I’ve had a couple of requests to ‘share’ a bit more about where I live on my little piece of African soil, so I decided to do a short series of my home in Tarlton, South Africa, situated on an 8.5ha smallholding. This is purely for fun! I would just like to mention that, when building and decorating my home about 7 years ago, I have taken inspiration from Africa, and nature in particular, surrounding myself with natural (and sometimes living!) objects and colour. I am not ostentatious by nature and prefer the simple and natural things in life. Hope you enjoy and find this interesting! I know I just LOVE to see other people’s living spaces, be it small or large, simple or ornate, in suburbia or the country, in a basement or a sky-scraper, inland or at the coast.
Although the kitchen is the “heart of the home”, I think the Lounge or Sitting room is the “cozy heart of the home”. Here is where we entertain visitors, where I will sit and read to when hubby watches TV and from where I’ve got quick access my garden to check on the animals and water some pot plants.
(Also in this series :
The Heart of a Home,
A Special Sanctuary,
Surrounded by Karee’s,
Where and How Do You Do Your Art,
Bath Delights and
The Cozy Heart of the Home
Mommy Bobby and her clutch of 10
Mommy Bobby – doing what chickens do
Hi! I am Jacko, a Fox Terrier/Chihuahua cross and
maybe a couple more!)
Camera : FujiFinepix 2800Zoom Digital
Lounge built-in seating and built-in display unit – all built with concrete and painted with Plascon EarthCote ‘Bushveld Sand’. The upholstery on the seating is Orange Chamois with Linen Scatter cushions in red. An Nguni skin adorns the floor and the Oregon coffee table is flanked by two West African wooden stools.
Built in seating, display unit and built-in TV unit on the right, with Plasma TV above. Wall painted in Plascon EarthCote ‘Cookie’.
Detail of built-in display unit – note the concrete balls inset at the bottom. the builder and myself had great fun forming concrete into balls and then pasting them into the wet concrete! In the corner is an African clay pot housing my collection of wooden ‘knobkieries’ (African walking sticks) and some burnt bamboo from the garden. On the wall hangs a Zebra tail, a leg bone from a Springbok and a Zulu spear. On top is a Victorian-style bird-cage and a collection of Acacia karroo branches with thorns.
Plasma TV topped by a Thatched canopy
Another view of the Plasma TV with thatched canopy above it.
Detail of table lamp next to TV screen – wooden carved Bushman figure topped by a Giraffe-print lampshade and hung with Mali beads.
Mollie, my Mole Snake, shed her skin a couple of months ago and I’ve got it displayed on the built-in TV top – it’s 1.7m long.
The opposite end of the lounge – a comfy couch with interchangeable slip-cover and sheer curtains hanging from ordinary washing-line pegs. A bookcase houses some of my books and on top of that are some carved wooden animals.
The passage behind the lounge seating, with wooden carved door leading into the double garage. A collection of African masks adorns the one wall.
Detail of the door handle on the wooden carved door leading to the double garage.
Next to the lounge, the entrance leading to the Main Bedroom, which you can see here. The corner of the wall is inlaid with river pebbles and two concrete pillars topped with African clay pots flank the entrance. In the corner stands a carved wooden Giraffe.
Double wooden cottage-pane doors leading from the Patio into the Dining room and lounge.
Detail of Springbok horn handles on the front door.
From my portfolio of Farm Talk