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Entries in South Africa (53)

Sunday
Mar262017

A renovated farmhouse in South Africa

This is a beautiful 1840's Cape Dutch farmhouse located in South Africa. I am totally smitten with its neutral decor and all the wood floors and beamed ceilings throughout. I could go on about it but I am slightly drunk (I'm writing this Saturday night) having spent a few hours hanging out at a Legion with some of my favourite people on this planet and it's got me thinking (I clearly don't drink much). I have a love affair with interior design (also pretty clear as Jo and I have had this blog for over 10 years) but this past week has really done a number on me. Hanging out at the Country Cat Sanctuary last Sunday whilst managing not to bring home any cats and staying late at work every day this past week with each day being more hellish than the next, and managing to find time on Wednesday evening to go see Kedi at the movie theatre which, being the crazy cat lady that I am, really moved me, and going to a vintage show yesterday and finally leaving 5 hours later where I got to meet some awesome new people (and one vendor I was hoping to visit with was at the hospital with a bleed in her brain) and spend some quality time having drinks with the always fabulous ladies of social enterprise HighJinx whose lives are devoted to helping others....it just makes me stop and think about the important things in life. I am grateful for this blog and this community and my passion for design. So enjoy these wonderful photos of Herbertsdale Farmhouse, and I hope it inspires you. Via VISI. (Photos: Jan Ras)

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Wednesday
Mar082017

More from Tonic design

Just had to share one more project from Johannesburg-based Tonic Design. Is that a bar room I spy? Yes please!

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Friday
Mar032017

Green with envy

What to do when the house you are refurbishing is perhaps the most beautiful example of Le Corbusier-inspired architecture in Johannesburg? How to breathe new life into an iconic building by local Modernist hero Rex Martienssen? Keep it true, keep it real and let the owner's personality shine through. I'm green with envy over that verdant entry. Greenside Residence by Tonic Design.

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Sunday
Feb262017

A contemporary guesthouse in South Africa 

South Africa is on my travel bucket list, and this beautifully renovated 1950's 7 bedroom guesthouse in Stellenbosch is accommodations I could definitively see myself really enjoying. Twice Central is owned by Ané Spies, Liesl Swart and Mandi Smit and they did a wonderful job making this a comfortable, casual and contemporary getaway. 

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Thursday
Feb232017

A casual glam

What do you get when you mix industrial with bling, Palm Springs with plantation style, all with a South African influence? A house brimming with the owner's personality by Durban-based Douglas and Douglas. Definitely glam but a casual almost effortless glam. We know better ;)

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