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Hello! I’m Cornel and I blog about things that inspire me, things I’ve made and Craft Share, the craft group I started in 2009.

You'll find lots of crochet on my blog, as well as my crochet and sewing projects for Ideas Magazine, since September 2011.

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I love our home!

And at the moment I'm especially proud of how it feels and looks.

A huge "THANK YOU!" to Sarah Buitendag (lifestyle editor), Tiaan Nagel (production), Sarah de Pina (photographer) and Tessa Passmore (text) for the lovely article in last Sunday's Sunday Times Lifestyle Magazine Home Weekly.

Cornel x


and it's all done


It was time for a change.



And colour was the key.



Grecian Gold for my dining room walls, with a white 100% linen table cloth, our old dining chairs washed in grey and the frames of inherited artwork sprayed with black Rust-O-leum.



My favourite colour of all time, Auberge, for our bedroom walls, with an old linen and a floral table cloth used as bedcovers. The pink blanket is a 3m length of fleece I bought at Metro Home Centre, a fabric retailer where I often find inexpensive fabrics to use as "fillers".



Gold Estate for the lounge walls. This colour almost exactly matches the lighter flagstone tiles on our floor. Shwe-shwe fabric was used to recover the 2 Queen Anne chairs inherited from Neill's mother. Marcia and Roland from M&M Upholsterers (084 301 7751) did a fabulous job on all the re-upholstered pieces. One chair in particular is 15 years old, has been recovered 5 times and looks brand new (not on the photo).



Last but not least, another favourite, Gypsy Bloom for the working kitchen's walls. All the paints I used are from Plascon. Please note that Plascon did NOT sponsor any of the acrylic and waterbased enamel products I used. I've just always favoured their paint colours.



I kept ALL my furniture and little treasures. I might have added a few selected items from Typo's factory outlet at Atterbury Value Mart and framed some artwork my kids did when they were toddlers. Boxed frames, to me, turns the simplest image into something special. I even framed a business card from a French ceramic company, Astier de Villatte, and hung it on this wall (white framed piece just below the deer's head).



What also makes a huge difference are the items I moved to different parts of our house. My collection of wooden bird houses previously hung on a wall in my dining room. Now they're a feature on the working kitchen's wall. The patchwork curtain doubles as cupboard doors, purely because our budget was spent already when we got to the kitchen cupboards 5 years ago. I love this idea so much that I will probably never install wooden cupboard doors.



The best part for me was to use patterned fabrics from my very large fabric collection (started in 1988) and show pieces previously used in Romo South Africa's Kramerville and Cape Town showrooms. Even one meter of a lovely designed fabric is enough to use as the arms of a slip-covered sofa or the back of a scatter cushion.

Fabric on the slip-covered sofa is Romo Zahira colour Lava Rock.



I was also able to use left-over wallpaper in my guest loo. This is Romo Itsuki wallcovering in Ebony.



Above and below is Romo Estella wallcovering in charcoal for our entrance hall. The 8 glass containers for my own version of a living wall have been stored in a cupboard since I bought them at SARCDA 15 years ago. This is why I almost never throw things away...





Lilly (one of our Italian Greyhounds) lies on Romo Itsuki colour Charcoal, with the scatter cushions in Black Edition Eden colour Vermillion.



Above is my decluttered and redecorated working space.

I used 2 cans of neon pink spray paint on the chair.

Because this chair has what is called a "drop" seat (it drops into the frame and is not fixed to the chair), I was able to re-upholster the seat myself, with a 60x60cm piece of fabric and a light duty staple gun.

A lot of the picture frames I used througout the house was bought at a favourite thrifting spot in Pretoria, Sun Gardens Hospice (Lynnwood Road). I was able to fill a medium sized cardboard box with second hand frames, but only paid R50 for it!



Our house will be featured in The Sunday Times Lifestyle Magazine some time next month.

In the mean time, you'll find me spending as much time as possible at home,

celebrating the changes.



