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It's not about being lavish this season, but about sharing special times with loved ones

This summer season is awash with blushing pinks and subdued hues which perfectly accent the fresh flowers and greenery to adorn rooms and table settings as the festive atmosphere takes hold. 

Moving away from the excesses which have come to dominate the month of December, this year will see a more toned-down approach to the holidays with the emphasis on simple pleasures with family and friends.

Anita Bloom, creative director: Lifestyle, Design & Retail Portfolio for Decorex South Africa, says this year’s trends have encouraged interaction and use of the outdoors, rather than introspection. 

“The South African Christmas is about getting outside and enjoying the summer sun with those closest to us. 

“Outdoor parties, picnics and feasts featuring colourful summer berries and sparkling wines is what Christmas 2017 is all about. 

“Rather than overindulging, the trend is to make the most of everything, putting meaning into each individual piece.”

Taking a cue from the natural world, the colour experts at Kansai Plascon have identified paint trends for the festive season that are inspired by soft, natural shades. 

Cool colours like Mellow Blue are being used with classic blush tones such as Shy Pink as well as with pinks displaying a more lilac undertone, such as Sea Oyster.

These are all grounded by striking, bold greens like Caribbean Current and accented by rich yellows along the lines of Glorious Gold.

Specialists in South African decor, @home, have also incorporated the emphasis on a simpler, quality narrative for this year’s holiday season and translated it into a local context.  

“This year Christmas is about celebrating together in deconstructed luxe or modern grandeur,” says Renee New, head of marketing and commercial for @home. 

“The philosophy is to buy less, but buy better and create longevity with sophisticated heirlooms and memories that can be passed on.”

New suggests bringing in “old-world glamour” with elegant whites and neutrals enlivened with oxidised silver or hints of gold.

The inclusion of specially curated cutlery and crockery sets can really bring a table to life, while natural table linens complement a beautifully simple and natural wreath on the door. Greenery adds texture, as do a few delicate tea light candles. 

This is all perfectly suited to the alfresco dining experience ideal for a sunny South African celebration. 

“Choose earthy tones and add a few exquisite baubles for extra presence and glamour,” she says. 

“We have a selection of unique glass baubles available, each an individual design sold separately, making it easier to pick and choose the ones you love.”

Decorex Cape Town: April 27 – May 1 2018
Time: 10am to 6pm daily
Ticket prices: Adults R110; students/pensioners  R95; children under 12 R20; trade  R95; exhibitor R95
Venue: Cape Town International Convention Centre

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