Guest post over on Lanalou Style – Woven Baskets

I am totally excited to announce that yesterday I was the guest blogger over on Lanalou StyleHer lifestyle blog is just stunning and covers a wide range of topics from interior decor to photography, travel and weddings! My favourite is her Cape Town guide.

I have recently launched a range of hand woven baskets at the PRESENTspace pop up store at the wellness centre in Kloof Street, Cape Town. I am obessed! Read my full post over on Lanalou Style here.

Woven baskets trending - Melissa Louise

Woven baskets trending - Melissa Louise

Thank you Lana for the opportunity to work with you on this post, I hope to be back.


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Last weeks discovered links #9

Happy new week… I cant believe we are just about finished with JUNE. Feels like Christmas was yesterday!

Here is a round up of my fave things discovered this past week,

Last weeks discovered links temp

1. Currently obsessing over these Chelsea Boots.

2. Love this Ombre Hand knotted Woven Wall Hanging.

3. Recently discovered HeyKarm on instagram, her profile is so peaceful! and I love the typography she does.

4. Heres a good read…

5. This Mini Copper Jack table lamp is to die for!


Images listed by various links. 



A dip in the archives- Project De’Lord

So its a rainy Sunday afternoon and I have been in bed ALL day, James is at work, Sullivan is snug next to me and its ME time… I have been busy with admin, freelance work and watching movies. Its been a great day, one that’s good for the soul! While mindlessly scrolling pinterest, as one does, I came across a sweet little quote that read-

” A Sunday well spent brings a week of content…”


So while doing some work, I all of a sudden missed drawing… now a days everything is done on the computer! I missed my varsity days where we were forced to embrace our raw talent… So I thought I would dip into the archives and show you a project I completed in 2010. House De’Lord, was a fun project, a loft redesign with a nautical theme.

LOFT presentation 1 LOFT presentation  2

Goal for this week, Draw more…


All drawings by Melissa Louise. 

my latest obsession- fiddle leaf fig

The best examples of pattern, colour, shape and texture can be found in nature. I am so inspired by nature. My latest obsession is with the fiddle leaf fig tree, its just beautiful.

Fiddle leaf fig by Melissa Louise

I have always loved plants in a home, it can really bring a space to life and the pops of green? Well no other items pulls that off better than a plant or fiddle leaf to be more specific!

What I love most about the fiddle leaf is that it can grow massive, which is not like most indoor plants…

Here are two examples of how a plant can transform a space-

Below: The living room of Bri Emery from Design Love Fest designed by Emily Henderson. This space is vibrant with touches of vintage, the green of the plants compliments beautifully and totally completes the space. 

Fiddle leaf fig by Melissa Louise Fiddle leaf fig by Melissa Louise

Above: Entrance sideboard at my home, designed and styled by me, Melissa. On the other hand you could have a neutral space, the addition of a fiddle leaf creates the colour in the space and picks up the subtle hints of green which can be found in paintings and framed pictures.

Follow me on twitter and tweet me with photographs of plants in your space.

Have a happy Wednesday.

ps: THREE sleeps till my birthday! YAY! (I hope to be showered with more plants for my home. hint hint… )


Photography by Lindi Meyer, Amanda Drost and Design love fest.

Product Crush: Wallflower urban garden & home

I couldn’t decide on one single product in this store… I just love it all. Wallflower urban garden & home is a store based in the Salt River Arcade building in Salt River, number 376 Albert Road. Our studio is based in the same building and I cant resist popping into wallflower every now and again.

Below are a few photographs around their store.

Wallflower feature by Melissa Louise

The lanterns must be my favourite items in store. 

Wallflower feature by Melissa Louise

Wallflower feature by Melissa Louise

Wallflower feature by Melissa Louise

Wallflower feature by Melissa Louise

How cute is that lassie dog succulent. He may feature in our studio shoot this weekend. 

Wallflower feature by Melissa Louise

Wallflower feature by Melissa Louise

Wallflower feature by Melissa Louise

Visit them in store to see beautiful and new products.


All photographs by Melissa Louise