You will know exactly who Sandy Roberts is if, like me, you were cured numerous times with the advice followed by herbalist, Margaret Roberts. Sandy is Margaret’s, daughter. The Margaret Roberts Herbal Centre in De Wildt, North West Province was developed by Margaret and is named after her. Sandy operates the centre where she continues to lecture and demonstrate about herbs. The centre is also celebrated for being one of the Top 10 gardens in South Africa.
Margaret lent her name to numerous products from kitchenware and textile to seeds and books. In my own experience, my mom healed everything from sunburns and scrapes to nausea and anxiety with the herbs recommended by Margaret Roberts. I was lucky enough to learn about both the delicateness and powerfulness of herbs from a young age,
I asked Sandy a few questions and this is what she had to say.
What will you be bringing to the HOMEMAKERS Garden Table?
I hope to inspire you with delicious herb teas made from the medicinal healing flowers focusing on common ailments that one can easily remedy. Herbs are so much more than just teas, herbs encompass every part of our lives from the garden to the table. All the Margaret Roberts books will be available at the stand, as well as a range of the health and beauty products that we have in store. We believe Herbs are for home, health and beauty.
What wellness trends will we see in 2020?
The 2020 trends are all about saving our planet, going green, self-sustainability, saving water, eating and living healthy, growing food gardens – no matter what size!
If you could only choose one ingredient from your garden to include in your cooking what will it be?
I need to name at least five! First, Margaret Roberts’ High Hopes Basil for its amazing qualities of healing. A natural antibiotic, it literally is the natural pick me up. Second, Margaret Roberts’ Ginger Rosemary for its size and excellent growth (and it is fragrantly delicious). Used for food, health and beauty, Margaret Roberts’ Lavender is third on my list. It is cultivated for our South African climate and is known for constant flowering, which attracts butterflies and bees. Fourth on the list is Centella Asiatica. Known as Pennywort in South Africa. This helps with circulation, digestion, memory loss, skin problems and so much more. The fifth is without a doubt Stevia. The amazing sugar plant that is easy to grow, calorie-free and three-hundred times sweeter than sugar. It is perfect for diabetics and a must for every gardener who is serious about their health and wellbeing.
Where do you find your inspiration and who has inspired you along the way?
It has always been Margaret Roberts, my mother, mentor, best friend and partner who I had the privilege of learning everything from. We share the same passion for this wonderful world of herbs and our gardens. I have worked alongside her for 36 years and continue her Legacy at the Margaret Roberts Herbal Centre in De Wildt.
Why are herb gardens important for homeowners?
Even the smallest herb garden is a must for every homeowner’s health, sustainability and joy. One needs to have a stress-free environment filled with creativity and inspiration.
We need to focus on the good and the garden is always good!
Catch Sandy’s demonstration at the Expo and download the full Garden Table programme.
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Izelle Hoffman is SA’s sweetheart in the culinary industry. With a bright and loving personality paired with her lust for life and a positive attitude, we can understand why she is so adored the country over. Izelle grew up on a farm which instilled a passion for food and creative ways to develop her healthy culinary dishes and cooking styles. Izelle also recently launched her new cookbook titled; Mindful Eating. In her book, she shares her favourite recipes to assist you with your optimal health journey.
Izelle is also a successful television lifestyle chef and food editor for Muscle and Fitness, Hers and Men’s Fitness Magazine. She appears on SA’s largest television breakfast show, Die Groot Ontbyt. She has also been showcased on The Home Channel’s Real Health numerous times.
We had a chance to ask Izelle a few questions about what visitors can expect at her demonstration at The Garden Table show feature. She shares a few of her culinary insights below.
What can visitors expect from your demo at The Garden Table show feature?
I always say “for the love of healthy living”! I cook with love and a whole lot of passion for the right ingredients. If you start with the right ingredients, meaning healthy and healing ingredients, it doesn’t matter what you end up cooking, as it would be a healthy masterpiece!
What is the inspiration behind your new cookbook; Mindful Eating?
Born with Congenital Hip Dysplasia and 14 operations later, I aim to make people aware of the health benefits of eating the right foods and choosing a life of health and wellness! I am differently-abled, NOT disabled. So, what is your excuse?
Is it just us or is 2020 the year of the plant-based diet. What other healthy lifestyle trends are big in 2020?
I do believe each to their own, for me it is about finding the perfect balance when it comes to anti-inflammatory foods because I eat for optimal health.
What is your favourite go-to meal on a busy day?
I am a big believer in meal prep and planning ahead. Time and health are two of the most precious commodities. Neither of which can be bought. Invest time in your health. It is the best investment that you will ever make.
If you could only choose one ingredient from your garden to include in your cooking what will it be?
I am in love with herbs! Can I choose herbs as a collective?
What is the easiest/most versatile ingredient for beginners to grow in their home gardens?
I think to start with onions, parsley, some garlic, rosemary, thyme, mint and basil. While you are at is, spinach is also easy to grow and such a versatile ingredient as well.
