Matics ceramics ♡

My mother was Marietta Matics, a Hungarian born ceramic artist and painter.  Marietta lived and exhibited her art in Pretoria and Cape Town, South Africa.  Her artworks are held in private collections worldwide.  

I've recently been updating a website and instagram page to share her work.

These are some examples of her beautiful art:

 The majority of Matics art was sold during her lifetime and is held in private collections.

A retrospective exhibition of selected Matics Art is being planned in Cape Town, South Africa.   It will also feature aspects of Marietta's life and the intention will be to establish a permanent installation available for viewing by appointment.  Some artworks are available for sale.

Have a look at for more.  

Please comment below or contact for more information.



Kalk Bay ramble ♡

We are in Lockdown Level 3 (with a beach and alcohol ban plus curfew) due to the second wave of Covid infections in South Africa.  

A small break from weeks of social distancing at home to Kalk Bay was a much needed tonic.



Aside from Kalk Bay's beautiful sea, harbour and mountain views there are also a treasure trove of shops filled with Boho, design and eclectic curiosities.   
In addition to numerous restaurant options there are art galleries and interesting buildings lining the main road.  Many quirky details to entice the eye.

A delicious brunch at Dalebrook Cafe followed by a leisurely stroll and a bit of retail therapy was a wonderful way to spend the morning. 

New discoveries with each new visit.  Love being a tourist in our home town.

Enjoy a trip to Kalk Bay if you are in Cape Town!


Drawing Room ♡

Our fancifully named drawing room is the smallest and lastt addition to our home.  It is my little "salon" or she-cave where I indulge my love of jewel colours and eclectic sparkly objects.

This space is constantly evolving.  I love to change things up.  And by this I mean with art, cushions, throws, books, flowers and moving around cute things from elsewhere in the house.
Almost all our new cushions can find a space here, even if it's just for a season.  

I love how different the space can look with a quick tweak or two.

The basics are neutrals - a white couch, two cream chairs, 2 ghost chairs and a black and white ottoman.  But the layering of kantha quilts or granny square blankets and assorted cushions provide endless variations on colour and pattern.

The planned gallery wall of ceramics is still waiting in the wings, but that will finish off the jewel box perfectly.  Until then my abstract art and other paintings complement whatever else I have going on in the room.

Happy decorating!


Yellow Decor Inspo ♡

Yellow is such a happy colour - even a small accent of it in an otherwise neutral space gives a shot of much needed positive sunshine. 


Try it in small (or large doses).  So many options from golden to pale subtle lemon.  Yellow flowers, cushions, arworks and small objects are low risk items to try out.  

Shop your home and closet to experiement - look at fruit, fashion and jewellery and play around with what you have to see what works for your space.

Balance things out with black and white or neutrals.  Or go big with fabulous textiles, interesting patterns and exotic colour combinations. 

Yellow is a great seasonal switch-up colour to make your space look refreshed and vibrant.

 So many options, so much fun.  Check out my instagram feed or pinterest boards.

 Be inspired and Enjoy!



Easy entertaining ♡

We tend to do most of our entertaining on our long verandah, the ideal indoor/outdoor space for our beautiful Cape Town summers whether it's a bigger party or just a family dinner.

It works particularly well to be outside for social distancing!

For summer we tend to keep things simple and easy with pretty drinks and platters of nibbles taking us all the way from starters to desserts. 

After starters a crisp pear and blue cheese salad works really well with cured ham and grilled fish or roast chicken.

Dessert can be a cake, a bowl of fave chocolates or simply delicous seasonal fruit.
Alternatively indulge a sweet tooth with, in this case, a platter groaning with home-made leopard print biscuits together with assorted fruit, pretzel, popcorn and chocolates.

Yum fun.  Enjoy!