A gorgeous Banhoek home in South Africa catches our attention today, designed by local architect Henri Comrie. Inspired by Le Corbusier, the exterior of today’s home is beautifully minimalist with an oversized stoep looking out across the flower-filled valley, providing a constant source of inspiration for the owners.
The brief was to create something that welcomes: a modern exterior with a farm inside. The architects achieved the design by using walls of white lime, wide spaces, exposed brickwork, industrial metal and raw finishes. All of this paired with traditional farmhouse furniture and vintage finds within the interior.
The inside is a quirky mix of colourful furnishings and striking finishes. High ceilings, white-washed walls and overhead wooden bulkheads add to the style of this eclectic family room. Pops of colour add visual appeal with yellow-painted storage built-into the living room walls. Glass pendants in various areas of the room offer functional lighting in this space.
Like an oversized artwork, the library wall is a playful mix of colour-coded books on display. Rattan furniture and a vintage wooden coffee table add to the overall look of this space – which opens up to the outdoors with a balcony overlooking the lush landscape.
Playful design elements are used throughout this home, from the entryway and stairwell with a brightly painted server table displaying some of the owners’ favourite things. A mix of wooden elements and brightly coloured decor adds charm to this space and a welcome contrast against the white interior walls.
The home has been aptly named by the homeowners as ‘Johannesdal’, peacefully resting between lush forested grounds and majestic mountains. The home features a simple, honest atmosphere with a flair for colour, unexpected combinations and a strong desire to draw nature in. Creativity in design and lifestyle needs were at the forefront of the project, which features a modern exterior and farmhouse style interior.
Untreated wood, raw finishes and vintage furniture in bright colours fill this home and lend it its authentic farm-house character. In the bedroom, a colourful area rug adds vibrancy and richness to this space while raw wood acts as the divide between rooms and becomes an interesting focal point behind the bed.
Whether it be freshly cut flowers placed in a vase or floral printed scattered cushions on your couch, the mere sight of these colourful blooms immediately adds an element of life to a room. From textiles to lighting, designers have been paying ode to mother nature for years. If you’re looking for ways to bring an organic element into your space then consider a design from Euro Nouveau’s range of floral-inspired luminaires.
At just 24cm tall and with a diameter of 15cm, Blom by Andreas Engesvik for Fontana Arte is an easy to move, fun little table lamp that is guaranteed to add a touch of whimsy wherever it is placed. Its name is inspired by its petal-shaped blades and is a contraction of the word ‘blomst’, which means flower in Norwegian. Available in an array of colours, Blom has a compact fluorescent bulb that provides effective lighting with low energy consumption.
The Giova table lamp by Gae Aulenti for Fontana Arte is a multifunctional design piece. It serves as a source of light and a flower vase simultaneously. Giova consists of a transparent bowl containing a sphere of white opal glass, positioned on a metal base. Placed above is a smaller bowl which serves as a vase.
Poppy from Serien is available as a ceiling lamp, floor lamp, suspension lamp, table lamp and wall lamp. Turn the lamp on and behold the ‘poppy flowers’ awakening. Their shades open up gradually when heated due to expansion. Poppy has a flexible, textile coated stem that can be bent however you wish to change the direction of the light. Select Poppy in a colour to suit your style – it’s available in black, violet, red, or ceramic.
Inspired by flora and fauna, Slamp’s Woody floor lamp has a light oak base that reflects the knots and veining of the shade. Woody is minimalist in design yet has strong, graphics elements, making it a unique piece to add to any room in need of light, shape, and décor.
Beautifully bold in design, Apollo from Iris Cristal is a Murano glass flower chandelier. This statement-making luminaire has 30 ‘branches’ and is available in colours such as black, white, clear, honey, purple and turquoise. Iris Cristal’s other floral-inspired offering is the Calista Flush chandelier. Calista Flush will no doubt serve as an artistic focal point wherever it is placed and boasts 17 intricately shaped flower petals. This exquisite luminaire is available in glass shades of clear, honey, purple, white and frosted.
Going on 25 years of business, and 45 years of bespoke furniture manufacturing experience, Da Rocha Interiors offers a fresh and exciting full in-house interior design and decorating service.
Arlindo and Ines da Rocha are the passionate owners of the company, striving to exceed customer expectations with their exclusive offerings. The craft has been passed down through the generations and together the team are continually looking for new ways to transform homes into dream living spaces.
How did you get into the industry?
“I was born in Pacos de Ferreria, Portugal’s furniture capital, renowned for its classic and modern pieces. I took an early interest in making my own wooden toys, which was the starting point of my skills development.
At the age of 14, following in the footsteps of a long family history of cabinet making, I entered the industry and worked side by side with my father and eldest brother, from whom I learnt the skills that are applied so passionately to all my creations.”
