Monday, 28 November 2011

Introducing: Kosbaar

It's been a dream of mine for such a long time to get really stuck in with events and an online shop of sorts.  I just never knew how exactly I would make it work, until I decided about 3 months ago to jump, and just DO it! 

So here it is: Kosbaar. It means 'precious' in Afrikaans, and it's one of those amazing Afrikaans words that mean more than what it just says.

Over the last couple of months I've had so much fun with various events, from weddings to corporate evenings, and that is the foundation of Kosbaar. I firmly believe that weddings should be special - without breaking the bank.  There are so many creative ways of making your day unique - and one that you will treasure forever more - and that's where I come in.  

Whether you need full event planning and management (I will be there on the day to set up and run the whole day) or just some input on ideas that you could run with - it's up to you. I always try and outsource as little as possible - as that is where the extra costs just add up and add up! 

Take 5 minutes to browse the site and say hello!

Monday, 7 November 2011

My latest obsession

I tend to catch on to the things a little later than some people do. But once I catch on, seems there is no letting go!

Pinterest is one of those things. Instead of doing a whole long list of things that I had planned for the weekend, I was pinning. And clicking 'to see more pins'. The whole of Saturday afternoon, the entire Sunday morning. Oh, and last night for a bit too.  If you haven't yet, go check it out. But I warn you, it's very very addictive!

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Guest Post: We love colour

I am so happy to share today's guest post with you. Susi is sharing her best tips for bringing colour into your life this summer.

Arcadian Lighting is a treasure trove of amazing light fittings - to suit all tastes. I am in love with so many pieces on their website - wish they shipped to sweet old SA! But for now, all of you in America need to appreciate what you have in terms of suppliers! :)

So, without any further babbling from me, be inspired by Susi and loads of colour to get you in the mood for summer!

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Hi, I'm Susi, a writer for the Arcadian Lighting, a great resource for lighting inspiration and. I'm very lucky I get to “travel” the world visiting amazing design blogs like Freshly Sharpened Pencils. With summer right around the corner in South Africa, everyone is craving color after a long, cold winter. Here are eight gorgeous pictures of colourful décor from hanging vases and lighting fixtures to textiles and art that we hope will inspire you. Enjoy!

Colorful Home Decor

Art is a beautiful way to introduce color into a room. Hang art in groups by similar color for a big impact.

Colorful Decor

Add color to a sofa, chair, or bed with pretty patterned cushions. Pillows are a favorite accessory to add color because they are so easy to switch out as the seasons change.

Colorful Decor Table Lamps

For a seasonal dash of color, look to the flowers of the season. Spring daffodils and peonies are beautiful in this bedroom and fit in with the bright yellow blanks and pillows on the bed.

Hanging Lanterns

Gloriously colorful indoor or outdoor lanterns could add just a pop or even a riot of color to any room. A few of these lanterns would certainly add a burst of color to a bedroom, or hanging several lanterns in the garden would be a magical touch on a warm evening.

Table Lamps Home Decor

White and other neutrals are great choices for walls and large upholstered furniture as they create the perfect background for big bold colors. Accent pillows and curtains in colorful patterns and solids stand out wonderfully against neutrals.

Colorful Decor

Color does not have to be the boldest and brightest to have a big impact. Sherbet or pastel colors can pack a punch, especially when grouped in contrasting pairs of colors like on these chairs.

Coloful Decor

Beautiful colored glass used in clever ways is a great way to add colour to any décor. We saw these hanging vases in Elle Decoration and were smitten.

Colorful Decor Table Lamps

Of course, in addition to colorful lamps, accessories and textiles, walls are the perfect place to add color to décor. Paint, wall paper or hang colourful fabric to add a zing of colour to the wall.

If these colorful rooms have you inspired, check out Arcadian Lighting's website for even more inspiration, not to mention a brilliant selection of light fixtures to choose from as well!  (Images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

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Don't you love the lanterns? And I have to say, even after winter I'm not tired of yellow and grey combo's - looks great!

I always think people are afraid to use colour, that's why we see so many boring beige and cream interiors. Have a little faith, be daring and have fun with colour!


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