Interior Design and Designers Industry News and Views Cape Town

Interior Design | The Rewards of Excellent Service

The ultimate goal of an Interior Design project is to design a space optimally – to best serve its intended purpose. Successful projects achieve this goal effectively, efficiently and impressively.

Great Interior Designers combine art and science to achieve the functional and aesthetic objectives of a project within the constraints of the Project Plan. They deliver according to the agreed scope, time-frame and budget.

Tight deadlines, challenging requirements and result-focused clients ramp up the pressure on Designers. Successful designers are by default great conductors. They keep their orchestra playing in tune, on time and from the same page – despite the noise, the distractions and the pressure.

Great results are no accident, but instead flow from a balanced, yet sumptuous combination of artistic flair, solid project management capabilities and excellent communication skills. The results of a project mirror the caliber of the Designer and reflect their ability to bring a brief to life.

Every project has a unique set of challenges – some major, others minor. Challenging projects may become stressful for both the client and the Designer.

It’s therefore extremely gratifying when a challenging project has a happy ending. There’s no greater reward for a Designer than this, as is illustrated in this heartwarming “Thank-you” from one of our clients (edited for relevance), below:

Steve and Pat,

Re: Office Interior Design

I had the luxury of resuming my seat at my “just for me” high desk this morning (I can assure you no person has yet been able to fit underneath the desk but then again my wife and I may have drinks there tonight).

I then scoped the view, absorbed the aura and took a moment to appreciate the exceptional craftmanship displayed in the offices. From the glass “brainstorming” table to the practical pin boards above the desks, the warmth of the library to the durable “easy access” bar outside it is all incredibly well done.

I want to use this moment to personally thank you and your team for delivering such an exceptional product. I know you had to put up with a sub par project manager (yes, Paddy did warn me 1000 times) and my occasional tantrums and yet you still delivered above all expectations.

Thanks guys, much appreciated!!!
Clark.

Feedback from more of our Happy customers…

Hi Brandon & Steven,

Re: Vanity Design

Your team has completed the instillation and it looks absolutely stunning 🙂 Thank You!

Kind Regards
Anschi

Hi Patrick,

Re: Artscape Project

I saw the installation at the Artscape and was really impressed, it looks stuning!

The workmanship was really top notch and for a first time NeoLITH installation, your guys really did a great job.

Claire

The Gardner Interior Concepts Promise

At Gardner Interior Concepts, we pride ourselves on providing the best client experience.

Our Service Model is customer-centric – geared towards ensuring the best service and results.

A Full Service solution based on your requirements. One call does it all:
=> Design, Construction, Joinery, Manufacturing, Installation, Carpentry, Plumbing, Electrical, Tiling, Painting.

Management and Delivery for every component of your project:
=> Our in-house team of sub-contractors supplement our services to provide end-to-end delivery.

One Quotation for your entire project:
=> Our itemized Quotations provide a comprehensive breakdown of all fees and costs.

A Transparent Costing Model:
=> No hidden or unexpected costs. Additional items are agreed, costed and signed off before work is started.

A designated Project Manager:
=> Our experienced Project Managers guarantee success: Within scope and budget, and on time.

To Summarize:

  • One call does it all – One call initiates your project;
  • A one-stop-shop Service Model – One team and one point of contact;
  • One comprehensive Quotation – Itemized Breakdown for Everything;
  • Total Transparency with Costs – No hidden costs and no surprises;
  • Meticulous Project Management – No overruns on Cost, Schedule or Budget.

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Interior Design | The Rewards of Excellent Service

Gardner Interior Concepts | New Product Launches and Promotions

Welcome to the Gardner Interior Concepts Product Launch and Promotions update page. Here you will find our latest Product Launches, Exclusive Promotions and “one of a kind” Giveaways.

We have something special for everyone. Browse and explore our exciting new products and offerings below.

We welcome and appreciate your feedback and suggestions. Please feel free to Contact us or leave a Comment.

Introducing the GIC River Table

Creative and Artistic Design

This exclusive artistic masterpiece brings the great outdoors right into your home – tastefully and beautifully.

The GIC River Table is no optical illusion or mirage. It offers a life-like and realistic impression so striking, it may have you hearing the sounds of the mighty river which it depicts so powerfully and amazingly.

