ACDC Dynamics are specialists in the electrical sector, catering for the household (DIY), contractor, industrial, agricultural, mining and manufacturer markets. The ACDC Express franchises are a unique retail store concept that offers a convenient and versatile shopping experience, allowing customers to browse at leisure in an electrical ‘supermarket’.
You might have seen the ACDC Dynamics “Last Days of Summer” special advertised either on TV or in your local newspaper, (or on the front page of their website) and you would like to find out more. Over the course of the special, ACDC Dynamics will be adding extra links to their special page, all of them introducing you to some more of the products that they have on special, as well as some of the super cool people they have found to tell you about them. So be sure to check in weekly, or register on their website, so that they can send you regular updates…
This summer has been a hot one. If you are anything like most people, you are doing your absolute best to stay as cool as possible. Which got ACDC Dynamics thinking. They could really use some tips on how to stay cool. So they have reached out to some of the coolest people that they could find, to help them out. People so cool, that they will make you question all of your life choices with one look. So cool, that when they cry, little ice blocks come out instead of tears. Just joking, they would never cry. So cool, that if you saw them in the street, you would think to yourself, “Wow, now that is a cool person, I wish I could be more like them in every single way, and I kind of wish that they would come talk to me so that some of their coolness would rub off”. ACDC Dynamics have had to edit some of what they were told, because their knowledge was just too cool to be written down properly, their laptops kept freezing. You can head over to the ACDC Dynamics website to find out more…
Bathroom By Design is a boutique design practice specializing in bathroom styling and creating unique bathrooms from concept to completion. With a wealth of design experience, they offer a professional design service to help clients create their ideal bathroom.
At Bathroom By Design they embrace the challenge of creating a bathroom tailored to each client’s individual needs. With Bathroom By Design you can be assured that your bathroom will be original. Expert designers are trained to plan all types of bathrooms irrespective of size or shape and will provide expert advice to guide clients through the whole process. As designers, they cater for all styles whether you require a classical, modern or minimalistic bathroom, the team will create the bathroom you have always wished for.
From the stylish choice of finishes to the accessories, lighting and flow of a bathroom, every element needs to work together to create the idyllic bathroom experience. Bathroom By Design understands that every bathroom has the potential to impress.
For this bathroom featured above, the brief was, “It must have a Victorian feel to the design”. The team found it interesting to work on creating a historically themed bathroom but with the hidden modernized touches. Note the frameless shower, not of the Victorian period but within the overall design it works. Bathroom By Design was very happy to have been chosen to create this elegant period bathroom and the end result speaks for itself.
No matter the size, a smaller bathroom can feel bigger if planned and designed correctly. Contact a professional and discuss your options for a full bathroom revamp you can be proud of.
A monochrome delight, today’s home is beautiful in simplicity and boasts a real sense of tranquil family living that flows from the Victorian doorway right through to every room of this home. Step inside this 100 year-old terrace which received a Victorian-French makeover!
Behind an elegant Victorian facade, the project updated a century-old terrace, transforming it into an effortless space that puts a modern spin on traditional Parisian design with a respectful nod to the building’s Victorian heritage.
In the living room, stunning sheer white drapes dress the entire back wall, hinting at a play of light and soft textures that create a peaceful interior space – ideal for family living. The striking green occasional chair is a feature in this space and stands out against the white backdrop. We also love the modern grey sofa system here, adding another level of comfort here.
From here, designers focussed on simplicity and quality in materials and colours chosen for the space, resulting in a refined monochrome palette. Beautiful wooden flooring in dark timber brings it all together.
The kitchen too is a classic space in white and black with wrap around cabinetry that extends all the way up the walls. French-inspired doors lead to the rest of the home while modern appliances, simple design and a monochrome palette give the kitchen a traditional feel with high-end finishes.
The bedroom too is pristine and celebrates a simple way of living. Minimal colour and simple furnishings give it a contemporary flair.
