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Being the creative person I am, and being given just one room in the house to express myself, I take pride in my bedroom and often change it up to keep up with current trends ...
Because the walls in my bedroom are Grey, I have chosen to go with lighter, and more neutral coloured furniture and accessorize with other colors such as black and brass.
Another way that i add other 'pops' of color is by adding different accessories on my shelf, as well as with greenery. If you look at the images added to this post you will see the blood red piece of greenery added to a simple white sort of 'jar' or vase. However, at least every two months I change the greenery up. Other colors of greenery which I have used are emerald green as well as bright yellow. The colors of these various types of plants all compliment the grey background, the white shelf and accessories, as well the azure blue evil eye hanging on the white milk jar. The photo frames on the shelf are very neutral and can be used with any background. When I first re-did my room, i purchased a blue frame from Loads Of Living, however i felt that it restricted me from accessorizing with other colors. Therefore i suggest purchasing neutral coloured frames(Images 1-4)
A great way of accessorizing and adding different dimensions and levels to your space is by stacking books on top of each other. I have chosen to stick with the neutral, white and grey colors, and added my two splash of colors which are black ( The book in-between the white and the grey), and then the brass Eiffel tower on top, which I bought on a trip to Paris. Accessorizing with items that you have purchased on trips contributes to making the space feel like your own. (Images 1-4)
As seen in image 5, I chose to add various images I had taken with my polaroid inside of my frame, than to just put one boring photograph inside. I think that is a funky way to display your photos without overbearing the space with too many photographs.
Initially on both of pedestals I had the same bed side lights, however a trend that is currently in, is having two different light fixtures on either side. As seen in images 6 and 9, on one side I have a basic translucent light stand with a beige (neutral coloured) lamp shade... accessorized with a basic black Country Road Candle, yet, on the other side I have a brass coloured desk lamp, accessorized with a simple Country Road photo frame. Inside of my pedestals I have accessorized with home magazines that I have collected, topped with a Country Road bowl with wooden wickered balls inside of it from The Private House in Design Quarter. However on the other side I have gone with basic decor.
"Your home should tell the story of who you are, and be a collection of what you love brought together under one roof" - Nate Berkus
Write up: Giorgio Tatsakis
Photos: Giorgio Tatsakis
An exclusive interview into the life of the inspiring, creative and energetic Tanya Solomon: And I must be honest... question number 3 might surprise you! I know it surprised me!
1. How would you describe yourself?
If I had to describe myself in one word I'd have to say I'm definitely: a giver! It gives me tremendous pleasure and joy to make people around me happy and I tend to go out of my way to do that something extra or special to always bring happiness to others! Although speaking about myself is really something I never ever do, I will share with you that that I would probably also describe myself that, I'm kind and loving, I'm honest to others but also true to myself, I'm consistent and I'm definitely very selfless! I consider myself a very loyal friend and a very passionate mother, daughter, sister and wife. I have a great passion and love for life! I really and truly am grateful for being alive and healthy and try to make the most of every day and every moment! I treasure my family and the people in my life.
2. What is your favorite location to travel to?
I absolutely love and adore traveling! I'm obsessed with Europe, the rich culture, fascinating history of art and architecture, as well as their love and passion for the finer things in life, especially good food and wine. I am hoping to experience and see so much more of what Europe has to offer in the future. I'll have to say that ITALY is top of my favorite destinations for sure. I haven't yet been to the Far East but am very curious to visit soon.
3. What is your favorite Instagram page that you follow?
This one may surprise you, but I love- NASA - I'm totally blown away and fascinated with their informative posts and am so in awe of the universe, galaxies, phenomenal planets and all that our universe consist of. I also love following various travel accounts that transport me all over the world.
4. What is your favorite item that you own?
I really love and appreciate every item that I own, but I'd have to say that my mobile phone, perhaps not always my favorite item but unfortunately is the most important, as our lives revolve so much around these intrusive devices, and I do absolutely everything on my mobile.
5. What is your fondest memory?
My childhood, and childhood holidays spent with my family. Also my first kiss, but of course!
