The Cozy heart of the Home - Ethnic series by Maree  Clarkson

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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

I am a watercolorist living on my little piece of African soil in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa. The inspiration for my art is the wonderfully rich variety of Fauna and Flora to be found throughout this beautiful country.
“There is a fine line between dreams and reality; it’s up to you to draw it.”

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  • Linda Jackson
    Linda Jacksonabout 4 years ago

    fantastic Maree! I can tell I am going to have to come back to this posting! thank you so much for sharing! take care, Linda

  • Thank you Linda! Will be glad to see you here again!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • almaalice
    almaaliceabout 4 years ago

    What a delightfully eclectic mix of colours and styles. Your eye for detail in everything shows in the wonderful way in which you have assembled such diverse items into single, lovely room. You must be very proud of it. I think building the bases of the sofas is inspired. Of to dust mine now and try to live up to your standards. Almaxx

  • Aaah, that dust! I’m sure you remember the African dust! If you don’t dust every day (which we don’t!) you can draw patterns on the furniture! lol! Pleased you like it and thank you for your lovely words!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallabout 4 years ago

    ’n Warm huis waar warmhartmense in woon! En alles pas so mooi bymekaar, dankie dat jy dit deel Maree!

  • Baie dankie vir jou warmhartkommentaar Liz en bly jy hou daarvan!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorabout 4 years ago

    wonderful home you have and so well decorated in a wonderful tribute to your country !LIz

  • Well, I’m really pleased you like it Liz, thank you!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotabout 4 years ago

    Lovely, Maree. Your warm personality shines through in your warm decorating colors. Very cozy and comfortable!

  • All the colours of the earth excite me Dot! Pleased you like this and thank you for your wonderful words!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottabout 4 years ago

    So warm & inviting….when can I come over???? :)

  • You’re SO welcome Marsha! When you flying out from Ohio…?!

    – Maree Clarkson

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