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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Simple and Stylish - Sweden meets Africa

What do you get when you mix the Scandinavian style with more earthy African touches?

This beautiful home.

 A Swedish couple settled in Somerset West near Cape Town, built this Cape Dutch style home and furnished and decorated it in such a simple, yet stylish way

The dining room is sparsely furnished, yet warm and inviting.

The African sun streams into the entrance hall.

The kitchen - light and bright.

Love the old kist at the foot of the bed and the wine barrel used as a side table.

Beautiful basins.

The front facade with it's Cape Dutch gable.

See more on Cape Dutch architecture in a previous post here.

Till next time

Sharon x

Image source: here


  1. Gorgeous home!!! There is a restaurant here that serves Italian food anyways the style is just like this home! The chairs to all the tables are exactly like these ones and they are so comfortable. I told my husband that i want these chairs!!!!
    I love love this style!
    Thanks Sharon!!

    Pamela ox

  2. This is a fabulous house! I love the combination of white and wood. And the exterior is beautiful. Thank you for sharing! Phyllis

  3. This is gorgeous Sharon, such beauty on my doorstep and I do not even know of it's excistence! Thank you for sharing, truly love it. Find myself hankering
    For spaces with only what I need...
    Colette x

  4. What an absolutely beautiful home Sharon! Thanks for sharing it with us!

  5. I love their home and especially their living room. The mix is amazing and so warm. I love seeing your part of the world Sharon.


  6. What a beautiful home! Thanks for sharing it :)

  7. And it's the simple, classic feel and the inviting!!

  8. Magnifique, plein de charme cette maison

  9. Wonderful!
    I love it when cultures meet in a happy marriage like this. I can definitely see the Dutch/Belgian influences in the interior and they are very close to my beloved Swedish aesthetic, just a tad 'quieter'.

    Thank you for sharing this. I am keeping several images in my Pinterest bank.

    x Charlotta
    Space for Inspiration

  10. Oh wow! It is a gorgeous home! Love all the gorgeous woodtones with the bright white. The only thing I would add is some flowers or plants to the rooms. :)

  11. What a stunning home! I love that dining makes me want to rip down the heavy drapes in my dining room now!!! LOL

  12. Very pretty. I really like the style of the owner.

  13. I love the mix. You always find such great homes to post about.

  14. How lovely...this would be a wonderful escape for me...missing you. I'm pedaling as fast as I can to keep up these days. XO, Mona

  15. Hi Sharon - I remember seeing this house featured in a magazine and absolutely loved it, so lovely to see these pics again - such simplicity and beauty.
    Love your blog - it makes me terribly nostalgic for my home town!
    Best wishes, Karen