This stunning table combines art, style and decor – seamlessly and elegantly. Get your River Table today.

The GIC River Table will be featured at the “Desert Expo” at the end of November 2018. Order yours now.

The River Table is designed to your personal specifications. Please provide your size preferences for your quote.

Use the Quick Response Form below to Place Your Order, Submit Your Inquiry, or Provide your Suggestions regarding any changes or improvements you wish to see in future releases of the River Table.

Don’t delay… Get your exclusive GIC River Table today. Click here to learn more about the GIC River Table.

Introducing the Gardner Interior Concepts Patio Server

The Essential Outdoor Party Accessory

The high quality GIC Patio Server brings exclusive style and convenience to your outdoor entertainment.

Perfect for Summer!

The versatile GIC Patio Server offers smart and innovative features – functionality, reliability and portability.

For durability, reliability and intuitive practicality, the GIC Patio Server offers unbeatable value.

A fully extendable drawer and six hooks for cloths and utensils keeps everything organized, and the lockable caster wheels enables smooth mobility and stationary stability – everything at your fingertips before you need it.

  • Lockable caster wheels;
  • Solid Oak timber slatted shelf;
  • Solid 32mm Oak or Bamboo worktop;
  • 6 x Utensil & Cloth hooks;
  • 1 x Fully extendable drawer;
  • Solid Meranti hand-painted frame.

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Cape Town Shopfitters | Artfully Integrating Science and Psychology

Shopfitting – A Potent Tool For Business Growth

The long-term survival and profitability of a business is determined solely by its market impact.

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In order to create a positive impact and build a sustainable enterprise, a business must master the art of effective customer engagement.

If a business fails in this regard, an early demise due to decreasing patronage and diminishing customer loyalty is inevitable. An active customer base is the heart-beat of a thriving business. Without any customers, there is no business.

In the past, high-quality products and excellent customer service differentiated market-leading businesses from their competitors, but today, times have changed…

Prolonged spells of adverse trading conditions are challenging and testing both the resilience and agility of of every enterprise on many levels. The global economy is mired in uncertainty and customer confidence is waning – hamstrung by financial constraints.

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Businesses are forced to do more than simply excel at their core competencies in order to remain relevant and competitive. To remain economically viable a business must evolve and adapt to the prevailing market forces which currently place the customer firmly in the pound seats. Expensive marketing campaigns and catchy slogans no longer guarantee increased footfall, patronage or market domination.

The role of CRM

Although CRM systems play a crucial role in customer management programs, an enterprise must maximize returns by doing more with less. This includes leveraging their assets and optimizing their resources to exploit every available opportunity.

The art of “Customer Relationship Management” or “Customer Retention Management”, transcends the capabilities of a software package. There is a very strong correlation between the success of a business and its ability to attract new customers and this places a premium on the quality of the interaction that a business has with its audience – prospects and customers.

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Presentation – The Portal to Customer Engagement

It is often said that presentation is king. This is absolutely correct. Presentation is everything. Businesses focused on attracting and retaining customers, must invest meaningfully in finding and implementing the best options to present their offerings to their audience. Presentation is the first step in the customer engagement process, irrespective of the location of a business.

Businesses operating from a virtual location in cyberspace face the same “presentation” challenges as those operating from a traditional, physical brick and mortar location.

The presentation of a business is often the first point of contact with a prospective customer. First impressions last, and we only have one chance to make a first impression. These are two timeless truisms that are particularly relevant in the business world.

Modern-day customers are more discerning and look beyond the hype and marketing tricks. Customers or prospects may subliminally equate a professional presentation with the overall professionalism of a business. The presentation of a business is akin to a silent salesperson. It creates a presence and speaks volumes for a business – silently.

An effective presentation is attractive and magnetic. It appeals to the senses and immediately generates interest – akin to a lure and a hook! A business that underestimates the importance of the presentation aspect of its operation will soon find its customers voting with their feet – taking their wallets and patronage somewhere else. The risk of missing out on a high quality product, excellent service or a good deal seldom overrides the drawbacks of poor presentation.

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A well-constructed presentation with an irresistible call to action is often the clincher as it converts prospects into customers and expedites the process of closing a deal. For the purposes of this article, we will focus on optimizing the presentation of your offerings for a traditional brick and mortar location.

