South Africa’s leading home and garden expo – Grand Designs Live – is coming to Johannesburg this week. Hosted at the Ticketpro Dome between the 29 – 31 May, you’ll find the DECO team perched in our exciting tree house home in the heart of the décor action.
Grand Designs Live has, over its five-year history, gained the reputation of being the most exceptional and magnificent home and garden show in South Africa – boasting an array of different sections each complete with top brands, cutting-edge designers, expert tips and innovative features.
This year’s theme is all about up-cycling, and the opportunities and innovations that accompany this eco-friendly concept are endless. Aligned to an on-going move towards using natural materials and the rebirth of the artisanal craftsman, the need to re-use, re-purpose and re-invent older objects is now a major trend.
Thought The Grand Arches, the gateway into the show’s multiple areas, you’ll first be greeted by the Grand Interiors section. Here you’ll find us, inside an incredible Tree House centrepiece (sponsored by Belgotex and Duraturf) in association with ELLE Decoration. This two-roomed tree house, towering high above everything else, has been specially-built for the occasion, using recycled wood, and decorated by our own décor stylist, Ilana Swanepoel, and well-known architect and designer Kate Ghyoot Jollye.
In a tribute to all things natural we show you how to use spaces effectively and how to add glamour and beauty innovatively and affordably to make your home amazing from the inside.
Grand Gardens will be enhanced by an incredible Garden Theatre Pavilion, an intricately-designed open garden accented with pergolas. This amazing space brings the outdoors in by incorporating mighty trees, natural lawns and the sounds of birds. Designed by GLC Design Studio and presented by Garden World, Jane’s Delicious Garden and Talborne Organics, it’s the ideal place to lie back and relax.
In the Grand Build and DIY area, Black + Decker will be constructing a magnificent, towering DIY Theatre. In the spirit of the overall theme, it will be created from two containers stacked on top of each other, and be reinforced by recyclable elements, like seats made from tyres where guests can sit and listen to even more inspirational words from some of the DIY world’s leading lights including Paul Rotherham, Neil Lovell and Marlene Cronje.
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Then, in the Kitchen Area, there’s the ever-popular Chef’s Theatre, brought to you by Easylife Kitchens, in association with Whirlpool, South African Chefs Association and Food & Home Entertaining. Here one can catch much-loved celebrity foodies who will be sampling, demonstrating and sharing secrets on how to create the perfect meal.
Visitors will have the opportunity to change their room in an instant with our Scatters area, brought to you by ELLE Decoration and Exquisite Cuts. Come and choose your own designs from an array of beautiful designer fabrics from leading fabric houses or order your cushions and get them delivered after the event.
The term ‘Off The Grid’ refers to not being connected to the main or national electrical grid and Grand Designs Live will be showcasing a diverse range of solutions that will help you achieve just that. From solar panels to generators, gas suppliers to alternative energy suppliers, Grand Designs Live will ‘enlighten’ you to the best solutions for your home to be completely self-sufficient.
Grand Designs Live Home & Garden Show 2015 is a multi-sensory, multi-purpose, multi-faceted event that caters to everyone who has even the slightest intention of turning their house into a home. From the magnificent entrance through to the many different ways in which up-cycling is brought to life, to the talks, activities, high-tech products and first-hand demonstrations, its expert guests, immersive environments and out-the-box exhibits all aim to be revelatory and reinvigorating…and get you inspired by all things grand.
Grand Designs Live – the leading home & garden show in South Africa
Friday 29 – Sunday 31 May 2015 | FRI & SAT 10am-6pm | SUN 10am-5pm
Ticketpro Dome (formerly Coca-Cola Dome)
Cnr Northumberland Road & Olievenhout Avenue, North Riding, Johannesburg, South Africa
R90 (pensioners and students: R60, children under 12 go free) | Book at Webtickets