sneak peek: skinny laminx

today i’m extremely happy to share a sneak peek into the homes of one of my favorite artists, heather moore of skinny laminx. i’ve been a fan of heather’s work for the past year or so and was overjoyed to catch a little glimpse into her home which was, to no surprise, full of beautiful color and pattern. based in cape town, south africa, heather shares her lovely deco-style apartment with her husband, paul edmunds. heather has been kind enough to include descriptions of each photo in her own words so i hope you’ll enjoy her sneak peek as much as i did. as always, you can click here for full-sized and additional images of heather’s lovely home. enjoy and thanks to heather for sharing!

[images above: I live in Cape Town with my husband, Paul Edmunds and our two cats. We’re lucky to live right near the city center, but also close enough to Table Mountain to go for a stroll or a bike ride whenever we like. I work variously as an illustrator and a writer, and also have a growing business called Skinny laMinx, where I design and sell my screenprinted textiles. Paul is a sculptor who makes beautiful things. The very top photo above is of our sofa. It is an Ercol daybed that we just got hold of recently. I spent years hanging my head out of the car window whenever I passed a junk shop, hoping to spot one of these, so can hardly believe we actually own one, even if it is a knockoff version! There’s quite a riot of cushions going on, some made by me, and some from fabulous Etsy seller, Absoluut. The photo directly above is our lounge: The chair in the foreground is evidence of the fact that both Paul and I like to make things. He made the chair, and I made the tapestry cushions. Above the Dux chair with another Absoluut cushion on it is a painting by my studio mate, Medina Morphet, and beyond that is our kitchen. We did a big renovation two years ago, turning a small bedroom into a nice big kitchen and what had been the kitchen became our study. It’s really transformed the place.]

[image above: Our kitchen was a real splash-out, and was worth every penny. We had some really excellent cabinetmakers work on it, and opted for solid wood countertops. The green color was not exactly what we’d planned, and was a little alarming at first, but we love it now. The sliding cupboards are great for storage and display.]

[image above: We bought this gateleg table with a cash engagement gift from my parents. It is so beautiful, and makes our 85 m? place incredibly versatile. Our Burmese cat, Nanook, likes it too. The set of four 50s Swedish chairs were bought from a retro furniture store with money I got from the Road Accident Fund after I was hit by a car. It was a nasty accident, but resulted in some great chairs!]

[image above: These three stone birds are by Zimbabwian artist, Benard Nka. The black one is ours, and the other two were bought as gifts. Let’s see if I ever get around to giving them away though… The West German ceramics were a lucky carboot sale find.]

[image above, left to right. Bedroom: The lamp was made as a wedding gift by a friend, and the painting is by my dear friend Lauren. Is it appalling to use sheets found at a car boot sale? I kind of think it might be, so won’t tell you where I bought these. Kitchen: I’m always in junk shops and fleamarkets with my eyes tuned for a good find. Consequently, I often end up gazing adoringly at my washing up. That’s all, but I’m always taking photos of our place and the things in it, which you’re welcome to visit at my flickr page right here!]

  1. sarah says:

    just beautiful! i had seen little glimpses into heather’s home via flickr. so nice to see the entire space here. love that wispy plant in second picture. do you know what that is?

  2. laura says:

    it’s fun to see where my yellow flowered dishtowel came from! :)

  3. stacy says:

    I love the green kitchen and that orange pillow in the first picture. Thanks for giving us a look inside.

  4. mrs.french says:

    The whole place is lovely, but I seriously cannot get past those amazing floors.

  5. Katelyn says:

    Skinny is EVERYWHERE! I love her stuff! I saw her first on Etsy and have seen her in all of my fave blogs since (:

  6. Sol says:

    such a happy home! Love it!

  7. furiousball says:

    I love that orange pillow.

  8. Sequana says:

    What a great riot of color! No wonder her towels make grey Chicago look so much happier.

    They both do beautiful work.

  9. donna says:

    WOW, great space!

  10. Minna says:

    fantastic! i think the green in your kitchen is great, though having painted my own tiny bath a shocking lime green years ago, I can understand the necessary adjustment phase for certain green hues!

    thanks, too, for the note about absoluut! what great textiles at very fair prices!!

  11. Uncle Beefy says:

    I’ve so loved Heather’s artistry and her place is sending me over the edge with its warmth and modernism. Of course, it’s fantastic!!!

