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With 23 years of publishing this guide under their belts, South African Decor & Design 2020 are equally proud of all that has been and excited about all that is still to come. The Guide has grown progressively over the years with the recent launch of their new website, the establishment of their digital platforms, and the ever-popular blog ‘Marcia Loves It’ collectively facilitating positive change through innovation and creativity. Once again they have compiled a remarkable directory of over 3000 key industry players, home décor specialists, interior designers, architects and lifestyle brands.
The Guide continues to facilitate networks between industry players and provide inspiration and valuable information to all their readers. As well as offering the latest trend inspiration, newest product collections and optimal brands, they also strive to be at the forefront of international exhibitions, events and shows, while embracing the rise of the social and digital spheres.
The choice of cover this year was inspired by all that is good about living in South Africa. We so often forget about the beauty of the country and are so inundated daily by all the negatives that go with living here that they wanted to create a shout out for all the reasons why we do live here. Credit goes to photographer extraordinaire DOOK for creating that exact image to portray their theme.
COMPETITION: When buying this book, inside you'll find details on how to enter and stand the chance to win a furniture makeover worth R 50,000.00.
The Real Interior not only allows the reader a behind-the-scenes peek into the glitz and glamour of design and décor, but into a career once never considered an option for a young girl, born in Soweto.
As one of the first black and very recognisable faces of Interior Design in Africa, Nthabi Taukobong was thrust into the limelight from the very start of her profession. Spanning a career of more than 23 years she has worked on esteemed residential and leisure projects for presidents, African royalty, captains of industry and five-star hotels, to name but a few. Through the rough and often very challenging terrain of her chosen career, sprinkled generously with the high-end glamour of prestigious interiors that Nthabi has been privileged to work on, she learned that she, in fact, had to be seated right within her own interior before she could offer anything further to those in search of her creative gift.
And as she searched and explored the greater world of design, trying to grasp what it really took to be an esteemed designer, the journey unexpectedly brought her right back into her own home. Not only Nthabi’s physical home, but also to her inner-home, the place that she refers to as her ‘real interior’. It was in writing a letter one evening, congratulating herself on reaching the milestone of 21 years in her career, that Nthabi discovered she was not only writing to herself, but to every creative.
Her letter ended up being an entire book and Nthabi finally understood how her unique story could inspire and encourage others.
An essential guide for those dealing with the Cape Water Crisis and for general water saving in South and southern Africa, a notoriously water-scarce region.
Three provinces in South Africa have been declared national disaster zones because of drought. The way we think about water needs to change, and fast. This is especially true for those of us who have running water and flush sanitation piped into our homes. For millions of South Africans, water is already a precious resource that costs toil to collect and fuel to heat. Our middle-class expectations that water will gush steaming from our dozens of indoor taps 24/7 are going to look as bizarre to future generations as the spectacle of Cleopatra bathing in asses’ milk. Our Roman-orgy relationship with water is over.
This book will hopefully help to alleviate water panic and distress. A “can-do” compendium, it’s meant to be a guide, not prescriptive – not all solutions or tips are one-size-fits-all. Think of it as an ally in your fight to save water and part of your survival kit, along with the first-aid box; Valium for water-worriers.
The authors love taking everyday items and giving them a twist. Upcycling and repurposing are key terms in their design lexicon. As they say: “Trends come and go, but you have to live in your home, so make it a comfortable space that can grow and change with you.”
Through their innovative ideas, inspired use of materials and ability to reinvent ordinary objects, the authors present projects suitable for all craft and décor enthusiasts, from beginners to those with more advanced skills. Whether you prefer to tackle projects with a handsaw and cordless drill, craft paper and scissors, or a sewing needle and delicate trim, there is something here for everyone.
From storage solutions to paint techniques, through knitted rugs and upholstered seats, to stamped tiles and outdoor seating, there are ideas to brighten and enliven your home and outdoor spaces – all showcased via beautiful photography, concise instructions and an appealing design.
With real estate investing on the rebound, more and more people are jumping into the market. But often, return on investment hinges less on the physical property and more on the math.
Have you measured every component of value, such as cash flow, income taxes, financing, and investment yield? Do you know which calculations to use on specific properties? Have you weighed all the risks? The Real Estate Investor's Pocket Calculator helps you analyze the financial picture before committing capital. Simple explanations, worksheets, and more than 100 Excel formulas will have you crunching numbers like a pro.
With new formulas, expanded sections on income and expenses, and an updated analysis of market conditions, this second edition helps you make smarter decisions . . . and more money.
