Winter Textures

In our June 2012 issue we've compiled an apt winter warmer decor spread featuring all the textures you need to cosy up this season. 'Knit Parade', styled by our Decor Editor Jeanne Botes and photographed by Justin Patrick, is a visual feast of beautiful textures that you can almost feel. This six-page shoot combines a range of textures that scream 'winter', including knitted, mohair, crocheted and felt decor items. In line with all those fuzzy winter feelings you get from curling up on the couch, these pieces give that sense of warmth and luxury that we all looked forward to when the colder weather comes around. With craft fast becoming a top trend, many of these items reflect age-old, traditional crafts, adding an original, handmade feel to the sets. However, it still retains a high-end focus with a number of pieces from leading local homeware brands. When it came to colour, Jeanne settled on neutrals as the prominent colour scheme (including browns, greys and creams), and included a punch of blue here and there for a more striking effect. Cool blues are very popular this season, as seen in one of our other decor shoots on page 26 of the June issue, 'Blue Streak', which shows you how to keep the colour current with royal and navy shades of the hue. Careful attention went towards the lighting to ensure that the tactile textures stood out. To achieve this look, darker backgrounds were used alongside lighter items to make them pop out of the page. As always our decor experts have included a myriad of designer goods to suit every lifestyle and budget. From high-end to more affordable products, we’ve sourced gorgeous goodies from the likes of Weylandts, The Modern Garden Company, Hertex Fabrics, Moonbasket, O.live, Haldane Martin, Mavromac, Woodstock Vintage and more. To see the beautiful cosy end product turn to page 15 of our 2012 June winter issue. For full product details see our stockists list on page 143. Text: Kim Grové