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Celebrating SampleBoard supplier Wunders Fine Furnishings


I thought I would spend a few blogs featuring the brilliant range of interior design products on the SampleBoard site. I just love the yummy items we have available. I am so thankful for the suppliers wonderful range. So here goes not too many words but I have created a few sampleboards today. As I went back to my many older sample boards I was amazed at how many times I selected from the range of Wunders Fine Furnishings

Sample Board created by Rosena on

Wunders is recognized as a producer of the finest quality upholstered furniture in South Africa. It is easy to see why. The styles vary from classic modern, traditional and funky pieces. The best way to celebrate this great company’s deigns is to show a number of interior design concept boards featuring their many designs.

Sample Board created by Rosena on

As you can see you can create traditional, a quirky take on the traditional, modern and contemporary interior design schemes from Wunders wonderful range of interior design products.

Sample Board created by Rosena on

If you click on the images you will be directed to the sample board home where you will find suppliers information for each item selected for each board. I some more examples of my older boards featuring Wunders fine furnishings.

The first sample board features Wunder’s Bellagio chair, the second board features Wunder’s Wing Armchair and the third sample board features a Wunder’s Armchair and Ottoman.


Google gives SampleBoard a nod of approval

It has been an exciting and busy week for SampleBoard. I am so pleased to be part of the sample board team. I have had the pleasure of working with Ros since 2009 as the Australian agent for SampleBoard. Below is the press release. I have added the links from the media release below. Following the document you will find some examples of boards created on the SampleBoard site

Click here to find out what designers are saying about SampleBoard…

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Now for some examples of interior design, wedding planning, landscape and fashion mood boards from the SampleBoard Creative Community

Mood board created by Pixy Louise Smith on

Sample Board created by Bogna Sarosiek on

Mood board created by Rosena on

Mood board created by Mane Carrion on

We extend an invitation to you to become part of the SampleBoard’s Creative Community be inspired and inspire others and help power the world’s creativity. We look forward to exciting days ahead.

Aussie, New Zealand and South African Art Deco

As I have spent time looking at the Art Deco period I have had moments of memories flooding my mind. I remember the visits to the Art Deco style Broadway cinema in Belfast when I was a small child.This building was so different from the other luxurious cinemas we usually went to.

Besides the Art Deco fireplace and cabinets my Granny also had the stuffed curved chairs and sofa of the era. (Many’s a time as the Irish say) I was told off for sitting on the arms of the furniture. My Gran was always telling us to act like ladies.

We were not allowed to chew gum, cross one leg over the other at the knees, whistle or speak until spoken to. The same lady my Gran who enforced these restrictions completely changed character on a Saturday night when the whole family would sit around the fire. Each family member told a joke, sang a song or told a ghost story. Granny’s stories and jokes were usually the best.

Next morning Sunday Gran was back to her old self. She would call everyone to get up and go to church. ‘We are not a pack of heathens’ she would say. I smile as I remember her many similar statements. My Gran from her over stuffed bulky chair beside the fire ruled the roost.

I am so enjoying looking at the Art Deco era I don’t quite know how to end. There is so much still to tell. But I feel I do need to move on. The short Art deco era produced many wonderful buildings and items so I thought I would try and finish the topic by looking at some examples of Art Deco work around the world.

In Australia

Innisfail in Queensland is thought to be the Art Deco capital of Australia. The Chelsea Park guesthouse in the Southern Highlands just south of Sydney is an example of Art Deco in NSW. Many Art Deco buildings exist in Victoria many cinemas and theatres; Art Deco in style. If you follow this link you can find examples of cinemas and theatres (in Victoria) many in Art Deco style.

New Zealand

There are many Art Deco buildings in Hastings, Wellington and Palmerston North

South Africa

Durban has many Art Deco buildings. Prince Edward Street has some fine examples. The South Africa Art Deco style was influenced by the USA Art Deco style. If you go to this link you will find more information and virtual tour

I will finish this blog now and complete the study of Art Deco in my next blog.

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