The Glasshouse at Le Jardin

Le Jardin - A Wonderland in Stellenbosch

Step into a bygone era, a wonderland where time stands still. Current owners, Sue and Bernard, bought this expansive Stellenbosch property almost two decades ago,and with the help of architect Gerrit van der Wolf, transformed it into a fun and exciting land to be explored by child and adult alike.

The elegant Sir Herbert Baker style house is reminiscent of an era when life was slower, lunches were languid and everyone played croquet!

Apart from the work on the main house, Gerrit was commissioned with building a glass house, a sort of 'ode, to Bernard's love of old fashioned conservatories.'

True to the whimsical feeling of this location, a huge, ancient oak, bursts through the top of the glass roof,as though the 'Alice' of this story.

Beautiful, rolling, manicured lawns roll up to the buildings- and lead to pathways surrounded by foliage and interspersed with beautiful Alice in Wonderland characters, fashioned by Streetwise. Follow the paths and you end up on the wooden decking overlooking an eco dam. The Manor House at  is surrounded by lavender fields and rose gardens. Tree walks and a kiddies zipline add further delight to this magnificent property.A most beautiful and magical location for both film and stills shoots.

  • Glass house conservatory at LE JARDIN
 

 

 


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A Home What really matters - Flowers

A very very wise man once said that "After women, flowers are the most lovely thing that God has given the world" Well thank you Mr Dior, there is no doubt you are very astute and that we are very lovely indeed, but enough about us girls and more about flowers...
Flowers uplift any space and take it from drab and lifeless to beautiful without airs and graces - bunches of flowers can be simple or extremely sophisticated depending on the occassion and the personality of the floweree (new word meaning person who has the flowers in their space)  The current trends toward less structured arrangements and toward field flowers and arrangements in monotone or "dirty" colours, using flowers only locally grown are all exciting trends to look at. so lets look already and stop gabbing.
These are the top trends for 2017 according to Country Living

  1. Dahlias - with so many varieties Dahlias can be very versatle and are hugely popular right now. The most popular colours this year being dusty pinks, peaches and cream and creamy colours. Here they are mixed with Peonies my absolute favourite flowers.

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2. Hanging Arrangements - to be seen EVERYWHERE these are so magnificent - everything from hanging hoops to elaborate rectanglar constructions, deconstructed hanging air plants - these are such big news and lift the eye creating so much space. To be seen in the magnificent Babylonstoren wedding venues - they are a super hot trend and hopefully will be for a long time to come.


3. Farm Fresh Flowers - Like the food to table trend in fresh produce we're seeing the same trend in flowers, with local varietes that do not have to travel great distances being the preferred blooms.  It seems illogical to trade a massive carbon footprint for cut flowers that are already 5 days old at least when you buy them. This means we're looking at locally sourced varieties that are seasonal. A refreshing and earth friendly trend!
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4. Red Wine Hues  - Lots of deep wine tones to be seen in arrangements from cabernet to pinot noir and burgendy which all couple nicely with more delicate jewelled tones and softer pastels.

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5. Tropical Plants and Green Arrangements - we have seen a huge increase this year in stills companies requesting tropical plant locations and everywhere we're seeing enormous vases filled entirely and to great effect with Elephant Ears or delicious monster leaves. Tall architectural fronds of Arumlilies are also magnificent in oversized simple glass vases. Simple, and yet they create such a statement AND they last for weeks with minimal requirements except water and to be kept out of direct sunlight.
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6. Green arrangements - following on from this is the trend toward arrangements made solely of foliage. keeping costs down substantially you can make stuning arranagement with plants such a slaender, rosemary, olive branches as well as lots of wonderful varieties of fynbos if you're lucky enough to live in the Cape.


7. Muddy Colours - Arrangements in toned down muddy, " dirty" colours continue to be popular and counter balance with the softer buttery hues that are also big news this year as well as the stunning Dusty rose which is a toned down version of the soft pastel pink.Magnificent in roses and peonies.

