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M A R C H 2 0 2 1<br />


Bathroom<br />

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MARCH is one of those special months –<br />

the inbetween phase where summer<br />

is reaching its end and winter is peeking<br />

over our shoulders. It is a time when we<br />

in the southern hemisphere begin to go<br />

more inward.<br />

Not that we needed any more inward<br />

movement after a year that will for ever<br />

be known as the pandemic year; the year<br />

that saw our homes having to serve as the<br />

venue for everything from work to school<br />

to recreation.<br />

This month our focus is on<br />

bathrooms. Anyone who has been in<br />

lockdown with extended family – or who<br />

has children – will know how the space<br />

can serve as a sanctuary.<br />

With this in mind, we wanted to see<br />

how we could recreate this functional<br />

space as a wonderful getaway spot<br />

providing you with both luxury and calm.<br />

We have also taken a look at trends<br />

in decor and gardening for this year. And if<br />

you are looking for something to aspire to,<br />

don’t miss our Home of the Month.<br />

There are a host of nurturing and<br />

absolutely beautiful trends emerging as we<br />

– as a society – try to make sense of this<br />

new world in which we find ourselves.<br />

I hope this magazine adds to a sense<br />

of calm and provides a space to dream<br />

and inspire.<br />

Please keep in contact<br />

Vivian Warby<br />

Vivian.Warby@inl.co.za<br />

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Contents<br />

<strong>2021</strong> decor trends<br />

Bath in luxury<br />

Bold bathroom styles<br />

Bathroom revamp<br />

Q&A<br />

Bathroom makeovers<br />

DIY bathrooms<br />

Before you renovate,<br />

do this<br />

Property trend alert<br />

28<br />

Home of the Month<br />

Organic gardening<br />

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T R e N D S<br />

2 0 2 1<br />

Cape Town-based international interior designer Gina Munro<br />

of StudioMunro gives us her five top trends for this year.<br />


COLOUR AND PATTERN: Earthy, neutral tones will always make for a timeless palette, however colour is making a big comeback.<br />

Bright statement colours are a sure way to keep our spirits up. Combining colour with bold patterns, whether on a feature wallpaper or an<br />

upholstered occasional chair, is a wonderful way to highlight key areas in a living, working or leisure space. It isn’t about inserting colour everywhere<br />

but rather about using it as an accent which brings an entire scheme together. If you’re afraid of colour and pattern, apply the notion to loose items<br />

such as cushions, a statement vase or striking rug. Think blues, greens, reds, pinks.<br />

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MORE THAN JUST GREENERY: People have become obsessed with greenery and this trend is definitely not going away anytime<br />

soon. Bringing the outdoors in continues to be a growing trend, especially for those who don’t have large gardens or green fingers. But it doesn’t<br />

need to stop there – now is the time to get creative with planters. From pedestal options to textured and over-sized ceramic planters, it’s all about<br />

what your plant lives in. Table-top solutions are definitely on the up, especially when curated in large eclectic groups. Planters themselves can also<br />

be beautiful stand-alone accessories, even without a plant – a great sculptural option in an entrance hallway or enclosed balcony.<br />

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CUSTOM PIECES: Over the past year, we have become a lot more sentimental about our personal spaces, and with that we seem to be<br />

paying more attention to how we use furniture at home. We have come to learn what does and doesn’t work, and there is a definite shift from simply<br />

wanting off-the-shelf items to customising key pieces or even hunting for unique items. Not only do we want aesthetically pleasing furniture but<br />

there is now a much bigger demand for items that are also practical.<br />

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KITCHEN & DINING MUSTS: The kitchen is often the heart of the home but this isn’t the case for everyone. Over the past year,<br />

many small food businesses have popped up, providing delectable home-cooked meals to those who don’t feel confident in the kitchen. If anything,<br />

the past year has seemed all about food. Whether you’re cooking yourself or getting meals catered, how you present your food is important. Collect<br />

key kitchen items such as crockery and focus on how you plate what you eat. Signature serving dishes, sculptural cutlery and handmade vessels<br />

are talking points on their own. This gives us a chance, when entertaining, to express our personal style through simple day-to- day items.<br />