6. What inspired you to create your blog? (@_livinginspired_ )
I love social media and follow various accounts to get ideas myself for all things that I love. I'm finding myself reading less magazines and enjoy following accounts on social media that appeal to me and my lifestyle. I wanted to also create a page to feature my favorite lifestyle choices to hopefully inspire like-minded woman.
7. More about @_livinginspired_
Living Inspired has been created to work directly with Corporates and companies to reach out through a dynamic and informative and inclusive social media platform, Instagram to influence woman in a positive manner through inspiring them with ideas relating to fashion, beauty, decor and entertaining ideas. It also features other lifestyle aspects such as current art exhibitions, restaurants and holiday destinations and other places of topical interest.
8. What is your biggest accomplishment in life?
My biggest accomplishment I would have to say is being a mother to my three beautiful kids, and hopefully teaching and inspiring my children to nurture the resources of our beautiful planet and at the same time being able to fulfill their highest ambitions.
9. What is your ultimate goal in life?
I have some exciting goals planned for Living Inspired but as I'm getting older I realize that being Healthy and striving to be Happy is the most important goal in life. Whatever material achievements I manage to gain after that I'll be eternally grateful for.
Cyprus- August 2017
Being Greek and Cypriot my family and I look forward to our yearly trips to our second home, however this year I went on holiday to the magical island of Cyprus with just my extended family.
Personally, I believe that there is nothing like Europe in summer ... more specifically Greece and Cyprus. From the deep blue Mediterranean, to the azure infinity of the skies, from the little fishing boats floating on the sea, to the tourist ships, the scenery that surrounds a person in Greece and Cyprus is a real- life painting. Every detail remains etched in your mind when you when you leave, from the brightness of the fairy lights that transform the basic streets and squares into magical fairylands, to the long breathlessly hot summer days on the endless stretches of golden.
One of the activities I find myself doing yearly is visiting the Akamas Blue Lagoon. This year I felt like being a tourist in my own country and went on a boat filled with other lovers of the island. This boat took us around the deep and crystal clear waters of the magnificent island. On the boat we were given tradition Greek meals and were honestly treated like celebrities.
Cyprus is definitely a country to add to your bucket list, not only for it's crystal clear waters and warm hearted people but also because of it's rich history and its fast growing future!
Best restaurants in Athens - En Plo
Greece is definitely one of the best travel destinations during the summer!
Whether it be the islands or the main land, Athens, You are guaranteed to experience the true ‘Ethos’ the country has to offer.
Greek cuisine is known to be one of the most popular cuisines in the world.
Personally, I think it is the best. Greek food ranges from their freshly made Greek Salads to their taste filled Gyros. But don’t get me wrong, they also have amazing fine dining restaurants all over.
Being Greek and Cypriot I am definitely no tourist in Greece and know my way around. And by having such knowledge of the country, I definitely know where the best restaurants are and what to have!
So I have decided that each month I will be posting a new restaurant that I have been to and enjoyed in Athens.
My number one favorite semi- formal restaurant in Athens is Viva Mar.
Viva Mar is situated in Voula and sits right on the beach! Every year that my family and I go to Athens, Viva Mar is always a must! Maybe its because of the unbelievable views or the absolutely amazing food.
Just look at those views! Day or night, Winter or Summer ... its always a treat to just sit there, enjoy our food and relax with good company!
Write up: Giorgio Tatsakis
Dubai 2016 - 2017
I can openly say that I have always been a fan of the Middle East and the architecture there.
Obviously upon hearing the news that our next family holiday would be in Dubai I was completely overjoyed. We were even lucky enough to go over New Years Eve and witness the beautiful fireworks first hand!
The architecture in Dubai is absolutely breathtaking. My personal favorites were definitely The Burj Khalifa and the Madinat Hotel. Both bring completely different styles, One being your traditional rustic Arabic design and in the heart of Dubai, the more modern design.
Being the total architecture freak I am, I couldn’t stop looking at the Burj Khalifa. It was breathtaking! One of the most beautiful aspects of it was that it changes colors and designs as the day progresses.
One of my highlights of Dubai was definitely going to the Desert and riding a camel. I will most definitely never forget that experience as let’s be honest, it not something you would do everyday.
Driving to the Palm definitely captivated my mind. You literally start driving underwater... And when you arrive at the Atlantis your can't help but stare at the beautiful hotel in disbelief.
