When you meet a successful corporate finance guy who has given it all up to decorate, you have to ask some questions. You’ve probably been inspired by his blog, or been into the homes and interiors he’s designed. If not today is the day we introduce you to Andrew Mckay.
While running Andrew Hector Interiors, Andrew describes himself as a confused chartered accountant forging his way into interiors and design. His passion is undeniable, so we found out more about what’s on his radar.
What’s the big idea?
Good never goes bad. Rather collect good pieces of furniture over a period of time, than fill a space with an entire catalogue of a store ‘because it matches’. While expanding my business I want to use my blog to keep people informed on decor trends and observations in a satirical manner.
Africa is: More than thatch and khaki. It is perfect in its imperfections.
How can we bring ‘African Design’ into the home?
Following the success of fashion label MaXhosa by Laduma internationally, it is clear that tribal prints in primary colours are trending. You can bring this into your home in many ways. My personal favourite and must have item at the moment is a Basotho cultural blanket from Aranda. Worn by herders in the Lesotho mountains they are sure to keep you warm in winter.
Look out especially for the Victoria England Spitfire Limited Edition blanket being released soon which celebrates 50 years of independence for Lesotho, inspired by the RAF 24 spitfire planes that Lesotho bought during the second world war as a thank you to Queen Victoria for declaring Basutoland a protectorate in 1868. Bet you did not know that!
Trends to try:
Classic design elements like oak herringbone or black and white checkerboard floors, wall panelling, chesterfield couches and jewel toned velvets.
Your dream home has:
A heritage plaque, black and white checkerboard floors, walk in closet, and my mother’s pantry. How does the previous generation get it right to always have everything you need when cooking or baking without having to pop out to a store first!?
The table is set – who is coming and what’s for dinner?
Interior Designer Nate Berkus – his book ‘The Things That Matter’ was the first design book I read cover to cover, detailing how to layer a room with flea market finds to designer pieces – and he also enjoys good tequila. Vogue editor Anna Wintour – she has amazing focus, and an incredible work ethic, and like me is always 15min early for a meeting. I would love to know how she stays motivated. I will serve them my mother’s bobotie – it has never had a bad review, and Anna can scrap the rice if she is banting!
@interiormilk – classic interior spaces combined with modern and designer furniture.
@beforeidie – travel inspiration pictures. I work basically so that I can travel, and this page exposes you to places you would never have considered.
Quote to live by:
‘Your home should tell the story of who you are and be a collection of what you love‘ – Nate Berkus. I actually have a vinyl decal of it on my office wall. And also – ‘Fake it till you make it!’
Who is your favourite interior designer?
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