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REVIVING FORGOTTEN ITEMS: Decluttering our lives seems to have become a trend in itself and, through this cathartic<br />

experience, we are finding unused sentimental bits and bobs that have been hidden away and forgotten. It’s time to shift our mindsets – instead<br />

of “out with the old and in with the new”, let’s think, “bring the old into the new”. It could be an artwork that’s been flat-packed in the back of a<br />

spare-room cupboard and needs a more modern frame. Or perhaps it’s hand-me-down vintage dinner plates that could be mounted on a wall in the<br />

dining room. Older, sentimental items can find their place in <strong>2021</strong> and tell their own story.<br />

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Bathroom<br />

escape<br />

Gone are the days when bathrooms were dull,<br />

functional places to take a quick shower. The trend<br />

now is towards a luxury space where you can spend<br />

time washing away the stresses of everyday life<br />

ATHROOMS are increasingly becoming places of<br />

refuge and relaxation where we can release the tension of<br />

the the day, say interior designers, adding that glamorous<br />

is<br />

the is the name of the game. For instance, don’t be afraid<br />

to<br />

add some velvet via a 1950s chair (if you have the space),<br />

with mirrors with backlighting. Simple, basic bathroom design<br />

has been replaced with new trends and accessories, such as heated<br />

towel rails – perfect for drying damp towels in winter, luxury soap dispensers, vibrating<br />

ceiling showers, Jacuzzi baths and even a place for a television set. However, people<br />

are also wanting to bring elements of nature into their homes and in some instances<br />

are creating living walls with greenery and blooms or adding nature-focused 3D floors.<br />

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Designer Will Engelbrecht, owner and creative head of<br />

WillDesign Solutions gives us top bathroom trends for the year<br />

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Skinny vertical tiles are all the rage. You can<br />

create the look with subway tiles – last year the<br />

trend was to lay them horizontally but this year we<br />

are going vertical and stacking them to create a “Kit<br />

Kat” effect. This adds a hint of art deco glamour<br />

and intrigue to a bathroom. Stephen Pellerade of<br />

Pellerade Design House adds that full-wall cladding<br />

in artificial stone or resin is also a trend.<br />


Having a big statement wall with wallpaper<br />

printed with huge over-the-top blooms and foliage<br />

in your smallest room will make a bold impact.<br />

This is not the year to be scared to explore colour<br />

and design and it’s certainly a good time to add a<br />

touch of quirkiness to the bathroom.<br />

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This is your splash-out room. Use your guest loo to<br />

fulfil your biggest decor fantasies – do something<br />

you may be too nervous to try elsewhere. Think<br />

flowered tiles, all-black walls or walls that are all<br />

mirrors. These powder rooms have become secret<br />

pocket rooms that give your guests a thrill when<br />

they discover them.<br />


Layered lighting is important. Think high-hats,<br />

sconces and decorative fixtures all in the same<br />

room. A chandelier in the bathroom might be an<br />

oldie but it’s still a goldie. Think different textile<br />

shades juxtaposed beside each other. Get<br />

the lights on separate switches and always-on<br />

dimmers to create an atmosphere of allure.<br />


Accent tiles with geometric patterns work well on<br />

the floor. There is also a trend to replace traditional<br />

rectangles with other geometric shapes, such as<br />

hexagonal tiles. Ceramic tiles that are printed with<br />

wooden grain can seem warm and natural without<br />

the problems of water stains on a real wooden floor.<br />

Another biggie for the adventurous is 3D flooring.<br />

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B A T H R O O M<br />

Confidential<br />

International interior designer Daun Curry answers your design questions<br />



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Q: There is room on our vanity to add<br />

something in addition to soap and a<br />

tissue box but I’m unsure what else<br />

to put there.<br />

A: Think of accessories that are not<br />

necessarily meant for a bathroom. Some of<br />

my favourites for a bathroom are plants and<br />

natural elements such as corals and shells,<br />

candles and luxury linens.<br />

Q: Your tips for designing tiny bathrooms?<br />

A: The first factors to consider are an<br />

absolute needs for function. Make a list as<br />

you go through your daily routine. Consider if<br />

you truly need a bathtub; this can be a huge<br />

space saver. Medicine cabinets are great for<br />

storage and options can be vertical storage<br />

on walls. And remember that bright colours<br />

will open up the room.

