• Bonjour. It’s Mandy blogging for Vix as she’s a little preoccupied right now with her adorable, delicious baby and Ms Charley-Bird. Never one to sit still, a few days before Ms Cute-As-A-Button arrived our Vikkles was tearing up the shops at Canal Walk, wearing her Bargain Betty hat, to look for some spring lovelies for your home. Here’s her post that I’ve put together. Thanks Vix. Such divine picks that are now on my shopping list for the next time I find myself at Canal Walk (which will be sooner than later…) 

    Hello lovelies. We’re officially into September and even though my standard six science teacher always told me that spring only really begins in October in the Southern hemisphere (he was such a drag), September will always represent the beginning of everyone’s favourite season. With spring comes the natural urge to do a bit of clearing out and a whole lot of decorating our spaces, am I right?

    With that in mind, I had the fun opportunity to collaborate with Canal Walk (still the best place to find everything under the sun), put on my Bargain Betty hat (and flat shoes, that place is HUGE) and head out in search of must-have finds that will refresh your outdoor spaces: whether you have the full-on grand garden/stoep set up, live on the tenth floor of an apartment with a postage-stamp balcony or somewhere in between. The point is it’s so easy to bring a touch of the outdoors inside and to jazz up your existing outdoor space to make it al fresco fabulous. And seriously, none of these items will break the bank so you even if your credit card is still stuck in winter, you can treat yourself to a little something to put a spring in your step. Check out their fab blog for our Bargain Betty finds and other cool desirables, Canal Walk news and updates.

    Here are a few of my favourite things found while digging around at Canal Walk… 

    PicMonkey Collage-21 The outdoor Geo-Print Round Platter, R199.99, from Woolworths is a multipurpose melamine tray that can be used for serving drinks or tapas-style snacks. Loving the modern interpretation of the Moroccan-inspired geometric pattern. And how gorgeous is the Sohana Diamond Dispenser with gold tap R249 from @home. The cut-glass finish and gold tap is such an elegant change from the usual ‘American BBQ’ versions out there. And who doesn’t love sipping a drink from a jam jar. Love the picnic-style polka dots on these ones from Sheet Street for R19.99. And I adore this whimsical Kikkerland Shovel Bottle Opener R190 from The Space in my favourite finish, satin copper.
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    Kikarku Plain Baskets (in medium) for R95 from The Space are one of my absolute must-haves. Not just for kids toys and other storage, I love the idea of a basket-full of fluffy beach towels by the poolside, or leave on the balcony filled with cotton kikois that they can wrap up with when the night air gets chilly. 

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    Talk about a bargain buy! And in my favourite colour. The yellow Tweedle Pouffe for R199.99 from Mr Price Home 

    is a must-have for creating seating on the move, from living room to garden to stoep. I’m sure you’ve also spotted the Hi-Ball tea light holder in sea green (it also comes in clear and bottle blue) from Home Etc (they’re R139 each)What’s so fab about them – apart from the price – is their design, based on the iconic preserving jars. They’re a great size and really solidly made. Perfect for hanging from a tree, or stringing up with a heavy-duty washing cord, or just leave them on the table or dot the garden path for romantic ambient lighting. The selection of candles in tins cost from R99 to R110 and are from Poetry. When I was there they had delicious flavours in stock including fig, aloe, magnolia & peony, cranberry and lemongrass & lavender. The tin holder means a brisk breeze won’t snuff them out, and the packaging is pretty enough that you can reuse it after for storage or tea lights.  Also from Mr Price Home is the edgy skull jam jar (R59.99) with copper top and the seriously chic Miami Jug & Hi-Ball Set, R169.99, with four acrylic stacking cups in sea-inspired shades. I love me a fairy light, and these Solar Park raffia-texture ball lights from Pick n Pay are brilliantly priced at R129.99 per string. Lovely inside or out. I’m sure I’ve said it before, but kikois are the new towels and I’m obsessed with this one from Woolworths for R299. At R300 it might not feel like a ‘bargain’, but I’ve priced them all over and this really is an affordable version, plus you’ll get stacks of use from it. Dry off after a dip, use as a throw to keep warm on the stoep when the air gets chilly, as a picnic blanket, a cover-up at the beach, a feeding blanket for baby… This version from Woolies is a classic with its easy, breezy stripes and the quality cotton will feel better and better the more you wash it.

    PicMonkey Collage-24 Candles in tins from R99 to R110Poetry; Hi-Ball tea light holder in sea green from Home Etc, R139 (also in clear and bottle blue). PicMonkey Collage-25
    Miami Jug & Hi-Ball set (jug not seen) from Mr Price Home R169.99, skull jam jar R59.99, both Mr Price Home; kikoi cotton throw from Woolworths R299.
    PicMonkey Collage-26 Solar Park raffia-texture ball lights from Pick n Pay, R129.99 per string.

    Thanks Canal Walk for the fun morning. Let’s do this again!

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  • One Comment to “Spring Fever”

    1. Kim Richter on

      Love the High Ball lanterns… Canal Walk, here I come.

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