Define your space…

While she strongly believes one’s home should be a reflection of one’s personality rather than what is ‘trending’ in the home and décor world, Homestead Décor owner Kita Veale shares a few simple tips on how to incorporate trends into your existing interior.

A busy mom to two small boys, Sheffield Beach’s Kita Veale is the proud owner of Homestead Décor in Umhlali. Kita loves helping people create beautiful homes where the décor and design elements work together in harmony. She is also passionate about what she calls ‘authentic living’.

“You will only really love a room if it’s filled with beautiful things that tell a story or reflect your roots. It is incredibly important to make sure your home is a reflection of who you are. Remember that your taste is unique. If you love something, have it in your home.”
Kita started Homestead Décor in 2015 while still working in the corporate world. What started out as a ‘side hustle’, has since grown into a very successful full-time business. “It was the best decision I ever made. I love what I do and it doesn’t feel like a job at all. My business has grown substantially since we moved to Ballito 14 months ago and I’ve already had to move to a bigger premises. I have two full-time employees now who are such assets to the business.”

Kita loves her North Coast life with her sons Rex and Harvey and husband Brett, and says she grew up on a farm, spending many weekends in Ballito with her grandparents. “I can quite honestly say that I don’t want to live anywhere else. The farming atmosphere here is a huge attraction for me and we will hopefully be building our dream home in Fairview Estate early next year.”

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While she is often asked about the latest décor trends, Kita emphasises the importance of staying true to who you are. “Try and find pieces that enhance your personal style and combine easily with your existing pieces. It’s all about how you tie something together. Your taste is unique so don’t try and copy others. Zulu crafts have always fascinated me and I would say that’s where my love for décor developed. I love handmade, bespoke pieces, each with its own story. Your home should be a space where you can decompress after a long day and completely be yourself. Our home is always full of friends and I believe I have created a space where they all feel welcome and comfortable.”

Kita offers some guidance in terms of décor trends that can be followed, without compromising one’s own, personal style.

1. Seagrass rugs
These are very popular and they blend well with most furniture. Their texture adds a ‘wow’ factor to every room.

2. Layering Rugs
Contrasting rugs work perfectly. It creates a balance and depth in the space. Just remember one rug needs to be bigger than the other. We love using a jute or sisal rug with a round rug that acts as an accent to the space

3. Table Scape
Make your table settings interesting with gorgeous bowls filled with beans or beads. Add a pop of colour with crockery and funky pieces that can be filled with bright lemons or little delicacies.

4. Shutters
They are understated, yet make a beautiful statement in your home. They also make the space feel bigger.

5. Create Focus Points
Use special meaningful items like beautiful photo frames, candles in different shapes and sizes, gorgeous vases with greenery or flowers, interesting coffee table books … anything you love. These little areas create talking points of interest.

6. Colour
Black, white and natural colour tones with pops of colour or texture are very popular. Grey is on its way out. Don’t be afraid to add florals or even leopard print.

7. Flooring
Oak flooring is a must this year. Alternatively, consider vinyl flooring to create the same look at a fraction of the price (check out LimeGreen Sourcing Solutions).

8. Décor tiles
Décor tiles in kitchens, bathrooms and bar areas are becoming very popular. The texture on matte white tiles can create a gorgeous look.

9. Baskets, baskets & baskets
They fill up empty spaces and have many uses. They add great texture and there are a wide variety of different sizes and shapes available.

10. Raffia Lampshades
Raffia shades add a soft, subtle touch to lamps and give them an updated look.

Details: Homestead Decor, (open Monday to Friday from 8am to 4.30pm)
4 Shakashead Industrial Park, Unit 17 Block C (on the R102), 078 422 4407, www.homestead-decor.co.za, @homestead_decor

Photographs: Photograph of Kita – Chris Allan Photo;
Décor images: Michigan Behn Photography

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