Women making a difference - an interview with Helen Day

by Josephine Cilliers

Helen Day with one of her scholars on the Scholar Support Unit at MAD Leadership Foundation

Helen Day with one of her scholars on the Scholar Support Unit at MAD Leadership Foundation

"We need to create the pathways to give hope to our youth so that they can have the opportunity, through education and hard work, to escape the trap of poverty." - Chris Hani

 

These are the powerful words that inspire a woman with a passion for education and an undeniable drive to make a difference. Helen Day started her journey to the Make A Difference Leadership Foundation (MAD Leadership Foundation) office years before she first stepped into her position as a coordinator in the Scholar Support Unit (SSU). 

The difference at MAD Leadership Foundation

 

Since the inception of MAD Leadership Foundation in 2003, Founder and Chairman, Francois Pienaar has had an inspiring vision to provide educational access to deserving scholars with leadership potential (but who face economic and other barriers) through an individualised and personal approach. Therefore, MAD Leadership Foundation focuses on the whole individual, ensuring that the scholarship recipients not only succeed academically but manifest personal success and positive social engagement traits.

 

Helen started working at MAD Leadership Foundation in 2017 in the SSU, and is currently in the senior coordinator responsible for overseeing scholar support implementation and scholarship partner relationships. MAD Leadership Foundation aligned with Helen's passion for the power of education. "I believe that education is one of the ways we can achieve equity and promote Social Justice in South Africa. Through education, we can inspire agency and change how people think about themselves as well as the world that surrounds them. Education can cultivate the civic skills and virtues of citizens for Democratic South Africa." 

What is the Scholar Support Unit?

 

The Scholar Support Unit maintains the relationship between the scholars on the MAD Leadership Foundation programme and the organisation itself. They ensure that all the necessary interventions take place to make sure that each individual on the MAD Leadership Foundation Programme reaches their full potential. The multi-disciplinary department includes a group of professionals ranging from qualified teachers, registered psychometrists, registered counsellors, a social worker and a Honours in Psychology graduate. The team also contracts in a Clinical Psychologist and an Educational Psychologist on a consultation basis. Together, they can design, implement and monitor personally crafted support to each scholar on the programme. Each member in the department is allocated a group of scholars of which, they take full responsibility. Each scholar has a closely-knit relationship with their coordinator. This allows MAD Leadership Foundation the opportunity to cater specifically to each scholar's needs without applying single broad stroke solution to every scholar on their programme. 

Women making a difference at MAD Leadership Foundation

Women making a difference at MAD Leadership Foundation

 In Helen’s words:

"The reason MAD Leadership Foundation is unique is that we believe that comprehensive financial support is simply the start of what our scholars need. We have developed a support package that directly taps into the different facets of who the young leaders on our programme are. This includes monitoring each scholars academic, emotional, psycho-social, self and leadership development. It is about recognising and seeing the people in their unique context and the spaces that they find themselves in. Every intervention that takes place is customised to the specific individual. We value the voices of our scholars; that's why we listen to them and craft solutions specific to their challenges. It is about adapting and changing our support package to speak to the situation without assumptions," says Helen 

 

What do the scholars say about the program?

Nipho: 

"Helen is a very supportive coordinator. She is easy to talk to, and she is very understanding and open-minded. She displays a very profound understanding of teenagers, and that makes her an easy person to get along with because there are none of the barriers one would typically experience with the average adult.

 She is very efficient; she gets to whatever you ask of her as soon as you do. She checks up on you regularly (you can't go two weeks without her checking up on you.) She encourages growth in other aspects of life besides school. And she is very supportive of what you do as an individual.

 The best thing about her though is that she is loving, she loves you as you are. And you never feel like you are just a job to her."

 

Gugu:

"Helen has been extremely accommodating of me. She has been supportive academically and otherwise. If ever I need anything, she delivers on time. Frankly, she has suggested outlets to me that even I didn't know I needed that have helped me tremendously."

 

Bennie: 

“Last year was the worst year of my life, and just by talking me through it and supporting me, Helen has changed not only my year but also the way I look at life.”

 

What keeps Helen inspired?

