August is finally here and it is almost time to wave winter goodbye. It is also Women’s month and a special month for us here at HOMEMAKERS as we are an almost fully-run female company. We share stories about influential women in media and how they can inspire you too to make the next dynamic move in your life.
With a colder winter than usual, we must say we are ready to embrace the warmer months with both arms. Homeowners are prepping their homes for spring and our latest issue is all about that and everything else you need for good reading pleasure.
Our August blog posts discover great ways to prep your outdoor areas for spring and choose the right paving to compliment your home. We also share gardening advice that is crucial this time of year, as well as excellent tips for finally doing that paint job in your home.
The blog also shares another great recipe and of course our regular travel piece where we venture wayward westward in our latest travel story.
Don’t forget to check out the HOMEMAKERSOnline where you can find a large selection of vetted experts and suppliers to choose from when your home is your number one priority.
You should also not forget to find out everything about the first Cape Town HOMEMAKERS Expo Virtual Event coming up in September. Read all about the groundbreaking event here.
A few minor changes here and there can make a stark difference in the overall look and feel of your home. Here’s a look at a few simple tips to update your home and give it fresh, new energy.
Swap Light Fittings and Artworks Around
Having a look at your light fittings and where you can change things around is a good start to a mini, no-spend makeover around the house. You may have a beautiful chandelier in your dining room which can be moved into your bedroom. Again, your lampshades are also a quick fix when changing things up. Many home decorating stores sell lampshades that can easily replace your outdated ones. Make sure you buy the correct size so that it fits your lamp perfectly.
Artworks can also be swapped around easily. A large painting above your bed may be better suited above your fireplace now. Bathroom art is very popular too and maybe all your bathroom needs is that lithograph you stored away years ago.
A Fresh Coat of Paint
Be creative when it comes to painting. Painting a fresh coat over bricks is very popular at the moment. We love the look in white and other muted pastels. This is a great idea if you want to lighten up or modernise a space.
Not up for a big paint job? Focus on one wall in a room and give it a fresh coat of paint. Accent walls are still a thing and remain popular because of their flexibility. Don’t be afraid to experiment with bold colours and textures when it comes to an accent wall. Remember, the point of an accent or focus wall is to compliment the space around it. It should ideally pick up the colours used in the rest of a room’s furniture or accessories.
Rearranging your shelves is always a good idea. We often forget about our shelves and the great books hiding in them. Gather your pretty things and favourite books and make your shelf as interesting as you are. Get creative with the way you stack your books and objects. Create a few interesting shelves with beautiful pottery or sculptures. You can even use your shelf to display small framed artworks.
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In the beautiful and eccentric Long street in Greymont, Johannesburg, among the quirky antique shops, you will find the gem, Trouvé.
Joe Strydom founder of Trouvé is no stranger to HOMEMAKERS. He has often presented and work-shopped paint techniques at the HOMEMAKERS Expos in Pretoria and Johannesburg. Joe shares his story and how it all started.
Subscribe to Trouvé’s YouTube Channel where he shares tips and does workshops on creating distressed walls, aged patina, upcycling of furniture, wax treatments and glazes!
Was Trouvé a life plan or did it happen unplanned?
I have always loved antiques and upcycling (main thanks to my mom) and always said “one day”. Six years ago I started selling upcycled items online, from our home. Last year a property close to our home and in the “antique mile” of Johannesburg became available and we decided to take a chance. My partner, Shaun and our shop assistant, Maki run the shop and coffee shop full time. Besides selling furniture, we also stock Annie Sloan Chalk paint, run workshops, do custom paint jobs for clients and we recently started an interior decorating division.
What inspired your love for revamping furniture?
In two words, my mom. I grew up seeing her work on furniture for our home. Little did I know it’s because it was cheaper to DIY. When I moved into my own place, I followed her direction to upcycle. The other reason why I love it is that it allows me to have a unique piece in our home (and the homes of our clients).
What inspired your TV programme, “Skatjagter” with your mom? Was it something that you and your mom planned and brainstormed together?
I have always wanted to do a TV show about my passion for upcycling. After the show was picked up by VIA, I had a meeting with the producers, who suggested that I get a co-host. We toyed around with a few ideas. When the producer asked if I know someone who is as passionate as I am, there was only one person I could think of… and as always, she took it in her stride. Viewers saw the real Joe and Dol and our close relationship.
Do you have exciting plans in the pipeline?
We are working on ideas for Season 2 and expanding our interior design business. In light of the current situation the world is in, we have to look at new ways of doing business. We launched our online store www.trouveza.co.za and I also launched a YouTube channel where I share DIY tips and inspiration. We are also offering online workshops for Annie Sloan Chalk paint.
Do you have any unfulfilled dreams?
Don’t we all? I would love to do a TV show, where we travel to all the vintage markets around the world, like Porta Portis in Rome and Le Puis Antique Market in France (if any potential sponsors are reading this).
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I grew up making hot and iced herbal teas from our herb gardens. Both Margaret (Roberts) and I have loved herbal teas so much that we have written 60 tea recipes to revitalise and restore the body and mind. Herbs have the remarkable ability to give effective, quick relief to common ailments. Organically grown from your own garden, it will be the best medicine you could ever take and invest in.
With the change of seasonal temperatures and the many emotional feelings of helplessness, stress, worry and fear during the pandemic, we need to reassess how to build our body’s immunity for both our physical and emotional strength.