Consult an Expert

At Gardner Interior Concepts – Cape Town’s leading shopfitting specialists – we are committed to providing your business with the tools for success by delivering solutions that drive effective customer engagement to accelerate business growth.

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Our comprehensive service portfolio covers every aspect of designing new stores, offices, kiosks, showrooms and businesses and we also offer innovative solutions for refurbishing, remodeling and renovating. We see your business as the art, displayed on the canvas of a brick and mortar container. We focus on designing inspiring and appealing presentation spaces which create a compelling “sales environment” – conducive to facilitating engagement and leaving your customers with a lasting and indelible impression of your brand.

Enhancing the customer experience

We use science, art and psychology to maximize the impact of your brand by creating a unique, superior and unforgettable customer experience. For customers, retail therapy is as much about ambiance, setting and impact as it is about getting what you want in exchange for your hard-earned dollars.

It is an emotional experience which can be enhanced by various triggers such as lighting, colors, scents, music and overall design within an optimal floor plan and layout. We also include customer comfort, safety and security components in our designs.

Integrating Optimal Space Usage, Flow and Design

Natural flow is an integral feature of our design and at the forefront of our space-planning considerations. Customer flow management can make or break the customer experience. The first impression of your layout, presentation features and signage will immediately influence a customer’s choice as to whether they retreat in haste, or succumb to the irresistible urge to step inside and explore your offerings at close quarters.

Our mission is to optimize your available floor-space for effective usage with an intuitive layout, effective signage and captivating presentation features that are primed to guide your customers along a strategically designed path around the store – from the moment they enter – all the way to your point of sale installations.

To simplify browsing, we can provide different zones to house specific items or categories, together with special zones for featured products or services. We also provide all the required display features, fixtures and fittings.

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Our design is informed by the intended flow of traffic, the location of “must see” zones and any other designated “high traffic” areas. We ensure that the design of your point of sale installations, queuing areas and priority displays does not affect traffic flow or impede access to any area.

Conclusion

The implementation of a shopfitting solution that delivers on your expectations and reflects your brand is not an easy exercise. For the best results, it’s advisable to enlist the help of an expert once you have crystallized the objectives of your project. Specialists can help you avoid the many hidden and costly pitfalls of this domain.

The help of an expert can ensure that your results enhance your brand and accelerates business growth. A solution that works well for your customers and gains their seal of approval, is the ultimate reward for your efforts.

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Contact Cape Town’s specialist shopfitters, Gardner Interior Concepts, today for professional advice with your project. We have both the industry expertise and experience to provide the best design solution for your business. Our obligation-free advisory and planning service will assist you with the creation of a dynamic environment to support and enhance your operation, allowing you to focus on running your business.

Simply share your requirements with us and we will do the rest to ensure that your business makes a positive, significant and sustainable market impact. Our solutions including space planning and optimization for intuitive traffic flow, as well as displays, cabinets, shelving, fixtures, flooring and suitable lighting, signage and colors.

Our solutions are designed to “sell” your brand and captivate your customers to ensure business growth, longevity and profitability to guarantee exceptional returns on your investment.

Make a positive impact. Make your first impression last. Make the right choice.

Contact Gardner Interior Concepts today and get your shopfitting project done right, the first time.

Cape Town Shopfitters | Artfully Integrating Science and Psychology

Gardner Interior Concepts Cape Town | Kitchen Design Tips

Kitchen Design Projects – Remodeling and Renovations

Remodeling or redesigning your kitchen is quite an exciting adventure and holds the promise of an enhanced new lifestyle. If your makeover stems from a long overdue need for change, your project will be tinged with a rosy hue of optimism.

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Kitchen makeovers born out of a need for additional space, extra functionality or a more family-oriented design, carry the weight of great expectations.

Formalize your Requirements

Kitchen renovation or remodeling projects are not overnight exercises, but take weeks or months, depending on the size and complexity of your project. A complex project may require architects, general contractors, plumbers, electricians and other professionals to assist your Kitchen Designer.

To quote a well-known truism: “To get what you want, you must know what you want.”

