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fresh flowers

I always gravitate towards the same flowers when I buy for the house – it’s proteas, lilies and roses mostly. I never think to be more adventurous so I’m going to make it my mission to buy the types I don’t usually go for.

Also, where do you buy your flowers? Have you noticed that they’re getting super expensive in the supermarkets? Or is it just me… There are a few places I like to go: a little shed behind Peddlars on the Bend in Constantia, near the horses stables, where you can get a wide range of the most beautiful bunches for great prices. Also, the friendly lady who sells on the steps outside the art shop in the Chelsea Village square is lovely. In Tokai, just before the bike track, there’s a hidden little road on the left (if you’re coming from Constantia) which if you venture down will lead you to the most beautiful roses at the most beautiful prices! And on Wednesdays and Saturdays, the Earth Fair Market in Westlake has a lovely range of fresh flowers right as you walk in the door. Of course, the Adderley Street Flower Market is just amazing, but not really in our ‘hood.

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I don’t think I’ll ever tire of fresh flowers in my house. The best kind, though, are the ones my mum brings from her garden 🙂

 

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— Liza

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inspiring spaces

Bringing ‘the outside in’ is a huge passion of mine. I am fascinated by how a plant can completely transform an otherwise uninspiring space. Especially when you are turning a house into a home on a tight budget.

This space, which I found on Hearth, masterfully utilises the light and energy of indoor plants. Softening edges and bringing depth. It’s a tiny space, but it doesn’t feel tiny. Granted it’s clearly a kid-free zone and could not be further from the space I currently live in, but I am still inspired!

Isn’t it lovely…

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— Emily

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inspirational space

I am always looking for ways to make our little home feel bigger. It’s impossible to think clearly and function properly when surrounded by clutter.

This Christmas my kiddos were wonderfully spoilt and while we’re thrilled with our new toys, we’re faced with the challenge of finding a place for everything.

Big clear out time. We donated some stuff and dropped off a few bags at the secondhand kids clothing/toys store where my sister works – Tantrum on Main Road Kenilworth. It’s a real treat if you are looking for an affordable way to clothe your children in cute, international brands while passing on your own children’s (good quality) old clothes. It’s been a real life saver for me over the last couple of years.

This family space, discovered on The Design Files has inspired me this week. Uncluttered, light, airy and still warm enough to be called a home.

Good to see how it’s possible to have kids but not a lounge knee-deep in toys and plastic furniture 🙂

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— Emily

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simplicity

I haven’t joined in on the Nature in the Home series for a while. Things have been a bit crazy here – SO much work, teething baby, school holidays, family visiting from out of town.

So, this week’s theme is Simple. I have never bought myself tulips before, they are one of my favourite flowers (along with peonies, but I couldn’t bring myself to pay R150 for 5 peonies?!). The lavender was picked from our garden (v simple) and I like the simplicity of tulips – no thorns or extra leaves or fussy bits.

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I’ve heard there are clever tricks to get the stalks to stand upright again after they’ve started to droop. Can anyone let me know what these are?

— Liza

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roses are blooming

I am no green fingers, but I’m almost certain that this time of year in the Southern Hemisphere is not really when roses start blooming. Anyway, my rose bush (my only one, I keep wanting more but pots are expensive and because we’re renting I don’t want to plant them in the garden) is sprouting gorgeous pink blooms, and I’m loving them. I’m taking it as my gift from mother nature. Roses in winter. How lovely.

Joining in with Littlegreenshed‘s Nature in the Home series – I missed doing these posts since the hacking incident so I’m happy to be back.

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— Liza

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This is my new hanging plant from Opus Studio. My friend Delene bought it for me as a gift for my birthday, nice hey? I’ve wanted a hanging plant for so long, and always wondered how to water them, but it’s actually super simple. You simply unclip it from the string, fill a bowl with water and let the kokedama (moss ball) plant sit in the water for about 2-3 minutes. Then gently squeeze the ball so that the water is soaked into the centre.

Here’s a bit more about hanging plants, from Opus…

“Kokedama, often called the poor man’s bonsai in Japan, literally means moss (koke) ball (dama). It consists of a small ball of soil that is covered with organic material like mosses, grass and flowers that are mixed and arranged to form a desired hanging garden.

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— Liza

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