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Posted by the trend stalker on 7th October 2015

Couple up

Ryan Beattie from La-Z-Boy offers his tips on how to achieve conflict-free and productive decorating as a couple.

11 June 2015, Johannesburg: “Decorating as a couple can be one of the biggest challenges facing a new couple – the combination of conflicting tastes and so many different style choices for your space are a recipe for disaster. Fortunately however, it only takes a bit of planning and a few key tips to ensure your decorating experience is fun, easy and successful,” says Ryan Beattie from La-Z-Boy.
Open for discussion

The most important part of decorating as a couple is planning and discussion, explains Ryan: “Planning and talking about the style and composition of your décor before you decorate will help avoid any conflict at a later phase during the decorating process. It will also ensure that decorating as a couple can be an easy and enjoyable process.” Things to consider include your budget, layout, essentials and nice-to-haves. It is also a good idea to divide the tasks up evenly so neither person feels like they’re doing more work than the other.

Mix and match

It’s very important to remember that as a couple you both bring your own unique styles to the space you will be sharing. Mixing and matching elements of both of your styles will help bring a personal touch to your décor, and will ensure that both partner’s personal styles are being represented. Mixing and matching sentimental pieces that reflect each partner’s personality is important, as it will make the space feel more homely and personal. “Remember, that when incorporating personal pieces into a space, it’s advisable to only use pieces that add to the style you’re trying to achieve, rather than cluttering the space up with random sentimental pieces,” advises Ryan. Both partners being present when shopping, and a clear style plan will also be very beneficial in helping to create a cohesive end result.
Neutral territory

There are a few aspects of design that should be kept gender neutral – not only will this help the space from becoming too masculine or too feminine, but it will also make the space a great canvas for adding personal touches. “Deciding which parts of your décor should be kept neutral is quite easy – it relates to anything that stands as a big feature in the space, such as a feature wall or big pieces of furniture for example,” suggests Ryan. When it comes to couches for example, choosing something that is both comfortable and stylish is ideal.

La-Z-Boy recliners and lounge suites are a prime example of how a single style can appeal equally to both sexes – the fact that this motion furniture is super comfortable will appeal to the men, while La-Z-Boy’s sleek, modern designs will appeal to the ladies. Something like a La-Z-Boy suite, which suits both partners and is neither too feminine nor masculine, is a perfect example of a gender-neutral choice.

“Wall colour is another important thing to keep neutral, and organically neutral tones such as whites, beiges, stones and greys are believed to be the most gender neutral,” explains Ryan. While it is a good idea to keep walls neutral, this isn’t a hard and fast rule, as if both people can agree on a non-neutral colour that works can be an option too. “Neutral choices are also great for any design element that is causing conflict or where a mutual decision can’t be reached,” adds Ryan.

Clever compromises

While you might not particularly like your boyfriend’s old band posters, and he might not like your obsession with vintage ornaments, it’s important to remember that both parties can bring their own unique style and flare to any space. And while being able to incorporate a bit of everyone’s style is first choice, unfortunately it isn’t always an option, explains Ryan: “Making choices, and sometimes sacrifices, that make the space more enjoyable and more a reflection of you as a couple versus you as an individual, can sometimes be difficult, but in the greater scheme of things a small compromise now, will often lead to an amazing space later.” It’s important to remember that you’re creating a space that both of you need to be able to love and call home.


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Posted by the trend stalker on 28th May 2013

Go and sit in the corner and think about what you’ll do…

Transforming those awkward and bare corners into a more functional, useful and pretty area forms the purpose of this Tuesday’s post.

Since corner’s are often tricky and for this reason under-dressed or not even touched, here are a few ideas on how to occupy all corners, if you will, of your house.

Posted by the trend stalker on 2nd May 2013


To have and to hold onto…forever

I choose to define hoarding as: ‘an over-developed ability to store all things good and possibly useful’. This could mean useful for your unborn children, unbuilt house or perhaps useful during a sudden apocalypse. This could also include eggshell boxes as paint holders should you one day become a nursery school teacher and need them in abundance.


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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 truly sad way they’ve portrayed it.

Well, allow me to attempt to change that perception for those not so convinced and for everyone else – all that glitters is gold for the purpose of this, golden, inspirational post.

Posted by the trend stalker on 26th March 2013


Makes a patch look like less of one. While the old school of thought followed having a set of crockery for various occasions, it seems that décor is taking a different stance. Mixing-and-Matching kitchen wear makes for a more eclectic look and feel and if a plate is broken, in true greek style or no, replacing it won’t be obvious patch work – which for me, is the biggest benefit.

So, from classic to oriental – from antique to modern – from uniform to everything goes – this “expect the unexpected” craze is the purpose of this post…

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Posted by the trend stalker on 21st March 2013

Beautiful Flat Inspiration| Decor Ideas

I have been trying to find a new and bigger place from what seems like the longest time. Bigger is quite relative in this instance because I currently live in a tiny studio flat so my imagination of “bigger” is anything from a bigger studio to a two bedroom. A few weeks ago I came quite close to getting a bigger studio but after viewing it, I realised it wasn’t worth the money. This disappointment aside, I’m still looking and keeping myself inspired.

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Posted by the trend stalker on 19th March 2013

Mirror mirror on the wall

Whose home is the most stylish of them all? Why, the most stylish people of course…

I thought we’d take a look at the ultimate influenced-by-fashion homes, those are the homes of the fashion influencers, get where I’m going? If they’re making it in fashion, they’re making it in interior design. We think so…

Here’s a look at some of the finest designers’ homes… From a 1988 edition of Yves Saint Lauren (now Saint Lauren) featured in Architectural Digest, to his excellency, Giorgio Armani.

Giorgio Armani Architectural Digest

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Posted by the trend stalker on 17th January 2013

Essential Starting out decor Advice

If you remember toward the end of last year a new series called “Starting Out” was added to this blog as a means to gather ideas, tips and tricks for those starting a new living adventure in their lives. Be it moving into res, moving into a first apartment or buying a new and first home. The thought of getting a chance to redecorate and start fresh, how exciting!

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Posted by the trend stalker on 15th January 2013

Light delight

Conveniently, the word delight contains the word light – which is what I’ll be getting at for the purpose of this post.

Lighting can seriously alter the way in which a home is received, so methinks it’s best to get it right. The correct lighting can guide the eye to various focal points and features within a room or raise the flow of energy bar from zero to well, hero.

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Posted by the trend stalker on 10th January 2013

13 Decor Trends for 2013

This being only the second Thursday of the year I thought it would be fun and interesting to put together a list of some – 13 to be exact – trends expected to sweep the décor and home design world off its feet.

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