The best starting point for a successful Kitchen Remodeling project is getting to know your kitchen space. Begin by reviewing the way you use your kitchen and focus on how you can make it work better for you.

The important factors to note are the shape and size of your kitchen space and how this impacts on your preferences in terms of access, work-flow (zones or triangles), movement, seating and the proximity of inter-dependent items and areas. This will help you to understand your constraints and limitations.

Use the actual dimensions and measurements of walls and floor areas as a practical means of establishing the feasibility of specific ideas, wishes and plans, in order to eliminate assumptions and clarify any uncertainty. It will also prevent you from painting yourself into a corner – forever stuck on a misguided assumption. Attempting the impossible guarantees failure, before you’ve even started.

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The placement and location of your preparation, storage and cooking areas should be a prime feature of your design deliberations.

Experts concur that you should contact your Kitchen Designer only once you have defined your requirements to an acceptable degree. You can reduce your options by elimination if you subject your wish-list – ideas, wants and needs – to a feasibility/do-ability test within the constraints of your remodeling space.

Make the right choices

It is possible to make the right choices if you allow your own personal style and taste to inform your kitchen design style. This will also reduce your options considerably and make things easier for both you and your Kitchen Designer.

Your desired lifestyle is the blueprint for your new kitchen and your kitchen design should reflect the way you use your kitchen on a daily basis.

How to avoid mistakes

Search results on Kitchen Design projects are dominated by glossy images of breathtaking kitchens and numerous success stories. Sadly, excellent results are not a given. Peeking behind the euphoria, under the veneer and beyond the backsplash reveals the secrets to a successful project.

Identifying and adopting the best approach to your project is an art which is founded on proven methodologies – principles, rules, techniques and practices. These methodologies insulate your project and mitigate the risks posed by internal or external factors which could derail it.

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Historically, most epic failures are preceded by unbridled optimism. Realism, is tempered optimism. Realism limits the potential for pie-in-the-sky objectives and eliminates any premature visions of a fait accompli. Realism embraces rational reasoning while moderating emotional reactions – ensuring better choices, for better results.

Projects guided by smart choices conform to requirements. As a result, your new kitchen will be a feast to the eye, a joy to the family and a timeless source of sumptuous culinary delights.

Mitigating Project Failure

Why do project fails, when it all sounds so easy?

The four usual suspects top the list for project failures which result in long-lasting disappointment:

  • Unclear requirements (goals and objectives);
  • Overly-optimistic expectations and wayward assumptions;
  • Budget-overruns, and
  • Poor-quality craftsmanship.

By inference, the success of your project is directly linked to…

  • How well you translate your goals and objectives into clear requirements;
  • How realistic your expectations and assumptions are;
  • How well you set and manage your budget, and
  • The caliber of the Kitchen Designer you choose to appoint.

Failed remodeling projects have far-reaching consequences for your home and wide-ranging implications for your family.

You can improve your project’s chances for success exponentially by defining your requirements clearly; minimizing assumptions setting realistic expectations; setting a budget and sticking to it, and most importantly, appointing an accredited Kitchen Designer with a proven track record.

READ: How to select an Interior or Kitchen Designer

Irrespective of your motivations for remodeling your kitchen, your results should reflect your requirements accurately and deliver functionality which expresses your style and taste beautifully.

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The Evolution of the Kitchen
Modern-day kitchens have evolved into the operations center of the home – a critical component of day to day living.

New York-based interior designer, Andrew Suvalsky, says “The kitchen is truly the focus of the home today. A great kitchen design will give essential clues to how the rest of the home can and should develop.”, while Hannah Lord of Heid Interior Design senses that, “Kitchens are going back to the future with ‘workhouse island counters’ as the central feature. The island counter is where you can cook, chop, store and socialise.”

The design of your kitchen can instantaneously create a feeling or setting which you enjoy, such as a farmhouse, a cottage or a coastal getaway. Tables, cabinets, cupboards, finishes, furniture, colors, textures, decor and accessories are integral parts of the desired moood, character and ambiance of your kitchen.

The “Island Kitchen” design is growing in popularity due to flexible layout options and space-saving. An island creates a naturally central, multi-purpose hub for preparing, cooking, eating, socializing and entertaining.
The Triangle revisited
The latest kitchen designs are characterized by variations on the traditional “triangle”, focusing strongly on optimized work-flow, access, space usage and storage.

