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Creative Use of Vases in Your Home | Decor Inspiration

For me, there’s nothing that brightens up a room more than a vase of flowers. It can change the theme of the room (proteas for South African flavour), add to the season (daffodils for spring), create a mood (roses for romance) or bring freshness to a space (think wild flowers or jasmine with those amazing scents).

But one of the best things about flowers is the actual vase! I’ve seen so many creative ways of how different objects, buckets, jugs and more can be used as a vase – and all of that really complements a room’s decor as well as work well with the flowers chosen.

Remember that vases can also contain fruit, vegetables, grasses and wire flowers – it’s really all about what sort of statement you want to make with your vase and arrangement. If you’re looking for some great flower tips & ideas (especially for a wedding or event) in and around the Cape Town area, then I would check out Audrey & Kay.

In the meantime, here are my ideas for creative vases!

Some Amazing DIY Vase Ideas

Some Amazing DIY Vase Ideas | source here

Vintage Tea Pot as a Vase

Vintage Tea Pot as a Vase | source Ana Rosa

Gilt Edge & Vibrant Purple Flowers

Gilt Edge & Vibrant Purple Flowers | source Erin Ever After

DIY Can & Clay Pot as vases

DIY Can & Clay Pot as vases | source Just Imagine

Clear Cut Glass Vase

Clear Cut Glass Vase | source Pinterest

Bronze, Cream & White Tins as Wedding Vases

Bronze, Cream & White Tins as Wedding Vases | source Crazy About Weddings

South African Style | GUEST POST – arcadian home

My previous Guest Blogger* Joanna from Arcadian Home Blog is back with another fantastic feature for The Good Girls Guide! Arcadian Home is a premier shopping destination for all home decor products, like furniture, carpets, lighting, hardware & home accessories, and the blog is dedicated to design & home decoration. Visit them here, or check out her previous post on this blog here.

Hi, everyone. It’s Joanna here from Arcadian Home blog, a fantastic place to find lots of interior design inspiration for using decorative accessories and an array of light fixtures from fabulous mini pendant lighting to ornate wall sconces. I’m so happy to be guest posting on The Good Girls Guide. How did I get here with a blog post about South African style?

This little adventure began simply enough when I was doing some online research about country bathrooms. Up popped a “contemporary meets colonial” article on Elle Decor with a lovely eclectic bath. However, what really caught my attention was the wonderful backyard of the featured home. Read on to see how that image sent me on a mission to learn about beautiful South African architecture and interiors. Please enjoy!

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This home in Sonoma County, California not South Africa, is what started it all. The caption under this photo over at Elle Decor reads simply, “the rear facade, which was inspired by the Cape Dutch farmhouses of South Africa.” I love the look and was immediately off to discover all I could about this previously unexplored style.

South African Style

Then I discovered the website for Morrells Farmhouse in Johannesburg and knew I just had to learn more about South African style. This is what dining outdoors looks like at Morrells. I love the wonderfully appealing country table décor that includes rustic charger plates and elegant glass dome food covers.

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I’ve fallen for this beautiful great room. It’s apparently an example of what’s called Karoo farmhouse style. Kimberley writes about her love of the Karoo here.

South African Style

What a wonderful eclectic mix of old and new, rustic and contemporary! It’s time to learn more about this intriguing country and its interior styles.

South African Style

It seems adding a few fun contemporary touches to very traditional rooms has become a charming part of South African interior design.

South African Style

I’m totally captivated by the living room in South African furniture designer Haldane Martin’s home. The focal point of this space is one of Haldane’s lovely lighting designs—a modern pendant light covered in exquisite feathers.

South African Style

Near Cape Town, this open and airy coastal cottage offers a homey and inviting dining space with a fantastic sea view.

South African Style

Another Cape Town beauty dressed in white is right on the beach and feels as if it could sail away on a dream with its wonderful canvas canopied deck.

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Thanks for coming along on my tour around the homes that introduced me to South African style. I want to learn more, don’t you? Kimberley and Good Girl Guide can help, or stop by our blog for more home decor, lighting fixtures, and interior spaces!

* I love guest posts! If you would like to share your knowledge or expertise on any design, decor, fashion or style trends, please email me on theggguide[at]gmail.com. All posts and included links undergo a review before publishing.

On Beauty…

I was browsing Facebook the other day and came across a post by Wynberg Girls High (where I went to school) about the 2013 Matric Dance; of course I had to read it – and was whisked off 10 years ago into my own dance, where I wore a cream top with matching satin gloves, and a long fish-tail satin skirt in wine red… things have certainly changed, but the concept of ‘what is beautiful’ hasn’t.

I read with admiration the speech made by this year’s head girl Lauren Gildenhuys, who hit the nail on the head when she described the difference between ‘being beautiful’ and ‘having beauty’:

I realised that the words beauty and beautiful have two very different meanings. Beauty is related to truth, goodness and grace, it dances in your souls and makes other people want to be around you for the right reasons. It is timeless, and it will not come off with make-up remover. It will touch hearts, not eyes. And so, although I want you all to know that you look beautiful tonight, what is more important is that you know that you each possess your own dazzling unique beauty, and will never lose it.

And just how beautiful is that? To know that each of us possess our own unique brand of beauty, and that beauty can be seen in moments, in a glance, in a landscape, in an action…I hope this has been inspirational, and that you know that we are all beautiful, because we have beauty.

ON BEAUTY

Philosophy Posters – Today’s Big Thoughts to Mull Over

Found these on Pinterest and thought I’d share them. Some really interesting thoughts and ideas to keep your brain fresh when it’s bored and borne down by work, life’s little irritations and the dirty dishes in the sink that you should have probably cleaned last night. Enjoy 🙂

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Tips on Vintage Decorating | GUEST POST

Today I’m introducing Guest Blogger Ella Andrews, who has a great flair for home decor and home maintenance. She is constantly searching for new sources of inspiration which feeds her interest in storage and home moving, and is currently discovering more stylish and sophisticated home decor ideas.

