One of the nicest things to do at the beginning of a new year is to list all the improvements you’d like to make to both your home and your garden. While the budget often puts the brakes on more ambitious schemes, there are loads of ways to update and freshen your home that won’t involve winning the lottery.
To help you get going, we’ve compiled a selection of great ideas for every room in the house, whether you’re just undertaking a few cosmetic changes or a full-on renovation. Often just updating the accessories and scatters, adding a new lamp and perhaps painting a wall is all that’s needed to make a room look new and fresh. Turn to page 44 for plenty of inspiration.
While putting this feature together, I spotted a number of things that I can’t wait to do, one being hanging some art in the bathroom. Another is to give some tired pieces of furniture a new look with a coat of paint. Paint effects expert Mary Edwards told me that the best way to give an ordinary item like a tray or a kitchen chair a contemporary look is to paint it either glossy white or glossy black – preferably black.
Another source of inspiration is Kita and Brett Veale’s Durban home on page 34 which, with some stylish changes, has been made to feel much larger than it really is. I love the way Kita has stuck to black and white and natural textures throughout proving that continuity is a good space enhancer.
But if it’s the garden you’re planning to tackle, especially if it’s new, turn to page 94 where Tasha Tollman has some useful advice on planning a small garden from scratch. A lot of clever ideas were also put into practice in the retirement complex garden designed by Penny Petersen on page 78. Using curving paths and establishing focal points are just two that helped to visually expand this narrow plot.
For those of you looking for gardening advice, get a copy of our 12-month Gardening Guide, which is in stores now. If you’re having trouble finding one, call us and we’ll direct you to a stockist in your area.
We love the leafytropical look of Kathy Burns’ California-cool home in Noordhoek. Feastyour eyes on the rest of it on page20. To add an exotic touch to a garden, look no further than arum lilies, which now come in stunning shades. Find out more on page 74.
Water always brings agarden to life and rills andstreams are attractive waysto introduce it. ConnallOosterbroek rounded upsome great examples onpage 82.Did you know that red and purple vegetables contain antioxidants believed to help fight cancer and reduce obesity and the signs of ageing? For new varieties to plant in your veggie garden, turn to page 98.
Succulents are having a moment as they’re waterwise and low maintenance. Find out how to garden with them on page 90.