All 4 Woman Magazine – 5 Ways to reinvent your home this summer

5 Ways to reinvent your home this summer

All 4 Woman, a South African online magazine asked me for 5 Ways to reinvent your home this summer.

Here are a few unedited excerpts from my All 4 Woman Magazine Interview, have a look at the full interview published here

Here are my top tips to reinvent your abode this summer with a huge measure of élan.

1. Jump Timelines

Add some soul and interest to your space by mixing vintage pieces with your travel finds. Have you picked up quaint and exotic pieces on your travels? Add them to your home in strategic locations.  Antiques with modern masterpieces give a comprehensive sense of who you are. They help narrate a story of your roots, your heritage and the lands that have captured your heart in beautiful progression. This eclectic vibe goes a long way in presenting a theme that never stagnates the aesthetics of your home.

2. Make a Statement with Colour

Do not be afraid to embrace colour. Summer is an ideal time to revamp and experiment with vibrant hues. My interiors is a mix of neutrals with occasional pops of bold colours that break the monotony. Invest in patterned rugs and throws. Hang an abstract piece of art bursting with vibrancy and allow your personality to blossom against a backdrop of black or white.

3. The Texture Elixir

No space can be impeccably appointed unless there is a subtle (or bold) interplay of textures – in the upholstery, in the finishes and the flooring. I love mixing and layering textures. Invest in quality craftsmanship with statement furniture and contrast soft furnishings. For example – In my home, I love the rawness of French oak against my polished concrete floors and gold textured wall-coverings that scream barefoot luxury! I have also mixed cool linens with luxe velvet couches and bold teak root side tables. My bathrooms have marble walls pristine against black and white herringbone floor tiles with large antique wooden almirahs and striking black and white chevron design polyrattan handwoven stools.

Give your inner innovator a free rein. Find inspiration in every walk of life – not just the pages of the “Season” magazines. This way you can create your own distinctive style that will stand the test of time.

4. Statements & Conversations

Summers call for late dinners and soirees. Make generous use of statement and conversation pieces to stand apart. Statement items scream their presence while the conversation starters do just that – they give your visitors something to talk about. The sole objective is to elicit the response “Oh. That’s so different. Where did you get it from?”

You can find your conversation starter at the roadside bazaar or the most high end boutique in town. Ceramics and handmade one off items like the Haute Edit collection are evergreen in their appeal and pack the punch of your individuality.

5. Edit when “Awesome”

Do you feel your space is just perfect? That is a big clue to edit your décor. Chances are you have had the pieces around for a very long time and they have “grown” on you. And this happens when your cherished items deplete their cache of stories. They blend into the background. It’s time to purge and make space for something new! Rejuvenate your surroundings with fresh summer favorites like lots of greenery in raw concrete pots or hand woven baskets.

Your décor is essentially you. A beautiful canvas that you can use to express yourself! Trust your instincts and go for bold!

Copyright : Kumari Govender for All 4 Woman