Last evening, I went on the next in the series of the Open House Thursdays series of architecture tours organised by OH Architecture, this time in Newlands. (If you missed last month’s tour of Gawie and Gwen Fagan’s Camp’s Bay home, click here).

I’ve actually visited this home, just off Kildare Rd before, on the first OH Architecture tour I attended in 2012. It’s one of the houses designed by Adèle Naudé Santos, and Antonio de Souza Santos, who used to practise in Cape Town between 1968 – 1973.


Unfortunately, the short autumn days meant that we didn’t have the best light conditions to view the house and extraordinary garden, but still, it’s not every day that I get to walk next to a raging waterfall in a suburban garden in the dark, is it?

And this house really is all about the incredible garden, complete with river, waterfall, and an  uninterrupted mountain view. From the street side the bagged brick and a perforated wall the only things breaking an otherwise shut-off public face.


Inside, all the walls are bagged brick, and there are wonderful circular volumes and staggered corridors that means constantly variable internernal vistas. My favourite view was looking up, actually, in the internal staircase and in the master bathroom shower.



As with the Fagan’s home, the owners of House Stekhoven have lived in this house ever since it was built – in this case 42 years – and it really is quite something to be in a home that has been so well conceived that it can keep people satisfied and happy throughout so many stages of their life.


For more images of House Stekhoven (in daylight), as well as other homes designed by  Adèle Naudé Santos, and Antonio de Souza Santos, visit an older blog post from 2012 right here.

Thanks to Ilze Wolff and Open House Architecture for these fab tours. Can’t wait for the next!


Making Friday: Light dots

Sometimes, when you’re at your desk, pen poised, but not sure what you want to do, you’ve just got to use what you’ve got. On Friday, what I had was a scattering of of light coming through the blinds onto my drawing pad. It’s all about making a start, and it may not result in the best pattern in the world, but at least you’re not staring at a blank page any more.   At this point I elbowed the rest of the bottle of green ink all over the table, which kind of brought this exercise to an abrupt… Continue reading


Giveaway: Sunny Days stationery

Thanks to everyone for all the kind words about the stationery collection that I’ve done with Chronicle Books (Missed it? Read about it here). As you know, it comprises a set of stickers, a boxed set of notecards, and a pack of lined notebooks, which is really great, because it means I have THREE prizes to give away! All you have to do to enter is one (or all) of the following three online giveaways: Instagram - Follow @skinnylaminx on Instagram, and then #regram any image of the Sunny Days stationery, with the hashtags #SkinnylaMinxforChronicle and #SunnyDaysGiveawayIG. Facebook - Follow  Skinny laMinx… Continue reading


Sunny Days collection for Chronicle Books

I’m a big fan of pretty much everything I’ve seen from San Francisco-based publisher Chronicle Books  This hip, agile and responsive publisher seems to have a finger right on the pulse, so when Chronicle got in touch last year to talk about doing a Skinny laMinx stationery range, I pounced on the opportunity. And now, after months of taping my big mouth shut and sitting on my typing fingers, I can finally reveal the Sunny Days stationery collection by Skinny laMinx for Chronicle Books! Notebooks, stickers, card sets… OMG, it’s adorable (if I say so myself)! First up, there’s a… Continue reading

Vicki Sleet Nursery Orla in Fog

Made-to-order wallpaper giveaway

One of our all-time favourite stylists, bloggers (and human beings, actually) is Vicki Sleet of I Want That, so we were glad to hear that she’s about to have a little daughter! The news came in around the time we started planning our made-to-order wallpaper launch, which is why we had the brainwave of offering Vicki the very first Skinny laMinx wallpaper experience. Just look at Vicki’s beautiful nursery, decorated with our Orla in Fog. More pics here. Like the look of this? Scurry on over to I Want That without delay,  and get yourself in the running for the… Continue reading


Made-to-order wallpaper – Skinny laMinx for Robin Sprong

I’m so happy to finally announce the very exciting news we’ve been keeping under our hats for an absolute age: Wallpaper! Wallpaper has been on our to-do list for ages, and in fact, some of the Skinny laMinx designs started out as hand-cut wall stickers before ever appearing on fabrics (evidence right here). So it’s high time that we ticked this item off the list don’t you think? We’ve joined forces with Robin Sprong Wallpaper, who specialise in all manner of high quality made-to-order wall coverings, and selected some of the Skinny laMinx prints we thought would work best on… Continue reading


Press 2014: ELLE Deco Philippines

I’ve been following the beautiful Instagram feed of ELLE Decoration Philippines for a while now, so was really thrilled to see their fantastic feature on Cape Town, including a full page pic of the Skinny laMinx shop! Thanks so much. xx



This year, we’ve been enjoying bringing a selection of otherwise-hard-to-find magazines in to sell in our shop on Bree Street. So far, we’ve had Sweet Paul magazine,  Kinfolk , Dutch magazine FLOW, and now we have Apartamento in store. Apartamento is described as an “interiors magazine dedicated to interior space and the people who live in it”, but don’t expect to find perfectly manicured homes here. These spaces are the lived in, peculiar, particular environments of artists, designers, musicians, eccentrics and thinkers. It’s a hefty mag with lots to read and see, and we’ll have it for sale at 201 Bree Street for… Continue reading