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Hello! I’m Cornel and I blog about things that inspire me, things I’ve made and Craft Share, the craft group I started in 2009.

You'll find lots of crochet on my blog, as well as my crochet and sewing projects for Ideas Magazine, since September 2011.

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Entries in ROMO (6)

Wednesday
Apr022014

and it's all done

 

It was time for a change.

 

 

And colour was the key.

 

 

Grecian Gold for my dining room walls, with a white 100% linen table cloth, our old dining chairs washed in grey and the frames of inherited artwork sprayed with black Rust-O-leum.

 

 

My favourite colour of all time, Auberge, for our bedroom walls, with an old linen and a floral table cloth used as bedcovers. The pink blanket is a 3m length of fleece I bought at Metro Home Centre, a fabric retailer where I often find inexpensive fabrics to use as "fillers".

 

 

Gold Estate for the lounge walls. This colour almost exactly matches the lighter flagstone tiles on our floor. Shwe-shwe fabric was used to recover the 2 Queen Anne chairs inherited from Neill's mother. Marcia and Roland from M&M Upholsterers (084 301 7751) did a fabulous job on all the re-upholstered pieces. One chair in particular is 15 years old, has been recovered 5 times and looks brand new (not on the photo).

 

 

Last but not least, another favourite, Gypsy Bloom for the working kitchen's walls. All the paints I used are from Plascon. Please note that Plascon did NOT sponsor any of the acrylic and waterbased enamel products I used. I've just always favoured their paint colours.

 

 

I kept ALL my furniture and little treasures. I might have added a few selected items from Typo's factory outlet at Atterbury Value Mart and framed some artwork my kids did when they were toddlers. Boxed frames, to me, turns the simplest image into something special. I even framed a business card from a French ceramic company, Astier de Villatte, and hung it on this wall (white framed piece just below the deer's head).

 

 

What also makes a huge difference are the items I moved to different parts of our house. My collection of wooden bird houses previously hung on a wall in my dining room. Now they're a feature on the working kitchen's wall. The patchwork curtain doubles as cupboard doors, purely because our budget was spent already when we got to the kitchen cupboards 5 years ago. I love this idea so much that I will probably never install wooden cupboard doors.

 

 

The best part for me was to use patterned fabrics from my very large fabric collection (started in 1988) and show pieces previously used in Romo South Africa's Kramerville and Cape Town showrooms. Even one meter of a lovely designed fabric is enough to use as the arms of a slip-covered sofa or the back of a scatter cushion.

Fabric on the slip-covered sofa is Romo Zahira colour Lava Rock.

 

 

I was also able to use left-over wallpaper in my guest loo. This is Romo Itsuki wallcovering in Ebony.

 

 

Above and below is Romo Estella wallcovering in charcoal for our entrance hall. The 8 glass containers for my own version of a living wall have been stored in a cupboard since I bought them at SARCDA 15 years ago. This is why I almost never throw things away...

 

 

 

 

Lilly (one of our Italian Greyhounds) lies on Romo Itsuki colour Charcoal, with the scatter cushions in Black Edition Eden colour Vermillion.

 

 

Above is my decluttered and redecorated working space.

I used 2 cans of neon pink spray paint on the chair.

Because this chair has what is called a "drop" seat (it drops into the frame and is not fixed to the chair), I was able to re-upholster the seat myself, with a 60x60cm piece of fabric and a light duty staple gun.

A lot of the picture frames I used througout the house was bought at a favourite thrifting spot in Pretoria, Sun Gardens Hospice (Lynnwood Road). I was able to fill a medium sized cardboard box with second hand frames, but only paid R50 for it!

 

 

Our house will be featured in The Sunday Times Lifestyle Magazine some time next month.

In the mean time, you'll find me spending as much time as possible at home,

celebrating the changes.

Cornel

Tuesday
Feb252014

painting a sofa

In celebration of Jessica Zoob's beautiful fabrics and wallcoverings for Black Edition, clients helped paint a sofa at Romo South Africa's launch party last night. C x

(watch this video where Jessica talks about her creative process in creating her collection)

Monday
Feb242014

romo south africa launches jessica zoob and other

Since first setting my eyes on impressionist artist Jessica Zoob's work, I've fallen in love with it.

In collaboration with Romo's Black Edition, her artworks were turned into fabric and wallcoverings.

Romo South Africa launches Jessica's beautiful Desire range this week in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town to interior designers, decorators, furniture manufacturers and the press.

See also new ranges from Zinc Textiles and Mark Alexander, all exclusively distributed by Romo South Africa.

What a feast for the senses!

C x

Wednesday
Sep052012

ortega

The beautiful new Ortega range of fabrics from Romo.

C x

Tuesday
Aug282012

intertex launches romo's summer collections

We're launching ROMO's summer collections this week in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.

I'll be back ...

C x

Friday
Jan202012

ideas magazine

Hierdie is definitief 'n boksie wat ek kan tiek vir die week. 'n Naaldesakkie (wat ek BAIE graag eerder vir myself wou hou) vir die April uitgawe van Idees Tydskrif. Wie weet, dalk kan ek 2 ure afknyp hierdie naweek en vir my ook ene maak...

Drie dinge is verseker: ek is mal oor die grys/geel kombinasie, Ebony&Ivory se lint is die beste en ek kan reguit stik.

Hoop jy geniet joune (die naweek natuurlik!) Cornel x