Muse. A artist loft in Woodstock, Cape Town

Muse - An artist loft in Woodstock

Muse Location, is a magnificent art filled Loft in a trendy up and coming area of Cape town. This location offers a great vantage point from which to take in the magnificent views that stretch across the city toward the harbour on the one side and toward Table Mountain behind you. Sitting proud atop what used to be a textile factory in the meat packing district of Woodstock and what is now a trendy and creative space housing businesses as well as residential spaces, Muse Location is in her element.

Woodstock came to be in the decade post 1900, and was always a "grey area" that remained unconquered by the group areas act. A certain Bohemianism has remained here, together with a wonderful mix of cultures now from traditional Muslim families to hipsters, creatives to cafe owners and a hundred plus, main road furniture and decor stores.

Massive Steel framed windows frame the space between interior and exterior, allowing beautiful natural light to flood the space. With a square meterage of around 250m2 ,the industrial architecture design  mixed with an eclectic decor style makes for an interesting and exciting apartment. The large open plan space with polished black screed floors is separated into various areas using unusual, one of a kind items of furniture. Many of these items are created by the owners themselves, or adapted to be functional within this environment. The owner, an avid fine art collector, has found a space here where his growing art collection can truly sing and where his wonderful and unusual furniture finds can be repurposed in a suburb where conformity is frowned upon and creativity celebrated.

An absolute passion for art is apparent in this gorgeous space, with a myriad of fantastic art works begging for your attention. In every nook and around every corner you will spot visual treats.

Both stills and film shoots are welcome at Muse.

Muse is also open to short stay accommodation bookings.



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



CAPE COD Deconstructing Architecture and Design Styles

The White House - Shoot my House - Yserfontein
The White House - A gorgeous example of Cape Cod architecture.

We provide locations for film and stills shoots, and as such need to emulate many of the styles that are popular overseas or at least find essential elements of them within the houses that we represent in order to sell the style. A thorough understanding of the defining element of a style is therefore crucial. In this blog we deconstruct CAPE COD.

A quintessentially American style, developed by early English settlers in the 1600s. Partially inspired by the simple, thatched cottages common in Britain, the settlers adapted the style to keep out the harsh New England winter. These houses are essentially beach houses designed for the harsh New England climate.

Cape Cod architecture home

Originally quite simple and inexpensive starter homes, elements of the style have been copied to create more modern CAPE COD homes that are anything but inexpensive in areas such as Marthas Vineyard and The Hamptons and of course right here in Cape Town and surrounds.

Cape Cod style Home

Key defining elements are:
  • A large central chimney located directly behind the front door.
  • Steep roof. Cape Cods have steep roofs to quickly shed rain and snow.
  • Windows and dormers. A full Cape has two windows on each side of the door, and often has a dormer on each side of the chimney to open up the attic.
  • Captain's stairway. was accessed by a narrow stair, or 'captain's stairway,' which has incredibly steep risers and shallow treads to minimize the use of the first-floor space.
  • Shingle siding. Weathered gray shingles (what we call clapperboard) are one of the most recognizable elements of a classic Cape Cod, but newer homes are built of brick, stucco and stone.

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This example of Cape Cod architecture was immortalized by the hit movie SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE, home of the playwright played by Diane Keaton, and is probably the example of CAPE COD that most of us think of when bringing the style to mind.

Cape Cod interiors have modernized enormously since the first homes were created in the 17th century - creating large open plan living areas and morphing into 2 and 3 storey homes with a much larger footprint. The classic Beach element of what we think of as essential Cape Cod remains and is beautifully illustrated in the following examples.

The components are:

  • The use of white or off white for interiors and cabinetry - creating a fresh and beach cottage type style.
  • Classic lines in kitchen, bedroom and living rooms furnishings with soft elements which create a coziness against the harsh winter environment
  • wrap around porches with day bed.
  • wooden shutters
  • wooden flooring
  • central fireplaces
  • wooden staircases
  • French doors
  • Use of blue as an accent colour to reinforce the beach theme. Often Duck egg and french blue in soft furnishings and even cabinetry.
  • use of stripes, delicate florals or nautical designs on upholstery.
  • Overstuffed sofas, loveseats and chairs and painted wicker and slip-covered furniture enhances the casual, laid-back vibe of a coastal, Cape Cod cottage.
  • Wood furniture painted in bright pastel colors or white or stained with a natural finish gives the home a welcoming feel. Early American furniture styles, such as ladder-back dining chairs with rush seats, Windsor chairs, farmhouse and trestle dining tables, and step-back cupboards, give the home a traditional look.
  • Traditional lantern lighting - wall, hanging, table or outdoor.

