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What’s Hot this Season: Part 3

Sep 9, 2019 | Trends

Things to see, trends to spot and places to be

TEXT Julia Freemantle PHOTOGRAPHS Alix-Rose Cowie, Andrea van der Spuy and supplied


Life is a Garden is the marketing division of The South African Nursery Association, a non-profit organisation that strives to promote gardening as a hobby for all South Africans. Studies have shown the right garden can increase a property’s value by up to 48%, says Life is a Garden, and spring is the perfect time to freshen things up. The first stop is always your garden beds. Plant them according to your own style and preferred colour palette – the beauty of flowers is that no colours clash, so unleash your creativity and use the beds as your canvas.


On 20 October, plant and nature lovers are encouraged to celebrate Garden Day. Don a flower crown, plant a tree, swap cuttings with a friend, or teach your children something about the environment – the idea is to appreciate the beauty of nature. Created by Candide, a gardening app that connects gardeners with fellow plant lovers, public gardens and nurseries, the concept is aimed at enjoyment and promoting unity among South Africans.


John Vogel’s refined African aesthetic has made him much loved on the furniture scene – his combination of contemporary lines and skilled craftsmanship bridges the divide between modern and traditional. For 100% Design South Africa, he imagined a modern dining space that speaks to a social way of spending time together.


The triple talent behind the design collective Apartment 2B created an engaging bedroom space for 100% Design South Africa, held in August. The trio – Thabisa Mjo of Mash.T Design Studio, Monique Vee, and Mpho Vackier of TheUrbanative – combined their creative strengths for a stylish space that offered sensory inspiration and much-needed respite. @mashtdesignstudio,,

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