Home December 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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one balmy summer evening

an elderly man called for help at my front gate. Not a panicked cry, rather a worried call, like when you’ve made a careless blunder. Such as spilling coffee on your white shirt just before an important meeting. Or putting on one brown sock and one black sock. Or when you realise the kids are drinking the punch from the adults’ bowl with the vodka in it... I steel myself for a far-fetched ‘Christmas tale’. It’s the middle of December, after all. “I’m lost,” he began to explain, slightly embarrassed. “I was on a trip down memory lane but now it’s getting dark very quickly. I was wondering if you could tell me the shortest route to my guesthouse.” Because someone recently called me “unduly cynical” (I maintain that I’m not cynical but sceptical –…

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your space

WINNING LETTER Around the table Jeanine Thomson of Durbanville writes We inherited my granny’s imbuia dining room table and six chairs. This piece of furniture is more than 60 years old; it was a wedding present from my great-grandfather. Unfortunately, due to moving multiple times, the tabletop was damaged. My husband and I considered selling it but decided not to as it’s a family heirloom and many great memories were made sitting around that table. We decided to give it a makeover. We started by sanding down the tabletop, which revealed the natural beauty of the grain, and then sealed the wood with a matte timber sealant. The table legs were painted with Annie Sloan chalk paint and the chairs were painted in three different colours. The end result is gorgeous and I’m thrilled that…

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ON THE BOX On Deadline Design (Season 1 starts 23 December on the Home Channel, 176 on DStv), Shaynna Blaze invites us into the complex, creative world of interior design. Each episode follows the journey of a homeowner who tasks Shaynna’s company with reinvigorating their home, and the trials and triumphs of Shaynna’s team as they tackle the renovation. The team has to adapt to vastly different characters, house types, tastes and budgets – and make sure they beat the deadline! CHRISTMAS MARKETS GAUTENG • 29 Nov – 1 Dec: Visit the Parkview Charity Christmas Market in Jo’burg for Christmas gifts, food stalls, a gin bar and beer tent. Proceeds to Nicarela charities (nicarela.org); call 082 445 3525. KZN • 7–16: Enjoy more than 100 tables of locally-crafted Christmas goodies at the Festive Market…

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time to shine!

JAKARANDA CHILDREN’S HOME LIGHT FESTIVAL 1–31 December: Pretoria Celebrate the festive season with a visit to the annual Jakaranda Children’s Home Light Festival where you can see the houses decorated with thousands of lights. Visitors can look forward to live performances, fun family activities, a Christmas market and much more. Visit jacarandachildren.co.za for ticket information or call 012 800 4700 for details. SPIER LIGHT ART SHOW 8 December – 19 January: Stellenbosch Visit the historic Stellenbosch farm Spier for a dazzling display of light and sound artworks. Eighteen unique pieces will be scattered across the farm and you can explore them all at a leisurely pace. Entrance is free but book a dinner or picnic in advance. Visit spier.co.za or call 021 809 1100. DURBAN BOTANIC GARDENS TRAIL OF LIGHTS 12–30 December: Durban Enjoy a magical night out…

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what’s new

CREATE, INNOVATE! WHO Bernard Swart WHERE Centurion, Pretoria BUSINESS Afrithorn HIS WORK Bernard Swart, a chartered accountant by day, was on a hike in the Waterberg when he stumbled upon a tree stump that had washed up in a flood and inspiration struck. “I knew the stump had the potential to become a gorgeous piece of furniture – in fact, it could be transformed into a piece of art!” He was so inspired by this creative process that he decided to turn his woodworking hobby into a business, and in 2018 Afrithorn was born. Bernard creates various décor pieces, including lamps, chandeliers, side tables and dining tables. He uses the natural shape of the wood, as well as its imperfections, to create beautiful designs and textures in his furniture. The wood is treated with a…

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make it personal

The Midas touch When you’re tasked with the design and renovation of a chef’s kitchen, it better be as functional as it is beautiful. This was the nerve-wracking job that designer Kyle Coetzee of House2home took on when Ivor and Roxy Jones decided to revamp their home in Plumstead, Cape Town. Working with warm wood-look vinyl, a combination of greys and matte black touches to add a sleek modern look, Kyle nailed it! Ivor, head chef at Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia, and Roxy already owned the bar stools that resemble the wire cages that encase champagne corks; they added brass touches in the customised cupboard handles, warm yellow light bulbs and a drinks trolley to enhance a glamorous look. “We wanted this space to be a showstopper; it’s small but the colours…