Traditional “store-prep-cook” triangles have been replaced by more expansive and practical “zones” which are allocated and defined according to their usage.

Mary Jo Peterson, principal, Mary Jo Peterson Inc. decribes the evolution of the kitchen: “We have gone from the traditional kitchen, where one person prepared meals to a multi-purpose room and a multiple-cook room, and this evolution has changed us from looking at one work triangle to multiple triangles, or ‘zones’. With that in mind, we have to increase clearances and look at adding comfortable spaces in the kitchen.”

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A Multi-purpose family room

Breaking with convention, many modern kitchens have “developed” an office and homework capability to complement the traditional kitchen activities such as cooking, eating, socializing and entertaining.

We see countertops doubling as desks for laptops and other devices, as well as paperwork. The kitchen has also lately become the de facto park-and-recharge hub for most of the family’s electronic gadgets.

Common Kitchen Design Styles

Modern kitchens bring the sophistication of technology to the heart of your home. The convenience of push-button automation provides most of the required functionality. High-tech materials up the ante for a look and feel that is cool, sleek and sexy. Space-tech appliances – recessed, hidden, retractable – together with handle-less cabinetry and shiny surfaces – keep up the awesomeness and eliminate clutter. Tasteful exotic wood and glass finishes add the finishing touches to hi-tech luxury.

Traditional and Classic designs offer unique characteristics for your kitchen, despite styles becoming slightly more fluid and sharing elements – while retaining their fundamental characteristics. Transitional kitchen designs straddle more than one style across various elements.

READ: Kitchen Design Styles and Trends

The Contemporary kitchen features well-considered mixing and matching of elements from across the spectrum and provides open spaces, seating and top-drawer cooking appliances. The additional kitchen space enables guests to interact with the chef/host(ess). This design changes traditional cooking from “social cooking” to “cooking socially”.

The Contemporary kitchen provides an inclusive social and entertainment hotspot: Guests can socialize with their hosts – enjoying an interactive cooking experience while sharing the natural kitchen heat and social buzz. Not much wrong with work and play!

Farmhouse, Rustic and Country kitchen designs feature natural – slightly rough-hewn and imperfect – furnishings and finishes to complement their inherent warm, cozy and inviting feeling. Coastal kitchen designs create an informal and relaxed setting, with imaginative, vacation-inspired furniture, decor and finishes.

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POINTS TO PONDER BEFORE DIGGING IN

Kitchen Designers offer excellent advice for you best options, but if you prefer your own counsel, you should be aware of the implications of your choices.

Your Kitchen Design Style will ultimately inform your choices but the key considerations listed below will affect your final results negatively if you ignore or overlook them.

Placement

When optimizing work-flow, your placement of the preparation area, landing area and also the storage areas for food (cold, chilled, ambient), kitchen utensils, appliances and accessories must be considered carefully. The location of your sink area, cupboards, pantry, large appliances and transient workspaces can often dictate the layout of your new kitchen.

Transient workspaces include chopping, unpacking and multi-use holding areas for cleaned, rinsed or ready-to-be-used items.

Wiring and Plumbing

Pay special attention to the location of the power-points, electrical wiring and plumbing for all your appliances and note potential changes to these locations. Keep sustainability in mind and consider energy-saving options.

Lighting

Kitchen lighting is all about brightening up your kitchen tastefully, effectively and economically. New lighting trends offer exquisite lighting solutions which add a beautiful touch to your kitchen.

Clarify your lighting requirements and your color preferences for creating the mood and personality you desire for your kitchen.

Highlight the areas that needing more light as a guide the placement and style of your lighting and fittings. Keep sustainability in mind and consider renewables, energy-saving options and also explore the use of natural light.

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Cabinetry, Cupboards and Furniture

Your preferred cabinetry, built-in cupboards and furniture should suit the style of the kitchen design you have selected.

The size of your space will determine what type of seating can be used and whether a dining table is an option.

Choose the type, style, color, usage and placement of your cabinetry, including your choice of doors and handles.

Also decide on whether you wish to allocate and demarcate different zones in your kitchen with furniture, if you have an “open-plan” design.

