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Designers on display

Megs Tweedie is the founder of Durban’s successful Designers on Display, a regular public showcase of local interior and landscape design. Recently, Megs created the website Everything For the Home as a comprehensive, national directory of lifestyle, home and landscape design and stylish products.   What do you think are the biggest interior trends this winter? It’s all about naturals this winter, particularly in furniture which has moved away from a finished, polished look to exposed grains and unfinished edges which create an organic, earthy feel. These wood pieces will form the basis of the contemporary rustic and modern French Country looks which are very popular currently. An added industrial edge will give French Country a more designer finish, too. Pink is the supporting colour of the season while navy will take on more of a starring role for a classy look which is not as stern as black or as non-descript as neutrals. Grey is the new beige and it is all about texture, texture and more texture but with more linen and less shine. Birds are the motif of the moment and large scale prints remain big for winter. What advice would you give to someone who is decorating their home without the help of an interior decorator or designer A room has to have a clearly defined purpose and then you need to settle on a budget, and stick to it. Deciding on a theme is the next step and is often made easier by collecting pictures and information from magazines and websites. Buy the big pieces of furniture first and add as money becomes available. Do not buy second choices just to complete the room – buy quality, not quantity. Make sure that you have considered what will be practical in the space and who will be using the area so that it can be enjoyed by all. What are your favourite decor stores? Cecile & Boyd's in Florida Road (Tel: 031-303-1005); Weylandts on Umhlanga Ridge (Tel: 031-584-7906) and Frans Alexander Interiors in Granda Centre, Umhlanga Village (Tel: 031-561-7701). What inspires you? Nature, beautiful gardens and relaxed, happy homes. What are your 3 favourite pieces in your own home? A painting by Justin Dowell of a Dalmatian dog on a KZN North Coast beach, a chandelier by Morris Day, and an old chunky Oregon sideboard with fat round handles bought in Diep River, Cape Town for my 30th birthday.   Contact Megs Tweedie on 082 772 7247 or via email: megs@designersondisplay.co.za