Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Decorating a Difficult Space Part II

I am finally posting my game room update even though there are a couple of spaces that still need to be tweaked.  Redecorating my own home never happens too quickly.  You will notice I posted Part 1 of this back in September!! The room has been “pretty much complete for months but I am constantly tweaking.  I finally decided to post some pictures before you all forgot about it in the first place. You might want to go back and read Part 1 here before continuing. Once our kids went off to college (many moons ago) this room was neglected and unused except for the tiny little corner where we watched television.

Here is the finished room. This room had a lot of design issues and is probably one of my trickiest room arrangements to date.  The bonus is it has the prettiest views in the entire house and we absolutely love spending time here now. This is our new seating area.

As you can see we have beautiful views of the rose garden and surrounding hills from the french doors.
and views of the pool and patio area from the windows….
I think every space needs a mix of old and new.  You can read my post on how to get the collected look here.

Two landscape paintings by Pat Huber you can see more of her work here
Can you guess what is behind the old shutters?
Another painting by local artist (and friend)  Chris Johnson of Carmel River Beach.

On Friday I will report on the issues with this room (there were many), the before and afters, and sources. 

Monday, May 15, 2017

The Unparalled Camps at Londolozi

Is an African Photo Safari on your bucket list? If you could travel from compound to compound in Kruger National Park and stay in only the most beautifully appointed camps, Londolozi is for you.

Londolozi’s history is entwined with the history of the Varty and Taylor families,” the conservation dynasties that have dedicated their lives to saving a small part of Africa’s Eden”. These great-grandfathers of the Varty and Taylor families established camps on the banks of the river in the twenties.
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For two generations, the family hosted presidents and princesses who came for the hunt. This era ended in 1969 when John, Dave and Shan Varty “assumed the stewardship of the property”. “Sharing the dream of a different kind of relationship with the land, they created a blueprint for a new vision of conservation and restoration in Southern Africa”.and made it a place where people would come to look at, not to hunt, wildlife. The property was renamed Londolozi,, which in Zulu means “protector of all living things”
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Each of the five incredible Londolozi camps offers” luxury accommodations, stunning views, and exceptional cuisine. All camps offer the same access to 34,000 acres of the best Big Five game viewing in Africa, led by some of the continent’s finest rangers and trackers”. The camps vary in price according to the quality of the accommodation, though all belong to the elite Relais & Châteaux hotel group.
First stop Pioneer Camp

After a long day of sight seeing how about dining alfresco here?  Can you imagine anything more romantic

Tree Camp, “Nestled in the leadwood tree canopy, this lodge is a sanctuary of elegance and simplicity”

Can you imagine breakfast or dinner with this view?

Could the rooms be any more luxurious?

The family friendly Founders Camp honors those who were responsible for the camps beginnings

Varty Camp (named after the owners and founders)

If you win the lottery and would like to travel with five of your nearest and dearest friends the ultra exclusive Granite Suites are for you. ‘'The lodge is flanked by an extrusion of granite rocks, an effect echoed by the décor’s bold materials and silver, charcoal and elephant grey palette. The suites convey Africa’s raw essence with a contemporary and elegant flavor”

I tried to find out who was responsible for the decorating of the camps but was unsuccessful.  I would love to hear if any of you know.  Have any of you been to one of the Londolozi Camps?  If so, please share!
All photos courtesy of Londolozi.com.  If you would like to find out more about these wonderful camps go here