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My idea of decorating is framing some nice travel pics, popping them up on the wall accompanied with some inherited artworks or even some from my painting days (loosely translated as the ‘when I had free time days’). It’s not that I don’t have an eye for decor and design; I like to think I do. And I can’t use money as an excuse because, let’s face it, with the ridiculous amount of decor shows on TV these days, affordable tips are readily available. I could also blame time, but that’s everyone’s excuse. However, there is one reason I am reluctant to reveal, which is definitely getting in the way of my inner decorating guru trying to release herself … The truth is I’m a terrible hoarder. Shock! Gasp! Horror! Yes, my name is Nicky and I am a pack rat. Yes, shameful in this day and age when the focus is on decluttering one’s life and lifestyle … becoming yin and exploring yang. It’s not that I’m messy, not at all; it’s just that I can’t let go. And I mean not just my high-school yearbook collection: I’m talking about tennis trophies from age 12, a rose from my first teen romance which today looks more like a giant mothball. I have kept every diary I’ve written from age 12 and I have every love letter ever given to me. I also keep most birthday cards just in case, one day, usually never, I will recycle them and get arty with a home-made card. I keep shoes that no longer have heels because they are seriously hot, and I’m guilty, like most women, of keeping clothes that just don’t fit anymore (one day, one day). I accidentally began collecting elephants – ‘accidentally’ because, if you look around my apartment, you will see a suspicious amount of elephant figurines, bookends and candles that have appeared over the years. I’m loathe to throw away old candle glasses in the event I one day take a candle-making class, and I have a vast collection of books, even really, really, really bad ones, that I just can’t bring myself to give away. I keep old batteries in case of an emergency, and buttons for the same reason. I

Revealing my skeletons have a ribbon and wrapping paper drawer (surely I’m too young?) and I keep every gift bag ever bestowed on me. I have an old cowboy hat and Indian headdress just in case there is another Cowboys and Indian party, as well as bright purple eyeshadow because you just never know when you may need it. I have blinds that don’t fit any of the windows in my house (I may move) and empty pot plants waiting for the day I actually buy seeds. I have an unopened bottle of garish green liquor from a holiday in Greece in 2002 taking up space in my booze cupboard and don’t even get me started on my bathroom cabinets … I will take your silence to be comradeship rather than complete and utter shock. And although some may think I am a great candidate for a home makeover show, I’m sure there are others who are secretly nodding in unison, knowing the powers of an old holey varsity jumper in the bottom of the cupboard. And so in closing … I have realised that redecorating any floor, wall or ceiling in my home just cannot happen … Because, frankly, my dear … there just isn’t any space. Maybe I will dig into my five-years-old-and-still-goingstrong collection of decor mags in the corner of the living room for some inspiration.

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BIG city style

When gorgeous, funky homeware is available in KZN, it’s easy to fall in love


he brand-new

created a showroom that is a

brand currently featured and

dinnerware range by Simon


bright white space, clean scrubbed

for which Nooreen has the sole

Stevens as well as his prep and

showroom in Durban’s

and minimalist, with playful pops

distribution rights for Africa is the

kitchenware range, Tripod. There’s

Currie Road is as

of colour and humour. White

internationally adored Loveramics.

also the woodlands-inspired A Curious Toile by Tracy Hollins,

walls, ceilings and white laminate

through Milan or a coffee in Paris.

flooring create a stark starter

is distributed across the world

the ‘plugged-or-unplugged’

And with its Manhattan skyline

palette that is invigorated by

and prides itself on innovative

Range for stacking and storage by

and quirky furnishings, you’d be

natural American walnut shelving

ceramic tableware that combines

What’s That, fine bone china by

easily forgiven for thinking you’d

and both clear and mirrored

good design with aesthetic

Lee Chi Wing of Milk Design; and

just landed in one of those slick

Perspex display stands.

craftsmanship, practicality and

Seed by Lorenzo Scazziga.

fashion capitals across the pond.

Astroturf ottomans, a bright

space-saving innovations for

‘I love doing this as I know

yellow Pac-Man shelf and

urban living. Loveramics hosts

it’s adding new life to the KZN

trade, stylist Nooreen Sarkhot’s

voluminous canisters of candy and

ranges from award-winning

market,’ says Nooreen. For those

showroom features a selection of

gum add their own bursts of zest

guest designers from around

who are not in the trade, Nooreen

her specially imported homeware

and wit. Not to mention the need

the world, and the displays in

will be holding open days – if you

and some of her personal designs.

for some serious willpower.

the Compositions showroom

make it onto her list.

In addition to a number of

include cheeky, dinky espresso

Kirsten Crafford, the owner of

ogle-worthy smalls from different

cups, beautifully proportioned

the Design Group, Nooreen has

design houses, the largest

salad sets, the ER-GO ergonomic

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Targeted mainly at the Words André Fiore Photographs Sally Chance

Founded in 1963, Loveramics

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Together with interior designer

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HOT PLATE Caturra Coffee Company MD


personifies the

A beverage with bite, naughty nibbles and after-dark temptations

taste’. We talk

Laid-back style

to him about his

Bar, also in Durban’s Silvervause Centre, offers locals a chilled spot to grab a meal, with or

love for coffee,

without the family, read a paper, settle round a backgammon set, or simply meet at the bar.

catchphrase ‘A lifestyle with

and Caturra’s eco-friendly practices.

Q When did your passion for coffee begin? I’ve been a coffee lover for the past

Owned by the husband-wife team from Café 1999, the recently opened Unity Brasserie and

Open from lunch till late, and great for after theatre, too, this possie is a burger, pasta, prego-roll and curry joint that prides itself on serving locally produced, wholesome grub made from hormone-free free-range meats and chicken and organic veggies. And there’s draught on tap. +27 (0)31 201 3470

35 years, but the real passion started when I came to Cape Town and got into the coffee business.

Q What inspired you to create Caturra Coffee Company?

When the company started, two consumer avenues were appealing, the HoReCa (hotel/restaurant/café) market and the retail sector. The start- up involved discussions with traders, hoteliers and restaurant managers, researching existing products and then determining the idea for the first range of coffee. From there, the purchase of all necessary roasting equipment and tools was relatively quick. When I look back, I hadn’t really thought that the industry of coffee production could be so complex.

Q Describe the best cup of Caturra coffee.

Naughty and nice

To add a little mystery to their already intriguing cheeses, La Petite France has just launched a cheeky foursome. The Naked Fig Preserve, made with local green figs and

That’s very difficult. Coffee is like wine.

superb with cheese, now has a partner in the Purple Fig Preserve, concocted from sweet

It is very much dependent on individual

imported Turkish figs. And while the Red Hot Chilli Jam is as feisty as its name suggests,

taste. The way we roast and create our

the Rose Petal Syrup is at its best when swirled on the inside of a glass of bubbly for that

blends is our secret and the key to our

perfect pink sheen and subtle hint of rose. All natural, organic, and free of colourants and

success. Our East African Estate Range

preservatives, these are just the goodies to whip out when you’re after a little X-factor.

is something special: we’ve gone the

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route of selecting top coffee estates in various East African countries, and we

Q What goes into green manufacturing?

Once bitten … Do it the South African way with

We use only top-grade green coffee

Green Mamba. This ready-to-drink

beans from at least 12 countries, and we

mix of cane and cream soda offers a

visit expos and coffee shows to keep

refreshing combo of sweetness and

up with the latest developments and

bite. Now available in KZN in bottles

stay a step ahead of the market. I feel

or cans, Green Mamba is great served

it was a logical step for Laskas to want

ice cold as you sport your colours.

to combine their innovative approach

towards green packaging solutions with our products. +27 (0)21 593 1199,

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Design innovations to egg you on

Designer greetings

Here’s a way to take a little designer glam home for you or as a gift,


without blowing your budget on a brand-new frock. This newly

of Pigs Can

launched range of gift bags,

Fly Interiors shares her decor ideas and

notepads and greeting cards sports

tells us exactly why porkers can fly.

images from Durban designer

Q Tell us about your decorating services.

Terrence Bray’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection, ‘Cambodia in my Backyard’. For those who want more, watch this space, as soft furnishings

I do not do wallpaper. Pigs Can Fly

and wallpaper will follow. Available from

Interiors specialises in a paint technique

select Dis-Chem, Exclusive Books

service where we paint wallpaper- type

and independent bookstores

patterns onto walls. It is not the same

nationally. +27 (0)31 764 2295,

as stencilling or wallpaper. Apart

from being unique and beautiful, this technique is affordable and delivers durable results. In SA, this service is exclusive to Pigs Can Fly Interiors.

Q Your business has an unusual name …

Crack the nod

The Big Green Egg has just hit our shores, and it’s the last braai

‘When pigs fly’ is a way of saying that

you’ll ever buy, say the guys in the know. This is because it offers

something is not going to happen.

unmatched cooking flexibility (space-age ceramics and double-wall

Potential clients think, ‘I will never be

construction make it durable, versatile, fuel efficient and rust free) and

able to afford wallpaper or similar for

is available in three sizes, and there are heaps of great ‘eggcessories’ to

my home or business.’ But my company

choose from. The Big Green Egg allows for almost exact control of cooking

says, ‘Yes, you can have the beauty of

temperatures from 80ºC to 400ºC, works like an oven for pizza and breads,

wallpaper at less than half the price.’

as well as a smoker and griller. It comes with a lifetime warranty on ceramic

Q What inspires you?

parts and is available nationwide. +27 (0)31 502 4043,

I am inspired to bring something beautiful into a home that is not necessarily decorated on a designer budget.