Basic Tea Recipe
A few simple herbs made into an infusion, sweetened with either honey or fresh Stevia, served with a slice of lemon will give you comfort daily. The basic tea recipe is always 1/4 of a cup of fresh herbs to 1 cup of boiling water. Adapt the quantities when using dried herbs to 1 dessert spoon of dried herbs per cup of boiling water. Allow the tea to stand for a few minutes to draw the delicious flavours out before sipping it slowly.
It’s a good idea to pick and dry the herbs you would need in winter ahead of time and if desired, a little organic rooibos tea can be added for depth of flavour.
A few herbs to blend (using no more than three types of herbs at a time in an infusion) for the immune system and flu as a natural antibiotic are:
Margaret Roberts Ginger Rosemary and Ginger Root.
Tight Chest Easer
These amazing herbs will help ease tight chests and bronchitis:
Maiden Leaf Fern
Energise and Rejuvenate
Herbs for building positivity and to beat anxiety, depression and sleeplessness are:
Margaret Roberts Lavender
Old fashioned Jasmine
Saint John’s wort
Scented Rose Geranium
Herbs that work wonders for ailments like gout, arthritis and any general inflammation are:
Margaret Roberts High Hopes Basil
Use these medicinal herbs as a natural antiseptic in your home:
Margaret Roberts Lavender
Margaret Roberts High Hopes Basil
Even though you may not have all these herbs in your garden, try to use any combination (usually of no more than three) to give you the benefits. Take care and don’t have more than three cups of medicinal herb tea a day – for no more than 10 days at a time.
Always consult your doctor when starting home remedies and make 100% sure you are using the correct plants for your ailments.
HOMEMAKERS SAYS: Get your hands on the book A to Z of Ailments and Properties. You can send Sandy Roberts a direct message on 071 161 6441 for a signed copy for only R200 (excluding courier costs).
Visit the Margaret Roberts Herbal Centre online.
Mamela sengoloa sena ka Sotho mona (Listen to this article in Sotho here)
Winter is finally here. It’s hard to believe that we are halfway through the year and that the last two months have flown by. Lockdown restrictions are now part of our lives and we are successfully living this new way of life. If there is one thing the human race does well, it’s adapting and changing no matter the circumstances.
Considering change, we also share our third digital, interactive issue which was published last week and we are nothing short of proud to offer our customers and homeowners this excellent resource, conveniently online and to any device you may use.
This month we discover cool colour trends for your home. Inspired by Pantone’s colour trend palettes you can find the perfect colour for your home revamp.
With winter here, we also have a look at solar power and why it is the best sustainable investment you can make in the long run. Learn more about the benefits of solar power on the blog this month.
We share our tops tips for winter preventative maintenance to keep your home and garden in good shape over the cold months. Further, we look at the best ways to declutter your home for winter.
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The HOMEMAKERS family is delighted to bring you the second edition of our new online magazine, bringing you everything you are accustomed to right to your screen. Along with this brand new website, the HOMEMAKERS resource guide is bigger and better than ever!
No matter what job you need to do around the house, we are here to assist you every step of the way. From trendy décor and design ideas to renovations and revamps – HOMEMAKERS has your back no matter what you need to do to make you home the ultimate space.
This month our themes delve into some serious décor ideas and inspirations to get your home ready for the colder months. Read about ways to trend-up with rich, textured materials and getting the perfect look for your oasis at home.
Another hot topic this month is finding the best-suited fireplace for your home. We discover modern and stylish fireplaces and which works best for your lifestyle.
A monthly favourite, our fun DIY’s are back this month. Learn how to build an ultra-modern dog bed to keep your pooch warm and comfortable during winter. With Mother’s day around the corner, Elle Franco shares a great tutorial. Make a gift that will delight any mom.
Lastly, we share some scrumptious recipes to keep you busy in the kitchen. We share an aromatic vegan curry and some delicious desserts in this month.
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Isn’t it always wonderful that during uncertain times, there are always people who can crack a joke! We salute you jokers. It helps us with a good laugh every day. These are some of our favourite COVID-19 sayings during our official South African lockdown. (more…)Read More
First and foremost, thank you for being part of the HOMEMAKERS community. We wouldn’t be where we are today without you and we want you to know that we value you and your health. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are committed to doing everything we can to ensure the safety of our community.
Our First Time
The HOMEMAKERS magazine has been connecting you to home experts since 1982. Now, for the first time in almost four decades, to keep you and our team safe, we are having to do things a little differently for a while. And even though a walk to your home’s postbox may be a welcome relief you won’t find us there.
Instead, we’ve made ourselves at home online and have done a little redecorating to the HOMEMAKERS magazine you have come to know and love. Along with connecting you to home experts, the April edition of HOMEMAKERS will feature informative articles and expert advice.
In this month’s issue, we discover trendy, contemporary lighting and how to incorporate it into your space and budget. You can even read a quick lighting tutorial on our brand new website if that’s your thing too! Find out more about contemporary lighting in our Pretoria edition.
Then, it’s time to get cosy. We have made it easy for you to find the right type of heating for your home. From what looks great aesthetically, to what is eco-friendly, we share a few top methods for heating your home in this Johannesburg issue.
Let’s face it. Autumn is a hard time. It’s the reluctant change to the cold and a reminder of those great holiday moments you had in summer. The change of season brings a whole lot of work to the garden and home. Find ways to keep your home in tip-top shape this season in our Bloemfontein issue.
In our Durban issue we discover five reasons why outdoor blinds are a good idea all year round, while our Cape Town issue looks at cool, contemporary flooring. Finally, we share our suggestions on what types of renovations can increase the value of your home in this month’s Vaal issue.
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