Cape Town, restaurant

Homage 1862

April 24, 2017

Homage 1862
New to Cape Town’s foodie scene is Homage 1862. The restaurant is set in a lovely Victorian double storey complete with balcony and broekie lace on a quieter stretch of Loop Street. Stepping inside you’ll find a contemporary interior with raw exposed brickwork and an open-plan kitchen which is the heart of the space. At the back of the restaurant there’s a stunning atrium with velvet banquette seating and a generous amount of plants to bring the outdoors in. 

Homage 1862
Homage 1862
Homage 1862
Homage 1862

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Accommodation, Cape Town, interiors

The Art House

April 21, 2017

Obs Art House
Last week I stayed at a fabulous Airbnb in Observatory that is really one of a kind. The Art House is a stylish cottage full of local flavour and quirky design. So it’s no surprise that the owners are two well known Cape Town creatives, Tracy Lee Lynch and Frank van Reenen.

Tracy is a creative consultant and stylist and her touch is evident throughout the cottage. I love the clever paint effects in the living area and the striking wallpaper choices as well as the pops of bold colour. There are so many details to love though, even the glassware and crockery are stunning!

You’ll easily spot Frank’s imaginative paintings and sculptures which add a contemporary, playful feel to the space. There are two bedrooms which are admittedly on the small side but the heart of the cottage is the stunning open-plan living/dining/kitchen area which opens out onto a private courtyard.

Close to Woodstock and The Old Biscuit Mill and just a 5 minute walk to the centre of Obs, this is a great location for exploring. Hop over here to find out more. Obs Art House
The Art House
Obs Art House
Obs Art House
Obs Art House
Obs Art House
The Art House
Obs Art House
The Art House
Obs Art House
Obs Art House
Obs Art House
Obs Art House
Obs Art House
Obs Art House
All photography: Lana Kenney ©

Cape Town, ceramics, SA Design

Vorster & Braye ceramic design

April 20, 2017

Vorster & Braye ceramics
Earlier this week, my fellow interior-loving friend and I set aside a day to explore some of Cape Town’s design spots and cafe’s that were all on my “must visit” list. What a fabulous day, we discovered some real gems and so much design inspiration.

Top of our list was Vorster & Braye which is a ceramic design studio run by Martin Vorster and Colin Braye. Walking up a narrow set of stairs, you emerge into a beautiful brightly lit ceramic studio full of designer vases, bowls, planters and plants. With the bustle of Long Street below, this calm and organised studio is an unexpected delight.

All the ceramics are made on site and their designs are striking, with clean simple lines and a strong sense of colour. I particularly love their matt pieces and their suspension planters are stunning. 

Vorster & Braye ceramics

Vorster & Braye ceramics
Vorster & Braye ceramics

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interiors, trends

On trend: Velvet interiors

April 19, 2017

Plush Velvet
Perhaps you haven’t noticed but velvets are making their way into top hotels, restaurants and bars across the world and it looks like this trend is here to stay. This sumptuous fabric is being used for banquette seating, sofas, dining chairs, ottomans and more to create a luxurious appeal. 

To get this look right, the furniture design needs to be contemporary and bold, round shapes are definitely the flavour of the day. Add metallic accents to up the glam factor too.

Here in Cape Town, Famke and Margot Molyneux have both incorporated this trend into their boutiques. And if you’re after a contemporary velvet sofa look no further than Klooftique, their Victoria Sofa looks amazing made up in a plush velvet.

Plush Velvet
Plush Velvet
Plush Velvet
Haymarket Hotel

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