Home October/November 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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2 мин.
dear reader

I’ve adopted a new dog. His name is Knapie and he’s obsessed with the bougainvillea next to the boundary wall in my backyard. It was an unfortunate coincidence that led to this obsession: a stray cat was sitting in the bougainvillea and hissed at Knapie on his first day in his new home, and since then the shrub has been synonymous with imminent danger. When I open the back door, Knapie attacks that bush so vehemently that its stem is now shredded and noticeably thinner as a result of his sharp teeth. Here in Cape Town, we’ve had one of the longest and wettest winters in years, and one day when Knapie stormed out to bite the bougainvillea, a shower of rain drops poured down on him. It had just…

4 мин.
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 New life for an old chair Gail Janse van Rensburg of Salt Rock writes I had a good chuckle when I read Wicus’s ed’s note in the May/June issue. He thought the reader who wanted to change the colour of her black leather sofa needed a brown cow, but I thought of another solution that he also wrote about – chalk paint, of course! I saw the potential in this old chair with its ugly maroon faux leather seat and painted the wood in blue (Rust-Oleum…

4 мин.
what’s new

THE AIR UP THERE Every ceiling fan from Timber Fans has been individually handcrafted and tested for perfect balance and ultra-quiet performance. They’re manufactured from superior quality timber and powered by precision-built imported motors equipped with aircraft quality bearings. The top-of-the-line 1.5m Sirocco fan (from R9 801; pictured here in Slight Walnut) features energy-efficient technology, consuming up to 70% less power than conventional ceiling fans. Visit timberfans.com. Best in bloom The Flower Cartel – purveyors of professional cut flower seeds, bulbs and tubers – have made Anri Olivier’s floral sketches (featured on their seed packets) available for purchase as botanical prints at theflowercartel.co.za. They’re printed on quality artist’s paper (R180 for A4 and R220 for A3, without frame) and there are more than 40 images to choose from. CLICKS IN PLACE Victoria Verbaan is the…

2 мин.
kitchen cool

Shades of blue We fell in love with Daphne Cooper’s colourful home back in 2012 when it was first featured in Home. Now, almost 10 years later, she has replaced the red colour scheme in the kitchen with an airy and tranquil blue palette. “When I first moved into my house almost 20 years ago, I had to ‘make do’ quite a lot,” says Daphne, a psychologist. “The walls were never properly plastered and back then I made the kitchen look nice by sticking up lots of enamel plates and painting the walls different colours, but it felt as if the walls were held together with Prestik!” The names on the wall above the sideboard were written by people who have had a meal with Daphne. “There are a couple of little…

7 мин.
a shore thing

If you buy a house by the sea, it better have an ocean view. So said one of Chris Willemse’s friends, more or less nipping his decade-long dream in the bud. “I had been looking at properties in and around St. James and Kalk Bay on the False Bay coast for a long time but none of them had a view. Those that did were simply too expensive; moreover, they were few and far between on the housing market. “Then in March 2018, a house with a sea view became available. We went to look at it and found that it was exactly what we wanted. We put in an offer, it was accepted and the bank gave us a loan.” Sounds almost too good to be true, right? Indeed, because…

9 мин.
an eye for design and colour

WHO LIVES HERE? Marilouise and Jacques van der Merwe with their kids, Gavin (14) and Giselle (11) WHERE Fazenda farm, Swellendam SIZE 200m2 Along the winding road from Swellendam through the Hermitage Valley to the Langeberg mountains stands a house with an interior that’s just as beautiful as its surroundings. Here, you can relax on the enclosed stoep for ages, drinking in the scenery. Four years ago, Marilouise and Jacques van der Merwe undertook the enormous task of renovating this dilapidated farmhouse to suit their needs. Today, Marilouise says happily: “Everything in my home brings me joy.” When the pair bought Fazenda farm, the land, an abundance of water and the locality were key selling points. The house, which didn’t even have a proper front door, was ‘incidental’. Undeterred by the challenge, Marilouise undertook…