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Magpie FARM
Giovanni and Caroline Rossi (pictured), their children Luca (15), Victoria (14) and Laetitia (10), two horses, a rescue donkey, two dogs and numerous ducks and chickens. A double storey on two acres with four bedrooms and bathrooms. The main barn con
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Leaf Power
Foliage plants are not restricted to shades of green. You’ll find vibrant tones of red, burgundy, purple, pink, silver and even gold. It’s difficult to go wrong with these plants, so use them as a permanent framework for your garden, providing splash
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Big Skye COUNTRY
We’re kayaking across water that is so compellingly turquoise, it feels a bit like a Greek island. One small difference is that we’re on a loch that’s a nippy six degrees – not something you’d want to fling yourself into in a hurry. It’s early spring
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On TOP Of The WORLD
A South African businessman living in America, who lets it out on Airbnb. A penthouse on the top floor of a newly built development in Woodstock, Cape Town. It consists of open-plan sitting, dining and kitchen areas, two bedrooms, two bathrooms and g
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Accessorising THE GARDEN
Containers overflowing with flowers are the horticultural equivalent of scatter cushions. Move them around the garden to add colour, change a colour scheme, brighten a dull area or act as a focal point. The secrets to beautiful plant-filled pots are
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Tess’s Travel Tips
WHAT TO PACK Warm clothing and good hiking boots – expect rain at any time – and a pair of binoculars to spot the elusive puffin. MUST-SEE SIGHT Attadale Gardens are a spectacle in spring.attadalegardens.com INTERESTING TO KNOW Skye has just two wh
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A TOUCH Of The TROPICS
Nicole and Chris O’Connor, and their sons Christian (3) and Charles (10 months). A double-storey, 1930’s heritage house in Cape Town with impressive views of the mountains. It has four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a garden set-up for entertaining and
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Must-dos This Month
1 Prepare flower beds for winter and spring annuals by adding compost and bonemeal. Rake and water lightly before planting out seedlings. Shade them in hot dry areas and check for snails on damp evenings. 2 Plant annuals like pansies, foxgloves, dig
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Planning Your Trip
GETTING THERE We flew to London and took a connecting flight on Easyjet to Edinburgh. It’s a good five hour self-drive from there. Alternatively, fly from London to Inverness or Glasgow and drive to Skye. WHERE TO STAY We stayed at Napier House – a
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CLEAN Living
Connecting to an outdoor area helps to introduce a spa-like feel. This ceiling-height picture window creates a seamless link to a private courtyard, with the added benefit of an outdoor shower. Painting the courtyard walls in white enhances the indoo
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Garden NOTES
Keep treating your roses for downy mildew during cool, damp periods with preventative products. Deadhead regularly to promote flowering and keep bushes neat. Only deadhead repeat-flowering shrub roses that don’t produce hips. In cool regions, apply a
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A Brief History Of Davidson Glassware
Up until the Industrial Revolution, glass was only found in homes belonging to the wealthy as blown and hand-cut glass was expensive to produce. The invention of machine-pressed and moulded glass meant that glass could be mass-produced, and with the
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BRAVE NEW bathrooms
“Consumers are creating more excitement in their bathrooms and we’re seeing a move away from safe choices,” says Nicole Russell, marketing manager of Italtile. “If you want to make a statement, patchwork tiles are the way to go. They’re available in
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What’s On
Wander through The Herb Farm, 264 Summit Road (R562), Bridle Park, Midrand, and discover the benefits of over 450 different herbs. Open from 09h00 – 17h00 daily (final gate entry at 16h00), there’s a scented rose garden and spiral labyrinth, plus you
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Collecting ANTIQUE DAVIDSON CLOUD GLASS with Glen Holman
“My interest in Davidson cloud glass was initially sparked when I viewed a vast glass collection left by Michael Parkington to the Broadfield House Glass Museum in the West Midlands of England,” explains Glen Holman. “An eccentric collector, Michae
