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New York City Inspired Office Space | Hello Monday!

I’ve always loved VISI magazine – the quirky design pieces, unique homes and style ideas are really innovative and original, always a place for inspiration! And I’ve ALWAYS loved New York City – it’s one of my favourite places and I’m aching to go back and show it off to my husband… so when I found this post on VISI, I just had to re-share it.

Megan Fasanelli of Meg Vaun Interiors was featured in the magazine and asked by her client to turn a bland boring office into an inspirational space that reflected the trendy and quirky elements of New York. And she did! Love the colour combinations of black, white and yellow – really showcasing the yellow taxis so prevalent in the city – and the clever lighting, wallpapering and reupholstered furniture just adds a classic touch. Enjoy the pics!

Yellow & Black New York Office

Manhattan Artiste Style

Yellow Graphics

Edgy NYC Office Space

Classic Black & White Decor

Welcome to the Big Apple

Bashews Yellow

Lights On

New York inspired Office – all photos from VISI online.

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At the Fireside | Home Inspiration

I love a good fire. Cracking, roaring, glowing…whatever it does (as long as it doesn’t smoke out the house!), it’s a great addition to any home. My parents have the greatest fireplace – it’s big, draws really well and serves as such a good focal point in a room. A few years back they added a black fireplace to our games room – modern, easy to install and great for warming a bigger place – but I must say, I still love an old fashioned fireplace!

My aunt and uncle used to live in the ‘broekie lace’ part of Observatory in Cape Town, where their old, beautiful Victorian house had some great fireplaces – tiny, backed with mosaic and really attractive. I’ve also stayed on a farm in the Eastern Cape called Blanco (really great family memories) where they had HUGE roaring fireplaces – you could literally climb into the space they were so big. Friends of ours also have a great fireplace at their refurbished house in Rosebank – it separates two rooms with space on either side, so that it can warm and be attended to on both sides! love that feature.

Anyway as it appears to be raining and chilly most of the weekend (even though we’re off to Clanwilliam), this post is all about fantastic fireplaces warming up your Friday!

Split Fireplace

Split Fireplace | source Houzz.com

Cosy Kitchen Fireplace

Cosy Kitchen Fireplace | source Houzz.com

Fire on the Patio

Fire on the Patio | source tinywhitedaisies.tumblr.com

Fireplace in Monochrome

Fireplace in Monochrome | source kitkadesigntoronto.com

Fireplace in Summer

Fireplace in Summer | source Pinterest

Country-Style Fireplace

Country-Style Fireplace | source Houzz.com

Safari Style | Some African Inspiration

I get a lot of decor satisfaction with looking at images of beautiful safari lodges in Africa. Yes, I work in E-Marketing, but I also work for an outbound luxury Africa tour operator, so I see images like the below ALL the time!Β I love the essence and elegance of superb safari style – not cheesy animal print and fur, but classic tented style glamour, old colonial elements and a clear artistic flair.

One of my absolute favourite reserves is Singita – renowned the world over for their luxurious safaris and lodges. They have five SA lodges – Ebony, Boulders & Castleton in the Sabi Sands, and Lebombo and Sweni in the Kruger. They also have one lodge in Zimbabwe – Pamushana and then four in the Grumeti Reserves in Tanzania – Sasakwa, Sabora Tented, Faru Faru and Singita Explore. All offer unique and different experiences, but ALL are sublime when it comes to decor & style. Be inspired for your own home!

Singita Castleton

Castleton Foliage

Singita Boulders

Singita Ebony

Ebony Pith Helmets

Singita Sweni

Singita Lebombo

Lebombo Style

Sand River

All photos from Singita

Art @ Home | Everyday Inspiration

I’ve recently been inspired by a home that is filled with unique and beautiful art – some of which cost a fair bit, and others that was completely personal and hand-made. So often we decorate our walls with generic pictures – how about sprucing up your walls with some original art!?

Today’s post on The Good Girls Guide is dedicated to the celebration of Art @ Home – enjoy and be inspired πŸ™‚

Simple Art Display

Simple Art Display | source here.

Art Deco Home

Art Deco Home | source here.

Baby Room Cuteness

Baby Room Cuteness | source here.

Home Art Montage

Home Art Montage | source here.

Basement Jaxx Art Wowness

Basement Jaxx Art Wowness | source here.

Make the Most of Your Feature Wall

Make the Most of Your Feature Wall | source here.

