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.

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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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Contacts:

Architect: MWP

Builder: Jorn Property Projects  propprojects@iafrica.com

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.

Anti Est, Braamfontein

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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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Oliver’s room

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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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Suppliers:

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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Suppliers:

Architect – Kobus van Schoor mantis@icon.co.za (021) 434 9111

Interior designers – Karen Marsden and Lara Myerson

Builder – Ryno van Deventer 082 292 5406

 

Nina and Sascha’s Home

Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 in Blog, House Envy

I love finding spaces that are a good reflection of the people they are inhabited by, and this retro-cool home is one of those. Nina van Reenen is creative director at Room 13 + Room 13 Collection and a fun-loving fellow afrikaanse meisie who I’ve laughed with many times over the years. Sascha Berolsky is the feisty portuguese guy who has done exceptionally well with iconic Cape Town restaurants Royale Eatery and El Burro. Their Greenpoint home is an artful combination of contradicting styles – pieces from local designers, family heirlooms, furniture and vintage toys found on travels around the world as well as second hand shop and market finds bought for a steal and renovated with a lick of paint. It all works beautifully in this happy home that they share with their two boys Leo and Sebastian and Molly the cat.

The dining room table below is from Gregor Jenkin and the retro chairs were traded for a fridge with the owner of their previous home.

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The artwork above the fireplace is by Paul Senyol and Warren Lewis and the clock in the bell jar belonged to Nina’s great-great grandfather.

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The cushions below are called Sanddollar and Deserted, the latest range from Room 13 Collection, click here to find out more. 

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The cushions on the sofa are all from Room 13 Collection.

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The art piece below is called “cry me a river” by Olaf Hajek and the blue cushion is an Ophelia Sky from the Room 13 Collection.

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The black and copper light fitting is from Light World in Buitengracht Street, Cape Town.

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Bedroom vanity from Space for Life

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Shelves –  Munka in rosewood from Stokperd

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Sebastian’s room – the crib was a lucky find from a second hand shop in Ysterplaat. Nina restored it with a coat of paint and wove new rope into the raillings, and also had a new mattress made. The cushions are from the Room 13 Collection – Monty range.

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Leo’s room – the gorgeous knitted patchwork blanket was made by his doting grandmother Vovo (grandmother in portuguese) and the “Stay Puft” man is from Sascha’s extensive vintage toy collection.

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Shelving – by James Mudge and the wooden rocker was made by a recluse furniture maker that Sasha found in the mountains of Hokkaido.

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Art: Paintings for Ants by Lorraine Loots

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Bathroom: planters by Pedersen & Lennard

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Red stool – a Milnerton Market find, revived with a fresh coat of red paint. Hexagonal tiles from Quadrata.

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This is the only part of the garden that was ready for the blog shoot, there’s an eco swimming pool and awesome vege-garden that I will have to show you in round two.

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Beloved Abbysinian cat, Molly loves to chill on the red Chicane cushions from the Room 13 Collection.

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Leo – having fun with his black pebbles.

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Some times…

Posted by on Mar 18, 2014 in Blog

I finally have an iphone…don’t know what took me so damn long!  And now I don’t know how I ever lived without it? How was it even possible to breathe in my dull un-instagrammed world?! I was such a luddite. But not anymore… here’s a collection of the things and places I’ve snapped over the past two months, if you like you like can follow me on instagram here.

Opus – Woodstock Foundry

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Dear Rae – Woodstock Foundry

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Selah – Woodstock Foundry

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Oranjezicht City Farm

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Stanley Beer Yard – JHB

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Maboneng – Johannesburg

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Blackanese sushi bar – Johannesburg

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Mezzanine – Johannesburg

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Ceramic Factory - Johannesburg

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The Whippet - Johannesburg

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Napier – Overberg

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Granaat coffee shop – Laingsburg

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Church hall – Prince Albert

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Surfer’s corner – Muizenburg

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Kalk Bay Co-op – Cape Town

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My garden – Cape Town

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Teri and Duncan’s home

Posted by on Feb 6, 2014 in Blog, House Envy

Teri and Duncan MacDuff’s Rondebosch home is so awesome it made my eyeballs quiver. It has all the stuff I like – a spacious indigenous garden with big trees, a pool with a “majestic” (estate agent speak) view of the mountain and an interior that’s been renovated to maximise on many, many rays of natural light. And with the recent addition of Riley to the family, they are one cool little gang.

Naked bulbs from Hoi P’loy

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Geometric Tiles at entrace hall – Quadrata

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The main bedroom walls are clad with Ash wood from Ticktin Timbers and the reading lights are from Space for Life

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Geometric bathroom tiles from Quadrata

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Shelf – rosewood munka from Stokperd

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Vanity and mirror in guest bathroom are both from Space for Life

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Shower tiles from Quadrata and brass shower head and fittings from John Brass

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Baby Riley’s cot – an antique heirloom from Teri’s mom

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Dining room table and wall unit by James Mudge ,and the cool retro chairs are from Saks Corner.

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The bright wooden rabbits were bought on their honeymoon trip – Terri says they didn’t make for easy transportation across Mexico!

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Retro dining room chairs from Space for Life

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Architect – Leah Johnson ldjohnson@gmail.com

Builders – Faclier Brothers

Metal window and door frames - Metal Windows

Home Inspiration

Posted by on Jan 27, 2014 in Blog

We’re still house hunting, it seems to be taking forever! But in the mean time, I am squirreling away references and ideas for when the big day comes…so for now I’m just daydreaming and looking forward to the smell of wet cement.

Lighting – Rothchild & Bickers 

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Fabric – very keen to re-upholster a tired looking chair with fabric from local designers Zana, love their range of simple geometric prints. I have already ordered this pouch to stave off my anticipation.

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Scatter cushions and wallpaper from Room 13‘s geo floral range

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Chairs – Line Klein

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Floors – Bo Bedre

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Art – by Olaf Hajek , Cry me a River

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Tiles – by Marrakech Design 

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