Thanks to :
Liz Gray - Cape Cod Architecture
Julia of Hooked on Houses
Lacy Morris of ElleDecor

Your Own mini meadow in the city. Magnificent!

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Inspired by all things English today thanks to another royal wedding - plus just love the idea of a meadow in the city. Gravel paths also such a great idea to keep our gardens waterwise and they have a certain romanticism about them that is just so gorgeous.

Tres Chic Great Example of Declutter and Simplicity in Your Home

Simplicity in a Time of Overwhelm

If one word could sum up the last few years - that word would be OVERWHELM.

Tres Chic: Example of how to Declutter and Simplify Your Home Effectively


I don't have the courage to face my inbox before I am 2 strong espressos down.  Our inboxes are filled daily with online courses, ways of making money, ads, and letters announcing the fortunes we've received from mysterious family members. Likewise, magazines, neighborhood rags, special offers, broadsheets, and estate agent pamphlets overstuff our mailboxes. This threatens to drown us in a sea of useless information.

Piles of things lie around our homes, that are never looked at. Our cupboards are filled with clothing that we may wear one day in the future. All the while our living spaces are getting smaller and smaller as the cost of living in big cities rises.

I've just finished  Ellen DeGeneres' hilarious book entitled  "Seriously, I'm kidding". She describes the various items that her mother packed up to move with her in 2010. The items include things like VHS tapes (some unopened) of various ab exercise programs, a set of cookie cutters from the late 1950's and other items that had me crying with laughter, because of the hilarity of it and because I have many of those items too.

The madness must end!!


Is the opposite of this a Spartan existence? Should we be striving for that or can we settle on simplicity?  The idea that everything in your space is purposely chosen to be there - is certainly having its day. We have practitioners like Marie Kondo to thank for that. Living purposefully, mindfully and how it flows over into the choices we make within our most private spaces is so on point now.


The great joy of my job is seeing the cool spots that people call home but even better, meeting the awesome people who have breathed life into these homes.

For example, the talented Beate who calls LIVING BEAUTIFULLY  home. Beate is an interior designer.

Her home and others that follow practice some of the rules of Simplicity, Style, and Order. They are:

  • Subtraction
  • Repetition
  • Duplication
  • Proportion

Living Beautifully: The Practice Of Subtraction

"the practice of subtraction" - Using three components in a space instead of Ten. This requires that any of those three items are far more consequential in impact than any of the ten.

Living Beautifully Shoot my House Location
Living Beautifully has a paired down interior to give every element more weight and meaning. See more images of this stunning home here..... Living Beautifully

Country Life: How To Create Balance and Order Through Texture and Repetition

Simplicity doesn't have to mean spartan spaces. What it does require is balance and a sense of order whether that is through repetition, duplication, and proportion as  Country Life.

This most gorgeous of homes use a limited colour palette of natural hues but is big on texture and repetition.

Inside Out: The Effective Use of Repetition of Colour and Pattern

In a completely different home INSIDE OUT- the same rules are applied. Repetition of colour and pattern is used to achieve extraordinary effect, for instance. In addition, Charcoal greys adorn walls, light fittings, carpets, and kitchen granite are used. Furthermore, the steel frame theme is carried through every room tying it all together.

Inside Out . Shoot My House Location. Another example how to Declutter and Simplify your home

Silver Villa: The Perfect use of Oversized Light Fittings and Wooden Elements

Silver Villa - Designed by Greg Truen of SAOTA.  Firstly, he uses oversized light fittings to manipulate scale and proportion. Secondly, he uses the repetition of wooden elements to tie the different seating, and the room as a whole together.

Enigma Mansion: Harmony Of Design Through Texture and Pattern

Enigma Mansion uses texture and pattern to create an overall harmony of design. Check out the silk wallcoverings and the opulent velvet upholstery.


To sum up, simplicity, as it relates to interiors, requires that you practise:

  • Subtraction - each element is carefully "curated". NO Arbitrary clutter allowed.
  • Repetition - repeating elements of colour, or texture, material, pattern, or shape to create a cohesive whole. (Not all these elements!!!)
  • Proportion - playing with oversized pieces in small spaces or vice versa to manipulate scale and proportion.

It's so inspiring and intriguing to see how our homeowners express their individuality in their homes. Moreover, we love to share the beautiful ways that they live with you. I would love to hear what you think.

With love





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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.

A Home -What Really Matters - Part One

I have long been a fan of Lucia van der Post, daugher of our own Laurens Van der Post. Regarded as one of the most stylish women in England and a doyene of good taste, I have always agreed with her that the things that matter in a house, apart from it being filled with people that you love, (which is really the only important thing) are books, flowers, music, food and wine. In all of these catagories you dont have to be a millionaire to acquire them - the fridge does not need to be stocked exclusively with Crystal and caviar - the books not required to be first editions, the flowers can be field flowers - what matters is that they speak to you - to what you love and hold dear.

