Makers | Upholstery & Design

The entrance to The Makers showroom in Centurion

 

MAKERS UPHOLSTERY & DESIGN

 

I’m super excited to be posting this week as I get to share with you the charming upholstery and interior design workshop of my bestie, Meagan Olivier. The Makers showroom in Centurion is such a sensory delight, you’ll be hard pressed to leave once you’ve stepped inside.

The MAKERS showroom on South Street in Centurion is brilliantly vibrant. As you enter you’re greeted by a whimsical sofa posing as a colour-clad crocodile. You’ll never guess that it’s actually an up-cycled corner-booth thrown out during a restaurant refurbishment. The beautiful displays of fabric samples, textures and patterns had me convinced that all of my furniture can do with a facelift.

 

Stills from The MAkers' showroom in Centurion

 

MAKERS source their fabrics from major fabric houses like U&G, Home Fabrics, Fabric Library, Black Fabrics, The design Team etc. so there’s no personality or style not catered for. Meagan also has an incredible knack for colour and can put patterns and hues together that are both surprising and captivating in their originality and impact. Plus with a BTech in textile design, she not only knows her way around colour, but has extensive knowledge about fabric and weaves. 

 

Fabric samples at The Makers' showroom in Centurion

 

Meagie founded her upholstery business MAKERS back in 2013 and along with her team and mum-cum-business partner Lena, she transforms sad old furniture into marvellous masterpieces. If you’re keen to see some of their creations, go have a look at their website; themakers.co.za. They also do custom made soft furnishings like Roman blinds and cushions.

 

The makers showroom in Centurion with fabric samples and fabric potters

Accessories for sale at The Makers' showroom in Centurion

 

Inside the showroom a brightly coloured partition of up-cycled pallets cleverly hides the workshop in the back from the showroom but still allows light to flow through to the space. I also love the vibrant prayer flags – a relic from Meagie’s wedding – used to soften the austere factory ceiling.

 

Upholstery underway at the Makers workshop in CenturionThe Makers Team

 

I’d definitely recommend a visit to the showroom. If you’re lucky you might even get to see the magic happen in the workshop, where the Makers team (Meagie, Lena, Raymond, Meisie, Rita and Justice) turn old fossils into wonderful gems. Meagie’s obsession with quality and attention to detail is evident in every single piece that leaves the showroom and her vibrant personality resonates in every corner of the space.

 

“MAKERS Upholstery & Design is a place where creativity comes alive through a process of collaboration.”

– Meagan Olivier

 

12-Makers-Upholstery-&-Design-showroom-in-CenturionMeagan and Lena from the Makers

 

Bohemian Rhapsody

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I have a soft spot for bohemian interiors. The earthy tones take me back home, to the highveld bush and Soutpansberg sunsets. But I’m perhaps even more partial to it because it so aptly describes my sister … a free spirit who’s homes are always filled with plants, rugs, patterns and colour.

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When it comes to creating this look you almost cannot have too many plants, rugs, patterns and colour. It’s a layered approach; textures over textures, pattern over pattern. What’s great about it is the fact that it works so well for both busy-, collector personalities as well as simplistic- less-is-more types. It’s also a great way to add colour without a drop of paint–although you want to opt for earthy, dirty tones and lift them up with a single bright spot colour.

Rattan and vintage furniture works super well with this style, so it’s a great approach if you’re decorating on a budget and shopping at thrift stores. Having said that, it’s important to use good quality pieces, like kilim or berber rugs so it doesn’t look dated and stale. Combine wooden surfaces with rough textures such as woven baskets, skins and scatter cushions or soften the look with a fluffy throw over tan leather.

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Accessorise with found objects like straw hats, an old guitar/ukulele or wooden sculptural pieces. Philodendrons make perfect plant companions with their dark jumbo leaves. To finish it off, add visual height by hanging planters with long leafy greenery like string of pearls or trailing jade.

Create the look: Bohemian

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I found some other great examples of this style–each with a slightly different character–to demonstrate how versatile this look can be. Click on the images to see each blog post; they’re all terrific!

Bohemian bedroom with geometric bedding, guitars and plants
Bohemian bedroom: plants like Philodendron Xanadu & Fiddle Leaf Fig + geometric fabric + guitars + wood – from gravity-gravity.tumblr.com

 

New Darlings - Living Room
Boho living room: tan leather + geometric rug + wood + plants + colourful scatter cushions + woven basket – from New Darlings

 

Alea & Joy dining room
Bohemian dining room: Plants + terracotta + wood + geometric rug + sheep wool – from DesignSponge

 

Neutral coloured boho chic living room
Neutral coloured boho chic: tan + geometric rug + leather + wood + plants + geometric pillows – from Kitka

 

Bohemian terrace
Bohemian Veranda: Wood + plants + rattan + colourful geometric pillows – from myscandinavianhome

 

Any other ideas for styling your space bohemian? Leave a reply, I’m keen to hear your thoughts!