Countertops

Your countertops play a huge role in defining the character and tone of your kitchen and should top your decision list.

Your countertops form the face of the kitchen and have a significant impact on the balance – blend or contrast – of your overall color-scheme.

Flooring and Tiling

Your choice of flooring and tiling completes the character and style of your new kitchen. Both the “flooring” and “tiling” market offer innovative and low-maintenance materials and colors for flooring and tiling.

You could opt for a design which is distinctive or one which complements the existing flooring and tiling around your home.

Finishing touches

The quality and suitability of your decor, colors, paint, fabrics and textures play a significant role in completing your project. These elements should stay in focus, even if only at a high level. This allow you to drill down into the detail and finalize your requirements at the appropriate time.

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PLANNING YOUR KITCHEN DESIGN PROJECT

Common misconceptions such as “haste equals speed” and “the details are not important” spell disaster and one or the other party will have egg on their face.

Wayward assumptions turn dreams into nightmares. Wake-up calls come far too late, leaving the dreamer to enjoy a generous helping of humble-pie – served up cold – in an undercooked new kitchen.

For a project to take the cake with timeous delivery and excellent, results it must follow one simple recipe: Meticulous planning. In the Kitchen Design space, the proverbial devil is indeed in the detail. Failing to plan is planning to fail. Spectacularly!

Meticulous planning requires sound judgment, rigorous requirement management; stringent adherence to time-frames; deft sidestepping of distractions, focused fiscal discipline and tireless due diligence. These ingredients blended together, form the recipe for a masterpiece.

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CONCLUSION

Your chances for a successful Kitchen Remodeling project are improved considerably when you have clear requirements; a realistic approach; a well-managed budget, and a qualified Kitchen Designer.

If your objective is to create an efficient and well-organized “cooking space”, you have to focus on
functionality, work-flow and accessibility – within the constraints of your available space.

If your requirement is a warm, multi-use family space with a social cooking hub, focus on zones and placement.

In order of priority: Style and taste have pride of place, but placement ultimately wins the race.

Good placement sets everyday items within reach, enabling you to find exactly what you need when you need it, quickly and easily. It facilitates effective organization.

Accessibility, efficiency, organization, flow and functionality are all rooted in practicality.

The hallmark of a successful kitchen remodeling project is a bouquet of functionality, delightfully wrapped in efficiency and practicality.

A kitchen with optimal flow and placement is too intuitive to confuse, and an absolute joy to use!

Click here to contact Gardner Interior Concepts right away and get your dream project started today.

Gardner Interior Concepts Cape Town | Kitchen Design Tips

Cape Town Kitchen Design Project | Decorex 2017

Decorex Cape Town 2017 – co-sponsored by Plascon and Caesarstone – was an exhilarating experience, abuzz with energy, vibrant color and inspiring interpretations of the Decorex 2017 theme: ‘Make your space your living dream’.

Cape Town’s top designers, decorators and lifestyle experts wowed visitors with their amazing skill, talent and creativity.

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Sian Cullingworth, the Portfolio Director for Design, Lifestyle and Retail Exhibitions, described this inspiring event as follows:

“There is something incredibly energising about being in one venue with so many talented South Africans showcasing their product and abilities. At the heart of it, Decorex is about bringing these industry players and the public, all of whom are passionate about décor and design, onto a level platform. Using this, they are given the opportunity to engage in a meaningful way about their role and desires in this inspired arena. I really believe this was achieved at Decorex Cape Town and am just so excited to discover what depths of creativity emerge from the show.”

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Decorex Cape Town 2017 Kitchen Design Project – Gardner Interior Concepts Kitchen Design

This year’s Kitchen Design Project featured an exhibit by Gardner Interior Concepts – one of Cape Town’s premier Kitchen Designers.

The brief for the 2017 Kitchen Design Project – as defined by Franke SA – was simple (no pun): ‘Simplicity in Design’.

The Kitchen Design exhibitors used products supplied by Franke SA and were assessed on how well they incorporated the signature style in terms of design, materials and color usage.

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Clinton Soutter of Franke explained: “We were looking for someone who designs smart, finding solutions to optimize space and storage while using colors and materials that go simply and harmoniously together.”