I would definitely return to Dubai again for its beautiful architecture and charming atmosphere.
Write up: Giorgio Tatsakis
Irene Kyriacou - Oniroco
How would you describe yourself?
I'm like to see myself as a care taker... by saying that I mean I enjoy taking care of my family, my home , my work and my friends . I'm a creative soul , and I find great joy in all things that reflect creativity.
What are your previous accomplishments & future plans/ goals for Oniroco?
I have been designing and styling homes for over 12 years now, and have worked on many projects with wonderful clients so I really have been blessed to have had so many opportunities. Some projects were small and some large but I love every one I have worked on. From restyling a bedroom to designing office spaces , I forget how many I worked on!
Designing the Century 21 offices in Sandton was a great project that I enjoyed as we pushed the boundaries with that one. I also loved styling the beach house in Simbithi for a great client . And of course designing the space for Marble has been such a privilege.
Going forward, I have several project lined up for next year, one is a penthouse in Botswana and the Marble Butchery.
I want to keep busy and see myself consulting as a decorator in the near future rather than working on turnkey projects.
How did you get into Interior design?
I have always loved design but never started with it as a career choice . I studied travel and tourism and was in that industry for 6 years. My best friend Ankea and I plunged into a decorating course which guided us in the right direction and soon after we started up Oniroco together. She immigrated to the USA 4 years ago so I have been flying solo since then. I miss her terribly and loved working with her.
Oniroco is a small business, I like to work on a personal level with clients and have a great team of vendors and suppliers that I support.
I work alone and use the amazing designers and artisans we have locally to assist me with my projects. My business is based on decorating, styling and consulting.
A little bit about Irene:
I don't like talking about myself... I am a little bit shy in general but my kids would not agree with the that statement! I am easygoing, spontaneous and I absolutely love traveling...I think I have major wanderlust.
Small rug? No problem
A trend that i have recently come across is layering rugs/carpets.
Of course you cannot just put two busy rugs on top of one another but you can definitely put any type of rug that you like, busy or not , on top of a larger Sisal Rug.
The beauty of this trend is that a Sisal Rug can almost fit any type of style that you're trying to achieve in your home or work spaces, as it is simple and bold at the same time.
If you don't believe me, Just check out celebrity interior designer Roxy Sowlaty ( Image 8)
Write up: Giorgio Tatsakis
Like any great story, Vicky’s started years ago being a passionate little girl who loved people, socializing and food, and was familiar with everyone in the neighbourhood park. That was where she was happiest, surrounded by people in the warm African sunshine.
The story comes alive when one understands the passion and respect that she ha for food, people and the culinary industry.
“ I always say that ‘Catering chose me… this is exactly where I should be, doing exactly what I should be doing’ , knowing deep in my heart that my love for this industry is what drives me and the entire team every day” says Vicky.
She started her food career while she was studying her Marketing and Psychology Degree, as well as waitressing part-time. The family food processing business that Vicky co-founded at age 19, with her Mother Demi Tsouroulis , became an award winning business as they manufactured more than 200 000 sandwiches per day for the mining industry with a machine they especially designed and patented-the first of it’s kind in the world.
On the mines, Vicky said she learnt her first valuable food lesson- to deliver the product,NO MATTER WHAT !
This instilled a great sense of responsibility and accountability in her, which stood them in good stead for later projects and in fact, for their culinary journey which was just beginning.
After Vicky’s sons had grown to early primary school level, at the age of 28, Vicky had branched off and started a small catering company from her home, supplying cakes and platters to private clients. Needless to say, their attention to detail and creative styling didn’t go unnoticed and soon they needed larger premises to accommodate the growing business. Through the entire journey, Vicky’shusband, Graham, was supportive and encouraged her to push boundaries in every way-allowing her to live her dream and later joined her at work to manage the business and take it to the next level.
Their Company grew, corporate and private clients heard about them from the media and from referrals, and they were featured in many local and imported magazines as the new ‘hot’ food designers and things spiraled upwards very quickly. Many hours, days and years have been committed to the success of their business, with work often taking priority over family and personal time, which for Vicky was the ultimate sacrifice, but has led them to the overriding success of the brand.
