A Charming and Beautifully Renovated Cottage in Cape Town

A Charming and Beautifully Renovated Cottage in Cape Town

Rose recently spotted this beautifully renovated Capetonian cottage on My Scandinavian Home. We were super chuffed to see a local home on such a celebrated international blog.

The remodel process of this small and, at the time, rather ordinary home was first shared by local blogger, Diana from Miss Moss.

A Charming and Beautifully Renovated Cottage in Cape Town

The owners, wedding photographers Rebecca & Bruce, purchased the tiny property, located in Muizenberg – a coastal suburb of Cape Town, a few years ago. Seeing the potential, they immediately got cracking – transforming the space into something more suited to its name, Sunbird Cottage. Bruce and Rebecca, with the help of architect Donne Atkinson, did the majority of the renovation themselves – and that on a modest budget.

And what a transformation it is!Read More »

The PERFECT Summer Holiday Reading Nook

By Marica

Guys and Gals, I can’t tell you how excited I am for our December holiday break! It’s been quite an inspired year and Rose and I have been working super dooper hard. We honestly need some chillaxing, put-your-feet-up time.

You know what activity I’m most looking forward to this holiday (other than doing the bare minimum and eating myself into sweet oblivion over Christmas)? READING!! I can’t wait to catch up on some good reads – the must-read books have been stacking up.

We recently conceptualized a cosy under-the-stairs reading nook for one of clients. That of course made me yearn for a little reading sanctuary to call my own. I wondered… what would my ideal reading nook entail? So here you go – my perfect reading nook. And since Capetonian Decembers are always cooking hot – my nook has got a distinct fresh summery vibe!


1. Well, of course you are going to need a place to stow your favourite books – I love the idea of wall boxes as they free up some floor space. These solid oak “Loft Boxes” are from Weylandts. {HINT: If you want to add a tad of quirky colour to your space consider painting the back of your wall box / wall in different colours like I have illustrated above…}

2. Every reading nook needs some good direct lighting, be it a desk lamp or standing lamp. This super cool faceted Foscarini by Diesel “Rock” standing lamp is available through Crema Design.

3. I adore this small storage box with bunting design on the lid – perfect for storing mementos and treasures. You can find this box at @Home.

4. What about a beautiful piece of art to look at whilst contemplating your next read. This beautiful framed print by Victoria Verbaan is available online through Superbalist.com

5. You are going to need this lovely paint-dipped stoneware canister from Woolworths to store some sweeties in – time flies when you are reading, don’t want the blood sugar to get low.

6. Comfy chair to snuggle into with your book – check! This retro beauty is from Weylandts. You are also going to need a cushion for a bit of lumbar support – this yellow geo cushion is from @Home.

7. I LOVE this quirky Scandi-inspired pencil leg side table – also available from Weylandts. Furthermore, I think the “pencil” theme is totally appropriate for a reading (or journalling) nook!

8. Get into the “reading pose” – put your feet up. This beautiful cotton rope pouffe by Pomme Pomme, available through Mono, is just the thing!

9. Now add a rug – like this trendy geometric number from @Home. #NoShoesRequired


Get This Look: Nordic Living Room

By Marica

Get This Look - Nordic Living Room {The DesignTabloid}

We’ve pinned the inspiration image used in this Get The Look to our living room board many many moons ago… and I still love it as much as the day I first pinned it. This quirky lounge setup is from the home of Edina Sæther, author of the blog Nordic Leaves. Edina regularly takes her readers on a bit of a home tour – posting gorgeous shots of her home’s ever-changing interior. Over the past couple of years she has played with different décor accessories and elements, however the configuration above remains my hot favourite. I adore the bold black, white and grey colour scheme of this fresh lounge – with that lovely splash of colour of course! The scatters, fur throw and knitted pouffe also adds loads of interest and texture. It is for this reason that this little lounge makes for a great local Get The Look. If you live in South Africa and would love to emulate Edina’s perfect little lounge, see below…


1. Asian- inspired scatter cushion cover from Woolworths.

2. Love this knit geometric scatter cushion in a mix of bold and pastel hues, also from Woolworths.

3. Chenille jacquard scatter cushion with monochrome triangle pattern available from Mr Price Home.

4. Inky black & white rectangular cushion featuring a slight urban design, from Mezzanine.

5. A reproduction of Rebecca Puig’s original artwork featuring the words of John Lennon – framed in recycled grey wood, available via Weylandts.

