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Design your kitchen for Entertaining

The days of the kitchen space being confined to cooking and cleaning are long gone. Nowadays it’s an area for whipping up delicious meals, for relaxing with a magazine and cup of tea, for homework, family time and for socialising over drinks. It’s become a hub for entertaining.

“The kitchen is still about utility, but it has evolved from pure utility to a beautiful space where people want to be.” – Mick de Giulio, kitchen designer (via http://bit.ly/2GxuuE5)

Take a seat

If room allows, add a few bar chairs to your kitchen island or counter. This will instantly create an atmosphere of socialising. Just think of the times you have friends over for dinner and you end up spending most of the evening cooking and chatting in the kitchen. This will make it so much comfier.

 

Sahara barstool    |   Impala stool   |    Springbok stool

 

Storage success

Being faced with a kitchen’s worth of appliances and products is enough to spoil any social mood. Keep things neat and tidy by storing the items, you only use once in a while, in baskets. Place them on top of your cupboards or under countertops for easy access, but an organised display.

Woven baskets on top of kitchen cupboard  

Easy to unwind

Having a wine rack or drinks trolley close to your kitchen will make the hosting and entertaining task a breeze. Not only will it be functional, but it will also make for a nice décor feature in your kitchen.

Wine rack

Spacious surface

Having enough space for chopping, mixing and prepping is the ultimate kitchen luxury. Make sure you have a spacious kitchen island or counter area with enough room to easily move around. Utilise this space for dishing up, unpacking the groceries or having a glass of wine.

Wood platter on kitchen countertop

Stylish shelving

Floating shelves can help to maximise your kitchen space and decorate your walls. Seeing as it will add to the overall look and feel of your kitchen, choose beautiful crockery and glassware to arrange. Remember to keep your shelves uncluttered and organised for easy use, cleaning and display.

  

Make it cosy

With the array of appliances and clean surfaces of a kitchen, the room can often feel cold and impersonal. Make it homely with a few potted herbs, indoor plants, candles and wall decorations.

  

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Bathroom Decorating Ideas for a Fresh Start

Whether you’re a splish splash, ready in 5 minutes type of guy or the lady who enjoys pampering the day away, visits to the bathroom are part of your daily routine. Better make ‘em good and relaxing then, don’t you think? Here are a few decorating tips to help you turn your bath and powder room into a stylish sanctuary.

Bathtub wood organiser with soap and brush 

Mirror, mirror on the wall

Instantly create the illusion of space in a room by adding a mirror or two. The reflective quality will allow natural light to fill the room, giving you a brighter and clearer view of things. Round mirrors, which channels the minimalism of Scandinavian design, are especially trending at the moment.

Bathroom sink with wood top and gold accessories

Green escape

Create a sense of serenity in your bathroom by adding a few indoor plants to the mix. Make sure you choose plants that’ll flourish in the humid conditions, try: ferns, spathiphyllum, begonias, bamboos, orchids, spider plants or philodendrons. If you’re not up for committing to a potted plant, arrange a few eucalyptus stems or air plants in a clear glass vase for a sleek décor touch.

Indoor plants on floating wood shelfIndoor plant on Springbok side table Indoor plant on Springbok side table

Basket beauty

Keep your bathroom tidy and trendy by neatly storing towels, soaps, toilet paper and everyday bathroom essentials in baskets. Not only are woven baskets great for storage, but the natural texture will serve as an interesting décor feature in your bathroom.

Black and white woven basket with leather straps for decoration and storage

Be clever about shelving

Open wall space in your bathroom? We see a niche for storage and decorating. Put up a few floating shelves to display indoor plants, vases and décor items or use the space to arrange your beauty products. Remember to keep this area uncluttered and neat, as you’d want it to make the room feel more spacious and inviting.

Bathroom decorated with indoor plants, wood furniture and decor accessories

Featured products:

White and grey woven planter R190 // Indoor plant R90

Mirror with wood frame R2750

Pineapple plates (small: R320, medium: R395)

Springbok Side Table R750

Sumba Basket R765 // HAUS towels from Hertex R430 each (available at Durbanville showroom)

Black and white basket R455

 

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A Festive Affair // Festive Table 1

This season our home décor drum beats to the sound of cheerful Christmas jingles. To get you in the celebratory spirit, we’ve put together three different festive tables, featuring products from our furniture and home accessory range. First up is a look inspired by the simplicity of Scandanavian design and touches of festive bling.

