Etsy Roundup – Black, white and taupe

Today’s Etsy round up is a goodie, a classic colour combo.

I love how the natural hue of taupe softens the contrast of the black and white. The taupe colour can be found in so many different materials namely leather, timber, paper, natural linens… The list goes on.

Etsy Roundup - Black, white and taupe


You can see the older Etsy Round ups here, here ,here , here and here. 

The new Etsy roundups are a more refined selection of items you could incorporate into your home, an event or accessorize with.

Ps: I managed 3 blog posts this week, BOOM! I’m back into my routine. :)


Images: by various, listed as numbered. 

My Christmas wish list for 2013

Christmas is such an exciting time for me, filled with memories, fairy lights, food and love. There is no better time of year to indulge in spoils for loved ones and friends, here are a few on my wish list….

My Christmas wishlist by Melissa Louise

ONE – Brass Rope Ring by Dear Rae

TWO – Rose Quartz Brass Ring by Dear Rae

THREE – Ipanema Kids Beach Towel by Country Road

FOUR –  Interlaced Huarache by MR Price 

FIVE – Ladies’ Papaya sock by FEAT

SIX – Black Swiss Cross Throw Cushion Cover 18 x 18 inch by Zana


Photographs from various websites

I’m the interior designer at Zana & this is our studio

Here are a few photos from around the studio lately-

Around the Zana studio by Melissa Louise

These chairs will be up for sale soon, stay tuned. 

I’m one week away from being apart of the Zana team for one WHOLE month!! Time sure does fly when you are having fun. This has been both the busiest and exciting months of my career thus far. I’m doing what I love and I couldn’t be happier.

Before starting at Zana I was asked by Robyn, the co-founder and creative director, to help design the new studio space. It was a easy and enjoyable task, Robyn has wonderful taste and is pretty in tune with the latest trends. The space turned out stunning and I now have first hand experience in how much of a wonderful space it is to work in (if I do say so myself) …

After settling down in our new studio office space in the Salt Circle Building in Woodstock, we were itching to do a studio shoot. We did the shoot this past Saturday with the talented Lindie Meyer, she has posted a sneaky peek of the photos over on her blog. More photos to follow soon.

Follow us on twitter and instagram to find out when these chairs will be for sale.

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Around the Zana studio by Melissa Louise

Around the Zana studio by Melissa Louise

“As time rolls on we cannot wait to see what having an interior designer on our side will bring! We are working as a blogging team now and we are busy with a whole bunch of fun posts & DIYs for the upcoming weeks!” – Robyn


Around the Zana studio by Melissa Louise

Pinning inspiration on our in studio pin board

Around the Zana studio by Melissa Louise

Around the Zana studio by Melissa Louise

Around the Zana studio by Melissa Louise

All products available for purchase locally and internationally


All photographs by Zana & Melissa Louise


Etsy Roundup: Evil Eye

Evil Eye Etsy round up by Melissa Louise

1 . 2 . 3 . 4 . 5 . 6 . 7 . 8 . 9 . 10 . 11 . 12 . 13 . 14 . 15 . 16


We are kicking this Friday off with something that’s trending like crazy at the moment, the Evil Eye symbol. 

I was first exposed to the evil Eye when on holiday in Greece. The evil eye is a malevolent look that many cultures believe able to cause injury or misfortune for the person at whom it is directed for reasons of envy or dislike. Talismans (A talisman  is an object which is believed to contain certain magical properties which would provide good luck for the possessor and possibly offer protection from evil or harm.) created to protect against the evil eye are also frequently called “evil eyes.”

Traditionally in Greece the evil eye is predominantly a feature in jewellery and glass talismans while today its a symbol that’s being applied to any medium.

Below is a roundup of  evil eye products that can be purchased on Etsy. While evil eye jewellery remains quite traditional, the evil eye has been adapted in print and in some instances it has been broken down into elements that only suggest the symbol.

My absolute favourites are numbers 7, 11 and 13. Which are yours?

You can see a few previous Etsy Roundups here , here ,here and here.



 Images: by various, listed as numbered. 

Trending Now: Black & White

Black and white is an old classic. This season not only is it trending in fashion but in interiors too. Here’s a look at Black and white inspired interiors done right.

Black and white interior trending by Melissa louise

A: Orlando Soria apartment makeover on Emily Hendersons blog.

This is a great way to incorporate b&w into a space without it being too overbearing. In Emily Hendersons article her focus is on how to create a focal wall using black and white art pieces as an anchor.

B: Home of Graphic Designer Therese Sennerholt.

Design Studio 210 has written a great article on how Therese has used her home as an extension of her brand, see it here. This is a good example of how to do a complete b&w colour palate right.

Below are a few local items you can purchase and incorporate into your home to achieve b&w inspired looks.

Black and white interior trending by Melissa louise

1: Magis, Tempo Clock Black – R1819.00 can be purchased at 5Rooms.

2: Country Road, Cantina Large Jug – R59.00 can be purchased at Woolworths.

3: Rough Diamond Pencil Bag – R60.00 can be purchased at Skinny La Minx.

Black and white interior trending by Melissa louise

4: Knitted hounds-tooth tassel scarf – R59.99 can be purchased at MR Price clothing store.

5: Anchor Pattern Cushion Cover – R220.00 can be purchased at Zana.

6: Country Road, Edel Queen Quilt Cover – R999.00 can be purchased at Woolworths.




 Images: by various, listed as numbered.