Q What is your most popular pattern?

I offer a range of patterns. However, clients still love the classic damask look. It is timeless, elegant and suits most homes. A home’s interior should match the architecture. There are so many people staying in Tuscan-style homes that the damask pattern is perfect.

Q Other innovations? In addition to patterns with a matt finish, I now also offer a metallic finish, which gives texture to a room or area and creates interest. +27 (0)82 418 6767 Turn to our Walls, Floors & Ceilings feature for an example of Marilize’s stunning decor technique.

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Tongue in seat

The Tongue, designed by Pierre Paulin for Dutch furniture brand Artifort, is now available to the South African market through Limeline Interiors. We think it’s a delicious addition to any lounge. +27 (0)21 424 8682,



A pert perch

Peace River Trading Company has just unveiled its new range of sofas, interior accessories, lamps and scatter cushions, for those who want to get a head start on their Christmas shopping. We absolutely adore the Jenna Couch, which may be a bit extravagant as a gift but would make the perfect Christmas party perch. +27 (0)21 421 1910,

Bellini on tap The latest from sanitaryware

range of design-led taps, mixers

Glamour from the past

and spouts. Not only are they

has been around so long it’s become a landmark.

feats of designer style, but they

But new shipments arrive frequently, making this

are also designed to ensure the

a great place to rummage for fine treasures from

efficient consumption of water

the past. Dealing mainly in Victorian and Georgian

through the use of aerators, which

English and French furniture, Roger England also

dramatically reduce the flow of

offers specialist restoration services which include

water but not the water pressure.

French polishing and upholstery as well as delicate

+27 (0)21 534 1357,

veneer and inlay work. This Victorian Ebony &

manufacturer Bellini is the Piovana Collection, a premium

Roger England Antiques in Durban’s Argyle Road

Ormolu credenza (above), circa 1850, is a fine example of what’s up for grabs. +27 (0)31 303 1626,

Compiled by André Fiore and Genevieve Fischer Marilize Botha interview by Catherine Riley

Up the wall

While all walls have an edge, Durban’s Greg Tennant is whamming them with the cool factor with his own special take on the über-trendy art of wall decor. His ÜbaNice Wall Graphics is a collection of original, removable vinyl designs offering an easy DIY and cost-effective alternative to wallpaper or paint treatments. And making local very lekker, Greg has over 30 young South African designers on his team. Designs are available on the ÜbaNice website, or you can check them out at Shaves Paint and Decor. +27 (0)76 713 3226,

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Bespoke pampering, high fashion, high-tech and natural highs. STYLE ON TARGET American men’s clothing brand Arrow has recently launched its Summer 2011 range to the South African market. Inspired by a


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A CUT ABOVE Bespoke Hair in Florida Road is a salon with a difference. ‘We want to provide personal service,’ say the owners, Donald

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And it always helps to be able to feast on

There’s plenty of room to be beautiful

other gorgeous things too, such as the

at Total Skin and Body. This new salon

electric blue snakeskin wall, the chunky art deco cabinet, the broad-beamed

in Stamford Hill Road has eight rooms dedicated to grooming and hair. In addition

blanched wooden floors and zany graffiti,

to the extensive menu of manis, pedis,

chic industrial lighting and the reclaimed

facials, waxes and wraps, it also specialises

scaffolding that makes up the workstations.

in endermologie (non-surgical, painless

And just to make sure you emerge looking

treatment of cellulite) peels and laser. With

like a prince or princess (yup, Donald has done Charlene’s hair, too) there’s the Bespoke Beauty division where everything from nails to knots can be sorted at the

trained therapists and great specials and packages – get on their mailing list – you’ll have no need to ever have a bad-body day again. +27 (0)31 303 7175



Wimdu is a new travel sensation taking the world by storm. The online marketplace

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your room, apartment or house for free and invite a fellow explorer to visit. The website

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encourages the exchange of information and the rating of properties. Plus, there is a

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24-hour hotline available to hosts and guests. +27 (0)21 300 9812,

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Optimizing your assets

WELL KNOWN HOLIDAY RESORT ON THE BANKS OF HARTBEESPOORTDAM WITH 4KM WATERFRONT - NEXT TO PECANWOOD! In Liquidation: Eagle Waters Property Developments (Pty) Ltd Master’s Reference: T1094/11



Liquidation Auction of approved Residential development Land - Kosmos Portion 38 and 160 of the Farm De Rust 478 JQ Approved for township establishment “Kosmos Villas” with 57 residential stands of various zoning on both portions. Location of this farm close to the dam is ideal for Holiday Accommodation or a retirement Village.

Eagle Waters Wild Life Resort (formally known as Oberon) Investment opportunity of a lifetime! Fully operating holiday resort on the Hartbeespoortdam Waterfront Web: 1034 web with massive development potential!! Extent: ± 233,0897 ha Entrance complex: 3 guard houses, office, covered walkways, storeroom, garages, carports, laundry, ablutions and cloakrooms. Recreational complex: ablutions and 2 ironing rooms, kitchen with ablutions, 2 lapas, storeroom and swimming pool. Chalets: 9 chalets; 6x4 sleepers and 3x6 sleepers, braai facilities and swimming pool are close to the chalets. Domestic Quarters: 22 domestic rooms, storeroom, male and female ablution blocks. Staff houses: 3 houses each with 3 bedrooms, bathroom, guest toilet, open plan lounge/dining room, kitchen, scullery, laundry, pantry, garage, domestic room and facilities. Camping grounds complex & cottage: 21 electrical points thus 84 camp sites, various ablution blocks, kitchen with sinks and ironing rooms, lapas, boma, braai facilities, swimming pool and cottage consisting of an open plan bedroom and kitchenette, bathroom, covered patio and swimming pool. Lapa, restaurant, tented camp & stable complex: Restaurant, bar, offices, ablutions, storerooms, and large covered area with flat metal IBR extension and stage. Stables, 2 circular horse paddocks, tented accommodation; 1x6 sleeper and 1x2 sleeper. (partially complete) Club house: Partially complete Backpacker: Partially complete School camp complex: Dining hall, kitchen, hall, reception and covered patio, 2 ablution blocks, 12 blocks for student accommodation, thatch lapa and swimming pool. (partially complete) Dwelling house complex: 4 blocks each with 2 dwelling units consisting of 2 bedrooms, bathroom and lounge/kitchenette, each block has a storeroom used as a bedroom. Loose standing dwelling with 3 bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen and lounge. School: classrooms, library, computer room, hall, ablution facilities and more. House - Mountain side: 3 bedrooms, bathroom, 2 living areas and more. Auctioneer’s note: This property was rated by local government as the “most valuable property” in South Africa. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity!








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Let your fashion accessory tell you who’s calling. One of the coolest gadgets out, the Ladies Bluetooth Fashion Bracelet pairs with your cellphone and vibrates when you receive a call, even when your phone’s buried in your handbag. Made from smooth, durable plastic with soft gel padding underneath, the stylish black-and-white cuff is designed to fit your wrist comfortably. The handy gizmo has a caller ID display, allowing you to either take or reject any call at the touch of a button on the bracelet.

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MTN Amashova Durban Classic, 16 October

Picnic baskets can be ordered

Starting in Pietermaritzburg and

demos and children’s activities

ending in Durban at the Moses

will be part of the fun outing.

Mabhida Stadium, the MTN

+27 (0)79 493 4975,

Amashova Durban Classic follows

Fun 38km ride, starting at Hillcrest

Good Health & Wellness Expo 2011, 28–29 October

High School, is also taking place.

Join the expected 4 000 visitors

Costs depend on the race and date

at Docklands Hotel at Durban’s

of entry. +27 (0)31 312 8896,

Point Waterfront, where the focus

will be on health and well-being.

Comrades Marathon, although the shorter Tribune Amashova Family

15th Poetry Africa, 17–22 October

About 30 exhibitors, among them

Patel of Kenya (pictured above), Jaap Blonk of the Netherlands,

Go2Natural Expo, 21–22 October

Niyi Osundare of Nigeria, and South Africa’s own Gabeba

Spend a day at the Litchi

instructors and health industry

Baderoon and Sandile Dikeni, will be participating in the

Orchard in Salt Rock and visit

representatives, will be there

15th Poetry Africa International Poetry Festival, hosted by

the Go2Natural Expo 2011.

to help you live a healthier life.

the Centre for Creative Arts at the University of KwaZulu-

Explore a wide variety of eco-

Highlights include eye testing,

Natal. The week- long programme will include performances,

friendly, natural, organic and

voluntary blood check-ups and

readings, music, and book launches, and will take place at the

sustainable products and

healthy snack samples from the

Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre and other venues in and around

innovative ideas to support and

food stands. Entry is R20 for

the city. There will also be a schools poetry competition.

maintain a healthier, cleaner

adults and R15 for pensioners and

+27 (0)31 260 2506,

and greener lifestyle for you

students. Children under 12 are

and your family. Entry is free.

free. +27 (0)72 910 9378

A line-up of top local and international poets, such as Shailja

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An interesting landscape of rocks, boulders, indigenous vegetation and a lion’s head form the backyard of this special property Words Nicky Manson Photographs courtesy Jamie Thom

