The Blog

  • 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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  • The Jungalow

    I’m a little bit beside myself with excitement right now. My new website is finally live, and later today I’ll give birth to our long awaited daughter..the timing could not have been more profound. Sometimes you just have to sit back and marvel at how the world unfolds around you. But getting back to this beautiful home tour – I…

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  • Projects: Lounge makeover

    The lounge, like the kitchen is the heart of the home and if its not the kind of place where you want to put your feet up and spend a Saturday afternoon, then you’ve got problems. But don’t fear, Stokperd and Weylandts will give you all the tips and tricks you need to take your lounge from drab to fab…

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  • Projects: How to revive old furniture

    I’ve used the word ‘revive’ very tentatively, because in this instance it was more like a severe resuscitation. I found my dream office chair at the side of the road, it belonged to a car guard and the seat was so badly damaged that he covered it with a piece of cardboard to sit comfortably! When I offered to buy…

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  • Projects: Decorating with Plants

    Wowzers…getting settled into our new home has been a long ride for Jeremy and I.  It’s taken roughly 2 years from selling in Greenpoint, to searching for a house, finding it, buying it and finally renovating. Throw into that mix a year and a half of living with family and Jeremy breaking his ankle in the midst of the build…

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  • Visits: The Nice Company

    The word ‘artisan’ has been bandied about so many times of late, it really has lost much of it’s meaning. But then I meet someone like Cherylle Cowley and it makes sense again. A woman of many talents, she started her career in the advertising industry but eventually got tired of the game. Round about the same time (this was…

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