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Our Gathered Home

January 27th, 2014

Our Gathered Home

Our Gathered Home - Rebecca & Bruce Meissner

Our Gathered Home - Rebecca & Bruce Meissner

Our Gathered Home - Rebecca & Bruce Meissner

All images courtesy of Rebecca Meissner

2014 is filled with exciting adventures, opportunities and new creative endevours, the latest of which is my new blog: Our Gathered Home.

It started out of a need to share honest, authentic homes lived in by real people, across the globe and my aim is to showcase family life in a multifaceted approach to urban living.

I’ve launched with friends of mine, Rebecca and Bruce Meissner, a Cape Town, South Africa based documentary style photographic duo who own and run, Love Made Visible, focusing primarily on wedding photography.

Their rental home in Muizenberg is affectionately known as ‘The Boathouse’, where they reside with their surrogate cat. They don’t own a single piece of new furniture, everything is a hand-me-down or thrifted find. When they are not out shooting they can be found surfing, hiking, gardening, cooking, dreaming about their next travel adventure and building their own house.

Starting the first week of Feb I’ll be showcasing a new home tour there each week, follow along there and on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.

2013 In Review

January 2nd, 2014

Hi All,

I hope and trust you had a great festive season. Ours was manic with two birthdays, a Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day lunch, it was pretty much a blur. When I get a chance I’ll get a few pics up, suffice to say it was lovely spending time with our family and loved ones.

In the meantime I wanted to recap the year that was and say a big thank you for your support and encouragement, both here and via Instagram and Twitter.

WordPress’s JetPack Stats does this thing once a year and tally’s up all your posts, visits and crunches the numbers in a fun, motivational way and shared this about the blog.

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 43,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 16 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

So thank you, thank you all for attending the performance that is my life, Opera House or not!

Here are links to the 3 most popular posts, not surprisingly they’re DIY/Craft related.

Make Your Own Chalkboard Wall Organizer

Make your own chalkboard wall organizer, an old post that has been pinned over 12,000 times!

Make your own modular plywood storage

Make Your Own Modular Plywood Storage

The Organized Life: The Laundry

The Organized Life: The Laundry

I had visitors from over 148 countries, mostly the USA, South Africa and surprisingly, France, Merci!

I’m not sure what this year will hold for me blogging wise, truthfully, as I shared in my last post I’m have a big rethink on where I spend my time and energy, which leaves little time for blogging in a personal capacity, but will continue to update CTS as and when I can.

All the best for 2014, I hope it is a wonderful year for you filled with adventure and new experiences!

For Good Times

December 3rd, 2013





I’ve just returned from the launch of ‘For Good Times’, the first book from Julie Gallagher, owner of one of my favourite little stores, ‘In Good Company‘.

The book has been beautifully styled and shot by my friend Vanessa Lewis with accompanying themed recipes from food stylist Taryne Jakobi and printables from Amanda & Michael Cramer.

In Julie’s words:

“Following in the footsteps of In Good Company’s in-store experience and daily blog posts, here is a book full of exactly what we love to do all day – share stylish design inspiration and decor ideas for parties. What’s more, this book combines easy-to-execute craft activities, simple step-by-step recipes and “push print” stationary; all with a keen attention to doing-it-yourself”.

The book can be purchased on-line or instore and makes the perfect Christmas gift for parents, avid crafters and party planners.

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