Drought in the bush

We began our first ever safari holiday in Sabi Sands. The word bush is apt to describe the landscape – wide open spaces of grasslands, areas of forest and river. And dry. We were lucky. We saw four of the ‘big’ five almost immediately. We were also lucky to be in the company of people…

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South Africa – progress?

South Africa By chance I was in South Africa recently, in Sabi Sands for a ‘trip of a life time’ and spending a couple of days in Johannesburg. One couldn’t miss the forthcoming election, with posters promoting the various parties plastered over billboards, lamp posts and any other suitable surface. And it was interesting to…

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Safari – drive in the wild or a big zoo?

How lucky am I – to have been into the bush in Africa, to watch animals and birds in their natural habitats, my previous experiences limited to zoos. But the experience does make you think. Needless to say, there are plenty of people wishing to enjoy this experience, not that it comes cheap! But this…

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Which is the ‘go to’ brand today?

Angela Asparagus Interior Design and Brand Consultancy - popular brands

There is just so much choice now – whether you are buying potatoes, bread, chocolate or fabric and wallpaper and paint. Of course, this is a good thing for the consumer (is it really? You now have to read the label to make sure you have the right potato to do the job you want,…

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Where are today’s interior decorators coming from?

First, for the purpose of this article, it’s worth distinguishing between an interior designer and an interior decorator. An interior designer will probably have taken a three year degree course and be fully conversant with spacial planning, lighting schemes, bathroom plumbing installations, etc. The emphasis will be more on the design of the space itself,…

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Meet Steven Gambrel

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The Preservationist PHOTO: ERIC PIASECKI On the dedication page of his monograph, Time and Place, interior designer Steven Gambrel thanks his parents for a childhood of “flea markets, endless construction projects at home, and tours of historic villages and abandoned houses.” New York–based Gambrel has never stopped collecting vintage flotsam. He’s bought six old Sag Harbor homes—two of them 19th-century…

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Style File – Kit Kemp

‘There is nothing less cosy than a room that feels too formal’ the designer Kit Kemp once told us. ‘In my sitting room, the chairs are covered in a mishmash of playful, bright fabrics. Felt figures have been appliqued on a green armchair; and clash in the best possible way with an orange Ben­nison fabric.…

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Transforming your interiors with mixed material furnishings

Look for pieces that combine and clash materials to give your home a dynamic feel, says Anya Cooklin-Lofting There’s a new rule that design gurus are urging us to follow: mix up your materials and finishes. Interior designer Katharine Pooley tells me that “a simple piece of furniture can be completely transformed with the use…

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Shopping – on line or high street?

It’s all so easy nowadays, shopping. Statistics show that shopping on line continues to grow, not the only reason but certainly contributing to the demise of our high streets. Why on earth would we want to ‘go out’, to get in our cars, or take a bus or a train to the shops? Never mind…

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What happened to windows?

And what I mean by that is what has happened to the way we ‘dress’ our windows!? If we look back just over the last 20 years, the changes in fashions are dramatic. In the hey days of the late 1980s and early 1990s, window treatments were so creative that they could almost be described…

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