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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Dad's Day


To my own dad, my children's dad and all the other fabulous dads around the world, wishing you a very happy Father's Day on Sunday! 

To remind us of how much we appreciate the roles our dads play in our lives, I thought I would share some beautiful and heartwarming pics of dads in all shapes and sizes. Some in very good shape I might just add!








"Biology is the least of what makes someone a father."
(Borrowed and adapted from Oprah)











I couldn't  resist including a beagle pic!







Till next time

Sharon x

Monday, June 13, 2016

Escape to Simplicity





Because life is feeling a bit complicated at the moment, I am hankering after simplicity. I am, at heart, a simple being. Maybe at times even simple minded, according to my children. 


So, to fit my mood, the house I'm showing you today is a beach house in Cornwall in the UK, decorated by Wickenden Hutley, It's characterised by simplicity and restraint. I would love to go and have a little winter break in this home, spending time reading and walking on the beach, evenings in front of the fire, no phones, no emails, no responsibilities, just downtime. 


I could spend hours sitting at one of the many window seats just gazing out to sea thinking about things or perhaps about nothing at all.





I'd also love to spend lots of time dozing. Any of these bedrooms will do, thank-you. 






I might even do some cooking...


...and I'll definitely need to eat.


Yes, I think this place will do very nicely thanks. I can already picture my boots and hat at the front door.


Till next time

Sharon x



Friday, May 27, 2016

Pink and Blue Will Never Do - or Will it?



The Pantone colours of the year for 2016 are Rose Quartz and Serenity. For those of us with more pedestrian attitudes to colour - that means pink and blue. I’m sure you already knew this, but perhaps your mind is occupied with higher things. My mind, on the other hand, is generally occupied with all things flippant and frivolous. Which is why I was wondering how Pantone come up with their selection. They definitely didn’t ask me! Maybe they asked you? 



Pinterest have also come up with décor colours of the year - grey and mauve. I think that might be more representative of the what people like. After all they base it on the things that people pin – people like you and me. I think grey is the most useful and versatile colour to use in decorating. But that just me – and as I already said, Pantone didn’t ask me.  


So back to pink and blue. I’m not entirely sure about this combination – it makes me think of babies and nurseries. Not that I don’t like thinking about babies and nurseries. There are a some happy memories associated with those days, although most of the memories are about lack of sleep and leaky body parts! My question is, are pink and blue indicative of decorating in today’s world, Have we not somehow evolved beyond that?  Don’t get me wrong, I like pink and I like blue, I’m just not sure I like them together that much. Maybe Pantone didn’t necessarily mean them to be used together.  

Apparently these colours were chosen because they psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security.  According to Pantone; "Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times." Well, who can argue with that! 



When I was searching for pictures to illustrate this post, there were many horrible pink and blue combinations. But I found some beautiful photos too. I could see myself living quite happily in these rooms. So maybe Pantone know what they are doing after all.


I may be eating humble pie.



Last year's colour of the year was Marsala - the colour of red wine.  I was fine with that, even though, once again, they didn't ask me. While I didn't have any actual Marsala coloured decor in my home, I just made sure I was carrying a glass of red wine at all times and I was right on trend! 





I don't know about you, but I am waiting with bated breath to see what they come up with for 2017. I wonder if they will ask me?


Russian Artist Irina Chipenko 

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Till next time
Sharon x


Sunday, May 22, 2016

Borrowing from the Past - Barn Doors




It's been a while since I last blogged. For some reason I struggled to find anything to inspire a post. I even contemplated giving up entirely on my blog. Do other bloggers go through that?  I just had to remind myself how much pleasure it's given me over the 5 plus years I've been at it and I feel I must just soldier on through the inspirational drought and hopefully the rains will come again. 

Speaking of rain, we really need some here in Cape Town, but I must say, I've really been enjoying these beautiful balmy autumn days that we've been having. 

 So, onto today's post on barn doors. I really like the rustic, industrial feel they lend to an interior and they seem to work well in both traditional and more contemporary settings. .Here are some pictures I thought you might enjoy.


Traditional Home Office with Built-in bookshelf, Barn door, Hanging rustic door, Chandelier, Hardwood floors, Crown molding:


Barn Doors are big in decorating right now. I love them! They hang on the outside of a door and slide on a track.:

They are a practical solution for large openings between rooms that could be problematic for traditional doors. 


Joanna Stevens Gaines @joannagaines It was a downpour...Instagram photo | Websta (Webstagram):


They are also very useful for covering areas that one doesn't always want on display. 


Here they are cleverly used to hide an outside barbeque area ...


.... a laundry area, above and a few pantries, below.

Spacious and organized pantry area with an appealing sliding door that adds character to the entire space.:



They can also be used between a bedroom and en-suite bathroom....



....and ingeniously, to hide the TV when not in use.

 Open the barn doors for an entertainment center and close them for a book shelf - genius! #cottage #rustic:



Thanks for your patience and hopefully my blogging mojo will return and you will hear from me again shortly!.

Till next time

Sharon x