Stokperd Projects: Lounge makeover

Posted by on Oct 16, 2015 in Blog | No Comments

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 in a 7 easy steps.

Photography by Cindy Taylor

This lounge looks pretty tragic….

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STEP 1: STRIP! Start to eliminate items that are uninspiring until you are left with the bare essentials (we lost the yellow lamp, suitcases and bunny artwork). The sofa is in good condition and an animal skin is always a winner, so we can work with that.

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STEP 2: A signature lamp sheds good light and acts as a focal point in the room. Weylandts has a fantastic range of lighting, and we settled on the reader floor lamp in brass which is a real ‘piece’. A good throw can cover up any multitude of sins and is an inexpensive way to revive your sofa. Below is the hand knit cable throw.


STEP 3: My favourite secret weapon – cushions! Not only are these super comfy but add colour and texture to  your sofa. Make sure you stick within a colour palette, but choose interesting patterns and surface textures.


STEP 4: Green it up. Plants are always my go-to solution for brightening up any room. The colour and feel-good factor is hard to beat, plus you’re adding fresh oxygen to your space. Visit Stodels for a good selection of indoor plants.


STEP 5: Side tables or stools are handy for so many things – your wine glass, book, ipad, magazine, remote control…you get the idea, perfect side kicks for maxing and relaxing. We also added a round braided hemp rug to add texture to the floor…and layering rugs is a ‘thing’ now…so you might as well.


STEP 6: Decorate the wall. We added Mr White Rhino (cos you ain’t going to see him in the wild) and gorgeous copper geometric candle holders. And another plant to balance out the room.


STEP 7: Transformation complete!


STEP 8: High five yourself for a job well done : )



Stokperd Projects: How to revive old furniture

Posted by on Sep 8, 2015 in Blog | 5 Comments

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 it from him he looked at me as if I was high…and of course I was, seeing the potential that this beauty had made my heart go roola boola. After our R300 transaction I made a call to Stefan Frylinck at Space for Life and started plotting the make-over.

I’m sure you have an old chair or sofa that is just begging for a face lift, and the process is SO much more gratifying than simply buying a new one.

To help you on your creative journey – all Stokperd readers will get a 10% discount from Stefan Frylinck on a renovation project, and one lucky reader will win a free upholstery make-over and feature on the blog. Just go and like his instagram account here @stefanfrylinck

His and cell 081 741 2721. All photography by Cindy Taylor.

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The chair was completely taken apart and the wooden frame sanded down to its original beauty.

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We decided to replace the maroon pleather with soft oyster coloured leather.

Great places to shop for new fabric:

Skinny Laminx

Design Team

Woodheads (for leather)



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Stokperd Projects: Decorating with Plants

Posted by on Aug 6, 2015 in Blog, DIY | 5 Comments

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 and I’m surprised I’m alive to tell the tale! So now that I’ve earned my stripes in all things renovation related, I thought I would share some of my hard-earned tips with you in a new series called Stokerd Projects where I’ll feature everything from styling to renovating and everything that comes up in between!

Our first ‘how to’ is a collaboration with Stodels Nursery, and features a topic I never tire of, plants. It’s one of the easiest ways to decorate and ‘up’ the happiness levels in any room, and lets not forget the free amounts of oxygen  these guys give off. It will also brighten up the final stretch of Winter, bonus.

We used The Darth Vader fireplace in our bedroom as a guinea pig for a leafy makeover… all plants are from Stodels Nursery, I went to their Durbanville branch which has a huge selection of amazing plants – but you can find your nearest store here. Photography by the brilliant Cindy Taylor

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Looking far less intimidating below thanks to the bamboo palm R79.95 in a mini Ama Nice Nice missoni basket R240 from Design Afrika, asparagus fern R74.95 in a white planter from Stodels R54.95, phrenology vase R250 from Mr Chandler House, beaucarnea R99.95 in copper glazed planter R94.95 from Stodels.

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Some tips when styling your plants:

– make sure to choose plants with different leaf textures and colours

– choose different sizes/heights of plants, you don’t want them all to look the same

– same goes for the pots, stay in a colour scheme, but choose different sizes and textures

– don’t be afraid to go big!

– don’t forget to water them

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And another option..we added the water colour owl in the back from Peter Eastman, second from the left the sedum gold R39.95 in a white ribbed planter R109.95 from Stodels, schefflera R36.95 and on the far right the Nongo basket from Design Afrika R520

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And now added even bigger the left is an auruceria R449,95 in Porcupine basket from Design Afrika R790 and on the right the fiddle leaf fig R139.95 in teracotta pot R79.95 from Stodels

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Bathrooms are an excellent spot for plants, the moisture and light create a mini hothouse…steamy! Ferns thrive in these conditions, so I’ve used two nephrolepsis ferns R49.95 and a love palm  R69.95 in a range of terracotta pots from Stodels and I absolutely LOVE the white Aldus hanging planter from Ceramic Factory R699

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Below is a new addition to the Stokperd DIY range..the white stay brackets R160 for a set, they also come in black and solid wood.

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Delicious monster R69.95 in a glass pot from Mr Price home in Greenpoint, I hope they still have stock! The glass jar on the right is a Milnerton Flea Market find, filled with strelitzia leaves I cut from my garden. And that proud doggy in the middle belonged to Jeremy’s grandmother : )

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On the left is the Aldus Navy dipped carafe from Ceramic factory R220, and a fern from my garden. On the right is the sedum gold R39.95 in a white ribbed pot R109.95 both from Stodels.

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And the bare entry hall also needed some leafy love…

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The fiddle leaf fig R139.95 in the azalea 24cm terracotta pot R79.95 both from Stodels

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And finally…this rubber tree has completely transformed our kitchen R180 in a gorgeous Alph Missoni basket  R450 from Design Afrika.

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The Nice Company

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in Blog | No Comments

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 | No Comments


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.


Visits: Hoi P’loy

Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Blog | No Comments


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 | No Comments


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 | No Comments

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 | 2 Comments

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 | One Comment

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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