house tour: mid century modern replaces ikea


We are slowly but surely switching out the Furniture of our Youths to The Furniture of Real Adults. We got a mid century modern chair from the 50’s, re-done by Decade Furniture on 44 Stanley Ave.

In a future time we’ll have a zebra rug, walls in 50 shades of grey, a pimping kitchen, some banging textiles from the city of Jaipur and an art deco bar cart from Society Social. Then all my decorating dreamz will be realized. For now, we buy piece by piece.



weekend away in the waterberg

we headed up to Limpopo with our friends for the long weekend (monday was Heritage Day in here in South Africa), to a big house in the Waterberg. after a torturous drive up (friday after-work traffic before a long weekend is never an easy task), we had an idyllic weekend of lazing, swimming, cooking, eating, game playing and even celebrating my birthday a bit. of course there was also a little wine involved and lots of games. i got some sun on my face to get back in the swing of summer and it was nice to relax after almost a solid year of (very cherished) guests. i didn’t take my camera, but a few shots from my iphone were taken- my favorite is of our friend’s dog Ninja who lazily plopped down in the middle of our game of Viking Chess as if it was the most obvious spot in the world to take a rest. thanks to the homies for a great weekend!

polo & picnics: zucchini and chickpea faux falafel

This weekend our friends decided to trek to the BMW international polo match between South Africa and India. I had a lovely time sipping wine (with ice in it, because when in Rome…), googling the rules for Polo and half heartedly cheering for India (as noted I was on the wine). We packed a picnic, celebrated the arrival of summer weather (oh yes, THIS is why we love it here), stomped divots watched other people stomp divots (re: The Wine).

The day before P and I made zucchini and chickpea “falafel.” I got the idea from Whole Living (via Pinterest) but re-worked it to include tastier elements and added tzatziki (which in Turkish is pronounced ja-jeeky FYI) thanks to inspiration from all the meals we ate at my friend Tulin’s place during our Berlin years.

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Anna and Maureen’s visit, according to my iPhone

Two of my best girlfriends have been visiting us for the past two weeks. We went on safari in Kruger and flew down to Cape Town and explored Johannesburg thoroughly. It was a blissful time and I wish your best friends could always be across the hall, a few steps away like they were in college.  It was sad to take them to the airport yesterday but if we all lived in the same place we probably wouldn’t have spent the last two weeks spotting lions together in Kruger, wine tasting in the Western Cape and eating meat and pap with our hands at a shisa nyama in Soweto. I feel so thankful that so many of our friends have come and visited us here in South Africa (and when we were in Berlin) and all the priceless memories we have running around the world with them.

Thanks for coming, Anna and Mo! xx



Last Thursday P and I had the privilege of attending the opening of the new Wits Art Museum in Braamfontein. It’s exciting to finally have a proper art museum in Joburg! The first exhibit is called ‘WAM! Seeing Stars’ and is filled with works ranging from bronze statues by Sydney Kumalo, to charcoal drawings by William Kentridge to wooden masks from Nigeria and beadwork from the Eastern Cape.

It’s housed in what was a former petrol station and re-designed by Nina Cohen, Fiona Garson and William Martinson into the current modern beauty, with a lovely view of the Nelson Mandela Bridge. My favorite pieces were a photo of the inside of the Ponte City building and a charcoal piece by William Kentridge that is the left pane of a tryptich. It features a the Businessman from his animations, and on the bottom is noted “London is a suburb of Johannesburg.’ Ha! Indeed.

Scroll your mouse over the picture to get the address and opening hours of WAM, which opens to the public on May 19th.

**For my WAM image I layered three pictures I took of the opening to get a multiple exposure effect, and used the gradient tool to get the pink ombre, as well as the Super Braggadacio font to create a clipping mask in Photoshop, and some html/css code to create the image rollover. The entire(ly tiny) scope of my Photoshop knowledge is entirely because of the lovely blog Pugly Pixel, and how to do all of these things can be found on her generous and helpful blog.

Warm & Glad

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

As we head towards winter I’m glad that my friend Sazi introduced me to another adorable and yummy food spot in Jozi to keep me Warm & Glad (har har) when my drafty house is not. It is a combination of a coffee shop, specialty grocery store, cafe and art gallery. Currently on display are colorful screen prints that had me thinking about dropping some rands, they serve fresh juices (apple-carrot-ginger!) and their hot chocolate is a cup of steaming milk with pieces of milk chocolate to mix in on the side. Adorbs. A small but delicious menu with plenty of variety, and…free wifi! Try it, you’ll like it.

  • Alban’s Square
    357 Jan Smuts Avenue
    Corner St Alban’s Road
    Craighall Park

    Park in St Alban’s Road


    Monday to Friday: 7.30am to 4.30pm
    Saturdays: 8.30am to 12.30pm