See the Garden Table Programme here.Read More
If you have been following our Designer Spaces Challenge designers, you surely know how excited we are to share the designer’s with our readers. Our latest designers in the challenge is Marina Sidonia Brown and Taryn Jacobson. This interior design and landscaping team, along with their partner Wayne Brodie are known for their urban – boho renovation of the downtown Joburg rooftop into the iconic event venue and café, Living Room. Considered a “growing showroom” of their range of design and manufacturing expertise. The team offers design solutions that are turnkey and one-of-a-kind.
The designers were born and bred in the City of Gold where they met whilst acquiring their BA degrees in Interior Design. Brown completed her BA Honours In Interior Design, and procured projects all over Africa from Rwanda to luxury apartments in Sandton, while Jacobson and Brodie started the venue; Living Room. Brown soon joined the Living Room team, as a partner, heading up the design and interior division, Living Room Style.
We asked the team a few questions where they shared their trend forecasts and personal stories of inspiration.
What does InHabit mean to you?
Our minds and thoughts are filled with the spaces that we inhabit. We have always been interested in the interplay of the concept of inside and outside, of home and public spaces. We enjoy creating spaces that combine these opposites. For our eco restaurant, Living Room we created lush gardens on a bare rooftop in the concrete jungle. The indoor-outdoor space is a haven in the city. Inhabit alludes to the very concept of why we design. To best create spaces where life will happen, a home to inhabit, a place where the heart lies, where we connect, relax, rest, sleep and live out our dreams.
What is one thing every South African should invest in when it comes to interior design?
One of our slogans is #fortheloveofplants. We truly believe in the integration of the wisdom of the living world around us, and the list of benefits of using real plants in the built environment. As sustainability is still the growing important solution to our increasing world problems, we think that natural design and eco-materials will continue being the greatest trend.
What are your interior decorating trend predictions for 2020?
We have always focused on plants and natural materials in our designs and styling. We think this trend is here to stay! Over the last few years, we have seen so many botanical and florals in fabrics, textiles, wallpapers, shapes and in the incorporation of spaces. Of course, plants have already been in our homes for many years, yet the unisexual appeal of houseplants have inspired new trends for the redesign of vertical gardens, wall pots, stylish plant stands, pots and shelves.
How do you combine beauty and functionality?
Creating a sense of beauty and functionality is what design is all about. For us, it starts with contemplating all the needs and ergonomics of the space and defining the aesthetic code and style. When you are inspired by nature and its variety of tones and textures, (as we are) the choices become guided by the truth to materials and the subtle blend of styles that we carry in our designer toolbox.
What is something or someone you always turn to for inspiration?
We are inspired by nature. Surrounding ourselves with nature allows us to be constantly reminded of so many things that are important to our design. It gives us an idea of how to create a space that might change regularly as part of its function. Nature shows us the most delicate element of architecture in flowers and plants. We are also inspired by treasures and handmade items that are detailed and special. Items we collect on our travels and suppliers we work with for custom handmade pieces constantly inspire us.
Don’t miss a chance to see what Living Room Style has to offer at this year’s HOMEMAKERSExpo. Buy your tickets today and see them in action along with the other Designer Spaces Challenge participants.Read More
The Garden Table is a brand new feature at the 2020 InHabit HOMEMAKERS Expo brought to you by The DIY Garden Designer. Visitors will be entertained and educated during a series of food and gardening demonstrations led by celebrity chefs, landscapers and experts. The experts will use our beautifully landscaped indoor garden as a source of inspiration. We chat to Garden Table expert: Tasha Tollman.
One of the Experts
Tasha Tollman is a qualified Education, Training and Development Practitioner who grew up in a household passionate about gardening. Tollman absorbed the art of garden design through a daily process of osmosis, imitation and workshops. She has been involved in developing interactive, experiential training material for a number of companies. She also ran a successful training and development company for over ten years.
Tasha regularly writes feature articles for SA Garden and Home where she shares design tips and trendy garden advice. In 2018 she achieved the top award of Platinum and won the prestigious Waterwise Trophy at the Garden World Spring Festival.
We asked this year’s expert Tasha Tollman few questions and this is what she had to say.
When and how did your love for gardening begin?
Every family has its share of myths, legends and stories. Growing up in a home with a mother who is passionate about creating beautiful space indoors and outdoors means that I grew up on stories about the great designers.
One of my favourite stories was about great Japanese gardener designers. According to my mother when a person in Japan wishes to become a garden designer they need to find a master designer who would be willing to take them on as an apprentice and teach them the craft.
This apprenticeship lasts for seven years it is a huge commitment for both student and teacher. According to the legend in our family, and I have never been able to verify the factuality of this, the Japanese students’ training begins with the art of sweeping. This according to the master trains the student’s eye, teaching them to focus and concentrate, to become aware of the smallest details and the nuances of their surroundings.
This could simply have been my Mother’s way of getting me to sweep, but since I grew up during the time of The Karate Kid – remember wax on, wax off, I loved the idea that I was being trained in some ancient art form and that I was born to garden. My mother is Terry Moller, author of The Garden Recipe Book and a well-known, innovative thinker and designer in the South African Horticultural industry.
Where do you find your one-of-a-kind garden ideas and inspiration?
