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Saving money without DIY


There are so many new and creative ideas on the internet for making you home beautiful and doing it on your own. However, we all know there are people out there who do not want to do it themselves. Here are some tips to save money while doing some home decor.

Ask about demo sales – Many shops you go to have displays on and often as these displays have some wear and tear they can be sold at discounted prices or be sold on sale. You would just need to find out when these sales are.

Host a decor swap party – There are always people wanting to change things so chat to your friends and see if there are any accessories, they are looking to get rid of or change and have a casual get together where you can swap these goods adding new things to each home while having fun and no hassle.

Sell before you buy – Find things you have in your house that are no longer used and then sell them so you have extra money in your shopping budget with less clutter.

Fill up on greenery – Adding plants to a room is a way of making a significant change at an affordable price.

Paint the walls yourself, but hire out the tricky parts – Hire someone to the parts that you really do not like and the parts you can handle do this yourself.

Have furniture reupholstered by a pro – Find furniture at a market or auction and take it to someone who can reupholster it to make it look as fabulous as you want it.

Find affordable art – Cut up a pretty calendar, frame squares of graphic wrapping paper, shop for prints on online sites or browse flea markets, Craigslist and eBay for vintage paintings.

Stick with a theme – Sometimes what you do not buy is just as important as what you buy. Knowing the style, colors, textures and materials you want to bring into your home, and sticking with them, will help you avoid decorating missteps.

Wait for sales – waiting for sales saves money but can take some time, as you cannot buy what you want as you want it.

Always be prepared – there are always sales happening so keep an out and you may find that dream object you have been looking for.

This should help you create your perfect home with fewer costs and less of the work.


Rita Linde Interiors Decorating Course

We are planning to run an evening class in interior decorating over three months, one evening a week starting on the first Thursday in September from 6-8:30 from our studio in Milnerton.

This certificate course would be a total of 12 lessons and would appeal to people who:

  • Want to make a career change to work in a interior decoration business or showroom
  • Want to work as freelance interior decorators
  • Are already in the field and want to add new skills to improve career development
  • Want to acquire skills to use whilst they renovate, build or decorate their own home

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Domestic Goddess Academy

Domestic Goddess Academy runs classes and workshops throughout the year at its purpose-built restaurant studio in Durbanville, Cape Town. Courses and classes are run in the mornings, afternoons and evenings. (subject to a minimum of 10 people).

This Academy can accommodate up to 15 students in hands-on classes, in a state-of-the art, purpose-built, teaching facility.

Domestic Goddess Academy is one of the few schools in the country aimed at the general public and hobby cook, dedicated to once-off classes and short courses, that is run on a professional basis, open 5 days a week.
The Academy will offer over 100 different classes and courses, taught by experienced, qualified and well-trained instructors.

Courses and classes have been designed to appeal to a cross-section of students, from domestics, housekeepers, newly-weds, kids and corporate clients, to hobby cooks and hobby chefs who want to improve and update their current skills.

The venue is also available for corporate and private functions – birthdays, kitchen teas, and dinner parties with a difference.

Our classes are practical, where every person gets to participate. They are also a lot of fun where you not only learn new skills, but also get to meet people with similar interests.

For corporate groups these classes are a novel way of creating staff interaction or entertaining clients.


Domestic Goddess Academy is unique:

The facility is purpose-built for teaching – offering a practical work environment that is versatile, flexible and safe, as well as mimicking the domestic environment. All equipment used is hardwearing and functional, yet at the same time is of a domestic nature.

Classes are run by specialists – They teach at the school as a part time business. Our instructors all have a passion for their craft, are out-going, good communicators and are skilled at educating.

Active participation in hands-on classes – Students learn specialist techniques, in an interactive hands-on environment. They not only gain new skills, but also have a fun outing, meeting new people and discussing solutions to common project problems. Extensive easy-to-follow lecture notes – These include an in-depth overview and background to the craft, easy to follow step-by-step instructions or recipes and shopping lists.

The school also receives on-going editorial in various publications, as well as on the radio and television. So, whether you are an Individual Woman, a Corporate Career woman, a Bride-to-be, a Married Woman, mom-to-be, busy Family Woman or Mature Woman, Domestic Goddess Academy is sure to have something for you!

Lenore Uys

Lenore is the creative and driving force behind The Domestic Goddess Academy. The idea for the academy was born while she was flying around the country, training delegates for a large retail company. She was not a trainer of profession but got so many compliments while training that she decided to pursue her talents as an interactive trainer and facilitator. She started with putting together a decorating course specifically for the homemaker, who has no prior experience in decor. She believes that there are many corporate and business training courses out there but nothing tailored to suit the woman on the street or in the house or even the busy executive that needs a bit of inspiration or just time off.

In 2000 Lenore started Decor and Craft Academy that focused on craft and décor courses and in 2002 Ikhaya Interiors was molded that caters for corporate and residential interior decorating and makeovers. And then in 2006 came The Domestic Goddess Academy that cares about all the complicated facets of a woman in various stages of their lives and at various levels of the economy.

Lenore has a wide range of experience in the business field, with Industrial Engineering and Business Management Degrees. As well as experience in the retail environment as Distribution Center Manager, Planner, Logistics Manager and Project Manager. Lenore also has a diploma in Interior Design and is an Interior Designer and Aesthetic Project and offers a full design, planning and coordinating décor service solution while creating the most beautiful interiors tailor-made to you budget and personality.
Lenore understands the daily pressures of balancing a career, family life and being a woman, wife, mother, homemaker, and general organiser and not losing yourself while seeing to all aspects of a very busy life.

She believes that every woman is unique and has many untapped talents and interests that need special attention and stimulation in order to bloom to satisfaction.

She also does beading, paints, needlework, mosaics, and on request only, room make-overs. More recently, she is focusing her energy on putting together make up, wardrobe planning and styling workshops for the “Wo”man on the Street or Lady of the House