By Roelf Nel

Pergola Design Ideas

Extend your living space into the outdoors and capture the sounds of birds chirping away, enjoy the fragrance coming from your garden, yet protected from the harsh sun. Transform your space into a beautiful, welcoming venue for your family to have outdoor suppers or entertain your guests. House this space under a Pergola.

Pergola ideas to consider

  1. Brick Pergolas: Using good quality red bricks that can withstand the harsh African weather conditions offers a more structural look to your Pergola. Create brick pillars holding the lattice wooden rooftop while your favourite climbing plant twines around the beams creating a living roof covering.
  2. Pergola Curtains: For a Mediterranean feel, instead of heavy pillars, have outdoor curtains suspended to create a luxury haven. Use the curtains to add to the overall design and feel of your Pergola. Not only do they offer a way to create shade, but create a space of privacy.
  3. Bamboo is a durable material that can withstand the elements and will offer you a roofing option that is attractive and long-lasting.
  4. Retractable fabric coverings offer the best of both worlds. At times having the sun streaming in and enjoying the rays is welcomed. Then you don’t want a roof covering. Then there are days that the shade covering and protection is a must. These canopies are created from Sunbrella fabrics and provide the SPF protection.
  5. For a more contemporary look use steel structures. For the designer look, cut patterns into the steel frames. This example on our Pinterest Board will get those creative juices flowing if you want to create something special.
  6. Connect your house to your garden using a pergola. A curved roof offers an alternative design to classical beam design.

Visit our Pinterest Board to get inspiration from the fantastic Pergola designs we found. From classical designs to more contemporary designs. What will your Pergola look like?

By Roelf Nel

Water Feature Ideas to transform your garden

Change the ambiance of your garden and add a feature that can help you feel relaxed after a busy day.  A feature that will bring life and a peaceful sound as the water gushes over the rocks.  This can be a pond, a fountain or waterfall.

Transform your garden into a peaceful retreat with these water feature ideas

  1. Consider a free-standing self-contained water feature. The classical option is the pouring lady statue.  Grace your garden with dignity and culture as this feature streams water into a pond or bowl.  The options include the large classic ball, large modern antique limestone with a bronzed ball, ornate two-tiered in antique stone and white limestone, two-tiered candy twist traditional design and beautiful water jug lady statue. These types of designs easily fit in the architecture of every garden.
  2. For the larger garden area, look at the in-ground water feature. These fountains are ideal if you want a low key fountain to blend into its surroundings. These fountains are installed inside the ground and decorated with lavish garden beds and features.
  3. Pond fountains add elegance and tranquility to any garden. There are so many options to consider. Go for a partially above ground water feature.
  4. Having a water wall creates a space to relax in listening to the falling water. Give your water wall a natural look using rough stones. But if you like something more modern, choose an installation with lights and beautiful jets of water.
  5. A more traditional feel is to have a water fountain sprouting out of the wall gushing into a bowl or pond.

Have a discussion with a landscaper and get their opinion on how to change your garden into a peaceful haven.  Visit showrooms and see what beautiful features are offered for creating a water feature, or visit our Pinterest Board and get some ideas.  Dream and develop a plan to create a tranquil place to come home to after a busy day at work.

By Roelf Nel

Glass Splashback

Are you considering a Glass Splashback for your kitchen or bathroom? Glass has a variety of benefits, both aesthetic and practical. Here are a few reasons why choosing glass over other materials may be the best choice for you.

There are many reasons people choose a glass Splashback for their homes. Glass comes in an almost limitless variety of colours, patterns, and textures. There are even glass tiles that imitate natural stone. It is common to find bubbles or flecks of highly contrasting colours within the glass. Depending on the type of glass, you can also find everything from a subtle surface texture to a candy-like high gloss.

The shape is also an interesting factor in glass Splashback projects. You are not limited to simple square shapes. There are many who choose a scale-like pattern or any number of different shapes for their kitchen or bathroom Splashbacks. The thickness of the glass also plays a role–you can choose glass tiles that remain flat and thin against the wall, or you can choose tiles that expand slightly outward, resulting in a bumpier look. This not only creates an interesting texture on the wall – it also reflects the light in interesting ways.

On a more practical side, a glass Splashback is ideal for the home because, unlike limestone or marble, it does not stain or develop watermarks. It is also a very sanitary material, which is why it is so commonly used in kitchens and bathrooms. Additionally, they are extremely easy to clean – many people just use soap and water or their favourite window cleaner. There is no need to apply any special cleaners or substances.

