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.

Zana GIVEAWAY winner announced

On the 4th of December I announced that Zana and I would be doing a GIVEAWAY

Today I announce the winner…..

Congrats to SUE GLENNIE!!

And the winner is By melissa Louise

You have won YOUR VERY OWN SCRAP PACK AS WELL AS A ZANA POUCH! Visit the Zana website and let us know which is your favourite pouch and we will post it to you…

Thank you to all of those who participated.

Follow me on social media for other giveaways coming soon…

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Photo by Melissa Louise


Melissa Louise and Zana do a giveaway! YAY!

Scrap Packs at Zana

So, you must have seen all the hype on social media about Zanas newly launched ‘Scrap Packs’, this is a fun combination of fabric off cuts packaged with recycled paper at the weight of 250g.

Zana fabric is professionally screenprinted onto 100% cotton medium weight fabric. The pieces in these packs range in sizes and can be used in many ways such as, DIY, patchwork, clothing accents, toy making and much more. Use your imagination… See the fun Festive Scrap Wreath DIY we did over on the Zana blog here.

The Scrap packs retail for R110 in ZAR (+ free shipping) here: buy me!

And a pack for $14 (+$4 international shipping) in Dollars here: buy me!


1. Follow @missnunnerley on Twitter.

2. Tweet the following: “RT to WIN with @zanaproducts & @MissNunnerley”.

3. Subscribe to the Zana newsletter here. (See subcription bar on right of screen, When subscribing you will get a e-mail, don’t forget to confirm your subscription)

ONE lucky subscriber will win.

*Competition is open internationally.

Scrap Packs at Zana Scrap Packs at Zana

Winners announced on Friday the 13th December 2013
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Photos by Zana & Melissa Louise

Fabricate, “Shop Local”


Fabricate By Melissa Louise

You may have noticed Robyn and I raving about “Fabricate” ? What is Fabricate you may ask, well, it is a new pop-up shop situated opposite the food court in Cavendish shopping mall, Cape Town. They stock proudly South African locally designed products, we at Zana have supplied them with our new range of pouches.

We are so happy to hear that the walk in buyers are loving them, great news to our online ears!

Fabricate is a collaborative project between Leila Badsha of Bow Peep and the creative duo Marlette and Monique from Anomali. Here are a few photos of the store designed and merchandised by this great team-

Fabricate By Melissa Louise

Fabricate By Melissa Louise

Fabricate By Melissa Louise

I love the adaptive use of recycled goods within this space, make shift shopfitting adds to the raw’ness of the space which allows for the products to speak for themselves. – Melissa Louise

Fabricate By Melissa Louise

Fabricate By Melissa Louise

Fabricate By Melissa Louise

I can’t wait to visit the store post opening, there are plenty of treasures to buy for loved ones, just in time for Christmas… YAY!

Keep up to date with what’s new in store via Fabricates twitter and facebook pages. 

Trading hours are:

Mon-Sat: 9:00 – 19:00
Sun: 10:00 – 17:00



Photographs courtesy of Fabricate.

Woodbender- How its made

Woodbender Tour by Melissa Louise

Woodbender opened their doors in 1988, the co-founders Charles and Shirley Mast are committed to meeting the need for high quality, locally produced furniture. This year marks their 25 years of operation. Woodbender operates from a factory in Strand, +- 40km from Cape Town, South Africa. Woodbender is the supplier of choice to restaurants, hotels, offices and homes throughout South Africa and internationally.

Last week I had the amazing opportunity of meeting with Emily Mast of Woodbender, she shared her family story of the business and gave me an exclusive tour of their factory…

I’m in total awe of the bending process! Who knew a raw material with such durability and strength with the right process can be moulded and bent into something spectacular. Emily enlightened me to the fact that Ash wood has the best bending qualities, ash is not only my favourite timber due to its colouring and grain but I like it even more for its bending qualities.

Woodbender Tour by Melissa Louise

Woodbender Tour by Melissa Louise

Woodbender Tour by Melissa Louise

Woodbender Tour by Melissa Louise

Woodbender Tour by Melissa Louise

Woodbender Tour by Melissa Louise

“When trees mature, it is fair and moral that they are cut for man’s use, as they would soon decay and return to the earth. Trees have the yearning to live again, perhaps to provide the beauty, strength and utility to serve man and even to become an object of great artistic worth.”
- George Nakashima (woodworker, architect and one of the leading innovators of 20th century furniture design)

Woodbender sources Ash hardwood from meticulously managed forests in North America. Here, hardwoods renew and replenish themselves naturally, providing a quintessentially sustainable material. The abundant supply of this natural resource and our unique production process provides Woodbender – and our customers – with an environmentally conscious choice.

If you are interested in finding out more about Woodbender or viewing their catalogue, get in touch via their website, Facebook or Twitter.

Thank you to the Woodbender team for inviting me to spend the morning at your factory.


All photographs taken by Melissa Louise