Archives for "April, 2013"

Posted by the trend stalker on 30th April 2013

Here comes the season change. Aaand, bless you.

With winter jackets, comes a pocket stuffed with tissues. For some, allergies get you stared down by passers-by… But for others, they have to stop themselves from handing, a victim of allergies, a tissue when you see them all bright nosed and bushy eyed, if you will… So, how to avoid being that victim and […]

Posted by the trend stalker on 25th April 2013

Endless Summer

Make the most of your great outdoors South Africans love the outdoors. I ascribe this to 1) the fact that we have great outdoors and 2) the fact that we have great weather (mostly). I love watching our people squeeze the last drop of sunshine from summer. The braai master who braais in the rain […]

Posted by the trend stalker on 23rd April 2013

The three R’s

Reuse, reduce and recycle. Since we’re in the shadow of yesterday’s Earth Day – we thought to ascribe today’s post to matters concerning the mother of our world. Home recycling – while it may require a trivial amount of time upfront – it certainly offers substantial benefits to the homeowner not to mention to mother […]

Posted by the trend stalker on 18th April 2013

All things bright and beautiful

Colourful design ideas Over the past few years we have seen the dreamy white look transform the interiors and exteriors of homes (white, on white, on white), the colour palette of weddings (white bridesmaid dresses!) and even what is en vogue for babies (white clothes, cots and toys for boys and girls of all ages). […]

Posted by the trend stalker on 16th April 2013

Get a kindle, they say… It will be fun, they say…

Bookshelves with books on ’em – oh, what a feat! I suppose it’s expected, nowadays, that on a bookshelf you’ll find some pots, some souvenirs and one kindle. Get a kindle, it’ll save the trees, they say… I’ll have you know, and I’ve done the research – the trees books are made of are specially […]

Posted by the trend stalker on 11th April 2013


Rated one of the most stressful life experiences after death, divorce and the birth of a child. The stress of moving probably comes from the removal of the familiar. It is a time of saying farewell to a home, a neighborhood, a collection of possessions and often a culling of sentimental items. Adding to this […]

Posted by the trend stalker on 9th April 2013

Pattern on, in and all over print

When it comes to pattern and print… I can’t get no! satisfaction! For the most part, clashing patterns and universe forbid, denim-on-denim in fashion, always illicits the up-then-down glance from passer’s by, but in décor – I don’t mind it in the least. Allow me to challenge the norm for the purpose of this post… […]

Posted by the trend stalker on 4th April 2013

Taking Stock: What’s Available at Grafton Everest

As you may know, The Furnishing Touch is sponsored by  The Bravo Group of companies, which is home to (among other great decor brands) Grafton Everest. Sometimes we get to visit the show rooms, touch the furniture and dream up completely new posts than what we may have had in mind when we went there […]

Posted by the trend stalker on 2nd April 2013

Brass has made a comeback for 2013, they say…

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, brass happens to be one of those timeless accents for any home. Maybe I’m biased, but everyone loves a good brass or gold piece, when it’s done well, hey? No thanks to those that have ruined the image of brass and gold in some of your eyes because of the […]