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estled in the lower reaches of the Mpumalanga escarpment, where the bushveld meets the lowveld, is a property so perfectly situated that it could have escaped from a fairy tale. The area does indeed enjoy a literary connection, thanks to Sir Percy Fitzpatrick, who worked on a supply route through the lowveld: umSisi House is within the Jock of the Bushveld Conservancy, on that original road. The tale of umSisi House, named after the sacred coral trees, or , which are indigenous to the area, is an enduring love story filled with intense passion and dedicated hard work. Two English adventurers met on their travels, fell in love and decided to plant their roots in the lowveld region. Amanda and Paddy Bond Gunning’s search for an African farmhouse to call their home was a long one, but nine years later their journey ended, right where it had begun, in the blissful lowveld, just 15 minutes away from the Kruger National Park. The original farmhouse on the property was simple, yet its views and gardens were unsurpassable. It was the perfect property for the couple to refurbish and turn into their dream home. The roof needed to be replaced, the interiors opened up, the ceiling height extended, the floors redone, the walls replastered, the windows and doors replaced, the foundations extended by 100m2, the kitchen and bathrooms improved, and the fittings upgraded. So this wasn’t just a revamp; it was a refurbishment on a rather grand

scale. Or so it was believed. Until the existing walls crumbled away when work began and the owners suddenly found themselves tackling a rebuild from the foundations up. Fortunately, Amanda and Paddy knew what they wanted from the get-go, and with the help of a local architect and a large, enthusiastic team of local labourers, their vision was fulfilled in seven months, and their African farmhouse was revealed. While umSisi House is their home, it’s also a luxurious, five- star country house which they run according to the maxim, ‘At home in Africa’. Here they offer a bespoke African experience to private groups looking for all the comforts of home when away on their travels. ‘It’s all about quality time in an “at home” holiday environment where people can explore the area and do as they please and then return to the comfort of their African home,’ says Paddy. Although the building is referred to as a ‘typical lowveld farmhouse’, the exterior of the house is actually quite grand, a vision of whitewashed walls and a striking red roof. A sweeping staircase greets you from the driveway and romantically pulls your eyes towards the front door which sits under the cool shade of a beautiful old flame tree, one of the many existing trees around which the house was designed. Amanda and Paddy tried to source as many of the building materials as they could locally, but certain standout features had to be found elsewhere, such as the glass balustrades around the veranda, which could only be found in Cape Town, and the bright red

roofing material, which came from Joburg because, Amanda explains, ‘the colour was just unavailable in the lowveld’. While the exterior is certainly different now from its previous look, the footprint of the old farmhouse remains and bits of it were incorporated into the rebuilt home, so much so that the old owners frequently pop by to visit. The house is made up of a collection of entertainment rooms, with an open-plan kitchen, breakfast bar and dining room flowing through to a large living room with an inviting fireplace. There is also an intimate TV room which houses a massive leather sofa that’s big enough for the whole family, as well as a floor-to-ceiling library and a small media room with internet access. The rooms are all tastefully decorated with furniture and artefacts made from local woods, leather, African textiles and all sorts of wonderful curios collected on the couple’s travels. The main living room opens up onto a large, L-shaped, covered veranda.This space is home to further dining and chill-out areas, which include a built-in Jetmaster braai and reveal panoramic views of the majestic Legogote Mountain, known locally as ‘Lion’s Head – the Sentinel of the Lowveld’. Under Legogote and along the ridge in front of umSisi House lies the African village of Masoyi, where at night the twinkling, low- density lights resemble a Christmas scene. Closer to home there are views of manicured gardens, magnificent boulders and an inviting

‘Our objective with umSisi House is to provide our guests with quality time in a space where they feel comfortable and can call their own. umSisi is about the small touches, and guests will be intrigued by the many special pieces positioned throughout the farmhouse’

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Opening page A front view of umSisi House where it sits in the shade of a flame tree and overlooks the inviting pool area. Opposite, bottom umSisi house was carefully built around the garden’s existing trees, and the owners have lovingly created a tree trail for the lowveld flora enthusiast. This page, top A wonderful open-plan kitchen and dining area with its unique collection of African curios. Bottom The stylish and comfortable veranda allows for stunning, unparalleled views at dusk of Legogote Mountain and surrounds.

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Clockwise from top The self-catering cottage nestles discreetly in its leafy surrounds, offering privacy and serenity; when the umSisi tree, from which the house takes its name, is in bloom, it creates an exquisite canopy of red; views of the majestic lowveld from the cottage’s deck.

swimming pool area. The views from the veranda are equally enjoyable, thanks to the glass balustrades, which have taken the place of walls and invite the outside into the farmhouse. Of the four bedrooms, three host guests, and all are en suite. Sophisticated and luxurious finishes can be seen throughout, and simple colonial paddle fans fight off the lowveld heat. Style and comfort are the name of the game, and all of the bedrooms boast inspiring views of the lowveld landscape. Amanda and Paddy’s rooms have a private entrance with adjoining office, a dressing room that serves as a bedroom for their spoilt, but adorable, boxers, and a small courtyard. There are a further two guest bedrooms, which share a double shower room, in the charming self-catering cottage.

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An important colour scheme running throughout the property is red, emulating the umSisi trees’ distinctive flowers and lucky beans. Accents of red have been carefully placed throughout the house in the form of red oven gloves, a red papier mâché hippo, red antique railway lanterns and even a red chopping board. A closer look will reveal red lucky beans creatively placed about the rooms.‘Our objective with umSisi House is to provide our guests with quality time in a space where they feel comfortable and can call their own. umSisi is about the small touches, and guests will be intrigued by the many special pieces positioned throughout the farmhouse,’ says Amanda. ‘Everything has been considered,’ she adds, ‘even complete wheelchair access.’

One of the most endearing and interesting aspects of the farmhouse are the African curios dotted around. Nothing is randomly selected and each piece tells a story about Amanda and Paddy’s extensive African travels. The couple are responsible for the entire property’s decor and interiors. umSisi House is best described as ‘classic English meets contemporary African chic with an international flair to meet the expectations of a well-travelled clientele’. Another striking feature of the farmhouse is the wide passageway that leads you to the bedrooms. Steeped in natural light thanks to discreet skylights, the hallway resembles a private art gallery and is home to a number of framed photographs and drawings by the talented duo. Handmade wooden shelves were

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specially designed and made locally to adorn the walls and are filled with more souvenirs from the owners’ travels. If the house causes you to sit awhile and relax, then the garden will have you sitting a while longer in wonder: umSisi House is situated on a slope and behind the property is an extraordinary landscape of smooth rocks juxtaposed against pointy cacti. Among the scattered rocks and boulders lie intricate, predominantly indigenous, plants that provide bursts of colour against the landscape. Even the Jacuzzi moulds into its surroundings thanks to its wooden cladding and begs you to take a dip. The property extends a further 40ha into the lowveld; 10km worth of hiking trails have been lovingly carved out for the more energetic guests.  Add to this a garden tree trail and an impressive veggie

Top The main living area exudes warmth and comfort, and opens onto the expansive veranda. Centre left Plush bedrooms make guests feel ‘at home in Africa’. Bottom left The picturesque rock garden at the back of umSisi House.

patch and it’s clear that nature has found a home at umSisi House, too. The house is also impressively green and features solar geysers, rainwater collection tanks, freshwater springs, an indigenous forest and a worm farm, and runs a recycling programme. As  a small water feature bubbles in the background, baby olive woodpeckers sing for their food. The umSisi trees are in full bloom, creating a blaze of red against the blue sky of the lowveld.  And as the sun lingers, its rays lazily crawling down the mountainside like a weary traveller, you are wrapped in the warm embrace of Legogote Mountain, and you’d be forgiven for thinking you’re in paradise. +27 (0)13 750 1520,

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All-round greatness

Sphere’s practical interior design solutions will thrill you.


etail and interior design specialists, Sphere Design & Architecture, have done it all, from clothing stores, jewellery stores and office interiors to hairdressing salons, gyms, restaurants, coffee shops and exhibition stands, to name a few. The firm’s experience in supplying a full interior design service for over a decade adds value to any retail or business venture. Back this up with its practical solutions, knowledge of materials and advice on current trends, and you are in good hands. Sphere also has an architectural division, supplying a full service to the residential and commercial markets. Private homes, housing developments, office blocks and retail malls all form

part of Sphere’s diverse portfolio. Talk about all-rounders! Some of their latest interior projects include the new John Dory’s concept stores, Carol Clarke, Lee, Gloria Jeans Coffees, beachfront hotel interiors and numerous office interiors. When tackling any interior design project, Sphere emphasises design solutions that are creatively unique and an extension of the overall vision of the respective brand or business. Solutions also need to be achievable within the required budget, and Sphere’s methods of project structures and management assist greatly in ensuring a smooth and stress-free process. From concept to completion, Sphere will make it happen.