 

"We have a lot of special moments with the scholars that carry us through as the SSU. It's the daily things that they choose to include us in. The small moments where they make the decision to include us in their lives. They make such an impact on our lives in so many ways. Whether it's Nipho messaging me to discuss the books she's reading or Bennie inviting us to watch a play that he's written, and it speaks directly to the school visits and Leadership Summits which we have provided, that's what matters the most to us. It might even be the moments when they call us in need of help. Bongi's laptop was stolen, and she called me at 11:00 pm to tell me or a first year student calling the entire SSU to tell them that he's having a panic attack at 3:00 am. It's these small moments that are our absolute pleasure and privilege to be a part of." 

 

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Rialheim launches new flagship store at Rand Steam Shopping Centre
Welcome to Rialheim Rand Steam - our new flagship store in Johannesburg.

Welcome to Rialheim Rand Steam - our new flagship store in Johannesburg.

Local ceramic studio, Rialheim, has launched a new retail store in the heritage precinct of Rand Steam in Richmond, Johannesburg.

The space was designed by renowned interior designer, Megan Ralph, in collaboration with the creative team at Rialheim. The store features bespoke Rialheim wall tiles as well as light pendants and has served as the launch venue for a new table lamp collection offering consumers and interior designers new products to choose from that are fun, functional and inspired by the beauty of Africa. Sustainability played a big role in the project with wood from the previous store in Linden being up cycled by local artisans, Melkweg Design, and bespoke steel fixtures and furnishings produced by Out The Box Welding & Design.

“As the company diversifies and enters a new era, we wanted to celebrate local artisans, collaboration and design a new retail experience that not only encourages consumers and trade clients to experience the brand like never before but also to feel immediately at home by offering a casual café, Boho Café & Co., inviting visitors to lounge a little longer and engage with our team,” says Rial Visagie, Creative Director of Rialheim.

Handcrafted wall tiles, bespoke pendant lights and table lamps by Rialheim

Handcrafted wall tiles, bespoke pendant lights and table lamps by Rialheim

Lights, lamps and bespoke wall tiles

Rialheim has diversified its product offering to include handcrafted wall tiles, bespoke light pendants and a collection of table lamps with the Rand Steam store debuting these designer ceramics allowing consumers and interior designers to view these pieces in person. The wall tiles offer a three-dimensional and textured alternative to wall paper allowing features walls to truly stand out with handcrafted and locally produced ceramics made from African clay. 

Indulge at Boho Café & Co.

Indulge at Boho Café & Co.

Introducing Boho Café & Co.

Boho Café & Co is a freshly curated space where ceramics and cappuccinos seamlessly mingle. Grab and go or lounge and linger with kindred coffee, organic offerings and pastry soul mates for free spirited, adventurous wanderers at Boho Café and Co situated in the Randsteam heritage precinct. Freshly brewed from a collaboration between MRS. (Meg Ralph Spaces) and Rialheim.

Meet Amanda, our store manager at Rialheim Rand Steam

Meet Amanda, our store manager at Rialheim Rand Steam

Our people, our passion

“Our mission at Rialheim is based around our philosophy on people, products and processes and at our Rand Steam store we have focussed on staff development, a diverse product offering at varying price points all in a streamlined operation that not only services our retail consumers but also our trade partners and powers our online store at www.rialheim.co.za,” says Rialheim CEO, Daniel Swanepoel.


Rialheim Rand Steam is open 7 days a week and will host monthly events so be sure to follow our social media pages on Instagram & Facebook.

Thank you Cape Town - Rialheim to close 117 Long Street Store
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After 5 amazing years in the bustling Cape Town CBD, Rialheim will close its Long Street Store this July. We would like to thank all our loyal customers for your continued support over the years. In this blog post we round up the top 5 things you need to know.

1.) Closing date and flash sale

Our last day of trading will be Friday, 26 July so be sure to pop in before then as we are running a flash sale for the next two weeks. Offer valid while stocks last.

2.) Shop in store

You can still shop Rialheim products in selected @Home and Made In SA stores in Cape Town.

3.) Shop online

To shop our full collection, shop our online store and have it delivered to your door. Our online store is open 24/7 and now houses our full collection with designer table lamps being added this week!