Q: How do you choose whether a<br />

bathroom should have lighter surfaces or<br />

a darker theme? Does either light or dark<br />

make a space seem bigger than the other?<br />

A: Lighter bathrooms tend to feel fresh and<br />

clean, whereas darker ones have a moody,<br />

sexy vibe; it just depends on what you’re<br />

going for. Powder rooms are great candidates<br />

for a dark, moody palette.<br />

Q: I want to resell my home in a few years’<br />

time but in the meantime want to redo my<br />

bathrooms. Any advice?<br />

A: Keep everything white and fresh and don’t<br />

get too decorative. I do think that people look<br />

for a double vanity in the master bathroom,<br />

so that would be a great investment. I would<br />

not suggest wall-mounted toilets, because<br />

they are very specific and not for everyone.<br />


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Q: We need to replace<br />

the floor tiles in our main<br />

bathroom, and I have fallen<br />

in love with a marble tile.<br />

I’m worried the marble will<br />

be hard to care for and<br />

will look stained or worn<br />

quickly. Do you have any<br />

recommendations for caring<br />

for marble or should I try to<br />

find a porcelain that looks<br />

like it?<br />

A: Marble and natural stone<br />

always top my list because of<br />

their timeless beauty but there<br />

always needs to be a balance<br />

between beauty and durability.<br />

You can seal marble, but over<br />

time, it will show wear and<br />

patina which, in my opinion, is<br />

part of the beauty. Porcelain is a<br />

great option and there are many<br />

wonderful products out there.<br />

Q: What design considerations<br />

do you take into account when<br />

weighing the use of large or<br />

small format tiles?<br />

A: The size of the bathroom is<br />

definitely a consideration but you<br />

can use large- and small-format<br />

tiles in the same bathroom.<br />

Shower floors need small tiles to<br />

protect against slipping. I love<br />

large-format tiles on walls and<br />

the main floor areas.<br />


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Q: How do you choose<br />

a bathtub? What are the<br />

benefits of a free-standing<br />

tub versus a built-in? I love<br />

free-standing tubs but I<br />

always worry about the<br />

potential mess.<br />

A: If you have the space for<br />

a free-standing tub, I think<br />

it’s a beautiful look, and the<br />

benefits far outweigh a little<br />

water on the floor.<br />

– Washington Post<br />

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BEFORE<br />

Freshen up<br />

When he made over the bathrooms in a Granger Bay<br />

home, designer Will Engelbrecht used the<br />

seaside location as inspiration for the main bathroom<br />

but let his imaginative side come out when he redid<br />

the guest bathroom in funky style<br />

Main bathroom<br />

When designer<br />

Will Engelbrecht,<br />

owner and creative<br />

head of WillDesign,<br />

was commissioned<br />

to revamp this<br />

seaside Granger<br />

Bay home he let<br />

the outdoors guide<br />

his indoor palette.<br />

The main<br />

bathroom,<br />

which had been<br />

multiple rooms,<br />

one of which had<br />

plumbing, was<br />

gutted.<br />

“I used stone<br />

and speckled grey<br />

tiles to pick up<br />

the feeling of the<br />

boulders in front<br />

of the home,” says<br />

Engelbrecht.<br />

“We went for<br />

luxury finishes so<br />

that the bathroom<br />

became a feature<br />

of the home. I<br />

used darker tiles<br />

on the floor to<br />

try and deflect<br />

the glare of the<br />

ocean away from<br />

the house. I also<br />

removed old<br />

porcelain tiles to<br />

create a fresh,<br />

more modern,<br />

look.”<br />

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BEFORE<br />

Guest bathroom<br />

“Here we went wild<br />

and glamorous,”<br />

says designer Will<br />

Engelbrecht.<br />

“A guest bathroom is<br />

a wonderful place to<br />

pull off some daring<br />

decor moves. I used<br />

