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Home Making

9 Feb

Our flat came fully furnished since the owners live in Ireland. But the furniture, since the flat is inside a residential hotel and was rented out as a hotel suite, is very… Hotel-eqsue. By that I mean no clear identity of someone’s taste, nothing too arty or unique. It’s all standard home ware that is neither offensive nor particularly inspiring.

The coffee table, however, was offensive. Hideous, and with a design so impractical it infuriated us everyone time we walked past it [possibly a result of severe toe-stubbing due to said ridiculous design.

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After searching high and low, we found the design we wanted. I wanted something locally made, something that was simple and functional, and something that served to make the space look bigger and lighter, rather than the clunky, heavy piece we had. It couldn’t be white due to our Nguni rug, and black or dark wood combined with the dark wood floors would just make the room too dark. So we went for a colour: Jade Cluster [Dulux]. The design is by Stokperd, a local designer. The price was less than a third of anything else we saw, and it has made a big difference to our living room.

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The table is super glossy and the colour is a brilliant emerald green [which cannot be seen in the pictures]. And, of course, nothing in a house is complete without a little personalisation:

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From to right: According to The Rolling Stones; our wedding album; Grace: A Memoir; Biografie van ‘n Bende; The Clash.

 

We have a tree!

4 Dec

I was never very Christmasy. Being Afrikaans and living in a small town we didn’t do the traditional gammon with cranberry whatsit and eggnog and all that. Plus, most Christmases for me involved huge family fights while I sat near the tree, grumpy that a silly spat was delaying present opening.

Two years ago I decided that I would bring on the Christmas cheer hard. Think choc mint cupcakes with candy canes and chocolate stars, illustrating personalised cards for everyone, beautiful wrapping, the works. I saved Christmas! [Well, in my own head]. 

This year I am exceptionally excited to make our flat Christmasy! We are now married, we live together, and we get to do Christmasy things as each other’s family! Hoorah!

And so we got our first tree! I wanted a real one, and not chopped down because then it would die and I would be sad and so would the earth. This one might not be the perfect cone shape, but it’s a pine tree and I think it looks lovely and we open our door everything smells like pine trees. We got this cool crumpled ceramic planter from o.live in Woodstock, and I happened upon the star-shaped lights while shopping at the V&A Waterfront this weekend.

When we switched on the lights, I literally clapped my hands and jumped up and down. Now to wrap presents and get them under that tree!

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Making a House [well, flat] a Home

30 Nov

At 86 square metres, our flat isn’t exactly enormous! It’s been fun coming up with small space solutions and finding function in everything we can.

We had two “nooks” in the place. One in the living room, and one in the main bedroom. They’re just these narrow spaces which were really not usable, hence not great for a small space! The living room nook was perfect for book shelves, but the bedroom one was just so narrow, I wasn’t sure what to do with it.

A while ago we got Home Fixers in to help us with some small home things, like storage hooks and better towel rails and such. We also got them to put up shelves for us, and I am so happy with the end product! Their prices are good, the service is great. During their work I got numerous texts double-checking finer points, and the workmanship was wonderful. No complaints.

photo 1See how this space, without shelves, is not exactly useful?

 

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Not so Feng Shui.

photo 3Much better!

Now, the bedroom nook… Too narrow even for a standing lamp. What on earth does one do with that?!

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Shoes. The answer is always “shoes”.

 

Thursdays at St George’s Market

19 Oct

Living in town has been amazing so far! I walk to work, recently we walked to a birthday thing just off Long Street, and everything is close by and lively!

One of the best things about it is our new ritual: Thursdays at St George’s market.

Our flat looks onto St George’s mall, which is a lovely pedestrian-only street with trees running down the middle, lined with galleries, eateries, and more. On Thursdays the walkway gains some stalls and turns into a small market which, as of yet, has not turned into the kind that just has throngs of people pouring in so that ultimately no one can move and there certainly is nowhere to sit down.

So we decided we would visit it every week as a little ritual of ours. This week was our first time and while we had to rush [since half our lunch break had been taken up by taking Home Fixers around the flat to discuss home thing], it was lovely!