4.) Order wholesale

As a registered trade partner, Rialheim has launched a dedicated online wholesale ordering portal that’s easy to use and takes the fuss out of placing an order.

5.) Our roots remain in the Western Cape

The Rialheim studio located on Clairvaux Estate in Robertson will still continue to produce our beautiful handcrafted ceramics from quality African Clay and with plans for expansion to accommodate increased export demand there’s more to come as we embark on the next chapter of #DreamBelieveFly!

Need more info?

Send us a message and we’ll be happy to assist with any queries.

Why we fell in love with Rand Steam

The early days

Rand Steam Laundy in the late 1890’s.

Rand Steam Laundy in the late 1890’s.

With the discovery of gold at Langlaagte not far from the site of Rand Steam, a mining camp followed by a more substantial town populated mostly by single men came into being. These men struggled to get their washing done due to long working hours, water scarcity and drainage problems.

During this time, a number of Zulu men who had acquired the skills of washermen from the Indian dhobis practicing their trade in the Umgeni River in Natal, descended on Egoli (the City of Gold) to seek work. They soon organised themselves into regiments, each with an “induna” at the head and proudly wore a uniform of a white turban - a nod to the Indian washerman who had taught them their trade. These men became known as the “Amawasha”.

Unfortunately due to a drought in 1896, the Witwatersrand streams could no longer sustain the pressure of ever increasing amounts of washing and the Amawasha were instructed to relocate to the Klip River, twenty-five kilometres south of the town.

Johannesburg had now become lucrative to capitalists and an American named FO Nelson saw an opportunity in establishing a modern steam laundry when he arrived in South Africa just before the outbreak of the Anglo-Boer War in 1899. On the site he established the Palace Steam Laundry to the west and the Rand Steam Laundry to the east. This site soon developed into a small village scattered with worker’s cottages, huge sheds, stables, a blacksmith and compounds. 

Nelson’s enterprise soon became the largest in sub-Saharan Africa and was fully equipped with the latest technology and machinery. The Rand Steam Laundry was so reputable that it was known far and wide with washing being sent via rail from as far as Cape Town.

With the advent of the washing machine becoming commonplace in the 1950’s together with the invention of easy-care fabrics, the laundry’s business declined rapidly and by 1963 the laundry ended operations. Sadly the first elements to disappear from the site were the iconic two towering chimney stacks which had served as a landmark for many decades.

The years that followed saw the site occupied by many craftsman including a metalworker, antique restorer and a motorcycle mechanic. The historic buildings were demolished without the necessary permission by the the previous owners in 2008 leading the Parktown and Westcliff Heritage Trust to hold the site frozen for nearly ten years whilst negotiations were ongoing to restore and rebuild the property to its former glory.

A new era for Rand Steam

Rand Steam restoration in progress - The Moolman Group restored the site to its former glory.

Rand Steam restoration in progress - The Moolman Group restored the site to its former glory.

The newly open Rand Steam is located on the busy corner of Barry Hertzog Drive and Napier Street, just a stone’s throw away from Milpark Hospital and surrounded by prominent private schools.

The Moolman Group partnered with Jonker Evolution and Group 44 and embarked on this exciting development to restore this iconic site to its former glory. Group 44 have extensive experience with redeveloping Victoria Yards and 44 on Stanley, which is only 400m away from Rand Steam.

“Most new developments seek to be modern and futuristic in terms of design look and feel. With this development however, a great emphasis has been placed on restoring an iconic Richmond streetscape and paying homage to Johannesburg’s early history as a mining town.  In doing so, the centre has a great narrative which resonates with shoppers, tenants and media alike,” says Anelda Barnard, Rand Steam Marketing manager. 

Rand Steam will be a great alternative to your typical shopping centre and will be distinctly different from some of the competitors in the area. Due to the authenticity of the development, the tenant mix includes carefully curated, bespoke type stores, these include Rialheim, Candice Berman Gallery, ReTrend, Hers, His & Home, Bonafide Barbers, Famke Jewellery Design and Manufacturing, August Clothing, Rain, Exclusive Leather, Fabricate, Tapenade and Friends and Nap Living.