Today we are talking trends and particularly the latest interior trends making waves in bathroom designs this season. Gone are the days of monotone and even sterile bathroom environments. 2018 welcomes modern prints, vibrant patterns and striking wallpaper and tile installations that can totally transform any bathroom space. Without completely overwhelming the senses, the latest trend draws us in with beautiful statement walls in black and white – adding style and perfection to any contemporary bathroom.
Black and white have always been a classic combination. In the bathroom, you can completely elevate your style with this winning colour palette. A statement wall in black and white is the perfect addition to your guest loo or ensuite bathroom. Think gorgeous wallpaper, mosaics or a custom tiled installation in this simple colour scheme for the ultimate look that is perfectly on trend this year.
Get the look by focussing on a single feature wall or you may decide to deck out every wall of the bathroom for real impact. We love the detailed mosaic look, which adds texture and can be customised to suit you. Black and white mosaics can be used to create any pattern to complement the look of a modern bathroom. You can also choose among different shapes of mosaic. One of our favourites at the moment is the hexagon mosaic which offers a wonderfully refreshing design to a contemporary bathroom space.
Wallpaper is also a winner and can infuse your modern bathroom with a magical ambience. Choose a striking print or pattern and allow the wallpaper to become the taking point in the bathroom. This is particularly successful in smaller bathrooms or the guest loo. A bold print is all it takes to evoke an elegant and sophisticated ambience here.
Black and white is ideal for classic minimalist bathrooms but can also be used to enhance the style of a modern or futuristic look. You can tone it down with a simple tile installation or go bold with beautiful wallpaper boasting a dramatic print. Whatever your choice, you can’t go wrong with black and white!
From the wall behind the sink or toilet to the shower – black and white tiles are on trend too and can bring pattern and shine to any bathroom. Look at this amazing installation in this modern bathroom (below) and you’ll soon agree that black and white is here to stay!
Italian design is always on trend and a firm favourite with our team, as we embrace the dominant role and all that Italian influence has had in the world of interior design over the past few seasons. Maldini brings us a fresh perspective with authentic Italian furniture available exclusively in South Africa. Here we take a closer look at their elite collection of bespoke furniture.
This gorgeously upholstered bed is available with a long or short headboard, covered with materials from the collection including leather. We love the elegant form – perfect for a modern or contemporary design scheme.
With its soft petal-shaped back, this armchair is reminiscent of a flower. The wrought-iron frame is padded with resilient polyurethane foam, upholstered with materials from the collection and embellished with a patchwork design created with hand-sewn intarsia. Each armchair is unique as it is crafted by hand so the petals and hand-sewn intarsia may vary from one armchair to the next.
Available in a bright selection of colours, this small enveloping armchair boasts a modern metal base, upholstered with fabric or leather from the collection.
Nothing says refined elegance better than an oversized mirror used to highlight your favourite designs within your interior. This gorgeous Giove round wall mirror can be hung or you can choose to lean the frame against a chosen wall. The mirror boasts a solid cabaletta walnut – the epitome of luxury.
This beautiful bevelled wall mirror comes with a frame of solid cabaletta walnut with brushed bronzed brass inserts. Levante is chic with a simple design that is made from the finest materials. The circular mirror has a bevelled edge – a nod towards more traditional designs – which catches the light in a different way to the mirrored surface, creating a subtle internal border.
The Cape Gallery is hosting a solo exhibition of the artworks of internationally acclaimed artist Christopher Reid. The focus will be on his plein air paintings of South Africa. Plein air painting is the most popular art movement in history and is starting to gain momentum in South Africa. Reid is at the forefront of the movement and is known for his fully developed paintings created entirely on location.
The exhibit will run from March 26th – April 22nd with an opening night celebration on Thursday April 5th at 7pm. Chris will be on hand to discuss the inspirations behind his artworks and explain his process. The opening will coincide with the First Thursday Artwalk in central Cape Town and is a great way to see all the galleries.
Chris lives in Hermanus, but travels across South Africa to plein air paint. On Friday April 6th, Chris will paint en plein air nearby. April 7th he will plein air paint in Noordhoek. Come watch his process and see the finished results on exhibit.
