I was recently invited to #Decorex2016 and it couldn’t have come at a better time because I was seeking inspiration. Decorex SA is South Africa’s premier décor, design and lifestyle exhibition which showcases in three cities –Durban, Cape Town and Joburg. Decorex SA’s 2016 theme was “Take It Home, Make It Home”, which reflected in everything that was on display.
This event, which was hosted in Joburg from 5-9 August, was such a treat to the eyes and imagination. I’m no interior designer but I’ve always had a thing for pieces coming together to create beautiful spaces. There was so much to see but I was particularly drawn in by three common themes: Monochrome, copper and bright colours. When it comes to interior design I tend to be a minimalist that gravitates towards clean, modern lines and designs.
This bed added some glam to my favourite bedroom colour combination of grey and white. I instantly fell in love and was tempted to ask the person at the stand to kindly pick it up and put it in my room as is LOL it’s that stunning! The mirrored canopy is a stand out piece and screams glam, what’s not to love?
One of the biggest trends in fashion and beauty at the moment is rose gold which seems to be spilling over into decor and design as well. I was drawn to a lot of copper lighting and bathroom accessories which reminded me of the rose gold trend. A copper bath? I’ve never seen anything like it before! I think this would be an awesome add on to a chic apartment with neutral tones.
Africa seems to be attracting a lot of international interest lately (yaaas) and being such a diverse continent, the narrative is ever evolving. There was a section dedicated to African design and I liked that it wasn’t what one would expect. There were contrasting aesthetics which captures our vast diversity but this stand was one of my favourites. I’m not the biggest fan of pink, funny enough, but I thought that this was beautifully crafted with African prints.
Monochrome design is timeless. This has to be my favourite theme, not only when it comes to interior design, but also when it comes fashion. The beauty of simplicity is undeniable.
I love quirky items. This stand had an array of stools that represent popular alcohol brands. Creative much?
Not only was this event a treat for décor and design enthusiasts, but it was also a treat for foodies. There were rows of food and drink stalls with quirky offerings. There was everything from cakes and gourmet popcorn to live cooking shows. I bought some churros with chocolate sauce which was nostalgic for me as I hadn’t had them in years (can I get a “yum yum”?). I unfortunately didn’t get to take any pictures of the food but let’s just say, I could’ve spent a good portion of my money there lol
Overall, it was a great first experience of a décor and design exhibition and I would love to attend events like this again.