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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The Fenner’s home

Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 in Blog, House Envy | No Comments

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

Avenue De L’Hermite

Posted by on May 30, 2014 in Blog, House Envy | No Comments

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


Nina and Sascha’s Home

Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 in Blog, House Envy | 2 Comments

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.


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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Teri and Duncan’s home

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

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

Builders – Faclier Brothers

Metal window and door frames – Metal Windows

Cath’s Tamboerskloof Renovation

Posted by on Dec 13, 2013 in Blog, House Envy | One Comment

Since we’ve started on our house-hunting mission I’ve been looking at houses like a hungry-blood-hound… wanting to sniff out the best suppliers in all the land for tiles, light fittings, chairs, everything. Enter Cath Crawford’s beautifully renovated home, she’s done a superb job in creating a light and airy retro-inspired space by doing a few clever face-lifts together with the help of Christo Interiors.

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The hat-rack is a clever DIY job that Cath made from vintage rulers – you could find similar ones at the Milnerton Market.

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The kitchen is the heart of this home, and leads out onto a gorgeous courtyard. I especially love the retro 70’s feel created with green and white linoleum tiles from Flor-store in Sea Point. The table is from Saks Corner and the chairs from Guideline Manufacturing

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The black pendant lights are from Light World.

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The metro tiles are from  Douglas Jones.

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Cath fell in love with the peppery taste and sunshine yellow packaging of the Prince Albert olive oil, and now get its posted over from the Badenhorst farm in sets of 10.

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The black and white mosaic tiles in the guest bathroom are from Pudlo and the metro tiles from Douglas Jones.

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The lush Ivy-clad courtyard that leads out from the kitchen feels like you’ve stepped out of the city and into the centre of a sleepy village.

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The outdoor table is a teak Lisbett from Stokperd.

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The front stoep with great views of the city.

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Sue & Brad’s Greenpoint home

Posted by on Sep 9, 2013 in Blog, House Envy | 2 Comments

My Greenpoint neighbour Sue is one of those people that I’ve always admired for her calm presence, easy sense of style and mad design skills. When we recently used her lounge and bedroom as location for the Lisbett & Lucky shoot I thought it was about time that I showcased the home of gorgeousness that she shares with husband Brad and beloved dog Khay. What I love most about this home is the effortless blend of vintage finds, art and family heirlooms that she puts together so artfully. I asked Sue to tell us more about the lovely pieces in each pic, so over to Sue:

The photograph of  Sea Point Pool on a sombre day was shot by Michael Meyersfeld. What a brilliant photographer – I’ve worked with him on many campaigns during my years in advertising:

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The Little Girl with her Dog is a R10 find from Milnerton Market, I love her so much that she now features on my business cards! The wooden sign is from a holiday in Mozambique – a guy was removing it from his shop and throwing it out, I am obsessed with handwritten typography – I had to have it – he gave it to me as a gift, I gave him my sarong I was wearing at the time. Still love it. The guitar is Brad’s.

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This chair belonged to my grandparents, it was recently re-upholstered with fabric from Silk & Cotton Co and the funny thing is that we discovered that the chair had been fixed previously with vinyl car seat covers (which looked like old VW Beetle seats!). The water colours are by Gabbi Raff.

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This is Khay: our beloved who turned 9 on the 9th of September!  She was found on the N2 just near Khayalitsha 9 years ago (hence her name given to her by my niece, Isabella). She was tiny, the size of a small loaf of bread, full of mange and fleas and totally dehydrated, but she miraculously survived and is now a huge part of our lives. She is an astonishingly well-loved pet, who pretty much knows she lives in this space.

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The ink drawings are by Lisa Brice and the oil painting is by an unknown artist, given to me by my friend Tanya – she knows how much I love a good ol’ landscape.

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This is our wall of inspiration! The paintings, drawings, photographs are all works done by family and friends – there is so much love on this wall. The photograph is of my parents, Dave and Joy and our families. Artists like Sue Williamson (I was Sue’s assistant for 2 years – it was my first job in the real world) My best friend Lisa Brice, my dad, Dave Stewart, my sister Ashley Probert, my funny friend Harry de Zitter, artist Dulcie Trop and sculpture by Donavan Ward, a precious gift from my clever art dealer cousin Paul McCabe. Ralf Bachuster shot the pic of Brad surfing – Brad’s true religion is surfing and kite surfing, and loads of memories sit on this wall : Ad awards too!

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In the kitchen: We finally got rid of our formica tops! What took us so long I have no idea. Genius carpenter, Colin Rock (an old friend of Brad’s) made our oak tops. This is a chopping board that he designed next to the stove – he did it using tiny blocks of oak glued together and then cut to fit the space. It’s a beauty!

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These are wedding gifts from Gorgina Franks and Lisa Brice (the little Russian doll is actually a stack of measuring cups – very clever design!)

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Ahhh the very well-used kitchen table, this has seen many a kitchen dinner for 2 or 4 or 6 people.
The plants thanks to you (Monya) when you came over to shoot! Still alive and being promised a place in the outside courtyard garden.

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Painting by Lisa Brice – I fell in love with this painting at her show at the Goodman Gallery Cape Town – just had to buy it!

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Brad had just proposed to me at Babylonstoren in Franschhoek (our special place). The next day we went to lunch at La Motte – they set up a section for kids to paint on these tiny easels. Brad challenged me to paint how I was feeling. There was a whole lot of love going on, so I painted the feeling of getting engaged. We then used the image on the right as our wedding invite 6 months later. Sigh!

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My wall of Lisa Brice’s – my genius friend who works from her studio in London. We have known each other and have been the best of friends from when we were 6 years old. The portrait of me was done by Lisa for my 21st birthday.

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I fell in love with this brass Springbok at the Milnerton Market, my friend Lisa decided to buy it for me as a ‘thank you’ for staying with us. My dad played rugby for South Africa in the 60’s – so it always reminds me of him.

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These old school lockers were found at the Community Chest Carnival when I first moved out of home, a real steal at R25 each. They have been painted 3 times to fit in with whichever room they are needed in. They now act as my shoe storage.
The beautiful mugs were recently given to Brad as a birthday gift from my good friend Carol Arnell in London (the illustrations are done by: Rory Dobner)

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The piece above the bed is called “Life” – given to me by Lisa Brice when I helped her with her show years and years ago – she experimented with different tones of white on white, so this was the piece that was the most layered in white paint. It is slowly peeling away – which I absolutely love – It’s the piece that is aging with us. As we now know, life is not always perfect. The headboard was also made by Lisa Brice (just beautifully made, the dots are copies of love-heart sweets so it says things like “You and I”, “Sweet Kiss”, “Heart Throb”, “Prefer me”)
And – our new linen from Weylandts – heaven on earth!

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The balcony gets used everyday, it’s where we get to look at the sea, the lighthouse and get a good feeling to start our day.

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Monya: I had to share this pic, I found it in Sue’s (Susan) “activity box” and when I took it out to shoot it, the thread was running down at exactly the point where the print began…no styling involved at all!  Thanks for sharing your beautiful home Susan, very cool of you!

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Steph & Maryke’s home

Posted by on Jun 13, 2013 in Blog, House Envy | 2 Comments

My sister is one of my favourite people on the planet. I think its because she knows what ‘kenko’ means and therefore totally gets me. She and her husband Steph were the spark behind my business – they commissioned the Sister table, which was my very first order! They share their apartment in Illovo with the little dude Ben, the squishiest bit of cuteness in the world. It’s sunny and has a huge avo tree outside the window, a rooftop deck & pool and cool art by Kentridge, Robert Hodgins, Cecil Skotnes and Walter Battiss.


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