The Nice Company

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in Blog

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 18 years ago)  she tells me ‘I couldn’t find decent ice cream anywhere’ so she decided to make her own,  and that’s how The Nice Company started…hand-made small-batch ice cream that will send your face to heaven. As I donned my hairnet to have a look at the making process, they were experimenting with a batch of saffron and honey, but their tasty staples are classic flavours like raspberry & rose and apricot cheesecake.

Chatting with Cherylle she tells me some interesting stories about how her chocolates got wrapped in Helmut Starcke art…but says many times ‘don’t quote me’. So sorry, dear reader, but those facts will go with me to my grave.

She lives in converted horse stables in Tokai – a spacious light-filled interesting space…corners filled with heirlooms, art, and her beautiful prize-winning dogs Patrys and Fisant. Oh and this woman has heaps of style and warmth…imagine Grace Coddington’s elegance combined with the quirk of Yayoi Kusama. A potent combination. And she also makes some mean rosemary biscuits.

You can find Nice ice-cream and chocolates at The Blue Cafe, Giovanni’s, and Melissa’s

Photography: Cindy Taylor

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Visits: Peter Eastman

Posted by on Jun 10, 2015 in Blog

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It helps to have an artist in the family, especially when you have to choose paint colours for your house… or those times when you need an exquisite water colour of a barn owl.

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Visits: Hoi P’loy

Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Blog

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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.

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Visits: Clementina Ceramics

Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Blog

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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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.