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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!

South African Style

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.

South African Style

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] All posts and included links undergo a review before publishing.

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