othing was compromised and not a single corner was cut in the meticulous design and construction of this sensational Zimbali home. With the owner’s passion for perfection and getting things right, no detail was spared. ‘I wasn’t in a hurry,’ comments the owner quietly on the three-year building process, ‘so we took it step by step, as we try make whatever we do unique.’ And unique this home most certainly is. Every item of furniture has been custom made, the attention to detail extraordinary. Showcasing the splendour of this home, the front door and surrounding panelling, a vast  3m × 8m masterpiece, was designed by Chisel Design Studio and carved by hand by Coppola and Son – a seven month labour of  love, just this. Carrying this ageold Italian craftsmanship throughout the home, their beautifully designed and intricately carved wood panelling, doors and doorframes, inset ceilings and bespoke furniture intrigue at every turn. ‘My 80-year-old father carved the walnut dining table too, and the mahogany

staircase, turning each individual baluster and the magnificent arching balustrade, by hand,’ explains Nadio Coppola. The grandeur of the stairway is indeed dazzling and leads to the top floor, where three bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and a lounge offer every luxury. The master bedroom boasts a king-size bed, custom designed and hand carved in deep mahogany, and an onyx-lined bathroom with heated towel rails and his and hers self-close toilets. On the ground floor, besides another bedroom, the living areas paved in travertine, offer spacious room for entertainment, a rim-flow pool and, with stackable doors opening completely when the weather suits, and an indoor/ outdoor grill area. Adjoining this space is the kitchen, featuring Star Galaxy granite countertops, cupboards and drawers of marine plywood –

like every drawer in the house, these, too, are selfclosing – a Hydroboil tap system, a teppanyaki grill and, found on a trip to India, the kitchen table top with marble inlays echoing those in the Taj Mahal. The convergent scullery is home base to the central vacuum system and the C-Bus home automation system. Down yet another storey (there’s a lift for those who don’t want to walk) there’s a gym, a six-car garage, two sumptuous suites for live-in domestic help, and a 70m2 cinema. Seating 14 in huge reclining suede-style chairs, this room boasts a 3m ×  1,5m screen, a high-definition Panasonic projector, total soundproofing and a refreshment bar complete with a popcorn and Slush Puppy station. While the glamour in this home is unmistakable – Swarovski crystal chandeliers throughout, a 92-piece, 24-carat gold plated handcrafted cutlery set – there is an overriding sense of relaxation and welcome. ‘We like guests to enjoy and do as they please here,’ say the gentle owners – and there is no doubt that they do!

Time and patience have conjured a home even grander than its spellbinding parts Words André Fiore Photographs Grant Pitcher

Limelight Design, +27 (0)11 788 9577

In particular Above Limelight Design is a Johannesburg-based designer and manufacturer of bespoke chandeliers. Limelight Design can create custom works of chandelier art of any magnitude on request. It can design the perfect pieces to suit space and taste. All its pieces are designed and manufactured locally by its dedicated and skilled craftspeople. Limelight Design will take you on a journey to explore the world of crystal and its virtually limitless uses.

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Agent Profile Sally Edlmann, the accredited agent, from Tyson Properties Zimbali, is a seasoned, professional businesswoman with over 12 years’ experience within the property industry. She has had the privilege of working with clients in the UK, Europe and South Africa with diverse portfolios, including the City of London’s financial district, coastal golf developments in Spain, commercial and residential property developments in South Africa and, in particular, her accreditation to Zimbali Coastal Resort. A fully qualified estate agent, Sally completed her FET Certificate Real Estate NQF Level 4, achieving a result of 95%. Her passion for property is evident from her commitment to matching buyers to properties and her attention to fulfilling her clients’ mandates. In her leisure time, Sally takes pleasure in playing a round of golf, and when she is feeling more energetic, she enjoys competing in a variety of sporting events, and has completed the London Marathon, the Cape Argus Cycle Tour, as well as various canoeing races. Sally went to Epworth School, Pietermaritzburg and studied at Durban University (UKZN). Tyson Properties Zimbali has been awarded the sole mandate for this beautiful home. Bruno Seidl & Associates, +27 (0)83 626 1130

Above left Bruno Seidl and his team received a clear briefing from their client. However, in certain areas the design was limited due to the specific guidelines given by Tongaat Hulett. The firm has a wealth of experience in residential, commercial and hospital design. Bottom left Since 1985, the award-winning Sun Paving has been servicing KwaZulu-Natal. Projects include roads in Zimbali and the Durban beachfront. For this home, cobble to match the stone cladding was used. Opposite, bottom right Handles throughout the home were supplied by Handles Inc., Umhlanga. The handles chosen by the client were selected from the exclusive range of Besana cabinet handles from Italy.

Sun Paving, +27 (0)31 705 5123

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Chisel Design Studio, +27 (0)83 994 9614


Below Franke Kitchen Systems installed the Zip HydroTap with Franke Rondo Prep Bowl. The Franke Zip HydroTap with five-micron filter system removes impurities but leaves essential fluoride, giving you healthy boiling or chilled water instantly. It is up to 40% more energy efficient than a kettle, while a safety lock keeps it cool to the touch. Bottom left Chisel Design Studio’s passion for design and attention to detail covers a broad range of design styles, from cutting-edge concepts to an eye for classical proportions.

Franke Kitchen Systems, 0861 372 653

Handles Inc., +27 (0)31 584 6649

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ON SHOW Professionals list Aesthetics Shutters and Blinds – Authorised Durban dealer for American Shutters +27 (0)31 303 2364, Bruno Seidl & Associates, Architects +27 (0)83 626 1130, Chisel Design Studio – Interior Design +27 (0)83 994 9614,, Coppola and Son – Wooden Balustrades 0861 222 525, Franke Kitchen Systems – Zip HydroTap Distribution and Installation 0861 372 653,, Handles Inc. – Cabinet Handles +27 (0)31 584 6649,, Limelight Design – Chandelier +27 (0)11 788 9577,, Sally Edlmann, Tyson Properties Zimbali – Estate Agent +27 (0)79 773 6431,, Sun Paving – Paving +27 (0)31 705 5123,, Vacuflo – Central Vacuum Systems +27 (0)84 556 4409, Top left American Shutters added contemporary style to this home supplying Normandy shutters in red mahogany from its new ‘secret tilt’ range. The tilt operation is hidden within the frame of the shutter creating shutters with beautiful clean lines. Bottom right Established in 1964, Coppola and Son, a familyowned business, has produced the highest-quality workmanship, completing many exclusive projects. Coppla and Son’s experience, quality and knowledge in the field of hand-carved wood is unparalleled. Bottom left VacuFlo ducted vacuum systems offer the ultimate in cleaning power. A true cyclonic system without a filter bag that might clog-up. Allergies will be terminated and indoor air AMERICAN shutters 0860 748 8837

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Strong BONES

Words Genevieve Fisher

Together, walls, floors and ceilings form the skeleton of any home. We show you how to flesh them out in style


n addition to their primary function of providing structure for a building, walls, floors and ceilings have the potential to define the character of your home. Using textured wallpaper, laying floating vinyl floorboards and installing interesting ceiling mouldings are just a few of the trendy decor techniques you can use to add some life to your home.




Main Pergo Gold Quality Expression Stone in glazed metallic stone, Barrow Flooring. Inset, left Ceiling installation, Upper Edge Products. Middle Feature wall with pink flower wallpaper, Smart Art. Right FSC-certified Oak Ona Greymist Rustic flooring, Oggie Hardwood Flooring.

Suppliers list … Barrow Flooring, +27 (0)11 444 8500,; Bathroom Bizzare, 0861 555 000,; Bestwood Flooring, +27 (0)21 465 1035,; Caesarstone,; Douglas Jones, 0861 667 242,; Dulux South Africa, +27 (0)11 861 1000,; Dynamic Artistic Solutions, 0860 103 385,; Finfloor, 0860 346 356,; Floorworx, 0860 346 679,; NMC Decorative Mouldings, +27 (0)21 551 2640,; Oggie Hardwood Flooring, +27 (0)21 510 2846,; Pigs Can Fly Interiors, +27 (0)82 418 6767; Plascon, 0860 204 060,; Pressed Ceilings, +27 (0)11 728 9512,; Smart Art, +27 (0)21 447 0872,; Upper Edge Products, +27 (0)11 865 2847,; Wall Design, +27 (0)11 704 9780,

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9 Caesarstone 2012 Collection mood board in shiitake, Caesarstone. 2FSCcertified Oak Herringbone, Oggie Hardwood Flooring. 3Marmoleum floor, Floorworx. 4Walnut whitewashed flooring, Bestwood Flooring. 5Pergo Gold Expression Tile, Barrow Flooring. 6Woodline Parquetry swatches, Finfloor. 7Caesarstone in Raven, Caesarstone. 8Faux wood porcelain tiles, Bathroom Bizarre. 9Vinyl flooring in retro red and pink, Smart Art. 1


Well grounded

THERESA VENTER, Marketing Director, Floorworx

‘Once again, hard surfaces – hardwood floors, ceramic tiles and laminate – are dominating the residential flooring options. Laminate floors have taken over the floor-covering market with the practical benefits of being durable, hard wearing and beautiful. Wooden floors continue to add old-world elegance, but with a new twist, moving more towards distressed planks, broader widths, and the introduction of exotic woods. Now more than ever, it’s easy for the average homeowner to make environmentally friendly choices when it comes to home flooring products. Linoleum is the original environmentally friendly floor covering, and Marmoleum is available in a wide selection of colours and patterns and is suitable for any decorating solution. Another trend that’s on the rise is luxury vinyl planks, which are manufactured from virgin PVC, have a tough wear layer and a more robust backing system than standard vinyl sheets. They are also soft and comfortable underfoot and offer the look of natural surfaces, such as stone, ceramic tiles and hardwood. An extension of these are floating vinyl floor planks, which have become very popular, as they employ new technology that doesn’t require an adhesive for installation, thus allowing for a wider area to be fitted in less time. These planks can be easily removed and reinstalled, not to mention that they are 100% recyclable, are environmentally friendly, have no VOCs and are antibacterial.’

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Pressed ceiling designs and centrepiece rose, Pressed Ceilings. 2Decorative cornices, ceiling roses and tiles, Dynamic Artistic Solutions. Installed ceiling against pop art panorama, NMC Decorative Mouldings. 4Installed ceiling tiles in study, Upper Edge.




