ABOUT US

TRACY KELLY

INTERIOR DESIGN & DECOR

INTERIOR DESIGN & DECOR

I started my design journey 30 years ago. I had enrolled at the Durban Technikon to complete a degree in computer programming. Why? I have no clue. It ended up being a short 6-month course because it just wasn’t ticking my creative box.

At that point, I then decided to enrol in an online Interior Design Diploma with the New York Art & Design institute because, at that time, there were no courses available in South Africa. When I say online, it was sent via post on cassette tapes. The modules and all my design work was sent back for assessment and marking. Back then, AutoCAD wasn’t around yet and everything was drawn and done manually. It was very tactile and practical.

After completing my diploma, I threw myself into my profession with great gusto. My passion for design and all things beautiful became my commitment. My design ethos was to create interior spaces that gave every individual a feeling of fulfilment, met with the additional feeling of home. My projects comprise of corporate offices for Mondi, hospitality lodges in the beautiful Khwai private reserve in the Okavango Delta Botswana and Hwange Zimbabwe to period style homes in the leafy suburbs. Each project was unique, from homes to office spaces and beach cottages, all of these spaces need to be heard.

“Your home should tell the story of who you are and be a collection of what you love.” – Nate Berkus

I am African. I was born in Rhodesia as it was called when it was part of the British commonwealth. My parents left English soil relocating for sunnier skies and warmer African air. While this inherited English style is evident in my approach to decorating, it has also been heavily influenced by the warmth of Africa. My style is diverse and blends old in with new while embracing life on the African continent.

I live on a farm in KwaZulu-Natal which is situated in the vast thornveld. Our farm is home to abundant birdlife, dry natural grasses, lots of indigenous trees and the consistent sound of water streaming. It is of no surprise that I always incorporate plants and lots of texture in my interiors, these elements are important to me and I feel it gives an interior soul.

My interior lifestyle boutique named Nom de Plume is situated in a turn of the century Cape Dutch homestead in the heart of Pietermaritzburg. I source and display the interiors, exclusivity being key. I have set out to create a home from home experience by putting together new and contemporary ideas, keeping it current while remaining classic.

It may just be my design preference but homes do not need to feel and appear the same, this isn’t painting by numbers. We are all unique and our homes need to portray our personalities. As a decorator and not a designer, I need to resonate with that and ensure your interior is more you than me. I simply aid the way towards completing a functional, beautiful interior space that reverberates your style.

“Partnering with nature is a God-given gift.“ – Tracy Kelly

NOM DE PLUME 

No 10, A Cape Dutch turn of the century homestead in the heart of Pietermaritzburg was purchased in1999, this quaint period style home was to become the base for my interior Design business. Over the years the home has had many transformations as we have adapted and changed with not only trends but with varying circumstances, we are currently in the middle of a very serious worldwide pandemic Covid - 19 which will ultimately lead to further refashioning.

Nom de Plume studio is a contemporary African boutique lifestyle studio stocking exclusive interior décor accessories, these have been sourced personally by myself for their exclusivity and uniqueness and primarily in support of African artisans. Nom de Plume Studio is a unique experience, from the beautiful scents, visual stimulation and aroma of fresh coffee which can be enjoyed while browsing the studio’s interior or enjoyed in comfort in front of our vertical green plant wall in the inner courtyard. 

We invite you to visit us and soak up the ambience.

NOM DE PLUME 

No 10, A Cape Dutch turn of the century homestead in the heart of Pietermaritzburg was purchased in1999, this quaint period style home was to become the base for my interior Design business. Over the years the home has had many transformations as we have adapted and changed with trends.

Nom de Plume studio is a Contemporary African boutique lifestyle studio stocking exclusive interior décor accessories, these have been sourced personally by myself for their exclusivity and uniqueness and primarily in support of African artisans. Nom de Plume Studio is a unique experience, from the beautiful scents, visual stimulation and aroma of fresh coffee which can be enjoyed while browsing the studio’s interior or enjoyed in comfort in front of our vertical green plant wall in the inner courtyard. 

We invite you to visit us and soak up the ambience.

“Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say and not giving a damn.“

– Gore Vidal

OUR SCENTED ROOM

Our captivating Scented Room is situated within Nom de Plume studio. This moody interior with its dark moss green walls, organic oak paneling and trailing vine ceiling complimented by the large ceiling to floor window which brings the outdoors in, creates a feeling of serenity. 

It is in this highly fragranced cocoon that you will be immersed in the gorgeous fragrances of our extensive collection of home and personal products. A room to find your perfect home fragrance or gift and soon to be launched, our personalized Gift in a box.

Don’t overlook this space on your next visit, it sure to delight the senses.

OUR SCENTED ROOM

Our captivating Scented Room is situated within Nom de Plume studio. This moody interior with its dark moss green walls, organic oak paneling and trailing vine ceiling complimented by the large ceiling to floor window which brings the outdoors in, creates a feeling of serenity.

It is in this highly fragranced cocoon that you will be immersed in the gorgeous fragrances of our extensive collection of home and personal products. A room to find your perfect home fragrance or gift and soon to be launched, our personalized Gift in a box.

Don’t overlook this space on your next visit, it sure to delight the senses.

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