Design Insight: In The Know
Interior design expert Marcia Margolius shares her passion for the industry and tells us about 2018’s decor trends
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN THE DECOR AND DESIGN INDUSTRY?
I had three years of extensive training in interior design. At the time no textbooks were available, so I turned my lecture notes into a book, Creative Stylish Homes, from Flats to Mansions. Other interior design books followed. We are currently busy with the 22nd edition of our Décor and Design manual. I also started the first decor course in South Africa: I wrote and compiled a correspondence course for Intec (now Damelin).
WHAT DIFFERENTIATES YOUR BLOG FROM OTHERS?
Marcia Loves it! is where I share my personal experience of the industry through seven daily posts and images I source myself. I try to keep abreast of what’s happening in the field and report the latest news.
HOW DO YOU KEEP UP WITH INTERNATIONAL TRENDS?
I travel at least seven times a year. I get invited to major fairs and go to lectures on design and decor around the world. As we speak I am on my way to Frankfurt, Germany, to attend Ambiente, the top annual lifestyle and homeware expo.
WHAT ARE SOME OF 2018’S DESIGN AND DECOR TRENDS?
Oversized blooms with botanical references. In terms of colour, anything goes: metallic, gold and silver are in; red is strong, and so is yellow mixed with navy and greens; blues and greys are still in; and, of course, Ultra Violet, the Pantone colour of the year. Comfort is key, and embroidery, weaving and crochet are coming through. My advice is simple: Don’t go with the trend; follow your heart. And never skimp on quality.
HOW DOES SOUTH AFRICA MEASURE UP ON THE WORLD STAGE?
We don’t follow trends; we are the trend-setters. I see it especially when I attend these overseas shows – South African stands stand out! We have such talented and innovative craftsmen and – women, and these international trade shows present a beautiful platform to showcase their work.
INTERVIEW Debbie Loots PHOTOGRAPH Supplied