Home September 2019

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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water smart

Patio plant of the month Lavandula angustifolia ‘Blue Spear’ This is a showy English lavender with tall flower spikes that stand upright and close together so that the impression is one of a mass of flowers. This patio plant needs bright light and can take morning sun. Don’t overwater it – let the soil dry out moderately before watering again. The potted plant can later be transplanted into the garden as a focal point, or used in a rockery or mixed border. English lavender attracts butterflies and nectar-seeking birds. It makes a good cut flower and can be used in pot-pourri because of its lovely fragrance. CONTACT ballstraathof.co.za Waterwise plant of the month Wild pear Dombeya rotundifolia’s common name, wild pear, comes from the clusters of sweetly scented white blooms that resemble pear blossoms, although they are not…

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when to go for a check-up

Cindy van Zyl of Pretoria writes Is it really necessary to take my pets for annual check-ups at the vet, especially if they’re still young and clearly in good health? Dr Barry Dallas, veterinary advisor at Hill’s Pet Nutrition, replies In a research report released by Hill’s Pet Nutrition South Africa, we found that half of all pet owners don’t take their pets to the vet regularly for check-ups or vaccinations and over a third only visit the vet when their pet is showing visible injuries or illness. While I believe this isn’t because of a lack of love for our pets, but rather the result of busy lives, these statistics are alarming. Pets can be masters of disguise when it comes to hiding pain or illness. They rely solely on us to…

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[ décor style ]

While their 120-year-old Netherlands home features dark greenish-grey walls and black woodwork, the pair was keen on a raw industrial look for their South African abode. “We wanted a blank canvas,” says Boyd. “The views from each window create the décor. White walls and ceilings were a no-brainer and we love the cement floors and black steel.” “I think our design style is best described as individualistic comfort, where vintage and antique sensibilities meet modern materials and designs,” says Godfrey. But it’s the simple pleasures that make this house a home. “We love the silence, the birdsong and spotting a little duiker every now and then,” adds Boyd.…

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and took a boat trip to the tiny volcanic island of Nea Kameni. Our tour guide was a modern-day Greek god. The women swooned. His smile was straight out of a toothpaste advert and he sprinted up the hill to the lookout point with a grin on his face, while the rest of us stumbled after him, panting. Impressive, I thought. But then he opened his mouth and raised the stakes even higher: he could speak seven languages fluently. The words tripped off his tongue like honey off a hot spoon; it was as if he’d swallowed Google Translate; a real polyglot. As a lover of languages, I hung on every word while the rest just sat and stared. Muttering under my breath, I said that with those looks and language skills he must be…

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ready, set, kitchen prep

EVERYTHING YOU need to get creative in the kitchen, our full range of cook’s tools, kitchen gadgets and food prep utensils will have you preparing delicious meals, from every day favourites to mastering that signature dish from your best food blogger or celebrity chef. Choose speciality appliances that fulfil essential roles in your kitchen. To some that is the top quality electric spiraliser while to others it will be the best juicer or the multi-functional blender. Quality every home deserves. Top quality and functionality presented in a beautiful brushed metal finish, this sleek collection of @home’s essential kitchen appliances brings the joy back into cooking everyday meals. FOOD PROCESSORS BREVILLE Sleek, stylish, high performance appliances Leading Australian brand Breville delivers modern design and high performance stainless steel top range appliances. With a long history of enriching people’s…

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new look for a drab surface

You will need SHOPPING LIST • Alcolin Latex-Key Cement Additive • 1 x Alcolin Epoxy Floor Paint kit • Alcolin Sugar Soap • Alcolin Floor Screed TOOLS • hammer • chisel • scraper • trowel • splatter brush • paint stirrer • mohair roller (225mm wide) • 2 x 50mm brushes • masking tape Here’s how... 1 Prepare the floor Make sure your floor surface is in good condition. In this house, old vinyl tiles first had to be removed in the bathrooms. These were chopped up with a hammer and chisel and then lifted with a scraper. 2 Once the vinyl tiles had been removed, a self-levelling screed was needed before painting could begin. To ensure the Alcolin Floor Screed adhered to the old cement, Alcolin Latex-Key Cement Additive was applied with a splatter brush in a criss-cross pattern. Once dry, mix the self-levelling…