The Cape Gallery, 60 Church Street is set in the heart of the old city off the Church Street walking mall, flanked by the colourful Georgian and Dutch facades built by the 18th and 19th century settlers. Behind these facades are some of the oldest and most prestigious galleries, antique shops, and auction houses in Cape Town. The Cape Gallery has a long history of exhibiting top South African artists.
With trimmings making a hugely popular comeback, adding a special wow factor to curtains and upholstery, Mulberry Home’s new collection of superbly textured and colourful braids will give that brilliant defining detail to modern interiors. Now you can access these beautiful trimmings locally through St Leger & Viney.
The trimmings collection ranges from the stunning ‘Fortrose’ an exceptionally wide braid with its rich cross stitching resembling a tribal tapestry, ‘Munro’, a printed stripe embellished with multicoloured chevron embroidery to ‘Kingscote, a clever woven jacquard echoing the embroidered theme.
Portree, printed in two contrasting colours has been stitched with diagonal and vertical totemic motifs, ‘Montford’ with its tiny chequerboard ground has been embellished with chain stitching resembling animal markings and the simplicity of ‘Irvine’, a smart woven stripe in a jute cotton mix in seven great coordinating colours completes this fabulous collection.
Mulberry Home was created in 1991 following the global success of Mulberry’s beautiful leather bags and accessories. The company was established in Somerset in 1971 with quality and craftsmanship re-inforcing the company’s uniquely individual style. Proud of its origins, Mulberry Home continues to draw inspiration from this heritage whilst remaining a committed pioneer of fashionable trends.
Trimmings are a beautiful addition to the home – introduce it on scatters, drapes and other soft furnishings for that designer touch. It’s all about the finer details and the Mulberry Home Modern Trimmings Collection is a great place to start when you’re thinking about revamping the soft furnishings in your home with quality touches to create a designer look. This superlative collection offers textural and colourful braids with brilliant defining details ideal for modern interiors.
Swartland, a leading supplier of a wide range of products to the building industry, has recently launched a new range of polystyrene cornices. We speak to Swartland’s Warren Budde for some advice for those in the market for new cornices.
Cornices, otherwise known as ceiling coving, are decorative structures that create a smooth and aesthetically pleasing transition between ceiling and wall. Cornices come in a variety of styles, and each one will create a specific look in a room. Warren Budde, from Swartland, says: “Swartland is excited to announce that it has recently added a full range of quality polystyrene cornices to its ever-popular Col Brand. Available in eight different profiles, the new cornices are made from environmentally-friendly CFC-free XPS polystyrene, which makes them lightweight, easy to install and easy to paint.” He notes that adding cornices is a great way of enhancing home décor, as well as being an effective way of hiding settlement cracks between walls and ceilings.
Traditionally, plaster cornices were your only choice – they were comparatively heavy, fragile, and complicated, messy and time consuming to install. Polystyrene on the other hand, is a far better choice of material for cornice applications, says Warren: “Choosing polystyrene cornices offer many benefits, including the fact that they are waterproof, lightweight, simple, quick and easy to install and paint, affordable, and they require minimal labour or skill for a perfect end result. What’s more is that in South Africa, polystyrene cornices are far readily available in a wide selection of profiles, while plaster cornices are only available in very few.
“Plaster cornices require installation with nails, so you have to use ready-mixed crack filler to fill in the dents where the nails were installed. Polystyrene cornices on the other hand, only require adhesive to fix them in place. Plaster cornices are quite brittle, and so they tend to dent and break easily. If handled roughly, polystyrene can also dent relatively easily, however, if handled with care, dents are unlikely, and in the event of any dents occurring, they can be quickly and easily fixed with ready-mixed crack filler as well.”
