Tagged : Parkhurst
FRIDAY 25 OCTOBER, 2013 / COMMENTS 
Guys, I have great news. You'll remember a couple of weeks ago Black Betty had a little pop up in Parkhurst? Well she's back for round two early next week!
The Pop-up will be at LALALUX in Parkhurst - 50 6th street, Parkhurst.
Tuesday 29 October 2013 - 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 30 October 2013 10am - 7pm (for all the worker bees, come after work.. have a drink in Parkhurst afterwards. Can't lose!)
Both the Treacle range and the Polki Diamond range will be there so bring your credit cards, and come do a bit of early christmas shopping.
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
FRIDAY 16 NOVEMBER, 2012 / COMMENTS 
Lovely Melissa's has finally graced Joburg with her presence and delicious products. I can't imagine a better place than Parkhurst for the first JHB store - it's like a mini Cape Townian suburb.
Pop in for the freshest bread, roses, coffee, cake, salad and anything else you can think of. It's in the newly built centre in 4th avenue (right at the end).
FRIDAY 19 OCTOBER, 2012 / COMMENTS 
Possums is a sweet little bistro in Parkhurst. A great place to sit outside on warm summer evenings with a bottle of wine, and one of their delicious platters.
Keep an eye out for their art exhibitions, jazz evenings and vintage days.
FRIDAY 5 OCTOBER, 2012 / COMMENTS 
Things are finally starting to take shape at home. Here are some before and "in progress" pictures of our lounge. It's been fun watching this old beauty get a new life. Paint is an amazing thing. We still have a few other rooms to do and are going to wait to re-do our kitchen but it's nice to feel like we're getting somewhere.
What do you think?
Things are blooming all around - our sky succulent in the kitchen is growing like a monster - gravity is definitely on it's side.
Even the street we live on is feeling very flush and shady, and Jacaranda season is just around the corner.
SATURDAY 17 AUGUST, 2013 / COMMENTS 
From the people that brought Cnr Cafe to Craighall park now bring The Wolfpack to Parkhurst. A brand new bar serving craft beer on tap and incredible gourmet burgers. We headed down on opening night to be the first to give it a try and they did not disappoint! It was completely packed with people. The beers and burgers were flowing and the vibe was awesome.
They have a nice range of delicious burgers to choose from that go for between R65 - R90 (including a side dish). We went with a group and tried a few different things. I loved the interesting side dishes like Polenta chips and apple/cucumber salad that come in a little cone on your board. The presentation was beautiful and everything tasted amazing.
Craft beers are at normal craft beer prices, wines and champagne from R23 and R36 per glass. They also have quite an extensive cocktail menu with cocktails from R40/45.
I loved the interiors, they've done everything so beautifully and it'll hopefully set the bar pretty high for future restaurants in Parkhurst.
Overall the service was great, the food was amazing. The only problem will be getting a table! From what i've heard it's completely booked out this weekend, but I think you could pop in for a take away.
Find them at 21 4th Ave, Parkhurst.
011 447 7705
FRIDAY 11 JANUARY, 2013 / COMMENTS 
If you're seeking out a really good steak i'd definitely recommend a visit to The Squires Loft. We went there on Tuesday for our anniversary dinner and were both really impressed. The wine, the food and the service were all excellent.
(It was also a nice evening to walk down to 4th avenue and take some pictures in the street apparently - don't know why I look so proud of my pasty legs)
Moving on. We had the Haloumi and Watermelon starter which was delicious and generous, definitely big enough to share. For mains I had The Supreme which was the most delicious fillet stuffed with mushrooms. Dylan had one of their signature steaks - The Biltong and Avo which was also really good (like a really nice South African surprise in your mouth).
We somehow made room desert and tried their cheesecake, which was one of the most delicious cheesecakes i've ever eaten at a restaurant.
All in all a good experience.
It's in the new (clock tower?) centre on 4th Avenue in Parkhurst.
MONDAY 5 NOVEMBER, 2012 / COMMENTS 
We found this beautiful drinks trolley in a dusty auction house a few months ago. I'd been looking for one for a while and this one was really special. I fell for the details, and the cute wheels.
However, it was very rusty and squeaky in places. To get rid of the rust we used good old Handy Andy and a scourer. To get rid of the extremely squeaky wheels we used Q20.
Now it's fancy and shiny and fully stocked! (Here is a very cute article on how to stock your bar cart.)
I'm planning to do a series of some of my favourite summer drinks, all inspired by the drinks trolley.
Any requests? : )
WEDNESDAY 17 OCTOBER, 2012 / COMMENTS 
Since moving to Parkhurst i've been really keen to explore a bit more, and try every place in the neighborhood. We go to Vovo telo A LOT, for client meetings and when in need of a good cappuccino and take away "krwah - sah" (croissant). Besides the old favorites there are always a lot of new places popping up, so last week during lunch I went to visit two lovely gift slash interior stores.
MONDAY 13 AUGUST, 2012 / COMMENTS 
1. Women's day chocolates from work.
2. Signs of Topshop appearing. Toooo sweet.
3. A special delivery to my sister & brother in law - the brand new parents.
4. Vovo telo sandwiches & cold cokes while working on our house.
5. Blue skies through the beams of our home.
6 - 10. Supper at brand new sushi, dim sum & noodle bar in Parkhurst called YuMe.
11. Yesterday we went to Decorex, and there was a stall by RNA (magazine distributers) and they were selling stacks of new (July 2012) international magazines for R10 each - we got over excited and a bought a whole bunch not realizing the commitment they would be on our shoulders for the rest of the day. (Totally worth it though!)
12. Lastly - sky planters! My favourite purchase from Decorex by far. We bought two for our bedroom and kitchen but I think I could've bought the whole shop. They are such beautiful things and add such life to a room.
The Sky Planter is available from Emile-et-Son in Parkhurst, Johannesburg, l-emile-et-son.com, 083-308-7188
How beautiful are they?
What did you guys get up to this weekend? Anybody hit decorex?