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The La Grange In­te­ri­ors founder shares her tips for great in­te­rior de­sign – and spruc­ing up your place for spring. De­scribe La Grange In­te­ri­ors in three words Un­der­stated, lux­u­ri­ous, time­less. Where are your favourite travel des­ti­na­tions for new ideas? Europe, specif­i­cally Hol­land. Dutch de­sign is al­ways ahead of the times and a source of in­spi­ra­tion. What does it take to be a suc­cess­ful in­te­rior de­signer? You need to have an ex­cel­lent un­der­stand­ing of space, flow and fin­ishes, along with nat­u­ral cre­ative flair, at­ten­tion to de­tail and strong or­gan­i­sa­tional and prob­lem-solv­ing skills. Fo­cus de­sign on com­fort, ap­peal and cap­ti­va­tion, and be pa­tient: some­times it can take a few months to achieve the fi­nal look. Top decor tips for spring? In­tro­duce plants to breathe life into a room: thanks in part to their ease of care, suc­cu­lents have been trending like crazy, or else try lots of fresh flow­ers, green­ery and branches. An­other quick trick: move ac­ces­sories around if pos­si­ble – even from one room to an­other – for a new look. What’s your favourite piece at home? A charm­ing, one-of-a-kind, hand-painted chest of draw­ers from Cze­choslo­vakia. It makes me smile. And your favourite prod­uct in store? The lat­est col­lec­tion from District Eight De­sign, which in­cludes in­dus­trial metal and smoked-oak fur­ni­ture from Viet­nam, avail­able at La Grange In­te­ri­ors from the end of Septem­ber. la­grangein­te­ri­ors.co.za

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