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Let’s be adventurers

May 15th, 2014

Let's be adventures

I know that things in these parts have been quiet, too quiet, but despite the silence much has been a brew.

What little time I’ve had outside of my freelance & family commitments I’ve spent on the weekly home tours over at Our Gathered Home, which has been a resounding success. 4 months in and we’ve already been featured in/on key interiors blogs and hit over 20,000 page views. Thank you for all your support!

Outside of all of this we’ve been also preparing to make a rather large move, across the ocean, to Sydney, Australia. We’ll be arriving in November as Kathy has accepted a job offer there from 1st December and as an Australia citizen we’re going over so that our kiddies can claim their dual-citizenship’s, which needs to be done by the time either of them are 18.

My free time has been filled with paperwork, and more paperwork (175 A4 pages and counting!), putting our home on the market, auditing what we’re taking and getting rid of, meetings with relocation officers, the list goes on. Emigration is not for the faint of heart.

We are extremely excited about starting this new adventure together and have earmarked the suburb of Surry Hills as our base, though these things are subject to change, but we wanted to make a break from the suburbs and enjoy inner city life for a bit.

I’ve already been planning our new apartment, which will have a more muted palette and a heavy Nordic influence, a ‘less is more’ approach to living. I’ve been keeping up to date on local trends through Real Living and Inside Out magazines and following key stylists and store owners in Sydney and can’t wait to share them all with you.

The best way to keep in touch for now is via Instagram, or over on Pinterest, if you’re looking for a daily dose of decor inspiration.

Ikea PS 2014

March 13th, 2014

Come April 1st Ikea launch their much anticipated PS 2014 range, a whopping 40 pieces in total that have taken over 5 years to develop and test.

The theme is “On the Move”, their boldest collection to date is all about multi-functionality and flexibility, designed for today’s urban living environment.


To wet your appetite here is a sneak peak into the new collection.

Ikea PS 2014

Ikea PS 2014

Ikea PS 2014

Ikea PS 2014

Ikea PS 2014

Ikea PS 2014

All images courtesy of Ikea

FREE ‘Grow Your Own’ Workshop

February 25th, 2014

Grow Your Own Workshop with Matt Allison

This weekend I gave a workshop at the annual South African Food & Wine Bloggers Indaba on growing your own food, called “Dig For Victory”, it was sold out.

Thankfully all is not lost for those who wanted to attend and couldn’t because this week I’ll be repeating the workshop as part of a series of electives being presented by St Stephen’s Church in Claremont.

It will be filled with intensely practical tips covering things like.

  • planning your garden
  • soil preparation
  • composting
  • companion planting
  • seeds and seedlings
  • organic pest control

It will be held on Wednesday 26th February at 7.30pm – 9.00pm at St Stephens Church, 86 Belvedere Rd, Cape Town 7708.

It’s FREE to all who wish to come along and learn to #growyourown

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