Today, the business is a lucrative Catering and Event design company that has expanded into affiliated services such as menu design, food styling, consulting, culinary curating, décor, rental of their custom sourced design items, staffing and legendary bar services.
“I am a self -taught foodie who is passionate about pleasing people through food and I love to entertain guests, finding beauty in every individual."
"My recipes are simple and natural, always utilizing the best quality ingredients but I take momentous pride in the concept and presentation of my offering. I’m convinced that from an eventing perspective, looks are sometimes more important that anything else. It’s simple- for Events concept is first, food second.” Says Vicky.
She also believes in plentiful abundance, mixing the ancient with the new and putting things together with a relaxed attitude often using ribbons and fresh flowers - and believes that anything else will look contrived but says that the concept must always be impressive as after all ,it’s not your average daily meal you’re presenting-it’s a glamorous event food offering.
Vicky’s culinary journey has taken her to many interesting countries and locations around the world, and as a Celebrity Chef in South Africa she’s privy to the best quality wines, fish, cheeses and meats as they often have suppliers bringing their best wares and being invited to the top restaurants in the country on a regular basis.
Vicky went on to say that she feels privileged to have experienced life on yachts, mansions, helicopters, vineyards, beaches, concerts, stables, rivers and rooftops through my work and these locations always influence her culinary journey as she considers them very inspirational . She also says that she enjoys creating menus to suit the location and theme in which she’s working.
Over the years Vicky has collected a diverse repertoire of dishes and presentation techniques ranging from decadent buffets, to plated creations and stunning floating cocktail snacks, all of which enhance her culinary experience.
Locally , she likes to use fresh baby herbs and ingredients that are appropriate for a dish, but with a twist- a crazy unexpected surprise that catches your attention- that’s her philosophy
“I have also met interesting people from all walks of life- from President Nelson Mandela, to Martha Stewart, designer Colin Cowie,Chefs Gordon Ramsey, Jamie Oliver, Giorgio Locatelli and molecular gastronomy guru Grant Achatz, as well as Royalty, Sports Heroes and Celebrtities."
"All this has been possible because of my commitment to my culinary journey, my love of clean, well presented food, my creative conceptual focus on the ‘entire’ experience, my dedicated team and the health I enjoy to make it all possible. “
“As any foodie would agree, there are a number of varied influences at different times of your career.” Says Vicky.
Her greatest influence as a child was definitely her talented mother, the daughter of a grand baker in Northern Greece, who informed her culinary philosophy of quality, freshness and abundance.As a newly-wed woman in her early twenties, Vicky experimented with recipes from Australian food icon Donna Hay whose culinary aesthetic appealed to her as it was clean and easy to make, as well as being visually captivating. She also loved Martha Stewart who impressed with her flamboyant decorating skills, which she then often emulated at my tea parties and dinners.
Later on Vicky discovered Jamie Oliver, Bill Granger and Gordon Ramsay, who all influenced her casual relaxed style as well as the food at Ottolenghi in London, and Pastis and Bagatelle in New York.I n recent years though Vicky has loved the groundbreaking work of Ferran Adria, and Chef Grant Achatz from Alinea in Chicago, both of whom perfected molecular gastronomy in gorgeous locations around the world.
Locally Vicky loves the work ofLuke Dale Roberts, David Higgs, and Abigail Donnelly, as well as chef Jan Hendrik Van der Westhuizen who has opened a beautiful restaurant,Jan, in the South of France. Finally, Vicky identifies most with the culinary aesthetic of wine farm, Babylonstoren in Franschoek, but has added her own glamorous twist to this food design, as live events require more impressive food theatre and service delivery- something she hopes to havemastered.
“There have been so many highlights in my career, including events for Sir Elton John and Sir Richard Branson, but the most momentous one, was the event we conceptualised, designed and catered for, for HRH Prince Harry ,and were in turn invited to attend as guests. Every element of the tablescape was perfected in detail ,and the decor design won an International Award for Best Tablescape against some serious global competition. Fragrant blooms, flickering candles, customised crockery and cutlery ,and gastronomic delights made this event one of the best in my career and was memorable in every way.”