Achieve this look with a neutral colour scheme, pops of greenery, statement glassware and rose gold cutlery. Our two favourite details of this festive ensemble are the Mounted Staghorn Fern wall features and Wood Candle Holders. Both these items were created from off-cuts from our workshop.

 

Do it yourself:

Recycle clear glass bottles of different sizes and fill them with rosemary twigs for a fragrant and beautiful table decoration.

Featured products:

Steel Leg Dining Table (2.4m x 1.5m): R17 000

Chunky Dining Room chairs: R2950 each

Table Runner (6-8 seater) 40cm x 250cm: R290 / Table runner (2.4m table ) 40cm x 270cm: R310

Mounted Staghorn Fern: R450

Wood Candle Holders (set of 5): R190

Napkins (set of 4) 45cm x 45cm: R150 / Napkins (set of 6) 45cm x 45cm: R200

Delicious Monster Leaves (set of 6): R120

*Glassware, crockery, cutlery from @Home.

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A Festive Affair // Table 2

Wooden plates, textured napkins and terracotta pots with succulents beautifully adorned our Ruggens Table to create this natural, South African inspired look. This festive table features eco-conscious elements, such as wooden candle holders made from furniture off-cuts, napkins made from material off-cuts and wooden plates made from wood off-cuts by the talented ARK team.

Do it yourself:

For a special touch, buy little succulents to arrange on your place settings as gifts for your guests. Collect clear glass bottles to use as alternative to glasses. 

To set the scene we planted a variety of terracotta pots with succulents and cacti to create a rustic water-wise look. Overflowing round steel planters on the wall, grey place runners and wooden plates put the finishing touches on this rustic festive table.

Featured products:

Ruggens Table (2100 x 900 x 750cm): R6800

Ruggens Benches (1800 x 400 x 450cm): R2500

Place Runners (6 seater, set of 3) 30cm x 150cm: R210 // (8 seater, set of 4) 30cm x 150cm: R250

Napkins (set of 4) 45cm x 45cm: R150 / Napkins (set of 6) 45cm x 45cm: R200

Wood Candle Holders (set of 5): R190

ARK Wood Plates: R270.00 each

ARK Wood Spoons: R220.00 for a set of 4

Steel Planter (Small): R440 (+R250 with plants)

Steel Planter (Medium): R485 (+R350 with plants)

Steel Planter (Large): R580 (+R450 with plants)

Planted 5cm Terracotta Pot: R30

Planted 7cm Terracotta Pot: R40 

Planted 10cm Terracotta Pot: R70

Planted 12cm Teracotta Pot: R80

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A Festive Affair // Table 3

Pops of rose gold elevated the natural colour scheme to create this elegant and formal festive table. Seasonal greenery and candles adorned the extra length tablecloth for a sophisticated finish. Last to mention, but definitely not the least is the trio of air plant frames made for a unique surprise décor feature.  

Do it yourself:

Choose a few seasonal greens from the garden to arrange on the table as décor feature. Opt for hardy plants to ensure that they keep their form and beauty throughout your celebration.

Featured products:

Steel Leg Dining Table: R17 000

Classic Dining Room Chairs: R2580 each

Tablecloth (Extra length: 390cm x 270cm): R599

Air Plant Display: R650 each

Napkins (set of 4) 45cm x 45cm: R150 / Napkins (set of 6) 45cm x 45cm: R200

*Glassware, crockery, cutlery from @Home.

 

 

 

 

 

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Decorate your Patio for Summer

The season for stoepkuiers is finally in sight. As we welcome warmer weather, balmy summer days beckon for outside gatherings on the patio. Time to uncover the outdoor furniture, wash down the deck and pour yourself a refreshing drink. Much like the gradual change of the season, your indoor interior should effortlessly extend to your exterior, your stoep area. Here’s how:

Rather than focussing on one focal point in your house, see all decorative elements and layout options as connected, working together to create a nice atmosphere and flow. Think of it as the golden decorative thread running throughout your abode onto the stoep, creating a sense of cohesion and homeliness.