Enter Rialheim Rand Steam - the beginning of a new dream for our flagship store

Rialheim Rand Steam is set to redefine the Rialheim Brand experience.

Rialheim Rand Steam is set to redefine the Rialheim Brand experience.

Opening June 2019, Rialheim Rand Steam is set to redefine the Rialheim brand experience with a new signature store furnished with bespoke, locally made shop fittings, designer ceramic wall tiles and a full lighting collection. 

A collaboration between MRS. & Rialheim has also brewed up a new café, Boho Café & Co., that will feature inside the store and offer grab & go coffees as well as seated options allowing guests to lounge and linger with exciting organic offerings and pastries - a fresh curated space where ceramics and cappuccinos seamlessly mingle.

Rialheim Rand Steam will serve as the launch venue for our new product lines including our range of bespoke wall tiles, pendant lights and table lamps making our new flagship store the go to destination for locally crafted décor that is designed to be fun and functional.

For more information about Rand Steam Shopping Centre please visit: http://randsteamcentre.co.za

For enquiries about Rialheim Rand Steam please use the contact form below:

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Labneh & Fried Eggs by Marlien Wright

Serves 2

Labneh & Fried Eggs served in Rialheim Superdate Bowl

Labneh & Fried Eggs served in Rialheim Superdate Bowl

I am always looking for interesting recipes with eggs as they are the perfect breakfast food. Combined with the live Greek yoghurt in this recipe, you also introduce beneficial gut- friendly probiotics to your diet.

Herbed Greek yoghurt sauce

1 cup Greek yoghurt (see page xx) 1 tbsp dill, finely chopped
1 tbsp mint, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, grated

1/ 3 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Eggs in chilli ghee

1 heaped tbsp ghee or unsalted butter 1 tsp chilli flakes
1/2 tsp paprika
1/8 tsp ground cumin

4 large eggs

To garnish

1⁄2 tbsp fresh mint, chopped
1⁄2 tbsp fresh dill, chopped
1 spring onion, finely chopped or sliced salt and pepper to taste

To make the herbed Greek yoghurt

Evenly mix Greek yoghurt, chopped dill, mint, grated garlic, salt and ground black pepper together. Cover tight with plastic wrap and let it sit in the fridge for 1 hour.

To cook the eggs in the chilli ghee

Combine the ghee or unsalted butter, chilli flakes, paprika and ground cumin in a pan over medium heat, stirring continuously. Once the butter has melted, let the spices cook gently for another minute, then turn the heat up and break the eggs carefully into the chilli ghee mixture, place the lid on the pan and cook to your preference (I prefer soft and sunny side up).

Lastly serve the fried eggs and yoghurt on a plate in any manner that pleases you, sprinkling generously with the herbs and chopped spring onions.

Recipe from Marlien’s new cookbook The Mandala Kitchen: 100 Recipes to Restore & Heal Your Gut. Stand a chance to win one of six copies by entering our competition below.

Miso Sesame Chicken by Marlien Wright

Serves 4

Quick, easy & deliciously healthy! Miso Sesame Chicken served in Rialheim Regal Bowl.

Quick, easy & deliciously healthy! Miso Sesame Chicken served in Rialheim Regal Bowl.

This easy to make crowd pleaser takes very little time to prepare and even fussy offspring will eat it with enthusiasm! In addition its gut friendly and is the perfect midweek meal.

Ingredients

2 cups brown basmati rice
2 skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
1 cup tender-stem broccoli 1 tbsp coconut oil
10 spring onions, chopped
1 tbsp rice vinegar
2 tsp miso paste
1 tsp grated ginger
1 tsp grated garlic
1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds

Method

  • Soak the basmati rice for approximately 2 hours, then drain and cook for at least 30 minutes in well-salted water until fluffy.

  • Season the raw chicken with salt.

  • Steam the tender-stem broccoli gently and set aside.

  • Heat the coconut oil in a deep pan and sauté the spring onions and chicken pieces (on fairly high heat) until the chicken is cooked through but still tender. Add the rice vinegar, miso paste, grated ginger and garlic and steamed broccoli, and continue stir-frying for 2 minutes on high heat.