Height and style of the cornice
Before making your cornice selection, it is imperative to first consider the design and environment of the room. Warren explains: “Some important things to consider include the style of the room or the period you wish to emulate, the height of your ceilings, and of course, the size of the room in question…Tall ceilings and large rooms are ideal for richly detailed and decorative cornice styles. The more ornate cornices tend to fill the emptiness effect that can be caused by high ceilings or large spaces. Normal to low ceilings, and more compact rooms, however, should be finished with minimalistic or thin cornice profiles so as to prevent the height and size from visually shrinking even further.
Installing polystyrene cornices
One of the many benefits of polystyrene cornices is that it makes for easy installation. All you require for such a project is a mitre box, a polystyrene saw, a tape measure, a caulking gun, a chalk line, a sponge, polystyrene adhesive, and of course the polystyrene cornicing. Here are a few tips:
Mitring the cornice: The cornice is always placed in the mitre box “upside down”, so that the edge that will be fixed to the ceiling lies on the horizontal base of the box. There are two main cuts that will be necessary to complete any cornice installation. The first is the simple straight cut, which is when you cut the cornice straight across using the 90° guide – it is used to join two straight lengths of cornicing. The second type of cut is used to cut the cornices at an angle of 45° to fit in the corners – or in other words, to mitre them. For the corners, there are internal mitres, which fit in the corners of a room, as well as external mitres, which run along corners that jut out, such as on a chimney column for example. When cutting polystyrene cornices, always use firm, positive strokes, and never try and force the cut or to cut too quickly.
Application of adhesive: It is essential that sufficient adhesive is applied along the full length of the back of the edges of the cornice where it will meet both the wall and the ceiling. To be sure – you should always check the suggested coverage on the adhesive’s packaging and apply accordingly.
Fitting the cornice: One of the most common mistakes made when fitting cornices, is to follow the ceiling. Do not be tempted to do this, as ceilings are often not entirely level. To ensure a properly horizontal line all the way round a room, determine the drop down from where the cornice will be fixed, down to the floor, and using the chalk line, draw a line around the room marking this position. Then, using the chalk line as a guide, push the cornice firmly in place.
Painting cornices: Polystyrene cornices can be painted approximately one hour after installation.
This isolated beachfront property is located in the Western Cape of South Africa and boasts uninterrupted sea views of an unspoilt beach. Neutral simplicity in design and architecture fits into its natural habitat. This location offers amazing shooting possibilities.
This home is really all about the amazing views of the coast. But it is has a lot more to offer. From a modern eclectic interior to authentic African touches and natural materials used throughout – it is styled to perfection and perfectly serene as the ultimate getaway spot.
The interior is equally refreshing and just as inviting as the beautiful outdoor vistas beyond the walls of this modern seaside home. We are inspired by the high wooden ceilings that give it a modern touch with a beautiful array of delicate light pendants – grouped together in the living room for maximum effect and a dramatic statement of style.
Furniture echoes the textures and tones of the ocean with beautiful wooden pieces that add character to this space. Those metal sofas are fascinating, adding another dimension and textural element to this home.
The bedroom is idyllic in a palette of white – creating a peaceful sanctuary. We love the built-in side cabinets and a striking chandelier that adds a beautiful luminous glow to this master suite.
The open plan kitchen and dining area feels homely with wooden touches that add a richness to this space. Pops of greenery bring a freshness to this living space and beautiful concrete flooring adds a contemporary flair that is perfect for seaside living.
It won’t be long before the countryside will be wrapped up in its reddest, yellowest and most orange finery. It won’t just be the leaves falling as Autumn sets in. SHF are dropping prices on sofas by 20% for three days only from 23 to 25 March.
Now’s the perfect time to revamp your living spaces to suit the change of season. SHF’s sofas are available in a range of finishes and colours that will make Autumn’s colours seem drab and uninspired. And what’s more, you can purchase your very own SHF sofa at a discounted rate.
Wrap yourself up in the sale of the season with 20% off dozens of styles and finishes at the SHF sofa sale for three days only. From classic to contemporary and urban chic, you’re sure to find a sofa to suit your style and design scheme.
Visit an SHF gallery close to you in Gauteng or KwaZulu-Natal for inspiration to redefine your living space.