The Collaborative

The Collaborative is a bouquet of small South African designers. It was founded in 2016 by Chantelle and Mariette, both having the same passion and a similar vision for small designers and makers in their field. Mariette runs @little.interiors and @littleme_decor combining her love for interior design with gorgeous stimulating decor. Chatelle runs @lafede_designs known for their handmade, minimalist heirloom soft toys.

Sharing resources, audiences and social platforms has proven to be very successful in building brand awareness. The Collaborative encourages collaboration between brands and wish to showcase these with curated photo shoots and artisan shows

The goal is to showcase South African creators and makers with beautiful curated photo shoots using locally designed and manufactured items. We want to encourage local trends using inspiration from international trendsetters. If you are interested in adding your brand and products to the next shoot please send your product photo’s and details to thecollaborativesa@gmail.com.

Find us on Instagram: @TheCollaborative_SA #TheCollaborative #TheCollaborative_SA

See all the curated shoots bellow:


To PLAY means to engage in activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose. In the latest, The Collaborative room reveal we got to do just that, PLAY. We wanted to create an area with bold colours and a serious accent on FUN! We wanted to […]

The Collaborative – PLAY


Winter Wonderland The first chills of winter came creeping in this weekend and this means it is the best time to share our WINTER WONDERLAND room with you. This is one room that exceeded our expectations by miles. We used shades of blue and mint and played with pops of pink […]

The Collaborative: Winter Wonderland


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 The hottest buzzword in the new season is “Swoon”. Not only because we’ve been anticipating the reveal of the new Swoon range by La Fede but also because it so perfectly describes the look and the feel of the next room reveal by The Collaborative. Think florals, dusty pinks, golds, […]

The Collaborative – Swoon



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We decided to take a little step away from the super trendy toddler rooms and we had a bit of nostalgic fun by creating a quirky, retro gaming inspired room for boys. We wanted recreate some memories from our own childhood in a very simplistic design. We used some vintage furniture pieces […]

The Collaborative – Retro Games Room


The flirtatious and flamboyant flamingo is the centre point of this new room reveal. The currently trendy bird is popping up everywhere. It is believed that “To see a Flamingo in your dream symbolises your sense of community and cooperation. If you focus on working together toward a common goal […]

The Collaborative – The Flamingo Room


Boho chic is top of the current trend lists, the style is influenced by both bohemian and hippy styles. We used florals, pastels and macrame as key elements in making this boho theme work well. We used more pastel colours which makes an amazing nursery theme but can also be ideal for an older […]

The Collaborative – Boho Chic Room



Black and white has been the dominant colour scheme in a lot of rooms lately. The Rock ‘n Roll theme is the ambassador for the black and white themed room. We added pops of red and blue to this with some accessories and loads of texture. This theme can be used in […]

The Collaborative – Rock ‘n Roll Room


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Unicorns, bunnies, rainbows and sleepy clouds…. that’s what girls are really made of. The unicorn room is a busy, fun and eclectic room to inspire and bring creative play to every little girl! This room was purely designed with fun in mind, and boy did we play. We are loving […]

The Collaborative – The Unicorn Room


Greenery is the Pantone colour of 2017 so it is only fitting to have our first room reveal from the 3rd The Collaborative shoot named accordingly. We wanted to create a room with an older child in mind. Black and white colour schemes are still trending worldwide but we wanted to bring […]

The Collaborative – Greenery



The Collaborative – Vintage Car Room We all know boys like cars and everything that comes with it. We had so much fun playing while we were setting up this look. We used elements of everything boys love from comic books to kites, to create a look that every boy will […]

The Collaborative – Vintage Car Room


African Inspired Nursery
African inspired nursery This theme has always been my favourite nursery theme. Both my kids had a version of an African inspired nurseries. All our fellow South African suppliers had some awesome contributions for this room.        The colour scheme was a wash of white and natural colours with pops […]

The Collaborative – African inspired nursery


Spring is in the air and the sweet smell of blossoms are teasing our senses. What a perfect way to kick of our The Collaborative 2 room reveal, a Vintage floral room! This room is a little girls dream, designed for her to get lost in their own perfect little whimsical […]

The Collaborative – Vintage Floral Bedroom



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. Each Collaborative shoot includes 3 room designs. Collaborative 1 included a Girl’s Playroom, a Monochrome Boy’s Room […]

The Collaborative – Tribal Woodlands Nursery


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, see it here. The second room reveal […]

The Collaborative – Monochrome Boy Room


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