Mother’s Day is just around the corner. It can be daunting trying to find just the right gift to bring a smile to her face. You want something that’s equal parts useful and sentimental – challenging to say the least! Fortunately, we’ve cherry-picked unique items that’s sure to please a wide variety of tastes. Browse our collection of handmade and bespoke gift ideas from a few of our HOMEMAKERS Expo exhibitors.
Handmade wooden serving-ware and kitchenware by Ark Workshop
ARK Workshop manufactures high quality, hand crafted wooden products. They source wood from the floors of century old barns and buildings throughout South Africa ensuring that each item is completely unique, reflecting the natural beauty of the wood grain. Find out more at www.arkworkshop.co.za.
Cerameek-Objek porcelain and pottery
Cerameek’s handmade porcelain designs bring together basic shapes and everyday textures to create stylish yet simplistic products. They’re strong enough for everyday use and elegant enough for special occasions. Hop over to their Facebook page to see more: www.facebook.com/objekonline.
Dismoi Calabash Lights
The beautiful and eco-friendly dismoi Calabash Lights will suit any décor style and can be used as chandeliers, hanging lamps, freestanding countertop lights or cluster them for breathtaking visual effect. See the full selection here: www.dismoi.co.za
For the ultimate golden girl in your life, why not treat her to these quirky pineapple platters and gold-trimmed heart mugs from Elevenpast. Visit their website to shop: www.elevenpast.co.za
Funky Ouma Spices
From one mom to another, Funky Ouma creates farm fresh herb filled salts and spice that’s perfect for cooking, braai, marinating, baking bread or even just a table salt. Visit www.funky-ouma.co.za to shop.
Softpot by Hartlam
These multi-use, machine washable little bags are ideal for corralling all her bits and bobs. Use it for pot-plants, makeup, in the kitchen, bathroom, anywhere really. They’re foldable for easy storage when not in use. Check out hartlamprints.co.za for more info.
Heart Wall Pod by Lesley Tuchten Ceramics
As close as it gets to giving her your whole heart. These beautifully crafted heart wall pods by Lesley Tutchen Ceramics are available in a variety of colours and sizes. Visit their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/LesleyTuchtenCeramics
Ring Dish by Lesley Tuchten Ceramics
These ring dishes by Lesley Tuchten Ceramics are the perfect place for her to store those special little things that tend to spread around the house. They also double as cute pieces of home décor. Visit their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/LesleyTuchtenCeramics
Clutch Bag by Masch
This hand-stitched clutch bag with sling is versatile and timeless – complementing any look. The sling is the perfect add-on, but can also easily be unclipped for a more formal occasion. Head over to the Masch Facebook page to place your orders: www.facebook.com/maschleather
Shweshwe Table Linen by My Love For Africa
Give her table linen with a local twist. These napkins and tablecloths are made from 100% cotton Shweshwe fabric and will bring a pop of colour to any table. Visit www.myloveforafrica.com to shop.
Ottomans by Retyred Designs
These funky ottomans are made from disposed tyres and transformed into highly covetable pieces of furniture. Head over to retyreddesigns.co.za to place your order.
Bathmats by The Duck Egg Company
Treat Mom’s toes to a luxurious landing on these cotton crochet bathmats from The Duck Egg Company. It’s the perfect fit for any bathroom, is machine washable and very durable. Visit the-duck-egg-company.shopstar.co.za to order.
The Gin Box
Forget chocolates… this is the ideal gift idea for the gin loving mom. A subscription to The Gin Box delivers premium craft gin, often exclusive bottles not available elsewhere, straight to your door every month along with delicious products to complement the showcased gin. Find out more at www.theginbox.co.za.
The T-shirt Bed Company
What’s better than sleeping in a T-shirt? A bed made of T-shirts. The T-Shirt Bed Company produces luxurious bed linen that is 100% cotton and requires no ironing. Shop online: www.tshirtbed.com
Wooden Spoons by You & I
These whimsical wooden spoons with inspirational quotes on the handles are made from sustainable wood. Visit You & I’s Facebook page to place your orders: www.facebook.com/reachyouandi
Yuppie Picnic Basket
Yuppie picnic ware is sure to please any mother who enjoys outdoor living, sunsets and picnics while being surrounded by the people she loves the most – her family. They come in a variety of sizes and combinations. Check out at www.yuppiegiftbaskets.co.za.Read More
Step inside the home of Handré Pollard and fiancé Marise Malherbe, beautifully styled by HOMEMAKERS Expo exhibitor, Incanda Furniture.
It’s not every day that you get the chance to work on the home of an international rugby player, so the Incanda team was over the moon when the wonderful opportunity presented itself. From the grey and white surfaces and neat finishings to the open design and clean lines, the couple’s newly built home offered an ideal blank canvas to work from – any decorator’s dream!
For their future home, the duo envisioned a contemporary, timeless space, with a warm and inviting ambiance. They wanted to keep the look and feel of their home modern, minimalist and monochromatic, but with warm and personal touches. Both Handré and Marise are originally from Paarl in the Western Cape – they wanted to incorporate some elements of greenery, which remind them of their hometown, into their living space.
Get the look
To achieve the desired interior look, Incanda paired structured, contemporary furniture items with textured fabrics, indoor plants, baskets, ceramics and wood details. They decided on a mix of leather and fabric upholstery for their furniture, which added to the interesting aesthetic of their style. To incorporate touches of nature into their home, a variety of plants were used throughout their living space, focusing mainly on the patio where installed a vertical garden box and covered a feature table with greenery.
