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The Collaborative is the brain child of Chantelle {La Fede designs} and Mariette {Little Interiors} with the goal get mostly South African small businesses to collaborate to create beautiful room settings with locally designed and manufactured items. Our first The Collaborative room design was a playroom for girls. I created a moodboard using soft colours and fun […]

The Collaborative – Playroom


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Display all your medals with a personalized medal hanger! Earlier this year my brother turned 30, and I really was not sure what to get him that was meaningful and useful. He has always excelled in sports, especially gymnastics, karate and recently jujitsu. He has built up a good collection of medals that […]

Win a personalized Medal Hanger!


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Win BIG with Schnooky Pie To celebrate the launch of the Schnooky Pie WINTER 2016 COLLECTION they have teamed up with 11 other Proudly South African brands to give-away not 1 but 2 fabulous prizes worth over R5000 each, one to a little girl and one to a little boy, […]

WIN BIG with Schnooky Pie



Pampers Premium Launch
I’m going to show you how awesome the new Pampers® Premium Care nappies are and you can win some nappies to try out. In full disclosure, I am a big fan of Pampers Premium and it has been the best option for both my kids. The reason why I’ve always insisted […]

Win new Pampers Premium Care Nappies


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Your newborn baby is a perfect little human that can feel you, hear you, smell you, taste what your feed him but can’t see you all that clear yet. This is one of the last and arguably the most important sense to develop after birth. You hear a lot of […]

High contrast colours for newborn babies


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New York City has always been my favourite city to visit, and I still fantasize about living in this concrete jungle that never sleeps. And the shopping,……OH the shopping! This vibrant city has influenced my design style from early on and I’ve created mood boards using furniture and decor from some of the […]

New York – New York



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I was asked to judge the MamaMagic new product awards last year during each of the Jhb shows. They did things a little bit different, and we had a final overal judging in January 2016 followed by a awards morning at the Woodmead Country Club on 11 February.  The products are […]

MamaMagic new product awards 2015


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“EB”, as my daughter refers to the Easter bunny, is coming to town and I’m loving all the bunny decor around. I felt inspired by the glass bunny jar with pearlised hazelnuts that I bought from Woolworths recently. I had on of those happy accidents with it when I tried to get […]

Hoppity poppity EB is coming to town


PhotosDecor
I love to use photos to decorate a nursery and at a recent baby market I met Andelle Schenach and I fell in love with her display.. It is such a beautiful way to showcase maternity and newborn photo shoots in a non conventional way. *Photo Credit: Andelle Schenach Photography There are […]

Decorate with photos 



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Dora Live in South Africa from Nickelodeon Africa on Vimeo. That’s right, Dora the Explorer Live! Dora’s Pirate Adventure, the ultimate, fantastic family-friendly theatrical experience, opens at the ICC, Durban (30 June-3 July), before moving on to Emperors Palace, Johannesburg (7-10 July), and finally dropping anchor at the Grand Arena, […]

Dora’s Pirate Adventure


Babyproofing
In the last couple of weeks I have personally been touched by horrible accidents that happened to toddlers in their own homes. It made me check my own house again for items that could possible hurt or even worse, kill my toddler and child. To fully understand what you need to look […]

Tips on baby/child proofing your home!


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I often say my kids have way to much toys and wish we can get rid of everything, but imagine that was true! Imagine your baby/toddler/kid have nothing to play with to develop vital skills in life. As an Interior Designer, I design spaces to promote learning through play, and without […]

The Little Toys that Aren’t



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Pretoria moms, you are in for a treat!! The Bambino’s Boutique fair is back and it is going to be even better than the first.  Bambino’s Boutique Fair is set for a second event, this time at the idyllic La Vie Lente urban farm on Lynwood Road Extension in Pretoria […]

Bambino’s Boutique Fair in Pretoria


Meet Little Me
I’m so exited to be launching the LittleME range of hangers and organizers. Our LittleME hand painted wooden hangers are the perfect addition to a children’s/baby room. The hangers are designed to display a special piece of clothing, accessories or just used as a decor item in a room. They are made […]

Introducing LittleME!


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I just can’t get enough of checking out celebrity homes and decor and I often wonder what those mansions cost to run and to keep in pristine condition, I’m not even talking about what the costs are to decorate and furnish these cribs!  I also wonder what the insurance cost […]

Be the King of your castle!



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When you get to redo a child’s room or do a brand new nursery you can get overwhelmed by what you find, and spending too much can be a reality. This is why planning and budgeting form such a crucial part of a room design. Impulse purchases can be detrimental […]

How important a budget is when you design a room


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I am so excited that I am going to be at the Rock-A-Baby fair this year, so excited that I am giving away 5 double tickets. Follow the steps bellow to win.  a Rafflecopter giveaway Pop in and say hi! Ie will have some awesome specials and products available!

Win 5 Double tickets to Rock-A-Baby Fair!!


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  Currently decals are so on trend in kids rooms, not only because it can be removed easily but also because it is so easy to install. It can be a little daunting when the decals are small and has to be measured out to be exactly the same distance […]

Equally spaced decals – DIY



Spring Clean Checklist
Spring is in the air and this means spring cleaning time for most of us. I use this time to reflect on what I really need and what has gathered dust because it has not been used for a year. For the kids, because of the change of season I […]

Spring Clean


DIY TeePee
I LOVE teepees and I even love a DIY teepee more!! They look so cute in a room and the kids can have fun indoors and outdoors. I’ve had this project in my to-do folder for some time. The pattern, instructions and fabric has been lying nicely next to my […]

DIY TeePee


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To me, this year’s Decorex was all about lights, textiles and wood and all I can say is WOW!! The show really had a lot to offer and the 100% Design South African section did not seize to amaze. Colours that are trending right now is oceanic blues, dusty yellows, […]

Decorex 2015 – my favourites



Create This Look Mood Board
I told you a few weeks back about the wonderful products that Mamas & Papas has on offer here, and the one thing that was the most striking to me about the store was the beautiful colours of the fabrics and accessories. This inspired me to do a full design board […]

Design your nursery with Mamas & Papas


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Realizing that your baby is now a toddler is a shocking thing! It feels like you had a tiny helpless baby 5 minutes ago and now they are exploring and climbing on to things and all of a sudden their needs become a lot different to a baby’s need. It […]

Baby to toddler room


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Organizing a kids bathroom is one of the most difficult tasks for me personally, and it is even worse when the said bathroom is shared with adults. Bath toys are the worst because they need to dry between play, to prevent all types of nasties growing in and on the […]

Children’s bathroom storage solutions



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Lighting can make a good room design, amazing! I came across these awesome JAKE PHIPPS JEEVES Replica pendants from Robert Thomson & CO, perfect for a boys nursery, room or even your husbands man-cave.          Bring fun, whimsical items to create special features in a room. Happy Father’s Day Dads!! {Mariette}

Tops and tails for the boys.


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It is now time to trade in the toddler bed for a big kid bed. At this stage all signs of a nursery are probably gone and has been taken over by superheros or princesses. Your child now probably has a very distinct taste and identity and you do not have […]

Toddler to kid room