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NEW HEIGHTS A dated Cape home gets a modern facelift

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ecorate If you’re planning to red pired by the your living room, be ins beautiful examples on mbinations page 58, all stunning co of style and comfort.

One of the most versatile pieces of furniture is the bench. You’ll find a number of clever uses for this practical item on page 64.

A Magnolia x soulangeana in flower is a sure sign that spring is on its way. Learn more about these beautiful trees on page 89.

Looking for a sofa that’ll fit into a small space? We tracked down a selection for you on page 56.

Every year I look forward to seeing what del ights the Chelsea Flower Show ha s to offer. Turn to page 80 for an ov erview of the top gardens and trends.

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e recently announced the winners of our #Don’tMoveImprove competition and were blown away by the talent and creativity of those Garden and Home readers who entered. A big thank you to all of you who took the time to send in your renovation projects. We’ll be featuring some of the best both online and in print. And talking of being impressed, we loved the clever ideas used by the innovative professionals involved in the design of the compact apartments featured in this issue. Just by removing the half wall between the kitchen and living area, interior designer Melissa Lawrence made the small studio apartment featured on page 46 much lighter and brighter without increasing the floor space. Carving out a pied-à-terre in a Pretoria house proved a challenge for Tanja Beyers of Profurn Contracts but the result is a glamorous, sophisticated home from home for the jet-setting businessman owner, as you’ll see on page 36. We’ve featured a number of Kimberley Richmond’s projects over the years and her transformation of a small inner city apartment in Cape Town on page 42 is further proof of her ability to make the most of space-challenged homes. We loved her idea of swapping all the normal doors for sliding barnstyle ones – a great space saver! And including round shapes as Karen Marsden did in the Camps Bay apartment on page 32 is an excellent way to offset the confines of straight walls. If, like these owners, you don’t have the luxury of space, then it may be worthwhile consulting an expert. Designers have an objective eye and the expertise to find solutions and, best of all, can help you use your budget in the most efficient way. Gardens too can benefit from a few space-stretching ideas. Including a winding path that appears to lead to another section of the garden is one and building in garden seating against a boundary wall is another. You’ll find more inspiring ideas on page 96. And if you’re wondering what to plant, Alice Spenser-Higgs tracked down some old favourites now specifically bred to suit the proportions of townhouse gardens. You’ll find them on page 102.


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I always love looking at the beautiful homes in Garden and Home but I was blown away by the incredible makeover of the house in ‘Who Dares, Wins’ in the July issue. I can’t believe the vision the young owners had when presented with a complete ruin and it’s wonderful that an older home has been restored and given a new lease on life rather than just being knocked down. Sharlene Safi

Thank you for an inspiring July issue. Leafing through the pages of my magazine, I loved seeing the amazing makeovers. I was particularly struck by the renovated 60’s house in ‘Raising the Roof’. Being in the market for a house, it’s inspiring to see what can be done to a dated home to bring it up to date. I’ll be looking at property listings with new eyes now! Rachel Mekani

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I truly enjoyed the ‘For the Birds’ article in your June issue. Thank you for all the tips. I’ve been establishing a bird-friendly garden for the past year. Apart from all the common visitors, I also have black-collared barbets and a long-tailed paradise whydah. What makes me proud of these regular visitors is that I live in a suburb in the middle of Pretoria. I’ve added Muscovy ducks and what delightful garden companions they are, providing natural pest control and manure for the plants and lawn. I hope many readers will join me in creating bird-friendly gardens. Rienie Denner


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PAPER TALES HELP YOURSELF Best known for its cutlery ranges, Nicolson Russell has added a crockery collection to its repertoire. The extensive designs include Versailles (left) and Vegas (right) with offerings in porcelain and high-quality bone china. nicolsonrussell.com

Continental TASTE

Jessica Rushmere, the owner of Cape Town’s first authentic French crêperie, turned to designer Haldane Martin (right) to create a charming café on the corner of Buitenkant and Barrack streets in Zonnebloem. Café Swan’s logo and Francophile menu directed the carefully considered interiors. Red, white and blue bursts of colour pay homage to the owner’s French roots, along with bistrostyle references like marble café tables and casual seating. swancafe.co.za; haldanemartin.co.za

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Innovative Transylvanian lifestyle brand MindTheGap prides itself on contemporary and unique designs. Its Exotic Fruit I Premium Wallpaper collection, ‘a lush arrangement of tropical vegetation’, is a fine example. The eclectic designs are a fantastic hybrid of ancient symbolism, vintage illustration and wildly expressive imagery. See the range at Black Fabrics. blackfabrics.co.za

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Our pick of this month’s highlights, from things to do and buy, to the latest decor news and the best places to visit


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Fornasetti and Cole & Son have launched their third collaborative wallpaper range. Twelve timeless designs reflect the wit of Fornasetti’s artworks in stand-out colourways. From flying machines to hidden keys, it’s a must-see collection. Available from St Leger & Viney. stleger.co.za

Bold MOVE German interiors brand KARE has opened its first SA store in Kramerville, Jo’burg. Catering for residential, office and hospitality spaces, expect statement collections from furniture and rugs to tableware and lighting. It’s bold, innovative and definitely not run-of-the-mill. kare-design.com/za/en

What a NICE CHAP The Chappie chairs by Huisraad Modern are the colourful result of carefully refurbished school chairs. The stackable metal and plywood construction features powder-coated frames and a satin spray-paint finish. Durable, fun and nostalgic, they’re ideal for kitchens, covered patios and casual dining spaces. R790 from huisraad.co.za

Designer’s WISH LIST Sharon Fihrer, co-founder of Head Interiors, is coveting an oil painting titled Felled Trees by Ivon Hitchens. It forms part of a forthcoming auction by Strauss & Co taking place in Cape Town in October. “This is a work that can live in any interior, and I’m particularly intrigued by the generous use of paint, which is reminiscent of Rembrandt.” straussart.co.za

Snuggle in We love Hinterveld’s Rhapsody throws, which combine alpaca, silk and wool. Beautifully soft, they’re available in 12 covetable shades – the perfect way to layer up a cosy bedroom. They’re available from Linen Drawer for R3 867. linendrawer.co.za 

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Lightbulb moment We love the Barberton pendant lights from Newport Lighting. Made from hand-blown SA glass, they’re the perfect way to add a touch of modern glamour. R4 700 each, available in transparent, lilac and smoke. newport.co.za

Indienne SUMMER Inspired by 17th-century decorative Indian cloths, Palampore by Anna French is a stunning collection of wallpapers and fabrics. Exquisitely detailed and varied in scale, the designs strike a perfect balance between old and new. Available from St Leger & Viney. stleger.co.za

Table manners Up your dinner-party ante with elegant placemats and coasters – the latest addition to Ardmore Design’s Zambezi Collection. Made from eucalyptus, they’re heat-, scratch- and stain-resistant and come in four elegant colourways. R600 for two placemats; R300 for a set of four coasters. ardmore-design.com

WHAT’S ON

Modern MASH-UP In its third colab for this year, Mr Price Home worked with local designer Natalie du Toit to create a full product range. Bold designs and painterly strokes are applied to decor accessories from a duvet cover and scatters to a rug and towels – all in a rich wintery palette. mrphome.com

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2 – 5 AUGUST HOMEMAKERS Expo PE The beauty and authenticity of real homes is celebrated at this year’s expo at The Boardwalk Exhibition Centre, Port Elizabeth. With a wide variety of exhibits and artisanal food, there’s something for everyone. Tickets at the door cost R50 pp, pensioners R20 and children under 12, free. homemakersonline.co.za/expo 8 – 12 AUGUST Decorex Jo’burg This year’s expo at Gallagher Convention Centre celebrates 25 years of decor, design and lifestyle. With the theme #rhythmoflife, the show includes the Designer Spotlight, Builders DIY theatre, @home Trend Home and Franke Kitchen Trends project. There’s a full programme of decor and design features too. Open 10h00 – 18h00 daily with trade-focused days on 8 and 10 August. Tickets are R120 for adults and R100 for students and pensioners. decorex.co.za


ARCHITECT’S PLAN

Reaching

BEFORE

NEW HEIGHTS

A contemporary revamp of this Constantia home resulted in increased light and space

AT A GLANCE

THE CLIENTS: Businessman Handre Daffue, his wife, Lindie, and their two small children. THE BRIEF: To give an existing facebrick house a more contemporary style, and add a guest wing. THE HOUSE: A single-storey, threebedroom and two-bathroom family home with a double garage, TV room, living and dining areas, wine store, kitchen, scullery and covered patio. It also has a self-contained guest suite with separate entrance.

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y clients initially wanted me to investigate adding another storey to their house,” recalls Stellenbosch architect Frederik Lötter, “but I suggested that we stay with the single storey and raise the roof to open up the views and give greater light, height and volume. In the end, we almost demolished the original house. “Once we’d removed the roof, we discovered that the building itself was fairly unstable, so we rebuilt on the existing footprint, adding areas such as

the guest suite with its own entrance off the main house,” he says. “One of the best features of the building is the open and spacious feeling you get walking into the main living area,” say the owners. The high roof with windows right up to the ceiling gives you an unobstructed view of the trees and mountains. “The stacking and sliding doors open up the front of the house, creating a seamless flow from inside to outdoors and a peaceful sense of being close to the surrounding forest,” they add.

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THE ARCHITECT: Frederik Lötter of SKEP Architecture and Interior Design.


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As the site slopes down from the entrance, there is a subtle and gradual dropping of levels towards the pool and patio areas on the west side. The three bedrooms all catch the northern light, as does the self-contained guest suite. Although Frederik is surrounded by buildings of historic significance, he doesn’t believe in duplicating the old but emphasising it by means of new, innovative and contrasting solutions. “I like to work from the inside out, creating spaces that serve the needs of the client,” says Frederik, “and I believe that any building should be a product of the site on which it stands and be built with an honesty in materials.

“I’m not a decorative architect, I like to keep everything simple, to downscale the design, and I don’t believe in too much colour.” Which is why in this minimally furnished house clean lines abound and a single blue-grey shade was injected into the otherwise neutral scheme to lend cohesion to the rooms. A B. Arch graduate of the University of the Free State, Frederik initially worked for a Somerset West company for eight years. Five years ago, he opened a multi-disciplined practice in partnership with Alma Mentz and his wife, architect Geraldine Lötter, and interior designer Carla Gerber who heads the interior design side of the business.

Their practice in Stellenbosch also has a retail outlet selling interior products by local designers.

SOURCES SKEP skepstudio.co.za

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CREATIVE SPIRIT

PERSONAL Cape artist Eleanor Turvey uses collage to add layers of meaning to her portraiture Where did your love of art originate? I’ve always loved art-making. I went to a new school when I was 15, which had a fabulous art department and a wonderful teacher. It was in her class that I was first given proper brushes and acrylic paints. One day, she took me aside and said to me, “If I could paint like you, I would do nothing else.” Those words have stayed with me ever since. You’ve been described as one of South Africa’s most innovative collage artists. Why collage? For the first National Portrait Award competition in 2013, I created a portrait of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, building his image from his words. It was chosen as one of the finalists and my love of collage became firmly rooted. How would you describe your technique? I currently create the

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component parts by hand using a variety of media, including acrylic, watercolour, ink, canvas and paper, which I cut out with a scalpel. I then construct the portrait by assembling and layering the component parts, which gives a sculptural, relief effect that adds further dimension. What is your preferred subject matter? My first love is portraiture. I enjoy exploring other subjects, but I always return to portraits. I have a long list of people I would love to portray, from all walks of life. The majority of your works are of famous figures. Why is this? I’m inspired by those who strived to make a difference and have changed the world. These great thinkers span a vast range

of disciplines: art, humanitarianism, science, philosophy, poetry, music, environmentalism – to name a few. Do you see a link between art, science and technology? Yes. I’m fascinated by the way science and technology are advancing exponentially and changing the world. The search for innovative ways of art-making is a constant inspiration. What advice can you give to aspiring artists? Revel in imagination. We’re so lucky, as artists, to get to hang out in our imaginary worlds. Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is everything. It’s the preview of life’s coming attractions.” Each of us has a unique perspective, voice and contribution to make. Follow your interests and celebrate your talent and individuality. Don’t worry about what other people think and strive constantly to do the best work you can. SOURCE Eleanor Turvey eleanorturvey.com

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Trend gurus predict that soft pink will be huge in interiors. To prevent it from looking too girly, introduce touches of black and metallics


EXPERT TIPS

Add a mod note with a geometric rug. Jack Dhurrie rug, from R2,200/m2, Gonsenhausers Fine Rugs.

Colour expert and blogger Anne Roselt has these tips for using on-trend pale pink in interiors The energy from pale pink relaxes the muscles and calms the mind, making it ideal for living spaces. Select a pink with a similar undertone to the other colours in your scheme. In this room, a warm pale pink blends seamlessly with the wooden floors, furniture and accessories. For a beautiful contemporary effect, contrast pink with darker hues such as charcoal, navy blue and forest green. Green is the complementary colour to pink on the colour wheel; when used together, these two colours balance and enhance one another. For a more gender neutral look, introduce natural textures, for example, wood, leather and wool, and for glamour, velvets like this sofa and metallics.

Use a floor lamp like the Borgillio, R5 808, from Eurolux, to introduce height to a room.

A collection of round tables is more versatile than a single coffee table. Tribeca coffee tables, from R2 995, Mobelli Furniture + Living.

Combine geometrics with botanicals. Triangle scatter, R350, KNUS, Delicious Monster Charcoal cushion cover, R1 207,50, Lula Fabrics.

For a soothing wall colour, try Plascon's Moon Rose R3-B2-3 paint.

Bring in a statement chair like the Burlingham occasional chair, R9 595, from Mobelli Furniture + Living.

Serve drinks on a glamorous mirror tray. Goa oval tray, R299,99, Mr Price Home.

Balance a soft pink wall with a green velvet sofa. Memphis three-seater sofa in peacock velvet, R10 999, @home.

SOURCES @home home.co.za Anne Roselt anneroselt.com Eurolux eurolux.co.za Gonsenhausers Fine Rugs finerugs.co.za KNUS knus.co Lula Fabrics lulafabrics.com Mobelli Furniture + Living mobelli.co.za Mr Price Home mrphome.com Plascon plascon.co.za

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Lakeside LIVING Laidback living meets luxury finishes in this home on a rural estate in Paarl

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TEXT DIANA WEMYSS PHOTOGRAPHS KARL ROGERS

CAPE NEW BUILD


WHO LIVES HERE Bernd and Karen Schwendtke and their two daughters, Saskia (11) and Arabella (6).

