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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Wonderful wicker

It is early Sunday morning here in South Africa. My husband is away in New Zealand, my 9 year old twins are away at a sleepover, my older 2 boys are still fast asleep and I am very content in bed with a cup of coffee,  a sleeping puppy and my laptop, taking advantage of the peace and quiet to compile a new blog post.

I love the casual feel of wicker chairs paired with a rustic table for informal dining!

One can just imagine this table filled with luscious Mediterranean fare like meze or tapas and, of course, a carafe or two of wine. (I shouldn't be thinking of wine so early in the morning, should I?)

I like this idea of interspersing wicker with upholstered chairs. Make sure your kids use the wicker ones!

I love the cabinet in the background and the contrast between the crystal chandelier and the rustic wicker.

These chairs look more like banana leaf than wicker, but pretty all the same. Love the lanterns.

What a lovely, cozy room.

There is something very comforting about wicker.

Love the stone fireplace.

Beautiful vaulted ceiling and lantern!

This home is in Simonstown, a naval base just outside Cape Town - hence the naval references.

Love those chairs!

Love this table!


While I am content in bed with my puppy and my laptop - I would be even more content breakfasting here with my husband and a view of the Eiffel tower! (Just in case my husband is reading this.)

Till next time

Sharon x

Images: 1. Isobel Lopez Quesada, 2. Estilo Rustico, 3. Cote Quest Mag 4.www., 5. Decorpad, 6, 8 & 9. Gap Interiors, 7. Unknown, 10. House and Leisure mag, 11. Room Seventeen blog, 12, LaGrange Interiors 13. The Honeymoon Project


  1. Sounds like the perfect morning Sharon. I love the wicker chairs interspersed with the upholstered ones....just divine... X

  2. Beautiful images but the third one with the mix of upholsteried and wicker pieces is my favorite, love that mix. Here's hoping your husband reads your post and gets the clue! Enjoy your relaxing Sunday!

  3. I love all these looks, too. I tried putting my two wicker chairs at the end of my dining table and it just didn't look right. I think I need natural colored ones instead of white.

  4. Love, love, love wicker with a rustic farmhouse table! One of my favorite looks!!

  5. I love the room with the bricks, the beams, and the basketry...perfect patinas. Such a lovely, "snuggly" morning's now Sunday morning here in America...Have a great week, Sharon!

  6. Sharon these images are STUNNING, I love them all! I love the look of wicker chairs around a rustic farmhouse table. Have a great week friend! Martina

  7. There really is something comforting about wicker isn't there? I love all of these images. A hug from me to you. XO, Mona

  8. Those rooms are so gorgeous. I really do love wicker too. I have a few pieces at our lake home in northern Wisconsin. Thanks for sharing these...and I'm jealous of how you spent your morning! :)

  9. You have hit on one of my favorites right now! I am loving the contrast that it brings that you show so beautifully in these images...gorgeous post!!! I am pinning several. :)

  10. oh yes, love wicker lends a nice organic element to any decor...and the color is so enjoying a cup of coffee, the quiet and blogging this morning all while in the comfort of my bed, too.. :)

  11. Lovely images. I do agree with you about wicker, especially the very chunky stuff, it's very warm and rustic. I adore the second picture! Love Linda x

  12. I do agree with you about wicker, it is wonderfully warm and rustic. I especially love the 2nd picture. Love Linda x

  13. You have such lovely taste. I love some of the colours in these images, particularly the washed out blues. That beach house you featured recently is exquisite! Hope you're enjoying your puppy, we are here. Rachaelxx

  14. The wicker and the timber together is just gorgeous. It's beautiful against the stone and with the chandelier. These images are divine. Enjoy your time to yourself. Leahx

  15. I am working on the breakfast booking, but am not sure I have the correct view of the Eiffel Tower!!

    Glad you had some time to relax while I was away.


  16. J'adore the first picture!
    You have really a lovely taste. I also love the chairs in picture n.11.
    Have a wonderful week end in your sunny Country. Here in Italy is a rainy day and will be the same for all the week end!
    Bisou, Babi