We got some cheese from a farm in Swellendam, tons of fresh fruit and veg for the week, and a small bunch of pincushion Proteas. We also grabbed some lunch [an unhealthy bockwurst since I am still on my honeymoon diet] and took in the different stalls. The Creamery is there, selling their unparalleled ice cream [you have to try it!]. I have my eye on some paella for next time! There are also stalls selling desserts, biltong, various kind of ready-made food [spring rolls, curry, hamburgers, wraps, you name it!], spices, and tons more.

Check it out. It’s a wonderful break from the office.

Hello, My Name is Lize Hartley

18 Oct

We’re married!

And after almost a month away there is so much to catch up on. For now, a few wedding pictures. You can see the rest here.

The St Anne’s chapel.

Centrepieces.

The men getting ready.

St Anne’s admin building and front lawn.

My amazing maid of honour, Nina, who I love even a million times more [if that were more] post-wedding!

Reading my vows.

Praying at the ceremony.

My Loubis [of course].

Super love this picture.

One of my favourite pictures ever.

In the chapel.

It was pretty cold. Love this picture, too.

Dancing with my dad.

Just love this picture of my new brother in law.

Bubbles!

The night was just perfect from start to finish. Best wedding ever.

I have to mention Clip-In Hair. Yes, Natalie is a magician with hair and make-up but she would not have been able to create such a fab up-style with the measly bit of shoulder-length hair I have! They helped me out with some gorgeous, super duper long extensions. It took all of ten minutes to walk in, find a colour, attach them, and leave! They’re not permanent so you can re-use them as and when you please, without the pain and hassle of those glue-in ones. Can’t wait to use them again and be a Unicorn Mermaid Princess!

Hello, City Living!

7 Sep

On Saturday, I officially moved into our new place, and yesterday the registration went through officially and it now belongs to us. Hoorah! [Also got slapped with R800 bill for fridge fixing. Am officially a big person.]

The move was an easy two trips and although packing is also kind of tiring we’re about 97% unpacked and so far everything has been quite hassle-free. Obviously we will start to do handyman stuff and decorating and such after the honeymoon when SC moves in, but for now I am loving our new place beyond words!

It’s right in the city centre and super vibey without being annoyingly noisy. Our window looks onto beautiful old building and down onto St George’s Mall, a wide pedestrian-only street with shops, galleries, and restaurants. On Thursdays there’s the St George’s market, and we plan to meet there for lunch every week and buy fruit, vegetables, flowers, and whatever else is delicious or beautiful.

The best part is I get to WALK to work. I have wanted this for all my life and it makes me so so happy. I walk through Company’s Gardens so it’s all trees, runners, other walkers, and squirrels. And then I round the corner to walk by the national gallery and I get hit with beautiful Table Mountain in my face.

Here are some pics of the place, taken minutes after arriving. It came fully furnished so this is what it looks like before we get going on really making it our own.


Le kitchen. Also le frigo which was le broken.

View from the windows [to the right]. By estate agent standards this counts as “mountain views”.

Main bathroom. It has a light for the room, and then a special light just for the shower, which thrills me.

View from bedroom window [straight ahead].

St George’s Cathedral is right across the road and we can hear the church bells! Also v convenient for early morning prayer which I attend often during periods like Lent.

Le lounge.

State of fridge on Saturday. Later added sushi and beer.

Am officially so blessed and fortunate that I am just about jealous of myself.

Our Wedding Invitations

5 Aug

Now that 90% of our guests have their invitations, I feel I can post them online. I am just so happy with how they turned out!

It wasn’t easy to decide what to do. There are SO many options out there! From the very minimalistic, to the interactive, crazy expensive, intricate, unique. Eventually we decided we didn’t some crazy bells-and-whistles pop-up laser-cut machine that signs a song written especially for us when you about it. We wanted great design, something very personal, and great paper. I think we ticked all those boxes!

The front. Our stationery was mostly navy blue, red, and cream/white.

We stuck with the travel theme: Post card; plane; stamps; maps. 

We had some stamps designed for stamping the envelopes.

A great personal touch, I think.

We printed our invitations on gorgeous paper that had tiny dots pressed into it. Very fancy, but understated.

We tied everything, including our registry card, together with red and white twine.

I love them!

Once again, by the talented Ashleigh Rodda, who I simply cannot recommend enough.