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SA Garden and Home February 2020

SA Garden and Home is the ultimate magazine for home lovers of all ages. It features gorgeous homes and gardens and is filled with great tips and ideas for both decorating and gardening not to mention the latest info on lifestyle trends, creative people, entertaining, travel and more.

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in this issue

2 min
the snowball effect

At the beginning of every year I start a number of home improvements. I think it’s because, being on leave over the festive season, you tend to notice that the walls need a refresh and the sofa could do with recovering, and that’s how it starts. Last year, when I returned from the Cape after staying with two designer friends (images of their beautiful house fresh in my mind), I decided that the whole house needed painting. Fortunately, there is a wonderful contractor in my neighbourhood. His team made short work of the job and within a week they were finished. Then I thought, why put all the pictures back in the same places? This was a great opportunity to give the house a new look, albeit just by moving the pictures…

3 min
home front

SUMMER Colab MRP Home has joined forces with artist and printmaker Miranda Crooks to create a limited-edition collection. From cork placemats and stationery to floral scatters and chairs, the look is fresh and painterly – ideal for easy-going, summery spaces. mrphome.com Poolside COOL Mungo’s latest additions to the Summer towel range are Lemon and Mint – adding a pop of fresh colour to this signature flat-weave collection. Wonderfully soft, the pure cotton towels are woven on vintage looms, which provides a true selvedge and prevents the fabrics from fraying. It’s their longevity and style that truly sets them apart.mungo.co.za SCENE Stealer Rebel Walls’ new wallpaper collection, La Chinoiserie, features five statement designs based on hand-drawn murals. From weeping willows to exotic birds and butterflies, the palette includes pearl grey, jade and a calming blue. It’s…

2 min
out of the blue

“Although this project was a renovation, we basically had to start from scratch,” says Cape architect Jenny Mills. “While the original footprint was retained, it’s definitely a new house.” The owners bought the property for its position in the beautiful Welgedacht Estate in Belville, but it was broken up into small rooms and disconnected further by different levels. The brief included requests for a double-volume entrance hall, open-plan living areas and a more contemporary look, while retaining the original pitched roof. The house is on multiple levels, which proved to be a unique challenge for Jenny. “We demolished the existing slabs and laid new ones,” she explains. “To do this with an existing building involved some ingenuity.” As the outdoor living area was small, they increased the size of the garage so…

2 min
day dreaming

What is your background as an artist? I think I was born an artist. My grandfather made incredible handcrafted boats and I used to wander through his workshop. Both my mother and father are creative. I took art in school, but I decided on architecture at university as a discipline to take my creativity in a different direction. How does your understanding of architecture influence your painting? They inform each other. Architecture without art lacks form and beauty, leaving it cold, while art without structure and spatial awareness lacks depth. What medium do you work in and why does it appeal to you? I work with oil paint on canvas as the paint has a richness and texture that is tangible. It is time consuming as the paint dries slowly, so the…

1 min
a good vintage

EXPERT TIPS David Ralphs, managing director of fabric house St Leger & Viney has these pointers for wallpapering a bathroom Using wallpaper in a bathroom is a great way to add personality and a splash of colour to a room that is most often designed with functionality in mind. The most important consideration is ventilation. Excess moisture and humidity can cause the wallpaper to peel off, but if the room is well-ventilated, standard wallpaper should work. As it’s best to avoid using wallpaper in wet areas, use it on the upper half of the walls above the tiles or wainscoting, as shown in the picture on the left. Vinyl wallpaper is wipeable, so can be used in wetter areas where it could get the odd splash. SOURCES Coricraft coricraft.co.za Italtile italtile.co.za Mavromac & Gatehouse mavromacandthegatehouse.co.za SHF…

5 min
barefoot luxury

Angela Simpson and her husband Amos Khan spent many Decembers in Cape Town visiting family. To escape the hustle and bustle, they rented homes in Kalk Bay, Simon’s Town, Miller’s Point and Noordhoek and then, for two consecutive years, in Kommetjie. “We loved the unspoiled, rugged beauty of the area and the proximity to the beach. As a young family, the slow pace of a quaint seaside village was exactly what we needed while on holiday, so we started looking for a property,” says Angela. The house they bought in Klein Slangkop – an estate surrounded by fynbos and with picturesque sea and mountain views – required significant renovating. “It was quite rustic and we had something more contemporary in mind. We also wanted five bedrooms, a much bigger kitchen and…