Vicky says that she loves the culinary aesthetic of the Cape Town establishments as they have fresh, delicious produce on offer , and the restaurateurs are chef/owners making the delivery so much more personal and detailed. She then went onto say that she loves The Test Kitchen, Villa 47, La Colombe, Carne and the new CASA at the Ritz Hotel, as well as Life Grand Cafe at the V+A Waterfront. In Johannesburg, she always enjoys Marble at the Keyes Art Mile, Cube Tasting Kitchen at the Cosmopolitan, Tortellino d’Oro in Oaklands, Glenda’s for Pimms and brunch, Mezepoli for it’s casual Greek ‘vibe’, and The Big Mouth at Nelson Mandela Square for exceptional sushi and lamb cutlets.
Lastly, Vicky stated that one of her dreams is to take her world renowned company to market in the USA and Europe, as the response to their culinary design has been overwhelming and the International recognition they have received with over 18 International Catering Excellence awards, as well as the production of her own TV show, ’Fresh and Simple’ has been extremely gratifying, coupled with winning International Caterer of The Year in Las Vegas in 2015.
The Private House - Design Quarter
Private House in Design Quarter is my new favorite furniture store!
The store is located in the heart of Design Quarter in Fourways. As you walk into the store it transports you into another world. The store is filled with neutral and extremely stylish furniture and decor items.The store is tastefully done, showing you how each piece of furniture would look like in an actual room.
One of the services they offer you, is to make your own carpet according to size and fabric. The store also offers its in house own interior design service by Yvonne O'Brien.
Write up: Gio.Lifestyle
Pictures: Private House Website
- How would you describe yourself?
I am definitely a peoples person.
I like people who haven’t forgotten how to laugh. I don’t think I’m ever really going to grow up. I’m totally okay with that. I don’t think anyone should have to. Im Definitely a Dreamer.
- Talk about your artwork
"It was really a process of trial and error,” says Krisjan Rossouw about how he learned his art. In retrospect, I think not knowing all the ‘rules’ of taking a ‘good’ photograph was actually an advantage. It allowed me to explore possibilities. And, more importantly, discover my own way to ‘paint’ with and layer non-traditional lighting. This process was its own journey of discovery.
I use various botanical elements instinctively as I’ve always loved nature. I especially love hardy plants like cacti and succulents. It’s not just their graphic shapes and subtle colour, but I think it’s also the idea that they’re resilient that appeals to me. They’re designed to survive despite the harshest conditions. I’ve heard people draw a comparison between these in some of the pieces and the apparent spirit of the people I shot in the images, which I find interesting.
-Talk about previous accomplishments you have done and your future goals for your business
My Biggest accomplishment was becoming the artist im am today, believing in my self and sticking to my guns and keep creating weird and wonderful images that made sense in my mind. My solo exhibitions locally and internationally are great achievements for me and The fact that CNN Style USA, contacted me for an interview meant a lot for my career and being asked to do wonderful commissions like David Higgs and the Kyriacou’s new MARBLE restaurant in Rosebank JHB is always a boost for the sole.
Currently im working on a new piece for the 2017 Cape Town ART FAIR and later in February im having a Photographic exhibit of all my works in collaboration with ROCHE BOBOIS in Cape Town and if all goes well ill probably be part of their new branch launching in JHB, Kramerville.
- Your favorite piece of work and why? (Please send an image of it too)
I have too many that i love, but my favorite piece currently is this one that forms part of my new Kingdom Series.
- what inspired you to do what you do
I’d just got to the point where I felt I needed to take greater control of my own employment and create my own opportunities. I’d always felt a driving need for some kind of creative outlet, which got quite frustrating at times. I didn’t have the opportunity to study or pursue any kind of creative field when growing up, so I think it just got to a point one day when it became a case of believing in what i do no matter what.
- Write up: Gio.Lifestyle
- Images supplied by: Krisjan & Marble restaurant
Inside Scott Disick's Calabassas Home
Scott Disick's new home in Hidden Hills, Calabasas is a true gem!
The foundation of Scott's home are neutral colors. The home has white & light grey walls throughout, with pops of color coming from the fun pieces of art hung on the walls.
The floors in the home can be said to be a polished industrial oak wooden floor. This type of wooden floor allows the owner/designer to be more creative inside of the home as it is a type of wood that can go with nearly any style and color scheme.
