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Vicki Sleet: HOTY

Some of our top local designers and bloggers have agreed to share their choice with us for the prestigious House of the Year title. Here, freelance magazine journalist and editor Vicki Sleet - creator of the popular blog I Want That - reveals her choice and what she would spend the R30 000 prize money on... My choice for the HL House of the Year is The White House. I think white as a palette works brilliantly in the South African context, thanks to our many days of sunshine, and if you have an eye for display and colourful details, they ‘pop’ so beautifully against an all-white background. I regularly post about all-white homes on my blog as I’m so drawn to these kind of spaces and while I’ve tried to go this route in my own recently renovated home, my attempts at clean, uncluttered and minimalist have failed rather spectacularly. Top row from left to right: I’ve known ceramist Lisa Firer since my days of working at House and Leisure and although her style changes and morphs, her flower transfer vases (around R450 each) are still my absolute best. Will I ever get over my lust for a Casamento customised couch? Nope. Never. The customised Gambler Couch retails for R 18,500. One day, I will have a full set of spectacular Wonki Ware bowls (R180 each), available at Lim. I have plates and some platters, but I like eating out of bowls more than anything. Middle from left to right: I’ve ordered some Tolix bar stools for our kitchen island at home but I love the chairs too (around R500 each) – we’re planning a covered outside area for the summer, and these would look so lovely around the Pierre Cronje table I’ve chosen. You can get them here. Gabby Raaff is one of my favourite artists - who is also a lovely person to boot - and we would dearly love one of her original artworks to hang on a big blank wall in our home. (This painting has been sold but the price of her others are available on request.) Isn’t the Lab Light (R3000) such a gorgeous piece of artistry? Andrea Kleinoog of Anatomy really deserved the accolades she received for its design. Bottom from left to right: Okay, so it’s not strictly for the home, but I have to say that I covet this Missibaba Wild West clutch purse (R1800) more than anything on this page. Perfection. We are desperate for a rug in our house and this contemporary take on a classic handwoven offering from Fibre Designs does the trick. (This rug is custom woven at a price of R4200 per square metre.) Pierre Cronje is amazing and I’d love this Bloukraans table (price on request) for our outside area – don’t you think it would go nicely with our Tolix chairs?   Remember to cast your vote for the 2011 House of the Year here and you could win R30 000 courtesy of SA Home Loans to spend on whatever you wish!