This past weekend I popped into O.live in Kloof St for the first time ever… (even though I’d driven past there like a million times before, thinking to myself “Hey, that place looks cool. I should check it out”, but was too lazy to do so. )
My reason for finally going inside? Well I was looking for these amazing paper placemats I once saw in a tiny little decor shop in the middle of nowhere. They were kinda like these:
But way more awesome… they had tons more detail and they were in full colour and I totally should have snapped them up right then & there, but I didn’t… cause sometimes (just sometimes) I’m a total knob head. Now you might be thinking – well why would one want paper placemats in any case? Many reasons really:
- They are fun & different.
- You can change them up all the time.
- No washing / cleaning involved – just toss them away after use (and because they are paper, you can recycle!).
Someone then gave me a tip-off that I might find them at O.live. So thus the reason for my visit…
BUT what I found there was way more amazing than my precious paper placemats. That shop is like stumbling upon lost treasure, but for decor freaks. They have a great mix of interesting antique / second hand finds, lotsa quirky modern stuff, gorgeous ceramics & glassware and tons of other fantastical things that I guarantee you, you will battle to find anywhere else. Check it out:
They did in fact have a selection of paper placemats. But sadly only black & white ones and I have my heart set on brightly coloured ones. But that doesn’t mean I left there empty handed. After standing around with my mouth hanging open in amazement for a period which probably started making the lady looking after the shop a bit uncomfortable… I settled on this item from the sale table which totally stole my heart:
To me it kinda feels like something that would have been used in a pharmacy from way back when to store medicine. Or maybe you could use it in your kitchen for spices and such. To be honest, I’m not really sure what I’m going to do with it yet. But I’ve been cuddling up to it at night, trying to figure out where it would be happiest. I just looooove it so much. I WILL make it work… or change up all my other decor to match it dammit!
Wanna check out O.live for yourself? You’ll find them at nr 8 Kloof St, Gardens (across the way from the McDonalds).