Tuesday, 24 December 2013

So long Madiba!

2013 has come and almost gone and there is no better way for me to close the year than by dedicating my last post to the Madiba himself - Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, a man who lived and fought for what he believed in.

The Madiba spent most of his prison years on Robben Island, a few kilometres from Cape Town, so we'll be looking at a few of the many panoramic sights Cape Town has to offer.














Green Point, Cape Town, South Africa
Green Point with the stadium in view


















 Drink more Coke
The Coke Man - made with empty crates of coke




















Schotsche Kloof, Cidade do Cabo
 














Parliament of South Africa
Parliament of South Africa

















Cape Town, Lion's Head in the clouds
Cape Town Lions Head in the clouds





















Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront


















Cape Town - Table Mountain de jour

View of Table Mountain






Ciutat del Cap - Barri Malai








Light House - Cape Town
Cape Town Light House



Green Market Square - Ciudad del Cabo

Green Market Square










Camps Bay


 Camps Bay



 Green Point Stadium

 Green Point Stadium













Parella d'enamorats




That's all folks! Have a merry christmas and remember Jesus is the reason for the season. See you in 2014!


(pictures: courtesy panoramio.com)







 

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Introducing African Regent Hotel

The African Regent Hotel opened its doors to the discerning public in 2007.  Set in the prestigious Airport West neighbourhood of Accra, Ghana, in West Africa, it lies within a short radius of Kotoka International Airport, Acrra Mall, Tetteh Quarshie Art Market, Accra Polo Club and the city's major thoroughfares.

The hotel's tagline is "Simply Afropolitan" signifying a combination of African and cosmopolitan - because the African Regent Hotel has a strong African influence, and cosmopolitan because it has an international clientele.




Right from the lobby, guests would immediately notice the tasteful African art, calm earthy colours and traditional wooden furnishing which evoke a feeling of contemporary luxury.









Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Applying Feng Shui Principles to Your Bedroom

 

I don't necessarily believe in Feng Shui but it's interesting to learn other views about decorating and how it is believed to affect our ''energy".
I stumbled on this write up whilst reading the For Dummies series. Enjoy!


The position of the bed relative to the door

The first Commanding Position principle states that the position of the bed relative to the bedroom door rates more importantly than the compass direction the bed faces. That is, you don't analyze whether your bed faces east, west, north, or south. You can rest easy and position the bed according to the way it best relates to the other main feature of the room — the door.

The distance from the bed to the door

The second Commanding Position principle holds that the bed should sit as far from the bedroom door as possible. If the door is on the left, the best position is the far right corner of the room; if the door is on the right, the best bed location is the far left of the room; and if the door is the center, the best location is either the far right or far left corner of the room. (See Figure 1.) The farther your bed sits from the door, the more control you can feel over your space and your life. You aren't startled easily, and you have plenty of time to prepare for events as they unfold.


Figure 1: The Commanding Position: Three placement options for your bed.

The sleeper's scope of vision

The third Commanding Position principle asserts that the bed position should allow the sleeper the widest possible scope of the room. A diminished range of sight within the room can restrict the sleeper's chi and his or her life vision. The larger the space in front of your bed, the more your life expands, breathes, and improves. For this reason, Feng Shui cautions against placing the foot of the bed against a wall, which can block your career and cause foot and ankle problems. In addition, placing your bed directly against a side wall (with no space between the side of your bed and the wall) can make you feel cramped, stifled, and less flexible in life.

The visibility of the bedroom door

The fourth Commanding Position principle states that you should clearly see the bedroom door from the bed. This concept means that when lying on your back in bed — that is, in the center of the bed (if you sleep alone) or on your side of the bed (if sleeping with a partner) — you can open your eyes and immediately see the door of the room without repositioning your body. If you have to perform gymnastics or create new yoga positions to see who or what's coming in the door, your bed position does not meet this principle.
Not seeing who's approaching can keep you uncertain and on edge. Even if you think that you're accustomed to not seeing the door, you still likely experience ongoing subconscious stress, which can create imbalance and frustration. The possibility of always being startled can keep you on edge, and over time, the continual tension and unrest can cause an imbalance in the nervous system. Results can include nervous problems, arrhythmia, and heart palpitations. In addition, repeatedly twisting the body to see whether someone's coming can cause neck and spinal problems in the long run.
If your bed position doesn't allow you to see the door and you can't move the bed, you can place a sizable mirror opposite the bed that allows you to easily see the door. If you need to angle the mirror to show the door, use a standing mirror angled to the appropriate position.

