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French-Inspired Kitchens | Monday Decor Ideas

We spent some time house hunting yesterday and came across one house that had the most beautiful French-inspired kitchen. Really well done with a lot of attention to detail: white crockery, glass fronted doors, slightly vintage-styled white wooden cabinets, a butcher’s sink and lots of light airy space…

There’s a lot you can do to transform your kitchen into a French-styled space: a coat of white paint, vintage door handles on your cabinets, strategically placed wooden shelves displaying great knicknacks, wooden detail, open shelves displaying your crockery and even some vintage wallpaper 🙂 Today’s post on The Good Girls Guide is all dedicated to beautiful French kitchens – be inspired and share your inspiration!

Breadboards & Subway Tiles

Breadboards & Subway Tiles | source Pinterest

Classic Butcher's Sink

Classic Butcher’s Sink | source House Beautiful

Vintage Black & White French Kitchen

Vintage Black & White French Kitchen | source House to Home

Gorgeous Pale Blue Cabinets

Gorgeous Pale Blue Cabinets | source Houzz.com

Mint & Ceramics

Mint & Ceramics | source Pinterest

Modern & Vintage Wood

Modern & Vintage Wood | source Pinterest

Cute Storage & French Wallpaper

Cute Storage & French Wallpaper | source Pinterest

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At Home on the Farm – Country Interiors Moodboard

I simply love farm-style country decor, especially if it represents the look & feel of one of my favourite places – the Karoo. My husband and I have been house-hunting for the past few weeks, and I’ve seen a couple of houses that have such character and history, really showing off their farm-house heritage.

I’ve put together a moodboard of some of my favourite inspirational images that showcase farm-style country decor – the rest of the Pinboard is here if you’d like to see the photos in more detail! Check out these two posts for more great interior inspiration: Farm-Style Country Decor and Karoo Decor Inspiration.

Farm & Country Style Moodboard

Christmas Time! Decor, Craft & DIY Ideas for a Fun Festive Season

Christmas is around the corner everyone! I can’t believe 2012 has gone so fast 🙂 While I’m beginning to swelter in 30 degree heat, I know that there are many of you who are wintering in sub-zero snowy climates; I’ve spent a few Christmases in snow, and it’s really special and adds to that truly traditional Christmas feeling, but then again, I love a hot Christmas!

Think lazy afternoon lunches out on the patio, plenty of pims&lemonade, beach days & red bobbled hats, afternoon snoozes out on a mattress on the lawn, leftovers with bubbly, swimsuits and stripey tans, presents and early morning walks…

To celebrate all the fun and festivity of Christmas, here’s my usual selection of fantastic Christmas-inspired decor, DIY tricks & tips and some craft ideas too. I hope you and your loved ones have a truly blessed time this year, and that the joy and love of Jesus is with each of you 🙂 MERRY MERRY!

Wooden Christmas Tree Decor

Wooden Christmas Tree Decor | source Trend Hunter

Red & White Love the Day

Red & White Love the Day | source Catch my Party

White Winter Decor

White Winter Decor | source Tabitha Emma

Cute Yarn Snowmen

Cute Yarn Snowmen | source Style State

DIY Silver Christmas Crafts

DIY Silver Christmas Crafts | source Style State

Snowy Candle Decor

Snowy Candle Decor | source Pretties & Posies

CandyCane Wine Stopper

CandyCane Wine Stopper | source Trend Hunter

Summer Home Inspiration – Bakoven Beach Bungalow

Today it is officially 32 degrees in Cape Town, which officially means that Summer has arrived! Very excited to start hitting the beach, sun-tanning, wearing cute shorts & skirts, staying outside longer in the evenings and just soaking up the happy vibes 🙂

To celebrate the start of November (already, I can hardly believe it!) and the lovely weather, I have found some amazing beach decor inspiration with this amazing home right on Bakoven beach in Cape Town. Beach Bungalow is classic beach style: long lazy wooden decks, crisp white wooded floors and open rafters, and of course – beautiful beach views.

Some ideas for incorporating a bit of ‘beach style’ into your house this summer: collect drift wood or simply get some old pieces of wood from a woodcutter, paint white and give a quick sand and arrange artfully on a dresser or hang on the wall; collect shells, drill holes in them and string them up in your bathroom or outside on your patio or porch; bring in a nautical theme with some recovered stripey cushions, curtains or kitchenwear in red, white and navy.

