My Home Design Finds…

by Jared

Moving homes gave me the reason I needed to get hold of a few products that I’d crushing over for the past months. Most are local brands that I’m delighted to have adorn my home:

  1. The Bed, Vanilla Haus

A new home deserves a new bed – and since my penny’s had to stretch far I’d had it in my mind I wasn’t going to be able to get something special… until I discovered Vanilla Haus. They’re a premium bed supplier but without a physical showroom – which enables them to offer such competitive prices. My bed cost me several thousand less than it would have in a store. Find them here on Facebook and call for expert advice.

  1. Bedding, Country Road

Naturally, a new bed deserves some new bedding. As a travel journalist I’ve tested countless linen sets around the country and my top-rated bed set is Country Road’s Brae range. Spun and woven in Portugal, it’s crafted from premium cotton and stonewashed for added softness and texture. Country Road also supports the Better Cotton Initiative to improve cotton farming globally.

Trust me, pop into a Country Road store or participating Woolworths to have a feel and see why it’s worth the investment. And spending a little on your bed linen is definitely worth it – after all, we do spend around a third of our life in bed. Available here in Rose, Moss Green, Grey, Charcoal, and White.

  1. Art Work, The Chairman Home

With such a beautiful new bed I decided that some new artwork was in order to help finish off the new bedroom. After scouring online sites for several days, I eventually found two artworks that stood out. A week after placing my order my two beautiful pieces arrived from the Durban-based company and dressed my wall. View the range online here and start dreaming up your next art installation.

  1. Plants, Plantify

The modern urban home wouldn’t be complete with some green babies. Overhearing that I was looking for a little plant installation, some pointed me in the direction of Plantify. Needless to say, after only a minute or two browsing their socials and website I was converted. Their Roeland street store in Cape Town is a treasure chest for all things green – or browse away online and have your plants delivered.

  1. Ceramics, Mervyn Gers

Seven years ago, I walked into a coffee shop and when my cup arrived I instantly looked under to find out who’d made them. This was my first intro to Mervyn Gers Ceramics – and it wasn’t too long before four of the bespoke coffee mugs had made their way to my kitchen.

Mervyn’s one-of-a-kind ceramic pieces and handmade dinnerware grace some of the country’s finest homes, hotels, lodges, and eateries. With the new home it was time to add some of the dinnerware to grace my dining room table and I chose the elegant black and white plates from the monochromatic range. View the products online here.

  1. Sanitiser, St Roch

Welcoming guests with sanitiser has become the new normal, and as it seems the need won’t be going away quickly, we may as well make sure that we’re providing a quality spray. From my first use of St Roch I was an ardent fan. Their range of luxury sanitizers provide the security needed from any germs, but in addition, also act as moisturiziers and have tantilizing fragrances. Instead of being left with awkwardly sticky hands your guests will be be revelling in the gracious scents rising from their hands. Get yours here.

  1. Cushion Covers, Barrydale Weavers

After my cushions had faithfully served me for a few years it was time for a fresh addition to my sofa – in the form of the beautiful covers from Barrydale Weavers. The hand-woven textiles are proud products hailing from a small town in the Klein Karoo, where owners Kate and Arran made a conscious desire to slow down and, in their words,, “it’s this that’s allowed us to take a uniquely considered approach to craftsmanship.” Order yours online here – and don’t forget to also look at the placemat.

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