THE HOUSE A modern, double-storey house with a large living and dining area, an open-plan kitchen and glass-enclosed braai room on the ground floor. Upstairs, there are four bedrooms and three bathrooms.

of the large recreational lake, which provides water views from most of the rooms and makes the property feel much larger. As the Schwendtkes were still living in Pretoria, Karen, a businesswoman and breeder of Arab horses, knew she would have to find someone in the area who could assist with project management during construction, especially as Bernd would be working in Dubai over this period. “I wanted someone who could interpret my style and taste and be my eyes and ears when I couldn’t be on the building site,” says Karen. She interviewed several local decorators, and fortunately had an instant rapport with Nicolette Jonas, who runs a  The braai room is furnished with relaxed wicker chairs and metal side tables all from Interior Concepts in Paarl. The pendant lights are from K. Light Import. Karen created extra living space outdoors by adding a gazebo, which they often use for dining alfresco, and a deck from which to launch canoes. The gazebo forms part of the swimming pool and is a lovely place to enjoy the view. THIS SPREAD, CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT:

hen Bernd and Karen Schwendtke decided to relocate to the Cape, Bernd gave Karen carte blanche in the choice of location, design and decor of their new home. “I chose this site at Val de Vie because it has wonderful views of the Paarl mountains,” says Karen. Another factor was the perfect position at the end

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successful decor business, Interior Concepts, in Paarl. Karen’s brief to Nicolette was to create a home that would be easy to maintain and truly lock up and go, but at the same time embrace what the beautiful country setting had to offer. Although the house is compact, it has several sitting and eating areas including a glamorous formal dining room and a more relaxed braai room with stacking glass doors that open directly onto the garden and the lake. “The idea was to give Karen’s home a modern, classical look with good flow between the inside and the outside,” says Nicolette. “We also wanted to add a bit of bling and to reflect Karen’s interest in Arabian horses.” This is particularly noticeable at the entrance where a stallion sculpture by Arend Eloff greets visitors.

Subtle bling permeates the dining room, which features wallpapered walls, a whimsical chandelier and Venetian mirrors. Glamour is carried through to the adjoining kitchen, which has marble worktops and metallic pendant lights. “As it’s visible from the living room, we tucked a scullery behind it to keep it looking neat,” says Karen. The more relaxed braai room has a slatted timber ceiling, which gives it warmth and intimacy. “We divided it into two sitting areas so there’s easy access through the centre to the pool and terrace outside,” explains Nicolette. With easy living in mind, all the curtains and the ceiling fans are remote controlled. Karen’s daughters chose the decor for their bedrooms. One has a large black four-poster bed while the other features soft 

THIS SPREAD, CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: On the far side of the braai room, an L-shaped sofa from Interior Concepts and easy chairs offer a comfortable place to relax. The scatter cushions are in a leaf design fabric from Mavromac and the buttercup yellow ones are in a Hertex fabric. In the TV room, a blue velvet sofa picks up the colours in the painting of one of Karen’s horses by Brian Rolfe. Visible from the TV room, the kitchen has marble countertops and comfortable bar stools from Supreme Upholstery. The dining area is furnished with a modern chandelier from K. Light Import and Venetian mirrors. The table and chairs are from Supreme Upholstery.

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THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Nicolette gave the dressing room a glamorous effect with a wall of specially made antiqued mirrors offset by white lacquered cupboards. In the centre is a marble-topped chest highlighted by a chandelier from K. Light Import. The main bathroom has mirrored cupboards and the shower is enclosed by a French-looking black metalframed screen. Soft grey tones, a velvet headboard and mirrored side tables all by Interior Concepts create a very glamorous look in the main bedroom.

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pink hues. The main bedroom is subtly luxurious but the star of the show is the dressing room where antiqued mirrors clad the walls and reflect lacquered fittings and a crystal chandelier. The guest suite on the ground floor is self-contained with a kitchenette screened by folding shutters. “This way our guests can make themselves at home without having to come through to the main house,” explains Karen. Practicality also reigns in the garden where Karen opted for hassle-free imitation grass around the house. “I also included sweet-smelling plants so that when the wind blows or on summer evenings, fragrance permeates the house.” To add more living space, Karen built a gazebo on the other side of the pool, which is a popular spot for tea and sundowners and a small island beyond that for wildlife. She also included a deck for launching canoes. “Bernd and the girls have a lot of fun canoeing on the lake,” she adds. “When Bernd returned and saw the completed project, he was thrilled with it,” recalls Karen. “It’s modern, warm and a great place to come home to.” 

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features wallpaper from Hertex and blinds by Stellenbosch Blinds & Shutters. The kitchenette is screened off with shutters.

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Get the look Turn your patio into a relaxed haven with these accessories

Oceana small metal antique brass pendant, R2 690, K. Light Import.

Chevron scatter pillow case, R250, Hello Pretty.

Set of three round nesting tables, R9 375, Mavromac & Gatehouse. Opal votives from R129, JVB Furniture.

Saskia’s bedroom has French doors that open onto a balcony. The soft throw is from Woolworths. Nicolette loves to add interest with paint techniques. Here she gave the vanity in Saskia’s bathroom a harlequin pattern and combined it with sassy dog print wallpaper from Hertex. THIS PAGE, FROM TOP:

Dove Grey Leather Dhurrie rug, 1,6 X 2,3m, R1 599, Airloom.

Bronze pill stool, R1 499, JVB Furniture.

SOURCES Airloom airloom.co.za Arend Eloff arendeloff.com Block & Chisel blockandchisel.co.za Brian Rolfe saatchiart.com Hello Pretty hellopretty.co.za Hertex hertexhaus.co.za Interior Concepts 082 565 4500 JVB Furniture j-v-b.co.za K. Light Import klight.co.za Mavromac & Gatehouse mavromacandthegatehouse.co.za Stellenbosch Blinds & Shutters stellenboschblinds.co.za Supreme Upholstery supremeupholstery.co.za Woolworths woolworths.co.za

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SHOPPING MANDY BUCHHOLZ PHOTOGRAPHS SUPPLIED PRODUCTS ARE SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY AND PRICES WERE CHECKED AT TIME OF GOING TO PRINT. SEE PAGE 2.

Java lounge chair, R6 995, Block & Chisel.


CAPE LOFT LIVING

Going in

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TEXT DIANA WEMYSS STYLING JULIETTE ARRIGHI DE CASANOVA PHOTOGRAPHS KARL ROGERS

This compact apartment in Camps Bay not only boasts all the amenities, it features ultra-stylish furnishings that complement the ocean views

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WHO LIVES HERE An Irish family who frequently holiday in South Africa.

THE APARTMENT A self-contained studio flat adjoining a house in Camps Bay, Cape Town. It has a full kitchen, dining and living areas and a bathroom on the lower level. The bedroom is on the mezzanine floor.

hen Cape Town interior designer Karen Marsden was asked to decorate both the main house and the studio apartment of this Camps Bay home, she realised that she would have to treat each dwelling differently. 

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THIS SPREAD, FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Karen covered the two armless slipper chairs in the living room with white slipcovers. The two drum tables are from LIM and the striking artwork is by Cara Saven. Shelf-like steps lead to sliding doors that open on to a deck with fine views of Camps Bay beach.

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Known for her love of colour and the sense of fun and surprise that she brings to her work, she knew nevertheless that this self-contained space would need a different approach. The massive double-height windows that offer a wonderful outlook over the sea of the ocean were the key. “The answer was to design interiors that were both cool and calm and would in no way detract from the extraordinary views,” she explains. “Because it was such a square space, and because I didn’t want to clutter it with too many different textures, I decided to create interest with shapes,” says Karen. In the living area, she used small armless slipper chairs placed around a circular sea grass mat. Instead of a coffee table, she used two drum tables. “This gives an interesting view from the mezzanine – you see the round shapes of the rug and tables, as well as the glass top of the small dining table.” THIS PAGE, FROM TOP TO BOTTOM: The kitchen is neatly fitted under the mezzanine floor. A small round table and two chairs don’t take up space visually, but are perfectly adequate for a dining area.

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She kept to neutral tones and placed emphasis on raw, natural surfaces. The very contemporary, simple design reflects the shades of the sea and beach, visible through large windows. The palm trees, also seen through the picture windows, add a touch of green, which Karen echoed with bunches of foliage in glass vases. Karen – who has been decorating for the past 13 years – started off in retail fashion. She believes that both clothing and decor demand the same skills: planning, organisation and strict budgeting. These are clearly evident in the careful planning of this bijou interior. All the owners’ guests require

is a suitcase of clothes. From the fully equipped kitchen to the airy bedroom with desk-cum-dressing table, to the neat bathroom with its wall-hung vanity and walk-in shower, everything is on hand for the perfect stay. THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: A wall-hung cabinet in the bathroom keeps the floor space open and uncluttered. Wooden floors in the bedroom mezzanine area add warmth and are softened by a geometric rug. The combination of a desk from LIM and a wishbone chair from @home can be used as a dressing table or work area. The mirror is from Weylandts.

SOURCES @home home.co.za Cara Saven Wall Design carasaven.com Karen Marsden Interiors karen@karenmarsdeninteriors.co.za LIM lim.co.za Weylandts weylandts.co.za

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PRETORIA PIED-À-TERRE

Twice AS NICE

Interior designer Tanja Beyers paired a leather and timber armchair from The Private House Company with a custom-made, overscaled leather sofa in the living room. The animal trophies from Weylandts and metal tables add texture.

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TEXT TESS PATERSON STYLING JO SHARP PHOTOGRAPHS CHRISTOPH HOFFMANN

Reworking the footprint of a Pretoria home resulted in this elegant self-contained cottage


WHO LIVES HERE A businessman who commutes between South Africa and Europe.

THE APARTMENT A self-contained two-bedroom cottage with an open-plan living space and a compact courtyard.

resented with an established, roomy home in Waterkloof, Pretoria, interior designer Tanja Beyers of Profurn Contracts was asked to create a separate, self-contained unit for the owner. “My client lives between the UK, Switzerland and South Africa,” she explains. “It made sense to rent out 

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A courtyard was created between the main house and the cottage. Tanja added mirrors from Block & Chisel to bring light into the living room. The kitchen, designed by Three Sixty Designs, features an integrated wine fridge and concealed appliances. The stools are from Weylandts and the pendants from Morgan Associates.

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the main space and make a small flatlet for the client, so we completely rejigged the floor plan to accommodate a twobedroom pied-à-terre.” Tanja’s main challenge was the lack of natural light. Furthermore, when they broke up the space, a new structural beam resulted in a lower than usual ceiling height. “Keeping to a neutral palette helped to open up the interior. I also used the three mirrors in the living room to help increase the available light.” While the look is intentionally masculine, Tanja included softer accents to make the cottage feel like home. “My client travels extensively in Africa and loves the bush,” she says. “We wanted to allude to an outdoor safari feel, yet chose to keep it practical and free of clutter.” Solid timber floors from Forest Flooring were used throughout, except for the guest bathroom, which is tiled. In the living room, Tanja added texture with a large sisal rug from Rebtex, as well as a leather armchair from The Private House Company. A pair of ceramic animal trophies form a focal point above a custom-made leather sofa.

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“It’s a compact layout, so we kept the main bedroom clean-lined and mostly neutral.” Tall wall mirrors enhance a feeling of space, while a statement scatter in Galagos fabric from Mavromac echoes a series of black and white artworks. 

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Hertex’s Collection wallpaper was used in the entrance hall. Tanja converted an armoire into a mirrored drinks cabinet that can be kept closed when not in use. The compact guest bathroom has a sliding door to save space.


Optimising the bedroom’s view, Tanja created a new decked courtyard space, which she decorated with timber fish sculptures from Amatuli. From the highly practical kitchen with its concealed laundry, to the quirky entrance hall wallpapered in Collection from Hertex, it’s an easy-going, welcoming base.

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SOURCES Amatuli amatuli.co.za Block & Chisel blockandchisel.co.za Forest Flooring forestflooring.co.za Hertex hertex.co.za Mavromac & Gatehouse mavromacandthegatehouse.co.za Morgan Associates morganassociates.co.za Profurn Contracts profurncontracts.com Rebtex rebtexrsa.com The Private House Company privatehouse.co.za Three Sixty Designs 083 963 7751 Weylandts weylandts.co.za

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BIJOU

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PRODUCTION KIMBERLEY RICHMOND TEXT DEBORAH RUDMAN PHOTOGRAPHS KARL ROGERS

CAPE TOWN APARTMENT


WHO LIVES HERE A young professional in the creative industry.

THE APARTMENT A renovated two-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment in Tamboerskloof, Cape Town with an open-plan kitchen and living area and a balcony.

detail had to count. “We had to be very clever with the design aesthetics to make it feel as large as possible,” explains Kimberley.  THIS SPREAD, FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:

he saying “Good things come in small packages” could hardly be better exemplified than by this Tamboerskloof, Cape Town, apartment. Occupying a covetable niche near the city’s pulsating Kloof Street, it spans a mere 60m2, and yet it contains all the requisite functions and facilities of a home.

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The owner, who is in the creative industry, wanted to put his signature stamp on the space before moving in and sought the help of interior designer Kimberley Richmond of Beautiful Spaces. It was a good match: there was a strong synergy between the pair as they both envisioned the same industrial, ‘city’ feel for the property. Since space was constrained, every

The table in the kitchen area doubles as a work station. The pendant lighting and chairs are from Beautiful Spaces. Enhancing the living area is a striking feature wall in Tessa Sonik Fabrics' Tradition wallpaper, which offsets the warm tones of the sofa and soft furnishings from Hertex. Elegant and minimalist, the furniture was chosen to keep clutter to a minimum on the balcony.

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Her idea was to make the apartment a user-friendly space – without extraneous furnishing that would get in the way.  The owner had only one stipulation: the decor had to include his beloved sofa (a stalwart from his previous homes). Kimberley’s objective was to remove as much of the clutter as she could, install functional yet stylish cabinetry and keep everything as light and bright as possible. The industrial feel was incorporated in design-smart ways that contributed to opening up the space. All the doors were replaced with barn doors, which were custom-designed and manufactured by Kimberley’s team. The flooring was originally parquet, which gave the rooms a dark and gloomy cast. Kimberley sanded it down and painted it grey, which still respected the parquet element, but in a subtler way. The flooring in the back room had degraded over the years, so she opted to screed that instead. The original built-in kitchen cabinetry

was solid and oversized. To create a distinctive design feel and complement the overall aesthetic, the owner and Kimberley chose dark cabinets, incorporating wood and pendant lights. The apartment was too small for a dining table so Kimberley added a table-cumwork surface. “We reduced the size of the original kitchen to open up the space and did the same in the bedroom, installing openplan cupboards.” The bathroom was “really small” – 2m x 2,5m – so the challenge was to create some turn-around space and still have a decent-sized shower and basin. White metro tiles were laid to give a feel of lightness, while the hexagonal floor tiles, black taps and bathroom fixtures add a stylish touch. The vanity was made of wood for texture. The original intention was for the bedroom wall to be exposed brick, says Kimberley, “but when we started opening

it up, we discovered black block bricks behind, so we had to come up with an alternative plan.” The solution was to use wallpaper. All the walls were painted white, which provided a good blank canvas for what

THIS SPREAD, CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: A view into the kitchen area. Sliding barn doors add to the industrial feel. The original parquet flooring was sanded down and painted grey. The open-fronted wardrobe in the main bedroom was made by Beautiful Spaces. The main bedroom is punctuated with a wallpapered feature wall. The throws and scatters are from Hertex. The guest bedroom continues the theme of subtle texture and understated style. The bathroom appears larger than it is – an impression obtained by the predominance of glass. A wooden vanity adds warmth to an otherwise glossy space.

