Visits: Hoi P’loy

Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Blog


Hoi P’loy is a love story that started in Bangkok. In 2009 Guy van der Walt was on holiday in Thailand, meant to last two weeks, when he met Ploy Phiromnam and decided to stay a little longer, freelancing in the background during his extended stay. They eventually moved back to Cape Town and decided their buying & advertising jobs were not quite as fulfilling as they needed them to be, and so they decided to rather ‘make things they liked’ and that was the start of Hoi P’loy.


Visits: Clementina Ceramics

Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Blog


Back in the day when I started my business Miss Moss designed my beautiful website in exchange for a Peggy unit (which she also photographed). Since then we’ve had many creative encounters along the way, but this new one excites the sheezniz out of me.

We’re combining our talents to bring you VISITS, a series of “looky sees” into the work and living spaces of talented South Africans. First up is Clementina van der Walt, a ceramicist and all round wonderful person. Photography by Miss Moss.


The White House

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in Blog, House Envy

Walking into Michael Ipp’s Bantry Bay home you can feel the crazy world shutting it’s mouth for a second. Without the noise of colour, the “White House” has an immediate calming effect. Like a clean white page, a theme that Mike has applied to the design of his home, as well as his award winning advertising agency Canvas. It  also helps that he has a background in architecture – a talent that came in handy when redesigning this space. 

But don’t be fooled into thinking that all the serenity means this guy is all serious and zen – Mike relies on life wisdom from Calvin and Hobbes, in particular a framed cartoon where Calvin admires his grass-stained knees and proudly proclaims that you have to to re-examine your life if your knees aren’t green by the end of the day. A motto which captures Mike’s playful attitude to life beautifully.

Photographs by Cindy Taylor.

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‘Happy Content’ artwork by Kurt Pio

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‘The Giant’ By Frank van Reenen (It’s called The Giant because when you look at it, it looks back up at you like you are a giant.)

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‘Skater Boy’ by Frank van Reenen and Zoo biscuit  by Kristen Morkel at Design Kist.

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Mike says “Calvin and hobbes are my heroes. So there was no way I was not going to find a place for them in the house. The timeless wisdom, the imagination that knows no bounds, his refusal to grow up- all great attributes. This one in particular, where he admires his grass-stained knees and proudly proclaims to having to re examine your life if your knees aren’t green by the end of the day, is a favourite; words to live by for sure”.

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Wade home tour

Posted by on Jan 18, 2015 in Blog, House Envy

There is something very special about small spaces – every square inch gets lived in, nothing is wasted and no surface is taken for granted. Brendan Wade (a colleague of mine at the Ideas Cartel) lives in a beautiful apartment with his husband on the slopes of Lion’s Head with incredible views of the city; only problem is that space is limited. So he commissioned me to make some more work surface available in his kitchen… and I must say the final result is pretty sexy – a copper frame with a black ash top.

Ps – also check out Brendan’s new summer rooftop pool and work space in de Waterkant Batstone Pool.

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Eva Home Tour

Posted by on Dec 1, 2014 in Blog, House Envy

The Eva family is delightful in so many ways – little Max is 15 months old and always ready with a smile, Karen is a pediatric surgeon (brainy as hell, obvs) and Rowan is an ad-man at Ogilvy by day, and also a phenomenon on social media with a killer instagram account and an avid runner – whose achievements always make me feel bad about still being in bed at 9am on a Saturday morning. Their beautiful Woodstock home is an original Victorian – filled with fun, quirk and a gigantic music collection. Enjoy!

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A mahogany Peggy cabinet stores Rowan’s huge music collection

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That 70’s home

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 in Blog

Being a product of the 70’s myself, I have a deep affinity for this strange decade. It seems like it was all hairspray, Brady Bunch and bell bottoms, and then I see this effing hot hot house on Design Files and I’m so in love I could cry. Enjoy! Photography by Eve Wilson. Read the full article here.















The Fenner’s home

Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 in Blog, House Envy

A ridiculously beautiful Victorian on the slopes of Tamboerskloof, over-looking the City Bowl and Table Mountain…and a front door that’s answered by a loving heavy breather…all my favourite things. Let me clarify my previous statement, heavy-breather = Elvis the bulldog of Andy and Nicole Fenner of Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants . All photos by Cindy Taylor.

The open plan kitchen and dining area is the stuff of foodie-dreams. Andy and Nicole designed this space around the two things that matter most – food and friends. The American Walnut kitchen unit was built by James Louw from JL joinery. The table is from a gem of a second hand shop in Somerset West called Odds and Ends, the chairs are from  Vamp and the bench is a Pedersen and Lennard.

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The exposed brick wall in the kitchen happened by chance – as the builders removed the plaster the beautiful old original bricks were exposed and it was decided to leave it as a feature wall behind the Morso fireplace.

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The lounge has an intact pressed ceiling, wooden floors and Megan coffee table from Stokperd. Light fittings in most of the home is from Hoi P’loy. Scatters from Room13Collection and Skinny la minx.

