Guest Blog Series: Dandelion Designs

Have a read as we chat to Caryn & Kath from Dandelion Designs about their interior design process and proudly South African flair.

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How did Dandelion Designs come about?

Meeting was a happy accident! We were both based in a small town on the North Coast. I think creative people always find each other. Caryn had been working for the developer on Zini River Estate and needed help as the volume of building was increasing rapidly. She knew I had an interior design background and we joined forces. Dandelion Designs has since grown and we have relocated to Ballito. We are both passionate about creating beautiful spaces that allow our clients to live, work or just be…

How would you describe the interior design space in South Africa at the moment, and where do you think it’s heading?

South Africa has so many amazingly talented designers. The amount of innovation in design and products is so exciting to see. In the past, designers looked abroad for materials and products but over time there has been an amazing shift to sourcing and uplifting local manufacturers. We have seen a big increase in a lot more items like furniture, tiles and fittings being designed and manufactured locally. Instagram has been an amazing platform for small businesses to connect and grow. 


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What is your go-to design style, and where do you draw most of your interior inspiration from?

Dandelion Designs doesn’t have a specific design style but prefer to listen our clients and allow them to become the inspiration for their spaces. By understanding how they use the space, what they like, how they want the spaces to flow and materials they love. This allows us to then take all of those details and create something unique for them. We prefer more edited interiors and choose materials, furniture and accessories that are both beautiful, practical and functional.

What is your favourite interior trend at the moment?

In South Africa we have amazing weather almost all year round. The ability to blur the lines between indoor and outdoor spaces is a huge trend we love. Creating outdoor spaces that can be used all year round or incorporating more plants and natural daylight into your interiors definitely brings positivity & happiness. This can also be achieved by using natural materials like wood and rattan.


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What made you choose our Outeniqua Oak Collection for your interior project?

The design of all the pieces in the Outeniqua range are modern and classic. We don’t like to choose pieces that are trend-led and the Outeniqua range doesn’t date in style. We love Solid Oak! The Outeniqua range also offered us a wide range of choices including bedside tables, dressing table, ottoman, and headboards to give a complete look.

We are all about supporting local and think it’s so important to collaborate locally as businesses! Community over competition every time. What are some of your favourite proudly South African interior brands?

As a company we know the importance of supporting local talented designers and brands. Wherever possible we will incorporate these into our interiors. Some of our favourite local brands are: JB Furniture (of course...), Arkivio, Lux_Crete, Kalki Ceramics, Sarah Kelly Art, Iconomy, Lennard and Pedersen, High thorn, Mungo, Barrydale Weavers to name a few…


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