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Sorry, I've been rude! Let me introduce myself.

Sorry, I've been rude! Let me introduce myself.

It’s about time you got to meet me and I told you my story. Hi, my name is Kathryn and I’m born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa which is where all my family still live. I fell in love with my Norwegian husband after meeting him at a friends wedding in SA and we lived together in London before deciding to move to Norway with our two little kids last year.

Growing up in South Africa was amazing. If you have visited Africa you may understand why I miss it. There is a pulse and energy in South Africa that fills your heart with hope and a desire to help others. There are so many different cultures living together and being in South Africa reminds you constantly to not take our fortunate situations for grated.

For many years my job was to send people to Africa on holiday and I still have my company– I Found Africa, but I felt I wanted to do something more, something that would not only support the tourism industry but something that could help independent designers and small businesses in South Africa. I wanted to bring a bit of Africa to Norway and that is how I Found Design began. The products I am bringing over are supporting small businesses and creating employment in a country that so desperately needs support. The products are designed and made with so much love.

Living on the other side of the world from my family is heart breaking but working along side South Africa connects my worlds and makes me feel a bit better about the situation.

I am so grateful to be living in beautiful Norway and I hope that you love some of these carefully selected products as much as I do.

Wallpaper, Textures and Tropical Trends

Wallpaper, Textures and Tropical Trends

Things are about to get really good.

We are so excited to announce our collaboration with Room 13 Design in Cape Town. This sister team has designed a unique range of textiles, cushions and wallpaper that are bang on the money when it comes to the 2017 decorating trends. 


Some top interior designers have highlighted these 2017 forecasts.

Green is back. From the limes, mint, sage and emeralds, green is strong again. Think wall color, wallpaper or large rug. If you’re not sold on that idea, then even using green glasses on your table will give you the up to date look.

Tropical & Botanical prints. You just have to take a look at some of the runways this year and you will see how tropical and botanical prints will continue to be popular. This can be in the form of wallpaper and designer fabrics. If these prints are too much for your home you can always use scatter cushions with these trendy patterns.

Texture. Texture is definitely in! Brushed brass tables, fabrics, materials, light fittings and wallpaper. Drape a chunky knit wool blanket over a leather armchair or add a brushed brass coffee table to your living room and you have a winner.

Shapes. Simple lines, geometric designs and triangles will make your home feel organized and on trend. 

Room 13 Design have nailed the brief. Their collection of designs uses textures with botanical and geometric designs. It’s no wonder it's love at first sight. 

How do you order these incredible textiles and wallpapers?

All the wallpaper and textiles are made to measure and it takes approximately 3 weeks from order to delivery in Norway. You need to measure your wall from left to right and from top to bottom. Do not include the top cornice or bottom skirting in the measurements. Check both sides of the wall as ceilings and walls can be uneven.

Contact us with your measurements to place your order and receive a quote.

Kathryn@ifounddesign.com +47 951 12 317

Worst Baker But Best Play Dough Maker

Worst Baker But Best Play Dough Maker

I am possibly the worst baker in Norway but somehow, to my husband’s amazement, I decided one day to try make play dough with my kids. It turned out better than any cake I have ever tried to make and it’s much softer and lasts longer than store bought play dough.

Best of all, it was a good activity with the kids and provided hours of entertainment once it was made.

So pop on your kid’s aprons and let’s get making play dough.

You’ll need:

  • 2 cups plain flour (all purpose)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar (called kremotartari in Norway and you can get it at pharmacies)
  • Up to 1.5 cups boiling water (adding in increments until it feels just right)
  • food colouring 

Method:

  • Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl
  • Add food colouring to the boiling water then into the dry ingredients (colour optional)
  • Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky, combined dough
  • Allow it to cool down then take it out of the bowl and knead it vigorously for a couple of minutes until all of the stickiness has gone. This is the most important part of the process, so keep at it until it’s the perfect consistency! (If it remains a little sticky then add a touch more flour until just right).

And there you have it! Hours of entertainment for the little ones and a feeling of accomplishment for you. Now time for a glass of wine!