Ideas is the ultimate guide to fresh, modern living for women with creative flair and a passion for life. These women care for their families and the people around them and cherish them by expressing their own individuality in everything they do. They love to entertain and decorate their home with their unique style. The magazine provides an outlet for creativity and offers readers practical, creative content that transforms the mundane into the extraordinary. It’s a source of inspiration for craft, decor, entertainment and food. Ideas readers are stylish, sophisticated, modern, educated, balanced, creative, warm, caring and passionate.
FROM THE EDITOR
WHAT’S NEW • HERE IS OUR LINE-UP OF WHAT’S NEW ON THE BLOCK AND ON THE SHELF.
DOWN TO EARTH • The Gomes family’s dream of living more in tune with the land and themselves has been fulfilled at Jardim, their food garden and contemporary country home in Noordhoek, Cape Town.
CREATE A GARDEN OASIS • There is nothing as uplifting as sitting in your garden or on your veranda and enjoying the summer. Here are a few ideas for making these spaces beautiful.
FUN WITH PUNK • With a can of spray paint, quirky paper designs and a dash of humour you can turn any ordinary décor or furniture piece into a work of art. The 1970s punks were our colour inspiration.
FAIRY LIGHT CACTUS • This year you don’t have to pack away your fairy lights with the rest of your Christmas decorations. Make this quirky cactus light and put them to good use.
TASTE SUMMER! • THESE SCRUMPTIOUS SUMMER RECIPES ARE IDEAL TO PREPARE WHEN GUESTS DROP BY FOR A MEAL.
FLAN FAIR • The Parisian flan, or ‘flan pâtissier’, is a classic custard tart found in many French pâtisseries and boulangeries (pastry shops and bakeries). Although a little time-consuming, making one will be worth every minute – we’ve added some cheat’s tips to make it easier.
READY, SET, EAT • Embroider this lovely tablecloth, perfect for a dinner party ― it’s easy and is sure to get your guests talking.
DO SOME DOODLING • It’s time to channel your inner creative child and express yourself on the blank ‘pages’ of your home walls.
SPLINTERS OF THE PAST • How did it happen that a green milkglass sugar bowl became an angel-wing pendant? Martie Swanepoel writes about the stories that the fragments of old memories can tell.
KINTSUGI HEART SHAPE
MAKING MEMORIES • Upcycle an old drawer and change it into a unique box frame to display family photos and heirloom trinkets. Think printer’s tray meets photo frame. We fitted ours with a transparent door to make it easier to add or remove items.
DOOR FOR BOX FRAME
WONDER WORLD! • It’s not every day that you come across a mother-and-daughter team who spend so much time and effort creating their own wonderland together. But that is precisely what Fébé and Mishka Marais do.
READY FOR SUMMER • A fun crocheted bralette that celebrates summer with you – on the beach, in the garden or on a rooftop with a cocktail watching a sunset. Add some floral embroidery to bring out the boho love. This bralette can also be made into a bikini top.
HELLO SUNSHINE! • Crochet this easy bucket hat, ideal for the beach or the outdoors.
QUILT A CROSS • Traditionally quilting was done by hand. We follow the same method with this cross technique. Take your time and work in a relaxed mood, as it is good for your soul.
THE SIMPLE JOY OF STITCHING • When Gail Bussi lovingly crafted her book, Inspired Cross-Stitch, it was about more than just embroidery. She has shared both her motivation and two of her projects with us.
GO WHERE YOUR HEART TAKES YOU • This little heart-shaped piece (and wise owl!) reminds us that our heart always prompts us in the right direction if we...