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Win a dream stay at Fazenda Luxury Cabins!

Situated in the scenic Hermitage Valley in Swellendam, Fazenda Mountain Cabins offer a picture perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life.  When Marilouise van der Merwe and her husband added the cabins to their property portfolio, the Decompanjie collection, they immediately knew that they wanted to work with the existing structures whilst enhancing the contemporary African theme.   “Any renovation is very time consuming and requires abundant creativity to transform something basic and mediocre to an interior and design masterpiece! One of my secrets is using bespoke yet functional pieces to accentuate any interior and Rialheim is always my first choice” says Marilouise.   Using a mix of styles and textures including wood and stone, bespoke Rialheim tiles...

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Crafting magic for Design Joburg

It’s seven o’clock in the morning on Clairvaux Estate in Robertson and unlike other farms in the Robertson Wine Valley, 13 artisans start to arrive to switch on the clay mixer in preparation for a day of crafting magic. Plaster of Paris is moulded to make way for new products and new ideas while on the other side of the studio products start being glazed while kilns are being unpacked.    By no means is it a normal morning for our sales team. In Johannesburg, the birth place of Rialheim, it is abuzz with activities to get ready for the much anticipated Design Joburg. Visitors can expect to see the very best of our Brave 2017/2018 Collection as well as...

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The Brave road well travelled

Sometimes the road most traveled leads to the most unexpected journey. It was during a holiday; away from the pressure of farm life in the Kuruman area; when Jacques and Mare Louise fell in love with one of South African oldest town’s; Swellendam.  The couple came across an old English Countryside Manor built in 1832, the house was on the market and made it impossible not to look for greener pastures in the Cape. Shortly after one visit the deal was signed, sealed and delivered. The couple immediately started renovating the "old lady” to bring her up-to-date and turned it into what many has describes as a haven for those wanting to experience the “good life”. Today De Companjie Heritage House,...

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Grab 'em by the Imagination

Presents:  Grab 'em by the Imagination Jess Jardim write about being BRAVE + working  with iconic Rialheim ceramic pieces This month, for Grab 'em by the Imagination, I got the chance to work on a couple of beautiful Rialheim ceramic pieces. Ceramic glazing has been on my "gotta try it" list for ages, and I already have a few Rialheim pieces in my collection, so I was super excited. Working with ceramic glazes has its own challenge and limitations, and we all know how much I like to talk about that stuff, so let's dig in.   Here's what ceramics will teach you about making art bravely.   1. ELIMINATE CTRL-Z Terrifying? Obvs. Refreshing? Definitely. Working directly in pen or paint is one of the best things...

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Bravery in transformation by Marlien Wright

Living a life that radiates with vitality & creativity starts with nourishing body and mind. But where does one start, and how do you find the right path to a radiantly healthy you? Unfortunately there are no golden rules, we are all different and we need to find our own way, but I do believe that there are some basic food & lifestyle rules you can follow to make the path there clearer. Choose quality over quantity, for me this means being mindful of what I choose to put in my body and which habits I allow to take root. Food choices for example should be delicious and nutrient dense, every single mouthful, at every meal….even when you are eating...

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