READ: Gardner Interior Concepts – Cape Town Kitchen Designs, Styles, Trends

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Gardner Interior Concepts was commended on a superb design, featuring smart optimization with simplistic design elements.

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Use KSA-registered Suppliers for your Kitchen Design Project

In order to achieve the best Kitchen Design results, customers should opt for the services of KSA-registered designers, installers and suppliers. Kitchen Designers who are registered with the Kitchen Specialists Association (KSA) guarantee high quality products and superior workmanship.

READ: Gardner Interior Concepts Cape Town – Custom Kitchen Design

If you are designing a new kitchen or remodeling your kitchen space, come to Gardner Interior Concepts (Cape Town) for a practical, functional and inspiring solution. We will bring your vision to life with a kitchen that matches your lifestyle, delights your family and enhances your home.

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Gardner Interior Concepts is registered with KSA. Our proud reputation for high end kitchen design solutions, high quality finishes, excellent service and non-stop support spans over 45 years.

Our Project Management services ensure that all your requirements are met – within budget and on time. This is our guarantee to you!

Make the smart choice today. Contact Gardner Interior Concepts and live the difference!

Cape Town Kitchen Design Project | Decorex 2017

Cape Town | Interior Designers | Ideas | Interior Design Trends

Listen to your Home

Is your home speaking to you?

Are you listening?

What is your home saying to you?

The design of your home should speak to who you are, and have a positive effect on your body, mind and soul. Your home is your castle, your sanctuary and your place of refuge. It’s where you live, relax, socialize, rest and heal.

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The design of your home includes the structure, interior, exterior and the decorations. The colors and textures you choose are also important. Aesthetics, accessories, art, personal style and taste add to the overall effect that your home has on your well-being.

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There is empirical evidence to prove that our environment has a profound effect on our emotions – our moods, perceptions and state of mind. The psychological triggers emanating from our environment may manifest physiologically, if the effects are overwhelming or continuous.

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We’ve all heard people say: “Something about that house is not right…”, or “Something about that house unsettles me…” or worse still, “That house makes me feel ill…”

Nobody relishes the thought of having their home described in such unflattering terms. So, what should you do about what your home is saying to you and to others?

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Has any of the following thoughts popped into your mind repeatedly at any time?

  • “I need to fix these cupboards…”
  • “I must change the color of the kitchen…”
  • “There’s not enough light in this room…”
  • “It’s time for a remodel…”
  • “This room needs a makeover…”
  • “There’s not enough space for everything…”

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These thoughts are your internal responses to the messages emanating from your home. It may be time to look a bit deeper and ask yourself the following questions…

  • Am I proud of my home?
  • Is my home still my fortress?
  • Does coming home make me feel good?
  • Does my home inspire, revitalize, rejuvenate and energize me?
  • Am I comfortable and at peace in my home?
  • What options do I have to improve my home?

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The answers to these questions may be self-evident, if you find that…

  • You cannot organize or manage your shelving, storage and packing space;
  • You are spending less time in your kitchen, bedroom or bathroom;
  • Your decorations, cabinets or cupboards suddenly start to irk you;
  • The color, layout or style of one or other room suddenly irritates you;
  • You feel that your study or bar or is no longer practical or functional;
  • You lose the desire to cook or prepare meals in your kitchen;
  • A room suddenly feels too small, too dark or uninspiring;

And, last but not least, you may start to feel that your once beautiful home is now making you feel anxious, frustrated or ill at ease.

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This is how your home can speak to you, and if you listen carefully, you will know exactly what to do.

Make the right choice and contact Cape Town’s premier Interior Designers, Gardner Interior Concepts today. We design for life.

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We offer ideas, advice, plans and professional support to ensure that you have a functional, practical, timeless, but above all, a flawless interior design solution.

We are passionate about helping you live a better life – in the comfort of your home. Our interior designers will help you breathe new life into your home and into your life.

Our custom interior design solutions for kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, cabinets, cupboards, studies, bars and entertainment areas are inspiring, aesthetically-pleasing, functional, practical and unique – guided by your personal taste and style.

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Gardner Interior Concepts – Cape Town’s Premier Interior Designers

Interior Designers, Decorators and Shopfitters for all your Interior Design requirements

Visit our Portfolio and Project pages and see what we can do for you.