The direct line from the door

The fifth Commanding Position principle holds that the bed should not sit in the direct line of the path of the doorway. If your bed does sit in the direct line of the door, the chi of the door runs directly and too powerfully up the middle of the bed. This factor can create diseases along the midline of the body.
The farther you sleep from the door and the more of the room you see while in bed, the more you can feel in control of your environment and, therefore, your life. Seeing the door to your bedroom symbolizes that you know what life is bringing and feel prepared to deal with whatever comes. You're in command, and the results manifest positively in many areas of your life.
When following the Commanding Position principle, you can choose from three alternatives for good bed placement. (See Figure 1.) Choices 1-b and 1-c are both excellent; just be sure, if possible, to leave enough room on the side closest to the wall for your partner (or yourself) to get into bed. Position 1-a (the bed angled in the corner) is the strongest choice of all; it gains support from two walls rather than one wall. If you choose this position, then your bed should feature a solid headboard. Make sure the corners of the bed firmly touch the walls. You can strengthen this bed position by placing a plant and a light behind the headboard. (A real or an artificial plant works for this cure, and the light should be in good working order but doesn't need to be on at all.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Asian Style Decor

Asian style decor involves a lot of open room and uncluttered spaces in order to convey the openness of heart valued in the Asian cultures. Colours are generally close to nature and bright colours are used as focal points.



As can be seen from the picture above, simplicity is a key element in this type of decor styleas well as elegance and functionality.




 
This decor style also incorporates a lot of natural lights, and minimalism. Balance is also another key decor guideline. The aim is to creat harmony  and a relaxed atmosphere.

There is also a strict adherence to lines, symmetry, shapes, and minimal accessories. In the next write up I will discuss Feng Shui -  a system of laws considered to govern spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to the flow of energy .
 
 

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

The Lekki Conservation Centre

I visited the Lekki Conservation Centre with a group of friends last Sunday.  It was a nice experience getting lost in the middle of nowhere.


The Lekki Conservation Centre, is a conservation initiative to protect wildlife. It is located in Lagos, Nigeria's most populous city and is  quietly nestled in the face of sprawling urban development.
The objective of the centre is the promotion of environmental protection and the prevention of  poaching by surrounding communities.  It also serves as a tourist centre for local and international visitors.
 
Contrary to popular belief, Africans don't live in trees, only monkeys and baboons do :-)
 
 
The Lekki Conservation Centre was officially opened in 1990 by the Duke of Edinburgh
 
 
 
 
 
The Centre has a variety of fauna and flora, and it is also said crocodiles and alligators once lurked in its swamps, though we didn't see any.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Coming up next: Asian Style Interior Decor
 

Monday, 21 October 2013

Interiors from Great the Gatsby Movie

If you haven't seen the Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo Dicaprio, you should watch it....after reading my post on the interiors.  I actually stumbled on this  and thought I should share it anyways.

The movie was set in the early 1920's just before the great depression caused by the Wall Street crash of 1929. This was an era of glitz, glam and luxury and the birth of the nouveau riche in US society. The movie ste showed a great appreciation of art deco and would have been any interior designer's delight.

In the houses the old and new styles meet together forming an amazing combination of heavy, richly decorated tables and chairs with ornaments in pewter, striped big armchairs and ornamented carpets, large rooms full of heavy furniture with little free space  further learnt credence to an impression of comfort and luxury.







Friday, 11 October 2013

Choosing Wall Paper

I have been on a short hiatus for a couple of weeks caused by lack of inspiration, but I am back :-) and will be talking about wall coverings, starting with wall paper.

Wall paper is a creative wall finishing which can add colour to any room.  It can also make a room look busy or outrightly hideous if it clashes with the other colours in the room.
Wallpaper types range from paper, vinyl, textile to fleece, fiberglass and liquid.