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Kimberley had in mind. “It’s amazing what can be achieved with the inclusion of some feature walls,” she says. Construction was completed in October 2017 and all that was left was to add the perfect final touches – beds, side tables and invitingly soft furnishings, largely from Hertex. SOURCES Beautiful Spaces beautifulspaces.co.za Hertex hertex.co.za Tessa Sonik Fabrics tessasonik.com

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APARTMENT MAKEOVER

BEFORE

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Melissa Raath, a young working professional who loves the outdoors and entertaining.

With a few clever changes, a dated Cape Town apartment was transformed into a bright, contemporary home ideal for a young professional

A newly renovated 48m2 studio apartment in the heart of Sea Point, Cape Town.

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WHO LIVES HERE

THE APARTMENT

TEXT MELISSA LAWRENCE PHOTOGRAPHS KARL ROGERS AND SUPPLIED

By opening up the kitchen to the entrance hall, interior designer Melissa Lawrence created an open-plan space. With undercounter space for stools, it’s become ideal for entertaining.


THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: A cool palette of white and grey creates continuity between the living and sleeping areas. A round table from Superbalist serves both the bedroom and living spaces. They chose cleanlined furniture such as the sofa from @home. A fiddle-leaf fig adds a pop of greenery.

aving visited this apartment on a regular basis when her grandmother lived there, Melissa Raath often thought about how she would renovate it, if she ever moved there. Years later, when her father inherited the apartment, she was able to put her ideas into practice. Typical of older apartments, it was a warren of small rooms all connected by doors. To help them improve it, they called in interior designer Melissa Lawrence of Studio Melissa Louise. “I realised that with some relatively simple changes, such as enlarging the doorways to form archways, we could update the main living area and create a bright, airy, minimalist feel,� says Melissa Lawrence. She started with the kitchen and bathroom. By removing the kitchen cabinets and knocking out the wall between it and the entrance, the kitchen gained the illusion of more space. To get more room in the 3,5m2 bathroom, the door was replaced by a barn door on a track and the bath with a walk-in shower. She continued the hexagonal floor tiles right through and combined these with metro tiles on the walls for a light, fresh effect. As Melissa prefers clean lines and minimalist furnishings, she and the 

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interior designer chose a neutral palette enhanced by indoor plants. The result is a tranquil retreat where she can escape and relax after a busy day. “Living in a small space has its challenges and because I don’t have a lot of room I have to limit myself to the essentials and things that I really love,” says Melissa. Her favourite area is the kitchen and finds that it’s become the perfect place to host intimate dinners. The original parquet flooring was restored. The chest of drawers was made by Pine Options and the round mirror is from CTM. Because of a load-bearing column, the layout of the bathroom couldn’t change but the bath was replaced with a walk-in shower. The wall and floor tiles are from ON TAP. THIS PAGE, FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:

SOURCES @home home.co.za CTM ctm.co.za ON TAP ontap.co.za Pine Options pineoptions.co.za Studio Melissa Louise melissalouise.co.za Superbalist superbalist.co.za

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Custom designs like this slim TV unit (pictured left) can make all the difference. Add light items such as a glass coffee table and sheer curtains that won’t take up visual space. Geometric wallpaper, for example this custom design, can make walls appear wider. Kimberley Richmond, Beautiful Spaces

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The way you dress windows can make a room feel bigger. Hang the curtains close to the ceiling, which makes windows and ceilings appear higher. Interior designer, Kirsty Badenhorst

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When designing a bathroom in a pied-à-terre, lose the bath! A comfortable walk-in shower is far better. Include a stunning accent tile for interest and good lighting for ambience. Sue Lloyd-Roberts, Mint Designer Renovations

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JOSEPH AVNON INTERIORS

In a small space, a stunning statement piece always has more impact than a lot of small items, which just create visual clutter. Clinton Savage, Clinton Savage Interiors


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Stick to a simple colour scheme with one or two colours. With less confusion and less clutter, a room feels bigger. Silvia Miles, Milestone Kitchens

Mirroring a wall from floor to ceiling or a kitchen from counter to ceiling immediately increases the sense of depth. Kevin Lloyd, Kevin Lloyd Architects

Look for minimalist furniture with clean straight lines. For example, a dining table with chunky legs will overwhelm a tight space while one with narrow legs won’t intrude. Michael and Kylie Bornman, Kipekee Studio

STOREHAUS INTERIOR DESIGN

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The more natural light, the grander the space. To bring in more, place a mirrored surface on a wall perpendicular to the source. Architectural designer Puja Patel, SAOTA

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Use visual separation to define zones within a space. By adding changes in floor levels, material finishes, lighting, ceiling and furniture, you can gain the sense of going into another room, without creating physical boundaries with walls. Architectural designer, Puja Patel, SAOTA

In a bathroom, use a shadow line ceiling instead of a cornice and fit strips of LEDs to cast light downwards, increasing the impression of size. Sally Shaw, Sally Shaw Bathrooms 

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9 If floor space is limited, the solution is to mount lights on the wall. Long-armed and adjustable options let you direct the light where it’s required. Guy Harris, Newport Lighting

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Invest in pieces that can be used for more than one thing such as a set of nesting tables that can double as a coffee table. A desk can also function as a buffet when entertaining, and a bench can be a coffee table and extra seating. Clinton Savage, Clinton Savage Interiors

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Many houses have wooden cottage-pane windows, which make the interiors feel cramped and dark. To enhance the feeling of space, paint the wood white. If the window looks onto an unattractive area, replace the glass with mirror, to reflect the interior instead. Heather Welham, Portfolio Interiors

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If the space is narrow, use stripes horizontally to give the impression of width; if the ceiling is low, use vertical stripes to create height. Stephen Black, Black Fabrics

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EIJFFINGER WALLPAPER, DREAMWEAVER STUDIOS

BRONWYN MARNES INTERIORS

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Establish a focal wall that draws the eye so that there is less emphasis on the size of the room. An easy way to do this is by cladding a single wall with an interesting wallpaper. Alternatively you could compose a gallery wall using interesting artworks, frames and mounted artefacts. Interior designer, Kirsty Badenhorst

Opt for a freestanding kitchen so that furniture can be moved around and used in different ways. For example, a small island can be used as a server or a dining room table, and the grocery cupboard door as a blackboard. Silvia Miles, Milestone Kitchens

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Paint the walls a dark colour. Contrary to popular belief, a dark colour does not make the space smaller but makes the walls recede, creating a feeling of space and intrigue. Sally Shaw, Sally Shaw Bathrooms

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Opt for a frameless glass shower panel as opposed to a shower door. Sue LloydRoberts, Mint Designer Renovations

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The Supine Lounger from our range is a comfortable and stylish couch for everyday use but can be transformed effortlessly into a daybed when company arrives. Michael and Kylie Bornman, Kipekee Studio

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Introduce a link to the outdoors whether it’s sliding doors onto the patio or garden, a balcony or a roof garden – an outdoor space feels like an extra room. Derry Baker, Wyatt and Baker Architects 


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In bedrooms, sliding cupboard doors allow more space for bedroom furniture. Pull-down hanging rails let you add Use paint as a unifying an extra accessible hanging space in your closet. tool. Paint skirting boards, Cindy Talbot, Sins Talbot Design & Decor walls and ceilings the

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same neutral colour to make corners disappear, giving the room a much softer, cosier feeling. In a small kitchen, paint the cupboards the same colour as the walls.

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Look for furniture with exposed legs rather than fully upholstered. Being able to see under a chair or sofa gives the illusion of more room. Interior designer, Lloyd Cook

An open-plan layout always looks much larger than a series of small rooms. Derry Baker, Wyatt and Baker Architects

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Opt for multipurpose furniture. An ottoman can act as additional seating, but one with space inside is even better. Melissa Lawrence, Studio Melissa Louise

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Storage is important, and must be integrated for a clutter-free home. Consider unused areas above door height, for example, where shelves can be installed, and multifunctional furniture that incorporates storage. Cornell van der Westhuizen, CC Architects

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STORM STORAGE SOLUTIONS

Don’t forget to use vertical space. Floorto-ceiling bookcases work well. Carida Muirhead, Finely Found It Interiors

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Maximise kitchen storage space with the many accessories available. Look at items like a bio-bin that has divisions for recycling and pull-out corner pantries that make use of every inch of otherwise wasted corner units. Cindy Talbot, Sins Talbot Design & Decor

SOURCES Black Fabrics blackfabrics.co.za CC Architects thebigsmallhome.com Clinton Savage Interiors clintonsavageinteriors.blogspot.com Finely Found It Interiors finelyfounditinteriors.co.za Inside Out Home Boutique insideouthb.co.za Kevin Lloyd Architects klarchitects.co.za Kimberley Richmond beautifulspaces.co.za Kipekee Studio kipekeestudio.co.za Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors kbinteriors.co.za Lloyd Cook lloydcookinteriors.co.za Milestone Kitchens milestonekitchens.co.za Mint Designer Renovations minthouse.co.za Newport Lighting newport.co.za Portfolio Interiors 083 443 0339 Sally Shaw Bathrooms sallyshawbathrooms.co.za SAOTA saota.com Sins Talbot Design & Decor sinstalbot@gmail.com Studio Melissa Louise melissalouise.co.za Wyatt and Baker Architects derry@wyattbaker.co.za

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MAKE IMPOSSIBLE CLEANING POSSIBLE. Kärcher Window Vac: The timesaving cleaning gadget.

Take it in your hands and no mission seems impossible. With its compact design and patented silicon blade, the new Kärcher Window Vac is prepared for any situation. Cleaning will seem effortless and the Vac will leave all of your windows with a streak-free shine. Mission: accomplished. www.karcher.co.za

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SHOPPING

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Apartments and townhouses often can’t accommodate the generous proportions of large sofas, so we’ve narrowed down 10 compact designs that don’t skimp on style


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NOTE All dimensions are listed in centimetres and in order of length, width and height. 1 San Diego sofa in Rose, 145 x 85 x 85, R17 799, KARE. 2 Flynn sofa in Sunday Dark Grey with oak legs, 150 x 84 x 86, R11 299, Sofacompany.com 3 Barcelona sofa, 150 x 76 x 80, R16 329, Esque. 4 Purple Rain sofa, 135 x 71 x 75, R11 629, KARE. 5 Andrea sofa in fabric, 167 x 85 x 80, from R6 595, Sofaworx. 6 Phoebe sofa in Jake Wild Pink fabric from Hertex, 160 x 87,5 x 87,5, from R18 999, JVB Furniture. 7 Dahlia velvet sofa in Silver, 140 x 67 x 86, R5 999, @home. 8 Duzu sofa in Kiaat, 165 x 80 x 70, from R11 566 for wood frame only, Homewood. 9 Bronx grey sofa, 168 x 88,5 x 81, R4 500, Mr Price Home. 10 Phorma sofa, 138 x 64 x 77, approx. R12 999, Mobelli Furniture + Living. SOURCES @home home.co.za Esque esque.co.za Homewood homewood.co.za JVB Furniture j-v-b.co.za KARE kare-design.com/za/en Mobelli Furniture + Living mobelli.co.za Mr Price Home mrphome.com Sofacompany.com sofacompany.com Sofaworx sofaworx.co.za

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LIVING ROOMS

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this case, was the fireplace. “Although we renovated the room extensively, we kept the fireplace as, being centrally positioned, it holds the room together.” 1 Custom-designed sideboards and shelves in poplar wood display accessories and act as a base for the television.

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2 To give a sense of age and tradition, Danela sourced a vintage mantel from an antique dealer. 3 The mirror above the fireplace opens up the room and reflects both natural and decorative light. 4 Instead of a coffee table, an ottoman from Resort Lifestyle Furniture Collection with storage space inside lets the owners

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put their feet up when watching TV. 5 Danela kept the furnishings neutral with Fiji sofas and woven chairs, all from Resort Lifestyle Furniture Collection, and brought in subtle pops of dirty coral in the scatter cushions. SOURCES Danela Conti danelaconti.com Resort Lifestyle resortlifestyle.co.za

To help the owners of this newly renovated Jo’burg home establish a comfortable open-plan living area, Candice Koller of CW Interiors started with the furniture placement. “We made sure there was an easy flow out to the garden and that they could also enjoy the fireplace (not visible), which separates the living room from the dining area.” 1 The sofa and ottoman were custommade to fit the space; the ottoman provides more seating and, as it’s low, it doesn’t block the view of the garden. 2 To keep the look clean and modern, Candice used one large scatter in a striking fabric from St Leger & Viney to

draw the eye and add colour. 3 Instead of a large coffee table, Candice paired two identical tables with marble tops for a sense of luxury. 4 Defining the sitting area is a plush rug from Lund Rug Gallery, which softens the concrete floor. 5 To give the room the wow factor, Candice included two statement chairs to which she added scatters from Home Fabrics. “The chairs swivel so they can turn to face the fireplace,” she explains. 

SOURCES Amatuli amatuli.co.za CW Interiors candice@cwinteriors.co.za Home Fabrics homefabrics.co.za Lund Rug Gallery lundruggallery.co.za St Leger & Viney stleger.co.za

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Linear THINKING “As this was a brand new house, I was literally given a white box to furnish,” recalls Cape interior designer Karen Marsden. “The owners requested something stylish yet comfortable and easy to maintain.” Karen wanted to keep the room light and contemporary and include plenty of interest, but in a way that wouldn’t compete with the magnificent sea views. 1 “The scheme started with the wallpaper, a design by Cara Saven Wall Design that

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I fell in love with. It’s warm, textured and unique,” recalls Karen. 2 She chose custom-made sofas from Leon@CCXIX, which stand out beautifully against the wallpaper. “I first put everything on a floorplan so I can be sure of sizes and proportions,” she explains. 3 Then she chose the bigger items such as the standing lamp from Weylandts and designed the marble and timber coffee table made by Neeroj Daya Fine Furniture. 4 The next step was to layer the room with artwork such as the two works from Cara Saven Wall Design, objet d’art and

small furniture pieces. “I was assisted by creative freelancer Martine Abrahams who has a fabulous eye.” 

SOURCES Cara Saven Wall Design carasaven.com Gonsenhausers Fine Rugs finerugs.co.za Karen Marsden Interiors 021 439 1692 Leon@CCXIX leonat219.com Martine Abrahams martinecarly@gmail.com Neeroj Daya Fine Furniture finefurniture.co.za Weylandts weylandts.co.za


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High SOCIETY It can be difficult to create a sense of comfort and intimacy in a double-volume space such as this family living room in Jo’burg. For interior designer Amanda Walters, the solution lay in painting the walls rich charcoal and reflecting this in the oversized sofa. “As this room is used daily, the colour had to be practical and this shade also provides a sense of intimacy and cosiness,” says Amanda.

