Saturday, 24 December 2011
I love shopping this time of year- lots of smiles, pretty much everyone is in a good mood and there is tangible excitement in the air!
Pick n Pay sold fresh pine branches - such a great idea! I grabbed 2 bunches (a steal at R30 each).
I think since most people nowadays either have the fake plastic trees or do something less traditional (like I do with my wire Baobab tree!) this is a novel idea to bring the great smell of pine trees into your home.
Plus, I even made a Christmas wreath! Although fair warning: it hurts! Those needles are pretty sharp!
I hope everyone has a blessed Christmas! Good luck with the gammon glaze, remember to check the oven for any last dishes ( my Mom and I forgot something in the oven almost every year) and indulge in a second (or third) helping of trifle!
- blogged from my iPhone
Tuesday, 20 December 2011
Available in different scents and only R35 each.
Happy last minute shopping!
Monday, 5 December 2011
Whenever I go there, I end up staring at the walls and ceilings and floors and not talking to whoever I'm with, at all!
Sure, we tend to take in the vibe and the whole picture, but next time focus a bit on the details, the finishes. Pretty damn amazing!
Monday, 28 November 2011
Monday, 7 November 2011
Pinterest is one of those things. Instead of doing a whole long list of things that I had planned for the weekend, I was pinning. And clicking 'to see more pins'. The whole of Saturday afternoon, the entire Sunday morning. Oh, and last night for a bit too. If you haven't yet, go check it out. But I warn you, it's very very addictive!
Tuesday, 1 November 2011
I am so happy to share today's guest post with you. Susi is sharing her best tips for bringing colour into your life this summer.
Arcadian Lighting is a treasure trove of amazing light fittings - to suit all tastes. I am in love with so many pieces on their website - wish they shipped to sweet old SA! But for now, all of you in America need to appreciate what you have in terms of suppliers! :)
So, without any further babbling from me, be inspired by Susi and loads of colour to get you in the mood for summer!
Hi, I'm Susi, a writer for the Arcadian Lighting, a great resource for lighting inspiration and. I'm very lucky I get to “travel” the world visiting amazing design blogs like Freshly Sharpened Pencils. With summer right around the corner in South Africa, everyone is craving color after a long, cold winter. Here are eight gorgeous pictures of colourful décor from hanging vases and lighting fixtures to textiles and art that we hope will inspire you. Enjoy!
Art is a beautiful way to introduce color into a room. Hang art in groups by similar color for a big impact.
Add color to a sofa, chair, or bed with pretty patterned cushions. Pillows are a favorite accessory to add color because they are so easy to switch out as the seasons change.
For a seasonal dash of color, look to the flowers of the season. Spring daffodils and peonies are beautiful in this bedroom and fit in with the bright yellow blanks and pillows on the bed.
Gloriously colorful indoor or outdoor lanterns could add just a pop or even a riot of color to any room. A few of these lanterns would certainly add a burst of color to a bedroom, or hanging several lanterns in the garden would be a magical touch on a warm evening.
White and other neutrals are great choices for walls and large upholstered furniture as they create the perfect background for big bold colors. Accent pillows and curtains in colorful patterns and solids stand out wonderfully against neutrals.
Color does not have to be the boldest and brightest to have a big impact. Sherbet or pastel colors can pack a punch, especially when grouped in contrasting pairs of colors like on these chairs.
Beautiful colored glass used in clever ways is a great way to add colour to any décor. We saw these hanging vases in Elle Decoration and were smitten.
Of course, in addition to colorful lamps, accessories and textiles, walls are the perfect place to add color to décor. Paint, wall paper or hang colourful fabric to add a zing of colour to the wall.
If these colorful rooms have you inspired, check out Arcadian Lighting's website for even more inspiration, not to mention a brilliant selection of light fixtures to choose from as well! (Images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
Sunday, 30 October 2011
OK, so I'm actually behind the times a bit and it's the September / October edition, but still. Check it out here.
We're heading into summer, but I'm not drawn to the bright colours all over the shops. Instead, pastel greens, pinks and purples are what inspire me right now. I find it so easy working with pastels, as any shades work together and immediately calms me down. Combined with old oak, and loads of white - how can I go wrong?
The weekend is over, and it's a long week ahead. Here's to coming out the other side filled with love and smiles!
Saturday, 29 October 2011
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Wednesday, 31 August 2011
A couple of weeks ago a dear friend and I were looking for a place to hide out from her father-in-law (a funny story actually). We ambled up, driving further and further up the mountain. Just when you think all you are going to encounter are more old homes and buildings, you find this gem. Woodlands Eatery.
I've been back probably 5 times. For lunch, for take-aways, for drinks. Last night was the first time that my guy and I had a proper meal there. It was so good, I forgot to take pics of the food!
We shared a pharma ham, rocket, Gorgonzola cheese, tomato and balsamic reduction pizza (heaven!!) and a beetroot, butternut and feta salad.
The decor is comfy and quirky, without being pretentious (as so many eateries are). Faded floral fabrics ( I spent 5 minutes explaining to M that yes, you can buy fabrics brand new that look like they've been dug up from the attic of a long lost relative), reclaimed timber, 'kombuis' stoele (as I call them) and loads of charm. Oh - bonus - the staff are super friendly! That always helps.
Image 1-3: Eat Out
Image 4: I want that
Monday, 29 August 2011
The exhibition is open now until November, admission is R15 for adults, kids free.
Well worth the visit. Plus - Zapiro teaches you how to draw the iconic Madiba! I must admit, after 2 tries I didn't quite nail it, but practice makes perfect, right?
For more info click HERE.