Etsy Roundup – Pastels and gold

Last week I discovered an inspiring small business interview with Yvonne Ellen on Etsy. I absolutely love the concept of her store and the way she adapts and re-uses precious bone china sourced at markets around England giving them new life. See more of my last weeks discovered links here.

Etsy Roundup -Pastels and gold by Melissa Louise

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Sooo, there was no doubt that this weeks Etsy round up had to be based around this drunken little tea cup (no.3 above)… I also just love the pastels and matalic colour combo.

Ps: Still loving my new Etsy round up format? I am… See older ones here, here and here.

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Images: by various, listed as numbered. 

What my travel dreams are made of

What my travel dreams are made of - Melissa Louise

So holiday mode is feeling like its over, festive season, birthdays and valentines day are all behind us and I’m getting into this year. For those of you who don’t know I’m the Interior designer at Zana, so while things are quite over here, they are buzzing over there. I contribute to the Zana blog and we are so very busy creating a full lifestyle range. We have new prints in production, while we are preparing for the Kamers Market too. So like I said we are SO busy.

While keeping busy my mind doesn’t cease to have the odd wonder, I’m currently itching to travel. My first and only over seas trip was four years ago… Here are a few images of what my travel dreams are made of,

What my travel dreams are made of - Melissa Louise

What my travel dreams are made of - Melissa Louise What my travel dreams are made of - Melissa Louise

I love food, architecture, the sea and different cultures. All these together would make my ultimate holiday. One day.

Follow me on pinterest to see other destinations I’d like to visit.

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All images sourced off pinterest. See my pin boards for original links. 

Kamers vol Geskenke Market- Part 1

Karmers Market by Melissa Louise

Yesterday the Zana team attended the Karmers vol Geskenke market, there are so many beautiful things to look at and it’s situated on a wine farm in the beautiful mountains of Stellenbosch. I definitely recommend going. Entrance is R50.oo. “Kamers vol Geskenke” is Afrikaans meaning Rooms full of Presents.

Here are a few of the photographs I took while browsing. We have so much talent in our country its incredible.

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“We aim to break new ground by innovatively sourcing creative talent and fresh product ideas that are exclusive, creative and retail focused, while offering a nurturing environment and safe space for small businesses to grow. KAMERS is all about bringing creative people together by sharing and collaborating on ideas, supporting each other through honesty, tolerance and understanding, and believing in all of our ability and creative talent.” -Kamers website.

Karmers Market by Melissa Louise

Situated on the beautiful Webersburg Wine Estate.

Karmers Market by Melissa Louise

Karmers Market by Melissa Louise

Peonies my favourite!

Karmers Market by Melissa Louise

Karmers Market by Melissa Louise

The Zana team. Sue, Robyn and Melissa.

Karmers Market by Melissa Louise

I had so many photos to choose from there will be a part two tomorrow on a few of my favourite items to purchase.

Happy Friday!

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All photographs taken by Melissa Louise. Kamers banner curtsey of kamers.co.za

 

 

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.

Melissa Louise: Twitter & Instagram 

Zana: Twitter & Instagram 

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

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All photographs by Zana & Melissa Louise

 

Product Crush: Zwei21 Interioricity Lamp

While trawling the internet, as one does, I came across this beautifully deigned yet simple and slightly futuristic looking copper lamp. So in keeping with my love for copper today’s product crush is the Zwei21 Interioricity Lamp.

We often take electricity for granted, because it’s invisible and intangible, but take a moment to consider how much it helps in our everyday lives. The Zwei21 Interioricity lamp has been designed in respect of electricity. Let’s face it, we really depend on it and hardly can survive without it…

Keeping this in mind, Jasmin Kastner and Marc Joschko, the industrial design duo behind Coburg, Germany-based Zwei21have developed Interioricity lamp, a simple futuristic copper lamp combined with an extension cord.

Product Crush interioricity-zwei21-01 by Melissa Louise

Colored textile cables, plugs, lampshades and joints can be combined and placed in various constellations. The extension cord with the plug works as a cable storage on the wall. The setting can either consist of one single cable or there can derive up to three cables from the joint. The ends can be equipped with electric plugs or LED lamps. All lamps and plugs can be hung or placed on a desk. Metal frames hold the lampshades in position. Zwei21

Product Crush interioricity-zwei21-01 by Melissa Louise

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Courtesy of Zwei21.