body heat
It is an undeniable fact that those of us who live in big, glittering cities love to draw inspiration from our urban landscapes when decorating our homes. Urban chic is the order of the day and a common misconception is that it’s a rather edgy and masculine look. CTM’s Chic by Design range of listello’s and décor tiles is the answer to your design woes
Somewhere between Easter and the other countless public holidays, which had us lost in duvet days and movie marathons, we completely lost track of time…. Now that we’ve finally resurfaced and are back into the swing of things; we then got knocked off our seats and immediately descended into a flat panic when we realised Mother’s Day is literally around the corner.
As we make a quick dash from our 5am yoga class into a gym shower with our flip flops on, we find ourselves calculating how many hours there are until we get home and can sink into our bath tubs and, slowly but surely, recreate the scene from Pretty Woman where Julia Roberts is surrounded by fluffy bubbles while singing along to Prince.
The bathroom is undoubtedly one of the favourite rooms in any home. There are teenagers competing for mirror time, unsupervised toddlers flushing bubble bath down the toilet, with somewhat entertaining but completely disastrous consequences, and not to mention a peaceful candle lit bath for mum every now and then.
It seems just yesterday we were all gathered around a Christmas tree watching the little ones delight as they ripped open their presents. Now Easter is around the corner and we’re sure you, just like us, are about to spend your life savings on copious amounts of chocolate that you’ll have to hide around the house, while crossing your fingers that the kids find it before it melts or one of your neighbour’s dogs sniff it out.
Summer days are fading away and soon we’ll be making stews instead of braais and huddling by the fireplace instead of soaking in the sunshine, but it’s not all bad because, before you know it, summer will return and it’ll be time to host all manner of outdoor gatherings from pool parties to Sunday family lunches.
Christmas always seems to creep up on us; all of a sudden you’re making a last minute dash to the grocery store to pick up an extra jar or two of cranberry sauce and begging a sibling to grab a few extra bottles of wine on their way over. And just as you think you’ve ticked all the boxes on your to do a list, you receive a message from your cousin explaining that his new girlfriend is a vegan and he forgot to let you know.
The presents are wrapped and waiting patiently under the Christmas tree, the turkey is in the oven, roasting to utter perfection and you’ve baked a selection of delicious cookies in preparation for Santa’s visit. The only problem now is that you’re completely and utterly exhausted and you still have to make it through dinner with some form of enthusiasm, when honestly you’re better prepared to watch Love Actually from the comfort of your bed
The lights are up and everywhere you turn Michael Buble’s rendition of both classic and modern carols are playing, and though you may complain about the chaos that is Christmas, we know that in reality you love it! So as our favourite time of year creeps closer and closer, our kitchens are about to take centre stage with our grandmothers whipping up their famous stuffing and chiding us every time we suggest having a braai instead of Christmas lunch. Not to mention squeezing our entire family into our humble homes.
The kitchen is often the heartbeat of your home. It hosts the best conversations and creates delightful aromas that will trigger happy emotional memories for each and every person in the family.That is why extra effort should always go into creating the perfect environment when it comes to design. Today we are going to focus on three particular styles, and give you some tips on how to bring them to life.
If you are looking to harmonise your home by attracting good feelings and drawing good things your way - then Feng Shui is the style for you.This style originates from a Chinese philosophical system where you harmonise the surrounding environment with everyone in the room. Before you get onto the colours, tones and other details required, it is important to first look at the initial rules of Feng Shui.
Bedrooms are the theatre of dreams that you can find in each and every home! Whether you’re dressing up for a first date, dancing around the scattered outfits on the floor singing into your hairbrush or cuddling the kids because they’ve brought you breakfast in bed (yes the kitchen is a disaster zone, but it’s the thought that counts). This is easily the most important room in any home, it’s the one that’s a secret hideout just for you, when every other room is shared with your friends and family.
With the uptake of modern living and the trend of people opting for smaller apartments, a limited bathroom area is a problem for a lot of people. Many often complain that they just can’t do anything with the space they have available. Don’t worry too much about it though; there are many inexpensive ways to make your small bathroom appear bigger than it really is. Whether you are strapped for cash or just live in a small place, there is no need to feel claustrophobic.