Décor & Gardening
Choose your colours
Feminine doesn’t have to mean pink. Consider soft pastels and dreamy neutrals for a more sophisticated feminine palette. Accent your space with pretty metallics, such as rose gold or old silver. Paint is the quickest and most economical way to make a change, but don’t be afraid to look at wallpapers and fabrics too – and you don’t have to go all flowers and frills! A clever choice of scatter cushions mixing feminine patterns with a few great geometrics or textures can do the trick.
We all want to feel as if we are in the most luxurious space possible. Floaty sheer linen voile curtains add a dreamy island holiday feeling (and you still enjoy your morning lie-ins if you fit a separate block out lining behind the curtain on a second track). Other textures to hunt down are plush cotton velvets and touches of fur, faceted crystals and even some gorgeous wallpapers with subtle metallic finishes
A well-chosen room diffuser or scented candle adds a feminine feeling to any space. A candlelit bathroom or bedroom and a gentle scent on a veranda adds the feeling of romance and flowers. I love the Cape Island products! They are made in South Africa and their packaging is spectacular and their attention to detail is worth the spoil….
This may be the most important tip of all. We all have stuff! Life is full of paperwork: school notices, bills etc. If you have no choice and space is limited, make the storage pretty! There are beautiful boxes for coffee table styling (and to hide those ugly remote controls). Cover your files in polka dots or feminine florals. If you really want to get serious about this, then take a photo of an area in your home and look at it as if it were in a magazine. A fresh perspective is the first step to taking control – and as women, we have to be in control of our homes!
You might be lucky enough to have a gorgeous silver tray from your granny or vases you’ve collected over time…I like gathering my small accessories into one space and then reusing them in different ways: an old silver sugar bowl next to your bed with a small bunch of roses…? It’s a quick way to get a new look without having to rush out and buy new things.
Be brave with your lighting. Gorgeous lamps can add soft lighting to any room and the selection of bases is endless. Tall lamps make a statement (especially next to a bed) and they also are more effective to read with and give you the space on the counter for a pretty vase of flowers or a feminine photo frame. If added lighting is needed, an obvious choice would be a chandelier (nothing more girly than diamonds), but for a more contemporary alternative, try the metallic molecule lights that are available from local lighting suppliers. And don’t forget fairy lights!
These must be placed carefully to ensure that they reflect only lovely things! A garden view can look like art for a fraction of the price. Mirror a whole wall if you like! Add a mirror to the base of a tray for added glamour (especially with the current gin bars and champagne cocktail trends).
Marian Nazar is passionate about creating beautiful spaces. After studying design and working in the commercial clothing industry for 14 years, Marian felt that she had lost her passion to create beautiful things. She started her business in 2005 and has never looked back. Marian is driven by her passion to create beautiful lifestyle spaces and is inspired by each individual project and gets personally involved in.
Details: Marian Nazar Interiors, 0313129987, email@example.com
Text: Monique De Villiers-Delport