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1 The combination of old and new she was aiming for comes through strongly in the Indian bed from Mavromac & Gatehouse used as a coffee table. On top are Perspex trays holding accessories and books. 2 Standing lamps by Amanda-Jane Walters provide reading light and are supplemented by overhead lanterns from Morgan Associates. 3 A small French-style sofa, in Weathered Linen from Mavromac & Gatehouse, makes a contrast to the modern style of the sofa.

4 Instead of side tables, Amanda sourced classic leather trunks from Hunter Gatherer to give the Ralph Lauren look the owners wanted.

SOURCES Amanda-Jane Walters amandawalters.co.za Hunter Gatherer huntergatherercollection.com Mavromac & Gatehouse mavromacandthegatehouse.co.za Morgan Associates morganassociates.co.za


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DECOR IDEAS

BENCH

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1A COFFEE TABLE

Upholstered benches offer the opportunity to put your feet up and, with the addition of a tray, also double as a coffee table. Give them impact with one of the new printed velvets, like this floral design, as The Furniture Guild did here.

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2A DRESSING TABLE STOOL

In this beachfront apartment, a rustic bench provides an attractive contrast to a contemporary floating shelf that acts as a dressing table and is in proportion to its length.

Piano bench, R4 519, Esque.

Kelly bench, R9 699, JVB Furniture.

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By their very nature, freestanding baths need a handy surface for soaps, toiletries and towels. In addition, Profurn Contracts used this upholstered bench to introduce colour and pattern to a neutral bathroom.

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With the addition of a couple of bright scatter cushions, decorator Bronwyn Barnes turned this oak and steel bench from Grain & Co. into a striking sitting area on a landing. 

French ottoman bench, R2 999, @home.

Zola bench, R5 995, Block & Chisel.

Harmony bench, R4 005, Esque.

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As you can always fit an extra person on a bench, Justine Potter combined a woven design from Homewood with contemporary moulded chairs from DP Furniture around her solid timber dining table, also from Homewood.

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Don’t ignore the potential of a bench to form a focal point. Drawing the eye at the end of a long passage is a low wooden bench, which forms a base for an abstract artwork.

Sempre vault bench, R7 060, Weylandts.

Country bench with roping, R6Â 032, Homewood. Lodge ottoman, natural with Espresso Leather, R7 000, SHF.

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Giving a bed a finished look, a bench at the end makes a good spot to sit and put on shoes and, if it has storage inside, a place for extra blankets and cushions. Decor by Nowadays Interiors.

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The passage in this glam apartment called for a bold statement. In response, Profurn Contracts placed a striking black Hawkers bench from Tonic beneath a row of framed photographs.

Summit ottoman, R2 499, Coricraft.

Long leg bench, POR, David Krynauw.

Judy entry hallway bench, R4 999, @home. Jo’burg bench, POR, David Krynauw.

SOURCES @home home.co.za Block & Chisel blockandchisel.co.za Bronwyn Barnes Interiors bronwynbarnes@hotmail.com Coricraft coricraft.co.za David Krynauw davidkrynauw.com DP Furniture dpfurniture.co.za Esque esque.co.za Grain & Co. info@grain.org.za Homewood homewood.co.za JVB Furniture j-v-b.co.za Nowadays Interiors nowadaysinteriors.co.za Profurn Contracts profurncontracts.com SHF shf.co.za The Furniture Guild furnitureguild.co.za Tonic tonicdesign.co.za Weylandts weylandts.co.za

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KITCHEN STYLES

A MATTER

of taste Some love a traditional kitchen while others prefer everything modern. No matter your taste, we’ve sourced the perfect accessories

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URBAN CHIC Metallic finishes meet trendy tiles in this city kitchen. Tongue and groove cabinetry was given softtouch mechanisms to keep the look clean and uncluttered, while a green tiled splashback reflects the garden outside. A retro raw wood dining table and chairs pop against the graphic optical illusion floor tiles and provide a contrast to the metal-clad island. Adding an organic touch are plants and foliage, which also soften the hard edges. 

Provenza verde Victoria mosaic tile, R59 each, Italtile.

Charlotte pendant, R700, Eurolux.

Country Road Almo round board, R452,93, Woolworths.

Round stone chopping board, R229, H&M Home. Black loft chair, POR, CrĂŠma.

Cango pot plant holder, R599, KNUS.

Airy concrete counter top, R2 472,50/m, Caesarstone.

Verano black and chrome sink mixer, R2 299,90 Italtile.

Elba gas and electric black cooker, R19 999, Hirschs.

Preto cup, R65, Hertex.

SOURCES Caesarstone caesarstone.co.za CrĂŠma cremadesign.co.za Eurolux eurolux.co.za H&M Home hm.com/za Hertex hertex.co.za Hirschs hirschs.co.za Italtile italtile.co.za KNUS knus.co Woolworths woolworths.co.za

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RUSTIC BLISS To give the owners of this KZN house the farmhouse kitchen they dreamed of, interior designer Danela Conti of Resort Lifestyle devised a scheme that embodied an old-world aesthetic with all the mod cons of a contemporary kitchen. The two blue-painted units were custommade with soft touch drawers, but other vintage pieces like the 1930’s chairs came from antique dealers and were restored. Moroccan tiles from Moroccan Warehouse complement the cabinet colours and a salad bowl from Zimbabwe, varnished and plumbed in, was installed on a piece of marble on the table as a prep bowl. Copper pendants and wooden pot racks complete the look.

Mirage water stone and glass mosaic tiles, R335/sheet, Italtile.

Antique brass metal pendant, R2 170, K. Light Import.

Copper stovetop kettle, R329,99, Mr Price Home.

Le Creuset tea for one set, R529, Yuppiechef.

Wooden peg rail, R79,99, H&M Home.

Jenny cross back chair, R1 495, Block & Chisel.

De Buyer Inocuivre casserole with lid, R5 999, Yuppiechef.

French Flair centre island, from R23 943, Milestone Kitchens.

SOURCES Block & Chisel blockandchisel.co.za Danela Conti danelaconti.com H&M Home hm.com/za Italtile italtile.co.za K. Light Import klight.co.za Milestone Kitchens milestonekitchens.co.za Moroccan Warehouse 021 461 8318 Mr Price Home mrphome.com Resort Lifestyle resortlifestyle.co.za Yuppiechef yuppiechef.com

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MAKEOVER

The doorway into the passage was closed up and a new opening made to connect it with the main bedroom. With the builtin cupboards removed, there was plenty of space for a large walk-in shower. “We liked the industrial look of a windowpane shower screen so had one custom-made,” they say. Glossy screed was a practical choice for the floor. “For the walls, we created a subway tile-effect using more affordable tiles placed in a stretcher bond pattern and used dark grey grouting to emphasise the design,” says Jako.

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BEFORE

This Jo’burg couple took advantage of an unused bedroom and turned it into a spacious en suite bathroom “THIS BEDROOM WASN’T USED, and as we had four bedrooms and only one bathroom, it made sense to convert it into a bathroom,” explain Dené and Jako van Deventer of Blairgowrie, Jo’burg. 74

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HOW THEY DID IT As the bedroom was adjacent to the master bedroom, Jako and Dené decided to make it into an en suite. “This way, the original bathroom could become the guest bathroom,” says Dené.

THIS PAGE, FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: The shower screen was custom-made by Jarida. The floor is a practical waterproof screed. The couple spray-painted a grey floating shelf black to fit in with their scheme. The wall-mounted basin is from Ferreiras Tile and Bathroom, the mirror from Mr Price Home, and the vanity lights from The Lighting Warehouse.

SOURCES Ferreiras Tile and Bathroom ferreiras.co.za Jarida jaridagroup.co.za Mr Price Home mrphome.com The Lighting Warehouse lightingwarehouse.co.za

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“NOW THIS IS our sanctuary in a style we love. It’s so convenient to have an en suite,” say the Van Deventers.


HOME PROJECT

This month’s

GOOD IDEA…

USE GREENERY TO LIVEN UP INTERIORS There’s nothing like a profusion of foliage to bring a room to life. Best of all, plants are known to absorb carbon dioxide, freshening the air naturally. Good plants for indoors include bamboo palms, bird’s nest ferns, dracaenas, fiddle-leaf figs and calathea. Add another style statement by placing them in on-trend baskets and containers as interior designer AmandaJane Walters did here.

TEXT MARY JANE HARRIS STYLING JO SHARP PHOTOGRAPH CHRISTOPH HOFFMANN

SOURCE Amanda-Jane Walters amandawalters.co.za

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THE GREEN ROOM

Telling TILES

Bring your outdoor living room to life with a tiled feature wall

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Deco Heritage black patterned tile panels 320 x 620mm, R539,35/m², WOMAG.

Potted dragon aloe, R399,99, Mr Price Home.

Downtown black candleholder, R659, KARE.

80cm black deco wood floating shelf, R699, @home.

EXPERT TIPS Oren Sachs, managing director of WOMAG, has this advice for creating a feature wall with patterned tiles If you don’t want a completely patterned wall, use a combination of plain and patterned tiles. Work out the design beforehand with the tile shop and make sure the tiler understands the effect you‘re after. If you have a tight budget, but still want the wall to have the wow factor, lay plain tiles in different patterns such as herringbone or runner bond. Or mix things up with hexagonal tiles. This has impact, but it’s more subtle. For an elegant effect, combine matt and polished tiles in the same shades. The difference in finish adds an interesting texture.

Embellished silver wine cooler, R503,37, Woolworths. Boyi six-seater customisable outdoor kiaat dining table, from R19 071, Homewood. Maria dining chair, R2 400, Patio Warehouse.

Navy fabric, design Chic, R690/m, St Leger & Viney.

Medium ceramic planter, R300, KNUS.

Palmfrond Indigo Periwinkle scatter cushion (60 x 60cm), R897, Lula Fabrics.

SOURCES @home home.co.za Homewood homewood.co.za KARE kare-design.com/za/en KNUS knus.co Lula Fabrics lulafabrics.com Mr Price Home mrphome.com Patio Warehouse patiowarehouse.co.za St Leger & Viney stleger.co.za Woolworths woolworths.co.za

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CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW

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Chelsea INSPIRATION

 INNER TRANQUILLITY The combination of exuberant planting and a calm, contemplative space earned Chris Beardshaw, designer of the ‘The Morgan Stanley Garden for the NSPCC’ the prestigious award of Best Garden on Show. The garden as healing space remains a compelling theme in today’s uncertain world. Beardshaw drew on a soft palette of mauve, blue and pink perennials and richly textured woodland foliage to offset a cedar-wood pavilion and serene reflective pool as a metaphor for the safe emotional space the NSPCC seeks to provide for children. Beardshaw’s garden last year was the People’s Choice Show Garden.


 EARTHY MEDITERRANEAN In an era of water shortages and global warming, Sarah Price’s eclectic mix of succulents, scented herbs and diaphanous, heat-tolerant flowers offered a fresh take on gardening in hot sunny climates with ‘restrained’ water use. Her gold-awarded ‘M&G’ garden was both dreamy and rustic. A trio of angular pools cooled the arid landscape and earthen walls helped to define the space. Her plant choices included water-wise succulents, euphorbia, senecio, poppies, rockroses, groundcover herbs and grasses.

 FOR THE BEES Flowers took over this year: dazzling, clashing and exuberant, pushing grasses ever so slightly to one side. This year, designers weren’t afraid to use colour, all in the name of gardening for bees, butterflies and wildlife. In the flowerfilled ‘David Harber and Savills Garden’, where theatrical sculpture marked the transition from natural wildness to cultivated formality, designer Nic Howard admitted to having no specific colour scheme, just those blooms that would encourage insects.

 SMART SPACES The incorporation of environmentally positive technology into inner-city gardens is a trend that continues to push the bounds of possibility. As a contemporary communal garden within a typical London square, ‘The New West End Garden’ included paving that converts footsteps into electricity and data, energy-harvesting systems, solar lighting and air-purifying plants which absorb toxins and help clean the atmosphere. Designer Kate Gould was awarded gold for it. 

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COUNTRY CALM As the People’s Choice winner, Mark Gregory’s ‘Welcome to Yorkshire’ garden, was a romantic evocation of all that country living means: crafted stone walls, vegetables and flowers tumbling over one another, and a sun-drenched porch shaded by fragrant wisteria. The growing artisanal movement, and the overwhelming response to this postcard-perfect view of country life, illustrate the ever-growing desire to escape the stresses of everyday life. This garden also won the best construction award and celebrates Gregory’s 30th year at Chelsea.

 TIMELESS ROMANCE The quintessential English garden with its beautiful flower borders, rambling roses and crafted stone-work never seems to go out of favour. Its timeless appeal was confirmed again as the Artisan Garden People’s Choice. Designed by Janine Crimmins, and winner of a silver gilt medal, ‘The Claims Guys: A Very English Garden’ was inspired by the English Arts and Crafts Movement. Its plants included traditional favourites like foxgloves, phlox, roses, lavender and prunus, with box hedging as a formal element.

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 STILL WATERS The water features that stood out this year were tranquil pools, such as the infinity-edged pool in ‘The Silent Pool Gin Garden’ designed by David Neale awarded the People’s Choice in the Space to Grow category. Visitors loved this ‘city haven’ with its stone-clad planters filled with flowering perennials and shrubs, the easy to maintain walkways and the intimate corner in which to enjoy the evening’s botanical gin and tonic.


 YELLOW RULES Chelsea’s love of soft purple, mauve and blue was still evident but the trending colour this year was yellow, backed up with orange and white. Lupins, verbascum, senecio, fennel, poppies and euphorbia in this energising colour, popped up in almost all the gardens, and was the dominant theme in HayJoung Hwang’s ‘LG Eco-City Garden’, which won silver gilt. It used plants and trees to assist in oxygen generation, humidity control, temperature moderation and the reduction of carbon dioxide. Running water provided a filter for noise pollution.

 URBAN ECOLOGY Continuing the theme of balancing urban lifestyle requirements with environmental health, the winner of the Space to Grow category, ‘The Urban Flow’ designed by Tony Woods, combined bold design for small-space city living with eco-friendly solutions. Large-scale metal installations sculptural in nature, and decorative grilles doubling as rainwater storage solutions, gave the garden its contemporary edge. A plant palette in shades of purple and chartreuse added to the drama, yet all the plants were chosen for their ability to withstand unpredictable climate conditions, offset pollution and attract wildlife.

 CENTRE STAGE FOR SCULPTURE Collaboration between landscapers, sculptors and even composers produced gardens of drama, fantasy and whimsy in which striking sculptures played a central role. Jo Thompson won gold for ‘The Wedgwood Garden’, in which an ephemeral bronze pavilion appeared to float over a stream against a naturalistic backdrop of plants and boulders. In the ‘Spirit of Cornwall’ garden, sculpture inspired by the waves of sound, accentuated the contemporary tropical garden, illustrative of Cornwall’s microclimates. Designed by Stuart Charles Towner, this garden was also awarded gold.