LANCE PORTER, Sales and Marketing Manager, NMC Decorative Mouldings

‘Today, homeowners are looking to mix and match the old with the modern – old ideas translated into new formats by reconsidering form, texture and shape. Plain ceilings have become dated, and new ideas are available to create interest on ceilings and in the areas where they meet the walls. A major trend we’re seeing is decorative ceilings incorporating lighting, for instance, smooth, seamless, Rhinolite flushplastered ceilings with LED downlighters or star lights. Modern cornices with straight lines are currently a favourite in modern homes, particularly to create round-the-room lighting experiences. The trend of using light troughs or light shields to border a room with indirect light is also on the rise. Classical centre ceiling roses are being used very effectively with modern chandeliers. When it comes to structure and design, bulkheads and dropped ceilings are popular for creating a three-dimensional look. Ceiling dado moulding strips can also be used to create visually appealing detail in both colour and form and to break up a ceiling, giving it extra character. Decorative ceiling tiles are not only trendy, but also their application is becoming more and more fuss free. You can create a three-dimensional effect in both texture and form with decorative tiles bringing the ceiling alive – it’s the best way to modernise dated ceilings. The technology employed in these tiles makes them lightweight, unbreakable and an insulant, with the added benefit of no fuss or mess in their installation. Styrene mouldings have become the norm in the building industry today, replacing the plaster and gypsum-based products.’

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Handpainted Gardenia Grey design, Pigs Can Fly Interiors. 2Gardens of Amsterdam wallpaper by BN Wallcoverings, Wall Design. 3Plascon Colour Forecast 2012 mood board, Plascon. 4Floral wall mosaic, Douglas Jones. 5Gardens of Amsterdam wallpaper by BN Wallcoverings, Wall Design. 6Wall and floors in Caesarstone Concetto’s White Quartz, Caesarstone. 7New York skyline on canvas, Smart Art.


The writing’s on the wall

SONICA BUCKSTEG, Colour Expert, Dulux South Africa

‘There is a growing need to retreat and connect with nature. We see this reflected in the blurring of boundaries between interior and exterior. For instance, lounges are increasingly being designed to open out onto large patios. So, nature – earth, wood, water, stone, fauna and flora – is the inspiration for walls. The juxtaposition of natural materials and textures is very trendy, from the rougher, more unfinished stone-clad walls to combinations of smooth, refined wood and metal. These surfaces are honed to reveal the intrinsic beauty of the material. Cool, elegant neutrals remain the popular choice for broad walls in the home. Combined with either luxurious, warm camels and blushing coral are nuances of forged steel, polished concrete and anodised aluminium, wood, copper and oiled leathers. We are also seeing neutrals being offset by bolder colours inspired by an industrial look or bright colours inspired by florals and birds. Aside from paint, interesting plaster techniques created from combinations of steel, wood and stone inlays make for unusual coverings. Trendy wallpapers range from florals to monotone backgrounds with boldly coloured geometric shapes and patterns and wallcoverings that create fun optical illusions. When it comes to technical applications and features, there is definitely a move towards easier applications with less mess, and low-odour solutions. Eco-friendly products are on the rise. There is also a big focus on paint products’ being designed for rooms with specific requirements, such as the kitchen and bathroom, where the products need to be steam resistant, grease proof, anti-mould and anti-fungal for high-moisture areas.’

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We chat to the creatives and specialists in walls, floors and ceilings

Photographs Val Adamson

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BARROW FLOORING Colleen George, Customer Relations Tell us about yourself and your products/services. Barrow Flooring is one of the leading suppliers of flooring, laminate and engineered timber alike, namely, Pergo, Universal and Magnum. Our laminate range, Pergo, ranges from timeless oaks and radiant, rich woods to ceramic and stone finishes. We also have included vinyl in our new range. Our new, longer board size makes installations quicker and gives you the feel of real timber planks. Our engineered ranges, Universal and Magnum, also boast a wide range of exotic timbers: brushed and limewashed, just to name a few. What’s trending in your field? South Africa is usually conservative, but is leaning more and more towards European trends, which makes it easier to sell our range. The current trend seems to be the whitewashed/greyish look – even black – for floors. The trend is also moving towards the longer-formatted boards with a bevelled edge. Your best-selling product? Our best-selling product would have to be the Pergo Living Expression long plank with a fourway bevel, if it’s the natural look and feel you’re looking for. Our best-sellers in the engineered range would be the new Universal Monet range.

EVA-LAST (EVA-TECH WPC) Nathan Chapman, Director Tell us about yourself and your products. Eva-tech wood plastic composite, or WPC, is part of the world’s fastest-growing material market. It’s an extremely lowmaintenance material that can be used for decking, flooring, cladding – just about anything typically made from wood. But, unlike wood, it never needs to be treated, and is eco-friendly. What are the biggest trends in your industry? Green building is finally becoming a priority worldwide. People want products that are locally produced, reliable and will benefit the environment, like WPC. Eva-tech is a proudly SA product, but it’s developed with proven German and American technology that uses recycled raw materials to provide an alternative to timber. Name your company’s topselling product? Eva-tech goes through extensive testing to ensure its colour and strength will last with virtually no maintenance and is backed by one of the industry’s most comprehensive warranties. Given a ‘carte blanche’ design brief and a generous budget, describe your fantasy project. I would love to use Eva-tech in an environmentally conscious game reserve, something that could showcase SA’s incredible wildlife and green policy.



Guy Hammond, Owner

Haidee Kramer, Director

Tell us about yourself and your products and services. Hammond Timbers manufactures and supplies solid and engineered timber flooring and mouldings to the top-floor services in KZN. Our word-ofmouth reputation has resulted in exponential growth over the past five years. We work closely with architects, builders, developers and designers. What’s trending in your field? Kiaat and African mahogany are leading the trend in the dark woods, with Ash and Oak the favourites for lighter timber flooring. Engineered flooring is becoming very popular, especially in conjunction with Rubio Monocoat oils, which offer a wide range of colours for interior and exterior application. These oils are suitable for all wooden finishes – rafters, sidings, decks and interior flooring – giving a previously difficult-toachieve blend in overall design, inside and out. Your best-selling product? We custom make any skirting profile for the same price as the standard ubiquitous range. This is very popular, especially among designers. Engineered Oak flooring is becoming bigger, and Kiaat and Mahogany solid flooring are always big sellers. We are also doing more custommade staircases.

Tell us about yourself and products. After 21 years with Home Fabrics, I am still passionate about this industry and feel privileged to be able to work in a field that is so creative, exciting and ever changing. The company distributes furnishing fabrics and wallcoverings, and we are proud to have some of the world’s leading brands in our portfolio. What are the biggest trends in your industry? After many years of offering cutting-edge furnishing fabrics, we are delighted to be able to bring a vast array of gorgeous wallcoverings to the market. This trend is fast gaining momentum in SA and around the world. Name your company’s top selling product. In the wallpaper sector we have a brand from Holland called Eijffinger, which is proving to be a real winner with its diversity of exciting products and innovative concepts. Given a ‘carte blanche’ design brief and a generous budget, describe your fantasy project. I fancy being the client and having the opportunity of redesigning my home without any budgetary restraints.

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Ashlea Lay, Owner

Les Dedekind, Partner

Trevor Spencer, KZN Manager

Tell us about yourself and your products and services. I’ve been doing paint technique professionally since 2000 and bought a House of Paint franchise in 2006. We became a multi-stockist in 2010, trading as Decor8. I’m pleased to announce that we’re trading again as House of Paint, Hillcrest, and that our store will be stocking a wider range of products, including hardware. What’s trending in your field? Black, whites, greys and silver are very popular. Depending on the room, an accent colour is often used. Your best-selling product? The Deco range, manufactured by Chemspec. We also stock products for automotive, industrial, wood finishes, cementitious, roof and waterproofing. Your fantasy project? I think I’m one of the lucky ones: I get to overcome a new challenge daily! I love helping people to achieve their desired paint finish or colour. We formulate new colours every day. The other day someone came in and gave us a piece of her purple hair – we matched the colour! On Sunday I managed to achieve a rust finish using a combination of artist oils and Deco Paint and scumble glaze. It looks better than rust itself. The ultimate would be to paint for a king!

Tell us about your yourself and your products and services. We are based in Forest Hills and do installation and finishing of hardwood floors and staircases as well as restoration of existing wooden flooring. We work with all types of natural solid wood and base the materials that we use on customer requirements and the best possible quality, never on cost. We do sprung floors, sports floors, dance floors, gyms, residential and commercial, using all installation methods. We cover most of KZN and guarantee our work. What’s trending in your field? People are trying to go green, and to this effect we do as much reclaimed flooring as we can. We also use water-based sealants and other products wherever possible. We are finding that engineered board flooring is becoming popular, and some of its advantages are the range of different timbers and colours available as well as their stability and the fact that they are factory finished. Which areas do you service? Most of our work is high-end residential flooring in estates such as Zimbali, Mount Edgecombe, Simbithi and Cotswold Downs. Your fantasy project? The same as anyone out there … My own house!

Tell us about yourself, your products and services. NMC has just celebrated its 10th birthday in KZN. We are a service-orientated company dealing in a Belgian product that offers top-of-the-range closed-cell polystyrene products, such as cornices, skirtings and exterior mouldings. What’s trending in your field? There has been a shift to modern architecture and also the subtle blend of modern and ‘old’. Lots of open spaces and exposed roof trusses are very refreshing. The current trend of renovating instead of building has shown amazing creativity and innovation with fantastic results. One thing that is timeless is the transformation that something as simple as a cornice can bring to a room, classic or modern. Your best-selling product? Cornices are our biggest seller, and we have a wide range of square, modern profiles, with new profiles regularly being released from Belgium, in line with current design trends. Your fantasy project? The most exciting thing for me is when architects or developers use our products in their own home, as this is the ultimate validation – and I’m happy to say this happens regularly.