The open space designs of modern architecture have helped to blur the lines between indoor and outdoor areas. The easiest way to connect these two is by allowing a view from the one to the other. Think sliding doors, shutters and large windows opening up onto your patio and garden space.

Furnishing your patio with beautiful furniture and decorative details, matched to the overall style of your home, will help to create a nice flow. Repeat accent colours and décor elements to extend the look. See below some of our favourite Incanda Furniture products to use on your stoep

 

 

  1. Large Fabric planter // R390
  2. Beach Bench // from R3100
  3. Round metal hanging planter // from R440
  4. Side Table Mojo Bone // R4340

To add vibrancy to the exterior of your home, add a fresh coat of paint to the trim along the edge of your outer walls. Other details, like neat stonework or framed windows, can also make a huge difference. A few small updates to your garden or backyard can really work wonders.

Important to keep in mind when decorating your stoep, is to choose quality materials that will withstand harsh sunlight and tough weather conditions. If the desired items are not fit for the task but are perfect for the look, plan in advance to extend the lifetime of these products. Make sure you have enough room in your storage to keep the items in case of rain or invest in waterproof covers.  

For more ideas on stoep décor, follow us on Pinterest.

 

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Tips for choosing the Perfect Chair

Kitchen chairs, rocking chairs, barstools, dining chairs, recliners, sofas, ottomans, office chairs…next time you walk through your home, take a moment to look at the variety of chairs you’ve gathered over the years. Why did you choose those specific chairs? We’ve put together a few tips for choosing the perfect chair:

Comfort is king

When visiting a furniture store in search of seating options, take the time to sit on each chair. If you immediately feel at ease, supported and comfortable, you’re sitting on the right chair.

 

Quality is queen

Other than comfort, quality should be one of the most important deciding factors when buying chairs. Do your research, ask the salesperson for advice and compare the material, features and design of various chairs before making a purchase.

Purposefully made

You wouldn’t want to sit in a rocking chair at the dining table or sit up straight on a barstool when reading or watching television. Keep purpose and practicality in mind when buying chairs.

Style-savvy

Chairs are furniture items you’ll probably have for 10+ years, so be sure of the colour, design and overall style. Match the style of your chairs to the rest of the furniture and decorative elements in a room.

Is it practical?

Apart from the comfort and style, you also have to think about the practical aspect of a chair. Will it fit through the door of the room you want it in? Will it be easy enough to lift, move and clean?

 

“A house that does not have one warm, comfy chair in it is soulless.” – May Sarton

 

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5 Benefits of Indoor Plants

Not just a pretty sight – indoor plants have quite a list of benefits that make them even more of a must-have! On a mission to create suitable space station habitats, NASA scientists have done a lot of the research on the benefits of houseplants. And who are we to argue with the experts? We’ve summarized 5 Benefits of Indoor Plants to help you enjoy and appreciate your green housemates even more!

Plants make you happy 

Oh yes, they do! We all need a bit of cheering up every now and then – indoor plants promote a feeling of well-being; they bring a sense of calm and optimism. Studies have shown that elderly residents introduced to indoor gardening had a much happier mood and patients who have a garden view from their hospital rooms often recover more quickly than those facing a wall.

Purify the air

Indoor plants offer a much-needed breath of fresh air! NASA’s research found that indoor plants proved themselves to be surprisingly efficient natural filters; improving air quality by putting out clean air and removing household toxins such as – benzene, formaldehyde, and ammonia – all of which often lurk in the form of plastics, furniture, and carpet fibers. Their research found succulents to be excellent at cleansing the air and removing up to 87% of harmful volatile organic compounds (VOC).

Increase productivity

Indoor plants can improve your idea generation, concentration and your mood. Having plants in the room where you study or work can enhance brain capabilities, as shown by a University of Michigan study, where memory retention improved by as much as 20 percent! An indoor garden can improve your productivity – in a Washington State University study it was discovered that people who work in an environment with a few of houseplants tend to complete tasks 12 percent faster than those without them.

