A Room with a View……………

This bathroom is incredible….the weird thing is that last year, I did some work in an apartment building in which there were two spectacular Penthouse apartments on the top floor. One morning when I arrived, I noticed some workmen carrying tiles into the one Penthouse, and I asked if I could quickly take a look around. The views were mind blowing of course, being on the 75th floor, and the bathroom in particular was exactly like this one….

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Unrestricted views of Downtown Dubai and the Burj Khalifa. I was awe struck….and left there with a huge smile on my face….definitely worth being cheeky and a bit presumptuous on that particular morning!

South African Home Tour Part 3…

Welcome to part 3 of the Home Tour of my talented South African friend’s  lovely home…this post focuses on the master bathroom, family bathrooms , family bedrooms and the Media or Family room which are all situated on the second floor of the home.

Just off the glamorous master bedroom is an equally decadent master bathroom, complete with free-standing tub and his and hers basins…these magnificent mirrors are from France.

A view of the tub and a vignette of antique glass orbs and jars.

I adore art in the bathroom, and something bold like this magnificent piece above the toilet and bidet, is perfect for the space-once again , there are no curtains, but shutters, which filter the wonderful light.

Directly off the master bedroom landing is the media room ,where the family spend time  on the computer. and watching TV or playing TV games. It is a comfortable room with plush sofas and cushions and shelves filled with books and objets.

 The media room is full of all kinds of lovely details like the bowl of ostrich eggs-simple ,yet effective. The wing chairs are wonderful and I love the art on the walls.

The shelves with books and interesting pieces-I love the ginger jars on the top shelf.

The ties on the back of the wing-back chairs are great details and break  up the expanse of the chair back .

An interesting little desk and chair just as you enter the media room.

This is the son’s bathroom , decorated with masculine yet chic charcoal striped wallpaper and charcoal accessories.

The charcoal, grey and white  colour combination  is carried through to the son’s bedroom…the bed is once again dressed beautifully  with over sized cushions and luxurious bedding.  (This is my room when I visit! I can speak from experience and confirm that it is very comfortable..)

I think the colour choices for this room were perfect for a young guy at university-masculine and yet not overtly so,to  also accommodate  any guests who may visit.

The daughter’s room is particularly pretty and feminine, with floral wallpaper, a gorgeous tufted and buttoned headboard and matching linens and cushions.

A lovely vintage painting .

All images taken by Colleen Shaw

The daughter’s en suite bathroom is a  girly dream come true…I love the chandelier against the pink stripes! Imagine a long soak in that fabulous tub!

Update: I heard today that my friend D is about to refurbish her existing kitchen (which I shall feature on the next post) so we will be able to follow the progress as they demolish the existing kitchen and start work on the new and improved version!

Watch this space..

The final post on this lovely home will follow soon.

Bathroom beauty….

I found this vision of beauty on House of Turquoise blog today……I LOVE the Kelly Wearstler wallpaper combined with the really ornate and detailed mirror…..just gorgeous and fresh for spring….

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The cool colours are perfect for the long, hot and humid days which I know are coming this summer in Dubai….we regularly experience temperatures of up to 49 degrees in July and August and this will be my 12th summer! I cannot believe it myself!