Tell us about yourself and your products. After five years in the paint industry, I joined Nouwens Carpets as the marketing manager. Our carpets are known for their quality and craftsmanship and keeping up with trends. What’s trending in your field? trends in flooring are texture and natural products. Consumers and specifiers alike want unique materials, colours and finishes to make their project something special. People are increasingly aware of the benefits of using natural products, like wool, which come with insulation properties and luxury second to none. Your best-selling product? Our big sellers include our flatweave range, Nouwens Copenhagen: it’s 100% wool and has an SABS use-class rating of five – the best in class. It is ideal for homes or offices, but still has all the luxury and longevity of wool. Traditional cut-pile carpets, such as Nouwens Chenille and Nouwens Twistyle, remain popular: the 100% polyester pile; comfortable, but stain resistant, and colours are constantly updated to keep up with international trends. Describe your fantasy project. The Wool Project has been successfull internationally, purely around innovation in wool, its luxurious finish, unique multifaceted nature, built-in dirt resistance and comfortable insulation in all climates.

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Tell us about yourself and your products and services. Performance Painting has been in operation for the last 20 years, and we offer a broad range of painting services across the residential, commercial and industrial sectors. We regularly work all the way from ’Toti to Hillcrest to Ballito. We’re members of the MBA, the Institute of Paint Contractors, and deal very closely with Plascon, Dulux and House of Paint. We take pride in our work and in the company and also do work for most of the dominant property management companies in KZN. What’s trending in your field? The green trend is here to stay, and we’re looking forward to the growth in the innovative product development in this area. Feature walls are also currently big. Your best-selling product? The quality of our work is our greatest strength, and we take great pride in this. We are also well known for our advice on colours and colour choices. Your fantasy project? To repaint Disney Land – and I’d have to get my kids to help on this one!


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here I was, sitting up a tree, waiting my turn to drive the truck. I’d found a sun-bleached copy of an old Cosmo mag, and was flicking through their Top Ten Cool Careers list. Ad Exec sounded good, and hey, what about Interior Designer as runner-up?’ Grant Webster wasn’t the first young army recruit to feel the pressure of picking a career as his conscription neared its end. Thing is, Grant had fled to the army after trying out his first career choice: ‘I loved model aeroplanes, so Aeronautical Engineer it was. The closest course at the time was BSc Mechanical Engineering.’ The year was an unmitigated disaster, and when that door shut loudly, even the army looked attractive. Grant’s military stint, too, came to an abrupt end when conscription was reduced to a single year, mid-year. He returned to the Top Ten list, and consulted with both technikon department heads: ‘Something struck a chord with Design, and I thought, Okay, I’ll be a designer. It took a year, and I was totally absorbed by it. It was very technical, and I’d always understood space and dimensions. My brain works in 3-D.’ Grant was the design department’s candidate for the prestigious Emma Smith

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DESIGN bursary,  and by third year he’d opened a design business with a fellow student a year ahead of him: ‘African Image Company. I’d work, go to tech, work, go to tech … It was a crazy time.We had a little office in the stair lobby of a house in Ridge Road owned by a guy who produced wrought-iron work.We designed the wrought iron in lieu of rent.’  Wonderfully, the duo won the project to renovate the Robertsons Spices’ building:  ‘We did it with calculators and tape measures. No computers or even a typewriter. We handwrote everything, and a freelance typist put it onto our letterhead.’ Good times, then bad, and African Image Company parted ways. For Grant’s 25th birthday, his sister gave him a registered business: Fahrenheit Design. He shrugs. ‘I just liked the name. Everybody struggles to spell it – even I had to check out the spelling on the perfume bottle in Edgars. No Google then …’ Fahrenheit Design ran on a similarly threadbare shoestring to the previous company: ‘No, I had no clients. I had a one-and-a-half-bedroom flat, and a secretary. I rose at dawn daily to tidy the bedroom before she arrived for work, ’cause the half room was off the bedroom.’ And the work? The one-man-band sigh: ‘You take anything. Everything.’ And the business limped along with calculators, a wing and a prayer. Grant was offered a place in a design company in London – ironically with his previous business partner – so, weary of the uphill battle of the solo artist, he packed for greener pastures. But months later, the process was still incomplete, and he decided to stay in Durban: ‘My business was worth nothing, so if it was going to go under, it would go under big. A version of “Go big, or go bust”.’ Not surprisingly, he went big because, for Grant, this turning point was not about staying here, but about viewing himself differently. He just stopped worrying about losing the business or about being a success: ‘When I lost the fear, the business took off.  We went from 2 to 22 staff in a couple of years.’ Was there a client who put him on the map? ‘No, I don’t think so. I just changed my mindset. I stopped doing what everybody wanted, and started telling them what they should be doing. That’s how we ended up with some significant clients.’ Having said that, Grant acknowledges Hassan Mall as the first person in his community to entrust him with a major project, and this was the impetus to Grant’s deeper understanding of Muslim culture. He’s completed innumerable projects since, from entire upmarket residential apartment blocks for individual owners to nightclubs to 30 shops at Gateway Theatre of Shopping. His favourite work? Hotels. Why? A grin. ‘It’s a home with no resident client. You get to do bedrooms, lounges, bars, dining rooms … No client taste. It’s my taste – all of it.’ ‘That doesn’t mean residential clients are harder to work with,’ says Grant, and he’s not kidding when he says he lectures them.They’re likely to get a version of,‘You can have it two ways. Either what your friends

have, and probably what you expect, or what I want to do, and you’ll get something extraordinary.’ But there’s a caveat to the latter: ‘You can’t panic halfway, and hold me back, because your job will be a disaster. Halfway through the work, you won’t understand what I’m trying to do. Let it go the whole way, and trust me that only when all the puzzle pieces start to fit together – about two months before completion – you’ll understand what I’m doing.’ Some do, some don’t, but Grant knows those who do will always get the better job. So, do his clients have any say in terms of decor? ‘I’m not talking decor; I’m talking design,’ says Grant. ‘That’s the non-negotiable bit. Give me your architect’s plans before you’ve laid the first brick, and let me look at them. I’ll plan the house, source the tiles, furniture, everything … pull it all together and, if necessary, commission a painting for your house.’ A grin. ‘We’ve hired domestic workers, put a liveconcert DVD into the machine, and filled the fridge, too.We’ve done an R8-million house where I met the client when he gave me the job, and only once again when I gave him the keys.’ Grant is adamant: ‘There are no coincidences in my interiors. Everything is by design: a mirror will be bevelled to refract light and make patterns on a particular surface; tiles will run in a particular direction to draw the eye towards something. Almost everything is customised, and you will never ever see a repeat in any of my other projects.’ When Grant talks commercial work, it’s always about the intention: ‘Designing a fast-food venue where you don’t want people to linger any longer than half an hour needs an entirely different visual and functional approach to a single-sitting, fine-dining experience.’ But no matter what, for Grant, ‘you have to start right at the beginning of the project – I can’t make the most of an interior if it’s already half done.’ A request for decor trends doesn’t sit well with him: ‘I’m always asked this, and actually, I’m disinterested. I love grey, and before anybody says I only use grey, there are probably about  400 shades of it. I love dirty colours, can’t abide primaries, and I’m not good with white. If you want to talk trends, then talk about big drivers, like technology. Home automation can have a price tag of R1  million, as opposed to taps and baths, which come in at R200  000, so it’s imperative that I know all about that aspect of design. Technological advances make a massive difference to high-end design.’ To date, Fahrenheit Design has completed over a thousand projects,  from London to Umhlanga, Uganda to Angola, where they’re currently looking at a project of over 50 hotels. Is Grant stressed by the magnitude of this venture? Not at all.  A wide grin. ‘I’ve been doing this for 18 years now, and I’m no longer scared of anything. In fact, I’m probably having fun for the very first time.’ +27 (0)31 312 3335,

Opening page Grant’s design journey begins, evolves and ends on site. This page, top to bottom A plush guest bedroom at Coastlands four-star hotel, Umhlanga; a commercial interior with a strong sense of movement to the design; a clever collaboration of fine detail in this warm, stylish home in Glenashley; Fahrenheit Design is responsible for most of the bright and bold signature interiors of Primi Xpress. Opposite, clockwise from top left Coastlands hotel: the dramatic main atrium, the triple-volume entrance over reception, and a warm twist to the decor of the sophisticated Saffron Restaurant; Grant’s trademark is detailed customisation of almost everything, as seen in this private apartment at Cape St Francis Resort.

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‘We’ve hired domestic workers, put a live-concert DVD into the machine, and filled the fridge, too. We’ve done an R8-million house where I met the client when he gave me the job, and only once again when I gave him the keys’

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Are we there yet?