Let Gardner Interior Concepts turn your kitchen into the heart of your home; transform your bedroom into a magical dream-space and convert your bathroom into your personal rejuvenation place.

As for your entertainment area… Let’s turn it into a happy space – a relaxing getaway from the rat race…

Contact Gardner Interior Concepts today and let’s create some magic together.

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The Ten Best Interior Designers and Decorators | Cape Town | South Africa | Part 3

The Anatomy of a top Interior Interior Designer and Decorator

It is often said that successful people have the building blocks of success in their DNA…
Is this really true?

We are also told that artistic talent either runs in our veins or not…
Can we simply accept this assertion?

A commonly held belief is that creative insight and vision cannot be learned or taught…
Is this an absolute fact?

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When asking customers about their Interior Designers and Decorators, they are unanimous that the above attributes are at the heart of the magic that the Top Interior Designers and Decorators regularly deliver. They guarantee success, artistic mastery and high-impact creativity.

In addition to their obvious creative talents and artistic flair, the Top Interior Designers and Decorators offer a comprehensive range of professional services supported by high quality products – underpinned by excellent “customer-centric” service.

A hallmark of their service is their ability to build strong relationships with their customers based on sound communication skills, effective planning and efficient operating methods. Their engaging approach – inclusive and collaborative – enables them to get their customers and other role-players on board quickly, while deftly guiding them towards the desired outcomes.

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The Top Interior Designers and Decorators understand and appreciate the value of effective communication. They create synergy among all the stakeholders to facilitate efficient management of their projects to achieve their scope, time and budget targets. They furthermore display a transparent approach to requirements, costs and results. These skills enable them to weave the often disparate elements of a project together – seamlessly.

An important trait of a Top Interior Designer and Decorator is the ability to integrate the complex components of a project effortlessly, without drowning their customers in useless jargon. They know how to shield their customers from unnecessary stresses by providing advice and recommending innovative solutions – proactively.

The Top Interior Designers and Decorators have a special Project Management style which ensures that every task is approached in the best way possible; uses the best methods, and is delivered on time – within scope and budget – while adhering to their quality guidelines.

Due to their meticulous approach, fastidiousness and attention to detail, we find that the best Interior Designers and Decorators…

  • Have an effective and informative communication style;
  • Have the ability to stay focused despite all the noise;
  • Are trustworthy, make ethical decisions and keep their word;
  • Create achievable plans, with realistic timelines and budgets;
  • Consistently align activities with project timelines;
  • Understand the vision and mitigate inherent challenges;
  • Bring their established business networks to the project;
  • Apply smart techniques to simplify complex issues;

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The list of goodness embodied by the best Interior Designers and Decorators continues…

  • They stay on top of developments and pick up the slack in other areas;
  • They facilitate and drive the interaction among all the role-players;
  • They ensure that every role-player is engaged, focused and aligned;
  • They keep a keen eye on quotes, costs, orders and invoicing;
  • They identify opportunities to save time and reduce costs;
  • They keep abreast of best practice – trends, styles and methods;
  • They have a detailed knowledge of design constraints and solutions;
  • They provide sound advice for accessories – colors, textures, art;
  • They are dynamic and motivated – the heart and soul of the project.

Together, all these important elements improve the project’s chances for success. When a top Interior Designer and Decorator manage a project, their abilities, skills and knowledge enable customers to…

  • Understand the transition from the conceptual to physical;
  • Buy into their advice and accept their recommendations;
  • Have full confidence in their ability to realize their vision;
  • Sleep soundly and peacefully at night…

All of the above together, define the Anatomy of a Top Interior Designer and Decorator.

If you are wondering whether it’s possible to find an Interior Designer and Decorator with all these attributes, wonder no more, because they do indeed exist. And no… They do not walk on water!

Contact Gardner Interior Concepts (Cape Town) today for inspired Interior Design solutions and live the difference.

Part 1: Making the cut as a Top 10 Interior Designer and Decorator
Part 2: The Rating Rules for discovering the best Interior Designers and Decorators
Part 3: The Anatomy of a Top 10 Interior Designer and Decorator

The Ten Best Interior Designers and Decorators | Cape Town | South Africa | Part 3