Editor's note: Today I am wearing white jeans and a black top from Top Shop and black flats by Coach.
Happy Friday everybody!
Greetings on day 6 of my vacation in San Miguel. Yesterday was a day full of shopping. I went antique shopping with my friend Ann in the morning with a driver and guide. Which was VERY fascinating! There are treasures of stores tucked away all over this city. I did not buy anything for clients but I did find the honey of this trip (we are celebrating a special birthday - no numbers please) a Santos and a pair of large gorgeous pots for her home in Palm Springs. The pots are so large that I had to call the receiver in Palm Springs to tell them they were coming - thank God I had the information in my phone. We returned to the hotel, ate a bite of lunch and then continued shopping in town. After shopping for 7 hours, I was one tired puppy. I opted for room service with Candy and we ate dinner in our robes, what a delightful treat. Today we are off to Doris for more sightseeing and shopping with the same driver that Ann and I had yesterday. This trip has been a BLAST!
My article today I found in Milieu and is about a farm house in South Africa that dates back to 1777. The gardens on the farm resupplied ships passing the Cape of Good Hope in 1692. When Karen Roos purchased the home it had never been officially restored. She restored it to its traditional Cape Dutch origins and added a bit of contemporary flair. The story on the house is fascinating - enjoy and have a fabulous weekend. GO FROGS! GAUX TIGERS! And GO COWBOYS! (And Roll Tide because Shannon is helping me the this).
Picture of the homestead at Babylon Storen is a perfect example of Cape Dutch architecture. I love the decorative element to the middle of the roof of the house. So beautiful.
The floor is the original flagstones that are polished to a high gloss. Note the walls - Karen had to remove 23 layers of paint to reveal the original ochre-hued color. The color was matched exactly throughout the house along with the stripes of teal, cream and dark brown. I have never seen this done, but I am sure to copy it. How gorgeous!
An area of the sitting room. I love how the display cabinet above the day bed looks like a window.
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Another view of the sitting room. The sofas are from Starck and the leather arm chairs are from Antonio Citterio. The house is build in a traditional H-structure and the doors you see, link the two perpendicular rear wings of the house. The interiors were kept somewhat traditional but you can see Karen's contemporary twist in the lucite legs on the white chairs.
What a simple but elegant bedroom. I love the iron bed with the crown above with whisky shears draping the bed. Note the bathtub in the bedroom on the left. The hand painted Chinese screen offers a bit of privacy.
I adore this tufted French sofa done in luscious green velvet. There is a noticeable lack of artwork in the house but above this sofa it is interesting how everything in hung in a linear fashion. I love the hide on the floor in front of the sofa adding a bit of contemporary twist and the contemporary floor lamp.
Being a traditional farm house, the kitchen is at the hub of all activities. How cool is this contemporary Smeg refrigerator and wood burning Aga stove?! The handles on the refrigerator and the hind goes on the stove doors are fascinating. Not above the double (which are truly are 2 seperate sinks) the dishes are stored in slats. I love the chandelier above the refectory table that holds bottles. What a great room to gather and tell Soto rise about the day.
I love this moment outside the house. The dining table with the single ire pediment is so cool. Note how the trees on booths sides mimic the single leg of the table.
Another bedroom. Once again, a lack of artwork except a single small portrait in suspended over the headboard. The article does not mention this in the text but I am assuming that this is typical of Cape Dutch style.
WOW OH WOW is this tub cool. Love how it is elevated with the same tile as the floor and how the standing faucet is off-centered. The beautiful brass tea cart holds all the bathing needs (including the rubber ducky)
What a gorgeous sculptured garden and beautiful surrounding wall. I love how the entrance to the garden with the darling gate has it's own decorative bushes. I can almost smell the rosemary growing in this garden.
A picture of Karen Roos walking her property with her pet duck. What a fascinating article.
"Perfection" article featured in Milieu Magazine Fall 2017 Issue
One of our stops on our antique shopping day. This building was a textile mill that now houses shops and galleries.
I had to stop to have my picture taken with this man and his donkey !! He named me Princess of Fort Worth and said a prayer before the picture.
Shopping in the market at the center of town. There was everything from food to flowers to jewelry. Ann bought fabulous hand embroidered table cloths and napkins for her home in Taos. I bought some jewelry for Christmas presents.
Note to the future shopper--- better bring change in pesos if you need to visit the ladies bathroom. This is how you are awarded your one bit of paper!!!
A typical shop in San Miguel.
I love this! Positivity adds so much to everything.
Words to live by!
Dinner last night I had salmon with fries. The hotel staff set a lovely table for us in our dining room. Delicious!!!!!
Ed Sheeran originally wrote this song with the image of Rhianna in mind. I would have never guessed!!