a luxury and funky<br />

wallpaper to create<br />

some drama and then<br />

filled it with mirrors to<br />

create space.<br />

“A guest bathroom<br />

is a place you can let<br />

your decor fantasies<br />

run wild.”<br />

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Bathroom<br />

can be tricky for<br />

a DIYer to revamp but David<br />

Jacobs, a regional manager for<br />

the Rawson Property Group,<br />

says even small updates<br />


Doing a revamp, even if<br />

it’s as simple as giving the<br />

space a fresh coat of paint,<br />

is a good way to help your<br />

house sell faster<br />

can make a big difference in<br />

getting a fast sale.<br />

“Do try a fresh coat<br />

of paint on your walls and<br />

ceilings and replace old-school<br />

towel rails and accessories<br />

with more modern versions.<br />

You can also refinish your<br />

bathroom cabinets or replace<br />

your vanity. Adding stylish<br />

mirrors or display shelves can<br />

be a great idea as well.<br />

“Retiling makes a huge<br />

difference but it’s a pretty big<br />

DIY and it would be best to<br />

get a valuation on your home<br />

before you make any big<br />

investments because you may<br />

not get your money back.<br />

“If you’re not up for a<br />

project of that scale, you<br />

could consider refinishing<br />

your existing tiles using the<br />

specially formulated tile paints<br />

now available.”<br />

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When making home improvements,<br />

ensure intended savings don’t turn into<br />

massive unforeseen expenses<br />


Invest some<br />

time &<br />

save heaps<br />

BEFORE jumping into a home renovation project, Handy<br />

Mac urges you to ask yourself these questions:<br />

1 COSTS How much will this cost, and how much value<br />

will this add to my home? For those answers, you will<br />

need to talk to a contractor regarding expenses, and an<br />

estate agent to find out if it is worthwhile forking out a<br />

huge sum of money to upgrade your home if you won’t<br />

get it back on resale.<br />

2 DISCOMFORT During a renovation you will be<br />

inconvenienced. There is no way around this. First, ensure<br />

you are dealing with a reputable company that takes<br />

Covid protocols seriously. Consider how you will manage<br />

without the facilities in the room being renovated, the<br />

time of year and how uncomfortable you might be during<br />

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Never pay in full or<br />

upfront. A contractor who<br />

requires this is probably<br />

scamming you<br />

construction. Consider moving out for the duration of the<br />

renovations, if you can. If not, plan ahead to ensure the<br />

discomfort is minimal.<br />

3 INVESTIGATE During the planning, interview<br />

many contractors and ask for costs. Check out their<br />

communication style. Does it work well with your<br />

communication style, or will you find yourself getting<br />

irritated by it? If so, maybe this contractor is not for<br />

you. Also ask about insurance and get as many<br />

references as you can. Most importantly, ensure all<br />

contractors are accredited.<br />

4 HISTORY If you have your home’s original plans, plus<br />

plans that include home improvements and additions<br />

over the years, offer them to the contractor. This can<br />

really simplify the job.<br />

5 THE LEGAL STUFF Before starting any work that will<br />

affect your finances, ensure you have a contract in place.<br />

6 BILLING Ask for itemised billing as opposed to a lumpsum<br />

fee. This way you can keep a handle on how your<br />

money is being spent.<br />

7 WARNING Never pay in full or upfront. A contractor<br />

who requires this is probably scamming you.<br />

8 DIY Be realistic about how much you can do yourself<br />

and when you need to call in professionals. Many a DIY<br />

job has required extra money to sort out what you broke.<br />

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The world’s wealthiest are favouring sumptuous ‘whole life’ homes where they can<br />

