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Cheeky monkey and chloe cat bedding now in SA
Finally, moms can now order beautiful bed sets for a nursery with the introduction of products from one of the UK's top retailers right here in South Africa. Cheeky monkey and chloe cat bedding and accessories are now available to order online for busy moms who want to decorate a nursery in something different.
Give the new Addis Swifta a twirl
I just received a sample of the new Addis Swifta Floor Cleaner to try out and couldn't wait to set everything up and give this new floor cleaner a go. Living in a double storey home, carrying the vacuum cleaner up and down the stairs is a mission and I have been cleaning the upstairs tiles with a mop for lack of anything else.
Buying a lounge suite... what are you paying for?
When researching articles for Home-Dzine I often have to pop on to local Home Decor sites. In this way I have a fair understanding of what is offered by furniture stores, and the huge difference in pricing between the various home decor stores. Is the difference in pricing justified? Is there a reason why one supplier should be far more expensive than another?
More than a bathroom vanity!
The UCAN is more than just a bathroom vanity, it's also a super functional cabinet that can be used in so many different ways. We're going to show you how YOU CAN turn a UCAN into storage for any room in a home - both indoors and outdoors!
Extreme protection from wet weather
Rust-Oleum have launched a revolutionary new surface protection - NeverWet. Available in a 2-step spray on product, the treatment causes water droplets to form on surfaces  including metal, wood, aluminium, concrete, canvas, most plastics and more.
Tangit PVCU Weld adhesive for PVC pipes
When you are using PVC pipes for installing a water feature, repairing a swimming pool, or for any craft or DIY project that uses PVC pipes, you need an adhesive that sticks fast and sticks strong. Tangit PVC-U Weld is the product you need.
Typo - the place to shop till you drop!
Over the festive season I discovered a new place to shop till I drop... Typo! This amazing treasure trove has so much to offer that you can literally spend hours shopping.
The new Bosch PKP 3,6LI Tacker - Staple Gun
The new Bosch PKP 3,6 LI Tacker is now available and makes upholstery projects a breeze. The previous model was slightly hard on the controls, but the new Li-Ion Bosch Tacker is smooth, easy and simple to use. Plus, it's even more lightweight and charges quickly.
New Loctite Super Glue Power Flex Gel
Loctite Power Flex Gel has been specially developed with an advanced rubber-infused formula for flexible and shock-resistant bonding. Yet, it is still strong enough to hold heavy loads and gets to work in just seconds.
Workshop and tool specials at Builders Warehouse
Many of our DIY Divas are looking for affordable workshop essentials to add to their collection, and the festive specials at Builders Warehouse are always a good excuse to go shopping!
Gorgeous duvets / bedding for youngsters & teens
I often receive enquiries on some of the bedding featured in bedroom articles. The good news is that you can now buy directly from international stores and have duvets and bedding shipped to South Africa.
Ingenious curtain tieback system
The new Telescopic Curtain 'Enhanzer' does away with drilling into walls to tieback your curtains. The Enhanzer is simply fitted to your existing curtain track and is available in various lengths, so you can easily transform your curtains in minutes.
Addis introduces the Stella chair
Addis celebrates its centenary with an innovative product range that will have you sitting back, putting your feet up and resting on your laurels.The Stella chair is a cause for a celebration: it’s affordable, durable and stylish.
Designer furniture & decor online
Finding furniture and decor for home decorating has become so much easier with the introduction of online shopping sites that offer a collection of designer accessories, fabric, furniture, lighting and more. Now, finding what you want is as easy as logging in...
iSpy... local design talent
iSpy specialises in fabric design and home decor accessories and they offer a gorgeous selection of the freshest colours to hit the home. All designs are professionally screen printed on 300gsm cotton. I think it's great that South African talent is taking the lead when it comes to unique home decor.
iCandy Party Printables
iCandy DIY Party Printables was created out of a love for beautiful design, parties and all things creative! iCandy offers affordable DIY party stationery to suit any event and it is so easy... just Print, Cut and Party !

