Décor & Gardening

Putting the heart back into KZN homes

Putting the heart back into KZN homes

Taking over the reins of the ECR House & Garden Show is Cairey Baxter-Bruce, former GM of Decorex SA. Bringing her immense experience to Durban’s much-loved show, Baxter-Bruce plans to make her mark by putting the heart back into homes through a combination of local design, home-grown talent and leading international trends. Coupled with Durban’s relaxed, casual vibe, Baxter-Bruce plans to deliver a show to our shores that is packed with entertainment for the whole family as well as the classic show favourites and brands.

Baxter-Bruce (37) heads up the show for a second time this year, after joining the team only months before the 2017 show. With over 15 years’ worth of experience in the field of décor and design exhibitions, she has quietly been responsible for prompting the sway of local styles and ensuring South Africans have access to the latest local and international gardening and home trends. It is this influence that she now plans to bring to her new role as Show Director of the ECR House & Garden Show.

As a long-standing highlight on Durban’s annual social calendar, Baxter-Bruce is particularly proud of the Show’s uniquely local flavour and the fact that it is proudly KZN.

“I hope to grow the show and to build on its success but rest assured there will still be the well-loved bargains and fun for the whole family to be had,” says Baxter-Bruce.

“There will also be new and exciting show features such as a new craft food and Gin bar, a variety of interactive show demonstrations, a space dedicated to kids’ decor and opportunities for local up-and-coming designers to showcase their talent,” she adds.

As a working mother, with two small children, the show’s theme ‘Home is Where the Heart is’ is personal for Baxter-Bruce whose own interior style is all about functionality, comfort and timelessness. Wearing her two hats – as a mother of young kids and that of an “insider” in the design and décor industry – Baxter-Bruce is able to understand the need to marry practicality with style and good taste in a home.

“I love to live in a well decorated home but practicality wins at the present stage in our lives.

Ours is a comfortable, practical home. We are a family of four and it can’t always be perfect,” she says.

“Being a parent does not mean you have to give up on décor and vice versa; wanting a beautiful home does not mean you can’t have children!” laughs Baxter-Bruce.

“Working full time and having two young children honestly doesn’t leave too much time for re-styling, so I’ve tried to combine key classic pieces in my home with more trend-led accessories, which means I can easily change the look without a complete redesign or spending too much,” she explains.

The ECR House & Garden Show will take place from the 29 June – 8 July 2018 at the Durban Exhibition Centre. Tickets go on sale in March 2018. For further information visit www.housegardenshow.co.za


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