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Little home updates for a great, big, beautiful spring

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We’ve just booked our summer holiday at the beach – months away, I know – but even with the snow and rain in other parts of the country I can’t help but feel the summer vibes here in Pretoria. When walking our dog I’m seeing more and more joggers and fellow dog walkers; it’s as if the city is slowly coming out of its winter cave.

Inspired by this wave of rejuvenation we recently sorted through our home library and gave boxes of books to the local community library (community libraries always appreciate and want books by the way – #BookLoversShareTheLove.) The lightness from that simple act is amazing. I now love looking at our streamlined bookcase with only the books we truly love, can’t bear to let go of, or still want to read.

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This reminded me of the fact that it really is the little things. You do not need thousands of rand to give your home a makeover in time for spring. Simply donate some “extra baggage” you feel weighing down your spirit to someone who can use it and then take a look at these inexpensive, but big-impact, décor items you can add to your home – to reward yourself for trimming some of that “fat”, of course!

But first, flowers

Glass and wood vase

What would a piece about preparing for spring be without flowers? This vase from MRPHome is simply perfect. It combines a modern, interesting shape with the natural, timeless elements of wood and glass to create a contemporary look that will fit in any room of your home for years to come. Great value for money at R199.99

Coffee with a view


One of my favourite things about a trip to the Kruger or Pilanesberg is watching the guinea fowls run across the dust road – there is always that one little slow one scampering behind its buddies.

With the Tori Stowe guinea fowl mug (Retailing for R55 from Woolworths) you can start each morning on a safari – even the slow guinea fowl eventually gets out of bed!

Have lunch with royalty

Black Sunbird Candle Hodler - Protea

Celebrate the first braai of spring, or make every lunch a gorgeous event, by adding this magnificent candle holder to your table décor. The glass inner of the candle holder acts as protection for the candle, so it is versatile in that it can be used for both indoor and outdoor meals. The Black Sunbird candle holder is available for R260 from Faithful to Nature.

Light up joy

Boat light switch cover

This boat light switch cover just makes me happy. It’s like a little gift to yourself every time you move to turn on the light in whichever room you use it – why stop at one? The artist making these can be commissioned to make made-to-order items. Give your home spring-joy for R80 from Ingys Thingys available from online marketplace Hello Pretty.

It’s spring, have a picnic!

Plastic wine glass

Everything always tastes better as picnic food. Whether you’re out and about enjoying one of our country’s many beautiful botanical gardens and parks, or you’ve moved lunch to the grass on a whim it will be easy to class up the meal with these plastic long-stemmed glasses from Makro (retailing at R18 each).

With just less than half a month to go to spring day, you still have time to trim the “fat” around your home and give it a new-blossom-look come September!


Mariette Steynberg is a qualified economist with a post-graduate diploma in financial planning. She has enjoyed working on holistic financial plans for clients in various stages of life, as well as a development economist assessing the socioeconomic impacts of new developments. When she is not working, Mariette enjoys parenting her quirky, delightful toddler girl. Cloth diapering, Eskimo kisses and the importance of reading to your child are all causes close to her heart. Mariette is passionate about financial education and hopes to use the experience she has gained to share knowledge with HomeTimes’ readership. Her goal is to provide information that is implementable by everyone.

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