  • Lastly, stir in the cooked basmati rice until the whole mixture is coated in the sauce.

  • Serve with a sprinkle of lightly toasted sesame seeds.

Recipe from Marlien’s new cookbook The Mandala Kitchen: 100 Recipes to Restore & Heal Your Gut. Stand a chance to win one of six copies by entering our competition below.

Banana Flour Pancakes by Marlien Wright

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Brunchtime goals

Brunchtime goals

Kids love these and you can feel quite smug when another wheat-free meal has been served to your family. Bananas are rich in inulin, a resistant starch that travels all the way to the large intestine where it becomes food for your good bacteria.

Ingredients

3⁄4 cup banana flour
2 eggs
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
salt to taste
50 ml of A2 milk, water or a milk substitute like coconut/almond or rice milk
ghee or coconut oil

Method

Simply add all the ingredients, except the ghee/coconut oil, to a mixing bowl and beat well until you have a smooth consistency.

Then scoop/pour the batter into a hot pan that has been coated with a ghee/coconut oil. The size of each pancake should more or less resemble that of an American pancake, or ‘crumpet’.

Wait for small bubbles to appear on the surface before turning over, aiming for an attractive golden appearance and then serve with your choice of topping.

Note: Top with fresh berries/bananas, yoghurt and raw honey. For a more savoury option try streaky bacon with some real maple syrup

Recipe courtesy of Marlien Wright and extracted from her latest cookbook, The Mandala Kitchen: 100 Recipes to Heal and Restore Your Gut. Win one of six copies of this cookbook with Rialheim this month. Click below to enter.

Rialheim & @home celebrate four years working together with a bespoke new collection of unique tableware jewellery
Tableware jewellery - the new collection by Rialheim for @home

Tableware jewellery - the new collection by Rialheim for @home

Rialheim will make its fourth appearance in selected @home stores countrywide this December. In celebration of our relationship which started in 2015 we have collaborated with the team at @home to bring you a collection of unique tableware jewellery to bring homegrown sophistication to your festive table this season. 

 

As a proud local supplier to @home, we wanted to celebrate the handmade element that occurs in each product by highlighting it even more accentuating each items individuality and allowing the natural power of ceramics to flow more freely. To achieve this we have developed a tableware accessories collection with three different looks. 

Scratched matte black with bronze rim   Each item was individually scratched by our Artisans to ensure the uniqueness of each item. It is our aim that this freeness in making resonates with the @home end user. At the same time we wanted the bronze and matte black to flow naturally into each other. This colour combination is dedicated to our African culture and heritage.

Scratched matte black with bronze rim

Each item was individually scratched by our Artisans to ensure the uniqueness of each item. It is our aim that this freeness in making resonates with the @home end user. At the same time we wanted the bronze and matte black to flow naturally into each other. This colour combination is dedicated to our African culture and heritage.

Scratched Sky Grey with bronze rim   This colour combination also features the handcrafted texture, but what we love about the new Sky Grey, featuring in our new collection  Evolution , is the combination of matte black and white that naturally fuse together in the kiln highlighting the handmade texture on each piece.

Scratched Sky Grey with bronze rim

This colour combination also features the handcrafted texture, but what we love about the new Sky Grey, featuring in our new collection Evolution, is the combination of matte black and white that naturally fuse together in the kiln highlighting the handmade texture on each piece.

The Big Bang white and black with an exposed nude clay rim   The Big Bang glazing technique provides each item with a unique look and allowed our glazing team to play with white and matte black. We combined it with the exposed nude terracotta to balance the strong glazing technique. Each piece in this collection is truly one-of-a-kind.

The Big Bang white and black with an exposed nude clay rim

The Big Bang glazing technique provides each item with a unique look and allowed our glazing team to play with white and matte black. We combined it with the exposed nude terracotta to balance the strong glazing technique. Each piece in this collection is truly one-of-a-kind.

“Our journey with Rialheim has been a truly inspirational one. Not only is it amazing to see a young local talented brand turn into an international success story but their passion for developing and inspiring people is closely aligned with @home’s core values. We are very proud to be associated with such amazing people.”

-      Lelani Adamson, @home Buying Manager.

