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Home July 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.

Country:
South Africa
Language:
English
Publisher:
Media 24 Ltd
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in this issue

3 min.
hello

When they asked me if I’d be the guest speaker at the Swartland branch’s meeting, I readily agreed but asked if I could bring a paint expert with me so that the attendees could do a small paint project, something they could take home with them. Accompanied by my former colleague, paint expert Dale Niehaus, I hit the road – with a supply of Tjhoko Paint, paintbrushes and stencils so the WAA members could decorate linen napkins. Greeted by a cheerful group of women in the Tillies Hall in Tilla Avenue, we enjoyed tea and snacks before the workshop began. Somehow, tea from a stainless-steel pot just tastes different. Delicious and nostalgic. It reminds me of a church fête. Dale presented the workshop in her inimitable style, the women laughing as they painted.…

3 min.
your space

WINNING LETTER Unjust desserts Heather Baiocchi of Germiston writes I was so irritated with myself; I’d done it again! Scanning the magazine racks with eagle eyes, I spotted a Home magazine that was, alas, all too familiar. I knew I was too early. I admonished myself (again) for my unbridled eagerness. The next day, there I was, doing the same thing! I’d somehow convinced myself that the magazine would come out a few days earlier (Easter and all that). This time, though, there were no Home magazines to be seen. A good sign, I decided... The following day, I did my grocery shopping, averting my eyes. “You are pathetic!” I scolded myself, then grinned. I’d seen a meme that said: “Sometimes I’m relieved that thoughts don’t appear as speech bubbles above my head.” Exactly! Finally, groceries…

3 min.
diary

ON THE BOX With renovation costs on the rise, upcycling is the way to go! On Fill Your House for Free (Season 1 starts 15 July on the Home Channel, 176 on DStv), style guru Gok Wan meets families from across the UK who are desperate to give their home a makeover – but just don’t have the budget. Each episode sees a family select items from the Fill Your House for Free shop in Glasgow, which is stocked with second-hand furniture from floor to ceiling. Gok then challenges his team of upcycling experts to unleash their creativity and turn the furniture into bespoke items. Be inspired! THE NATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL 27 June – 7 July: Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown) Enjoy dance, theatre, art and music at the National Arts Festival. This exciting annual event…

3 min.
what’s new

CREATE, INNOVATE! WHO Primrose Chimhanda WHERE Cape Town BUSINESS Primrose Charmz HER WORK Architectural technologist Primrose Chimhanda has used her passion for creative design to launch her first range of patterned scatter covers called Collection 27 – named for her age when she launched her company. Each design (pictured clockwise from top left are Lotus, Daffodil and Dandelion) is inspired by nature and geometry and is printed on 100% cotton. “For me, these flowers symbolise empowerment,” says Primrose. “I want them to serve as visual motivation and as a reminder that as human beings we are stronger than we think; we have the power to overcome difficulties and emerge victorious on the other side.” Go to primrosecharmz.com or @primrose_charmz on Instagram. HOW SWEET Inspired by Liquorice Allsorts, Rolecia Janse van Rensburg developed the O-Ro…

2 min.
wall ’n all

The gift that keeps on giving Inspired by the work of a street artist who stuck shards of old crockery on pillars all over the trendy Maboneng Precinct in downtown Johannesburg, ceramic artist Michael Brian Waugh asked for old blue-and-white ceramics and porcelain – specifically plates and platters – as a housewarming gift when he moved into his open-plan loft apartment so he could create a three-dimensional splashback in his kitchen. He attached the plates to the wall using a thick layer of tile cement, then finished the look with black grout between the pieces. “I was gifted a whole range of second-hand crockery – from Chinese porcelain to Delftware. I even got some vintage Africana pieces,” says Michael. Each item is a reminder of the friends who contributed to this sentimental…

6 min.
reader home a blank canvas

WHO LIVES HERE? Paula and Sandra de Oliveira WHERE Parkhurst, Johannesburg SIZE 176m² Paula de Oliveira always wanted to live in the bustling Johannesburg suburb of Parkhurst with its various cafés, art and décor stores, and village vibe. She was keen to buy a “fixer-upper” in this old neighbourhood – one that she could put her personal stamp on and truly make her own. When she and her sister Sandra found a 1950s home with three bedrooms in 2007, it had both their names written all over it as “literally everything was wrong with it”, Paula recalls with a laugh. “We knew from the start that structural changes were inevitable in order to open up the space, but all the plumbing and electrical wiring was also in need of replacement and the garden had to be…