Holidays. We don’t only love them – we also need them. But what about the country’s holiday home investment market? Where are the new hotspots, and why are they popular? Words Anne Schauffer


he economy’s depressed, and so are a fair number of property investors who either overextended themselves or aren’t enjoying their envisaged returns. Like the entire property market, the holiday home market has taken a knock, and effectively a nastier one because, says Dieter Deppisch, head of  Property Data Research at the South African Property Transfer Guide, ‘these properties are deemed non-primary homes, and recovery of the buy-to-let and leisure market sectors of the market has been significantly slower’. But there will always be those for whom a holiday home is an integral part of their lives. Andreas  Wassenaar, principal of Seeff Dolphin Coast in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), says, ‘Zimbali and Simbithi alone, without even considering the popular sectional title holiday homes of  Ballito or the freehold properties of Salt Rock and Sheffield Beach, accounted for R860  million in trade for the period of 1 January 2010 to 30 August 2011 – evidence that holiday homes in KZN are finding buyers.’ If you

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own a beach house, it comes with a number of issues, from security concerns when it’s semi-dormant for most of the year to the rising cost of rates, electricity, and water. On the flip side, says Fiona Crago of Fiona Crago Real Estate, the rising costs of owning a home in a gated estate and the stringent homeowners associations’ rules are nudging would-be buyers back into the freestanding-home market. Holiday homes  were predominantly beach cottages strung along the warm waters of the KZN coastline, and owned, rented or let out by the landlocked. Families flocked to the sea, and it made good sense then to own your own property, or at least syndicate it among family and friends. Today a great deal of that holiday and investment market, particularly, but by no means exclusively, the international sector, is heading to the more cosmopolitan glam of the Cape coastline. So, other than our bank balances, what’s changed in terms of where we holiday and why? Clearly,  local is lekker, and even more so when you have to bring on the good times for an entire family. But it’s not just about cost – there’s a massive upsurge

in the number of people wanting to explore their own vast and varied terrain, and there’s a wealth of glorious holiday options from coast to coast. The serenity of the Agulhas/Struisbaai/Arniston region, for example, is gaining traction in the market, thanks to natural attractions, such as Agulhas National Park, De Mond estuary and De Hoop Nature Reserve, the longest uninterrupted beach in the southern hemisphere, warmer waters than those further west, and associated activities, including whale-watching, offshore and deep-sea fishing, says Johan Roodt, spokesperson for Langezandt Fishermen’s V   illage. This year has seen homes in the R5-million to R10-million bracket being built at Langezandt as it begins to rival places such as Hermanus, Arniston and Knsyna. Of course, the traditional hotspots – Clifton, Plett, Hermanus, Langebaan, Umhlanga, Zinkwazi, George and Knysna, will always hold their value and appeal. But there’s been a shift in mindset. Over the past decade, we’ve all been hit by the accelerated pace of life, the limited leisure time together, and the stresses of everything from traffic to the onslaught of easy


Opposite and this page, top right Homes in Langezandt Fisherman’s Village go for as much as R10 million. This page, top and bottom left Beach cottage in Vermaaklikheid priced in the R30 millions, available through Pam Golding Properties. Bottom right Holiday home in Dullstroom, available through Rawlinson & Hoff Estate Agents.

communication, and this has moulded a new leisure market that seeks the road less travelled – and balks at it being tarred. Add to that the 4 × 4 as standard family vehicle, the relative affordability of holidaying, or indeed buying, in little towns off the beaten track, the charm of renting or buying a cottage with fewer mod cons but more nature, more wildlife and simpler pursuits, and you have a holiday/ investment market with a new face. You need only look at the number of vehicles with mountain bike carriers and rooftop attachments for everything from tents to kayaks and it’s clear that many families are going back to basics, albeit in fine style. Holidays involving outdoor leisure activities are on the rise, and niche towns like Dullstroom, Clarens, Prince Albert and others hold great appeal. Chris Hatter, principal of  Rawlinson & Hoff Estate Agents, in Dullstroom, says people used to purchase property in the area as private weekend retreats or as buyto-let investments, but that’s changing: ‘Many of the

weekenders have either retired here permanently or made a lifestyle change – they live here, and commute to the cities or even abroad. You can still pick up a cottage here for R750 000 – if one comes on the market.’  Bottom line: little spots, such as Churchhaven, St Francis, Clanwilliam, Paternoster and Gordon’s Bay, are now beckoning to those who not only don’t want to keep up with the Joneses, but also prefer to get as far away from them as possible. Speak to many South African holidaymakers today and you’ll find that the bush has become the new beach.  A burgeoning sector of the market is choosing to holiday in exclusive developments bordering nature or game parks, such as Kruger National Park or Hluhluwe-Imfolozi, and is investing in its own or syndicated lodges. Others are heading for the plethora of superlative private game reserves where the simple life can be anything from rustic to sumptuous. Another factor in the mix is the number of little towns, say, up the Cape West Coast or KZN’s

North or South coasts, which previously were holiday/investment havens and are now becoming viable homes for purchase by those entering the property market. Not only have the amenities and infrastructure of these enclaves improved substantially, but also accessibility to business hubs has been made speedier by sophisticated road systems, while internet connectivity is making it an option to work from home. Some people are now buying these holiday homes with the future in mind, not so much as an investment, but as a place to retire to. This means, of course, that previously forgotten little towns are now being remembered – like it or not. The joys of no traffic jams, limited cellphone reception, walking and talking to your kids, and making history with them, is becoming increasingly appealing. The world will always adore the seasonal buzz of Plett, the bright lights of Umhlanga, and boating on the Vaal, but there’s something about Paternoster and Parys …

With thanks to … Andreas Wassenaar, Seeff Dolphin Coast, +27 (0)32 586 0170, Chris Hatter, Rawlinson & Hoff Estate Agents, +27 (0)13 254 0000, Fiona Crago, Fiona Crago Real Estate, +27(0)32 946 1439, Johan Roodt, Langezandt Fisherman’s Village, +27 (0)21 424 0055,

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Real estate

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A NEW LEAF for property The real estate market is budding as we head towards the new year

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raditionally, the property market tends to pick up in terms of sales volumes from spring onwards. This has been an eventful year with a slight improvement in sales volumes over 2010. Contributing factors include steady interest rates, homebuyers’ realisation that the time to buy is now, and homesellers who have become more realistic in terms of their asking price or are taking the opportunity to either upgrade their homes or move on with their plans. We see a stable property market for the foreseeable future, provided political situations, international crises and interest rates don’t spiral out of control. There is still a healthy demand for property in Johannesburg’s good Northern Suburbs, as clients strive to be conveniently closer to their places of work and play and to good schools. This pattern can be discerned in other major centres across South Africa, too.

Our advice on making deals happen in the current market is that you need to balance the needs of homebuyers with those of homesellers. Agents need to have the knowledge and insight to comfort buyers that they’re getting a fair deal and to educate sellers on setting a realistic market price. The latter is achieved by providing factual information in the form of a detailed comparative market analysis showing similar homes that are for sale, actual registered sale prices as well as homes that have not sold despite an active marketing campaign. The role of the modern estate agent has become an integral part of the property sector, because for most people property is the biggest asset they will ever own as well as the largest financial investment they will ever make. Education within the real estate industry is going through a much-needed formalisation process which in turn will lead to a more professional industry.

It is an honour to have been named the FNB Property Professionals of the Year. We had many worthy competitors from around the country. The message that we would like to spread during our tenure as the FNB Property Professionals of the Year is that real estate is a viable, lucrative career option for young professionals and entrepreneurs. Good luck for the last few months of 2011. Stay optimistic, and we wish you all the best!

Ryan Chaitowitz & Salmon Frisby, Firzt Realty Company

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Private splendour

Developed by Thomas Vlahakis of Zimbali Developments, Umsinsi is in the final stages of completion and comprises 20 luxuriously designed homes, including seven newly launched freestanding homes of about 500m2 and priced at R9,7 million. Set in beautifully landscaped gardens, each home has four bedrooms and four bathrooms, with the main bedroom featuring a spa bath, double shower, double basins and a private patio. The homes all have ducted air conditioning, and large open-plan living areas with magnificent frameless glass doors leading out onto a wooden deck. Well-positioned private pools lend themselves to indoor/ outdoor living and set the scene for the enjoyment of the spectacular views of the sea or the tranquil golf course. ‘The open-plan kitchens with fitted Miele gas stoves, double-door fridges and separate sculleries make entertaining inviting, and the double garages sport, of course, ample room for a golf cart, too,’ says Cheryl Coburn of Coburn Property Group. +27 (0)32 946 1448,

Zimbali for beginners Launched just three months ago, units at the Sanctuary are affectionately tagged by developer Craig Toweel of Extra Dimensions as ‘starter homes’ for Zimbali. Land and building packages come out at around R2,95 million, and prices like these, says Craig, are unheard of on the estate. Units in the Sanctuary are sectional title three-bedroom, two- bathroom duplexes with sea and forest views. They are luxurious, with full air conditioning and upmarket finishes, including Caesarstone tops and Hansgrohe taps, and are designed in the Zimbali Contemporary architectural style. Living spaces include a roomy lounge and dining area, a kitchen and a covered patio. ‘With 50% sold since launch, this offering has been very well received,’ Craig adds. +27 (0)32 946 3568,

Garden setting Now selling off plan, the expansive Driefontein Gardens development will be situated on the pristine site that's currently

The lush and tropical Zimbali Estate offers an unparalleled lifestyle of security and tranquillity – Ryan Chaitowitz and Salmon Frisby, Firzt Realty Company

home to the Jacob family, well known on the Dolphin Coast for their popular Driefontein Nursery. The sea views, rolling hills and 1ha dedicated to magnificent landscaped gardens where children will be free to play are set to give this development a natural edge. Developed in partnership with multiaward winning Greg Meyer of Mastercraft, the low-rise, contemporary units have been designed to complement the particulars of climate and location. ‘Proximity to the airport as well as the commercial, social and business opportunities offered by the expanding Ballito area add to the external

areas, bird hide and 24-hour security will make this a choice place to call home,’ says Terence McMurray of McMurray Real Estate. +27 (0)32 946 3003,

