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Sunday, December 1, 2013

French Charm in Cape Town

It's hard to believe that this gorgeous home was previously a school with lot's of pokey rooms and small windows. The owners, self confessed Francophiles of note, needed space to accommodate their treasured collection of furniture and accessories and undertook a two year long renovation to create the home of their dreams.
A beautiful armoire topped with confit pots from a Paris flea-market and an antique leather chair create a welcoming feel in the entrance hall.
An antique coat rack, old kist and wicker basket housing sports equipment create a casual and lived in atmosphere.
Antique shutters from France are placed on either side of the fireplace in the living room.  Wood and wicker create a casual feel.
Two identical hunting tables from a chateau in Burgundy, are placed side by side in the dining room, perfect for entertaining large numbers of friends and family. I love the idea of the blackboard for menus or fun messages!

The marble topped kitchen island has a distressed paint effect which  adds character.

A dutch door with the top part open allows light to flood through into the kitchen.

An old kitchen scale and antique baguette baskets create an interesting display.

The main bedroom is calm and peaceful with it's soothing colour scheme. I love the vintage linen dressing the bed.

The neutral theme extends into the bathroom which is simply furnished. 

In contrast, the daughter's bedroom has a riot of colour on the vintage wrought-iron bed.

Colourful accessories and vintage furniture create an stimulating space for  a young girl.

I love the classical lines of the front of the house with the black shutters and slate tiles.
A collection of earthenware on a baker's rack, huge carafes in wicker baskets, kudu horns and statement cushions on the veranda, a popular gathering place.

The garden has a Mediterranean feel with it's olive trees and low walls.

I hope you enjoyed a tour of another beautiful South African home. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead.
Till next time
Sharon x

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  1. Love the rustic elegance vibe...gorgeous!! Hope you are well Sharon!

  2. So pretty Sharon! The floor is gorgeous and I love the neutrals in the bedroom. The kitchen is rustic and looks warm and welcoming. Enjoy your day!

  3. It is a gorgeous home, so many fabulous rustic touches.
    I love the baskets on the wall.

  4. Hi Sharon! I love your dining room and the idea of the blackboard really different...And the bedroom loved it! Really welcoming and cozy feeling...This place is so Gorgeous!!

  5. Dear Sharon, it looks like in a fairy tale! A dream! Thank you! Christa

  6. Sharon,
    What a lovely, livable and inviting home. It is hard to believe that it was once a school. What great vision.
    Happy December.