SOURCES Country Living Magazine countryliving.com House Beautiful housebeautiful.com The Royal Horticultural Society rhs.org.uk The Telegraph telegraph.co.uk

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KZN MIDLANDS GARDEN

Wild and

WONDERFUL

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Sharon McKenzie believes in letting things grow in abundance – and that’s exactly what she did in her Midlands garden

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ake the dusty road from Balgowan to Curry’s Post in the KZN Midlands and you’ll spot the sign ‘Little Revesby’. The home of Sharon and Peter McKenzie is so named as Sharon’s family hailed from Revesby in Lincolnshire, England. Their English-style garden, originally designed by Durban landscape architect Cedric van Ryneveld in 1970, includes a dam and groves of mature exotic trees – planes, seven varieties of oak, cherry, prunus and magnolia. Hidden in this forest, Sharon has created a secret garden for her grandchildren, who pick flowers from the many varieties of azaleas and roses. 

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WHO LIVES HERE Sharon and Peter McKenzie, Shumba, the Golden Retriever, and Teddy, the Jack Russell.

THE GARDEN Part of a farm, this 3-hectare, Englishstyle garden in the KZN Midlands has large, established trees and an abundance of roses, azaleas, foxgloves and larkspur.

THIS SPREAD, FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: This restful spot under the oak tree is home to a birdbath. The tall, delicate spires of foxgloves add height and interest.

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THIS PAGE, FROM TOP TO BOTTOM: Established trees and a white clematis-covered pergola made from gum poles frame the path leading to the dam. Snaking up the oak tree on the left is a purple wisteria. A colourful array of pink salvia, which flower all year round, forget-me-nots and foxgloves.

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“My favourite activity of the day is to watch the morning mist rise over the valley towards the dam. The curving beds, with swathes of delphiniums, alstroemeria, Sophie’s rose, larkspur and foxgloves fill me with joy, particularly in spring and early summer, when the beds are awash with colour,” says Sharon, who is the family gardener, assisted in the past by Petrus Sithole and now by Margaret Ngubane and Phineas Hadebe. Sharon is a great believer in slipping and planting using growth hormones. “Most of my daylilies, fuchsias and clivias have been slipped or split and I have a small home nursery specifically for growing plants in bags.” Her beautiful pink and white dogwoods came from the garden of the late Bea Bernstein, a well-known Midlands gardener. 


SHARON’S TIPS Plant beds of annuals in spring that flower into summer. Cut back the whole garden at the end of summer, leaving the larkspur and foxgloves to add height and colour. Don’t cut alstroemeria stalks, rather pull out them out at the base after flowering. Deadhead roses every day during the flowering season.

An abundance of foxgloves, pink salvia and forget-me-nots are offset by the immaculate lawn.

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Sharon’s biggest challenges come  from the herd of buck that enjoy eating roses and agapanthus, and the arum lily-eating porcupines and wild pigs. “Marauding monkeys have put paid to my vegetable and fruit garden – the only fruit tree we can pick from is the peach, which is close to the house and I can get there before the monkeys! “I also plant my clivias in pots in the ground to stop the moles from feasting on them. You just have to go with it,” laughs Sharon. “The only plant we poison is the noxious bamboo, which grows at an alarming rate.” Sharon’s favourite blooms are the delicate cream daylilies she propagates, as well as the common white clematis, that spans the archway at the entrance. “I find pink salvias very rewarding as they flower all year round and dahlias and the Michaelmas daisies also put on a show as the season progresses. “My mother planted bottlebrush for the birds, as well as lavender and the Margaret Roberts forget-me-nots. The indigenous wild irises fill in gaps and tend to pop up all over. As my garden is full of picking greenery like penny gum

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and azalea, I help with flower arranging for weddings in the district,” says Sharon. As the KZN Midlands has a high spring and summer rainfall, Sharon only waters the garden during a very dry winter or after she has fertilised. During the growing season, she feeds roses every six weeks with Bounce Back. Does she garden to a plan? Sharon smiles and says, “It comes from the heart, and as long as it looks good, I go with it.”

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Natalia bougainvillea climbs up the front of the house behind a dense cottage-style planting of daisies, forget-me-nots, foxgloves and pink salvia. A view down to the pergola reveals curving beds brimming with greenery and bright pink karume azaleas. The bank at the back of the house is covered with shrubs. Steps leading to a glade of trees are flanked by pots of star jasmine.


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agnolias have long been treasured for their striking flowers, which, depending on the country they’re from, are regarded as symbols of purity, nobility and beauty. But they’re also loved for their fragrance and foliage. Fossils dating back 100 million years indicate that magnolias were one of the first flowering plants. Hailing from east and south Asia and North and Central America, only a few of the many species are available in South Africa, but fortunately among them are a number of new, interesting cultivars. They are fairly slow growing so look for well-established plants with a good sized root ball.

MAGNOLIA X SOULANGEANA (PURPLE TULIP TREE OR SAUCER MAGNOLIA) These small deciduous trees or multistemmed shrubs originated in China 

The delicate, fragrant flowers of magnolias are a reminder that spring is on its way

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and are known as tulip trees because of the shape of their flowers. These stand upright on bare branches from late winter to spring and come in shades of dusky pink, purple, lilac and rosy mauve. They are slow growing, but flower from a young age. Where: They perform better in cooler, moist areas and are not happy in the subtropics. They need protection from hot afternoon sun. In frost-prone gardens, plant in a protected area to avoid frost damage to the flowers. Size: About 4–6m high. Good to know: The Little Girl series, bred in the 1950s, is a cross between M. liliiflora ‘Nigra’ and M. stellata ‘Rosea’. They are smaller plants, 2–4m high, with dainty flowers. These appear a few weeks later than M. stellata and M. x soulangeana so they are less prone to frost damage. Limited stocks of ‘Ricki’, ‘Pinkie’ and ‘Susan’ are available.

MAGNOLIA STELLATA (STAR MAGNOLIA) This open, somewhat loose-limbed shrub or small tree from Japan is an absolute delight in early spring when dainty, multi-petalled, star-like flowers appear on its bare branches. These are followed by fresh green leaves, which darken with

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the approach of summer. Where: Although cold hardy in frost areas, place it in a warm sheltered position to prevent the flowers being frosted. It’s best in a mixed border among evergreens. Size: Although it can reach over 3m high, it usually grows to about 1–2m. Good to know: Apart from a white form there is also one with dusky pink petals, which starts flowering at an early age.

MAGNOLIA GRANDIFLORA (SOUTHERN OR BULL BAY MAGNOLIA TREE) The flowers of this tree appear in late spring to early summer. Bold and showy, the six-petalled blooms open white and turn into creamy white, waxy saucers. They show up well against the large dark green, leathery leaves, which are glossy on top and felt-like and brown underneath. Where: These imposing evergreen trees from the south eastern states of the USA, thrive in warm gardens especially in the subtropics. In cool areas, plant them in a sheltered position. As they have extensive surface roots and can cast fairly dense shade, they are best in large gardens away from houses and walls.

Size: Slow growing to a height of 4–6m, but can exceed 10–15m. Good to know: Named selections of M. grandiflora, which include ‘Crystal’ and ‘Samuel Sommer’ are more suitable for suburban gardens and can also be grown in large containers. They’ll tolerate salt-laden winds. THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT:

Deciduous star magnolia has pastel pink blooms. The extremely fragrant flowers of Magnolia grandiflora, the Southern or Bull Bay magnolia tree, measure 20cm across and show up well against the foliage. M. grandiflora often produce cone-like fruits, which turn orange and then red before releasing their red seeds in late summer.


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MAGNOLIA FIGO (PORT WINE MAGNOLIA)

MAGNOLIA GRANDIFLORA ‘LITTLE GEM’ This compact tree flowers on and off throughout summer. Its glossy dark green leaves have an interesting rusty underside. Where: It makes a good screen or informal hedge placed at the back of a border. Size: About 5–7m high and 4–5m wide. Good to know: It’s frost tolerant once established.

Known previously as Michelia figo, this small, compact shrub or tree is a native of China and was reclassified as a magnolia in 2006. The small, waxy, cup-shaped flowers hidden in the leaves have a strong fruity fragrance at night. The plum petals open to reveal a creamy yellow centre. Where: Its glossy leaves make it an attractive screen and hedge. Size: About 3–4m high. Good to know: It flowers in summer and produces flowers from a young age. THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT:

The leaves of both Magnolia grandiflora ‘Russet’ and ‘Little Gem’ have velvet brown undersides. The fragrant flowers of Magnolia figo are often overlooked as they’re hidden among the leaves. The white waxy petals of M. grandiflora.

SOIL: Magnolias thrive in rich, moist soil to which a generous quantity of compost has been added. POSITION: They prefer sun and will take some shade; in hot inland gardens, plant deciduous species in the shade of trees or on the cooler, south side of the house. WATER: Most require regular water despite their leathery leaves, although ‘Little Gem’ is fairly water wise. Good drainage is essential. FERTILISE: Feed in spring and summer with an organic slow-release fertiliser. CARE: Magnolias prefer slightly acidic soil, so add oak leaf and pine needle mulches, especially if the soil is alkaline, and dig in old teabags and coffee grounds. They seldom need pruning; some even resent it. They are relatively pest-free. FLOWERING SEASON: Late winter through to summer. SIZE: 1–15m high. FROST TOLERANCE: Most magnolias are frost tolerant, but in cold areas, position those that bloom in late winter where they’ll be protected from frost.

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hen the Elliott family moved into their Greenside house, there wasn’t much garden to speak of. “It was all very brown, just lots of aloes, succulents and little else,” explains Suzie Elliott. “The space just didn’t resonate with us at all, but we knew it had potential and that with a bit of help, some careful planning and a fair amount of work, we’d make it our own.” As the house needed renovating, the Elliotts decided to bite

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the bullet and get all the mess and inconvenience over with at the same time. “I had a picture in my mind of what I wanted the garden to look like, but knew that I didn’t have the skills 

John and Suzie Elliott, their two daughters, Sophie and Lily, Richie, the Australian Shepherd, Angus, the dachshund, Frankie, the Peke, and Todd, the cat.

THE GARDEN A gate allows access from the driveway to the front garden and keeps the dogs safely contained. There’s a happy balance between space for the children and animals and the colourful beds. THIS SPREAD, FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:

A small, formal, colourful English cottage garden with space for the children and dogs.

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to do it myself,” says Suzie. “I also thought that for the sake of everyone’s sanity, it had to be right the first time, which is why I enlisted the help of landscaper Shirley Wallington. Shirley understood immediately what we needed as a family and what we were looking to achieve in our garden.”

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Suzie’s vision was for a pretty, colourful English-style country garden. Added to that, she wanted a place where her two little girls could play, looking for fairies and creating magical worlds. There were also the dogs to consider and the desire to pick as much of their home-grown produce as possible. Her husband, however, wanted lots of green and very little maintenance. “You can see from the result who won that battle!” chuckles Suzie. “This little garden was quite a challenge,” says Shirley Wallington. The need for structure was obvious from the onset, so Shirley started by dividing it up into different ‘rooms’. She began by constructing a low wall along the driveway and putting in a gate to access the front garden. This helped to contain the dogs and prevent children from running in front of visitor’s cars. “I also cut off the section between the house and the grapevine,” explains Shirley. “Again this was to stop the dogs from running through and to create another, almost private A low, neatly trimmed buxus hedge frames the English cottage plantings. An inspiring mixture of foliage texture, colour and height ensures year-round interest. THIS PAGE, FROM TOP:


‘room’ under the vine-covered archway.” Around the other side of the house, she added another small gate to keep the dogs in the back garden, if needed. That little lane proved to be another tricky part of the build as it was all but blocked by a very overgrown creeper. “I opened it up completely, removing the wayward creeper and laying paving,” says Shirley. “It needed a clear walkway, not only for humans and animals to have access between the front and back garden, but for the more mundane but vital maintenance,” she continues. “I considered where the lawnmower had to go and how it would get there.” For that reason she kept the sloping ground and didn’t build steps. “You find that over time steps will break or chip if you’re constantly hauling a mower over them,” she explains. Shirley brought in Lizette Nieman from Strylitzia Landscaping to do the hard landscaping and to fill the beds with complementary colours and textures. “We now have somewhere we can spend long sunny afternoons,” beams Suzie. Growing their own fruit and vegetables also proved to be a hit with the whole family. Suzie explains: “It’s fabulous for the girls to see how food grows. We’ve experimented with all sorts of different veggies from chillies to marrows to beetroot and it’s great fun.” THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: In keeping with the English feel, there is an abundance of roses. Metal arches were used to train the grapevines. Bushy blue Salvia leucantha lines this secret ‘room’. Blues and greys have a cool, calming effect in this corner of the garden.

SOURCES Lizette Nieman Strylitzia Landscaping 082 454 2869 Shirley Wallington shirley@wallington.co.za or 083 750 3998

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In a small garden, it’s important not to see everything at once and to give the illusion that there’s more around the corner. This is where curving paths come in. Even if they don’t lead anywhere, they encourage visitors to slow down and enjoy the journey. Design: Aileen Joubert, The Rain Forest Company.


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Use features like arches and pergolas to draw the eye upwards. They also give you extra planting space. You can also trick the eye by combining a series of arches, starting with a bigger one in front and a smaller one at the end, which gives the impression of depth. Design: Malcolm Sinclair.

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Repetition of shapes establishes continuity in garden design. In particular, circular shapes counteract straight lines and visually open up boundaries. Soften the edges with plantings. Design: Craig de Necker, The Friendly Plant.

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Noise from traffic and neighbours is often a problem in small urban gardens. The sound of water, whether from a big or small feature, helps to muffle this considerably. Water features also add movement and reflections, giving a tiny garden an extra dimension. Design: Jan Blok. 

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Detract from looming walls by introducing different levels. Here, a raised bed is followed by a container on another level, creating a change in pace and slowing down the eye. Design: Karen Gardelli.

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One way to instantly double the size of your garden is to mount a mirror on the boundary wall or side of the house so that it reflects the garden. However, make sure that what it’s reflecting is attractive and that it doesn’t beam sunlight onto a flammable surface. Enhance the illusion by placing containers in front of it or planting just below it. Design: Karen Gardelli.

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A clever space-enlarging idea is to build in outdoor seating. This frees up space in patio areas and the change in heights adds interest. Plus, it minimises the effect of high boundary walls. Design: Craig de Necker, The Friendly Plant.