The choice of wall paper types should depend on the room it is being used for.  A hallway for example is a relatively high traffc are of a house, so is a reception, therefore vinyl or duplex paper wallpaper would be a good choice. In a living room fleece or textile wallpaper would be more ideal since it is washable and more durable. Also a kitchen would be better suited for vinyl wallpaper. So also children’s rooms and bedrooms would fare better with a choice of paper or textile.

If you are on a tight budget, thin wallpaper would be better suited to your pocket however thick wallpaper will save you the trouble (and cost) of having to screed the walls before applying. Also thick textured wallpaper looks pretty and hides the irregularities of the walls.




The choice of wall paper, like colour of paint can easily influence the mood of a room, hence you need to be proceed with caution. For instance, vibrant colours will excite most but can also irritate some, while pastels induce a sense of tranquility.
For rooms that have an ample flow of natural light, choose cool colours such as blue, gray, silver, pink, deep dark burgundy, purple, violet, blue, terra cotta and such. If there is not enough of light, then go with warm, soft and bright shades of orange, light green, gold, green, milk, beige, peach, coffee, apricot, and cream colours.






Fine patterns are better suited for small-sized rooms, and larger patterns for spacious and large rooms. The vertical bar visually lifts the wall but it will also narrow it; the horizontal bar will expand the walls, but make the ceiling  look lower. To increase the depth of the room you can install dark wallpaper with an active pattern on the far wall, with a much lighter colour on the other walls.





Make your wall paper stand out by not choosing the same colour as your furniture. If you plan to introduce photos, pictures and plants, use solid, light, smooth wallpaper with a barely noticeable pattern or ornament.



To calculate the number of rolls you need for a certain area, subtract area of windows and doors and add a small reserve just in case. Carefully follow the instructions on wallpaper installation, recommendations on exposure time and glue.


Monday, 9 September 2013

Room Dividers

Room dividers serve a variety of functions:
They can be used to demarcate a space or simply to enhance the decor. A word of caution though, if the room is small, avoid using a room divider as it will make your space appear even smaller or choky.


There's a variety of styles to choose from, and you can always feel free to deviate from the theme of your living space.  For instance, the fact that your living room has a shabby chich theme does not prevent you from using an African themed room divider.



Dividers cann also be used for providing privacy, for instance if you live in a studio apartment, you would need to cordone off your bedroom area from the rest of the apartment.

Use screens and shields to divide two areas in the room. Choose the color that will fit the room‘s color scheme. If you want to fit it into the room’s architecture go with the main color in the color scheme. If you want to add a bright accent to the room choose a screen in a bright color that will fit with the room’s color scheme.

  

Curtains suit bedrooms but they can also be used in a one-room apartment to hide the bed and create canopy bed effect. Beaded and fringed curtains can be used instead of fabric ones.
 Some room dividers come in patterns while others feature interesting texture. Some come in painted canvas providing amazing works of art, while some others come in intricately carved wood.


 


 

Saturday, 31 August 2013

The Rivers of West Africa Cruise

Follow in the footsteps of Mungo Park and other famous explorers and discover West Africa! The Rivers of West Africa Cruise sails from Dakar in Senegal on the 23 cabin yatch named Pegasus  stopping at 23 traditional fishing villages and market towns along the West African coast.

With comfortable cabins and exceptionally spacious public areas and wide decks from which to view life along the river, the Pegasus is very well suited to this unique African experience.





The twin hulled yatch built in 1990 and renovated in 2007 accomodates up to 46 guests in a relaxed atmosphere with state of the art interiors.  Passengers enjoy magnificent sea views on the 2,500 square feet of open deck, furnished with magnificent deck chairs.  There is also a swimming pool on board for guests to relax in the sun.



Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Accessories make all the difference!

Hello people! I have been a victim of writers block for the past couple of weeks, hence my brief hiatus from this blog. Anyway now that I'm back, I promise to not go away for so long :-)

Ever wondered why some people seem to stand out when they dress?
Sometimes the answer lies in their accessories.  Accessories can turn your outfit from drab to fab!

A few tips for the ladies (and guys):

- Invest in colourful shoes and purses


- When it comes to fashion, thinking outside the box also applies, use colourful accessories



- Hats and sunglasses also count!




- Remember you can wear chunky jewellery without breaking the bank! It's called costume jewellery







(photos: courtesy Bellanaija)