seclude themselves from the Covid-19 pandemic and other disasters<br />


The ultimate<br />

L U X U R Y<br />


THE ULTRA-RICH have turned to “whole-life” homes – places<br />

in which they can live, work and play without having to set<br />

foot in the “real” world.<br />

Some of these homes even have nightclubs (yes, you read right)<br />

and theatres in them and are certainly not the dark and heavy bunkerstyle<br />

homes sometimes built in times of pandemic.<br />

Experts say high net worth Individuals (HNWI) worldwide are<br />

spending millions to acquire one or more of these “whole-life” homes.<br />

Alternatively, says Rory O’Hagan, head of the Luxury Portfolio<br />

division of marketing agency Chas Everitt International, they are<br />

upgrading their existing properties, turning them into self-contained<br />

safe havens where they and their families can ride out the current<br />

pandemic or any future world disasters without loss of income or<br />

major lifestyle adjustment.<br />

Pellerade Design House chief executive Stephen Pellerade says<br />

these whole-life homes are highly-customised, luxurious retreats<br />

which often resemble seven-star boutique hotels.<br />

Some of the “extravagant necessities” most favoured by the<br />

owners and buyers of such properties, he says, are spas and gyms;<br />

hairdressing salons; home cinemas; cigar and champagne bars;<br />

bowling alleys; double kitchens; cold rooms; multi-layered security<br />

systems; smart home-automation; clean-air systems and water and<br />

power back-up systems.<br />

One such local home, known as Gatsby, designed and furnished<br />

by Pellerade Design House, fits the bill and is on the market for<br />

R64.8 million, says O’Hagan.<br />

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A private palace<br />

Perched on a ridge above Joburg, with views over the city and beyond, is a luxurious<br />

house which takes its inspiration from around the world<br />


Marble and bronze<br />

statues from<br />

Argentina and<br />

France grace a<br />

dozen fountains<br />

in the formal,<br />

terraced gardens.<br />

Gatsby House,<br />

set on Houghton<br />

Ridge in Joburg, is<br />

breathtaking.<br />


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Antique and modern pieces<br />

blend seamlessly in the<br />

glamorous bedroom suites.<br />

OVER a century ago, Randlords<br />

built impressive homes on<br />

Houghton Ridge, using the<br />

fortunes they made from gold.<br />

Some have stood the test of<br />

time, with beautiful teak window<br />

frames and eye-stretching views.<br />

Gatsby, set on the ridge, has all<br />

the luxuries the Randlords would<br />

have wanted, plus every mod-con<br />

besides.<br />

The house has taken its<br />

inspiration from around the<br />

world, with gardens reminiscent<br />

of those in St Petersburg, Venetian<br />

chandeliers, a Paris-styled<br />

“night club”, modern American<br />

sculptures and a white marble<br />

angel sculpture found in an<br />

antiques market in Brussels.<br />

But the house is also firmly<br />

based in Africa, with sculptures<br />

from the royal Zulu household,<br />

and, on a good day, views as<br />

far as the Pilanesberg near Sun<br />

The decor of the<br />

nightclub in this superhome<br />

is based on the<br />

Buddha Bar in Paris,<br />

with its rich colours and<br />

dramatic fabrics.<br />

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The grand bathrooms<br />

feature marble floors<br />

and vanities, spa baths<br />

and steam showers.<br />

ABOVE The main entrance stairway with its glorious marbletopped<br />

balustrade is a fitting introduction to this grand house.<br />

BELOW Built on four levels, Gatsby features a heated indoor pool<br />

as well as this training pool-with-a-view on the terrace.<br />

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City, as well as the Voortrekker<br />