 

As Rialheim celebrates six years of #DreamBelieveFly we felt it relevant to celebrate the people whose skilful hands create the uniqueness in each product. This collection is a true reflection of each artisan’s talent and the magic of African Clay. We salute the team members who have grown from a gardener to one of our best artisans in the studio today, the person who started as a packer in our studio to heading up our dispatch department today, just to name a few amazing journeys. As a company, we believe in all of their dreams and are extremely proud of the development so far and excited to see this evolve in further as their skills develop.

Rialheim regularly talks about the pivotal role @home played in our journey as a company. It’s this partnership that has allowed more people access to our products and story by featuring us in their stores. It’s a partnership that has allowed Rialheim to simply move beyond an artisanal brand while opening doors that we were only dreaming of. This has enabled us to tackle big projects, both locally and internationally. 

The new Rialheim collection will be available in these @home stores from 6 December:

Cape Town: V&A Waterfront, Cavendish Square, Century City, Tygervalley, V&A Breakwater Centre

Durban: Gateway

Johannesburg: Design Quarter, Mall of Africa, Melrose Arch, Sandton

Win with Rialheim & @home

To celebrate our new collection we are giving away a complete set in either Sky Grey & Bronze, Matte Black & Bronze or Big Bang & nude clay to one lucky reader valued at R2150. To enter, simply answer the question below. Winners will be announced on 14/01/2019. T’s & C’s apply.

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Eating for your gut and mindful festive feasting: Interview with Marlien Wright 
Rialheim Marlien Wright

Marlien Wright is an avid yogi, nutrition coach, food writer and mother of two. She launched her first cookbook The Yoga Kitchen: 100 Easy Superfood Recipes in 2016 and has recently launched her second wellness orientated cookbook, The Mandala Kitchen: 100 recipes to heal and restore the gut. This is the second time that Marlien has collaborated with Rialheim in her books using our bespoke serveware for styling and serving. We recently met with Marlien to discuss her latest book and what’s to come.

 Congratulations on launching your second cookbook, tell us a bit more about the book.

Thank you, my second book, The Mandala Kitchen focuses on eating for your best Gut Health. Good gut health translates into a strong immune system, natural weight management, better mood and reduced inflammation.

 

What's your favourite recipe from the book?

That’s a devious question and very difficult to answer, but I can nominate the Sesame & Miso Chicken – which is definitely a crowd pleaser, as well as the Chocolate Pots which is pure yumminess - minus the guilt.

 

This is the second time that you have worked with Rialheim for your cookbooks, what’s the relationship been like and why do you enjoy working with our products? 

I absolutely love working with Rialheim, the ceramics inspire me to create beautiful dishes and they are so wonderfully unique, cheeky and beautiful. I also love the Rialheim team and their philosophy of collaboration and bravery. I am very proud to have a relationship with Rialheim and look forward to celebrating their delightful pieces in the future, I just know when I see a new collection from Rialheim it will put a huge grin on my face.

 

When you’re not cooking up recipes for a new cookbook, you’re also a busy yoga teacher and nutritional coach. How do you strike a balance and what can we expect to see from you next year? Any new projects you would like to share? 

I am a mom of two little girls which keeps me very busy, but when there is time, I enjoy reading, knitting, photography, walking or hiking. I am always working towards simplifying my life, and finding joy in the everyday rituals and simplicity, it is my greatest challenge! With that in mind it has inspired me to dedicate my 3rd cookbook to really simple nourishing meals as well as the therapeutic, mindful and zen aspect of cooking and eating.

 

What’s your ultimate comfort food?

I love potatoes, and after years of them getting a bad rap, we now know that they are actually fabulous gut health food, especially once cooked and cooled – potato salad here we come! I really love a baked potato, served with a homemade slaw…or homemade stews, they speak to me!

 

The festive season is notorious for over indulging - what are your tips for feasting without putting on the kilos? Whats your favourite Christmas dish? 

