Last week I had the privilege of attending ELLE DECORATION’s Spring Trends Event, held to celebrate the new styles, ideas, themes and fashions that the spring season has brought with it. The evening was one designed to stimulate each of the senses, with rooms dedicated to soundscapes, gin bars, stylish furniture pieces with incredible fabrics and floral arrangements at every turn.
Of all my senses that were treated at the Spring Trends Event, the gorgeous Lel Mirror Dor venue on Northcliff Hill with its breath-taking views ensured that the sights enjoyed on the evening would be most memorable. The open plan double-storied house had each room occupied by a different brand exhibiting their products in the most beautiful, creative ways.
Bang and Olufsen dominated the sounds heard during the evening by showcasing their stylish speaker systems and audio equipment. Guests could relax on the trendy velvet @home couches and enjoy their drinks while soaking up the music. While I can’t say that having a fashionable speaker is my number one priority, seeing the unobtrusiveness of the Bang and Olufsen products made me realize what a difference an aesthetically pleasing sound system can make to a living area.
One of my favourite parts of the evening was enjoying the Sugarbird gin tasting. Perched on the edge of a patio overlooking the twinkling lights of the suburbs, it was the perfect setting for an evening of new tastes and experiences. The gin itself is created in the Cape, and stays true to its roots with notes of Cape May Flower, honeybush, rooibos and rose geranium. It’s a beautifully dry drink, and goes perfectly with Fever Tree Indian tonic water.
As if the gin didn’t provide sufficiently wonderful scents, the rest of the house was filled with the smell of Versace Dylan Blue Pour Femme and Pour Homme, new fragrances from the luxury brand with sweet, floral, woody notes. Also contributing to the floral scent was Judy’s (from the Delicate Nature) flower arrangements. Every one of the stunning @home surfaces was filled with avant-garde displays showcasing unique combinations of beautiful flowers.
Of all the gorgeous things on display for the evening, I wanted to take home some of the Halogen International fabrics the most. There’s just something about the right pairing of fabrics that can bring a whole room together. This season, we say goodbye to neutral, safe tones and hello to all things bright, bold and luxurious. Velvets in rich greens, leathers in deep reds and intricate colourful patterns are dominating the spring trends.
The feel for this season’s décor fashions can be beautifully summed up in Dulux’s colour of the year, Crème Brule, a smooth golden colour that suits almost any area of the home, whether it be the bedroom, kitchen or outdoors. Dulux hosted the activity for the evening which saw guests paint using the brand’s own shades.
Interior design is an art form that I wish I was able to partake in, to see an empty room not just as a bare space, but an area with the potential to become a home. Seeing the beautiful colours, tones and textures on display made me realize how important design is when it comes to the spaces that we live, work and play in.
Fabrics, furniture and colour can transform a room, and in the process, transform how we feel while we’re in it. They can be the difference between feeling cramped, bogged down and overwhelmed, or free, prepared and inspired.
Does home décor play an important role in your home, or does it fall to the bottom of the list of your priorities? Next time you’re getting groceries, stop by the magazine rack and grab a copy of ELLE DECORATION, and take a moment to revaluate how you see your space.