Riempie bench 1800 x 400 x 450 // Leather: Corrected Grain Ice White
Straight Leg Table 2400 x 100 // Wood: Blackwood – Natural finish
Greyton chairs // Fabric: Camelot collection, Cadbury col: linen from Home Fabrics
Plant holder, plant boxes & home accessories from Incanda
Ashton Corner Unit 2600 x 2150 // Fabric: Bartlett & Dunster Titanium col: 26
Clarens Chairs // Leather: Pull Up Pepper
Oval Coffee Table 1200 x 800 x 450 // Wood: Blackwood – natural finish
C-shape Coffee Table // Wood: Blackwood – natural finish
Nguni rug & home accessories from Incanda
Ladysmith Headboard Plain – Queen // Leather: Pull Up Pepper
Modern Bedside Table 400 x 400 x 600 // Wood: Blackwood – Natural
Lamps & scatter cushions from Incanda
Furniture, soft furnishing and greenery – Incanda
Photos: Larry English Photography
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Cape HOMEMAKERS Expo exhibitor, Threads That Bind Us is a collaboration between two South African sisters, Emma and Leila. They believe that there is an invisible thread that binds them as sisters, as a family and to Africa… which is why after more than ten years abroad, they chose to come home and have embarked on an incredible journey of discovery and creativity.
Growing up with an artist mother, creativity surrounded them. They recall having a very free childhood and spent years exploring the beauty of Swaziland. Their imaginations ran wild as they adventured through the forests and river below their home, coming back mud splattered and full of wonder.
The sisters have a passion for travelling, and over the past decade have collected many treasures. To this day they are always on the hunt for special things for their home, a desire that led them to exploring the art of making and crafting.
Moving to Cape Town in 2015, they were determined to turn their love of craft into their own enterprise. They draw inspiration from Cape Town’s natural beauty, “There is something about the light here that inspires us.” says Emma.
They produce handmade, African inspired, unique tableware and soft furnishings for the home. The designs are a celebration of what surrounds them – the natural beauty found on mountain walks. Every design is hand drawn and then stitched using free-motion embroidery, which gives the feeling of “drawing with thread”. The freehand machine embroidery technique used to “draw” with thread means that each product is one of a kind. Their products are all embroidered with motifs that take inspiration from the Protea and fynbos family predominantly.
Threads That Bind Us offer a bespoke service as well, if they can draw it, they can stitch it!
Visit them at the Cape HOMEMAKERS Expo this year and hop over to their online shop for more inspiring products.Read More
This year’s exhibitor, Nadine Marola believes in doing more of what you love. Which is exactly why she started Pure Creation in 2013 – out of the love for creating beautiful things inspired by the beauty, peacefulness and calmness of nature. Pure Creation’s range of interior décor products are mainly made out of natural sources – wood, clay and linen, and evoke all things wild and free. We spent some time talking to her about her authentic style, and some her favourite things.
What does great home design mean to you?
For me it is in being unique and authentic – not following a trend or style, but expressing your own idea, personality or style .
Which South African brands are on your radar?
We are so blessed with so many talented and inspirational small businesses here in South Africa. The few that I do love most is Evolution Product, Isobel Sippel and Sharon B design.
What is your favourite colour trend right now and how are you going to incorporate it into your style?
I go with what resonates with me and what inspires me at that time. At the moment I am very inspired by the Wabi Sabi style – natural, earthy, simplistic tones. I am so in love with the style, colours and textures – I want to decorate my whole life with it!
Tell us about one of your favourite pieces.
One of my favorites is a painting of Jim Morrison (of the rock band, The Doors) that I did for my husband (he is a big fan!). It was the first birthday present I gave him 12 years ago. It is only a favorite because it has the most sentimental value.
What inspires you?
At the moment, I am very inspired by Wabi Sabi and everything it represents – Simplicity, everything natural, the beauty in imperfection, textures and the small beautiful things in life. And nature of course! Nothing is more inspiring than a walk on the beach or in the forest.
What do you love about what you do?
I love the fact that I am able to do what i love for a living and look after my 2 beautiful children (a 3 year old and a 5 month old). I love that I am in control of my life – I can choose when I want to work and plan my days in a way that works best for me. I am so grateful every day that I am so blessed to be able to do what I do and to be there for my children and see them grow up.
What is on the horizon for Pure Creation in the coming year?
I am busy starting a fun new venture called Oracle Ink – A stationary business with my artworks. With Oracle Ink I want to play a bit more with my artwork, have fun and experiment.
Pure Creation will also be launching two new ranges inspired by South African wildlife and the other beautiful fauna and flora. I want to add new products like linen table cloths and bed throws. Next year I will be adding a custom decorating and designing service where I will be working with the client to make a custom artwork and then develop it into a décor range. Anything from fine art prints to bedding, cushion covers, wall paper – all custom-made and designed to the needs of the customer. I am very excited about this new development for Pure creation and the year ahead.
What is the most beautiful item you own?
The most beautiful item I own is probably a crystal macrame necklace.
Do you have a quote to live by?
‘This too shall pass’ – no matter if the moment is good or bad, we need to feel and appreciate it all because every moment is just passing by. We always just have this one moment.
And another one is “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change!”
Visit Pure Creation online to learn more about their beautiful range of products: www.purecreation.co.za/productsRead More