Photo & Art Wall

Photo & Art Wall | source here.

For the Love of Furniture Refurbishment – DIY Inspiration

My mom has always inspired me with her creativity, refurbishment ideas and ability to turn something pretty average into something quite amazing! Recently she redid our entire kitchen – by building three stand-alone kitchen cabinets that look out of this world amazing. Picture vintage cream and green cupboards, worn-look furniture, slate grey tiles and lots of character πŸ™‚

My husband and I have been inspired to bring on the DIY vibe into our own home – building an entire wall cabinet/bookshelf that now houses our entire book & CD & DVD collection as well as a brand-spanking new flat screen – the joy of my husband particularly when he can watch rugby games in hi-def! Plus we also refurbished an old chest of drawers from yellow pine into a cream and dark topped set with crystal handles – looks awesome!

SO, today’s post on The Good Girls Guide is all about furniture refurbishment – turning average into amazing, being bold with colours, ideas and textures and really puting effort into creating something that is entirely authentic, original and your own. Be inspired and be sure to share you DIY tips or inspirations πŸ™‚

Refurbished Vintage Chair

Refurbished Vintage Chair | source here.

1970s Cabinet Redone

1970s Cabinet Redone | source here.

Brand New Door Knob

Brand New Door Knob | source here.

Refurbished Window Frame into Art

Refurbished Window Frame into Art | source here.

Cute Blue Cabinet

Cute Blue Cabinet | source here.

New Look Caravan/Trailer

New Look Caravan/Trailer | source here.

Wooden Stairs Redone

Wooden Stairs Redone | source here.

Pink-Legged Rustic Chair

Pink-Legged Rustic Chair | source here.

I Love You! Wardrobe Makeover

I Love You! Wardrobe Makeover | source here.

The Original Russian Doll Redone

The Original Russian Doll Redone | source here.

Farm Style Country Decor | Home Inspiration

I’ve always loved the pale colours and rough edges of traditional farm kitchens – and while achieving that look as a decor style around your entire home can be a little difficult, a country-style effect is really quite achievable!

Today on The Good Girls Guide I’ve sourced some amazing ideas and inspiration on how to create country-style goodness in your home – from the kitchen to the loft bedrooms to the little touches πŸ™‚ It’s amazing what rough wood painted white, a few overflowing vases of soft flowers and some vintage touches can do!

Remember, it’s often ALL about the accessories. If you can add little bits of inspiration to your home, you can easily add a country-style look that’s not hard, inexpensive and just looks like you’re a vintage queen πŸ™‚ Enjoy!

A Bucket of Flowers

A Bucket of Flowers | source here.

A Country Cupboard

A Country Cupboard | source here.

A Country-Style Loft Bedroom

A Country-Style Loft Bedroom | source here.

A Gorgeous Country Kitchen

A Gorgeous Country Kitchen | source here.

Sleeping in the Barn

Sleeping in the Barn | source here.

Scaffolding Coffee Table

Scaffolding Coffee Table | source here.

Traditional Farm Kitchen

Traditional Farm Kitchen | source here.

Vintage Farm Kitchen

Vintage Farm Kitchen | source here.

Sunshine in the Home: Summer Celebration

Today Cape Town is awash with colour, light and fragrance – it’s undeniably the beginning of Summer. While 1 September went by with a classic downpour and 17degree weather, Spring has finally arrived and everyone’s out in cute outfits, smiles and drinking smoothies!

To celebrate the start of our gorgeous Summer season, I’ve put together a yellow-sunshine-inspired blog post entitled: Sunshine in the Home! Bring the light in with bigger windows (or better placed ones), brighter, lighter colours, flowers and open doors! No reason why Winter has to remain indoors when outdoors looks so HOT. THat’s why I love DIY and easy-to-update decor: you can do it in a heartbeat, and all it requires is a good idea and some inspiration.

Celebrate the start of Summer with me! Happy days πŸ™‚

It's a Yellow Summer!

It’s a Yellow Summer! | source here.

Summer in the Kitchen

Summer in the Kitchen | source here.

A Room That Smells of Summer

A Room That Smells of Summer | source here.

Sleeping in the Summer Light

Sleeping in the Summer Light | source here.

Bright as a Button

Bright as a Button | source here.

Sunshine Cleaning

Sunshine Cleaning | source here.

Let the Light In

Let the Light In | source here.