  12. Love, love, love the green cabinets! I want some.

  13. cokiedc says:

    I need to know what a “carboot sale” is.

  14. Love love love it! we have every one of the books in the stack with zig zag zen and darkstar! the whole thing is just beautiful and the mugs and their subsequent screen prints are just amazing.

  15. Lea says:

    Wow, that orange chair is FABulous!

  16. read me... says:

    this is one of my absolute favourite sneak peeks… thanks so much!!

  17. Anne Bryant says:

    Beautiful! I love the floors and how bright/light it looks.

  18. zee says:

    I love everything about Heather and Paul’s warm and cheery home, and really enjoyed reading about it. The kitchen is fabulous.

  19. shelli says:

    wow! i ♥ the green cabinets so much! ty for the peek! xo shelli

  20. Those floors are beautiful and in such amazing shape. I just can’t get over them! Been thinking about them all day. They add so much warmth to this lovely home. LOVE IT.

  21. The floors are stunning. Great work

  22. ellen says:

    so lovely and cozy. Thanks for sharing!

  23. Sarah-J says:

    You’ve got such great style, Heather. Thanks for sharing. And thanks so much for the mention about Absoluut. Dangerous for the credit card.

  24. millzee says:

    I am in love with that little black bird and your yellow bread box.

  25. Wow! Fantastic to see our little place here, and to read all the positive comments! Thanks so much to Grace, and to all of you too!

  26. Mark says:

    Heather and Paul are very talented artist. Thank you for sharing you lovely home. I like the black stone bird.

  27. ethanollie says:

    now i want to turn my old dowdy kitchen into a lounge!

  28. ThePeachTree says:

    I can absolutely see why she’s a favorite artist of yours. That sunspot on the chair looks like as good a place as any to take the purrfect cat nap :)

  29. bowie style says:

    im a big fan of skinny la minx so its great to see some more of heather’s taste in a sneak peek.

  30. Emily says:

    Hi Heather – I love your home and your designs! Would you know of any way to purchase the stone birds? I tried googling the artist, Benard Nka, but wasn’t able to turn anything up. They would be a perfect gift for my mother!

  31. Polly Jones says:

    Love your home, so lightfilled and vibrant!

  32. Great house heather! I wish I could come for a coffee and sit with you!

    Good luck with everything,

  33. arounna says:

    I’m a big fan of Heather and her place is a great extension of her own work.

  34. jennifer g says:

    Beautiful home! I love the green kitchen . . . a silly question: how do you keep your wood counters looking beautiful?

  35. just adding to the pile of compliments already.. super casual place.. very welcoming.. dont worry!.. i am not trying to invite myself over for a sleepover!!

  36. Loraine says:

    hi heather ! Lovely pictures of your home , i really like the openness.

  37. Avenue says:

    I’d seen these on flickr but it’s great to read Heather’s descriptions here and hear about where she finds these things. (Someone asked: I think a “carboot sale” would be called a “trunk sale” in the States.)

  38. SB says:

    Such a beautiful home!!! The colours, the light…

  39. Thanks again, everyone. I’d love to have you all over for tea – I think I have enough mugs!

    Emily, Benard Nka sells his work through the Park Bench gallery in Cape Town. I’ll see if I can find out more from them.

    JenniferG, we treated our kitchen countertops with an natural product called ProNature. It’s a beeswax, citrus oil and linseed oil mix, and needs a 6-monthly application, but it’s very easy to do. Very good product!

  40. Emily: I just heard from the Park Bench Gallery, who tell me that they’re waiting a new shipment of Benard Nka’s stone birds. Perhaps you should get in touch with them at

  41. Heather, Glenn put me in touch with you to thank you for mentioning our birds. We are interested in adding design elements and more sculptors work to our gallery – are you interested? Carlie Sullivan (Glenn’s artsy wife) Park Bench Gallery

  42. Wiz Wharton says:

    Heather, can’t believe I’ve not posted on this before. You know what a big fan I am of your work and this is clearly the house of a creative mind! Absolutely gorgeous. Love love love the green kitchen and all your fabulous vignettes! x

  43. deon marais says:

    the wispy plant is called baby*s breath and often used in bridal bouqets in sa. i think your designs are so underrated in this country. beautiful cloth is so often very pricey in sa. yours is a real bargain and your home is stunningly real. unsmug. my new word for real livable spots like yours.


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