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Vanilla House

Vanilla House is a new store with a familiar name at the bottom end of Florida Road. Owner Gabriela Linhares has recently relocated to South Africa from Brazil and she brings an international flavour to the items in her store. 'I decided to keep the name because people associate Vanilla House with beautiful gifts and home ware,' she explains. 'I choose the things I stock based on whether I would give them as a gift or would like to receive them as gifts. I also love pretty things,' she says. Clearly she has excellent taste as Vanilla House is filled with a variety of gorgeous items, some really unusual and others familiar yet hard to come by in Durban. 'The Madame Luna range of scented candles, diffusers and ceramics are very popular as are the Thandana bags – a range designed and produced in Durban,' says Gabriela. There is a wonderful range of ceramics and lovely fabric ribbons, glassware, cushions and body treats. Vanilla House also stocks furniture which has been exquisitely refurbished by Gabriela and her team. We loved the silk flower florist that Gabriela has created at the back of the shop, complete with steel buckets, twine and scissors. The range of silk flowers at Vanilla House is excellent and you are likely to find an extremely realistic reproduction of your favourite and a pot or vase to display it in. Vanilla House is at 54 Florida Road, Durban. Tel 031-303-5176 or visit their website for more info. Text: Candice Botha