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DOWN TO basins
SOURCES Bathroom Bizarre bathroom.co.za Copper Bath copperbath.co.za Hadeda hadeda-tiles.com Italtile italtile.co.za LAVO Bathroom Concepts lavo.co.za Studio19 studio19.co PHOTOGRAPHS SUPPLIEDPRODUCTS ARE SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY AND PRICES WERECHECKE
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This Weekend
Divide overcrowded summer-flowering perennials with fleshy, rhizomatous roots into generous clumps so they bulk up quickly. These include agapanthus, day lilies, Dietes spp. (wild iris), Tradescantia virginiana (pictured), alstroemeria (Inca lilies),
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Caring For Your Collection
Dust glassware regularly as dirt collects in relief work and grime tends to stick to the matt, acid-etched finish. Carefully wash by hand with mild detergent and tepid water. Use a plastic basin to prevent chipping. Dry thoroughly with a soft cloth t
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Thinking BIG
To give the illusion of height, Dustin Chaplin of Landmarq Road designed and made an elegant four poster for this bedroom at The Precinct Luxury apartments, Waterfall Estate. “The slender posts draw the eye upwards, but don’t dominate the room, while
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South Africa’s SUPER PLANT
As a result of the world focus on global warming and climate change, the common spekboom (Portulacaria afra) is attracting a lot of attention. What makes this succulent unique is its ability to absorb huge amounts of carbon, one of the main greenhous
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Tips For Aspiring Collectors
“Because of the way cloud glass is made, the pressed glass often has bubbles in it. These are often mistaken for chips, but don’t detract from the value of the item,” says Reg Taylor of Skyscraper Cape Town. “Brown is the most common colour, while pu
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EDITOR Mary Jane Harris PRODUCTION/EDITORIAL COORDINATOR Mandy Buchholz 087 158 0279 ART DIRECTOR Geoff Maher geoffm@caxton.co.za KZN CONTRIBUTING EDITOR, DECOR Candice Botha candicebotha@gmail.com CAPE CONTRIBUTING EDITOR, GARDENING Marianne Ale
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Divide AND CONQUER
The owners of this Umhlanga home loved the idea of a spacious, open-plan bedroom and bathroom, but also wanted privacy when necessary. The solution was a series of stacking screens that can be opened or closed as desired. By fitting them with paper i
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At A Glance
Position: Full sun. Spekboom will take some shade, but become leggy if they don’t get enough light. They’ll also grow indoors in good light. Soil: No special soil requirements, but must have good drainage. Water: Water wise, they’re able to survive
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Treasure Chest
Can you please tell me a bit about this silver teapot, which I inherited from my grandmother? T Rathbone Specialist online silver dealer David Murray of Leopard Antiques says, “This style of teapot, oval with flat base, straight spout and domed
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True REFLECTION
Beautiful surroundings definitely have a positive effect on your life. One of the perks of this job is that we get to visit some lovely homes and gardens, and the experience is always uplifting and inspiring. Just being in an attractive space makes y
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TIME To Shine
By stealing space from the kitchen, designer Sue Lloyd-Roberts was able to create a showstopping cloakroom “The ground floor of my client’s home in Cape Town didn’t have a stand-alone bathroom. To access one, guests had to go through a bedroom,” expl
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Sunshine INA blossom
A member of the daisy family, calendula is a versatile, spicy herb that’s easy to grow both in the garden and in sunny containers. A hardy annual, it flowers from late autumn throughout winter into early summer. Grow it from seed in full sun in well-
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Find Of The Month
I bought this bottle of cognac from a deceased estate about five years ago. Can you please tell me if it’s worth anything? Grant Teasdale Carrie Adams from Norman Goodfellows Fine Wine and Spirit Merchants says, “The ullage on the bottle (level o
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Home FRONT
Hermanus-based Leoni Aucamp is the latest artist to collaborate with MRP Home, and the rustic collection reflects the country’s landscapes. Applied to rugs, cork placemats, gift bags and furniture, the designs are both delicate and timeless. Maddox c
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