The Renovation Guide covers all aspects of alterations and additions, outlining the difference between the two, the regulations that dictate what can and can't be done, as well as sound advice on the legalities of homeownership. In addition, The Renovation Guide features a number of typical homes and renovation solutions and ideas that are not only practical, but also aesthetically enhancing. The Renovation Guide takes readers through all aspects of a home, from front garden to spare bathroom with Do's and Don'ts, regulations, ideas, layouts, what to look out for, construction guidelines, greening and energy saving tips, space planning, ergonomics and so much more.
'A cracker of a book packed with tips - you'll feel instantly organised.' Aggie MacKenzie Packed with simple tips and tricks, this is everything you need to know about household cleaning. Is your busy life conquering your home? Do you find the household chores getting on top of you? Lynsey Queen of Clean, Instagrammer, businesswoman and busy mum of three, has done all of the work so you don't have to. Featuring her make-at-home cleaning products, easy step-by-step guides and all her recommendations for toxic-free and eco-friendly products, this book is the ultimate guide to keeping on top of your house, and having fun while you do it. Lynsey shares her daily and seasonal routines, motivating and encouraging you along the way with so that you are left with the will, and the skill, to take on even the most seemingly insurmountable tasks and end up with a clean, calm and happy home.
If you properly simplify and organize your work life once, you’ll never have to do it again.
Marie Kondo's first book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying, sparked a new genre of publishing and became an international bestseller. Now, for the first time, you will be guided through the process of tidying up your work life.
In Joy at Work, KonMari method pioneer Marie Kondo and organizational psychologist Scott Sonenshein will help you to refocus your mind on what's important at work, and as their examples show, the results can be truly life-changing. With advice on how to improve the way you work, the book features advice on problem areas including fundamentals like how to organize your desk, finally get through your emails and find what sparks joy in an open plan office.
Like how the key to successful tidying in the home is by tackling clutter in the correct order, Joy at Work adapts the inspirational KonMari Method for the workplace, taking you step-by-step through your professional environment so that you can identify the most joyful way to work for you. Once you’ve found order in your work life, you can feel empowered to find confidence, energy and motivation to create the career you want and move on from negative working practices.
A consistent seller for nearly two decades, this practical handbook is an indispensible guide for all owner builders.
This edition has been completely revised and updated to take account of changes in building legislation, new building techniques, and contemporary architectural, design and decor trends. This is a practical, easy-to-read reference book that will enable the owner builder or home renovator to tackle a project in a logical manner and with confidence. Sound advice is given on making an offer to purchase land, how to calculate costs and raise the finances, the preparation and submission of building plans, and how to quantify the actual cost of building.
The bulk of the book covers all you need to know to build your own home, including building methods and materials, the construction schedule, tools and plant hire, siteworks and excavations, foundations, damp-proofing, wall structures, roofing, flooring, ceilings, plumbing, drainage and sanitation, electrics, plastering and screeding. Decorative finishes, fixtures and fittings, verandahs and porches, patios and paving, landscaping, and security are also included.
’n Nuttige handleiding wat 'n ereplek in elke Suid-Afrikaanse huis behoort te he. Maklike oplossings op daaglikse probleempies wat in en om die huis ontstaan, word hier prakties en effektief beantwoord. Van die behandeling van algemene kwale soos slaaploosheid, tot die skoonmaak van yskaste en silwerware. Daar is nuttige raad vir die gaarmaak en preservering van voedsel, algemene noodhulpwenke asook wenke vir buitelugliefhebbers.
Whether it's old second-hand furniture that you want to upcycle, or a modern piece that needs a soft, aged look, this book shows you how to transform an old wooden piano, a metal cabinet, cement floors, tables and chairs, a plain built-in wardrobe, brick wall, staircase and even an entire bathroom into works of art with an innovative approach to paint techniques. The author starts off with basic information on understanding colour and how it can affect you and the space you live in, followed by a description of all the tools and products you will need for the techniques and projects in this book. Clear setp-by-step photographs and instructions show you how to apply the different paint techniques like colourwash, layering, distressing, ombre, gilding, stencilling, dragging, wood graining and more, to any surface or piece of furniture in your home. More than 40 inspiring projects are accompanied by beautiful photographs of the finished look, easy instructions and helpful tips to enable you to create pieces that are original and somewhat out of the ordinary. This book is the perfect excuse to grab a paint brush and start breathing new life into your home. So what are you waiting for? Go paint!
