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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Calm and Collected


  Hearing the stories from people who had to evacuate their homes because of the devastating wildfires in Cape Town recently, it was interesting to hear what items people took with them. In general, photo albums, laptops (because of the photos), personal documents, a few sentimental items and of course, pets and animals were the things that people loaded into their cars. It makes us realise that everything else we own is just material and immaterial in the bigger scheme of things.

 However, we were lucky enough not to be affected by the fire and my heart goes out to those families who have lost everything and have to start again. It must be so traumatic!

I had a good look around my house and tried to imagine, if I lost everything and had to start again, what would the things be that I would want to replace and it struck me that I would probably be happy with less than half of my possessions. When I came across this home on the web, I was struck by the calm and collected atmosphere that prevails. While it isn't minimalist, as such, it has a clean, uncluttered look that really appeals. If I was in the position that I had to start again - this is the look and feel I would go for. Walls left predominantly bare, the absence of knick knacks, just a few carefully edited pieces to give it a warmer feel. 


 I love the steel and glass front door with the inviting view inside,

While the living room is spacious and elegant, it still feels warm and inviting.


 It leads into the kitchen on one side and the entry hall on the adjacent side.


I love the simple lines of the staircase.

 The living room overlooks the patio, pool and pool room.

 A close up of the pool room. Love that fireplace!

 A beautiful setting.


 Back inside, the view from the entry hall into the dining room. I love that they have used the same flooring throughout most of the downstairs area.

This cosy room serves as music room and TV room and I imagine would be well used in the winter months.

A close up of the beautiful fireplace.

 Another TV watching area. Big screen and comfy sofa with slipcovers - perfect if you have children.

 The kitchen is simple and uncluttered. The slip covered bar stools are a good idea in a kitchen.


A close up of the range. The extractor is neatly hidden in the chimney hood. The combination of cupboards and open shelving is a practical solution.

 Here you can see the breakfast area with a view onto the patio. Such pretty light fittings used throughout.

 Adorable sink in the cloak room.

And finally, the gorgeous bedroom! 

I could live so happily in this house. How about you?

Till next time

Sharon x


  1. Live well is right. Although this is not my style of decorating, I pinned almost every photo for inspiration. There is something so comfortable, yet not cold about this house that stopped me in my tracks to take notes everywhere, in every room. Thanks so much. I'll be saving the entire post.

  2. Sharon,
    My heart goes out to those who lost everything in Cape Town, and elsewhere for that matter. However, at this juncture in my life I believe, like you mentioned, I could do with less. I have been paring down and believe I am happier for it. Minimalism is often misunderstood, as I discovered on a site called "The Minimalists". They (two young men) say that minimalism is simply living with things you need and love. They even go so far as to say if you love your collection of _____ [fill in the blank], keep it.
    This home is very calming and looks to be very comfortable. You always find such lovely images. Happy mid-March!

  3. This is a seriously beautiful, calm, relaxing home. I am keeping this post. I have already read it and looked at the pictures twice. I plan to refer to it again and again. Thank you for sharing it.

  4. What a gorgeous home! Such a calm, restful feeling in every room. Love it!

  5. What a beautiful home, yes this home speaks to me, the vessel sink In the powder room wow and the empty space around it is freeing. I love the kitchen which appears to have just the right amount of everything open, and defiantly not over done.
    Really an inviting open home with a quiet calming life.

    Yes so sad to lose all your presious belongings, and to pick out a few things in survival mode from your home is heart breaking. I was just talking about this to my daughter the other day, saying to her what would we crab and pack first with minimal time to do so...we really couldn't think fast enough at what we would take. Perhaps a bag of clothing and our Pia puppy and pray for the best.

    Thank you for an enlightening post.



  6. Hi Sharon. First time to your blog and I just love this home and your whole blog. I recently started a home renovation blog way out here in California called I'm looking forward to following you in South Africa.