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Thursday, April 25, 2013

A Rustic Beach Cottage and Things that caught my eye at Decorex


The West coast of South Africa is not to everyone's taste. It can be quite windswept and desolate in places, but it's remoteness and unspoilt charm really appeals to me. This house with its rustic stone walls and simple furnishings suits its environment perfectly.










It looks like the type of  place where you can really escape the rat race and rediscover the simple pleasures of life.

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Staying with things local, I visited Decorex this morning with my good friend Niki - what a pleasant way to spend a morning!

It isn't easy to take decent photos because of the lighting and the crowds, but here are just a few things that caught my eye.



....and unusual!

 Interesting accessories....

....gorgeous furniture....

... new life given to old things...

and a stove to lust after!

Don't miss out - 3 more days to go!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

 Till next time

Sharon x

Beach cottage : via House and Leisure Mag

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Adding Colour to Neutrals and Decorex Winners!

Stare meble nabierają w tym mieszkaniu nowego przeznaczenia.

I have seen some bloggers use some sort of Random Number Generator to select Giveaway winners. Here at Roses and Rust, we are much more sophisticated...... we pick the names out of a hat! The lucky winners of the two double Decorex tickets are Vanessa Witte and Nadine Raine.  Please contact me asap, so I can tell you where to collect your tickets.

Now on to today's post... it is no secret that I love neutrals and while they look beautiful just being neutral, they also create the perfect backdrop when one wants to introduce a bit of colour into an interior.

Have a look at these two homes where just one or two predominant colours have been added to a neutral scheme. The great thing is, that if you get tired of the colour or just feel like a change, it is so easy to just whip away a cushion here or a vase there without going to any great expense.

El Mueble Una casa muy femenina para cuatro mujeres 1

The first home uses a fairly strong red and softer shades of green.

El Mueble Una casa muy femenina para cuatro mujeres 2

El Mueble Una casa muy femenina para cuatro mujeres 6

El Mueble Una casa muy femenina para cuatro mujeres 3

El Mueble Una casa muy femenina para cuatro mujeres 8

El Mueble Una casa muy femenina para cuatro mujeres 7

El Mueble Una casa muy femenina para cuatro mujeres 9

El Mueble Una casa muy femenina para cuatro mujeres 11

El Mueble Una casa muy femenina para cuatro mujeres 10

El Mueble Una casa muy femenina para cuatro mujeres 12

The second home below uses pretty shades of blue and turquoise added to a neutral background.

Metalowe ażurowe schody (Atrium) składają się jak wachlarz.

Ulubienica gospodarzy, suczka Cookie rasy Jack ressel terrier, nauczyła się wspinać po schodach do sypialni.

Stare meble nabierają w tym mieszkaniu nowego przeznaczenia.

I used the words "favourite" and "colour" a few times in this post and every time the American-made spell check tells me I should spell them "favorite" and "color". But here in SA and the UK, we spell them "favourite" and "colour". I wonder why, when they crossed to Atlantic to the New World, many years ago, the "U" got lost. Perhaps a U-Boat got them? 

Have a lovely week

Till next time

Sharon x

Image source: 1st home : here
                       2nd home : here

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Giveaway - Tickets to Decorex Cape Town

Decorex - 2013

This year Decorex Cape Town,  is themed bliss. This not-to-be-missed showcase is guaranteed to provide plenty of design inspiration, as well as fabulous retail therapy and refreshment opportunities.

You can look forward to well known stylist and interior designer, Tracy Lee Lynch, depiction of the show's theme in a beautifully decorated entrance feature, highlighting the cross stitch trend with a sense of whimsical nostalgia.

Proud sponsors of Decorex SA since its inception, Plascon will showcase the exciting 2013 colour palette “Balance” in a room setting transformed into four unique looks simply by paint.   Witness how colour can bring a space to life and change it dramatically through different applications.

Plascon 2013 Colour Forecast

A dedicated and informed Plascon team will be on hand in-studio to answer any questions regarding paint, painting techniques, colour trends and paint surfaces.  This team offers expert advice, loads of practical know-how and a wealth of ideas and experience.

House and Leisure - Decorex 2012

Expected to be the most talked about installation at Decorex Cape Town this year, Decorex SA has commissioned designer Stephen Lasker to design and curate a show-stopping feature, showcasing the hottest trends in décor and design.

Decorex 2011

Foodie lovers can look forward to a selection of fresh, high-quality artisanal foods in a contemporary market vibe at the food market area. Food offering includes: gourmet burgers; meze platters; smoothie & juice bar and sweet treats.  – Take a moment to relax while enjoying brandy cocktails and carefully selected food pairings within The Fine Brandy by Design Cellar, or visit The Tea Room,  a blissful contemporary, collected space styled by well-known designer Adriaan Lochner, complete with milkshake bar and delicious cakes on offer. You can also visit the Graham Beck Wine Bar by Wetherlys – A luxurious bar where selected Graham Beck wines and sparkling wines can be enjoyed alongside food pairings within a comfortable, understated and classic space beautifully put together.
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    Mr Price Home

The M-Net Cares Room to Grow by Mr Price Home are beautifully designed children’s interiors depicting room settings that cater to the different stages of a child’s development, with the focus on the creation of spaces where children can grow, learn and play. All the furniture featured in the M-Net Cares Rooms to Grow by Mr Price Home will be donated to local underprivileged children’s home The Holy Cross Child and Youth Centre, supporting their growth needs.

Decorex Durban 2013 (Firsthouse Photography)

The prestigious car brand, Volvo brings the #MADEFORYOU Designer Pods to Decorex Cape Town. Four of the Mother City’s hottest interior decorators have each test driven a Volvo to experience firsthand what makes this car brand so unique. Using inspiring characteristics as their starting point, the designers will interpret elements of the car into a cutting-edge room setting which embodies the design traits of each vehicle.

Decorex 2012

In addition, visitors can head to the Inspire Theatre for interactive talks, lifestyle demonstrations, cook offs and how-to’s by Cape Town’s finest food, restaurant and entertainment experts.

Finally, Decorex SA proudly supports World Design Capital Cape Town for 2014 and the efforts to showcase the very best design that South Africa has to offer.

Tickets: R70 for adults, R60 for pensioners and students, R10 for children U12
Runs from:  25 to 28 April 2013
Trade day: Thursday 25th & Friday 26th April 2013 (register online)
Facebook: Decorex SA
Twitter: @decorexSA
Decorex Cape Town forms part of the Decorex SA portfolio and is owned by the Thebe Exhibitions & Projects Group.
For more information call 011 549 8300 or visit

Now, on to the Giveaway.... Two lucky readers could win DOUBLE tickets to South Africa’s largest décor, design and lifestyle exhibition, valued at R140.00 per set. Decorex Cape Town 2013 takes place from 25 - 28 April 2013 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 10:00 am to 07:00 pm.

All you need to do to enter is leave a comment in the comments section below and/or email me  ( with your name and email address and let me know if you are a regular reader of my blog, and, if so, what appeals to you about it. (I would love you to become a follower of my blog, but this is not a prerequisite for entering! ) Closing date is Friday 19 April 2013. The winners will be picked out of a hat and notified via email.

See you at Decorex!

Till next time

Sharon x