Readers with a hunger for knowledge and an interest in the myriad ways people have taught themselves to make, grow, and build will discover the ins and outs of how to do everything they've ever wondered about in this colourful, inviting volume. With dozens of useful and intriguing visual tutorials that cover how to carve a turkey, capture a swarm of bees, predict the weather by the clouds, darn socks, create a butterfly garden, set up a dog agility course, keep a nature sketchbook, navigate by the stars, and more, this rich compendium will educate, fascinate, spark conversation, and inspire new hobbies and experiences.
Make sanitizers, soaps, and all your personal hygiene needs to kill germs and keep you virus-free! These days, dangerous viruses can suddenly become rampant, and bacteria can adapt to become antibiotic-resistant, so we must be extra-vigilant about our health. The Natural Cleaning Handbook keeps you clean, naturally, with homemade products that are healthy for you and your family. Start with the basics and work your way into every corner of your home . . . from tile grout to shower mold, how to clean lampshades to how to clean water bottles. Germ-killing recipes for cleaning nearly every surface in your home from the carpet to stuffed animals include: Hand sanitizing spray, gel, and foam Antibacterial hand and surface wipes Air purifying spray Liquid hand soap And so much more! You'll also learn storage and organization secrets to keep your home clutter-free, how to manage your time and budget, and why some old-fashioned remedies are still the modern organic ways to keep home. Now is the time to get started.
'The only cut flower book you'll ever need!' First published in 2011 this bestseller is now found in floristry workrooms and classrooms across the UK and worldwide and is recommended by many leading floristry tutors. Fully revised and expanded, the fourth edition is packed with the same straight forward information on how to care for and condition over 160 fresh cut flowers both at the florists' shop and in the home. Florists, floristry students, flowers arrangers, brides - indeed anyone who enjoys having flowers in the home will find this book invaluable. Filled with easy to follow care instructions, flower availability, colour range and vase life, there are also tips on simple arranging, the flowers suitability for wedding work and advice on drying and preserving. Every flower has been individually photographed in full colour, making identification easy. Arranged in alphabetical order of botanical names there is also an index of common names to help you find your favourite flower - plus a mini floral miscellany of wedding anniversaries, national flowers and rose meanings. Printed in paperback in a convenient A5 size and spiral bound with a wipe clean cover, this book has been specifically designed to fit into a college bag or workbox. An indispensable flower guide you'll not want to be without.
Britain's best-seller is better than ever! The iconic Dairy Diary is both practical and pretty - the perfect choice for planning your busy life. With inspirational recipes, which are simple yet delicious with guaranteed results. You can try something new every week throughout the year. *A5 week-to-view diary * Delicious triple-tested weekly recipes * Lots of writing space * Dates stickers to customise * Useful notes pocket * Calendars * Reminders* Gift records * Budgeting * Cook's tips. New for 2021: fascinating features on houseplants, gardening for wildlife and quirky museums. "I love the Dairy Diary, there's lots of space plus it's full of great recipes, tips & tricks and essential references."
Tired of spending money on contractors? Does home repair seem beyond you? Matt Weber and the team at Extreme How-To share over 300 guides to help you save money while improving your home. Whether a first time home owner or an experienced amateur fixer, everyone can learn something from this comprehensive guide to home repair. Written by Matt Weber and his team of home repair experts from Extremehowto.com, this new 2020 paperback edition is guaranteed to help you become your own contractor.
Join author Michele Vig, the founder of Neat Little Nest, on an interactive journey to learn how to clean out and organize the key areas of your life! Declutter your home, calendar, and mind to find real, lasting change. Our lives are busier than ever before, leaving us burned out...and leaving our homes cluttered. The Holistic Guide to Decluttering shows how three core components-physical, time, and mental clutter-are intricately linked and how focusing on one area alone is not likely to bring the peace our souls desire. Including step-by-step tutorials, reflection tools, and worksheets, this book gives practical ways to learn the "how to" of holistically decluttering and organizing so you can begin to feel the freedom that comes from organizing: You'll explore your attachment to things and are given practical ways to successfully go about decluttering and organizing your home. Find inspiration through success stories and beautiful photos showcasing how organizational systems can both simplify and offer a daily delight. Learn (or re-learn!) how precious and finite time is. Although it is fleeting, you will be empowered to start owning your time. You will learn ways to make positive changes to help plan, prioritize, and make the most of your hours, days, weeks, months, and years. Above all else, the mind is the most powerful force for an organized life. Only by decluttering your mind can you begin to grow and create lasting change. By bringing these components together, you will see how decluttering can reach far beyond a simple closet cleaning. If you take the proper steps to clear your clutter with intention, you can find a deeper emotional release and sustainable transformation.