Many people believe that things need to be balanced equally on either side. If you look at the image of Scott's family room (Image 9), you can see that to the left of the television there is a simple and large black and white painting, where as on the right we see an industrial console table filled with books, with yet another black and white painting above. This shows us that even though it is not balanced on either side, the design still comes together and works.
A great way of maximizing storage in a house is using the bottom of your staircase. In Scott Disick's home we see that the bottom of his staircase is a wine cellar. This is not only maximizing storage, but it is also very stylish and chic.
Throughout the home you can also see many decorative and bright paintings that bring color into the house, amongst all of the neutral pieces of furniture.
Personally I think the foundation of designing any home or space is neutral colors. The pros of letting neutrals be the foundation of a design, is that you can always add different colors to the design or just merely leave it the way it is. Another good thing about neutrals is that they never go out of style and can be used over and over again.
Stephen Pikus is a Joburg born, life loving human that has a passion to see something beautiful materialise from nothing. This applies to both the work he does and those that he works with . Accoriding to Stephen there are not many things more incredible than the look of pride on a persons’ face when they look at something beautiful that they had a part in creating, especially when they had all but lost hope within themselves.
Stephen worked as a volunteer for an NGO for eight years – he worked with various other creatives doing mosaic, painting and at this time, he says he fell in love with lighting. Due to budget constraints of most NGOs’, he spent a huge amount of time trawling rubbish dumps and scrap yards looking for items to up cycle – this was at least ten years ago. Stephen then started making light fixtures for himself, then for friends and then was encouraged to start selling them. This all started from a wooden shed on a gorgeous farm in the mountains overlooking Tzaneen. He wanted to design under a name other than his own, and started fiddling under the name Green Light District, but, now works under his own name for practical reasons.
Stephen thinks the thrust came at the end of 2014 when he won the Eskom Energy Efficient Lighting Design Competition with a new patented fixture made from recycled air filters from trucks. This gave him a boost in confidence - with judges like Anna Marie Meintjies from Visi and other industry leaders giving their thumbs up, he knew it was time to follow his passion and move back to Joburg. He went to see a previous winner of this competition who had become hugely successful and asked advice on my next steps – he then started exhibiting at trade shows and was chosen to exhibit at 100% Design in the 100% Talent section by industry legends Laurence Brick and Cathy O Cleary which was another very relevant milestone.
Stephen and his team have an incredible distributor in America that has tested the market with their products at a number of design trade shows, and he is now officially launching at a show called Wanted, as part of New York Design Week in May. Stephen have also recently set up distributors in Australia, Namibia and locally, and regularly work with top interior designers and architects. He have been involved in a number of huge, amazing commercial projects including The Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa, Zandvliet Wine Estate and News Café, Rosebank, the latter winning the international best bar design award in Africa and The Middle East, designed by Tristan du Plessis from Studio A.
…And on that note, Stephen was then introduced to art guru Roelof van Wyk by Tristan in order to bring to life an idea they had for the installation at The Trumpet Building on Keyes Art Mile. It was a two-fold project whereby Stephen and his team did an initial installation for Keyes Art Miles’ stand at the Johannesburg Art Fair – a smaller, teaser version of what was planned for the Trumpet building. ( Image 2)
According to Stephen this was definitely one of his favorite installations as it was so different to anything he had done before. He was always more prone to order and symmetry, so this was way outside his comfort zone… he loved it! They had very little lead time and the pressure to effectively deliver something spectacular, in such an incredible space. Stephens thermometer is always “Do I love it enough to put it in my own home?” and this installation he said he would, even though he would have to wait a while to have a home that size . This piece has over 100 LED tubes and 1.2km of electrical cable involved in that piece – definitely the craziest yet most fun installation he has done this far.
I am one of those truly blessed souls that have found a way to earn a living by following my passion – I love what I do yet somehow don’t really know how I got here J. I love people, I care about the environment and love beautiful things…somehow I have been able to be involved in all of those things organically, on a daily basis. I have only been back in Joburg for a little over two years and so much has happened – a lot of it miraculously. I really know that I am doing what I am supposed to be doing and there is always inspiration and blessing in that! - Stephen Pikus