Outside And In Winter 2023 | Off to a Flying Art!

 Outside And In Winter 2023 | Off to a Flying Art!

Soar into the weekend with Outside & In Winter 2023

In the pursuit of atmospheric style, sometimes it’s the small stuff that can make all the difference. Inspired by the fervour of design à la française, The Stellenbosch Mom unpacks the subtleties of curating ambience in your home space with just a few unique items.

Not everyone may be familiar with the term ‘objet d’art’, but we have all experienced the sophistication and elegance these items can add to an interior. In French, objet d’art literally means ‘object of art’, and in the language of interior design, the term refers to decorative items that may range from antique figurines to a set of ceramic vases.

These objects are more than just eye-catching additions to a room, however. They hold a deeper meaning and can spark conversations about history, culture, and identity. They can tell stories of the past, and give us a glimpse into the artistic minds of those who created them — and those who selected them.

Incorporating objets d’art into your home is a subtle, but powerful way to transform any space, and doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg. Here are three easy and frequently under- recognised ways to get started.

Cosy candles

In a hyper-visual world, our sense of smell is often overlooked and understimulated. Home fragrances and luxury candles have particularly piqued my interest, since many of them use natural scents as key ingredients for a holistic experience. Used mainly for illumination and religious celebrations in the past, today candles are increasingly recognised as an essential element in home décor. Charming, romantic, peaceful, and inviting, flickering flames create instant ambience.

Candles are also extremely versatile, and come in a wide array of not only scents and colours, but also textures, moulds, and carvings. Whether displayed on beautiful stands, candelabra, or placed in attractive lanterns, they are a delight to the eye — even when unlit. When opting for fragranced candles or home fragrances in the dining room, take care to complement the fragrances and flavours of your menu.

Top tips for terrific table trays

  • Use bigger trays for bigger tables or ottomans.
  • Combine different heights, textures, and colours.
  • Add sculptural pieces, like a pretty knick-knack on top of a stack of books.
  • Follow the ‘Rule of Three’, as odd numbers create a more relaxed feeling when it comes to decorating. For example, place a dish for your remote controls and keys; a larger decoration, such as a simple plant or a beautiful tall candle; and a smaller decorative object to add a bit of interest.
  • Avoid overfilling the tray with small pieces; this will make it look bitty and cluttered.
  • Layer pieces that act as a snapshot of your personality, and remember that table trays are a great place to show off a collection.

Decorative trays

Decorative trays present a unique and practical way to style an ottoman, entrance hall, console, or dressing table. Aesthetically appealing and functional, they can easily be whisked off to a new location at a whim. Maximising a decorative tray requires considering several factors, such as materials, finishes, and the room it will be used in.

Statement lighting

Whether it’s eating together as a family during the week or entertaining friends over the weekend, most people tend to gather around their dining room in the evening. Statement chandeliers and clusters of pendants are a great way to achieve a dramatic effect above the dining table. If your dining room is part of your kitchen or lounge, a statement light or row of pendants will also provide a zoning effect. Before you invest in your dining room lighting, be sure to consider the ratio of light versus table.

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