Where did you start in this profession and trade?
“Following the tradition of cabinet making, the craft was passed on from father to son. Although I completed theoretical tuition, I believe that a hands-on approach is the only one that works in the art of cabinet making.
In 1982 my skills were discovered and I immigrated to South Africa under contract to Hartmann and Keppler where I worked and perfected my talent for the following 12 years, during which time Iam honoured to say Iwas part of the team that created most of the intricate furniture pieces in the “Palace of the Lost City, Sun City”.”
What has been your biggest work-related achievement?
“Undeterred by political and economic uncertainties that characterised the early nineties, I left Hartmann and Keppler to realise my dream of running my own business. In 1994 I began manufacturing customised furniture. One year later Da Rocha Cabinet maker cc was registered as a company and a factory was established in the south of Johannesburg. The business became so successful that my wife, Ines, left her job to assist with the expansion of the company. Over the years our greatest achievements have been the creation of our high quality furniture and client satisfaction in the many homes situated locally and nationally, and even internationally. We’ve also done extensive work in hotels and corporate offices.”
What are your goals for growth and development of the business?
“Following the recent devaluation of the South African currency, furniture imports have become prohibitively priced in most instances, prompting the need for high quality, stylish locally manufactured furniture. The challenge is in offering a total solution within the furniture industry through a complete range of contemporary and classic pieces, and services packaged for the maximum satisfaction of the client’s requirements. This may vary right through turnkey to specific project branches, encompassing interior decorating, design, manufacture and installation. Customer satisfaction and total solution form the backbone of our business.”
Anyone who is going to buy a first home will surely feel a rush of excitement along the way. Why not? Buying a real estate property is a significant investment, and it won’t be a surprise to anyone that you’ll get excited when the time comes. However, you should keep in mind that the process of a home purchase won’t be as easy as you think.
There are certain things that you should consider before you start the process of buying your first home. If you fail to follow these pointers, there’s a probability that you’ll encounter problems through the process.
These tips will help you along the way…
Make Sure You Have A Good Credit History
Many lenders are sure to look into your credit history to see if you have had any loan liabilities in the past. They do this to avoid any future inconveniences when it comes to paying off your debt.
As such, you’ll need a great credit history to ensure a smooth transaction of your mortgage application. If your lender finds any loan liabilities, they have the right to disapprove of your mortgage application. For sure, it would be difficult on your part if that’s the case.
Avoid Shifting Your Finances
You should keep in mind that your present state of finances will be the basis of pre-approval from your lender. There are situations that a buyer will shift to other finances to take advantage of the deal even before their loan is approved. This move is a common mistake and one you should avoid.
If your lender finds an anomaly in your finances, such as shifting them to different accounts, it’s the right of the lender to ensure that you explain your actions.
Read Before You Sign Anything
The signing of legal papers is included in the process of buying a house, and there are several papers for you to sign. Before you touch pen to the paper, be sure to read through and understand everything,
If unsure about any legal papers, get the advice of a lawyer and ensure that you comprehend everything before you agree to it.
Consider Your Long-Term Plans
Since a home purchase is not simply an everyday purchase or a small decision to make, it’s crucial that you consider everything. Before you close the deal, think about your long-term plans. Do you plan to keep this estate for a long time or do you have plans to move due to work commitments or the chance of leaving town?
Think about all your options before buying your home.
Bond Registration Image via SA Home LoansConsult a Trusted Realtor
Realtors often get a commission if they’re able to sell a property successfully. However, the payment for the realtors must not come from the buyer because it’s the seller who will pay the realtor. Therefore, you should see to it that you take advantage of the opportunity to consult the realtor for whatever difficulties you encounter in the home purchase process.
Trusted realtors abide by a national organization with a code of ethics for its members. So, this should give you greater assurance that the realtor will offer you sound advice.
Do your homework and ensure that you consult the professionals before you make a serious commitment to purchase your first home.
Royal Botania has more than 25 years of experience in outdoor design. And their acquired know-how can be experienced time and time again. Every new collection breathes their DNA: sheer craftsmanship with an in-depth focus on design, ergonomics, and aesthetics. Their latest collections are now available locally through Cane Time.
Royal Botania turns your terrace and garden into places for endless enjoyment. With this new collection, Royal Botania succeeds once again in making your garden shine.
Thanks to its striking design, the Folia immediately attracts attention, without being overwhelming. This distinctive chair is characterised by a contemporary elegance, inspired by the veins of a leaf. In addition to its attractive looks, this chair also offers very pleasant sitting comfort. The Folia is available in white powdered stainless steel and surprising bronze finishes.
