Christmas is right around the corner and stores have started displaying subtle reminders of this as we approach the festive season. For some, panic sets in as they dread the admin of decorating and thinking of gifting options. For others, the shopping has begun! I had the opportunity of joining the MRP Home team as they revealed their inspiring Summer trends and Christmas Pop-Up store. Amongst the guests were Sarah Lange, Roxy Burger and Thickleeyonce.
The evening kicked off with a warm welcome and a breakdown of what’s to come by MC for the night Leigh-Anne Williams. We were then educated on MRP Home as well as what to expect trend wise via a panel discussion by the MRP Home team. Thereafter, we had the chance to be schooled by the experts. Romy Meurer of the Gift Wrap Studio gave us some tips and tricks on custom gift wrapping. Nthabi Taukobong from Ditau interiors showcased the latest christmas tree decor. Interior designer Thomas Van Dyk took us into the bedroom for some of the latest trends. And lastly, celebrity event stylist, Precious the Planner showcased the latest festive table decor and summer entertainment tips. Let me share with you what I learnt from these displays.
Romy Meurer of the Gift Wrap Studio:
One of the most important things is the quality of your paper. Tea towels are also a great gift wrap option and gives you so many ways of wrapping your gift. Essentially, whatever goes! As long as it works for you – mix it up. From stripes to florals and leopard print, it all works. Lined in tissue, boxes are also an amazing and cool way to do a whole batch of gifts.
Nthabi Taukobong from Ditau interiors
Christmas is not only on a tree, you have to try create the ambiance in the home. There are traditional trees you can work with as well as a Baobab tree which touches on the South African element. When it comes to tinsel, try a different treatment by placing it in vases as opposed to just throwing it on a tree. You can also have tinsel coming out of packets to create that spill over feeling. The idea is to layer the room and create that festive feeling! Playing around with the cousins in the lounge is also a great way to warm up the room.
Thomas Van Dyk – Interior Decorator
Blush, the evolution of millennial pink is where we are going next! This summer you can refresh your pinks by pairing them with darker dual tones to give off a slightly more earthy spin. Adding texture to a room is always a good idea, and you can do this via throws and pillows. You can further add a rich vibrance to the room by introducing tassels and pom poms. Tropics are also great for the summer. Flamingo pinks and greens bring in a fun element to the room. Pair this with cane or bratan furniture and you’re well on your way to transporting yourself to a beach side town! Your room is your sanctuary after all, don’t neglect this space. Your space of solitude needs to make you feel happy, calm and collected.
Precious the Planner – Celebrity Event Stylist
Christmas table: Rose gold and white are a great replacement for the typical green, red and white look. Still crisp and clean, the rose gold sparkle still gives off that joyous Christmas feeling. Layering your plates give a bit more texture to the table, with flowers and candles also giving off a warm festive feeling.
Summer table: The combination of pastel and tropical looks isn’t something to shy away from. Tortoise and blush look great on a white table/ white table cloth. Place mats or leaves from your garden are also an inexpensive way to add a unique touch to the table. Don’t underestimate how great an impact the vase which you place your flowers in have on the overall look and feel of the table.
Mr Price Home further treated their customers over the weekend of 25-28 October via a fun and interactive competition. The instructions were simple. All they had to do was take a picture of themselves at the Elfie station in Sandton city and post it on Instagram to stand a chance to win 1 of 5 R500 MRP Home shopping vouchers.
I hope you’re all inspired to try something different this Christmas, and add your own unique personal touch while still striking a good balance between a traditional christmas and a trendy christmas! #MRPHchristmas