Throwing it back

This year’s East Coast Radio House & Garden show is sure to be a goodie, with celebrity speakers, beautiful displays, food and entertainment for the whole family. There is also, of course, loads of home décor inspo! Show director Cairey Baxter-Bruce tells us what to look out for.


This year celebrating its 40th anniversary, the East Coast Radio House & Garden Show is always a great place to find out what’s hot and what’s not in the home and décor industry. “From daring accent colours to minimalist interiors. From the wallpaper craze to environmentally conscious interiors … the last four decades have revolutionised our homes and gardens to a point where we have seen it all,” says Baxter-Bruce. “Like in fashion, home trends come and go, but there are always a few key elements that we have noticed returning,” she says.

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“Stainless steel and rose gold are being replaced with the 1980’s favourite brass in hardware, taps and kitchen fittings which bring warmth into an interior space, especially the kitchen and bathroom. After the very minimalist trends of the last couple of years, maximalism is definitely back! Trinkets are coming out of the cupboards and being displayed instead of being hidden away.”

Baxter-Bruce says the SA Property Trends market research conducted by Rainmaker Marketing in 2022 indicates that within the residential housing market in South Africa multifunctional home layouts will now supersede open plan living spaces. “There is a continued appeal and demand for home offices and studies for kids, with broken plan layouts becoming increasingly popular, distinguishing between living and working spaces. According to the study, there is greater emphasis being placed on creating calming, well-ventilated plant-filled environments while increasing connectivity to the natural environment using nature and incorporating organic materials and natural textures into home spaces.”

For more inspiration, tips and trends, be sure to pop into the East Coast Radio House & Garden Show at the Durban Exhibition Centre between 24 June and 3 July.

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