The Blog

  • Stokperd Easy Xmas

    Oooh Xmas is upon us and if you’re getting nervous about the big day and entertaining a clan of family, then relax, because help has arrived. My first strategy is to start drinking as early as possible and to keep that up, the second is to have most of the food prepared and ready before guests arrive. Easy (in theory).…

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  • Woodstock Zen

    I like walking into a space that has a soothing effect on my senses. Everything in this home is in the right place and there’s lots of white space, natural sunlight and art – the perfect place to unwind and gather yourself. This is the home of Mike Leslie from And People, a youth culture guru who has his ear…

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  • Pillow talk

    Right now I have the heater cranked up in the office…it’s 3 weeks until September and I’m freezing my *ss off. If you’re in Cape Town, I just saw a 12 degree max with snow predicted for Wednesday, and if you’re in the northern hemisphere you know you have to revisit your hibernation strategy soon. I invested in some good…

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  • I’m back b*tches

    As you all know this has been a big year for me and my business, my daughter Elle turned 1 and Stokperd turned 5 and on the advice of a friend I have decided to do some reflecting. It is totally by chance (though is anything ever by chance?) that I realised my life has always had an upheaval every…

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  • Hastings House

    Hastings House is basically a greenhouse inside a library on top of a sunny hill. A beautiful home in Tamboerskloof shared by a trio of friends who discovered that they have the same taste in ceramics, kitchenalia, plants, books and weird boardgames – not only the things themselves, but down to the complimentary colour scheme. It’s rare to find such harmony…

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  • The Gallarelli Home

    What a house to resurrect a blog with! I’m back b*tches, and very happy to share this beautiful house with you. It’s nestled (estate agent speak) in the leafy suburb of Fernwood in Cape Town, but more importantly belongs to one of my favourite families, the Gallarellis. These guys are our chinas (SA speak for BFF’s) and we have spent…

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  • Decorating with Plants #3

    This post has been more interesting than most (read: damn hard). I’ve had my 7kg assistant strapped to my chest while moving pots and plants and trying to shoot while she wildly kicks her little legs and tries to grab anything she can reach. But the end result is very satisfying…and my tiny creative director agrees. Our home is looking…

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  • Wolf + Maiden

    The ridiculously good-looking Mr Blonde barstools have seats for your posterior thanks to the mad skills of the Wolf + Maiden team. Miss Moss and I visited their Woodstock studio a couple of months ago and it is a melting pot of energy, interesting people and beautiful things. Wade Skinner is a real firecracker who talks a mile-a-minute about his…

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  • Home Tour – Steph and Maryke

    My liefste sussie and her husband’s house in Joburg is so rad it deserves a new adjective…ongetasties (ongelooflik + fantasties). It’s in the heart of Houghton but the garden is so big you feel like you’re in a game lodge in the middle of Jozi. They bought the empty plot 5 years ago and finished building in August last year.…

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  • Decorating with plants # 2

    By now you know that I go a bit gaga over decorating with plants, it’s one of the most feel-good things you can do for your home and so easy… but I  know not everyone has my rad green fingers, so I’ll show you some ways to style with more armageddon-resistant-type plants, two of my favourites – succulents and air…

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