The harmonious combination of teak, aluminium profiles, and a seat in Olefin fibre gives the Jive collection a refreshing and decorative look. The combination of the different materials makes this chair a veritable chameleon. Modern or classic, this chair blends in everywhere. The aluminium frame is available in white, black, and sand colours.
This season, Royal Botania presents a modular lounge collection in a light and airy design. The frame of the Lusit Lounge consists of powder-coated aluminium tubes within a braided frame. This renders the seating and back into a kind of grid. The braided frame is firm, yet it feels very supple. With this playful concept, you can adjust it at will thanks to the easy-to-mount back and arm elements. The Lusit Lounge is available in white and the new bronze.
Royal Botania’s NINIX collection has become a real classic. The minimalist design translates into maximum sitting comfort. This year, the aluminium frame of the existing collection is immersed in bronze. In turn, the wide range of tabletops has been extended with a ceramic top in Vulcan black. A real eye-catcher for every terrace.
This chair immediately catches the eye: modern design, defined by a bronze aluminium seating and a back made of braided thread that feels firm yet pliant at the same time.
Pure and refined, two style characteristics that best describe the new U-nite collection from Royal Botania. This dining table, available in five sizes, consists of a teak or powder-coated aluminium frame and a ceramic tabletop. From certain positions, the thin and elegant frame may give the impression that the tabletop is floating. The combination of modern design and the warm feeling of ceramics make of this table the perfect eye-catcher for your terrace or garden.
In the past, Royal Botania has defined sheer luxury with the Zenhit collection. In 2018, the Zenhit lounge collection is extended with a fully teak arm chair. The characterising elements of the Zenhit collection have been included in this new, contemporary chair: elegance, straightforward design, and unprecedented sitting comfort.
Greenery has a way of freshening up any interior space – introducing texture, colour and interesting aromas that heighten our senses and can enhance a design scheme. But indoor plants need special care in order to thrive. The GardenShop gives you the right tools to help you grow a gorgeous indoor garden with the essentials you need to take care of your plants.
Flowering plants add all-year seasonal interest and vibrancy to your space. A beautiful potted plant on a window sill, or a hanging indoor plant installation – these add freshness and appeal with many benefits for the environment and your indoor space.
GardenShop is a sanctuary filled with gardening inspiration, luxuriant plants, beautiful garden accessories and exquisite flower pots. What more could you want when creating the ideal indoor garden! Transform your indoor living space into a green oasis filled with luscious indoor plants, paired with stylish indoor pots and beautiful containers. All can be viewed and ordered online – convenient and super simple!
A few tips for growing an indoor garden:
Ensure that you place your plants near a window or a source of natural lighting. Your plants need sunshine in order to grow.
Water your plants regularly but do not over-water as indoor pots can easily become water-logged and may drown your precious buds!
Prune your plants and regularly remove dead leaves and branches to help them grow.
Good drainage is essential for the growth of your indoor plants. Start with a good, organic potting soil specifically mixed for indoor gardening.
Not sure which plants to choose or where to start? As a garden-lover, we know that you sometimes need on-site expert advice to talk through nagging garden issues or changes you may want to make. That’s where GardenShop’s GardenGuru comes in! A qualified horticulturist will meet with you for a one-hour consultation service where you can discuss your unique gardening challenges and find solutions.
GardenShop strives to offer you the very best instore and online gardening experience, with quality product offerings and personal service, they’ll meet your gardening needs and offer you real solutions to enhance your indoor and outdoor living spaces. In just one visit, you can totally transform your home and garden with GardenShop.
Step inside today’s restored family abode on Sweden’s Baltic coast. Renovated to suit a growing family, this house actually dates back to the 1850s but is transformed into a bright and welcoming space.
The owners loved the flow and light which travels easily through the interior. Keeping things bright and inviting, they decided to create a welcoming family home with pops of colour in various spaces – from bright-coloured cabinets to patterned wallpaper and more. From the living spaces to the bathroom and bedroom – art adds vibrancy and a richness to every room.
The home is an eclectic mix of vintage, bohemian and Nordic styles. New and second-hand pieces are used together to create a calming family space. A vintage wooden table takes centre stage in the dining room. Gorgeous floral wallpaper and a glass chandelier add to the glamorous touches found in this space. We also love the quirky use of wall art with a mix of ceramics and glassware decor on the table.
Pastel blue adds vibrancy to the living room which leads into the kitchen. Contrasting sofas, hints of greenery and open shelving brings an eclectic tone to this space.
Wallpaper adds life and energy to the bedroom. Here an upholstered headboard adds a luxurious touch while modern light pendants act as bedside lighting. A simple stool is repurposed as bedside table and we love the quirky artwork – once again adding character to this space.
