Coral Stephens's blog

Creating Comfort: Part II

What makes us connect with an interior? What leaves us cold?

For me, I know that an honest, authentic room that conveys some of the owners' personality, life experience (a photo, an art work, a memento, a throw or cushion cover, a threadbare Persian carpet) is one which rings true with me.

Creating Comfort

Recently, when on holiday in and around comprar viagra South Africa, and staying in various types of accommodation - mainly in small game reserves, I was struck by how décor can be arranged so successfully on a totally functional, utilitarian basis which creates immediate comfort.  A simple interior is all that is required in a beautiful surrounding.   

The Joys of an Intern

We were lucky enough to be approached by a student at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in Port Elizabeth, called Natalie Combley who asked us whether she could intern with us for a few weeks before her university course started again in February.  She is studying textile design and is in her final year. 

The Open Road

I recently undertook a trip into the heart of mohair country (the Eastern Cape of South Africa), hugged the coast for a while and then into the Northern Karoo, following many back roads: dirt roads, dusty roads, lonely roads and beautiful roads.  Places like Rosendal, Craddock, Pearston, Jansenville, Klipplaat, Willowmore, Uniondale and Calvinia.

The Start of Our Year

Our year tends to start a little slowly, we like to take a long holiday to get the clattering looms out of our ears and enjoy some decent time at home with our families in December and January.  When it is time to come back to work after about 6 weeks we go through an adjustment of sorts.  I begin the year with a thorough dust off and cleaning of my office.  In the time that I have been gone, wasps have usually built ornate nests in the doorways, flying ants have shed their wings in neat piles around my office and my indoor plant has suffered the harshness of sleeping outside and dealing wi

This week in the Studio

It's been a busy week starting with a visit from a group of women in a photographic tour of craft businesses in Swaziland organised by Nest.  Nest ( is an organisation that "partners with the world's most promising emerging artisans to promote peace and prosperity through sustainable business development".  So, we're in extremely good company.