This Weekends Bargain buys

This week was pay day, so like every other person in Cape Town I went to Canal Walk (a local shopping mall) … Not the best idea I’ve ever had. But I went, braved the ques, screaming children and lack of parking within a 1km radius.

These are a few of my bargain buys.

Bargain Buys by Melissa Louise

1. Ice Cream bowl – R9.99 from Mr Price Home. (Iv written about Mr Price Home before here.)

2. Glass Vase – R149.00 from Entrepo.

3. White Henna Inspired Scatter- R179.00 from Mr Price Home.


Images: All by Melissa Louise

Etsy Round up: Timber Accessories

I haven’t been around these parts for a while, sorry to all my readers new and not so new. I have so much in store for future posts but have been so preoccupied with very exciting new design adventures. My freelance interior design job, Made in Brazil Beauty and boutique, went live last week (more on that to follow). I have also been busy with my very first E-design for a client living in Perth, Australia. All this while holding down two jobs and sleeping occasionally… Follow me on Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram for the day to day goings on of Melissa Louise.

Today’s round up features a natural material that I’m deeply in love with in all its forms, TIMBER! I love its natural grain, colouring and the ability timber has to warm up any interior/look. Happy drooling over these lust haves.

You can see previous Etsy Round ups here , here‚ and here.

Etsy Round up by Melissa Louise


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Images: by various, listed as numbered.

Product Crush: Small Woven Rope Stool by Dark Horse

An item that caught my eye at The Shoestring Collective  was the new woven rope stool by Dark Horse.

This stool is designed for your standard table height and boasts strong lines and comfort. I like the creative use of materials, balancing the powder coated mild steel and the 100% cotton rope weave gives a unique and bold aesthetic.It is available in the following colours, Sandpaper Black, Zinc Yellow, Postman Red, Azure Blue and is available for purchase on the Dark horse website and at The Shoestring Collective pop up store in Gardens Centre for this month only. At R990.00 per unit (+- $99.83) this is a bargain buy for unique good quality South African design.

Product Crush, Dark Horse Stool by Melissa Louise

A really cool added benefit to this stool is that its stackable. Many town apartments are petite and don’t lend for large social gatherings, but with these you can stack and store.


 Images: Courtesy of Dark Horse 


The Shoestring Collective

The build up to the opening of the shoestring collective- pop up shop was a rather exciting one for Nikita, my bestie, and I. We both creatives and live in the area.There has been such a hype on all social media and so we scheduled a visit…

The shoestring collective by Melissa Louise

We visited the store yesterday evening, it beautiful. A simple layout showcasing products and designs by 16 South African design talents under one roof. The store has not been over designed and this really lends to having the products stand out.Its a breath of fresh air for Gardens Centre, Cape Town. This pop up shop concept is the brainchild of local designers Sera Holland from Handmade by me and Leila Badsha from Bow peep. Well done Girls. The talent this country has is just amazing and to hone that into one concentrated area other then in a market scenario is wonderful.

The shoestring collective hosts products from clothing, jewellery, handbags, stationery, homeware, DIY kits and so many more must haves… The genuine leather handbags by Dark Horse are stunning while on the more splash out affordable side I’v got my eye on the wooden geometric chopping boards by Maiden Name.

The shoestring collective by Melissa Louise

 The shoestring collective will be running for one month.I’m totally excited to see where they will pop up next  follow them onFacebook




Featured images on front page by Stephanie Veldman Photography

Logo Image by the shoestring collective.

Other images by Melissa Louise

Etsy Round up: Fabric

Iv been asked what “Etsy” is…. Etsy is an e-commerce website focused on handmade or vintage items as well as art and craft supplies that are sold on-line.

“Our mission is to re-imagine commerce in ways that build a more fulfilling and lasting world.” -Etsy.

In keeping with this weeks theme, I’ve done a fabric round up of fun prints using different techniques. These are some of my favourite prints from local and international suppliers. You can see previous Etsy Round ups here and here.

Etsy round up fabric by Melissa Louise

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Images: by various, listed as numbered.