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Friday, July 22, 2016

Lust for Linen


I have always championed crisp white cotton bed linen with as high a thread count as your budget can stretch to. But I have to confess to having lustful thoughts of late. I blame Pinterest! I did a search on pure linen bed linen and I've now become smitten with the idea.




There is something about it that oozes lived-in luxury, crumpled elegance, laid back style and faded glamour that I am finding irresistible.  One enthusiastic pinner compared sleeping in a bed with linen sheets to floating on a cloud, wrapped in cashmere! Well, wouldn't we all like to be doing that!


It conjures up ideas in my head of lazy lie-in's, breakfast in bed, snuggling with kids and dogs and husbands (well maybe just one husband). Relaxed living at it's best. I wonder if I succumb to some of this linen whether I will start getting breakfast in bed?



The thing that I'm not so sure about is this - if I get some for my bed - will it look like these beautiful, stylized, artfully creased and crumpled images, or will it just look like I'm a bit of a slag that couldn't be bothered to make my bed properly?  


It definitely isn't a neat and crisp bedroom look.



And if I indulge, do I stick to white or should I choose some of the gorgeous pastels, greys and naturals instead?



 It seems that there are more questions than answers!


Thoughts please.....


Till next time

Sharon x




Monday, July 18, 2016

About Time - Daniel Wellington




My High School English teacher always used to quote this line from an Andrew Marvell's poem ....


But at my back I always hear

Time's wingèd chariot hurrying near ... 


The late Mr Marvell clearly had quite a romantic view of time, picturing it as a "wingèd chariot".  I see it more as a great big armoured truck, bullying me through the day.  

I always seem to feel rushed and pressured, glancing at my watch 100 times a day. It's not something I'm proud of, but it is what it is and it's not likely to change until my children leave home. What I have decided, though, is if I'm going to look at my watch that often, it better be a good looking watch! And that is where Daniel Wellington comes into the picture.

I was lucky enough to receive one of their elegant watches recently and I couldn't be happier. It is everything I love in a watch. Classic, slim-lined, with a simple white face, a rose-gold casing and a brown leather strap. Perfection!


The style I chose is called the Dapper St Mawes, but I would have been happy with any of the other styles as well. There are choices of rose gold or silver casings and black, dark or lighter brown leather straps.



There is also the stripey Nato strap where you can have interchangeable versions. I was quite drawn to this style thinking it would be great for when I play tennis or go sailing. But then, I remembered that I don't actually do those things. It is very appealing, though. Maybe I should take up tennis again, just for the watch!



The brand is equally appealing to men and women and is available in a few different size faces.

IF YOU are interested in purchasing a daniel wellington watch, visit their website. roses and rust readers qualify for a 15% discount valid until 31 august. so don't delay. WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE WATCHES UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL

 Use the discount code: rosesDW

 If you would like to see the watches up close and personal

here is the store locator link

Till next time
Sharon x

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

A Winter's Tale


I hope all the Dad's had a good Father's Day. I was away for the Father's Day weekend visiting my parents so I asked Matt, my 18 year old son, if he would mind going to the shops to buy some eggs, bacon, sausage etc so that he and his brothers could cook a nice breakfast for my husband on Father's Day. When I phoned home on Saturday evening, I asked Matt if he had managed to get to the shops." No", he replied, "Dad bought the breakfast stuff - he was going to the grocery store anyway so I just asked him to buy it". I think he might have missed the point! Boys?!? 



While it's not actually snowing in Cape Town, it certainly feels like it is. I have been colder this winter than ever before. Maybe it's just because I'm getting older. My dad, who is fast approaching 90, maintains that the whole idea of global warming is a load of rubbish - he just gets colder and colder every year!

This gorgeous, snow-clad home is in Maine, USA. Decorated by Design Firm, Nicola's Home, it is a lovely combination of  rustic and elegant, modern and antique, all effortlessly co-existing in a most inviting way. 


A beautiful antique bowfronted chest combined with casual wicker chairs looks perfect in the entrance hall.


The living room is beautifully cosy with its pale furnishings. I can almost imagine a reindeer coming out of those trees. Do they have reindeer in Maine?


I love the dining area with its rustic table, wicker chairs and contemporary light fitting. What a great place for comfort food, red wine, friends, family and gazing out at the snowy landscape.


Such an attractive kitchen. I love the yin and yang of the rustic cooker hood and luxuriously upholstered bar stools.



There is an industrial feel to this bar area - very nice!


Cute little French Style chest of drawers adapted for a basin in the powder room. 

                                                                
You can find similar at NetDecor         or                           Block and Chisel



The main bedroom is pretty and comfortable and that window seat looks so inviting.


Different styles are evident in the bathrooms. I really like the glass fronted vanity below. I haven't come across that idea before.



And finally, the cutest kids bunk room.



I hope you enjoyed this home and to my fellow Capetonians....stay warm. 

Till next time

Sharon x



Sunday, June 19, 2016

Dad's Day


To my own dad, my children's dad and all the other fabulous dads around the world, wishing you a very happy Father's Day on Sunday! 

To remind us of how much we appreciate the roles our dads play in our lives, I thought I would share some beautiful and heartwarming pics of dads in all shapes and sizes. Some in very good shape I might just add!








"Biology is the least of what makes someone a father."
(Borrowed and adapted from Oprah)











I couldn't  resist including a beagle pic!







Till next time

Sharon x