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proposed clubhouse, pool, braai and picnic

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lure of this location, while inside, the


Opening doors

Leading retailers are flocking to the latest shopping centre development in Pietermaritzburg, Edendale Mall, which opened on 29 September. The mall is situated roughly 7km south-west of the Pietermaritzburg CBD, catering for the smaller towns and rural areas in the precinct. Developed by McCormick Property Development and designed by MDS Architects, Edendale Mall offers consumers 110 shops and abundant parking space. The R450-million mall of 31 520m2 is connected to an existing value centre of 6 000m2 as well as to a taxi rank of 8 000m2. The mall is already 96% let, says Jonathan Tagg of Retail Network Services. Some of the national retailers who have a presence at Edendale Mall are Mr Price, Truworths, Markham, Totalsports, Clicks, Sterns and Joshua Doore, as well as national restaurant franchises, and branches and ATMs of several major banks. +27 (0)11 807 6995,

‘Edendale Mall already 96% let’is

Going, going … With just 800m2 left to let, the brand-new mixed-use Crake Investments development, Redlyn Business Park, in Riverhorse Valley, has been very well received. Situated next to eThekwini Hospital & Heart Centre, the 9 000m2, A-grade development

Commercial property remains in demand and is still yielding fairly high rental returns

– Ryan Chaitowitz and Salmon Frisby, Firzt Realty Company

combines high visibility with easy access to the N2 and a central, convenient location. Auction house Dales Bros. occupies a portion of the lower ground floor, while Mustek (owner of the Mecer personal computers brand), SA Mercantile Shipping and Fotomax are the other prominent tenants who occupy the retail sites on the ground floor. ‘As well as other smaller components, approximately 600m2 of prime top-floor space with beautiful views is still available and would be ideal for a blue-chip corporate,’ says Bradley Hancock of Portfolio Property Investments. ‘Tagged at just R90/m2–R100/m2, with free parking, this is a very attractive opportunity.’ +27 (0)31 563 9566,

Zooming in Focusing on those with an interest in photography, Max Fowles and Associates has established Durban’s first photographic warehouse. Compiled by André Fiore

Situated in Redlyn Business Park, the new Fotomax premises opened its doors at the beginning of August. The 1 100m2 warehouse stocks all the major brands and offers various value-add services, including largeformat fine-art printing onto a range of media, film processing, scanning and printing, a professional studio, photography courses for beginners and specialists, picture framing and school photography. +27 (0)31 512 5177,

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investment, real estate, news & leisure


Park life




ituated in Mayfair, 47 Park Street is a fractional ownership residence that offers investors a membership to the Grand Residences by Marriott Club. Regular travellers to London will enjoy 21 days’ exclusive use, per year, of an immaculate and fully furnished apartment in a revamped Edwardian building. The building includes 49 apartments, with 13 fractional ownership investors to a unit. There are five apartment types, including one-bedroom executive units of 51m2 and two-bedroom deluxe units of 95m2. Memberships are priced from £114 000 to £270 000 (roughly R1,5 million to R3,5 million). Additional nights may be purchased for less than £100 (about R1 300) a night. Should members not use up all of their allotted days, the balance will be put towards rental inventory, providing a 65% return on the net rate. Members may also swap

their days for stays at other Marriott establishments worldwide. Membership privileges include a 24hour concierge, a twice-daily maid service, room service, an in-house florist, in-room dining catered by the chefs of the three-Michelin-star Le Gavroche restaurant, and exclusive business services. The centrality of the residence gives investors access to some of the best of the city’s attractions, including membership privileges at the Pasley-Tyer business club, the London Golf Club and Marriott Park Lane Hotel’s health club, priority booking and exclusive events at the Royal Opera House, dining and entertainment at Morton’s, and pampering at Spa Illuminata. Of the 637 fractional ownership memberships in 47 Park Street, only a quarter are remain available +44 20 7950 5528, for purchase.


The Edwardian building at 47 Park Street has been restored to its original splendour.


The interiors are distinguished, yet welcoming. 3A concierge is on duty 24 hours a


day. 4A Marriott Club membership makes frequent travellers to London feel right

Visit for more offshore

at home.

real estate investment opportunities.

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Words Catherine Riley Photographs courtesy Grand Residences by Marriott

Fractional ownership from Grand Residences by Marriott combines luxury living in central London with five-star hotel comforts


Caribbean luxury

The Royal Apartments is a collection of 36 luxurious residences for sale at Royal Westmoreland resort, in Barbados. Priced from £265 000 (about R3 million), and ranging from 77m2 to 186m2 in size, these open-plan, one- to three-bedroom apartments are colonial in style, with spacious balconies, natural stone floors, coral renderings and air conditioning throughout. Overlooking the Platinum Coast, Royal Westmoreland is an established 300ha villa community with a championship golf course, spa facilities, tennis courts and a large communal swimming pool. Property maintenance is provided, and the apartments can be rented out on the owners’ behalf as part of Royal Westmoreland’s rental programme. +44 1524 782 649,

Jack of the bushveld Jack’s Camp, an oasis in the remote Makgadikgadi Pan in Botswana, is a traditional East African, 1940s-style safari experience. Voted number one in the world in the Condé Nast Traveller UK Readers Travel Awards last year, the camp comprises 10 sophisticated tents with en-suite bathrooms and indoor and outdoor showers. It is pitched on a low grassland knoll among Kalahari flora, and the surrounds offer expansive views and sightings of wildlife, such as the thousands of wildebeest and zebra that migrate to the area in the wet season. Also frequently spotted are lion, cheetah, meerkat and flamingo. +27 (0)21 790 0972,

Jack’s Camp was voted number one in the world in the Condé Nast Traveller Awards last year

French escape

Monpazier under a blanket of snow.

An investment opportunity like no other has presented itself in the bastide of Monpazier, a heritage site in south-west France, where a beautiful three-storey, 350m2 stone home dating back to 1286 is for sale. The property would be the ideal place in which to either live out your retirement years, make your permanent home, use as a secure holiday home or convert to a chambres d'hotes (B & B). The entrance hall, laundry, shower and boiler room are on the ground floor; on the first floor are charming entertainment areas, including a large living room, separate dining room, kitchen, two bedrooms and two bathrooms. There are several attic rooms on the top floor as well as two additional bedrooms with a toilet. The home features modern

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conveniences, such as central heating. Permission has also been

Choose Chelsea

granted to build a roof terrace to extend the house. The property

New to property and design firm Finchatton is a three-storey Manresa

is priced at ¤300 000 (a little under R3,1 million) and is being sold

Road apartment in prime London’s Chelsea, priced at £25 million

through a private seller with extensive knowledge of French property

(just shy of R290 million). The 595m2 property includes three

law. A picturesque haven dotted with restaurants, cafés, art galleries

bedrooms, a gym, a private outdoor terrace, a relaxation room with

and artisanal shops, Monpazier is one of the best-preserved bastides

bamboo trees, and a walk-in wine cellar. The home is close to Chelsea

in the country. The town of Villeréal is close by and offers further

Cinema on King’s Road and pays tribute to the area’s silver-screen

shopping facilities, and Bergerac’s international airport is only

heritage with its own media/cinema room. Also close by are the

45 minutes away. +33 553 220 885,

Ciné Lumière, the Science Museum’s IMAX theatre, and the South Kensington tube station. +44 207 591 2700,

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The Bull Run Restaurant is famed for its prime cuts of exquisite South African beef – served via it’s own in-house butchery – and an extensive selection of the finest Cape wines. Situated near popular nightspots in the upmarket suburb of Sandton, the energy and vibe of the Bull Run caters for any occasion – be it a business lunch, dinner before a night on the town, or a corporate function. Opposite the Johannesburg Stock Exchange Adjacent to the Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton 20 Maude Street, Sandton

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Q What gave you the idea to design wall stickers as decor items? I studied BA Fine Art, and instead

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of waitressing, as many of my contemporaries did, I decided to design murals for companies and private clients, and these were

Sometimes it’s good to be driven up the wall

published in magazines. When my children were old enough and I had more freedom I decided to resurrect my design skills and started my wall art business from home via the internet and other media. I enjoy the best of both worlds, namely working at home surrounded by my family and servicing customers nationally.

Q Where do you draw inspiration from for your new ranges? Our beautiful country, its people and, of course, my clients, who challenge me constantly with new ideas and concepts for custom designs. I love doing bespoke designs and working with my clients to create something interesting specifically for them.

wall art. From quirky motifs to

Vinyl art is trendy, fun, playful

elaborate designs in any colour

and sometimes whimsical. It takes

imaginable, they add personality

the seriousness out of art as we

to any space. Lucia De Waal of De Waal Art

know it. And it is affordable –

talks to us about this growing trend of vinyl wall

for just R1 000 you can make a

stickers, the benefits of working from home and

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why everyone is falling in love with South African

large wall space.

design symbols.

Q What are some of the most popular design requests you get from clients?

My Homesoil Collection has been doing very well. It features typical South African elements such as windmills, pendoring trees, acacia trees and, of course, our national symbol, the springbok. I think that as South Africans we are becoming prouder and more aware of the fact that home- grown design and art doesn’t have to take second place to any other designs or products from abroad. +27 (0)21 790 9120,

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