Easy Does It

Embrace the new season with easy-going decorating, modern wooden furniture and a fresh colour palette. Decor editor Juliette Arrighi de Casanova shows how to do this in six beautiful and unique ways.

Honest Work (Above)

Raw materials, such as beech and ash wood, cement and clay, are reimagined in modern designs that celebrate their natural origins.

From left Bentwood table and chairs, find similar at Woodbender; Chair covers in C&C Milano ‘Perugia Barré, Find similar at Halogen International; linen napkins, find similar at Isobel Sippel Studio; LSA ‘Ivalo’ dome, price on request, M Square Lifestyle Necessities; Casserole, find similar at Le Creuset; pendant lights, find similar at Glo Lighting & Living; terracotta vessels, find similar at Ligne Roset; encaustic tiles, find similar at Opia Design; Muuto ‘Nerd’ bar stool in green, R10 890, Créma Design.

Turn the Tables

Create a festive tablescape by mixing materials in different finishes, such as matte terracotta, enamelware with metallic touches and glazed ceramics.

From top, left to right Encaustic tiles, from R50 each (20x20cm), Moroccan Warehouse; round marble board, R695, Block & Chisel; slate placemat, R95 per set of two, Weylandts; white enamel milk jug, R98, and white enamel teaspoon, R42, both Mantra; medium ‘Gem’ tray in light grey, R295, Block & Chisel; ‘Leinni’ napkin in pale grey, R249 per set of four, and ‘Tapas’ mug in pale yellow, R299 per set of four, both Country Road; white enamel sugar bowl with lid, R98, Mantra; ‘Grayson’ teapot in Grey, R229, @Home.

From left Ash and steel shelving system, find similar at Pedersen + Lennard; terracotta vessel, find similar at Ligne Roset; Ddshes, find similar at Yuppiechef; napkin, find similar at Isobel Sippel Studio.

Tone Down

Spring’s palette favours the neutral spectrum and incorporates cashew, biscuit and cream hues.

‘A pure jute grass-cloth wallpaper has refinement and a sense of honest informality’ – Juliette Arrighi de Casanova

From back, left to right Malabar China Grass wallpaper in Jute Cashew, R5 770 per roll, Halogen International; Lionel Smit ‘Obscura Study #3’ photograph, R34 000, and cork stool, R6 110.40, both Wiid Design; Gemma Orkin dish, R925, Mantra; ‘The Graves’ sideboard, R40 424, Liam Mooney Studio; oak and marble ‘Heavy Weight’ table lamp, R6 241.48 (including shade), Okha; antique French pot, R2 900, Artefect; Wiid Design for Ngwenya glass decanter, price on request; artisan ‘Watermelon’ platter, R599, Woolworths; ‘The Odd’ Vase, R1 128, Liam Mooney Studio; antique books, R1 500 (per set of six), Artefect; jar, R250, Moroccan Warehouse; cotton stripe rug, R6 777 (2.4x3m), The Gatehouse at Mavromac; spheres, from R2 234.70 each, Liam Mooney Studio; mirror in wooden frame, R15 900, Cécile & Boyd.

Scandi Clad

While Scandinavian sensibilities are still a popular choice, update the look using a combination of colours rather than the usual monotone approach.

From back, left to right Linen sofa, find similar at Wunders; black-and-white cushions covered in Lee Jofa ‘Sand Strie’ fabric in charcoal, price on request, St Leger & Viney; Muuto ‘Pull’ floor lamp, R9 900, Créma Design; ash and steel shelving system, find similar at Pedersen + Lennard; wood stool, find similar at Goet; ash and leather chair, find similar at Bulthaup; stained wooden floors, find similar at Forest Flooring.

Heart of Glass

When it comes to glassware, opt for a mix-and-match collection of graphic patterned and hand-blown creations.

From top, left to right Mark Alexander Origin ‘Khari’ fabric in Atlantic, R3 078 per metre, Romo South Africa; ‘Ray’ armchair, from R37 368.63, Okha; ‘Nubuck’ sidetable, R6 820, Cécile & Boyd; Ichendorf white and clear water glass, R315, Mantra; ‘Nella’ large tray in Natural, R499, Country Road; Ichendorf Clear and Smoke wine glass, R315, and Ichendorf White and Smoke Bottle, R1 699, both Mantra; Utensil holder, R645, Weylandts; Wiid Design for Ngwenya glass tumblers, price on request, Wiid Design; Ichendorf White and Clear Wine Glass, R315, Mantra.

Photography Jake Curtis and Karl Rogers Additional production Ruth Sleightholme