SOURCES Jan Blok janblok.co.za Craig de Necker 082 805 0910 Karen Gardelli 082 745 2891 Aileen Joubert 082 903 9393 Malcolm Sinclair 083 674 8713

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Get ready to enjoy your spring garden and start preparing for summer

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must-dos this month Contributing garden editor Marianne Alexander’s handy checklist of essential chores to do in August

Liven up dull gardens with six packs of spring-flowering bedding plants like primulas, pansies, calendulas, dianthus and snapdragons. Maintain your feeding regimen and deadhead to ensure a longer, better display. Start looking for summer bulbs to plant in September. Indigenous options include gladioli, red-hot pokers, arum lilies, scadoxus, crocosmia and cyrtanthus. Exotic bulbs include tiger lilies (Tigridia pavonia), chlidanthus and liatris. Mulch the whole garden. Organic mulches improve the soil and feed plants. Try mushroom compost, dry lawn clippings, shredded bark or bark chips, nut shells and straw bales. A 30m³ bag of commerical compost spread 5cm deep will cover about 2m². Mulch acid-loving plants with old teabags, pine needles, bark chips and oak leaves. Keep feeding spring bulbs until the leaves have withered. Use 3:1:5 or 2:3:4 or a high-potash food for healthy flowers next year. You can also use fresh wood ash. Scarify kikuyu and buffalo lawns where runners have built up a thick thatch. Rake to loosen the dry grass, or mow on a low setting then again at a 90° angle. Check if dormant summer-flowering plants like achimenes, hippeastrums, tuberous begonias and gloxinia are shooting. If not, provide more light and water. Remove scale and mealy bug from ferns, palms and other indoor plants with a cotton bud dipped in diluted methylated spirits. Give winter-flowering indoor plants like cyclamen less water to encourage dormancy, and repot summer bloomers that aren’t performing. Finish pruning hydrangeas, mulch and start feeding. Apply 2T of blueing agent, aluminium sulphate, fortnightly. Pinch out the tips of fuchsias. Prune roses in the subtropics. Cut back summer and autumn-flowering salvia by two thirds in warm areas. Check that ties on staked plants aren’t strangling their stems. Deal with weeds as soon as they appear. Remove from lawns by hand or spot treat with a suitable herbicide and smother those in beds and borders with thick mulch. For organic weed removal on driveways and paths, pour over boiling water or vinegar or sprinkle with salt. Revitalise the soil around roses in mid to late August. Lightly fork in the old mulch, add a sprinkle of bonemeal, compost, old manure and a few handfuls of Epsom salts (magnesium sulphate). Water and apply 5–10cm mulch: pine bark, peach pips, peanut husks or straw. Give each plant about 30g of a fertiliser like Vigorosa 5:1:5 or Talborne Vita-Green 5:1:5. Boost azaleas, rhododendrons and camellias by watering in a light application of high-nitrogen fertiliser. Apply iron chelate to acid-loving plants like yesterday-today-and-tomorrow, gardenias and citrus trees with yellowing leaves; follow up a few weeks later with Epsom salts.

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Why: This new Pride of India range has deep plum, almost black leaves and colourful flowers in summer. It’s drought tolerant, frost hardy and mildew resistant and there are three varieties, ‘Mystic Magenta’ (pictured), ‘Purely Purple’ and ‘Lavender Lace’. Where: Ideal for small spaces, this diminutive tree grows 3–4m high and takes sun or semi-shade. How: Plant in well-composted, well-draining soil. Trim in winter, and feed with 2:3:4 or 3:1:5 in spring.

Tea bush (Leptospermum scoparium) This delightful fine-leafed evergreen shrub has pretty, frilly single or double flowers in pink, red or white. ‘Cherry Brandy’ (pictured) is a compact, rounded 1m-high bush with dark foliage. The lowdown: Plant in well-drained, preferably acidic soil. It dislikes humidity. Keep an eye out for scale. It’s half-hardy and wind tolerant. Height: 1–3m. Japanese flowering quince (Chaenomeles japonica) Its single or double, deep red, orange red or white blossoms appear on thorny stems. The lowdown: Sun loving, it can take dry periods, but doesn’t perform well in subtropics. Height: 1–2m. Sweet pea bush (Podalyria calyptrata) This indigenous evergreen shrub or small tree from the Western Cape will delight with its silvery leaves and large, showy, mauve-pink, pea-like flowers that attract bees. The lowdown: Plant in well-drained, composted, preferably slightly acid soil. Height: 2–4m.

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THIS WEEKEND Neaten groundcovers. Remove dry, dead growth. Lift and replant overcrowded clumps. Mulch or sprinkle compost around and underneath and feed with 2:3:4 or 2:3:2.


ON DISPLAY Show off pot plants in these stylish containers Burgon & Ball herb pots in a tray, R585, Bespoke. bespokehome.co.za

Embo basket, R650, Hello Pretty. hellopretty.co.za/embo-handmade

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Congratulations to landscape architect Leon Kluge whose KirstenboschSouth Africa exhibit won a gold medal at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Leon took over from multi-award-winning designers David Davidson and Raymond Hudson, who were responsible for the South African exhibit for 24 years. This year’s design took a light-hearted approach, with the different landscapes featuring township art to depict cultural life.

BOOTS and ALL Get ready for the rainy season with elegant Neptune gumboots, R195, from Ferndale Nursery 021 794 5144.

Have fun with cacti Round and square cactus pot covers, from R99,99 each, Lifestyle Home Garden. lifestyle.co.za

WHAT’S ON 27 JULY – 2 SEPTEMBER Garden World Spring Festival Held at Garden World on Beyers Naude Drive, Muldersdrift, this year’s festival comprises 17 show gardens with the theme ‘A sense of place’. There’ll be plenty of inspiration to get you ready for the start of the gardening season. For more details and to book for the talks, workshops and concerts, call 011 957 2545, 011 956 3003 or 083 997 6142. gardenworld.co.za

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1. MONARDA ‘BALMY’ (BEE BALM OR BERGAMOT) Since its introduction two growing seasons ago, this dwarf variety of bergamot has proven to be a showy summer-blooming perennial with large, dense flower heads in shades of pink, purple and red. Its dark-green

2. EUPHORBIA HYPERICIFOLIA ‘BREATHLESS’ This filler is fast-growing, always covered with a mist of tiny white blooms and is heat and drought tolerant and no deadheading is necessary. It’s a frost-tender perennial and in very cold areas may act as an annual. It works well in containers and hanging baskets, in a border or alongside a path. It complements other plants beautifully. Growing tips: It grows in full sun or partial shade and likes well-drained soil. With more shade, it can become leggy, but responds well to trimming. Size: 25–38cm high with a spread of up to 60cm.

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fragrant leaves are mildew resistant. It attracts butterflies, nectar-seeking birds, and other beneficial insects. Use it in borders, as an accent plant or massed with ornamental grasses. Growing tips: Plants grow in full sun or partial shade, in ordinary garden soil and should be kept consistently moist. Cut back to the ground after flowering to encourage new shoots and divide after three years. Size: 25–30cm high and wide.


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3. GAURA LINDHEIMERI A popular garden perennial, this can grow huge, outstripping its space in small gardens. However, the new G. ‘Bantam’ (pictured) is genetically bred to stay compact and produces an abundance of short white or red flower spikes on a low, dense green base. It adds texture and airiness to the garden and looks good massed under clipped standards and in borders, as well as in containers. Growing tips: Plants like full sun, regular watering and cutting back in spring to encourage strong new growth. Size: 44–55cm high; 30–40cm wide.

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A dwarf Genovese-type basil, it has bright green strongly scented and flavoured leaves. Bushy and vigorous, it keeps its compact shape, so that it can be used as an ornamental shrub in beds, in a parterre, knot garden or container. Growing tips: Plants thrive in full sun, in fertile soil that is kept moist and mulched. Don’t let the soil dry out in very hot weather. Pinching back makes it bushy, increasing the harvest of leaves, which can be used for pesto, salads, and all dishes calling for sweet basil. Size: 36cm high; 30cm wide.

A summer-flowering perennial, this can be treated as an annual in colder areas. A bushy plant, it produces many delicate flower spikes in a range of colours that includes burgundy, purple, rose, pink, and cream. Its heat and frost tolerant flowers appear from early spring to winter and attract butterflies and birds. Use it in a border (groups of 3–5 plants for the best show), or containers. It pairs well with verbena. Growing tips: It grows best in full sun and likes regular, deep watering. Size: 30cm high and wide. 

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LANDSCAPING TIPS FOR SMALL GARDENS

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Evergreen leafy shrubs add depth and contrast, even in small gardens. Use compact shrubs like buxus, Hebe ‘Odora Nana’, and conifers ‘Aurea Nana Compacta’ or ‘Rheingold’, or shrubs that don’t mind being clipped down to size like Duranta ‘Sheena’s Gold’, Murraya exotica hybrids, abelia and escallonia. Don’t hesitate to trim plants that are overgrowing the others as small overgrown gardens look messy more quickly than large ones. Scale is important: use pots, obelisks and gazebos that are in proportion to the space. Features that are too large upset the balance. Use every aspect: the garden floor (paving patterns, containers), walls (trellis, mirrors, paint), and ‘ceiling’ (hanging baskets). In small gardens, plants are more noticeable. Keep them healthy and looking good with regular watering and fertilising, according to their specific needs.

8. TOMATO ‘MEGABITE’ 6. BIDENS ‘BEE ALIVE’ This perennial combines the charm of daisies with a burst of vivid colour. The flowers have orange petals and a large, yellow centre. Plants are bushy and upright, adding to garden diversity and health by attracting pollinators like bees and butterflies. Use as an edging as well as in pots and hanging baskets. Growing tips: It grows in full sun, and flowers continuously, even in the hottest months. It requires light watering and fertilising once a month. Size: 20cm high with a spread of 46cm.

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7. POT PEPPER ‘SWEET SNACK’ (CAPSICUM ANNUUM) This produces large yellow, red or orange fruit on short plants and can be grown easily in the garden or in a pot. Growing tips: Plants need full sun, soil enriched with organics and regular watering. Avoid nitrogen-rich fertiliser, which encourages leaf growth rather than fruit. Opt rather for a feed high in potassium. In very hot weather, mulch to keep the soil moist and cool. Size: 30cm high; 20cm wide.

A sturdy, determinate tomato, this variety produces large ‘beefsteak’ tomatoes. It’s suitable for growing in pots, and, as the fruit is carried on short branches close to the stem, there’s no need to stake the plant or support the fruit. It’s very productive and the large fruit is firm and juicy. Growing tips: If grown in pots, water every day in summer and feed once a week. In the garden, plant it in fertile, well-drained soil and water regularly. When it starts to flower, drench with a liquid fertiliser once a month. Size: 40cm high; 20cm wide.


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Find out how to update your home at a fabulous evening of decor fun at Eastgate Shopping Centre

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GUEST SPEAKER – SANDI LARKIN Get the inside scoop of what’s in and what’s not. Sandi will be talking about the latest trends and how you can implement them in your home. Plus, she will be offering invaluable advice on how to use this season’s colours.

HOW TO BOOK Date and Time: Thursday 30 August 2018, registration is from 17h00 and the programme will run from 18h00 – 20h00 Venue: Eastgate Shopping Centre, 43 Bradford Road, Bedfordview, House and Home court, Lower Level Cost: R150 per person, which includes drinks, snacks and a fab goodie bag Booking: To book your spot, go to caxtonevents.co.za

EASTGATE SHOPPING CENTRE Fabulous shopping, delicious dining, and conveniently located in the heart of Bedfordview, Eastgate Shopping Centre is the perfect spot for getting out and about. Browse their huge selection of beautiful shops, or grab a bite at the Piazza at any one of their diverse selection of restaurants.


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The ‘Scents and Sensibility’ garden at the Lifestyle Garden Design Show was designed by students of Lifestyle College of Landscape Design and head lecturer Mike Rickhoff.


 PLANTERS Wooden planters are very versatile. Use them for growing herbs and veggies on paved areas, within a bed to add height, to contain plants with invasive growth habits or grouped together in an attractive arrangement. Portable, they’re easily moved into better light, or out of a draught, or to change the look. 

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Make a feature of the rainwater tank instead of hiding it away. Adorn it with garden art or wrap it in plastic mesh as a support for vining climbers like granadillas, peas, runner beans, cucumber and squash. This 800ℓ rainwater tank (around R2 800) takes up surprisingly little space. Positioning ultimately depends on the proximity of gutters for directing rainwater into the tank. Fit a tap to the base for a hosepipe or sprinkler. For better pressure, install a small .37Kw pump.

This mini four-tier grow house (around R1 000) with heavy duty zipup cover is ideal for propagating seeds sown in trays and pots. In winter, it protects tender veggies from frost and birds. Use it to germinate seeds early when soil temperatures outside are still too cold. In winter, leave it open during warm sunny days for good air circulation and zip it closed at night to keep in the heat. It’s light, portable and easy to assemble, with four shelves and a roll-up door.

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 BOKASHI BIN This bucket-sized 25ℓ bokashi bin (around R200) recycles kitchen waste using effective microorganisms (EM) that release vitamins, organic acids, minerals and antioxidants as they break down organic matter. All kitchen waste, including cooked leftovers, bones and dairy, can be used and it doesn’t smell, apart from a slight vinegary odour. Most garden centres stock bokashi buckets as well as the bran containing the EM. Sprinkle a 2cm layer of bokashi bran over each new layer of kitchen waste. Keep the bin sealed. When the bucket is full, let it stand for two weeks then bury the waste beneath the soil in the garden to complete the composting process.

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Gardening is simpler and less messy with a potting bench that acts as a work table, tool shed (with hooks/pegs for garden tools), and storage for pots with space underneath for a wormery and bokashi bucket waste recycling system. It looks good, keeps garden equipment in one place and makes a comfortable working space for gardeners with back problems.

Synthetic grass may seem an unusual feature for a veggie garden, but it keeps the area mud, pesticide and maintenance-free. Hosed or swept clean, synthetic grass is easy to install – like laying a carpet – and can be cut to fit the shape of the garden. Best of all, it doesn’t need watering.

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 GROW TUNNEL Light, portable and easy to assemble, a grow tunnel with PVC cover (around R650) is ideal for growing early veggies, salads and micro greens and for protecting young and tender crops in winter. Open it during warm winter days, but close it in the afternoon to conserve the heat. It’s also useful throughout the year as a minipropagating house for rooting cuttings.

 WORM FARM Compost worms convert kitchen waste into fertile worm compost (vermicompost) and worm tea (leachate) that builds soil health and increases yields. This two-tiered system makes it easy to separate the worms from the castings when harvesting the worm compost/vermicompost. The bottom tier has a tap for draining out the worm tea/leachate, which is diluted 50:50 with water and used as a soil drench. Effective wormeries need to be durable, well insulated, waterproof, light and easy to work with. Keep the wormery in

the shade in summer and sheltered from cold draughts in winter. Feed the worms with veggie and fruit scraps, ground egg shells, coffee and tea grounds, paper and mouldy bread.

SOURCES Products supplied by Lifestyle Home Garden lifestyle.co.za Lifestyle College of Landscape Design 011 792 8244 or lifestylecollege.co.za

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Used as a medicinal plant for thousands of years, alfalfa is rich in silica, which improves hair that splits easily or is thinning. Growing tips: A perennial, it’s easily grown from seeds or seedlings in full sun. Drought resistant and hardy, it dies back in cold areas in winter, but springs up in warm weather, quickly reaching a metre high. The purple flowers attract beneficial insects, particularly bees. Uses: Drink an infusion of leaves and flowers twice a day. Make a paste from blended leaves and flowers mixed with jojoba oil and use as a hair conditioner.

