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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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I believe in synchronicity – that wonderful, unexpected confluence of circumstances when the puzzle pieces fall into place and life is a pleasant surprise. It’s something I’ve experienced many times in my life. And every time it happens, I hear my mom in the background saying: “Things happen for a reason, my child” or “Time will tell”. One thing’s for sure, especially now: we actually have no control over anything. Not long ago, the consensus was that you can at least have a five-year plan for your life, but not anymore – technology and the world’s rhythm are changing so quickly that there’s no way of knowing what the future holds. These days, maybe it’s one year at a time? Or are we already at that day-by-day stage? ‘Keep the momentum going’ is my…

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your space

Our treasured lockdown project Alistair Michaels of Cape Town writes My wife Ruth and I are avid fans of your magazine, and every month it’s atussle to see who gets to read it first. When lockdown started last year, we embarked on a fire pit project in our back garden. We started off by using some leftover building blocks and a broken-down garden wall, a huge cost saving as we only had to buy cement, sand and stone. But then we ran out of supplies because hardware stores weren’t open – and our seating was only built halfway. By the time we were able to buy more supplies, the Cape winter had arrived, and we returned to work. We tried to continue with our fire pit over weekends, but it rained continuously!…

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what’s new

CREATE, INNOVATE! WHO Chrismarié Barnardt WHERE Cape Town BUSINESS Kindbrush HER WORK As a dental hygienist and nature lover living in Sea Point, Chrismarié is deeply concerned about the impact of traditional oral care products on the ever-growing plastic pollution crisis. Her solution was to create a competitive, ecofriendly alternative to plastic oral care. “The philosophy behind Kindbrush is ‘kindfulness’ – being kind and mindful about one’s own wellbeing, that of others and of the planet,” she says. Chrismarié’s products are made from biodegradable, recyclable elements such as bamboo and glass and include toothbrushes, floss and lip balm. See more at thekindbrush.com. Sea & Shore’s goodies are handcrafted in Kommetjie, using locally sourced botanical and ocean treasures set in high-quality resin. Their new range includes cubes made with up to eight layers of resin in each;…

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room to grow

Double the fun Artist Olivia Botha of Swellendam and her husband Karel aren’t afraid of change, or colour. These two creative DIYers regularly swap rooms and move furniture around to keep their décor fresh. Their sons, Le Mar (4) and Tre Monne (2), are best of friends. When Olivia moved the boys’ beds with their unique headboards (Karel’s handiwork) to the kids’ TV room and positioned them in such a way that the pair could scamper back and forth between them, it was a done deal: this is now their favourite space. Almost every item in the space is handmade and tells a story, such as the photo blocks on the wall that capture precious memories. “We probably have 20 000 photos of the kids, which made it difficult to choose just a…

8 мин.
a pint-sized paradise

WHO LIVES HERE? Vicky Zigras WHERE Cape Town SIZE 42m² After living in London’s “permagrey” environment for 17 years, Vicky Zigras was more than ready for blue skies and sunshine when she returned home to South Africa in 2019. She found the perfect little studio in an apartment block in Cape Town’s city centre, complete with leafy gardens, abundant birdlife, a spring-fed swimming pool and beautiful views. “I took up residence in December 2019 and I’ve really enjoyed living here – even during lockdown!” says Vicky with a smile. “Built in the 1960s by Bauhaus-trained German architect Pius Pahl, the building might look a bit austere from the outside but I love the thoughtful design with its lush central courtyard, pool and plenty of light and privacy.” While Vicky’s one-bedroom apartment is a tiny 42m², it…

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simple beauty in the karoo

WHO LIVES HERE? Gregg Price, his wife Nicola de Chaud and their dogs – Wolfie, a pavement special, and Alfa Giulietta, an Italian Greyhound. WHERE Nieu-Bethesda in the Eastern Cape Karoo SIZE 74m2 (veranda and gallery excluded) Artist Gregg Price’s love affair with Nieu-Bethesda began almost three decades ago, long before he bought the two adjacent plots where his weekend home and gallery stand today. Inspired by Helen Martins’ Owl House and playwright Athol Fugard, who did much of his writing here, Gregg made Nieu-Bethesda his regular stopover on road trips between Jo’burg and the coast. It was on one of these overnight stays, while walking down Martin Street and gazing at the stars, that he realised his attraction to the tiny village with its dusty dirt roads had grown into something bigger: “Nature…