Monday, October 1, 2012

Home Hopes and Hotel Highlights

Happy fall!  I'm settling back into "real" life after an amazing summer of travels, but before I delve into all the yardwork that needs to be done (sorry, neighbors) I wanted to share some great interior decorating ideas I captured during my trip to South Africa and Namibia.
It began with the ever-so-chic Washington DC, still one of my favorite cities on earth.  My hotel had these delicious stripes in the bathroom - now that made me feel right at home.
My hotel in Cape Town was far more stylish than I will ever be.  Check out the whole wall of thick, bi-colored drapes that both covered windows and provided a stylish backdrop to a small room.  And that chair?!  I lovingly referred to it as "my throne," though I never actually had time to sit there.

South Africa continued to prove its trend-setting status with this amazing curtain/art in Johannesburg.  The mural began on the wall (left) and simply continued on the stiff fabric of the curtains - they were one panel that did not roll up or push back, but instead slid almost like closet doors.  I've never seen anything like it and I don't know that I'd want it in my house (I prefer those barn doors I keep seeing!)
But here's a trend I would love in my guest room: simple white, narrow paneled walls that serve as a can't-go-wrong photo wall.
And the lighting...*happy sigh*  I did find some lighting love.  Including this hallway of lights in the Swakopmund, Namibia hotel.  I love the way they blend perfectly but aren't identical.

And to make it even better, the ceiling lights were surrounded by the most beautiful accents I've ever seen.

This smaller version would work better in my little house, however - aren't they beautiful with that colorful tile in the background?  I'm going to keep referring to this photo for inspiration as I get courage to add color to my guest room.

I found lots of landscaping inspiration in the beautiful flowers and trees I saw but of course the Arizona climate is different than...well, anywhere else on earth you could possibly go.  So I started paying more attention to this trend: trees in pots, often placed indoors.
One trend NOT to adopt: a giant ball of fake flowers hanging...anywhere.  (Though I did love this one just because it reminded me that I was in a September spring!)
Now it's time for new beginnings in the American version of the desert.  That means winter grass, fall flowers and freshly-trimmed trees. 

I'll share details of the messy grass-seeding, flower-planting process soon!


  1. Oooh, this makes me want to visit South Africa! Maybe one day.

    Have you thought about a dwarf pomegranate as a potted tree? I have one. The pomegranates are about the size of ping pong balls, but they're tasty.

    They're hardy plants too. I've pretty much ignored it and kept it alive over a year. Our climate in Seville is similar (based on the very scientific method of I once visited Phoenix in July and it seemed about as miserably hot as it is here). Plus it's not too large to be drug in/outside if the weather mandates.

    1. Thanks for the great idea, Abbie! I've always wanted to plant a pomegranate tree in my backyard (can't get enough of those yummy red seeds!) but was afraid to because I'd heard they grow way too quickly. A potted one is the perfect solution...I've been thinking about potted decorative bushes in the front yard, too, instead of a hedge.