Are you looking to buy green? If you are looking for earth-friendly products, you cannot go wrong with a glass Splashback. Not only can you purchase many varieties of beautiful recycled glass, but also should you decide to replace your glass tiles with something else later on, you can recycle the glass fragments.

These are only a few reasons why a glass Splashback is such a popular addition to any home. Not only are they beautiful and easily maintained, but they are also long lasting. The only downside to them is that they are not as heat resistant as other materials, which means that you should not typically install them behind your stove. Other than that, they are a wonderful way to spruce up your wall and give your kitchen a whole new look.

Visit our Pinterest Board for more Splashback ideas

By Roelf Nel

Some Useful Tips For Kids Study Areas

Every kid is a ‘genius in the making’ and this makes their study area very important. They should be comfortable with the study area and thus have little excuse to leave their desk often. There are many study table and chair sets readily available in the market in various colours and options with various accessories attached to them. You need to select one which suits the needs of the child and fits the space available at home for this purpose.

As a parent there are certain factors that you should consider while deciding on a study area:

Space – It is always important that the kid get sufficient space and it should neither be cramped nor too big. A cramped space makes the child feel uneasy very early and a spacious set up will get them to relax a little too easily. So it should be of just the right size. The study space may either be in the kid’s room or if space is a constraint in a common study or the bedroom. As a parent, if you think the kid needs some supervision while studying it’s better to have the study area in a place close to the kitchen or living room.

Noise – Ensure that the noise level around the study area is low. Children are easily distracted and therefore the study area should be located in a place that ensures adequate peace and quiet. Switch off the TV or music when they are studying and ensure that friends’ visits are restricted to play time.

Furniture – The study area should have a table and a comfortable chair. It is best to have an ergonomically designed chair. The size of the table should go with the age and build of the child and should have spaces to hold stationery, books, notes and other accessories.

Light – Lighting is also very important in the kid’s study area. A well-spread light is always the best and so normally a special desk light is not necessary. If specifically required the study lamp should be well focused on the table and care should be taken that the light does not fall on the child’s face. The light may be fixed on the wall or the table. If the room gets a generous share of natural light, then place the desk in such a way as to make the most of it.

Organize work – A bulletin board stuck on the table or the wall near the table or even the wardrobe door will be of great help to keep track of the kid’s schedules, homework, extracurricular activities etc. To-do notes and checklists will help your children to stay organized and get their work done on time.

Visit our Pinterest Board to get some great ideas that will get your kids inspired to do their homework.


By Roelf Nel

Simplistic or Casual Decorating Style

The casual style of home décor has a simple, cozy, and inviting character.

The simplistic style combines textures, lines, and accessories, following simple but fine layouts that mimic a sense of symmetry that plays outside of its common boundaries.

Details and accessories for casual style rooms are to be simple. Plain shapes like rectangles or circles and items with smooth curves work well.

The casual style is great to put together rooms with things that you already have. You can transform functional accessories into decorations that are in turn also functional. For example, you can use a stylish bottle as a base for one of your lamps, or a rustic oak door as a coffee or dining table.

If you are not looking for a casual look for your entire house, you can incorporate elements of the simplistic style into any type of room. Adding a simple touch of casual into a traditional room can be as easy as adding a functional and decorative item that appears slightly rustic. These characteristics inspire familiarity and comfort, casually inviting you into a room.

The casual décor style consists of specific elements of design. Large cozy furniture, such as upholstered chairs or a comfortable couch dressed with an easy to clean slipcover, fit the bill.

Furniture appears in neutral or pastel tones, with darker hues as accents for contrast.

Furniture is wide and short, appealing more to comfort than décor. Coffee tables and other surfaces are large and simple, often with drawers for functionality.

To add more character to the room, accents such as pillows and curtains present off-colour patterns and textures. The casual look is aided by the simple appearance of natural fabrics such as wool, cotton, and linen.

To aid in the organic look of these fibers, other rustic materials can be incorporated. Possible options are wicker, naturally finished woods and rattan.

The concept of casual style is based on hominess and comfort. Textures are prominent in a simple canvas and furniture is low, large, and cozy. If you’re inspired by simplicity and comfort, the casual style of décor is definitely something to consider.

Get some more inspiring ideas on our Pinterest Board.

Pergola Design Ideas
Water Feature Ideas to transform your garden
Glass Splashback
Some Useful Tips For Kids Study Areas
Simplistic or Casual Decorating Style