Not just another Design Store

Design Store may be new in town, but they’ve been working with some of the best designers in SA for a while already to bring you their lovely new selection of gorgeous and original products to buy for your home.

They did the most beautiful shoot, celebrating and showcasing all their lovely products on offer, which I just had to share with you here!

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Photo credits to Sunel Haasbroek (photographer) and Lizanne Visser (Stylist)

Design Store provides a platform to bring top South African designers and consumers together. The focus of Design Store’s product offering is on superior designed items for your home as well as a selection of quality accessories for both men and women.

Design Store strives to encourage others to support local trade through shopping for South African made products. We focus on bringing the best of South African design to your doorstep.

We encourage buying bespoke South African designed goods. By supporting local designers and artisans, you are stimulating local job creation and contributing to the continued growth of this important sector.

Our focus is on quality and superior craftsmanship of the goods we stock.

Our objective is to provide a superior online platform to bring the best of South African design to the consumer.”

Design Store also has an exciting new blog, which kicked off with a series of designer interviews (first up was us : ) – you can read the article here).

Happy shopping!

Find out more:
website: www.handmadebyme.co.za
facebook: www.facebook.com/handmadebymeblog
twitter: @handmadebymeSA
online shop: shop.handmadebyme.co.za
retail shop: www.facebook.com/handmadebymeandwindowsillshop

Getting hitched : )

You may have noticed it has been a little quiet on the Handmade By Me blog and facebook page lately….well thats because I am getting married to the love of my life in 4 days time!!! And even though we are keeping things very small and simple, there are still a million and one things to do before the big day!! I find myself feeling very fortunate that I work for myself and can be pretty flexible when I need, but it is still so difficult trying to juggle two very important things! Needless to say, Handmade By Me is going on holiday for a week or so. We have only a one day honeymoon to look forward to (that was silly?), but we have lots of friends and family over from Ireland so we will be eating and drinking and driving round the countryside making sure they have the best holiday ever (and come back and visit again soon ; )).

And so I leave you with some lovely magazine loving for Handmade By Me this February…

Starting with this really lovely feature on me and my new Cape Town cushion covers and tea towels featured in the “Discoveries” section of the latest Condé Nast House & Garden magazine…

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And then my Origami Birds cushion cover featured in Cosmopolitan magazine’s “Living” section…

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All of the above and more are available to buy from the Handmade By Me online shop : ) and various stockists!

Now available from…Zola (New York)

I am super delighted to let you all know that Handmade By Me is now being stocked by Zola, a beautiful, modern and very unique wedding registry website, based in New York!!! There’s a lot more to Zola than just beautiful gifting ideas, you can buy experiences, and dining, or create a honeymoon or even a wedding fund! This is exactly what we were looking for when we started planning our wedding, and I could kick myself for not having discovered it sooner!!
Here is a little more about what it is that they offer below; or to really see what it’s all about, have a look at their website www.zola.com (warning: it will make you want to get married all over again).
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“We are called Zola and we are creating a wedding registry that aims to meet the needs of modern couples. Our goal is to offer products and experiences that couples can get excited about and also better reflect their lives and styles. Today’s engaged couples are passionate about many things – adventurous experiences, decorating their homes, food and wine, world travel, outdoor activities, and more.
Zola is the only site that allows couples to register online for products, experiences, services, cash funds, and anything else from any store. We take care of all transactions on our site, which means your loved ones won’t find themselves bounced to outside sites, and you won’t receive duplicates of third-party items. Say goodbye to those extra gravy boats.
You can customize your registry to make it you – upload your own photos and give show your personality through your registry.”

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Origami style…

Look what I spotted in yesterday’s Rapport‘s my styl section : ) My blue origami birds cushion cover : ) Its seems origami is all the rage these days, check out these lovely origami inspired decor items, I just LOVE the beautiful paper strelitzia by freshlyfound!

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And if you love this design, here are some other lovely blue origami products…

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…all available in blue and white OR black and white….from the handmade by me online shop and other lovely stockists : )

The cutting edge of space…

Look who made into the Home Weekly supplement of the Sunday Times this last Sunday! None other than my space rocket solar system cushion cover! Seems quite appropriate given the week we’ve had, with Felix Baumgartner managing to successfully complete his Red Bull Stratos jump. And they called it a space invader…LOVE that! Here’s a direct link to the cushion cover on hello pretty and on Etsy.

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handmade by me is now climbing the walls…

Its finally OFFICIAL, my wallpaper collection is ready to go! I am really excited about this as I have always wanted to do it with my designs, but was waiting until I moved back to Cape Town to start looking for suppliers and printers.

The wallpaper itself has a lovely slightly textured finish which really lifts the designs, and each order placed is printed to your size specification with installation services in all major cities round South Africa should you need. For all you overseas customers I am more then happy to post the panels out to you.

I can also do all the designs in the form of a wall vinyl instead of wallpaper which is slightly easier to apply, and you have the option of a splash back finish which is applied to the vinyl for areas which might come into contact with water such as a bathroom or pool area. Please someone do the another rainy day in their bathroom please!!! : )

If you have a room or area you would like to make a change to, and you’re not sure what you would like to do, send me a photo and I will help show you what you could do to completely transform your space into something new and exciting.

To view the whole range of wallpaper designs click here. To make any purchases please contact me with your specs, or view my Etsy store to buy individual panels.

Here are a few tasters…