DEclutter and organize


I'm on a huge mission to DEclutter and organize my life. Progress is slow but sure. I've spent the last 3 weeks sorting out 6 rooms in my house. This includes the garage (!!!) and my dressingroom. Most important for me was to create a workspace in our bedroom that would look neat and inviting at all times. I want to be able to paint, make a card, do some hybrid scrapbooking or just go on the Internet without fighting heaps of paperwork, magazines and general clutter. I'm almost there, as you can see. The cupboard in Plascon's Gold Finch, was previously in my entrance hall. The walls are newly painted in my all time favourite colour, Auberge (find it on Plascon's Neutrals brochure). The roses on my desk is Strilli, a highly fragrant deep yellow bought at Ludwig's Roses late last year. C x


42 snapshots of paris... (part 1)

Wanneer jy in jou kamer kom op die 5e vloer, Hotel Clement, rue Clement, Saint Germain des Pres, en die venster oopgooi (!) kyk jy vas in 'n blombak vol viooltjies! Hulle lyk "fake", maar glo my hulle is  nie.


Dis eers wanneer jy die venster toemaak dat jy agterkom die mure is oorgetrek met lap, in die eg Paryse tradisie. In check. Die hele kamer.


En dan begin die stad jou van voor af oorrompel. Stadig maar seker. Om klein hoekies en draadjies. Rue Saint Benoit, Saint Germain des Pres.


Selfs net met wit verf teen 'n steenkoolkleur muur. Rue Bonaparte, Sain Germain des Pres.


Of hierdie kunswerk in papier, Que Voltaire in die sewende distrik (arrondissement).




Om nie van eetbare kuns te praat nie. La Duree, rue Jacob, 6th arrondissement.


Vrydagaand 24 Januarie eet ons by seker een van die oudste restaurante in Parys, Le Procope, rue L'Ancienne Comedie. In 1686 maak die Italianer Francesco Procopio dei Coltelli sy restaurant oop. Die muurpapier dateer uit 1830, om nie eens te praat van Napoleon se hoed by die voordeur nie. Hy kon blykbaar een aand nie sy rekening betaal nie, en het toe sy hoed daar gelos.


Ons besoek Saterdag 25 Januarie een van Europa se grootste Interieur- en meubelskoue, Maison & Objet, Parc des Expositions, Villepinte, noord van Parys. My oog vang dadelik hierdie bietjie breiwerk op 'n sytafeltjie. Breiwerk maak natuurlik enige interieur meer huislik!


Moisonnier ('n Franse meubelvervaardiger) beïndruk my weereens met die vreemdste kombinasie van oud/nuut, masjienvervaardig/handgemaak, maar veral met die "kuns" teen die muur. 'n Basis van grys vilt en gaatjies met kruisiesteek borduurwerk daarop.


Ek sal dit nie oor my hart kry om op hierdie mat te trap nie!


Sybokhaar velletjies word eenvoudig net oor kleinerige stoeltjies getrek en voila!


Of 'n (regte egte) boomstomp se splinters afgeskuur en in goud gelamineer.

Dit bring my by die ding wat my die meeste opval elke keer as ek in Parys kom: maak nie saak hoe antiek en spesiaal die meubels of die geboue of die lap is nie, daar is ALTYD iets eenvoudigs, iets handgemaaks, iets wat jou laat dink "magtag ek kon dit ook gedoen het" in die "mix". Ek dink dis die geheim. Dis die bekoring en dit grens vir my aan geheimsinnigheid. Die Engelse woord is "magic".



Selfs lap chihuahuas met krone op lyk hier glad nie kommin nie.


Borduurwerk op sy en selfs leer! "Quand la broderie s'en mêle" beteken letterlik wanneer die borduurwerk betrokke raak.


Eenvoudige mossteek, koussteek en geweefde 100% katoen kussings uit Italië.


En natuurlik hierdie ONGELOOFLIKE suksesverhaal uit Nedeland - Pip Studio. Volgens die verkoopspersoon sal Pip se klerereeks binnekort in Stuttafords in Suid-Afrika te koop wees.


Gehekelde lampskerms (weereens) op Missoni Homeware se stalletjie. As ek reg onthou was hulle verlede jaar in roomkleur...