The bathroom also takes on an eclectic tone with a bright leaf-print curtain that acts as a separation from the shelving unit. A bold framed mirror an grouped lighting completes this space.
Bring style and interest to your home with one of the ornate lighting or furniture pieces now available from Wireworld. The beauty of each item can be found in the details of each piece – where striking metalwork creates unique fixtures to impress!
Wireworld is one of the largest lighting manufacturers in the country and now offer various other products including metalwork seating, baskets and more. What’s more is the interesting shapes and designs – as each item is beautifully crafted into a timeless piece of furniture for the home.
We love the versatility and style of the various lighting now on offer. They utilise a multitude of materials and their products are available in various colours and finishes. You can be assured of value for money without compromising on quality or service.
Wireworld is made up of two divisions in the factory, each specializing in the manufacture of a specific product category:
South African Lampshades (SAL):
Comprises of a large team of multi-skilled workers that can tuck lamp shades, sew scatter cushions and even weave beautiful décor related items such as ottomans, laundry baskets to name a few.
World of Wire (WOW):
Fully equipped with welding machines, grinders and wire benders, World of Wire can produce any wire related product. The Base Wiring Department within WOW wires up any lampstand or pendant light according to NRCS standards.
With a belief in sustainability, the company believe trusts in the skills and talent of the local industry and therefore all products are manufactured locally right here in their factory.
In a small home, your counters can easily become cluttered with all the essentials you use every day – whether cosmetics, toiletries, towels and more. Learn to organise your space and let your superior countertops become the focal point they were always meant to be! Here we share a few top tips to help you declutter your space.
Find alternative storage options
In the bathroom, invest in baskets, drawers and off-the-counter storage options for all your toiletries and grooming products. Under-sink storage is also a great way to keep all your toiletries together neatly – so pack away all of your q-tips, cotton wool and more and create a sleek counter that will help you feel more organised and in charge of your space.
Install wall-mounted cosmetic units to house all your favourite products. Not only will these help to create a clutter-free counter, but you will also have easy access to your products in one convenient spot. Choose customised compartments for all your nail polish, make up brushes and accessories for a neater appearance.
Keep your towels neat and tidy
Add under-counter baskets to house all of your hand towels for a neat and organised look. You can also install wall hooks or towel racks for a more streamlined appearance in the bathroom. Keep your hand towels off of your countertops and create a more serene space.
Don’t hide your stone counters
Nothing says luxury in the bathroom better than a superior stone surface. Invest in quality counter tops and ensure that your bathroom is built to last. Be sure to declutter your counter for a more minimalist and modern feel.
Caesarstone sleek concrete
Clutter has the ability to distract and destroy the calm environment we all hope to achieve in the bathroom. Find a home for all your miscellaneous items and store these off of your countertops to keep the space organised and clean. This way you’ll learn to appreciate your counters so much more!
Invest in bathroom counters to last a lifetime. Caesarstone offers the best in luxury engineered quartz for counters with style!
Not only does clutter mean that you can never find what you are looking for or can’t use your home’s space to its full potential – it also means that you’re compromising your emotional and physical health.
Ready to take a stand? Here are a few tips. Start by taking stock….
1. Ask the hard questions
You need to be honest with yourself about how often the item is used. If it hasn’t been used in over a year, let it go. Another hard question worth asking is if something brings you joy – be it an item of clothing or an ornament. If it doesn’t, why are you hanging onto it?
2. Make it monthly
Take weekly and monthly audits of what you’re holding onto and what can be thrown away. This will help you keep on top of things without it spiralling out of control. If you really want to crack down on clutter, adopt the ‘one in, one out’ rule – for every new thing you bring into the house, something else needs to go.
An easy way to streamline your lifestyle is by investing in double-duty items that do twice the amount of work in less space, and by seeking items with hidden storage or organisational space. This can include appliances as well as furniture.
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Huahae Heavy Industries…
Huahe Heavy Industries Co. Ltd is located in Jinqing town, Zhejiang province, China. The company was founded in 1990 with the managerial philosophy to “Hold Together and be Innovative! Keep on aggressiveness and Pursue Superiority”. This superior company has passed its GS.TUV.ROHS.EPA.ISO9001:2000 quality system certification CE.
The company has 600 employees, with over 200 managers and technicians. The factory building of 60,000 square metres delivers an annual output value of more than 50,000,000 USD and the factory has more than ten modern production lines and advanced equipment with perfect monitoring and measuring devices in place.
The company’s main products are forklifts, all kinds of generators including gasoline
and diesel series, water pumps, tillers, high pressure washers, grass cutters, welding machines, and stable quality and advanced technology, which sell very well in the middle east, America, Europe, Southeast Asia, Africa, and other countries.