I think Mother Nature is the master designer. I love to study how dry river streams meander through the landscape or how aloes grow naturally in the wild or the combination of textures and plants in a forest or a meadow. Sometimes I find inspiration from the scenery adjoining the garden, the colours of the beach and sea or the vineyards or the forest or the vast empty spaces of the Karoo.
Inspiration from atmospheric places gets my creative juices flowing. I love the unusual, the unexpected. I find inspiration from the passion of other gardeners and am delighted daily by the DIY Garden Designer Club members and what they are creating in their own gardens.
What gardening trends can we look out for 2020?
Growing your own food is continuing to increase in popularity as people become more concerned than ever with the environment. Following on the edible gardening trend is the emergence of the outdoor entertaining trend which sees hosts taking dinner guests out to the garden to pick fresh ingredients and then making a meal together. Raised beds are trending this year, not only because they look great but they also enable a back-friendly working position.
Another major trend is a renewed interest in plants that are good for our health and for the environment. The Spekboom (Portulacaria Afra) for example helps to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. It acts as a carbon sponge and improves the quality of the air we breathe.
It is edible and high in nutrients, especially Vitamin C and the perfect addition to a salad. Sucking a leaf quenches thirst and treats dehydration. Juiced leaves act as an antiseptic and to soothe skin ailments like pimples, rashes, insect stings and sunburn.
What will you be bringing to The HOMEMAKERS Expo?
The Garden Table this year will showcase nine raised planters from RainQueen, which have been planted up in themes to help you find design inspiration for your own edible garden. From planters that showcase the top herbs to grow in your garden for medicinal qualities to planters that display a variety of fresh homegrown herbal teas to delight the senses – the nine themes will inspire visitors with fresh ideas.Read More
Today’s home is a reflection of its people, gone is the need to look like the Joneses. Our homes are authentically us, stripped of pretentiousness. Product transparency is also a growing trend; we shop with a higher conscience focusing on wellness and sustainability, wanting to know the person or story behind our purchase. Pretoria HOMEMAKERS Expo will celebrate authentic homes at Sun Arena, Time Square from 24 – 26 May 2019.Read More
The Cape Town HOMEMAKERS Expo took place Thursday, 31 August to Sunday, 3 September at the CTICC, and attracted just over 31 000 visitors looking to pay tribute to their homes.
Says Sandy Edwards, HOMEMAKERS Branch Manager and Expo Organiser – Cape: “The 2017 Cape Town HOMEMAKERS Expo offered visitors a wide variety of home-related products and services ranging from kitchens to outdoor living spaces, on-trend décor to concrete designs. The quality of our exhibits were first-class, with many visitors commenting that it was our most beautiful show ever. The Overall Stand Design winner was Hoity Toity Pallet Chic. Top awards in the feature areas went to Patio Warehouse (take it OUTSIDE), Mono Online Shop (live by DESIGN), MIES Body Products (ARTISAN square) and Black Dog Spices (the MARKET).
“We’re delighted with the feedback we’ve received. Considering the current economic climate, exhibitors had an exceptional expo which bodes well for the home improvement industry. Many exhibitors sold out and others generated business leads that will keep them busy for the rest of this year.”
According to Tamzin van Staden and Jackie Lowe of The T-Shirt Bed Co, it was a fantastic experience. “As first-time exhibitors, the sales and leads generated were exceptional and exceeded our expectations, to say the least. We’ll definitely be back.”
Ilse van der Leek of Alucut and Foldo Awnings was just as pleased. “Year on year, HOMEMAKERS has been great for both our businesses. We had a fantastic show and the right kind of clientele for Alucut. I’ve already received orders and the show only ended yesterday. Also, some of the visitors approached us with the most amazing ideas for their projects and home décor.”
Edwards adds that their first ever for the love of CONCRETE Design Competition was also a huge success: “We’re blown away by the success of this competition. We’ve raised a hefty sum for DARG (Domestic Animal Rescue Group) which we know will be spent well. We hope to present it again next year.”
She concludes: “We would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all our exhibitors, visitors, sponsors, service providers, the media and staff for their contribution to the success of this year’s Expo. Planning for next year’s show is already under way.”
Gold Awards were given to Hoity Toity Pallet Chic, The Kitchen Studio, Alucut, Beachcomber Home Décor, Palmers Exclusive Metals, Ambiente Luce, Plantation Shutters, Euroline Aluminium Doors & Windows, The T-Shirt Bed Co and Geberit Southern Africa.
Winners of Silver Awards included Display Wine, FG Frameless Glass, World of Decorative Concrete (WODC), BOSE, NAP Living + Mashbtq, Shutters.Click, Tuis|Home theatre, Sparkdust, Trellidor, Timber Construction / NewTechWood, Elsje Designs, The Room and KURO-Bō Water Filter.
Bronze Awards went to Flooring Hub, Isoboard, Foldo Awnings, Hydrofire, Sunflex South Africa, Bellville Furniture, Top Carpets & Floors, Stoneweave & The Furniture Factory, Fenster Aluminium, Secupro Security Services, Incanda Furniture, Screed Worx and City of Cape Town.
For more information about exhibiting at the next Cape Town HOMEMAKERS Expo, please contact us.