Shamwari Game Reserve – Garden Route Part III

Hello again my dear readers, Our Garden Route adventure continues. Just to bring you up to date: after two heavenly days at Plettenberg Bay Hotel and Spa we headed off to Shamwari Game Park. Shamwari (meaning My Friend) Private Game Reserve is in one of the malaria free zones in South Africa situated in the East Cape Province. Stretching 25,000 hectares over a malaria free landscape, it offers an award-winning nature experience and is one of the largest private conservation initiatives in Southern Africa. After a few hours drive from Plettenberg Bay, we arrived at the park on time for lunch. We were escorted to a circular shaped large green lawn where in the...

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Plettenberg Bay Park Hotel and Spa

Hello again, my dear readers, As you may recall from reading my previous post, I was telling you about our trip along South Africa’s Garden Route. In this post I would like to tell you about the place where we, after travelling for a long day, stopped for two days. It is called Plettenberg Park Hotel and Spa. My husband pre-booked via the internet while we were still in Sydney but didn’t reveal any details about it to me. Knowing his taste for all the good things, I expected it to be a 4-5 star hotel where the beds are extremely comfortable, towels are white and crisp and the staff is very well trained....

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Red: A DIY Story

Recently I wrote about the power of the colour red. This time I wanted to share with you how to seamlessly thread this strong hue into your decor. I like to follow the 60:30:10 rule: when choosing colours for a room, stick to three because this is enough to make it interesting without clashing or confusing. Then, rather than using equal amounts of each colour, divide them into 60%, 30% and 10%. The main colour should cover around 60% of the space i.e. the walls, add 30% of the second colour i.e. major furniture pieces and flooring, and the final 10% is a third colour that brings the whole scheme together and creates accents where you...

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From Africa With Love

Hi All, My name is Anna Marcus and I am an interior styling addict from Sydney, Australia. Although I’ve been living in this beautiful country since my early thirties, my roots stem from the oh-so-exotic country of Uzbekistan, formerly part of the USSR. A few years ago my day job as an accountant was beginning to leave me dissatisfied. I started dreaming about leaving it all behind and turning my hobby of decorating my home with knick knacks from around the globe into something a little more full time. Finally I took the leap from the corporate world and signed up for a Diploma in Creative Visual Arts specialising in Interior Styling.  In the course...

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