2GOTU KOLA Many herbs can be used both internally and externally to improve the health of your hair. Jane Griffiths has these tips on how to grow and use them

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One of the many benefits of this remarkable herb is that it fortifies hair follicles by strengthening blood vessels and improving circulation. Growing tips: Once established, this spreading, semi-hardy perennial with kidney-shaped leaves needs little attention. It’s an ideal groundcover as it forms a dense water-retaining mat. It survives light frost, but needs protection against severe cold. Grow from seedlings or propagate from runners.

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4 3 Uses: Drink an infusion of leaves once a day. Don’t overdo it – excessive use can lead to headaches and itchy skin. Use infused oil as a hair conditioner and leave on for 6–12 hours.

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Nettle is an excellent hair tonic and growth stimulant as it contains high levels of calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and silica. Growing tips: Nettles grow easily in any soil and prefer semi-shade. Seedlings are available from herb centres or can be propagated from a piece of root. They spread easily, and to prevent them becoming invasive, cut back regularly or grow in a container. In late

autumn, cut down to the ground and mulch lightly. Uses: Drink an infusion made from leaves and flowers once a day. Use as a conditioner to prevent hair loss and encourage growth. Tip: Use gloves when harvesting – it’s not called stinging nettle for nothing.

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Parsley has a very high vitamin and mineral content, and was used medicinally long before it became a culinary herb. It helps strengthen hair and keeps it shiny and healthy. Growing tips: Parsley takes ages to germinate and is easier grown from seedlings. When sowing seeds, soak

them in warm water overnight, before planting. Parsley likes fertile soil, full to partial sun and plenty of regular moisture. It comes in two main varieties: flat leaf (or Italian) and curly leaf. Both are rich in nutrients. Although a biennial and hardy enough to survive mild frosts, plant new seedlings each year as leaves from second-year plants become tough and bitter. Leave some to flower the following summer as they attract beneficial insects. Uses: Drink an infusion twice a day to strengthen hair. Simmer leaves for a few minutes until softened. Blend into a paste and rub into the scalp as a conditioner to help control hair loss and prevent dandruff. Cover with a towel and leave on for an hour. 

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Rosemary is an excellent herb for strengthening hair, preventing hair loss and treating scalp problems. Growing tips: Rosemary is a large perennial that lives for many years. Although its preferred climate is hot and dry, it does well in more temperate zones. There are many varieties, some trailing, others bushy, with flowers ranging from pale mauve to dark purple. It’s difficult to grow from seed, so rather buy seedlings or propagate from an existing plant, using layering or cuttings. Cut back in late spring. Uses: For shiny hair and to keep the scalp in good condition, use an infusion of leaves as a rinse. Add essential oil to conditioner to encourage growth.

CONDITIONER FOR DRY HAIR 1 cup olive oil 1 cup mixed alfalfa, gotu kola, parsley, nettle and rosemary leaves 2T shea butter 4T coconut oil 4T jojoba oil 1 cup natural aqueous cream 10 drops rosemary essential oil

1. Mix the olive oil and herbs in a double boiler or bowl set over water. Simmer gently for about 3 hours. Strain the infusion into a bowl and discard the herbs. 2. Wipe the double boiler and heat the shea butter until just melted.

Stir in the infusion plus the other oils, except the rosemary essential oil. Remove from the heat and cool, stirring often as the mixture thickens. 3. Add the aqueous cream, whipping constantly, until smooth. Add the rosemary essential oil and decant into a sterilised container. 4. Shake well before using. Leave on hair for half an hour before rinsing. Store the oil mixture in the fridge and mix a few tablespoons with the amount of cream you need for one application. Tip: For normal to greasy hair, infuse the herbs in water, and leave out the olive oil, shea butter, jojoba and coconut oils.

SOURCE Jane’s Delicious Herbs by Jane Griffiths (Sunbird Publishers, jonathanball.co.za) janesdeliciousgarden.com

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ENTERTAINING

EASTERN Businessman Denny Mo marries his creative flair and meticulous attention to detail with unique ingredients

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enaissance man, slashie, or polymath – whatever you want to call a man of many interests – that’s exactly what Denny Mo is. The owner of two successful businesses, design studio MØ and Angles+Earth, he’s certainly a maverick. He’s also an extravert, innovator and designer of living works of art and he and his stylist wife Catherine make a dynamic creative duo. Charming, with an effortless smile and a positive outlook on life, Denny was born in Hong Kong and grew up surrounded by the huge metropolis. Perhaps it was city life that caused his green fingers to itch from an early age. “It was through experimenting that I discovered the art of terrariums, which was once a flourishing pastime in the 19th century,” he explains. Denny’s hobby, handcrafting these geometric glass containers, blossomed into a successful business, Angles+Earth. A self-professed nature obsessive, Denny’s goal was to build glass structures that created their own micro environments. Each terrarium is individually made and every piece of glass cut and soldered by hand. The team at his

Khayalitsha studio are part of his vision to empower and uplift local talent, and they also cultivate all the carefully chosen plants used in the terrariums. “I’m a softie for comfort food,” says Denny. “Thai curries, Chicken à la King and oxtail are family favourites.” But his menu today is all about his South-East Asian roots. In the kitchen, Denny applies his artistic flair to his dishes, with the help of Catherine and sous chef friend Renato. His passionate approach shows meticulous attention to detail, particularly when putting together the poke bowls – each dish is an individual work of art. Denny likes things lively and energetic when he entertains, which is why no dinner party is complete without a few board games. A welcome drink tied into the theme of the occasion is another must, allowing everyone to get into the swing of things. His menu today is a mix of traditional Asian ingredients such as century eggs and seaweed, contemporary fare like the on-trend poke bowl and good old-fashioned comfort food – just the way he likes it. 

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1 cup jasmine tea leaves 3–4ℓ water ½ cup honey ice, to taste TO SERVE edible flowers (optional)

1 block tofu 1 century egg 3t sesame oil (½t per serving) 6t oyster sauce 6 pinches sesame seeds 1 spring onion, diced seaweed strands (about 3–5 cut strands per serving) shaved dried fish flakes, to taste (optional) TO SERVE baby radishes, thinly sliced

1. Bring the water to the boil. 2. Add the jasmine tea and boil for 10 minutes. Set aside to cool then strain. 3. When ready to serve, add the honey and ice. 4. Garnish each glass with edible flowers, if desired.

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quarters and place in the bottom of 6 serving bowls. 3. Cut the century egg into thin slivers* and place a few on top of each serving. 4. Drizzle half a teaspoon of sesame oil and a whole teaspoon of oyster sauce over each one.

5. Sprinkle the sesame seeds and chopped spring onion over the tops. Garnish with the radish slices. 6. Finish with seaweed and the shaved dried fish flakes to taste, if using. *COOK’S NOTE A little sliver goes a long way.


QUICK CHAT WITH THE COOK My cooking style is no cookbooks and no measuring cups. I measure with a sense of smell and taste. No dinner party is complete without dessert. The kitchen gadget I couldn’t live without is a knife sharpener. If I had just one recipe book, it would be anything by Gordon Ramsay. My store cupboard staples are salted butter and fresh bread. My favourite comfort food is my mom’s cabbage stew. It’s slow cooked for five hours with shrimp, dried mushrooms and kelp. There is nothing quite like it. The best thing I ever ate was salmon ice cream and trout meringue at Tokara Wine Farm. If I was stuck on an island with a celeb chef, I’d pick Francis Mallmann, a chef I saw on Netflix’s Chef’s Table. When it comes to food, my family are nuts about Sunday brunch. We eat till we look like seals.

POKE BOWL (Serves 6) 3 cups black or sushi rice 6 cups water 600g raw salmon/ cooked prawns 600g pineapple 3 avocados 600g raw beetroot 600g carrots 3 sheets seaweed   600g edamame beans  pinch shaved ginger 1 cup crushed cashew nuts FOR THE DRESSING 1 cup rice or sushi vinegar 1 cup honey 1 cup soy sauce pinch ginger shavings

1. Cook the rice in the water.

2. Make the dressing by mixing all the ingredients together and set aside. 3. Cut the salmon/prawns and pineapple into cubes. 4. Cut the avocados into thin slices. 5. Julienne the beetroot, carrots and seaweed. 6. To serve, place a helping of black rice in the centre of each serving bowl followed by a few slices of avocado. 7. Add the rest of the ingredients with the seaweed and cashews last. 8. Drizzle the dressing over each poke bowl and mix it all up before serving. COOK’S NOTE I use a small rice bowl to measure each portion. 

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Denny with Snoo and visiting Italian greyhound, Bella

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Renato Marchesini, Jonè Geldenhuys, Nichols Zachariou, Susan Zachariou and Catherine and Denny Mo

EASY-PEASY JAM APPLE PIE (Serves 6) 250g jar of jam (I prefer strawberry)

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300g puff pastry (ready- or home-made) 8 Pink Lady apples, sliced 3–5t fresh lemon juice TO SERVE whipped cream or ice cream

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1. Preheat the oven to 200°C. 2. Melt the jam in a heavybottomed pot. 3. Roll the puff pastry out on a pre-greased tart pan. 4. Fan the apple slices out on the pastry. 5. Sprinkle the fresh lemon juice over the apples. 6. Pour the melted jam over the top of the apples.

7. Bake for 20 minutes until the pastry is cooked and golden. Grill the top for the last 3 minutes, watching carefully so it doesn’t burn. 8. Serve the pie warm with whipped cream or ice cream and garnished with apple slices.

SOURCES Angles+Earth anglesandearth.co.za MØ mzero.co.za


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De Krans The Original Espresso, 375ml, R79, is a luscious dessert wine marrying the flavours of port and coffee. It’s delicious chilled or try it in an Espresso Martini. Find the recipe on our website, gardenandhome.co.za

BEYOND COFFEE Get a taste of what’s new in the culinary world

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Turkish DELIGHT Following the success of Anatoli, Cape Town’s popular Turkish restaurant, owner Tayfun Aras shares his authentic recipes with a cookbook of the same name, Anatoli, R375, Human & Rousseau. It’s full of well-known favourites such as köfte, kebaps and mezze, not forgetting the much-loved baklava. Find the recipe for Karniyarik (aubergines stuffed with minced meat) (pictured) on our website, gardenandhome.co.za

Hold in the HEAT Keep soups and warm beverages hot, and smoothies and cold drinks cold for up to 15 hours with GSI Outdoors 500ml Vacuum Flask, R729. With a non-slip rubber base and lined cup for drinking, it’s ideal for your daily commute, school and work lunches, road trips and picnics. Yuppiechef.com

Bespoke coffee roaster, Terbodore from the KZN Midlands, offers aroundthe-world flavoured coffee capsules suitable for Nespresso compatible machines. They’re available in four heavenly options: English Toffee, Dutch Chocolate, French Vanilla and Hazelnut. terbodorecoffee.co.za

WHAT’S ON 16 and 22 AUGUST Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Pre-Auction Showcase Taste exceptional crafted wines produced for the 2018 Cape Winemakers Guild Auction. 16 August at the CTICC, in Cape Town and 22 August at The Atrium, Nedbank Head Offices, Sandton. Tickets, R350 pp, are available at webtickets.co.za For further details, visit capewinemakersguild.com 18 AUGUST The Chocolate Festival Besides all things chocolate, there’ll be gin, bubbly and wine, charcuterie, cheeses and much more at Anura Estate in Stellenbosch. Tickets are available at webtickets.co.za 23 AUGUST Chefs and the Vine at La Petite Ferme, Franschhoek There will be a tutored pre-dinner tasting of red blends followed by bubbly, canapés and a deluxe four-course meal, R750 pp; bookings are essential. Call Marinda on 021 876 3016 or e-mail frontoffice@lapetiteferme.co.za

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EFFORTLESS ENTERTAINING

Entertain the easy way with these simple but impressive dishes

(Serves 4) 15ml avocado or olive oil 1 large fennel bulb, halved and thinly sliced 2 cloves garlic, crushed 5ml smoked paprika or paprika 4 x 150g kingklip fillets, trimmed 45g butter 80ml dry white wine or vegetable stock salt and milled black pepper, to taste 250g cherry tomatoes on the vine 100g black olives, pitted 1 lemon, finely grated zest and juice TO SERVE fennel fronds lemon wedges

1. Heat the oil in a wide pan and gently fry the fennel and garlic over a low heat for 5 minutes. 2. Increase the heat and add the paprika and cook for one minute. 3. Arrange the kingklip fillets in a single layer in the pan and add the butter, white wine or vegetable stock and season with salt and black pepper. 4. Reduce the heat, cover and cook for 3 minutes. 5. Add the cherry tomatoes, black olives, lemon zest and juice. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes. 6. Garnish with fennel fronds and serve at once with the lemon wedges.

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CHEAT’S CRÊPES SUZETTE (Serves 4) 120g castor sugar 30ml orange-flavoured liqueur, such as Grand Marnier 2ml salt 15ml finely grated orange zest 150ml orange juice 120g butter, cold and cubed 2 oranges, peeled and segmented 8–12 ready-made* pancakes, defrosted 15ml brandy (optional) TO SERVE ice cream or cream

1. Heat the castor sugar, orange liqueur, salt, orange zest and juice in a wide pan, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. 2. Simmer and add the butter, one block at a time, whisking until it is incorporated, before adding more. 3. Add the orange segments. 4. Fold the pancakes in quarters and arrange in the pan, spooning over the sauce. Simmer for 2–3 minutes, or until the pancakes are completely coated. 5. If using, heat the brandy in a metal ladle, flambé and pour it over the orange mixture. 6. Serve at once with the sauce and ice cream or cream. COOK’S NOTE* Using readymade pancakes means that you can whip up a stylish last-minute dessert with minimal fuss. Find them in the freezer section of major supermarkets.

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in France – all chateaux and stunning Bordeaux reds and cherry-laden trees in the back yard of our gîte. From Bordeaux we’d driven towards Spain, the Pyrenees silvery and snow-

topped to our left, the promise of the Bay of Biscay to our right. Passing the revered towns of Biarritz and San Sebastian, we’d reluctantly traded their sweeping bays and midnight tapas

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Although less renowned than the southern regions, northern Spain has an extraordinary amount to offer, says Tess Paterson


The stone wall leading to San Juan de Gaztelugatxe.

The Cantabrian town of Potes.

