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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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RIALHEIM & ROOI ROSE CELEBRATING 75 YEARS OF BRAVERY

Rialheim is still in its infant years. We recently turned 4 years old and like most young souls Rialheim loves the opportunity to play and draw inspiration from the stylish, the extraordinary, the older and wiser souls, as we discover our own path and our own magical world. At the end of last year I got a call from Rooi Rose asking if we would like to take part in their 75th Birthday Celebration by designing a limited collection of decor and serve ware items for them. The invitation immediately took me back to the memory of when we unpacked my grand mothers attic 3 years ago; during our move to Clairvaux, Robertson.                     After 27 years...

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Be Brave and Love

LOVE IS BRAVE Whilst in our Linden store a few weeks back I helped a young man to choose a gift for a new love prospect. The poor man was so nervous that it took an hour to select the right gift. I recall going through a similar process the first time I bought my husband a gift. It took real bravery to put myself out there and to show him that I loved him.  It is therefore so fitting that our message for the month of Love is ‘Love is Brave’. In a world where time seems to speed up annually and where it is so easy to live ‘past’ the people we love the most it often takes...

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