Merle Payne

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Merle Payne

Merle Payne describes herself as ‘Marie Antoinette in Africa’. One glimpse into her Magoebask Joof farmhouse and it’s easy to see why. Her home is teeming with a lifetime of thoughtfully collected antiques, junk-shop and art. From gilt furniture to a retro bar, the house is an eclectic, exotic haven for fascinating finds. Merle curates things she likes together: ‘I seldom change them and they can be the same forever,’ she explains. Merle moved to Limpopo after 18 years of running her fashion store, Pearl’s, in Jo’burg’s Melville. She’s also worked as an art director so it’s little wonder that her home is so theatrically styled and expertly put together. Today she heads up her successful fashion label, Barok, with the intricate handmade and embroidered skirts, bags and flags made by local women and coveted as must-have collectors’ items.

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