6. Inspired by Charles Eames’ RAR Rocking Chair, the Ray Rocking Chair is also available from Weylandts.

7. The Gräshoppa floor lamp designed by Greta Grossman available through Crema Design.

8. Savoy Daybed Sofa from Weylandts.

9. Love this woven pouffe-y thing from Woolworths – it’s called the Clio Pod.

10. This Danish designed Tablo coffee table from Normann Copenhagen, available through Entrepo, is cute & quirky.


Get This Look: Scandi Workspace

By Marica

Get This Look: Scandi Workspace | via {The Design Tabloid}

I have wanted to do a Scandinavian Get The Look for quite some time but have never found the perfect inspiration image to work from! THEN I stumbled across this gorgeous Scandi home office space on the My Scandinavian Home blog – perfect! The original office space was styled by Nina Hoist of Norwegian interior blog Stylizimo in collaboration with Danish brand Ferm Living. I quite enjoy the black, grey and white colour combo with touches of light wood and brass to add a that bit of warmth. So for all you lovely folks in South Africa who have a dreamy Scandi space on their bucket list – this is how you can achieve this look….


1. Free Range Clock by Woltemade available through Africandy.

2. Add a bit of texture with this concrete wallpaper from Robin Sprong!

3. Troy Table Lamp available via 5rooms.com

4. Love this Wooden Bottle Vessel crafted from Mango wood available from Woolworths.

5. A touch of  black & white romance with this Vintage Shoes Stretched Canvas by Cara Saven via 5rooms.com

6. Dante Deep Tray made from plywood available from Woolworths.

7. Decorative copper bowl with slightly hammered texture from Pezula Interiors.

8. This Knotted Wire Hurricane from Weylandts is meant to house a candle but I think it will also make a pretty cool pencil holder!

9. Adore the minimalist lines of this desk – you can purchase the trestles from 5rooms.com

10. This Shanghai Chair with lovely cow hide seat available from Weylandts is based on Hans Wegner’s Wishbone Chair.

11. This Branch Scatter Cushion from Love Milo is the perfect fit!

12. Oh, how I wish we could more of Danish décor company, Ferm Living‘s beautiful product here in South Africa! LUCKILY, local online décor store Detail’24 now imports a selection of Ferm Living products to SA including this gorgeous Wire Basket!

ADD THIS: For an even more dramatic black & white effect add this Rand Rug from Nevada Furniture (That’s SA’s Ikea importers for those who didn’t know)

Scandinavian Design Definition

Décor Dictionary: Scandinavian Design

What is the definition of a Scandinavian Design or Scandi Style?

Have you ever heard someone mention the term Scandinavian Design or Scandi Style and wondered what on earth it meant? Well, now you have to wonder no longer – we will define Scandinavian Design for you! Here is the latest addition to our Decorating Dictionary

As suggested by Ewelina and since she herself is Scandinavian she helped us out with the definition:

Scandinavian Design: is synonym to simplicity and elegance. It is a style greatly influenced by the Modernist & Bauhaus movements and characterized by functionality and affordable mass production without sacrificing quality or eliminating grace and beauty (IKEA is an excellent example). It is said that long winters and few hours of sunlight inspired Scandinavian designers to create bright, light and practical environments with clean lines. Scandinavian Design makes use of a lot of form-pressed wood and light woods as indigenous timber are in abundance. Famous Scandinavian designers include: Verner PantonArne JacobsenEero AarnioAlvar Aalto and Eero Saarinen.

Check out Ewelina’s really cool design blog: here