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Monday, November 28, 2016

Afro-French Style

It is no secret that I have an ongoing love affair with France and all things French. But I also love South Africa (present leadership excluded, but that is not a subject for this blog). So when I came across this house on the Garden and Home website, my heart started to beat a little faster. To me, it is the perfect combination of the two countries. 

The entrance hall above combines a beautiful French style mirror and  console table with a Nguni hide on the floor, a wooden vat filled with proteas and some earthenware pots which are all typically African.

The house, owned and decorated by Sandy de Bruin of Country Living and ex Miss South Africa fame, is perched on a hilltop near Dullstroom, Mpumalanga. The family use it as their weekend getaway. Lucky them!

Here on the veranda, a pretty French bench sits happily alongside a rustic table and iron brazier. What magnificent views. I think I could sit out there all day.  

The living room is comfy and inviting in muted shades.

I love the juxtaposition of the elegant French table and chairs with the rustic wicker and roughly plastered walls. 

A perfect Afro-French bedroom. Nguni print cushions and ceramic horns beautifully paired with French chest of drawers and ottoman. 

Each bedroom has its own fireplace perfect for cozy winter nights.

This bedroom is decorated with blue accents that echo the sky and distant mountains. 

And yet another beautiful bedroom. 

Such an attractive corner. The creel baskets and hats are the perfect addition since Dullstroom is famous for fly-fishing. 

The blue shutters are reminiscent of French farmhouses and look so perfect combined with the stone walls.

I hope you enjoyed this little tour. For more tours of lovely South African homes visit the newly revamped Garden and Home magazine website here.

Till next time

Sharon x


  1. Sharon,
    Does it get cold there? What a beautiful home and location! I can see why you love the combination of your beloved country with a French flair.

  2. Stunning design. Each room is stunning.