To achieve a vintage look in your home through decorating is not only relatively easy, but also quite fun. Every room can be transformed relatively inexpensively. However, you will need to invest quite a lot of imagination. Browse all sorts of flea markets, thrift stores, yard sale and also don’t forget taking a look in your grandmother’s attic. All of these can be sources for different types of objects, which could be used for decorating purposes.

Vintage House Decor

Decorating the living room

Cabbage roses as well as calico prints were quite popular during the 1930’s and 40’s. In case you don’t feel like papering the whole living room with cabbage roses, a similar effect can be achieved by upholstering just a couple of cushions or a chair in that design. During the 1930’s and 40’s a great hit were lace doilies, head vases and all sorts of knick knacks.

In case you have a fireplace in the living room, add a number of vintage fire andirons, bellows, hand wrought tools, etc. Hanging framed vintage photos on the mantlepiece is a nice touch, too.

Tips on Vintage Decorating

Decorating the bedroom

Each bedroom is in need of a dresser, correct? That’s why you can easily make this part of the bedroom’s interior a vintage one. It will without a doubt grant the room a really pleasant look. For instance, a plain old white dresser will fit right in. You can stick a couple of vintage postcards on the mirror. You can easily find such at any antique store and at a relatively low price. Remember, even small things can make a huge difference when it comes house maintenance and decoration.

What can also contribute to a nice vintage look is the bedding. The linens must be chosen wisely – quills, afghans, comforters. They can all help the bedroom ‘travel’ back in time. An antique cradle, complete with a doll from the same period, floral prints and family portraits on the wall are also options that are worth considering.

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Decorating the kitchen

This is, hands down, the most fun part of vintage decorating. However, if you prefer genuine vintage items, either buy off of eBay, or shop from antique stores. An old style school kitchen table and a hoosier cabinet will definitely take you back in the past. There are also a number of smaller items that can compliment the vintage look:  blue speckled enamelware, blue willow china, salt glazed pottery.

Also, blue or red as well as white enamel pots plus canister sets, too. And what would a vintage kitchen be without vintage kitchen ‘tools’ – salt and pepper shakers, egg beaters, vintage mixers, tin breadboxes, etc. The walls could be used for hanging all sorts of objects. Some of them can get used on a daily basis, while others will serve just for decoration – plates, aprons, old tin signs, etc. Frankly, the tin signs are appropriate for all rooms. They are quite easy to find and pretty attractive, the most popular ones being Route 66 and Coca Cola.

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Decorating the bathroom

Even the bathroom can acquire a vintage look. You can do that by using a collection of mustache cups or a set of shaving mugs accompanied with brushes and a razor stop.

Vintage Decor in the Bathroom

Ella Andrews currently contributes articles around home storage and house moving, as well as decor.

* I love guest posts! If you would like to share your knowledge or expertise on any design, decor, fashion or style trends, please email me on theggguide[at]gmail.com. All posts and included links undergo a review before publishing.

My Favourite PinBoards on Pinterest [Decor Inspiration]

I love Pinterest. It’s been such a great creative outlet, not just for finding great inspiration for house and home, but for giving direction and energy to my blog posts! I have been on Pinterest for a while now – when it was still ‘invite only’ and I have just loved the new look of the site. If you’re on it and haven’t upgraded – do it now! Bigger pins, better experience.

I thought I would share some of my favourite pin boards with you – all to do with home decor, DIY inspiration, clever ideas and some more specifics: kitchens, storage, at-home office spaces. This is all leading up to ‘The Big Move’ and so I’m pinning away so that one day I can use all these great ideas in real life.

Enjoy! If you have some great Pinterest boards of your own, please post the links below in a comment and I’ll be sure to follow your pins 🙂 x

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All of my favourite home decor ideas – from couches to prints to frames to vases to ornaments. Anything that catches my eye ends up here 🙂

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This is my ‘ideas’ space with great practical DIY opportunities to take something at home and change it into something really beautiful and lovely.

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For anyone who ever wanted a home office – regardless or not if you think you’d be productive! – this is my inspiration space for dreaming of working at home.

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For all those ‘ah, great idea!’ pins. Some very clever little ideas that look great, don’t appear to take very much work and will make everyone else jealous.

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I’m a little bit silly over traditional farm/Karoo-style decor. I love the all-white rooms, the rustic wood, the vintage chandeliers and the homey feel.

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Places to store and keep. From shelves to cupboards to containers and wardrobes – this is all about great storage ideas – and where to put those tesky items!

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Looveeee kitchens. Anything that catches my eye that’s inspirational, beautiful and looks like a great space for dreaming, cooking and conversation ends up here.

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We Bought a House! Homeowners {to be}

So the BEST news prior to the Easter weekend was the BIG news that we bought a house! For real! What a dream experience it has been; to have been living with my parents for only 2 weeks and to have an offer accepted and signed for is really just a miracle. God has been SO IN THIS with us, it’s really remarkable.

As we set off to get our bond approved, pull together all our remaining finances and dream furiously on Pinterest, I’m just so aware of how He has orchestrated this for us. The couple who sold the house to us are in their 60s/70s and are strong Christians, who felt the Lord was going to bring people into their house who they were going to sell it to. We connected them through a wonderful hodge-podge experience of my mom’s tennis club friend who had this couple in their cell group, and then found we had SO many people in common with them – just really a fantastic experience for us!

Please keep my hubby and I in your prayers as we navigate this rather scary yet immensely exciting next phase of our lives 🙂 Homeowners!

Moving on Up!