Well my best piece of advice would be to follow a Mediterranean approach to the big Christmas lunch, start with a salad, then a vegan dish such as stuffed mushrooms, then the main course of either roasted Turkey, Lamb and/ or pasture fed Ham or a vegetarian main such as , and then fishing off with a desert, give yourself a good 45 min between each course and choose organic & pasture fed only – always strive for quality above quantity. My favourite Christmas dish is roasted Brussels Sprouts dressed with a sprinkling of Pecorino cheese, olive oil, lemon juice and sundried onions…so yummy

 One quote to live by? 

“The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.” Thich Nhat Hahn – to me this translates into shifting my focus away from my own issues and worries and directing it towards they only thing that really matters…our relationships with our loved ones. Namaste!

 

Where can people buy the book?

The Mandala Kitchen is available from all major book stores such as Exclusive Books, as well as online retailers Takealot.com & Yuppiechef.com

 

We’re giving away 6 copies of The Mandala Kitchen

We’re giving away 6 copies of The Mandala Kitchen

Win with Rialheim & Marlien Wright

To celebrate the launch of The Mandala Kitchen and our 6th birthday, we’ll be giving away six copies of Marlien’s latest cookbook. To enter, simply answer the question below and leave your details for a chance to win. Winners announced on 14/01/2019.

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Interior design tips and tricks, we interview the owner of The Post House Hotel in Greyton
Each room in the Post House Hotel has a unique style, each with their own charm.

Each room in the Post House Hotel has a unique style, each with their own charm.

Janet Higginson and her husband, John, recently embarked on a massive project transforming the historic Post House Hotel in Greyton into a tourist destination that mixes the old with the new whilst being able to compete with some of the best boutique hotels in the world. Their impeccable style combined with a flair for hospitality and property development has resulted in a country style retreat perfect for escaping the hustle and bustle of city living. Undertaking such a project is definitely not for the faint hearted and requires a clear vision from the onset. In this interview, we sat down with Janet to discuss her process.

Unwind in style at this Greyton retreat.

Unwind in style at this Greyton retreat.

 What was your inspiration when renovating the Post House?

Colour definitely played an integral part in our inspiration for the hotel. The property before was very neutral and we wanted to incorporate more energy and personality into the space with the strategic use of colour.

The eatery features rich fabrics and subtle pops of colour.

The eatery features rich fabrics and subtle pops of colour.

How did you balance incorporating the old with the new?

We worked slowly through each section trying to optimize it to its full potential and using bold, rich fabrics helped nicely to set the tone. The Post House was originally constructed in 1860 and is one of Greyton’s oldest buildings so we wanted to pay homage to the rich history in our rooms and public spaces. The building was used as a trading post and a place for lodgings for tired travellers. The main building which houses the restaurant and new coffee pod, also includes the pub, which is well-known for the Bells Whiskey advert and was also Greyton’s Post Office. We have honoured the pub’s humble roots with a vintage post box perched on the counter.

 

The pub pays homage to its roots with a vintage post box proudly perched on the counter.

The pub pays homage to its roots with a vintage post box proudly perched on the counter.

Why did you choose Rialheim for most of your wall decor?

Rialheim products are funky and original giving each space personality and flair. We also love being able to display skulls that are made out of ceramics as they are kind to nature whilst bringing the beauty of Africa indoors.

Rialheim medium cow skulls in one of the luxury suites at The Post House Hotel.

Rialheim medium cow skulls in one of the luxury suites at The Post House Hotel.

What are your top tips for anyone embarking on a project like this?

1. Make sure you have the time to focus and reflect while pushing through - having no other distractions helps a lot!

2. Keep to your budget as much as possible as it is easy to get carried away and then you cut corners at the end if the funds run out.

3. Plan your contractors accordingly to the renovations so that what has been fitted or supplied does not get damaged by the next contractor.

 

One style tip to live by?

Go with what suits you and what you feel comfortable in whether it is clothing or the space you are in.

 

What is your favourite aspect of living in Greyton?

There is no traffic, it is generally quiet and there is a real community feel to the village.

A country escape, tranquil gardens at The Post House Hotel

A country escape, tranquil gardens at The Post House Hotel

This month, we have teamed up with The Post House Hotel offering you the chance to win a Greyton Getaway valued at over R5000. To enter simply click below.

 

For more information on The Post House Hotel and to make a reservation, please visit: https://theposthouse.co.za

Darryl Gouws