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Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Perfect Holiday!



Some friends from the United States are coming to stay with us over the summer holidays in December and January. Somehow when you have visitors from elsewhere - it makes you look at your own surroundings with fresh eyes. I started thinking about what a fabulous place Cape Town is for a holiday and if you are visiting with US Dollars, Pounds, Euros, in fact most foreign currency, it would be even more fabulous because you would get such fantastic value for your money. Because many of the readers of this blog are from foreign shores, I thought I would do you a favour and find some wonderful accommodation for you if you were clever enough to plan a holiday in my part of the world.


I came across a website called CAPSOL that has a wonderful selection of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets. I chose a few of the homes from their portfolio that I thought you might like.....


The first from Capsol's portfolio is called Overglen and is situated in Camps Bay along the Atlantic Seaboard. This 4 bedroomed home would be ideal for a family that likes a home away from home feel. It has a beautiful mountain backdrop and wonderful sea views.



It is decorated in such a cheerful and relaxed way that you really feel that you could move in and feel at home right away.


Comfortable furnishings in muted shades with accents of blue are evident throughout the home.





The main bedroom is so tranquil, perfect for morning lie-ins or afternoon naps!


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The second home from Capsol's portfolio is called Bakoven Dream. You might recall a post I did here on another home in Bakoven, which, incidentally, is also in Capsol's portfolio. Bakoven has a small section of beach which is surrounded on either side by rocks and boulders. This secluded little bay is a great place for sunbathing and relaxing in the summer heat.  Imagine enjoying the magnificent sunsets sitting on this deck with a glass of chilled white wine from the Cape Winelands.....perfection!.


This home, right on the water's edge is light, bright and airy with sea views from almost every room.


Imagine waking up to the sounds of the ocean right on your doorstep every morning!


The home is decorated in shades of blue, grey and white which blend perfectly with its natural habitat.


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The final home I'm sharing with you today is in Camps Bay and is called Big Rock Villa. This home is for those who like something a bit more sophisticated. It is very spacious and is perfect for a family who like entertaining on a large scale. Decorated in muted shades, and sumptuous fabrics, the interior invites you to sink into a comfortable sofa with your feet up and a good book or just gazing out at the wonderful views.


The kitchen has an extra long island, perfect for the type of meals where everyone helps to prepare the food or takes a seat to chat to the hostess.



The bedrooms and bathrooms are beautifully cool refuges from the summer heat.




 To find out more about these and many other stunning homes, visit Capsol's website here and get planning your perfect holiday. I guarantee that you won't be disappointed .....  that could be you sitting on that rock below!



I will be back next week with V is for ........ . In the meantime, plan your escape from the Northern Hemisphere winter and head to beautiful Cape Town where I'll be happy to meet you for a sundowner. Cheers!

Till next time.

Sharon x

All images via Capsol, except the 2nd image which is via Cape Town Direct and the last image  which is via National Geographic.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Aesthete's Alphabet - U is for Umbrella






"When the sun shines, we'll shine together
Told you I'd be here forever
Said I'll always be a friend
Took an oath I'ma stick it out 'til the end
Now that it's raining more than ever
Know that we'll still have each other
You can stand under my umbrella
You can stand under my umbrella"
(Rihanna)


 Whether it is to protect us from the rain or the sun, we all need umbrellas from time to time, so we might as well use and store them as stylishly as possible. Here is my collection of pictures featuring umbrellas. Enjoy! 






















Whatever the weather in your part of the world, I wish you a happy week ahead.

Till next time

Sharon x

All images via Tumblr and Pinterest




Saturday, August 9, 2014

Meet Maison & Co



I am briefly interrupting my alphabet series because I am so excited about introducing my new sponsor to you! Maison & Co is the most wonderful online store. It is not often that I come across a shop where I want to own everything they sell, but in this instance, that is most definitely the case. In fact, not only do I want to buy everything, I also want to live the lives of the two owners, Bernadette Truxal and Kendall Drake. Not only do they get to spend their days surrounded by beautiful antique furniture, art and accessories, they get to travel to the best parts of Europe to source these wonderful items.


Just imagine spending your days browsing through brocantes and antique markets in the beautiful villages of France, Sweden and other European countries, following your passion for sourcing unique and authentic 18th and 19th century antiques. I am probably romanticising it, because I am sure it is jolly hard work and very tiring! But how rewarding it must be when that container arrives and you get to unpack all the treasures!


......And what beautiful treasures they are! I have spent long hours perusing the Maison & Co website. In addition to the beautiful antique furniture, lighting, art and various accessories and objet d'art, they have their own collection of modern pieces which perfectly complement their antiques.


Bernadette and Kendall's passion for quality and good design is very evident when you look at the collection they have built up and made available to us through their online store.


I couldn't resist putting some items together to show you just how beautifully you could furnish a corner of your home with a selection of items from Maison & Co


This 18th Century Swedish secretary and pair of 19th Century Swedish armchairs chairs look perfect combined with modern lamp and accessories from the Maison Collection.



This gorgeous lamp and mirror would look wonderful  adorning this 18th century Swedish Rococo period  table. To complete the look, imagine the table flanked by these Danish armchairs and either of these pretty cushions. I love this table so much....if you like it too, you better hurry and snap it up!


Here I have put together a French country corner with this wonderful antique French bookcase. I would place the vintage French wool crate on top and put the 19th Century Gustavian chairs on either side with an antique Italian lantern above each one.


Not only can can you furnish the inside of your home from Maison and Co....your patio or garden could also be greatly enhanced with a few beautiful items from their store. The 19th Century French garden bench pairs beautifully with the modern Stephane tea table.


If you like an industrial inspired look, this Paris Shutter cupboard would be a great choice. Antique grain sack pillows and French oyster basket complete the look.


Sadly some of these items have already been sold, so be sure to visit the Maison & Co website soon so you don't lose out! You can thank me later. 

Maison & Co, based in Wichita, Kansas, are exclusively an online business and ship all over the world. You can find the link to the website on the sidebar of my blog. 

Back to my "Aesthete's Alphabet" series, I am still pondering U is for ........Unknown???, but stay tuned, I will be posting soon.

Till next time

Sharon x