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July 2021

Home is a practical, inspiring guide for the home and garden that enables people to make their home prettier and increase the value – inside and outside. The magazine makes life easier for people wanting to buy a home, build, or make alterations, or even try their hand at gardening, cooking and decorating. Home doesn't just demonstrate what looks good – it explains what adds value, and why. The magazine offers readers affordable and accessible choices, help with do-it-yourself projects, and provide advice for renovations. It’s for men and women with ordinary lives, ordinary careers and ordinary homes; people who want to add value to their home with a limited budget.

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South Africa
Media 24 Ltd
8 Issues

in this issue

3 min
dear reader

Karin Brynard’s column about insomnia (see page 138 ) reminds me of a story from my teaching days. It was composition day, and the usual candidates were full of excuses. Long stories about their incomplete assignments. The long and winding road between the school desks might just as well have been a dry riverbed in the Karoo with the promise that – one day! – there might be water flowing there again, but not that day. That day it was dry and dusty, just like the learners’ excuses. Except for one student: he was lying with his head on his arms, groaning; the burden of some sort of ailment weighing heavily on his shoulders. His memory of the previous day was a bit hazy, he said. Slowly and with some effort, he…

4 min
your space

Write to us at Home Readers’ Letters, PO Box 1802, Cape Town 8000; email editor@homemag.co.za, fax 021 408 3046, and join our Facebook group (facebook.com/homemag) or follow us on Instagram @TuisHomeMag. When submitting a letter, please include your full name and the town in which you live. WINNING LETTER Lessons from my garden Regine le Roux of Hout Bay writes Recently, the overgrown weeds in my garden became embarrassing! I started by pulling out the easier ones, but when I got to the bigger bushes, I had to tap into my Better Half Mark’s toolbox. Time spent in the garden gives you time to think. As I was hacking away, I realised that the weeds symbolise issues. First, we need to recognise that we have to deal with things. Too often we bury stuff and…

4 min
what’s new

CREATE, INNOVATE! WHO Paula Dubois WHERE Cape Town BUSINESS Paula Dubois Art & Design HER WORK Connecting with people and, more specifically, connecting man with nature is a key concept in Paula’s life and art. She seeks beauty in everyday life, drawing inspiration from daily walks on Table Mountain and swimming in the ocean. Apart from illustrating Home’s back page every month, Paula’s latest work can be seen at ‘Reflect’, an exhibition starting 1 July at Haas Collective (haaskoop.com) in Cape Town. Her paintings are also available for custom printing as part of the Wallpaper Artist collection at Orms. View her work at ormsprintroom.co.za/ product/wallpaper-collection; wallpaper printing starts from R495/m2 . For queries email decor@orms.co.za. Follow Paula on facebook.com/pauladuboisartandinstagram.com/pauladubois, or email her directly at paulatdubois@gmail.com. The Grohe virtual showroom allows you to see what their various…

3 min
size counts!

Around the world Finding the perfect wall art for a bedroom can be tricky! How do you create a tranquil atmosphere without it becoming boring? Should you choose wallpaper for texture, a series of smaller artworks or one large piece for added impact? In the Blue Disa, a two-bedroom cottage on the Johannesdal 1207 estate near Pniel outside Stellenbosch, a characterful old wall map takes pride of place. It was a vintage find that Dané Erwee, one of the co-owners, restored before using it to decorate the space. “What appealed to me is that the paper is so old that it actually looks like fabric,” says Dané. “I made the ottoman from collected tapestries; I love the dialogue between the sailing ships and map above. In fact, the ottoman only ‘made sense’ once…

7 min
unpretentious charm

WHO LIVES HERE? Suzette and Piet du Plessis WHERE Nieu-Bethesda SIZE 328m2 ‘I think we should get out of this place as soon as possible,” said Piet du Plessis to his wife when they drove along the dirt road through Nieu-Bethesda for the first time. Suzette, on the other hand, was thinking to herself: I could live here. “As we came down the pass, I just knew. Don’t ask me how. Ihad stars in my eyes when we drove through the town. Piet thought the place was too quiet, and he never wanted to take a drive here, even when we lived in Cradock at one stage. But when we bought a four-wheel drive vehicle, I was able to persuade him.” A year later, in 2007, the Pretoria couple bought a holiday home in this…

7 min
‘this is where i belong’

WHO LIVES HERE? Terry de Vries WHERE Barrydale, Little Karoo SIZE about 200m2 (excluding front stoep), erf 1 115m² The garden gate that welcomes you to Terry de Vries’s home in Barrydale seems to sit almost impertinently between beautiful hand-stacked slate walls. The slate may be an authentic Karoo touch, but the cobalt-blue gate is reminiscent of Mexico. Terry, a former journalist and long-time Stellenbosch resident, has been living in Barrydale since June 2018. She’s a bundle of energy, yet at the same time she’s also the picture of serenity. Although she has a BSc degree in agriculture, Terry is currently a transformation facilitator and offers yoga classes, labyrinth walks and meditation retreats at her residence, Kamala Retreat House. In 1996, after lecturing at Stellenbosch University’s journalism department for two years, the desire to travel…