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Last week my trainer changed up my workouts by taking a suspension class! It involves lots of core strength and balance. Hopefully we can progress to a point where your body is completely inverted throughout the workout! 

Agility Durban offers suspension training and Pilates and they are based at the Design Factory off Umgeni road.

Besides a cool workout, the space is decorated in cool, calming tones. Completely zen! I spotted these geometric ornaments that I’ve been dying over for the longest time and can’t seem to find anywhere! Go to Agility Durban if you’re keen to check it out.

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Wishbone

I’m a chair hoarder! I could just collect a room full of chairs if it were possible. These wishbone chairs having been popping up in all my feeds as of late and I love how classic they are. They work perfectly whether it be a dining room or boardroom, just love their versatility.

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Finding Your Niche

Finally! Not sure if this counts, but the Niche guys have asked me to decorate their offices. Now if you remember in previous posts, decorating their offices has been a long time coming. Whether I was doing it or not, it was meant to be done years ago! As long as I have some Carte Blanche when it comes to the decorative decision making, I’m happy :-)

Niche is a creative digital agency, the clear message in the guys brief was that the space needs to reflect their brand, personalities, have a masculine aesthetic, but not overly so, and create an environment that allows a creative to thrive and enjoy being at work. Now, this space is gorgeous! Lots and lots of natural light, double volume ceilings and huge windows.

My first thought was that this has to be a space where the natural light and sense of openness NEEDS to be appreciated, less is definitely more here. Think industrial, with a touch of wood for masculinity, cognac leather and rugs for warmth. Indoor plants will also add some life.

Because the area is completely open plan with no partitioning, working areas need to be clearly defined and identified. They are divided into, staff workspace, a boardroom, management workspace and an informal seating area. Layout is extremely important in the sense that if a meeting is happening at the boardroom table, the staff would still need to be able to work unaffected. So, spaces will have to be defined, practical and pleasing to the eye.

That being said, these are some mood boards I’ve come up with so far!

 

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White Out

I really admire people who can pull off an all white everything look. For me, just not possible or practical, living with a guy changes things :-) I reserved this look when I was single and would lap in the luxury of everything being pristine, clean and fresh. Although, for this post I tried being a little practical by throwing in the slip cover sofa, at least you can wash the covers right?

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Keeping it tidy

I’m not a parent, I don’t have kids, but here’s my two cents. Ever feel like you can’t walk into an @Home or Weylandts or the like? The perception is that these stores and furniture aren’t kid friendly enough, there’s just too much white going on, or just ridiculously expensive. So you opt for the more affordable alternative that feels a bit better when you walk into the store.

I decided to write this post because the husband and I are at that stage where we need to start thinking about having kids or not. People who know me knows that I’m into well designed interiors, furniture, whatever and sometimes it may come off as not kid friendly. This for me is the no compromise if we do decide to have a baby. So, I’ve decided to do a round up of well designed furniture and decorative items that is easy on the eye, while being family suited.

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1. I love that the sofa is still on trend and classic. The shade of blue also happens to be kid friendly :-)
2. What I love about these throw pillows is that have a playfulness about them. They would look good on a child’s room as well as your couch!
3. The pencil leg coffee table is my favorite! It resembles a drawing table and doubles as a coffee adding family warmth to a space.
4. This bookcase in white is on trend and serves as a display unit too. I’ve added in the basket for extra storage space, should come in really handy especially for a quick tidy up.

Flower Power

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Now don’t get this wrong, I am no gardener, I have absolutely no green in my fingers! I love to try, but I probably have the least amount of patience when it comes to watching grass grow. But, huge but, flowers are such a simple and sometimes cost effective way to brighten up a space. Going into summer means that we have so many options available. That being said, having flowers in the home is usually seen as a luxury item and it’s one of the niceties that usually come off the grocery list during the middle of the month.

However, by being smarter, your flowers can last you up to two weeks depending on the type and a bit of tlc. Personally, I’m not a flowers kinda girl, I mean yes as women we love to receive flowers from our significant other, but I’d much rather have the chocolates thank you very much! I did however make an effort with flowers around the house during winter to add some colour to the dreary winter months. Nevertheless, I’ve made a list of pointers that may be of help..

1. Long stemmed flowers are usually more expensive, look at denser, shorter and bigger bunches, that way you can separate them into smaller vases.

2. Flowers don’t need to be displayed in expensive vases. Rummage in cupboards and look for jars, jugs old teapots that you no longer use, they make for great arrangements.

3. I envy you if you have a great garden! Your garden is a great source of pretty flowers that don’t cost a cent.

4. Personally, I love dividing a bunch of flowers between a bevy of old jam jars. A bouquet that costs R30, makes for flowers in my kitchen, bathroom and bedroom!

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