Your Ideas - Our Creations

M + S Designs in Gansbaai offers custom-made interior & exterior wooden décor, furniture, cabinetry and wood-cutting all under one roof.

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Shirley Rothero and Mark Collings are a match made in heaven. This creative couple share a passion, not only for each other, but also for custom-made interior and exterior wooden décor, furniture and stationery.
 They work side by side at M+S Designs, which is a division of Shirley’s brainchild, The Art of Creativity Studio.
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The Art of Creativity Studio was established in 2014 and has blossomed from an online store to a bespoke, lifestyle-décor studio where you are warmly invited to pop in and discuss your designs, after which Shirley and Mark will conceptualise them to suit your budget.



Handcrafted, bespoke (custom-made to order) wooden furniture by M+S Designs, is created with specially selected pieces of wood. Designs include, but are not limited to:

  • Dining room tables  
  • Chairs
  • Coffee tables
  • TV units
  • Bedroom pedestals
  • Display units
  • Bookshelves
  • Children's furniture
  • Bathroom cabinets
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M+S Designs flourishes with time and the range of products offered promises not to disappoint. Products include, but are not limited to:

  • Gansbaai mementoes
  • Bedside lamps
  • Bread/biltong/vegetable/cheese boards and platters
  • Trays
  • Coasters
  • Placemats
  • Guest books
  • Mixed media art
  • Doorstops
  • Speciality items: Xmas trees, tea boxes, trinket boxes and other occasional items


The Art of Creativity offers a wide selection of ready-made stationery products or you can custom order your design:

  • Greeting cards for all occasions
  • Posters
  • Daily/Weekly/Annual planners
  • Calendars
  • Birthday calendars
  • Invitations
  • Postcards
  • Note paper
  • Stickers
  • Party props
  • Beads
  • Sequins
  • Scrapbooking embellishments
  • Vinyl designs
  • Stencils
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Enjoy the convenience of shopping online for the ever growing range of products. Click on Hello Pretty Marketplace for more details.

Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Shirley Rothero - Creative Artist Director, Graphic Designer, Social Media Manager

Hi, I’d like to introduce the team.
I’m Shirley, the “S” in M + S Designs: Bespoke Lifestyle Décor  “Your Ideas ~ Our Creations ~ 💯 Handmade”.  I have been creating ever since I can remember and this has helped me to become the successful entrepreneurial designer, I am today. 
I have been fortunate enough to travel the world and have lived in many towns, here and abroad. 
I have a son of 26 and a daughter of 20, both of whom have flown the coop. 
Gansbaai is my new home where I live with my new partner, Mark (yes, he’s the “M” in M + S Designs), and actually we were high school sweethearts. 
If I’m not creating something, I’m dreaming of creating something and love collaborating with clients. Pop into the Studio, we'd love to meet with you.    

Mark Collings - Owner, Workshop Manager, Woodwork Designer

Mark, is the “M” in M + S Designs and my life partner. 
He loves working with his hands designing and creating new concepts. Mark designed and built laboratories, specialised filtration systems, sterile enclosures (yep the ones you see in the movies where they work with dangerous bugs), The Art of Creativity Studio, and many other projects. 
He likes helping people wherever he can and is very involved in the community. 
Mark has a son of 29 and a daughter of 17. 
Mark is your go to guy, dependable and reliable. What you see is what you get.

Danny Warren - Assistant

Danny joined our team in May and comes with many years of experience in the trade.   He does installations in his private capacity.

Eric Thando - General Assistant

Eric joined our team in April and is dedicated, punctual and a fast learner.  Eric assists the Workshop team with everything and anything and is a great help. 




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