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The poster on the side table is from an annual food symposium held in Copenhagen.  Nicole explains that they were lucky enough to get tickets to this year’s show MAD4 so will have another poster to add to the collection.


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The two dogs are king of this castle, Nicole explains: Yep, the dogs are a huge part of our lives. We treat them like children rather than dogs, so they pretty much get to do whatever they like. Elvis the Bulldog is the baby of the family. Aggie is a rescue dog; we decided that Elvis needed a friend and got her from a very cool animal rescue centre called African Tails, they rescue dogs and cats and place them in foster homes until they find proper homes. She is named after Agnes – the little girl in ‘Despicable Me’.


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The bath was an original piece in the house. The Fenner’s had it refurbished by Mend a Bath – they offer a brilliant service by collecting your bath, you choose a colour and you have it back within a week.

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The Rosewood munka shelf is from Stokperd

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Upstairs bathroom – cabinets were fitted by James Louw and fittings from Victorian Bathrooms.

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And to end off…a view of the glorious table mountain, and Elvis’ butt!

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Architect: MWP

Builder: Jorn Property Projects

Another Jozi visit

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014 in Blog, Cool Getaways

I’m always energised by a visit to Johannesburg, a vibrant-energetic city that is always changing, and always so welcoming. Some highlights from my recent trip was the Turbine Art Fair in Newtown, and a visit to Constitution Hill, home of the Constitutional Court and Old Fort Prison. All pics are from my Instagram feed.

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The Bannister Hotel – Braamfontein

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Sir James van der Merwe Bar – Kramerville

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Katy’s Palace Bar – Kramerville

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The Radium Beer Hall – Louis Botha Ave

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Priest Coffee Bar – Rosebank

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The Turbine Art Fair – Newtown

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Wyatt hair – 44 Stanley

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My sister’s lovely home, which I blogged about here.

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Constitution Hill – Braamfontein

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Not pictured but worth a visit – Perron for excellent Mexican and a massage at En Masse in Illovo to soothe your tired muscles.

Alma Road – Rosebank

Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 in Blog

Richard and Antoinette Bell live in the most exquisitely renovated Victorian in Rosebank (our new neighbourhood, whooop! But I will share more about that later).

The story behind this beauty is that it was built around 1890, a farmer who owned the land built two identical houses for his daughters, and he really must have loved them because these homes are large and gorgeous and no expense was spared, you’ll see what I mean – I am only featuring one of them. What I love about houses built in this era is the craftsmanship – thick walls, intricately tiled floors, pressed ceilings, beautiful fireplaces, solid wooden floors, wrap around verandas and and this one has a killer view of table mountain thrown in.

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Painting in the entrance hall by Matthew Small

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Dining room – painting by Matthew Hindley

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The black and white chequered kitchen chairs are from Pezula interiors.

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A cosy reading nook in the kitchen looks out over the vegetable garden.

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Richard is a very talented cook and gets his fresh ingredients from the herb and vegetable garden right outside the kitchen.

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The map wall-paper in Ethan’s room was taken from a National Geographic and printed by Smart Art.

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The main bathroom – fittings from Victorian bathrooms

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Tiles in the boy’s bathroom are from Quadrata

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Architect: Justin Cook from Coop Architects

Builder: Barnes Brothers

Landscaping: Red Daffodil

Avenue De L’Hermite

Posted by on May 30, 2014 in Blog, House Envy

I can completely relate to someone who buys a house because it has a big avo tree in the back garden. It also helps that the house is a 1920’s beauty on the slopes of Fresnaye with a view of Lion’s Head and the sea. Score on every level right? It took Cara Saven and her family 3 years of searching to find this gem, and once they did, it turned out the previous owner was a good friend of her family, a very fortuitous find. With the help of architect Kobus van Schoor and her interior designer friends Karen Marsden and Lara Myerson they pretty much gutted the cramped interior to create an open, airy living space.

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Artwork above by Claudia Gurwitz and many of the retro pieces were found at the Milnerton Market. The original wooden floors were sanded and re-sealed.

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Cara – a photographer and designer of beautiful custom wallpaper, found the CNC template below on the rubbish heap outside her printer’s office, rescued it and hung it on the wall.

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The lighting throughout the house is from Lightworld (owned by Cara’s fater-in-law)

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The previous owners left behind quite a few of their original retro pieces, like the kitchen table and chairs. The white cement floors are by Stucco Italiano.

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The kitchen cupboards were designed by Cara – who has a big thing for mint green kitchens. Built and fitted by Easylife kitchens.

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The girls’ bedroom, very polite in their demands.

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The guest bathroom – where an original porthole window was cleverly turned into a mirror. The bath was salvaged from the original house.

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A clever feature suggested by Cara’s interior designer was to create “extra-length” doors, by extending the door frames and adding an extra half a door to the existing door.



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Cara’s office – the walls are clad in one of her own beautiful custom wallpapers. You can view the full range here.

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Architect – Kobus van Schoor (021) 434 9111

Interior designers – Karen Marsden and Lara Myerson

Builder – Ryno van Deventer 082 292 5406