Improve health

About 10 percent of the moisture in the atmosphere is water released by plants – therefore instead of investing in a humidifier to soften the air, rather just bring in a plant or two! The more plants you bring into your home or office, the more you can improve the humidity in your environment – this, in turn, can prevent dry skin, colds, sore throat and dry coughs. A study by the Agricultural University of Norway found a 60 percent decrease in sickness rates in offices with plants.

Improve sleep

We all know that during the day plants give off oxygen through the process of photosynthesis – but there are a few special ones you want to keep on your bedside table as they give off oxygen at night too! Gerbera daisies, succulents, orchids and areca palms are some of these soothing helpers. Place these plants in your bedroom for an extra measure of refreshed air that ultimately leads to a better night’s sleep.

The benefits of indoor plants provide you with just the excuse you need to purchase another one, two or three…

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Decorate with Indoor Plants

To complement our furniture range and home décor accessories, we’ve recently grown our product range with a wide variety of indoor plants. It seems that once you start wandering down this leafy road, there’s no turning back! To start your very own indoor garden, pop in at one of our showrooms to view our houseplant collection and follow these 5 Easy Styling Tips for Decorating with Indoor Plants:

Better together

Much like humans, plants enjoy each other’s company. So go ahead, group them together! Make it visually interesting by mixing plants of different shapes and sizes. We suggest a variety of succulents, an African Milk Tree (Euphorbia trigona) or a spiller plant like String of Pearls (Senecio rowleyanus).

Elevation station

Indoor plants are nature’s art, so let them rise to the occasion! Elevate your houseplants to make a visible statement. Arrange them on a side table or stepladder or invest in a beautiful steel stand pot holder.

 

Be a minimalist or go bold

There’s no rule when it comes to decorating with plants. For a bold botanical look, more is more! You can get away with filling every nook and cranny in a room with a variety of plants – hang them from the ceiling, stack them on shelves, arrange them on the windowsill or group them in a corner. If you’re going the minimalist route, use one or two eye-catching indoor plants as décor features in a room.

Wall art

Don’t let a blank wall space go to waste – it can be the perfect canvas for your creative indoor plant ideas! Opt for floating shelves overflowing with greenery or consider hanging plants from the ceiling – add colour and texture to your walls with a macramé planter or leather and fabric hanging plant feature.

 

Fresh start 

Waking up to a beautiful plant in your bedroom may just be the best start to your day! Opt for a luscious pot plant on your bedside table or arrange plants on a floating shelf above your bed to create the idea of an ‘urban rainforest’ headboard.

It’s true what they say; a beautiful plant is like having a friend around the house – so go on, invite them in, embrace them and enjoy their company!

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Step inside the home of Handré Pollard & fiancé Marise Malherbe

It’s not every day that you get the chance to work on the home of an international rugby player, so our team was over the moon when the wonderful opportunity presented itself. From the grey and white surfaces and neat finishings to the open design and clean lines, the couple’s newly built home offered an ideal blank canvas to work from – any decorator’s dream!

     

Inspiration

For their future home, the duo envisioned a contemporary, timeless space, with a warm and inviting ambience. They wanted to keep the look and feel of their home modern, minimalistic and monochromatic, but with warm and personal touches. Both Handré and Marise are originally from Paarl in the Western Cape – they wanted to incorporate some elements of greenery, which remind them of their hometown, into their living space.

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Get the look

To achieve the desired interior look, we paired structured, contemporary furniture items with textured fabrics, indoor plants, baskets, ceramics and wood details. We decided on a mix of leather and fabric upholstery for their furniture, which added to the interesting aesthetic of their style. To incorporate touches of nature into their home, a variety of plants were used throughout their living space, focussing mainly on the patio where we installed a vertical garden box and covered a feature table with greenery.

     

     

Product list

Patio:

  • Riempie bench 1800 x 400 x 450 // Leather: Corrected Grain Ice White
  • Straight Leg Table 2400 x 100 // Wood: Blackwood – Natural finish
  • Greyton chairs // Fabric: Camelot collection, Cadbury col: linen from Home Fabrics
  • Plant holder, plant boxes & home accessories from Incanda

Living area:

Bedroom:

 

Photographer: Larry English Photography

 

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