TESS’S TRAVEL TIPS GOOD TO KNOW The Spanish siesta is taken seriously. If you’re travelling during the day, sort out some padkos before you go. Some restaurants close between 12h00 and 16h00, depending where you are. MUST-SEE SIGHT A walk from the top of the Fuente Dé cableway – the views across the Picos are spectacular. ITEMS TO PACK Good walking shoes and a pair of lightweight binoculars – Cantabria is birding country. FAVOURITE BITE The irresistible txistorra sausages and cured ham found in markets, restaurants and bars.

in favour of making some distance westwards. To be honest, what emerged was not entirely pretty. Naïvely I’d expected a gentle extension of France, a few Gallicly chic

villages where we could practise our Spanish while plotting a trip to the Guggenheim at Bilbao. The reality of the Bizkaia province on the northern Spanish coastline is that it’s properly industrial. Much of the lovely green hills have been terminally afflicted by hightech steel and petrochemical plants. The region’s well known for its aeronautics and automotive hubs too; the latter accounting for a quarter of the Basque country’s GDP. What’s interesting is that this is nothing new. According to my guidebook, over 80% of the iron brought into England in the 15th century came from the Basque

provinces. The exploitation of natural resources has been happening for a while. And the upshot? A sort of bipolar landscape that’s part exquisite verdant coastline, part interminable high-rise blocks. The architecture has a Swisschalet-type sameness – a sort of Heidi meets Hillbrow, which as Annalet points out, is not entirely the unspoilt Riviera we’d imagined. Undeterred, we choose a stretch of coastline north of Bilbao. Our base is a ‘casa rural’ run by the delightful Maria Lourdes Rodriguez Echevarria. Maria speaks five languages fluently, and at breakfast I overhear her switching effortlessly from Dutch to German. 

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View from our villa in the Liebana Valley, Cantabria. A welcome Spanish beer.

A pintxos stall at the Bilbao food market.

PLANNING YOUR TRIP WHERE TO STAY We booked our accommodation through Rustical Travel rusticaltravel.com and Rusticae rusticae.com; both were helpful and informative. VISAS South Africans need a Schengen visa to visit Spain. Visit sa.blsspainvisa.com CURRENCY The currency is the Euro. €1:ZAR15. A local beer costs €2,50 (about R37) and pintxos from €2–€3 each (about R45). FIND OUT MORE Bilbao Turismo bilbaoturismo.net; Euskadi Basque Tourism turismo.euskadi.eus/es and The Picos de Europa thepicosdeeuropa.com

“Si, you could head to Bakio,” she suggests, “and carry on eastwards from there.” Huddled around a lovely bay, Bakio is a short drive from San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. This 10th-century hermitage sits atop a natural islet, connected to the land by a meandering stone bridge. Once you’ve panted up all 240 steps and braved the wind, the reward is a glorious, forever view of the Atlantic. We take a short detour inland, heading south east to the town of Guernica-Lumo. In high school we’d learnt about Picasso’s eponymous painting, a commentary on the brutality of the Spanish civil war. Standing in

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front of the tiled replica, it’s hard to believe that hundreds of citizens were killed here during the Luftwaffe’s bombing in 1937. Picasso’s original oil painting Guernica now hangs in Madrid’s Reina Sofia museum. Eighty years on, it seems that we still have a lot to learn about peace. Amid the high-rise development of Bizkaia, some of the natural world has thankfully been preserved. The Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve covers 23 000 hectares, including the Mundaka estuary mouth, which is the most important wetland in the Basque country. Closer to Guernica, the Urdaibai Bird Centre is a well-run gem. With indoor viewing across the wetland and genuinely helpful staff, it’s a welcome respite for nature lovers. Our last stop is Elantxobe, the epitome of small, fishing-village charm.

On a Sunday afternoon in spring, there’s a smattering of local families pottering around with boats. Treed hills rise steeply behind the colourful blocks of flats. For a quiet moment, you can imagine a pre-motorised world when fishing was the be-all of this beautiful coast. The following day it’s off to Bilbao, half-an-hour’s drive away. We park atop a prominent hill, and via funicular and tram arrive at the Guggenheim Museum. For 20 years I’d dreamed about seeing this up close – Frank Gehry’s titanium-clad spectacle on the banks of the Nervión River. The travel gods, though, are having a bit of a laugh, because it’s Monday – the only day that the museum is closed. We marvel at the gleaming façade, take selfies with Maman, the 9m-high spider sculpture, before seeking


View of Elantxobe. The Picos de Europa in Cantabria.

The garden of our villa near the town of Potes.

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao.

consolation at the food market. Walking into the Mercado de la Ribera, we’re greeted by a cacophony of sound, colours and aromas. We’re talking three floors of fresh, Basque country produce and not much English. We’ll be self-catering for the next few days, and stock up with everything from spicy txistorra sausage and sheep’s milk cheese to glossy green olives and fruity Txakoli de Getaria wine. The pintxos stalls are irresistible – pricey but filling snacks laden with any number of combinations: roasted red peppers, anchovies, calamari, salt cod and warm Camembert. With the car loaded to the hilt, we drive on westwards. We’ve rented a villa in the heart of the Picos de Europa in Cantabria.

Olive fest at the Mercado de la Ribera.

Just 20km from the coast, this rugged mountain range rises sharply to 2 600m. The real joy of the drive starts at the Desfiladero de la Hermida – a stunning ravine that follows the Deva River. On a gentle green hill near the town of Potes, the villa is a solid stone-built beauty. An hour later, the braai’s lit, and four of us are gazing through the wood smoke at snow-clad peaks, the clamour of cow bells all around; wine in hand. On our first day we opt for a 9km hike, starting at the village of Mongrovejo. The Bajo lo Picos trail stretches along the eastern massif, a mix of farmland and deciduous woodland with some steep hills for good measure. On an early spring day it’s sheer heaven; I can’t think of a better way to spend a

morning out. On our way back, puffed and happy, we savour a few rounds of icy Estrella beers. For an unforgettable overview of the Picos, a trip up the Fuente Dé cableway is a must. In three and a half minutes we’re whisked high above the peaceful green valley. This is real Heidi scenery – rugged limestone peaks and crisp air that’s uncannily like the Swiss Alps. From hard-core hiking to chilled rambling and raptor-spotting this is unspoilt Spain at its very best. After an easy meander around the still-frozen snow drifts, Annalet and I head to the self-help restaurant. Armed with coffee and a wedge of Madeira cake, we put our feet up and people-watch like it’s St Moritz. Northern Spain may have had less air time than the south, but there is some exceptional beauty amid the industrial chaos. We’ve barely scratched the surface – there are countless drawcards, from the fêted San Sebastian eating scene and Rioja bodegas, to the more introspective Camino de Santiago. Life is short, you should definitely go.

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One of the first makers of tinplate toys was German company, Hilpert, which produced them from the 19th century. Other premium German makers were Märklin and Bing. Between the two World Wars, Schuco (which still makes toys) produced a menagerie of wind-up animals, which are among the most collected tin toys today. In England in the 1920s, the Tri-ang brand of tin toy cars was launched. Perhaps the most influential British maker was modeltrain maker Frank Hornby, who also sold toys under the name Meccano. In the US, one of the earliest makers was George W. Brown of Connecticut, who partnered with clockmaker Chauncery Goodrich in 1856 to use the mechanisms in his wind-up toys. In 1950, Louis Marx produced wind-up Disney characters and became the largest toy manufacturer in the world. With the start of the Space Race, Japanese toy makers produced armies of tin-toy robots, fleets of tin spaceships, futuristic tin weaponry and eerie ray guns with sounds and sparks. High-quality toy cars were also a hallmark of the Japanese tintoy industry. ABOVE: Early 1960’s toy landaulet in the turn-of-the-century style of Bing.

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ver the past 60 years, Cape collector Percy van Zyl has amassed a phenomenal collection of vintage 20th-century toys. This extensive collection, which he started in his twenties, is housed in the Warrior Room in the Simon’s Town Civic Hall, and is open to the public seven days a week. Hundreds upon hundreds of die-cast cars, armadas of model ships, model trains and armies of lead soldiers line the shelves of the former M.O.T.H. hall. It’s a treasure trove where childhood dreams are realised and memories of a bygone era come flooding back, whether you’re nine or 99. “It’s everything a boy or grown man could ever dream of,” says Percy. Percy opened the museum when he retired from the SA Defence Force in 1989. “I would rather be here showing off my toys to fellow enthusiasts than be sitting at home,” laughs Percy. What started as a schoolboy hobby has turned into his retirement business. “Shortly after I opened the museum, I was inundated with requests to buy the toys and that’s when I started to sell to the public, and now at least my sales cover the upkeep of my little museum,” he explains. Percy has a particular fondness for the tinplate toys in his collection. “They were high-tech toys when I was growing up. I also love space-themed ones from the 1950s and 1960s. It was the atomic and space age and I, along with most of the kids my age, was obsessed with the idea of space travel and exploration. It’s so interesting to look back and see what we thought the world would be like in the future. It’s odd to think that after such an enthusiastic start to space travel, most superpowers have cancelled their space programmes,” remarks Percy.

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TIPS FOR ASPIRING COLLECTORS “Condition, condition, condition! Once tin lithographic prints have been damaged, they’re impossible to repair or restore,” says Percy van Zyl. The only parts which can be replaced or fixed are the clockwork mechanisms, friction drives and electrical motors. Missing tyres and hubcaps on cars are also unobtainable. “Always keep the box as iconic toys like Robbie the Robot and early 20th-century ocean liners by Fleischman reach astronomical auction house prices if in the original box,” says Christiaan Scholtz of Old Johannesburg Warehouse. Beware of cheap 1990’s Chinese reproductions of 1950’s toys. They are okay for display, but have no real resale value. FROM ABOVE: 1 Immaculate 1950’s Schuco Mercedes 190SL Roadster with clockwork remote control. 2 Post-war Japanese motorcycle and rider. 3 Late 1960’s Space Rocket No. 9. 4 ‘Champion Racer’ by Masudaya of Japan. 5 Battery-operated Japanese space explorer ship in its original packaging, which makes it more valuable.

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SOURCES Old Johannesburg Warehouse 011 836 1650 or oldjwauctioneers.com Simon’s Town Civic Hall 021 444 6811 or 021 702 6071

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Treasure chest What are your collectables worth?

FIND OF THE MONTH I inherited this beautiful W Berndt Kunstglas vase. It’s in perfect condition. Can you give me some information on it and a value? Linda Muller Ingrid Aron of Kalk Bay Antiques Centre says, “This is a lovely piece. It’s turn of the 19th to early 20th century or thereabouts and obviously German. Usually items like these were made from hand-cut crystal with painted overlays and gilding and featured classic Germanic or Teutonic mythological subjects.” She values it at around R4 500.

EXPERT TIP “BIBLES USUALLY HAVE NO COMMERCIAL WORTH. THE VALUE OF THIS ONE LIES IN THE MAUCHLINE BINDING,” SAYS PAUL MILLS

Paul Mills of Antiquarian Auctions says this Bible was published by T. Nelson and Sons in 1869 and bound in wood using a technique called Mauchline Ware. “Mauchline is a town in Scotland where the printing of transfers or stencils onto wood, and then heavily varnished, was developed in the 1830s and was mainly used on small boxes and other trinkets. Books with Mauchline Ware boards were also produced and Bibles were popular. This one is typical of the genre. There’s considerable collecting interest in Mauchline, but the prices are modest, usually about R1 000 – R2 000, depending on the condition. This one might be worth R1 000 – R1 500.”

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THANKS TO OUR SPECIALISTS Ingrid Aron Kalk Bay Antiques Centre 021 788 8882 Charles Kerr Charles Kerr Antiques 083 327 7769 or charles@hgate.co.za Paul Mills Antiquarian Auctions antiquarianauctions.com

According to Charles Kerr of Charles Kerr Antiques, dealer in Georgian and Victorian furniture, “This Victorian mahogany dressing table mirror dates from around 1870. It would normally have sat upon a chest of drawers or a table. The lovely scrolling carving and the interesting break-front shape makes it slightly better than the usual run-ofthe-mill mirrors produced prolifically during the last half of the 19th century. I’d say it’s worth about R3 500.”

WRITE IN AND WIN EVERY MONTH we give away a *prize for the most valuable or interesting item sent in. This month Linda Muller has won six bottles of Backsberg Sparkling MCC worth R130 each. With its full, zesty, citrus finish including apples and peaches, hint of strawberry and long aftertaste, this MCC is an excellent wine to enjoy with seafood, starters and desserts. Visit backsberg.co.za E-mail clear photographs and relevant information about your collectable item to gardenhome@caxton.co.za with Treasure Chest in the subject line. Due to the volume of mail we are unable to respond personally. Pictures must be sent as separate attachments at a size between 1MB – 2MB. Only one submission per reader will be accepted. For guidelines on the best way to take your photos for Treasure Chest, visit gardenandhome.co.za

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Can you please tell us more about this Holy Bible dating from 1869 and if it has any value? It has a wooden cover and coloured, plated maps. Christine and Jacques Jonker

I bought this beautifully carved dressing table mirror on auction. It’s 75cm high and the base is 60cm wide. It has all its original hinges and screws and a space for jewellery or makeup. I’ d like to know the vintage and if it has any value. Eslia Gillen Knott


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hen Nikki Tyack decided to leave her full-time job and open a business, something to do with furniture was her first choice. “I’ve always been interested in beautiful spaces and loved rearranging my mother’s house when I was younger,” she says. Her interest in furniture developed further through interacting with architects and interior designers while working in sales and marketing. She jumped at the chance to open Esque, an online store selling high quality, designer decor pieces with her business

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partner, Kylie Harborth. “We were very naïve,” she says. “An online store effectively means you are running an IT company that happens to sell furniture, and we had a lot to learn. We’re total IT geeks now though,” she says. The company employs eight people at their head office in Ballito and distributes countrywide. Their products are contemporary and designer orientated. “We aim to be ahead of the trend and quality is essential,” she says. In response to the demand for stylish baby furniture, Nikki and her team recently launched Swaddle, their second online store, which caters to parents on

1 FOREST GREEN CARA DRESS FROM MUZE I love the deep green fabric. There are only a few available in each design so it’s quite unique. 2 LAURA CHANNING SPA AND SKIN You literally walk in and float out. I love to treat myself to a manicure and their back, neck and shoulder massages are simply heavenly. 3 VENICE My husband proposed to me on a gondola in Venice. Those canals are magical. 4 WATERFORD ESTATE CHARDONNAY A good friend and wine connoisseur introduced me to the Waterford Chardonnay – it’s sublime. 5 FIDDLE-LEAF FIG TREE The leaves are big and bold so it fills empty spaces. Our faux versions are very realistic. 6 RAY’S KITCHEN This restaurant in Salt Rock is surrounded by indigenous forest and has a casual yet upmarket feel, which is very relaxed. The food is simply world class. 7 MARBLE ORION NESTING TABLE I trust our factory designer at Esque when it comes to the quality and workmanship of this piece. You can’t fault it. The marble and metallic finish looks so chic and classy and it’s a must-have.

the hunt for nursery furniture and decor to match the chic feel of their homes. Nikki’s personal style reflects the modern aesthetic of her business. “I love a good statement rug and am very partial to a beautiful piece in raw timber,” she says.

SOURCES Esque esque.co.za Laura Channing Spa and Skin laurachanning.co.za Muze Shop 083 294 9232 Ray’s Kitchen rayskitchen.co.za Waterford waterfordestate.co.za

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