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Shabby Chic SA gets a new website
Take a look at the new Shabby-Chic.co.za website. They have also added quite a few new pieces to their range of painted and distressed furniture. If you love Shabby Chic or painted and distressed furniture - don't miss out !
Wood & Laminate chip repair kit
I have previously featured Mend-A-Chip on the Home-Dzine.co.za website, but a new addition to the product range got me quite excited. Their new Chip Repair Kit offers a quick, affordable and easy way to touch-up chips in the home.
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint now in SA
Developed over 20 years ago, Annie Sloan chalk paint is used around the world by decorators looking for a versatile paint that can be used as a limewash, as a paint for furniture, and for painting projects in and around the home.
Stop mildew and mould with Rubson Stop Humidity
Rubson Stop Humidity unit uses refill tabs that absorb all the moisture from a room and it's amazing how fast this little device gets to work at doing just that. Rubson have now re-launched the product with a modern design that you can use in any room in a home.
Gourmet baskets of fresh fruit

Here's an idea that I haven't seen before. These gourmet Easter baskets are filled with dipped strawberries and delivered fresh to your door. Or what about the fresh fruit Easter baskets... they look so yummy. I wouldn't want to eat them they look so gorgeous.

Tannenboing aluminium Christmas tree

The tannenboing is an environmentally friendly Christmas tree design that is made from recycled aluminum. The tree comes as flat-packed and is easy to assemble. At the end of the season, the tree can be taken down and put away for next year, or it can be recycled.

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Our Top 10 gifts for the DIY-er

The festive season will soon be upon us and I am constantly asked for advice on what tools to look out for, either to buy for yourself or to add to your Christmas List for Santa. Here is my recommended of the best tools to buy for those wanting to start out in DIY.

Rugs add texture and colour

Look at any decor setting or beautiful interior and you will more often than not notice that rooms need rugs. Soft underfoot and beautiful to look at, rugs not only add interest to a room, they also add colour and texture.

Making a difference... one teddy at a time!

Taunina create exquisite handmade appliqued and embroidered collectable soft toys – treasured around the world for their beauty and unique artistry – to build a better future by inspiring and effecting social change.

Cake and cupcake decorations

What started as a humble business supplying wedding decor has transformed into a leading name in cake decor. Nicole and Ian, the names behind the Nicoletta brand, place focus on quality and innovation to supply some of the most gorgeous cake decorations on the local market.

Vintage reproduction furniture
I do so love Anthropologie and Restoration Hardware furniture, but they don't ship outside the US, so I am going to be offering custom furniture that is based on the beautiful design lines and manufactured under our Shabby Chic label.
A little kitchen humour!
Known for their iconic design, Italian design house Alessi, has launched a range of glass storage containers that are anything but average. Instantly recognisable, these glass storage containers definitely add a little eccentric charm to any kitchen. 

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Custom wrought iron cake stands
Have your cake and eat it... but make sure it's elegantly displayed on a wrought iron cake stand. These glorious cupcake stands are designed and created by Custom Wrought Iron Decor, who are battling to keep up with the orders and, having seen some of these designs I can understand why!
Avoova ostrich eggshell home decor
Avoova has blossomed into one of South Africa’s most beautiful and innovative luxury products. Only available through the company’s exclusive retail partners and its own stores in the Western Cape and Johannesburg, a limited selection of products can now be purchased online.
West Elm goes South African
West Elm is a leading international furniture and decor store where I love to window shop from time to time (on the Internet). I use West Elm as a trend forceaster, as their range also lets me know what's going to be hot in the near future.
Alternative ways to power up
There are a wide selection of DIY solar power kits now on the market, priced more affordably than a generator and that offer a solution for temporary power without worrying about noise levels, making sure you have diesel or petrol available, or the toxic fumes that spew out of these machines.
Time for tea
We have previously discussed 'taking time out' on Home-Dzine, and what better way to catch up with friends, take a well-earned break, and enjoy a host of sumptuous goodies than by hosting an afternoon tea.
Daisy Do Lots
Daisy Do Lots doesn't offer just a website but a dream come true - all the products available are sold to support local artists and to put these fantastic proudly South African people on a platform.

