Décor & Gardening
Putting the heart back into your home
Visitors can expect to see top trends on display as flashbacks from yesteryear re-emerge in new ways. Think bold floral patterns as well as geometric and organic forms from the 70s; the minimalist Scandinavian style of clean lines, raw wood and natural light; as well as subtle inclusions of mixed material, brass or copper metallic elements and earthy, warm colours.
The unique Durban lifestyle is a big part of why locals love the area and embrace the vibrant, diverse culture that defines it. Showcasing this local flair is the introduction of Discover Durban Design, a brand-new concept to the show, which will celebrate local designer products, furniture and accessories.
Heading up the ECR House & Garden Show for a second time this year, Cairey Baxter-Bruce, former GM of Decorex SA, brings her immense experience to Durban’s much-loved show. With more than 15 years’ in the field of décor and design exhibitions, she has been quietly 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 she brings to her role as Show Director as she plans to make her mark again by putting the heart back into homes through a combination of local design, home-grown talent and leading international trends.
“We want to give KZN’s design talent a platform to showcase their creativity and form their own trends to inspire the public. The province is known for its rich diversity, culture and natural beauty.”
This year’s show will also highlight cultural, traditional, and contemporary food in the brand-new feature Discover Durban Cuisine Kitchen. In partnership with Durban Tourism and headed up by celebrity chef and Durban-local Sherwyn Weaich, the Discover Durban Cuisine Kitchen will celebrate local cooking talent with both developing and renowned chefs, including Masterchef SA Chef Lungile Nhlanhla and the popular sister duo Chilli Chocolate Chefs. They will give up their top tips, inspired flavour combinations and favourite dishes in an interactive demonstration kitchen.
Celebrating local style, the first weekend of the show will showcase the popular Home Grown Design Fair pop-up feature, focusing on artisanal décor and home products made by talented, local crafters and design studios.
Also adding to the new décor line-up is a focus on kids’ spaces. Parents looking for help in decluttering and redecorating their children’s rooms can find workable solutions at The Edit with well-respected stylist Genevieve Motley, founder of inspirational kid’s décor store, Olly Polly, who brings together a variety of local brands.
As a working mother, with two small children, the show’s theme is personal for Cairey whose own interior style is all about functionality, comfort and timelessness.
“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. 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!”
“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.”
The East Coast Radio House & Garden Show, supported by Durban Tourism, takes place from 29 June to 8 July at the Durban Exhibition Centre. Tickets are available from iTickets.
Photos by: Olly Polly and Homestead Decor
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