8. Combining Sculptural vegetable elements with flowers and foliage - Beautiful artichoke heads, Turnips, red cabage, Kale combined with more traditional flowers and foliage make a remarkable arrangement.


Pump up the Jam!!

Beautiful locations and extraordinary places are not only about visual aesthetics, the fact that they are unforgettable requires that they fulfil another prerequisite -  they need to uplift us - to transport us from the humdrum to a new fronteir of possibility, elation, joy, peace. To truly do this there needs to be a layering of experience. Sound, smell, touch, taste - or any possible combination of the senses. We travel, we go to art exhibitions, we do wine tasting, go to rock concerts, see theatre and movies, explore architecture to be transported from our daily grind to a sublime new experience that takes us out of ourselves and presents us with a new way of looking at the world.  This time of the year can be a little slow, a little cold and a little dark in the Southern hemisphere. That is doubly true of Cape Town this year.  For many fortunate souls, these months are spent in balmy Europe soaking up "the season" in Italy, France, Greece, Croatia, England and other beautiful sunsplashed locations- but dont worry we dont hate you for your constant instagramming of the most magnificent places you are travelling  through right now. For those of us who have been left behind popping our vitamin D pills there is another transportive way to temporarily fly the shackles of a cold winter - even if only in the living room, car, stock room at the office? or anywhere else that you feel you can really get down without completely blowing your street cred. Im talking tracks that will take you from zero to hero in 30 seconds straight. I'm talking air guitar, Risky Business sock sliding across the  floor in undies and a tie. We're not messing around here. We're moshing, head banging, singing into hair brushes and miming guns as we dream of an alternate reality where we are 007, Rocky Balboa, The Sisters or any other fabulous construct of our imagination.
So we (The girls at Shoot My House) have very kindly decided to share our TOP 10 Songs - respectively - that get us from 68 - 150bpm in 2,54 seconds flat. These are the tunes that remind us that all you need is a song in your heart, a swagger in your step and a shake in your tail feathers.Screen Shot 2017-07-05 at 4.06.40 PM
LIZZY'S TOP TEN (In no particular order):

  1. DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT - Toploader
  2. DREAMS - Fleetwood Mac
  3. YOU CANT HURRY LOVE - Phil Collins
  4. GOLDEN BABY - Coeur de Pirate
  5. DANCING IN THE STREET - David Bowie and Mick Jagger
  6. 1979 - Smashing Pumpkins
  7. VIRTUAL INSANITY - Jamiroquai
  8. BRASS IN MY POCKET - The Pretenders
  9. HEY YA!! - Outkast
  10. YOU GET WHAT YOU LIVE - New Radicals

SHARLEEN'S TOP TEN

  1. BLURRED LINES – Robin Thicke
  2. SHAKE IT OFF– Taylor swift
  3. GOT THAT FEELING – Black eyed peas
  4. SON OF A PREACHER MAN – Dusty springfield
  5. DONT FEEL LIKE DANCING – scissor sisters
  6. I WILL SURVIVE – Gloria Gaynor
  7. HERE COMES THE SUN – Beatles
  8. I'M STILL STANDING – Elton John
  9. PUMPED UP KICKS – foster the people
  10. WALKING ON SUNSHINE – Katrina and the waves

RED'S TOP TEN

  1. STAYING ALIVE - The Bee Gees
  2. SONG 2 - Blur
  3. THE REFLEX - Duran Duran
  4. EYE OF THE TIGER - Survivor
  5. SAVE TONIGHT - Eagle Eye Cherry
  6. IN A BIG COUNTRY - Big Country
  7. INTO THE GROOVE - Madonna
  8. RIPTIDE - Vance Joy
  9. I WANNA BE A COWBOY - Boys Dont Cry
  10. SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES - Tina Turner & Eurythmics

We need to hear what yours are. There is a lot of winter left we need to rock out to some other tunes. cant wait to see your suggestions!!
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