'Household Secrets' is for anyone who takes pride in the objects and furniture in their home and wants to know how to look after them properly. We all have household items that are important to us - these need not be precious antiques or fashioned from rare and expensive materials. Frances Halahan, an expert conservator, shows you first how to identify what it is you actually have in your home, and second which products and cleaning techniques should be used to bring out their beauty and increase their longevity. 'Household secrets' draws on the unrivalled wealth of experience and knowledge of National Trust conservators and applies this to everyday objects in the home. In a handy, affordable pocket-sized format, with easy-to-follow step-by-step line drawings, this book provides an essential reference for everyone.
Practical and pretty, the Dairy Diary Set is perfect for organising and planning throughout 2021. Day-to-day, month-to-month, it's both an indispensable help and a source of information. You can customise your diaries with the coordinated stickers - easily identify your most important events. And the weekly recipes and food features will inspire you throughout the year. The Pocket Diary is the perfect size for your handbag or pocket, and even has a pen attached for convenience. The Meal Planner Pad allows you to plan your weekly meals and what's needed with ease; simply tear of the shopping list when required. *A5 week-to-view diary * Delicious triple-tested weekly recipes * Lots of writing space * Memorable dates stickers * Useful notes pocket * Calendars * Gifts records * Information for cooks. * New for 2021: fascinating features on houseplants, gardening for wildlife and quirky museums*Pocket Diary with pen and elastic pen holder *Meal Planner Pad with perforated shopping list. "An absolutely fantastic set. I could not recommend it more highly. BRILLIANT."
Drawing inspiration from the interiors and fashions of the twentieth century, this great new book is packed full of knit and crochet projects which will fit perfectly into any vintage-inspired interior. The craft skills that have traditionally been passed down through the generations from mother to daughter are as popular as ever, boosted by the current vogue for all things vintage. Creating your own bespoke home furnishings is now seen not just as an exercise in thrift, but as a creative and rewarding activity in itself. Two Tone Chic draws inspiration from the sophistication and elegance of Coco Chanel's famous little black dress, the drama of geometric art deco shapes, and the simplicity of embellishments such as ribbons and lace. Folk Tales introduces the tradition of colour and spontaneity found in Scandinavian and Russian folk art, with its recurring motifs from the natural world, as well as joyful decorative techniques like bobbles, beads, pom poms, embroidery and applique. Birds and flowers adorn cushions, while the bright colours of Russian Dolls provide inspiration for a cosy blanket and a sumptuous floor cushion. Time for Tea brings us to the `make do and mend' era of the 1950s with its floral frocks and afternoon tea parties. Pretty vintage buttons, frills and lace are all in evidence here, with floral cushions, doilies and table runners. With feature spreads on the inspiration behind each look, these projects will help you turn your house into a home. Word count: 40,000
With the knowledge of only a handful of essential joints, a woodworker can build anything he can imagine... Whether it's a kitchen cabinet or an 18th century highboy, the foundation for all types of woodworking can be boiled down to a handful of essential joinery skills. Once learned, these joinery methods can be used to create almost anything the woodworker's mind can imagine. From the workshop of The Wood Whisperer, the popular YouTube host and best-selling author Marc Spagunolo teaches his preferred, time-tested methods for creating these joints. Rather than working solely by hand or machine, Spagunolo teaches woodworkers how to choose the joinery methods that make the most sense for the task at hand. And, in his easy-going and accessible style that promotes comfort and confidence, he provides several styles and methods for creating each joint. With Essential Joinery, beginners and pros alike will learn to hone the joinery skills that will take their woodworking to the next level.
Although today s kitchens are crammed full of useful appliances, few people seem to know how to operate them in even the most basic way, let alone make the most of them. Award-winning illustrator Alan Snow has set out to change matters, with this striking diagrammatic guide.
Designed to free us up from the shackles of recipe books, Snow s fascinating visual miscellany shows readers the ins, outs, hows and whys of all manner of cooking equipment, tools and techniques, from ovens, blenders and coffee machines, to more sophisticated chefs equipment and everything in between.
Arranged into four practical sections: Tools, Cooking, Drinks and Kitchens, each section is accompanied by an insightful commentary that offers clear explanations and instructions. As well as absorbing historical and scientific details the book is brimming with charming diagrams and sequences. Once you ve grown familiar with each appliance, you ll find good reason to put your newly acquired knowledge to the test, with recipes as you ve never seen them before.
The perfect gift for every keen cook, whether amateur, enthusiast or professional, this unique book is at once a visual celebration of the kitchen and a fascinating exploration of culinary science and technique.
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