Monument in Pretoria.<br />

The grand house belongs to<br />

Pellerade Design House chief<br />

executive Stephen Pellerade<br />

whose vision is to be seen<br />

everywhere in it.<br />

The home offers 2 000m² of<br />

lavish living space set over four<br />

storeys, with eight elegant en<br />

suite bedrooms, a magnificent art<br />

collection and expansive outdoor<br />

entertainment areas and gardens.<br />

There are also business and<br />

conference facilities.<br />

We asked Pellerade what<br />

influenced his design, both<br />

indoors and outdoors.<br />

“We decided that the<br />

furnishings and the design palette<br />

would be totally international;<br />

not regional, local or specific to<br />

one particular genre.”<br />

“If there was one word to<br />

define Gatsby, it would be<br />

‘neo-classical’,” he says.<br />

“This means Venetian crystal<br />

chandeliers live together with<br />

sculptures of the royal Zulu<br />

household. Grand masters’<br />

oil paintings are displayed<br />

in the same room as modern<br />

American bronzes; as are gigantic<br />

contemporary black-mink wingback<br />

chairs in the hall. And we<br />

mingle Chinoiserie with midcentury<br />

Barcelona chairs … and<br />

so on.”<br />

His favourite room is what he<br />

calls the “niteclub” on the outside<br />

pool terrace level.<br />

“It’s inspired by an evening<br />

spent at the Buddha Bar in Paris<br />

with my daughter when she<br />

was 20; she chose the chocolate,<br />

pink and red colours for this<br />

sophisticated entertainment area.<br />

“The red billiard tablecloth<br />

is striking and the room has two<br />

pink chandeliers above.

Gatsby boasts an array of<br />

sumptuous entertainment<br />

spaces, such as this day-bar,<br />

with bespoke furnishings, rare<br />

art and design pieces from<br />

around the world.<br />


BELOW Floor to ceiling expanses of glass optimise the<br />

spectacular views from Gatsby’s reception rooms.<br />

“Chocolate velvet curtaining<br />

contrasts with oversized bright<br />

pink velvet wing-back chairs.<br />

“And a silver-leafed Buddha<br />

statue presides over it all. This is<br />

an incredibly eclectic space with a<br />

real wow factor.”<br />

The Randlords would have<br />

yearned for the fabulous paintings<br />

and antiques spread throughout<br />

the house’s various levels. So,<br />

which are Pellerade’s favourites?<br />

“Well, I’m not sure if they<br />

count as antiques, but since they<br />

date from the 1920s, perhaps they<br />

do. They are the 4m high solid<br />

oak doors sourced from a palace<br />

in Buenos Aires.<br />

“The building was erected<br />

in the 1920s and recently many<br />

of the building’s fixtures and<br />

finishes were being auctioned off.<br />

The doors are the Buenos Aires<br />

building’s original front doors.”<br />

But in a Joburg home full of<br />

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The formal dining<br />

room is one of<br />

several glamorous<br />

indoor and outdoor<br />

entertainment<br />

spaces and the<br />

bespoke table<br />

seats 16 in luxury.<br />

so many riches, Pellerade has<br />

trouble deciding his favourites.<br />

“There is also the white<br />

marble angel statue just off the<br />

grand room – that’s a favourite.<br />

This was sourced from an<br />

antiques market in Brussels.”<br />

The house is magnificent<br />

and it is set, like a precious<br />

stone, in glorious grounds.<br />

Pellerade says the gardens<br />

were inspired by those at the<br />

Peterhof palace in St Petersburg<br />

in Russia. And creating them<br />

was no easy task.<br />

“The terraced levels<br />

are specifically designed to<br />

maximise the awesome views<br />

and took five years to create.<br />

“Massive rocks had to be<br />

blasted with dynamite and<br />

some 30 000 tons of soil had to<br />

be brought on to the property.<br />

It was a huge engineering feat<br />

and incredibly costly.<br />

“The landscaping with<br />

tall, slim conifers, buxus<br />

hedging and several fountains<br />

and sculptures is Italianate in<br />

design.”<br />

And, of course, that’s not all.<br />

The Gatsby house has its<br />

own spa as well as a heated<br />

indoor pool, salt-water outdoor<br />

training pool, a library and<br />

gymnasium. There is also<br />

automated climate control,<br />

music, lighting and security<br />

systems that can be operated via<br />

a cellphone from anywhere in<br />

the world, says Rory O’Hagan,<br />

head of the Luxury Portfolio<br />

division of marketing agency<br />

Chas Everitt International.<br />

A place like this needs staff<br />

and Gatsby has accommodation<br />

and garaging for au pairs and<br />

assistants.<br />

The Randlords thought they<br />

had it all – but Gatsby is enough<br />

to make them weep into their<br />

pink gins.<br />

Rory O'Hagan +27 83 328 8888<br />

Chas Everitt Hyde Park & Sandton

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HE <strong>HOME</strong> garden – whether year – even if it is just<br />

