THURSDAY 21 NOVEMBER, 2013 / COMMENTS 
Mr Price home has officially launched their online store today! I always find the most surprisingly cool things at Mr Price home and always at a really good deal. Above is a picture of my lounge with a few of my favourite Mr P home items - my triplet coffee table stools, my pouf-thing (which our cats love) and my little cakelet stand (which houses an air plant).
So now you don't have to go in store to stumble upon the cool deals, you can couch surf your way through the catalogue, click click, and get it a day later. Mr price really has impressed me so far with their online shopping - easy to use system and such fast service : ) so you can definitely expect the same with their home store too.
I did a little bit of perusing myself and found a few beautiful things i've got my eye on. Shop them all up here.
Want it? Go get it.
MONDAY 11 NOVEMBER, 2013 / COMMENTS 
Zana is a lovely lifestyle brand based in Woodstock, CT that creates a range of beautiful homey goods including cushions, bags and other paper goods. Their bold colours and prints are flipping gorgeous and i'm lucky enough to have a few of their nice products in my home. I bought a set of their anchor cushions a few months ago for our lounge and then last week received this lovely pouch bag below, as well as a 'YAY' wall hanging (which you can learn how to make here) which I looove and is currently making my kitchen very happy and bright.
Robyn & Melissa (the two lovely lasses behind Zana).
I'm giving away this lovely anchor pouch below to one of you lovely readers.
All you have to do is leave a comment blog telling me what Zana product you love the most (go have a look at everything here!)
I will draw a winner next week Monday the 18 November 2013. Good luck! :)
(Photos by Lindie Meyer (a few are my mine too) )
TUESDAY 17 SEPTEMBER, 2013 / COMMENTS 
I love these dreamy pictures from Kinfolk of these rows and rows of Peonies! They have a lovely article and some tips on growing them but knowing me they probably won't survive in my garden. Peonies are only available in South Africa for two to three weeks at most, from the last week of October until mid-November. I wonder where they grow them (anyone know?). I'd love to go frolic in a field of them and take some home.
I can't get over these shades of pink!
MONDAY 5 AUGUST, 2013 / COMMENTS 
This weekend is Decorex! One of my favourite events of the year! If you're looking for some awesome and unique things for your home, or just some inspiration this is the one expo you gotta get to. They have endless rooms full of amazing shops and beautiful installations. I left last year's Decorex feeling inspired with a whole bag full of ideas and things for my home. Trust me, it's a goodie.
Decorex Joburg details:
7th – 11th August 2013 (Friday 9th August is a public holiday – Woman’s Day)
Where: Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand
Times: 10am – 6pm
Tickets: Adults R85, Students/Pensioners R75, Children U12 R10
I'm giving away 3 x sets of double tickets to the event this weekend.
All you have to do is leave me a comment below. I'm going to draw names at the end of the day, so enter quick!
WEDNESDAY 8 MAY, 2013 / COMMENTS 
While my house isn't ready for a full feature yet, I do like showing off a little sneak peak here and there.
We STILL haven't found things to put on our walls yet. I think it just feels so permanent and we haven't found the perfect prints or art works yet. First world problems am I right?
We've been working hard at cleaning up and de cluttering spaces, so today i'm showing you our guest room and office space.
Marsel Roothman came to take a few pictures the other day for her interior portfolio. She took some lovely ones so I asked her nicely if I could use them in this post.
So first up is the guest room. We found these awesome double lockers at a second hand office furniture shop and painted them grey and yellow. I love how they make the whole room feel bright and welcoming! They've also been so great for storage, as we ripped out the old awful cupboards in this room. We just need a print or something hanging above the bed, and I think it will be complete. (This room used to be a store room for all our junk for a while so i'm so happy that it's made a bit of progress).
Moving onto our workspace. Below you'll see i'm standing at the entrance to the office. It opens up really nicely onto the garden letting in lots of fresh air and light which is nice in summer but a little bit chilly now that it's cooling down!
It's a very simple clean space. Dylan and I started out with separate, quite bulky desks that didn't really work with the space, so he built a long white surface (made from a kitchen counter, and a trestle) against the one wall so we could both work on the same side, and use the other side for storage. I like it so much because the room feels so much bigger and you can't see any cords or wires - it's just white and clean. We also added a wooden shelf above our desk which has been a nice place to put our old cameras and other things that are nice to look at. (I will do a full workspace post soon soon).
This is my workspace below. Dylan works a little down to the left, and Zara (our cat) usually sits/sleeps on a blanket in the middle. It's the only way to keep her off our keyboards!
Lastly, a few more nice pictures Marsel took in some of the other rooms in my house.
Eggs. My favourite breakfast.
THURSDAY 21 NOVEMBER, 2013 / COMMENTS 
I replaced my upside down sky planter (which never stayed alive for long) with this beautiful Cinderwood Terrarium. After I blogged about them a few weeks ago I found out they have a Joburg supplier! I ordered it with all the succulents and it arrived safely on my door step.