Books Filling a home with the books on subjects that you love and that interest you speaks volumes about who you are and what is important to you. They are easier than ever to come upon thanks to Amazon, whose endless selection of coffee table books is extraordinary.   Just scanning through whats on offer on can be a little overwhelming. Of course Kindle is now an option too which is handy when you're on the go constantly and dont have a place to keep an extensive collection of books but there is something so special about the weight , the smell and the tangibility of a real coffee table book that Kindle can never match.  Closer to home and if you can't handle the wait Exclusive Books and Wordsworth Books always offer a very exciting array of must have books. Lately they have had the most fabulous coffee table books featuring the great contemporary designers. Markets and second hand book stores are a wonderful source of preloved treasures that you wouldn't necessarily find anywhere else and should not be overlooked. I have found some absoute beauties in the strangest of places - In Plett recently - the most wonderful 2nd hand book shop or Hermanus, stanford, down the road. You just need some time and patience. Specialty stores now also stock books that are within the same genre and often these are very interesting finds that chain bookstores would not keep. Latsly i have found some real beauties at trade fairs like Decorex and the annual Home expos. I spend every available cent, and even some that are not available tragically, on books. My current absolute favourites (some old some new in my own collection are:
Annie Leibovitz- Photographs (a collection of her iconic photographs of celebrities and game changers) This extraordinary photographer belongs in any art lovers collection as far as i am concerned. She has taken portrait photography to a new level. Beloved by Vogue and all the top fashion magazines Annie's work just keeps stretching and astonishing her audience.
Leading Ladies (Don MacPherson and Louise Brody) is a book I've had for years but will always be one of my all time favourites. Filled with black and white photos of starlets from the very beginning of cinema - The Silent Era's Theda Bara and Evelyn Brent all the way through to the 1980's Meryl Streep, Michelle Pfeiffer and Greta Scacchi's - this book gives me endless inspiration.
In Detail - Inspiring Ideas for Creative Interiors (Hans Blomquist) is a new purchase of mine that I am loving. A designer with a keen sense of the little details that are often overlooked, this book is filled with the most wonderful close up images and deals with nature, texture, colour, textiles, collections and display. Its artisanal eye candy!!
Botanicum - (curated by Katie Scott and Kathy Wills) I am obsessed with old fashioned botanical prints. Obsessed! So this books with its extraordinary artistic renderings just does my business. Enough said.
Parisiennes - (Flammarion) is another coffee table book of images of Parisiennes living life from 1914 to the early 1980's. From socialites, the Coco Chanels' of the world through to anonymous ladies in the park walking with parambulators. The book is entirely in French - I bought it while in Paris and its all about the images for me rather than improving my French comprehension which remains marginal. I drove my partner mad because by the time we got to the airport I was so weighed down with enormous books in arms I could barely drag by suitcase behind me. What you gonna do? I also bought a beautiful book on that same trip in Amsterdam called The Big book for Little Gardens - (John Brookes) well it means that but its all in Dutch. Dont care! Its all about the pictures.
There are a million more I would love to mention. Loving Style icons - a book on the south african style icons of the early 21st century. Perfect Hideaways (Paul Duncan) first coffee table book with extraordinary images of some of the magnificent homes that are available locally for short term holiday lets. Looking forward to Volume 2 - hint hint is anyone from PH is reading this! Henri Cartier Bresson's coffee table books make me want to weep with their beauty, Sebastiao Salgado's Migrations, One2One, Anything on Gaudi, Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic Interiors (the shabby chic bible)

Cookery books are also a passion of mine. No collection is complete without Delia Smith's How to Cook. I am also a fan of Secrets of a French Cooking Class by Marlene Van Der Westhuizen. Filled with the most sumptious photographs of both her food and the magnificent French Village of Charroux that she takes her students to for their education. Marlene is a Capetonian whose heart belongs somewhere between home and the cobble stones of the french countryside. Even Gwyneth Paltrow's book - It's All Good has the most wonderful and healthy recipes and beautiful photographs as has The Fresh Vegan Kitchen (David and Charlotte Bailey)  and Fresh India (Meera Sodha)
Initially I had intended this blog to cover books in total. Ha ha!!Rather ambitious of me but its such a vast topic that I can only begin to chat about Coffee Table books really and mostly the ones that get my juices flowing - and only a tiny fraction of those!!. I would love to hear about books that move you. As always I would Love to hear from you and hope that this has been a fun read. let me know!! In the follwing blogs we'll look at the other must haves - Music, Flowers, food, wine. See you soon.
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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):

  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


  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


  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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