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.
‘Happy Content’ artwork by Kurt Pio
‘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.)
‘Skater Boy’ by Frank van Reenen and Zoo biscuit by Kristen Morkel at Design Kist.
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.
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!
A mahogany Peggy cabinet stores Rowan’s huge music collection
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
The Rosewood munka shelf is from Stokperd
Upstairs bathroom – cabinets were fitted by James Louw and fittings from Victorian Bathrooms.
And to end off…a view of the glorious table mountain, and Elvis’ butt!
Builder: Jorn Property Projects email@example.com
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
The Bannister Hotel – Braamfontein
Sir James van der Merwe Bar - Kramerville
Katy’s Palace Bar – Kramerville
The Radium Beer Hall – Louis Botha Ave
Priest Coffee Bar – Rosebank
The Turbine Art Fair - Newtown
Wyatt hair – 44 Stanley
My sister’s lovely home, which I blogged about here.
Constitution Hill – Braamfontein
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.
Painting in the entrance hall by Matthew Small
Dining room – painting by Matthew Hindley
The black and white chequered kitchen chairs are from Pezula interiors.
A cosy reading nook in the kitchen looks out over the vegetable garden.
Richard is a very talented cook and gets his fresh ingredients from the herb and vegetable garden right outside the kitchen.
The map wall-paper in Ethan’s room was taken from a National Geographic and printed by Smart Art.
The main bathroom – fittings from Victorian bathrooms
Tiles in the boy’s bathroom are from Quadrata
Architect: Justin Cook from Coop Architects
Builder: Barnes Brothers
Landscaping: Red Daffodil
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.
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.
The lighting throughout the house is from Lightworld (owned by Cara’s fater-in-law)
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.
The kitchen cupboards were designed by Cara – who has a big thing for mint green kitchens. Built and fitted by Easylife kitchens.
The girls’ bedroom, very polite in their demands.
The guest bathroom – where an original porthole window was cleverly turned into a mirror. The bath was salvaged from the original house.
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.
Cara’s office – the walls are clad in one of her own beautiful custom wallpapers. You can view the full range here.
Architect – Kobus van Schoor firstname.lastname@example.org (021) 434 9111
Interior designers – Karen Marsden and Lara Myerson
Builder – Ryno van Deventer 082 292 5406
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.
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.
The cushions below are called Sanddollar and Deserted, the latest range from Room 13 Collection, click here to find out more.
The cushions on the sofa are all from Room 13 Collection.
The black and copper light fitting is from Light World in Buitengracht Street, Cape Town.
Bedroom vanity from Space for Life
Shelves – Munka in rosewood from Stokperd
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.
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.
Shelving – by James Mudge and the wooden rocker was made by a recluse furniture maker that Sasha found in the mountains of Hokkaido.
Art: Paintings for Ants by Lorraine Loots
Bathroom: planters by Pedersen & Lennard
Red stool – a Milnerton Market find, revived with a fresh coat of red paint. Hexagonal tiles from Quadrata.
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.
Beloved Abbysinian cat, Molly loves to chill on the red Chicane cushions from the Room 13 Collection.
Leo – having fun with his black pebbles.
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
Dear Rae – Woodstock Foundry
Dear Rae – Woodstock Foundry
Selah – Woodstock Foundry
Stanley Beer Yard – JHB
Maboneng – Johannesburg
Maboneng – Johannesburg
Maboneng - Johannesburg
Blackanese sushi bar – Johannesburg
Mezzanine – Johannesburg
Ceramic Factory - Johannesburg
The Whippet - Johannesburg
Napier – Overberg
Granaat coffee shop – Laingsburg
Church hall – Prince Albert
Surfer’s corner – Muizenburg
Kalk Bay Co-op – Cape Town
My garden – Cape Town