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Decorex CT Report Back

This year's Decorex Cape Town exhibition showcased popular decor trends and inspiring work by some of our favourite local designers. First up was the eye-catching Plascon Colour Forecast 2012 stand, comprising a row of intriguing, colourful rooms, designed by Porky Hefer, Aidan Bennetts and James Mudge respectively. Each made use of different colour palettes from the brand's 2012 colour forecast – from subtle sheer shades to nature-inspired hues. A highlight – particularly with the kids – was the larger-than-life nest that formed the main attraction of Porky Hefer's display. The designer created a unique hanging nest chair that visitors could climb into and enjoy. Hard to miss when you walked in the door was the  Wallpaper Trend Installation, a long panel of wallpaper samples from leading industry names. We found lovely sneak peeks from the likes of Hertex Fabrics, The Silk & Cotton Co., St Leger & Viney, U&G Fabrics and others. We're a big fan of the soft blues, greens and neutrals, and the tendency towards illustrations that we spotted. Another must-see was the Fabric Trend House which we simply couldn't resist – especially when we saw that the first stand was designed and decorated by up-cycling  expert Katie Thompson from REcreate. Hers, the Family Lounge, was the first of four stands in the group and attracted many inquisitive eyes with its unique recycled products and input from fellow design labels Mavromac, Woodstock Vintage, Bridget Henderson from cowgirlblues and Vamp. Next was the Formal Lounge with a feminine touch by In House Furniture and Black Fabrics. The Dining Room was beautifully decorated by Design Team fabrics whose distinct prints were nicely complemented by a gorgeous Pierre Cronje dining table. Lastly, the Patio/Outdoor Living stand reflected comfortable living with its Nomad bean bags by James Russell. We were also attracted to the colourful Le Creuset stand which offered a fantastic less 25 per cent offer throughout the duration of the show. The hanging gardens by Opus studio were right on trend and definitely gave passersby something to talk about. We were also drawn towards the beautifully decorated Contemporary Country stand with its grey, black, lime and yellow colour scheme. The objet certainly added character, such as the phrenology vases by Michael Chandler and the amazing rubber pendant lights by Entrepo. There was so much that caught our eye but stand out items included the fun cupcake pouffes from Bokone Bophirima craft and design Institute and the printed French screens and Marie Biscuit-covered stool by Durban-based printing company, Beyond Innovation. We also coveted just about every item in the Skinny laMinx/ Space for Life stand which showcased many of Heather Moore's famous prints. You can also view her latest Flower Dreams fabric range if you want to see more. For those who arrived with an appetite there were plenty of places to refill and recharge – most quirky of all was the Bos ice tea area, decorated with Bos ice tea cans, which offered guests a refreshing meal or drink. There was also a fantastic wine bar by Graham Beck and Wetherlys, an M-Net Cares Café, and even a Truth Coffee stop along the way for those who needed a caffeine boost. For more information about this year's show you can visit decorex.co.za, become a fan on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @decorexSA. Text and images: Kim Grové