planted with veggies or flowers a container on a window sill.<br />

– became many a family’s safe But the biggest trend by far<br />

space when the pandemic – and one set to continue – is<br />

hit. The garden served to<br />

kitchen gardens, with many<br />

supplement the menu, provide households planning and<br />

an escape for children and those growing their own vegetables.<br />

working from home after long www.lifeisagarden.co.za gives<br />

hours on the screen and, as beginners this advice:<br />

anyone who has got their hands<br />

dirty in soil will know, function DON’T SHY AWAY FROM<br />

as a way to help people mentally HUMBLE BEGINNINGS<br />

exhale.<br />

For your first growing quest,<br />

Trend analysts foresee start small. Think about whether<br />

gardening activities growing this you want to use containers,<br />

GET DOWN<br />


Planting your own organic vegetables not<br />

only gives you food for your table, it is also a<br />

rewarding and relaxing outdoor activity.<br />

Here are some tips to get you growing<br />

plant straight into the ground or<br />

use raised beds.<br />

Consider your space and<br />

available time to guide your<br />

growing style. Sowing a couple<br />

of seeds in an empty space in<br />

your flower beds is as good a<br />

beginning as any.<br />

Be careful not to<br />

overpopulate your space. Your<br />

veggies will increase in size and<br />

need room to grow and climb.<br />

Planting too close together<br />

will also cause veggies to shade<br />

one another. Refer to the seed<br />

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Your veggies<br />

will increase<br />

in size and<br />

need room<br />

to grow and<br />

climb<br />

packet or the handy garden<br />

centre guy for advice.<br />


Veggies love the sun and will<br />

flourish in open areas that<br />

receive lot of sunlight. Avoid<br />

areas with big trees throwing<br />

shade.<br />

Examine your space<br />

through eco-eyes – take note<br />

of the sun’s movement, the<br />

surrounding foliage, and the<br />

expansion space needed as your<br />

greens grow.<br />

Location is also important<br />

in terms of watering. Make sure<br />

your veggies are within reach<br />

of the hose pipe or irrigation<br />

system and can receive as much<br />

rainfall as possible.<br />

If you’re planning to grow<br />

veggies on the stoep, make<br />

sure your containers have good<br />

drainage and expect to have<br />

some water flowing from under<br />

the pots, which is something to<br />

consider when placing them.<br />


Seasonal veggies (meaning the<br />

ones to plant for that season)<br />

are your best bets for success<br />

as these greens are naturally<br />

adapted to the climate of the<br />

given time.<br />

Also, consider how the<br />

particular plant grows – some<br />

grow like ground covers<br />

(pumpkin) and need plenty of<br />

space, while others like to climb<br />

(beans) requiring support, and<br />

some veggies need deep soil<br />

(potatoes) and appear bush-like<br />

on the top.<br />

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PORTIA MBAU (above), owner of The Africa Cafe, chef<br />

and author of The Africa Cookbook, and her daughter<br />

Lumai de Smidt, a visual storyteller, author and graphic<br />

designer, gave our sister publication Simply Green these<br />

useful tips for anyone starting their own kitchen garden:<br />

1 Start by growing herbs<br />

They are generally forgiving and can be grown in a pot<br />

on your windowsill.<br />

2 The garden is a process of constant learning<br />

We’re always researching, googling and talking to<br />

friends about how to help our garden grow.<br />

3 It starts in the soil<br />

Preparing your soil with compost and fertiliser is<br />

essential to the quality of your produce.<br />

4 Make your own compost<br />

Compost can be expensive if you have a large garden.<br />

Compost your organic kitchen waste.<br />

5 Be patient<br />

Things will die but that doesn’t mean you are a failure.<br />

Only last year did we get an orchid to flower again –<br />

our previous plants never bloomed twice.<br />

For more please do read our garden issue of<br />

Simply Green here: https://bit.ly/33Gusrd<br />


Gauteng:<br />

spinach, lettuce, beetroot and carrots.<br />

Kwa-Zulu Natal:<br />

cabbage, broad beans, turnips and radish.<br />

Eastern Cape:<br />

spinach, beans, beetroot and carrots.<br />

Western Cape:<br />

cauliflower, celery, peas and onions.<br />

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