'n Muur van miniatuurstoeltjies, niks groter as 10cm elk nie.


 Die Britse handelsmerk Colefax & Fowler verras met hierdie uitstalling waar die materiaal om leë blikke verf gedraai is. Dis soveel interessanter as 'n stoel of 'n bank wat oorgetrek is.

(... word vervolg)


my christmas eve table

Oukersaand in ons familie is 'n wonderlike geleentheid van geliefdes, vriende en opgewonde kinders.



Dit was hiedie jaar my beurt om gasvrou te speel.



Ek wou graag kyk wat mens kan regkry met papier, sterre, glas, kerse en takbokke, maar ALS in wit!

Die effek was asemrowend en baie bekostigbaar.

Hier en daar het ek 'n goue ster (uit uitdroogklei), hout eetgerei, tikkies swart detail en verweerde skulpe gepak waar daar 'n 'oop' kol op die tafel was.


Die effek het my gaste se asems weggeslaan. Presies wat ek wou bereik.

Dit bewys net weereens: "Life is made of small (and humble, in my opinion) pleasures".

C x

PS Kyk gerus na my oukeraand bord op Pinterest waar my inspirasie vandaangekom het.

PS Have a look at my Christmas Eve board on Pinterest for my inspiration.


another peak into my home, compliments of sarie woon 2013

Our open plan diningroom/kitchen is my favourite part of our house!

C x


sarie woon 2013

Thanks to Lounette and Anita for a lovely feature on our home. C x

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the white house

Hi vriendin

Het jy al ooit gewens jy kon in 'n huis bly met 'n wit interieur?

Dis natuurlik totaal en al onprakties as jy kinders en honde (en 'n man) het.

Ek kyk maar net verlangend na fotos op die internet waar als wit is.

Ek sê wit, maar daar's natuurlik baie skakerings ... antieke wit, spookwit, sneeu, magnolia, seeskulp, vanilla, beige en so aan.

Daar's 'n baie mooi versameling van als-wat-wit-is op tumblr (versameling van hoofsaaklik fotos) by la maison blanche.

Met baie dramatiese agtergrond musiek van Edit Piaf wat sing "No, je ne regrette rien!!!"

Is dit dalk 'n waarskuwing dat jy geen berou moet hê wanneer jy in 'n "wit" huis bly nie?

C x


Hi friend

Have you ever wished you could live in a house with a white interior?

Of course it's totally impractical if you have children and dogs (and a husband).

I just look longingly at photos with white interiors.

There are of course many shades  of white ... ancient white, ghost white, snow white, magnolia, seashell, vanilla, beige and  more.

There's a very nice collection of photos on tumblr at la maison blanche.

With very dramatic background music by Edith Piaf singing "No, je ne regrette rien!!!"

Is it perhaps a warning
that you should have no regrets when living in a "white" house?


7 brilliant ideas for your home from marie claire idees

Met die 31e Oktober net om die draai, is die pampoen-idee my no 1!


Hekel kom gewoonlik eerste, ek weet. Hoe slim is hierdie vir herwinning! En baie prakties.

Is jy soos ek? Ek gooi baie moeilik 'n mooi karton-sakkie weg. The Space se sakke is my gunsteling 'local'  met hulle "no one cares what you wore yesterday" en dan natuurlik Laduree (dis my gunsteling macaroon-winkel in Parys, Frankryk).


 Hierdie kan net so goed op 'n ou hemp ook werk...


 Al daardie spesiale koppies sonder pierings kom hier tot hulle reg. Ek's mal oor die verskeidenheid van kerse, blomme en 'nibbles' in die koppies.


Dis eintlik so eenvoudig: witgeverfde rakkies (koop dit by Lotter's Pine) met geskenk- of plakpapier agter-in om jou bont bekers en bakkies te komplimenteer.  

Dink flenterjies lap met spesiale betekenis, of geskenkpapier? Baie oulik.

Hoop jy's geïnspireer.

Lekker naweek,

Cornel x


this is my dream home and i

In November gaan my eie en 'n paar van my vriendinne se huise in Sarie Woon wees!

Pretoria is so 'n KOEL plek.

C x