HomeStuff - the home decor store you never knew you needed. We came across it by accident doing Christmas shopping at Stoneridge Centre in Edenvale. While it may not scream international home decor on the outside, this massive store is a treasure trove of all your interior decorating dreams. The best thing about HomeStuff? The prices! You can get yourself Jamie Oliver's Creme Brulee Set, sparkling glass tumblers or a quirky egg boiler at a premium price. Needless to say, this was a stellar find on our part during the hectic Christmas season. We were able to find a gift for almost everyone. But, be warned, you may need to stop for a breather half way through your shop, as the variety of home and decor items can be overwhelming.



Just imagine all the cooking and baking tools you have ever wanted. They're all here. That's why you should never take a baker to HomeStuff. Despite the reasonable prices, you will leave having broken the bank on whisks, baking trays, baking beans, mixers and cake stands.

Braai masters, you haven't been forgotten. Turn the art of cooking on the fire into a science with a temperature gauge, stainless steel tongs and the perfect knife set. Toss your Greek salad with a salad spinner or a set of designer spoons.

New to the world of cooking? HomeStuff also has a collection of cookbooks to inspire you. From Thai, to Italian and every cuisine in between, there is a cookbook here to help you on your way. HomeStuff is also the ideal place to get a thoughtful and unique house warming gift. Their range of kettles, pots and pans will add a sense of style to any kitchen. Throw in a French press or tea strainer to make your gift the ultimate house warming package.



Once you have successfully made your way through the maze of kitchen ware, step into the world of comfortable living. Style your home with classic clocks, designer lighting, fancy mirrors and colourful cushions. There is an entire aisle for photo frames, too. Spruce up your garden or deck with their outdoor decor range. Or, give your bathroom a much-needed makeover - all you need is a few new towels, a handy mirror and pretty soaps (all of which you can get at HomeStuff).

For the bedroom, there are a collection of prints featuring wild animals, iconic pop stars and inspirational quotes. Rugs, pillows and throws add an extra sense of elegance, too. So, pop into HomeStuff (when you have time to spare) and find yourself a few new home comforts.



Lastly, invest in your bottom drawer with HomeStuff's glassware, plates, knives and tabletop decor. Transform a dull dining area into a glamorous place to share food with friends, family and that special someone. Start off by choosing your tablecloth and runners, then add some place mats, candles and embellishments. Now, for the utensils. HomeStuff stock some of the best cutlery sets from the world's most well renowned brands. These are investments pieces, so they cost a little extra. But, they will last you a long while, making it well worth your hard earned cash.

HomeStuff's dinnerware sets are exquisite. They range in price and style, offering you choice and variety. Make sure you know exactly what you are looking for before entering the store! People have been known to feel light headed with all the options this store offers. You can also get mugs, bowls, ice cream dishes and ramekins in this aisle. Looks like you may never need to go shopping for dining room essentials again.

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“My wife always said that if I opened a fourth eatery it would have to be called ‘Divorce’ or ‘The Singles Club’,” laughs Chef James Diack. “Instead, I’ve decided to call it Il Contadino, which means ‘the farmer’ in Italian and really embodies the spirit of our season-focused, farm-to-table style.”

Set to open in October 2017, Il Contadino will be nestled in the heart of Parktown North and will serve three farm-inspired meals a day. Its menu will be prepared as an ode to the rural or ‘peasant’ food from the Spanish, French and Italian countryside – some of James’ favourite places. Dishes will be fresh, simple and rustic: roast chicken, slow-cooked pork, charcuterie boards, salads, homemade pasta and pizza from the in-house wood-fired oven – all using seasonal ingredients.

It will also be James’ most sustainable restaurant to date, with the menu designed to be entirely supplied by the Diack’s family farm, Brightside in the Magaliesburg.

“All three of my restaurants offer something different – Coobs is refined dining, The National is a neighbourhood dining room away from home, and The Federal is our take on a NY-style dinner. But they all have one thing in common: seasonality,” says James. “Il Contadino will be the perfect spot for a morning coffee from the espresso bar, a light lunch or after-work drink.”

Over the last two years, James has worked exceptionally hard to become the go-to person for provenance. His restaurants have evolved to such an extent, that now 95% of everything on his menus comes off his family’s farm, Brightside. Il Contadino will be the first time James cracks the 100% mark.

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As usual, the wine list will be an extensive catalogue of boutique wine farms and those that share Diack’s passion for bespoke offerings including Garajeest, Blackwater, Beaumont and Alheit. Oh, and Aperol Spritz on tap.

The 133m2 restaurant, located on the corner of 4th Avenue and 7th Avenue in Parktown North, will seat 90 and provide indoor and outdoor seating. The interior design and décor process will once again be spearheaded by Janet Diack, James’ mother and farmer at Brightside Farm, so expect reclaimed and refurbished items that extend the farm-to-table concept from the plates to the walls, floors and furnishings.

Brightside Farm, in the Magaliesburg, is the Diack’s family farm and where James grew up. Janet is passionate about farming and supplying the restaurants – what they can’t grow themselves they source from suppliers who share their passion for provenance. The gardens are as beautiful as they are functional. Flowers abound, and they are all edible. Apart from the large main gardens you will find smaller gardens, situated to provide the right conditions for some of the specialty plants. All the gardens feature benches, stone paths, ponds or sculptures with rambling plants like peas, beans and tomatoes climbing up willow woven structures. The gardens supply all three restaurants with herbs, vegetables and fruit – it even makes its own ricotta. The farm also supplies Diack’s now legendary acorn-fed wild boar, lamb, duck and the occasional pigeon or guinea fowl.

It will also be friendly to the pocket, “I’m trying to build a restaurant that’s going to fit into where our economy’s going, so it’s not going to be expensive. I’m trying to keep prices down and keep things casual in every aspect: simple glassware, enamel plates, dishcloths for napkins. It’s going be fun and rustic, but not kitsch.”