So if you want one and don't want to risk shipping it up from CT email Dijana - firstname.lastname@example.org - she'll sort you out : )
TUESDAY 22 OCTOBER, 2013 / COMMENTS 
Skinny laMinx has just launched her 2013/14 look book with a whole lot of new beautiful products that will suit a variety of tastes from Maxi Minimalism, Afro-Scandi to Acid pastels. She also has a range of products perfect for a modern christmas. To see her full look book go visit her site here.
I'm focusing on her natural, home grown theme 'Oh my Garden', inspired by leafy greens and eating from the earth. I'm giving away 3 items from this collection.
To enter simply leave me a comment below telling me which product you like best from Skinny laMinx.
The competition will run for 2 weeks and I will draw a winner on the 5th november 2013.
MONDAY 16 SEPTEMBER, 2013 / COMMENTS 
Since getting a lot more indoor plants in my home my fingers have gotten greener and greener. I'm quite bad at keeping plants alive but with having so many now i'm fighting to keep them green and living. I give them plant food, water and as much sunshine as they need. I even have one of those mist sprayers that I spray them with everyday.
I love being surrounded by living things in my home and I have a dream of having my own Babylonstorenesque glass green house one day. So you can imagine how excited I got when I discovered these amazing geometric terrariums. I got even more excited when I found out they're being made locally in Cape Town!
I love the glass and metalwork and how well they work with the green. They're almost like little hanging glass greenhouses.
You can find them at the Opus Studio at the Woodstock Foundry in Cape Town and online here. I'm hoping they ship to Joburg too.
WEDNESDAY 19 JUNE, 2013 / COMMENTS 
It's taken a while to get our lounge to exactly how we want it. When we moved in our furniture felt a little bit odd in the new space and slowly we've been chopping and changing, trying to get new things to fit into the random spaces and make it more cozy (as it's the place we entertain and spend most of our time).
It's our first proper winter here and we've realised how freezing our house is. The wooden floors help, but it's quite an old house so there's a few sneaky spaces that let the cold air in. So, with Sedgwicks, the challenge was set to warm up the lounge (Gotta start somewhere). So firstly we got our anthracite fire place working again. It was missing a few pieces, and had a big hole in it so we got some guys in to fix it up and it works like a charm now. It takes a while to get started but it really warms up the room.
Next I wanted to change up the decor a bit, if you look at what it was it was pretty cold and uninviting. I want people to be able to sit on the floor and lounge around after dinner, and this space just wasn't working. So I got a rug (finally!), a few extra things to sit on (how great is that wooden stomper? This was my Weylandts splurge but I just loved the character in the shape and grain). I also got some cozy throws and cushions and a few other key items.
I wanted to pick up on a few of the seasons trends without going overboard. So I collected some lovely glassware and scientific apparatus from all over, and even used a used a Sedgwick's 2L jug/bottle which works so well as a vase in it's after life.
Another trend I love is indoor plants! I don't think I went as crazy as I could have here but I chose some nice bright green, leafy plants to bring a little of the outdoors indoors and to make the place still feel fresh without feeling cold. Also appropriately with the Harbour name, I had to incorporate some nauticalness. I got my ship mirror from the Milnerton market on our last trip to CT, and the lovely anchor cushions are from Zana.
Here is the video of it allll coming together! What do you think?! I'm pretty smitten with the results. It feels a bit more "finished" if you know what I mean :).
Sedgwicks bottle DIY time.
After our Sedgwicks hike a few weeks ago I realised how awesome the 2L jug is. It's got a very old school shape and I thought it would work well as a vase. I'm the type of person who hates throwing away glass bottles and jam jars and will always find a second life for them. So for this DIY all you need is an empty Sedgwicks 2L bottle, hot water and soap. It's that easy. Soak off the labels. Add some fresh flowers and water.
Before and After
I also had this grand idea to make a vinyl sticker that would convert the vase into a scientific jar with measurements, but apparently you can't print a white vinyl? (So above is my photo shop attempt as to what it would have looked like - anyone know where I can do this sort of thing?).
(This Warm up your lounge post is brought to you by Sedgwicks Old Brown. Check out their facebook page for an amazing competition where you can win a weekend away for you and 5 friends to one of 3 luxury camping destinations! One of them is the Old Mac Daddy! - One of my favourite hotels!)
Edit: So where's everything from:
Weylandts: Striped Rug, Wooden stool, Eye test cushion, Ombre throw, woven basket
Country Road: White frames, Grey cushions
Anatomy Design: Scientific apparatus
Mr Price Home: Pouf, small glass cake stand, triplet coffee tables
Ceramic factory: White ceramic skulls
Zana: Anchor cushions
Plants: Garden Shop
WEDNESDAY 10 APRIL, 2013 / COMMENTS 
I'm such a sucker for beautiful light fixtures. We've put in new lights in most of the rooms in our house but i'm waiting for a big old industrial lamp for our kitchen and some cool side lights for the bedroom that work with the space. I think I might try get some of these vintage beauties from Hoi P'loy in Cape Town. They sell a range of light bulbs that are based on some of the original designs of the great Thomas Edison. (Ooh). I never thought i'd ever say this but how awesome are those filaments? They're probably not very energy efficient but they are beautiful.
They also sell these rad cords as seen above.