Vivez Bien * Live Well

Sunday, March 26, 2017

My sister came for supper last night and said that a friend of hers, who reads my blog, asked her to please tell me to start blogging again. Well I wasn't aware that I had stopped! Perhaps, in this day and age of instant gratification, not having posted anything for 20 days means I might as well be dead!. So I apologise and will try to post more regularly. I just find that sometimes I don't really have anything to say. (My husband might dispute this!) 

Well today I have a little bit to say although I will let the pictures do most of the talking. I think the home that I'm going to show will especially be appreciated by my long-time Roses and Rust readers. Thanks for hanging in there, people!

I stumbled across the home here. It's owned by a decorator and blogger with great style and has a definite French theme running throughout. The two aspects that I particularly like are the neutral colour scheme and the constant juxtaposition  - between masculine and feminine, rustic and refined, antique and modern. These contrasting elements are evident though out the home. 

The entrance hall leads into the living room which is open plan to a kitchen and breakfast area.

The living room has a masculine looking leather sofa combined with pretty, feminine looking Bergère chairs and a chaise longue.

I love the rustic table behind the sofa.

A large archway separates the living area from the kitchen.

Exposed brick adds a rustic feel and creates a nice contrast to the elegant marble surfaces. Metal stools add an industrial edge to the look. Different styles all working harmoniously together yet keeping it interesting. 

My brother, who also came for supper last night, tells me that every new home he goes into these days has exposed brick. I introduced it into our home 9 years ago when we renovated. According to my brother, I am ahead of my time. But only on the exposed brick thing, apparently.  

Adjacent to the kitchen is the breakfast area. I love the light fixture above the table.

Elegant linen upholstered chairs contrast beautifully with the weathered shutters alongside.

The dining room is unusually furnished with a French settee on one side and slip covered chairs opposite. A mirror leans casually against one wall....

....and is flanked by a marble topped pastry table.

Upholstered wingbacks provide seating at the head and foot of the table. All in all, a very comfortable dining experience I would imagine!

At the other side of the room to the mirror is a cabinet for storage and a drinks trolley.

One of my favourite rooms in the home is the study or home office. I particularly love the simple, uncluttered way it is furnished.

An elegant cabinet houses office paraphernalia neatly stored in boxes, alongside some decorative items to make it pretty.

Rustic shutters are used once again. Have you noticed the absence of curtaining in the home?

The patio area has a welcoming feel with comfortable seating and potted plants.

The bedroom is a calming space in shades of grey and white.

A chaise longue next to the window provides a comfortable reading nook.

A spacious dressing room leads off the main bedroom.... well as a gorgeous bathroom.

So there you go - hope you enjoyed this lovely home! 
And I really do intend to post with more frequency from now on! Let me know if I'm slipping up.

Till next time

Sharon x

Sunday, March 5, 2017

I've been framed!

The saying goes that "you are only as good as the company you keep". Well I must be pretty amazing based on the excellent company I keep! And, luckily for you, I'm going to introduce you to two of these talented friends.

The first is Sonette Wilson of FrameWorx. Sonette runs her framing business from her home based in in Cape Town's southern suburbs. She is one of those people who has the kind of effortless style that we all hanker after and her good taste extends to her framing skills. She will listen to what you think you would like, while at the same time making suggestions of her own that you will soon realise are far better than what you had in mind! She recently framed my protea painting in a simple white box frame and I couldn't be happier. 

It has brought the painting to life and given it a finished look that was previously lacking.

She has a range of frames, both plain and ornate, depending on your needs. 

Here a white frame and white mounting allow the painting to do all the talking.

She also does fabulous mirrors as in the example below....

.....and is often asked to frame memorabilia or special items for clients. Here she has framed a little statue of Ganesh, the Hindu God of Good Fortune. 

She recently framed a painting done by an artist friend of mine who I am also going to introduce to you. 
The process....

...and the beautiful end result!


So please contact Sonette for all your framing needs via her Facebook page

The painting above was done by my most talented friend, Trish Mitchell. I actually met Trish at art class and we clicked instantly. We love many of the same things and she is also a  Francophile, which instantly elevates her in my book! Trish has been painting for many years but has only recently decided to turn "professional". Long overdue IMHO! 

She has the most wonderful eye for colour and beauty and has a particular love for painting flowers....

...but can turn her hand to anything really, from people.... still lives... landscapes...

...and wildlife!

 Her artworks are real works of art! Trish has a website here and a blog here

So I have made it really easy for you, just contact Trish to aquire one of her beautiful oil paintings and then get in touch with Sonette for your framing and you are all sorted!

You're welcome!

Till next time

Sharon x