Have a super BEACH inspired weekend! x

Beach House on the Sand

Beach House on the Sand | source Roses & Rust Blogger

Beach House on Clifton 4th

Beach House | source Dust Jacket Attic

Beach House Decor

Beach House Decor | source Dust Jacket Attic

Sandy Beach

Sandy Beach | source Pinterest

Beautiful Clifton

Beautiful Clifton | source Pinterest

Beach Bungalow Bedroom

Beach Bungalow Bedroom | source Dust Jacket Attic

Wall Decor Beach Style

Wall Decor Beach Style | source Dust Jacket Attic

Bakoven Views

Bakoven Views | source Come to Cape Town

Mapping Out Your Home – Fun Friday Decor

Hi lovely Good Girls, so sorry that I haven’t posted in a while – work has been frightfully crazy and I’ve hardly had a free moment! So here’s something fun for your Friday – some really great home decor inspiration with Maps. Yes, maps! From lampshades to wallpaper to prints and frames, there’s plenty to do with maps.

Have a look at some of these inspirational ideas. Have a super weekend!

Map in the Bathroom

Map in the Bathroom | source Apartment Therapy

Map Decor

Map Decor | source Bookity

Map Lampshade

Map Lampshade | source Pinterest

Map Heart Frame | source Pinterest

Street Map Headboard

 Street Map Headboard | source Renee Fineberg

Kids Room Map Wallpaper

Kids Room Map Wallpaper | source One Kings Lane

Simple Maps in Frames

Simple Maps in Frames | source Dream Book Design

Back From the Bush – Luxury Safari Style!

My husband and I just got back from Kruger & the Sabi Sands on the weekend, after spending a week up in the lowveld, in the park and in the sands enjoying some of South Africa’s most luxurious safari lodges and tented camps, as well as SUPERB game-viewing. Apart from the wildlife, the heat and the luxury, I always am so interested in the style & decor of the lodges, really capturing a specific type of feel that is consistent throughout.

Safari Style at Tinga Narina

We stayed at Cybele Forest Lodge near White River in the Panorama Route regions, really beautiful lodge well known for their food, excellent walks and pretty garden scenery; Tinga Narina Lodge, a fantastic 5 star game lodge in a private concession on the border of the Sabi Sands and close to Skukuza Camp; Hamiltons Tented Camp, situated south of Satara Camp in its own private concession and reliving the age-old classic colonial safari; and Elephant Plains Game Lodge, a really comfortable and welcoming safari lodge in the heart of the Sabi Sands – South Africa’s most prolific wildlife destination.

Here are some pics of the lodges, just to give you a taste! All to do with the incredible decor, style and feel:

Cybele Forest Lodge - bedroom

Cybele Forest Lodge - garden

Cybele Forest Lodge - lounge

Cybele Forest Lodge – White River, Mpumalanga

Hamiltons Tented Camp - main deck

Hamiltons Tented Camp - luxury tent

Hamiltons Tented Camp – Private Concession, Kruger National Park

Tinga Narina - on the deck

Tinga Narina - luxury room

Tinga Narina - main deck

Tinga Narina – Private Concession, Kruger National Park

Elephant Plains - bedroom

Elephant Plains - lounge

Elephant Plains – Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve

Add Pops of Colour to Your Home | Saturday Decor Inspiration

With all the emphasis on bright pops of colour in the fashion world at the moment, I don’t see why it can’t be as easily incorporated at home?! Gone are the days when classy neutrals and various shades of white dominate homes – bring on the colour!

Check out these great examples of adding pops of colour to your home, and it doesn’t all mean you have to paint entire rooms bright yellow, pink or turquoise (although you can if you wanted to!) Accessories, accessories, accessories: from colourful kitchen items, to scatter cushions and colourful lamps, there are plenty ways to add a touch of colour to any room in the house.

Happy Saturday all!

Colour Pops in the Kitchen

Colour Pops in the Kitchen | source Pinterest

Pretty & Peaceful in the Study

Pretty & Peaceful in the Study | source Mint Design Blog

Gorgeous Garden on the Balcony

Gorgeous Garden on the Balcony | source Casadevalentina

MisMatched Colour on the Shelf

MisMatched Colour on the Shelf | source Homes & Antiques

Green & Neutral in the Bathroom

Green & Neutral in the Bathroom | source Better Homes & Gardens

Colour Box Ideas for Your Home

Colour Box Ideas for Your Home | source Pinterest

Lilac Walls in the Office

Lilac Walls in the Office | source Apartment Therapy