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Design Team - South African textiles
Design Teamis a textile design business focusing on the design, print and conversion of South African inspired textiles. Contemporary, topical desigs forms the basis of their fabric collections, rather than the already well represented ethnic approach. Emphasis is placed on quality and uniqueness of design, keeping in touch with global trends and design styles.
Heartfelt crafts
Heartfelt's mission is to continually create employment for unemployed women in the rural community of Makapanstad - through the creation of unique contemporary African designs. Helping to empower not only the lives of these women, but also for the good of the community as a whole.
Mustardseed & Moonshine
Mustardseed & Moonshine supply some of the world's top interior stores and their work is represented in collections around the globe, including the National Musee of Ceramique in Sevres.
New products from Tork Craft
We love it when new products hit the market, it gives us a chance to try them out and determine whether or not they make DIY easier. Tork Craft have an enormous range of power tools accessories - at an affordable price - and are always adding to their extensive range.
Hand crafted mosaic and ceramics
A little hand made joy in a world of machines and mass manufacture. Get back to a time when individuality was the norm, not the exception. PaperCake create a unique selection of wonderful hand made tiles for a touch of whimsy.
The world's most beautiful object
This timeless design, created by Dominique Imbert in 1968, was the first suspended, 360° pivoting fireplace. It was revolutionary as much for its technical design as its ground-breaking style.

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Greenmarket Square
I recently moved down to Cape Town from Joburg and have found a nice place to rent not far from Sea Point. One of the highlights of my week is going to shop at Greenmarket Square.
What women want for Christmas
According to a recent survey, kitchen appliances and beauty products just won't do anymore. Women are getting more savvy in and around the home and are looking to empower themselves in other ways.
Festive specials from Dremel
This year, Dremel has come up with two promotional kits to suit everyone’s needs this festive season: a DIY kit and a hobby / craft kit.
Buy power tools online
There's nothing more frustrating than not being able to find what you need when you need it! On numerous occasions I pop into my local hardware store for essential tools or accessories, only to find that they have no stock.
Hardware and accessories
Installing new kitchen cabinets, adding built-in cupboards, updating hardware - there's one place we shop for all the essential hardware, handles and fittings...
KitchenAid Stand Mixer
Guess what I would like under the Christmas tree this year? If Santa doesn't bring me one - I'm definitely saving up for this!

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Westpack at Lifestyle
If you've never been to Westpack at Lifestyle, you're missing out on some great bargains. Packed from floor to ceiling with row upon row of plastic, glass, stainless steel - they have a wide selection of home and decor goodies.
What's the buzz
Every so often I come across online stores that offer unique handy craft accessories. Button Buzz is one of those - and it's South African!
Quality foam products
We are constantly doing all different types of projects and regularly require foam products. We source all our foam, whether sheets, solid cubes or custom cut foam, from Foam Factory.
Everything under one roof
It's no secret that Home-Dzine and DIY-Divas prefer to shop at Builders Warehouse - it's the only store that has everything you need for home DIY under one roof.
Beachcomber Home Decor
Manufacturers of beach house furniture and accessories for every room in the home.
Got your supporter's gear yet?
The 2011 Rugby World Cup is almost upon us, and if you haven't yet got your supporter's jersey - you'd better hurry!

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Warm up the bed
One of my fondest memories of a childhood in chilly England, is climbing into a warm bed with winter sheets. Adding winter sheets to the bed is one of the easiest ways to cut back on your monthly electricity bill during the winter months!
Le Creuset range
The recent Australian Masterchef has inspired me to get a bit more creative in the kitchen. Having just discovered the Le Creuset range of cookware right here in South Africa, my kitchen is going to be looking very colourful.
Thirfty shopping tips
Shopping for bargains can be inspiring and fun; for some, it can be a bit overwhelming. Over the years, I have found many interesting accessories for my home. Here are some quick tips on how to find hidden treasures.
Smart shopping
The Pick 'n Pay smart shopper card is a rewards card that gives you cash back on just about everything in your trolley. Simply swipe your card and for every rand spent, we give you 1 smart point.
Eco-friendly kitchens
If you're shopping for a new kitchen take a look at Shabby Chic's French Country Kitchens. Hand painted with brushed aluminium countertops, units are freestanding so you can build your own kitchen layout.
Cylinder mowers

Now there's a lawnmower that is ideal for townhouse gardens, small and medium gardens and for gardeners that want a perfect-looking lawn - and it uses no power, is compact in size, easy to use, and extremely affordable.

 

 

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