Postberg eenvoud

Kersvakansies is mos saamkom tyd, tyd om vriendskappe weer ‘n hubstoot te gee en koestertyd met familie.  So ry ons elke jaar Postberg toe, van Yzerfontein so ietsie onder ‘n uur.  Dis bly vir my ‘n spesiale roete maar die keer soveel meer.

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Ons hartsvriende, Wilhelm en Anemie Boshoff, vir wie ons ook soos baie ander vriende, hopeloos te min sien, het hul huisie-by-die-see ‘n nuwe kleur en geurtjie gegee.  Onopgesmuk, opreg en met soveel aandag aan onbelangrike detail vir Jan-Alleman, maar so spesiaal vir estetika-vrate soos ek.  Met die hulp van ons gentle-giant argitek-vriend, Hardie van Schalkwyk, het hulle een van Postberg se historiese gehuggies in ‘n funksionele beelskone strandhuis verander.

zzzkraalAandag is juis gegee aan die elemente wat die eienaars se fyn oog vir die spesiale in die lewe mooi oppoets maar ‘n fyn belans is behou om die ritme op die weskus te komplimenteer.

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Elke kyk is vir my ‘n lekkerkry.  Alles oorbodig is verwyder en net rou mooi en funksioneel  het oorgebly.  Vuil voete, raasbek kinders en te veel Sauvignon Blanc verdwyn moeiteloos in die detail.

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Selfs die ou tradisionele bad en toilet op die voorstoep het sy nuwe baadjie aan.  Subway teëls en boere-doepa gee lekker detail.

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Ons besef weer almal ‘n groot voorstedelike huis met onthaalareas en gastekamers is so last season. zzz3Picture1

En dan is daar die gekuier. Die tafel loop oor met vars kleure, boerekos ontertone en elke familie se nuwe resep.  Dis so oordadig dat ‘n tafeltema al lank voor die noenmaal sy gat sien. P445icture1

En terwyl die grootmense stadiger begin praat gaan die visvang voort.

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Op die Boshoffs!

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A wedding with my kids

Now that it is the wedding season in the Cape Winelands I remember a wedding I did 4 years ago. I’ve done so many different events and celebrations but never a wedding. When my sister asked me to assist her with her daughter big day I decided to help her to creative something simple, honest, from the heart with a kind budget. See the pictures with my daughter Emma and son, Jan who played a key role in the celebrations. The flowers were all white with fresh tullips from a nearby farm, the food all prepared on the Le Joubert estate with props and romantic smalls from my collection.

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Nostalgic on wheels

Once in a lifetime you do a job just for the fun of it.  My beloved bought this 1965 Commer Camper van recently and we decided to renovate the outside and then try to keep the interior as is but add a fresh overlay.  What you see is all the original interior wood cladding with fresh upholstery and a few smalls to make it pretty.  She is not just a show piece but in full use for camping weekends.  She is also earning her keep with a TV commercial here and there.  The West Coast locals call her Fugly – you work that out.  For me – my most interesting décor installation.  If you wonder why Paarl 314 – that is Jannie’s lucky number and on all his vehicles for his love for mathematics.

I start with a “before” picture.

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XMAS AT HOME

Every year our family have a debate about the theme for Xmas decorations.  Every year they shout for red, green and gold but I’ve convinced them that it’s time for a playful overlay to our existing décor as we will only spend about 2 weeks of December at home.  I’ve never had a client requesting a Xmas overlay to his office space or his personal space –so today I share with you my interpretation of Xmas with a twist in my home.  Hope you have a wonderful festive season!

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Greenpoint going girlie

I helped a client about 2 years ago to start with a very basic look for her lounge – in a very dark apartment but with an excellent location.  She is a psychologist and decided to work from home.  Now, 2 years later, she moved to a very bright and sunny apartment and my brief changed from tonal with ethnic touches to white, feminine with pinks and reds. I had a tiny budget but  had a lot of fun with this clean, happy look.

The first picture shows the very dark apartment with the first big purchase, the L-shape sofa from @Home and dining chairs and table from Weylandts.

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